Connecticut

  • US: Astronaut to give university speech from space May 2, 2014

    Hartford: University of Connecticut alumnus Rick Mastracchio would have liked to deliver the 2014 graduation address to the school of engineering in person. But he'll be out of town on May 10, orbiting the globe on the International Space Station, so, UConn has arranged for the 54-year-old astronaut give the...
  • Scholars visit US birthplace of 'The Jungle Book' October 8, 2013

    Mention the name Rudyard Kipling, and images of tropical forests, mongooses and cobras come to mind — not the snowy vistas of Vermont. But that's exactly where many of the British writer's best-known tales, including "The Jungle Book," took shape. In honour of his connections to Vermont, a group of scholars...
  • US: 60 hurt as two trains collide in Connecticut May 18, 2013

    New York: Two passenger trains heading in opposite directions collided during rush hour in southwestern Connecticut, injuring 60 people, five of them critically, and closing the key corridor between New York and Boston. A Metro-North train heading from New Haven to New York City derailed around 6:10 pm on Friday, hitting...
  • Nearly 50 hurt as two trains collide in Connecticut May 18, 2013

    Nearly 50 people were injured on Friday when two commuter trains collided during evening rush hour near the Connecticut town of Fairfield, shutting down Amtrak service between New York and Boston indefinitely, police and transit officials said. Authorities said there were no reports of fatalities in the accident that occurred shortly...
  • Connecticut shootout: Victim's mother pleads for gun control April 13, 2013

    Washington: Holding back tears, the mother of a six year-old boy, who was murdered alongside 19 other children in Connecticut four months ago, made a passionate plea from the White House for Americans and their leaders to embrace her call for stricter gun control laws. In a significant departure from...
  • In emotional meeting, Newtown families comfort senator April 11, 2013

    Washington: Senator Joe Manchin became so emotional on Wednesday about the Newtown massacre and his push for background checks for gun buyers that parents whose children were killed at the Connecticut school in December were moved to comfort him. "I'm a parent, I'm a grandparent," the West Virginia Democrat told...
  • Newtown gunman had access to huge weapons cache March 29, 2013

    Newtown, Connecticut: When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, taking only four guns, thinking they would suffice. He loaded the weapons into his car, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, blasted his...
  • US: Newtown gunman had access to huge weapons cache March 29, 2013

    Newtown: When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition - taking only four guns. He loaded the weapons into his car, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, blasted his way into the building and...
  • US Northeast slowly recovering from massive blizzard February 11, 2013

    Newport: Travel eased and life slowly returned to normal for most New Englanders after a massive blizzard, but many remained without power in cold and darkened homes and a forecast of rain brought a new worry: Weight piling up dangerously on roofs already burdened by heavy snow. The storm that slammed...
  • US: Blizzard hammers the Northeastern coast, 5 dead February 10, 2013

    Boston/New York: A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States on Saturday, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The mammoth storm that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic dumped more than 3 feet of...
  • Obama unveils $ 500 mn gun violence package January 16, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children. The package includes a call on Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity...
  • New York enacts toughest gun control laws January 16, 2013

    New York: New York has become the first US state to enact new gun control laws in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut Elementary School in December. The new law imposes restrictions on assault weapons and also seeks to prevent the mentally ill from possessing guns. The state...
  • Local group takes on gun violence after Newtown massacre January 15, 2013

    Newtown (Connecticut): Relatives and neighbors of children killed in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, one month ago launched an initiative on Monday to help curb gun violence in America. "On Friday, December 14th, I put two children on the bus and only one came home. I pray that...
  • US: Joe Biden, NRA clash over new gun control proposals January 11, 2013

    Washington: Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers. Sketching out details of the plan on January 10,...
  • Connecticut shootout: Students return to Newton school January 3, 2013

    Connecticut: Students will return to classes at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Thursday after a month since the deadly massacre left 26 dead at the Newton, Connecticut school. Dozens of people have worked tirelessly over the holidays to bring the school back to normality. ...
  • Connecticut school shooting worst day of my Presidency: Obama December 31, 2012

