State collects more than $1M in fines from companies operating illegally without registration — FOX 61

HARTFORD — Connecticut officials say they’ve collected more than $1 million in fines from companies that were operating illegally in the state. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen announced Tuesday that penalties were paid out last fiscal year by more than 240 companies that did not obtain a certificate of…

via State collects more than $1M in fines from companies operating illegally without registration — FOX 61

Pressure is on Consumer Protection to ‘punish’ liquor stores selling below state minimum prices — FOX 61

AVON–State Republican leaders are calling for a crack down on liquor stores selling below state minimums. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano called for state Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris to punish Total Wine & More, as well as BevMax, for selling liquor at prices that FOX 61 found were as much as $9 lower than what’s legal.…

via Pressure is on Consumer Protection to ‘punish’ liquor stores selling below state minimum prices — FOX 61

Gay Couples in New York Can Now Seek Parental Rights For Nonbiological Kids — TIME

(ALBANY, N.Y.) — New York’s highest court expanded the definition of parenthood Tuesday by ruling that former same-sex couples may seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent. The Court of Appeals decision resolves two cases of former unmarried same-sex couples in which the biological mothers kept the…

via Gay Couples in New York Can Now Seek Parental Rights For Nonbiological Kids — TIME

Hovercraft charter service lands in New London — FOX 61

NEW LONDON — There’s a new way to leave New London Harbor and people are defying gravity to do it. Tom Murray, a former Wall Street banker, has brought his love of hovercraft to Connecticut. In May, Murray began Blackbird Hovercraft Charters, running two Vanair Vanguard crafts to stops in Rhode Island, Long Island and all over…

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South Korea Says Top North Korean Education Official Has Been Executed — TIME

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday. If confirmed, they would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals carried out since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power in late…

via South Korea Says Top North Korean Education Official Has Been Executed — TIME

One of the World’s Rarest Animals May Be on the Verge of Extinction in Iran — TIME

The rare Asiatic cheetah, already severely endangered, may be in greater danger of extinction than ever before, as conservationists say only two females of the species are known to survive in the only country where it exists: Iran. Only 40 Asiatic cheetahs remain in the wild, all of them in Iran, the Guardian reports. Conservationists…

via One of the World’s Rarest Animals May Be on the Verge of Extinction in Iran — TIME

Police warn drivers to use extra caution as students go back to class — FOX 61

WETHERSFIELD — Students in dozens of communities in Connecticut headed back to school this week. Berlin, East Hartford, Newington, South Windsor and West Hartford are just some of the towns with their first day of school Wednesday. It was also the first day of school in Wethersfield, where Governor Dannel Malloy and the State’s Education…

via Police warn drivers to use extra caution as students go back to class — FOX 61

The ‘Pride Patrol’ battles bullies in Middletown — FOX 61

MIDDLETOWN — During the first few days of school, administrators set the rules with students. Now, more than ever, that includes their bullying policy. In Middletown, students are learning what to do if they witness any mean behavior to stop bullying before it starts. School leaders say their model is a proven success. About six years…

via The ‘Pride Patrol’ battles bullies in Middletown — FOX 61

US commercial flight to Cuba lands; First in decades — FOX 61

MIAMI — JetBlue Flight 387 touched down in Cuba on Wednesday, becoming the first direct commercial flight between the US and the island in over a half-century. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Santa Clara, Cuba, flight that took off around 10 a.m. and landed about an hour later, is the latest symbol of the thawing…

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Florida State football player sees boy with autism sitting alone at lunch, joins him — FOX 61

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While visiting Montford Middle School with teammates on Tuesday, Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph spotted an autistic boy sitting by himself at lunch, and asked if he could sit next to him according to the Orlando Sentinel. Later in the day, Bo Paske’s mom posted a photo to Facebook that is…

via Florida State football player sees boy with autism sitting alone at lunch, joins him — FOX 61

Mel Brooks Says He Misses Being Able to Call Gene Wilder — TIME

Actor and director Mel Brooks on Tuesday mourned the loss of Gene Wilder during an appearance on The Tonight Show, lamenting the fact that he’ll never be able to call his close friend again. Brooks told the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, that he knew Wilder was “sick” and that he expected his friend would pass…

via Mel Brooks Says He Misses Being Able to Call Gene Wilder — TIME

This Dog Swam 6 Miles to Find Her Owners After Falling Off a Boat — TIME

A dog that fell overboard while boating with its owners in Michigan swam and walked nearly 20 miles before being reunited with its family. Edward Casas, 56, and his 49-year-old wife Kristin Casas, sobbed and held their 10-month-old puppy Rylee after the Belgian Malinois managed to swim more than six miles back to shore and…

via This Dog Swam 6 Miles to Find Her Owners After Falling Off a Boat — TIME

Amy Schumer and J. K. Rowling Just Had the Best Exchange on Twitter — TIME

During the most recent stop on her world stand-up tour, Amy Schumer performed in Edinburgh, Scotland — the hometown of none other than J.K. Rowling. But it wasn’t until after the Tuesday night appearance that Schumer learned the Harry Potter author had not only been in the audience, but had loved her show. Following the…

via Amy Schumer and J. K. Rowling Just Had the Best Exchange on Twitter — TIME

IKEA Wants You to Build Your Own Food Now — TIME

The option of dining at Ikea is nothing new, but now the Scandinavian home decor retailer is combining the culinary aspect of one of its stores with its famous do-it-yourself ethos. Ikea announced this week it will open a pop-up restaurant in the company’s Shoreditch, London location where diners will build their own meals in…

via IKEA Wants You to Build Your Own Food Now — TIME

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces Are Necessary — TIME

After the birth of my first son, I had postpartum depression. I was a mess emotionally, and I was in desperate need of feeling safe. I had no idea what “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” were, but I had been using them internally for days—avoiding the mommy movies and choosing not to go to the…

via Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces Are Necessary — TIME

Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Evolving Immigration Stance — TIME

John Oliver is on hiatus, which means Stephen Colbert has stepped up to the challenge of mocking Donald Trump. In advance of the Republican presidential nominee’s speech on immigration—scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Arizona—Colbert took a closer look at Trump’s immigration policy, which has been evolving recently. “I’m quoting his supporters here: ‘Huh?’,”…

via Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Evolving Immigration Stance — TIME

Here Are All the Times Donald Trump Insulted Mexico — TIME

Donald Trump kicked off his presidential bid more than a year ago with harsh words for Mexico. “They are not our friend, believe me,” he said, before disparaging Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” In the months since, he has repeatedly promised to build…

via Here Are All the Times Donald Trump Insulted Mexico — TIME

Bill Nye Is Getting a New Show on Netflix — TIME

Nerds, rejoice: your favorite science guy is coming back to television, and this time, it’s getting political. Netflix announced on Wednesday that Bill Nye will host his own talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, slated for a Spring 2017 debut. According to a statement from the streaming service, “each episode will tackle a topic…

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Why Donald Trump is Going to Mexico — TIME

If you only read one thing: The 2016 election never ceases to surprise. Last night Donald Trump announced a hastily planned trip to Mexico Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The pair are unlikely “partners,” with Trump frequently maligning Mexico in his stump speech and Peña Nieto previously likening him to Hitler and…

via Why Donald Trump is Going to Mexico — TIME

Why College Is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health — TIME

Dana hadn’t had any prior experiences with mental illness when her son Oliver went away to school at Kenyon College, but just three weeks into his freshman year he suffered from a mental break. The signs were there. As a student athlete, Oliver was still participating in the school’s track program, but after he’d retreat…

via Why College Is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health — TIME