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VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, testifies before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines

8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts

President Joe Biden is nominating eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions, including in the office overseeing the prosecutions of defendants in the Capitol insurrection

Biden, Iraqi PM to announce end of US combat mission in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi poses in his office during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are set to announce that they’ve come to an agreement to end the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year

Pelosi appoints 2nd GOP critic of Trump to Jan. 6 committee

In this May 12, 2021, file photo, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks to the media at the Capitol in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday, July 25, she intends to name Kinzinger to a congressional committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, pledging that the panel will “find the truth” even as the GOP threatens to boycott the effort. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot

Surge of delta variant threatens Biden's agenda

President Joe Biden waves during his walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 21. (Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman)

The rapid increase in coronavirus infections driven by the delta variant over the past month is turning the country's attention back to the pandemic and threatening to subsume President Joe Biden's agenda - just as the White House and its allies...

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No federal probe into state-run nursing homes in New York over COVID

In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, nursing home residents wait on line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The Justice Department says it's decided against opening up any civil rights investigations against government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, in a letter to members of U.S. Congress, Friday, July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

The Justice Department says it has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response

Democrats renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh

In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Senate Democrats are raising new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI's background investigation into Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided “all relevant” ones to the White House counsel's office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Senate Democrats are raising new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI’s background investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided “all...

Pelosi says 'deadly serious' Jan. 6 probe to go on without GOP

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., returns to her office where members of the House select committee on the January 6th attack on the Capitol are preparing for the start of hearings next week, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Calling the probe “deadly serious,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection “will do the job it set out to do” whether Republicans participate or not

Biden says getting vaccinated 'gigantically important'

President Joe Biden interacts with members of the audience during a commercial break for a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. In a TV town hall Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Biden pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up...

Taliban has the momentum in Afghanistan, top U.S. general says

The Taliban has “strategic momentum” in its fight with the Afghan government as U.S. forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. general said Wednesday.

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

FILE - In this June 30, 2021 file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responds to a question at a news conference as the House prepares to vote on the creation of a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, at the Capitol in Washington. Pelosi is rejecting two Republicans tapped by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. She cited the “integrity” of the investigation. Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that she would not accept the appointments of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, whom McCarthy picked to be the top Republican on the panel, or Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Both are close allies of former President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rejecting two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection

At six months, Biden convenes Cabinet but roadblocks loom

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden marked six months in office on Tuesday with a full, crowded Cabinet meeting

White House, Pelosi staff members test positive for coronavirus

The White House projected calm even as it confirmed a breakthrough infection on its own staff Tuesday, sticking to its message that vaccines and safety protocols would keep Americans safe from coronavirus as the Delta variant moves through the...

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My Whaling City car dealership won't honor free tires promotion

A longtime customer of the Ford/Mazda dealership in New London says the new owners won't honor his...

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Kitchen fire breaks out at New London McDonald's

A fire broke out in the kitchen at the McDonald's restaurant at 406 Coleman St. on Saturday night.

Woman shot in New London

A woman was shot Saturday morning in New London, according to police.

Family lost while hiking found safe on Lantern Hill

A family that was missing on a Lantern Hill hiking trail was found safe after a police search Saturday afternoon.

Shots fired in New London

Police responded to a report of shots being fired Friday night in New London.

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Two tie in vote for Eastern Pequot chairman, setting stage for run-off election

Mitchel Ray, incumbent tribal council treasurer, and Derrick Strong, president of tribe's nonprofit foundation, will compete in September.

Your Turn: The (suffocating) life of a lady in 1860s America

Fashion came at a high price in health and mobility.
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While researching “A Rebellious Woman,” my new historical novel, I learned some amazing facts about what it was like to be a “lady” in 1860s America.

‘First real president of America’ remembered on his birthday

The raising of the flag which had previously been flown at the U.S. Capitol building, now being raised on the new flagpole at the Huntington tomb.
(Kevin Gorden/For the Times)

The 290th birthday of what some historians consider to be the true first leader of the fledgling United States of America was noted in a wreath-laying ceremony in Norwich.

My Pet Pal: Freddy

He’s vivacious, enjoys sunshine from his multi-story cat condo, and doesn’t mind if a human lets him lick the plate.