    As the year winds down to a close US President Barack Obama has said the school shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, was the worst day of his presidency. ...
  • New details emerge a week after US school massacre December 22, 2012

    Newtown: He was the awkward, peculiar kid who wore the same clothes to school every day. He rarely spoke and even gave a school presentation entirely by computer, never uttering a word. He liked tinkering with computers and other gadgets, and seemed to enjoy playing a violent video game, choosing...
  • Armed guards will create violent America: Mayor December 22, 2012

    New York: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lashed out at the US National Rifle Association's suggestion that armed guards should be stationed at schools to prevent shooting incidents, saying such a move will create a "more dangerous and violent" America where "no place is safe." Bloomberg, who has long advocated...
  • Pennsylvania: 4 dead, 3 policemen hurt in shooting December 22, 2012

    Pennsylvania: Four people died on a Pennsylvania highway on Friday when a gunman shot dead three people and later was killed in a shootout with police, according to Pennsylvania media, citing authorities. Three state troopers were injured in the incident in Frankstown Township, about 160 km east of Pittsburgh. Investigators suspect...
  • US gun lobby CEO calls for guns to protect schools December 22, 2012

    Washington: The powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby in the United States called on Friday for the deployment of armed guards in every school in the country, weighing in on gun violence for the first time since a school shooting a week ago that shocked Americans. "The only thing that...
  • US: New details emerge about Connecticut shooter December 22, 2012

    Newton: As the nation paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged Friday about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes but rarely spoke to anyone. In high...
  • Obama sets January deadline to address gun violence December 20, 2012

    Washington: In the wake of the huge public outcry over the deadly Connecticut elementary school massacre, President Barack Obama has set a January deadline for proposals to deal with gun violence in the United States. Five days after last week's massacre that left 26, including 20 children, dead, Obama on...
  • US: Obama sets Jan deadline for gun proposals December 19, 2012

    Washington: Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama tasked his administration Wednesday with creating concrete proposals to reduce the gun violence that has plagued the country. "This time, the words need to lead to action," said Obama, who set a January deadline for the recommendations. He tasked Vice...
  • There are several loopholes in Arms Act 1962: Binalakshmi Nepram December 19, 2012

    The recent massacre of children and their teachers at a Newtown, Connecticut, school saw the debate on gun law resume in the United States where more than 270 million guns are in public hands. India, incidentally, has the second largest number of guns (46 million) in public hands in the...
  • US: Utah boy brings gun to school, cites Newtown fears December 19, 2012

    Salt Lake City: A Utah sixth-grader caught with a gun at school told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut school, officials said on Tuesday. The 11-year-old was being held in juvenile detention on suspicion...
  • US: Students return to class after Connecticut shooting December 18, 2012

    Newtown: Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town of Newtown on Tuesday for the first time since a gunman's rampage killed 26 people in an elementary school, altering the gun control debate in Washington and forcing a retailer to pull guns from shelves. Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20-year-old...
  • Jack Reacher: Gun scene cut from marketing videos December 18, 2012

    Los Angeles: Paramount studio has reportedly decided to make several cuts in the publicity videos of Tom Cruise starrer crime drama 'Jack Reacher' in wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The film, releasing this Friday in the US, stars Cruise as a hard-boiled former military cop trying to prove...
  • US: Two funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut December 18, 2012

    Newtown: Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began burying its dead Monday, laying to rest two 6-year-old boys - one who was crazy about the New York Giants and one whose twin sister survived the rampage. Two funeral homes filled with mourners for Noah Pozner and Jack...
  • US: Text of eulogy for 6-year-old shooting victim December 18, 2012

    A message read at the funeral of 6-year-old Noah Pozner by his uncle Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash.: On Friday, December 14, we tragically lost a most beloved member of our family. Noah was a 6-year-old little boy, and he was so dear to all of our hearts. Words cannot express the...
  • US: Students nervously return to school after shooting December 18, 2012

    Lilly Rosell contemplated keeping her 7-year-old daughter at home on the first day of classes since the Connecticut elementary school massacre, but she ultimately decided, like so many other parents, there was only so much she could do to keep her daughter safe. "I'm panicking here to be honest," Rosell, of...