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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A court has overturned a nearly $90,000 award for lawyer fees in an international child custody dispute between a Connecticut financier and a British television host.

The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled Monday in the custody case between Peter Rinfret and Melissa Porter.

Rinfret is chief executive of Boston-based telecommunications company Flyp Inc. Porter is known for hosting the BBC's "To Buy or Not to Buy" and "Escape to the Country."

A lower-court judge awarded Porter the attorney fees after Rinfret withdrew a child custody lawsuit the judge said was filed in "bad faith." The appellate court overturned that ruling.

Rinfret and Porter once lived together in Greenwich, Connecticut, and had a son in 2010. Porter now lives in London. Child custody proceedings remain pending in a British court.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Residents in Connecticut's capital city can obtain identification allowing them access to city services regardless of their housing or immigration status under a new program.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says the Hartford City ID program launched Monday is of no cost to the city. While documents will be used to establish identity and residency, the city will not retain them. It will, however, keep the cardholder's name and their card number.

The Democrat says the program is intended to ensure no one has to live ``in the shadows,'' including people who without a permanent residence.

Residents can obtain the cards at the city clerk's office and the Hartford Public Library's downtown branch. The cards will be valid for two years and will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.



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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Three people are seriously injured after crashing their vehicle after an attempt to evade Connecticut police.

Sgt. Christopher Merrill says the driver and two passengers are expected to survive the injuries sustained in the one-vehicle crash on Monday in Norwich.

The Hartford Courant reports the driver did not comply with an order to pull over, speeding up and then crashing into a pursuing police cruiser. Police ended the chase at an intersection as it became too dangerous with traffic and high speeds.

Police say dispatchers soon identified a car crash that turned out to be vehicle police had been chasing earlier. The car was heavily damaged, and the three occupants were still inside. Officers removed them from the vehicle and took them to a local hospital.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A motorcyclist in Connecticut is seriously injured after crashing his bike into a car loaded with high school students on their way to prom.

Twenty-nine-year-old motorcyclist Ryan Boileu suffered a broken leg and head injuries, and is listed in critical but stable condition at Hartford Hospital. Police tell the Hartford Courant that Bolieu was not wearing a helmet.

The crash occurred early Saturday evening, as students were driving from their picture locations to Manchester High's senior prom.

One of the teenage passengers was injured in the crash and admitted to a local children's hospital for treatment.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Kaylin Courtney, was also injured in the crash and was also taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut legislative panel is set to hold a hearing and vote on two nominees to the state's second highest court.

Judges Nina Elgo, of West Hartford, and Maria Araujo Kahn, of Cheshire, were nominated by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to serve on the Connecticut Appellate Court. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nominations Monday after a public hearing in Hartford.

If Elgo and Kahn are confirmed by the legislature, women will comprise a majority of the Appellate Court for the first time in its history. The court's two vacancies were created by the retirement of Judge F. Herbert Gruendel and by Judge Robert Beach Jr. taking senior judge status.

The Judiciary Committee will also vote Monday on 13 nominees for Superior Court judges.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan will lead a national clearinghouse on tax policy and standards for state tax and revenue agencies.

Sullivan was appointed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to lead Connecticut's agency in 2011. He will also take on the duties of president of the Federation of Tax Administrators. The group represents the 50 state tax agencies and the District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia tax offices.

Sullivan says the nonprofit organization is "an invaluable resource in supporting the work of tax and revenue administrators." He says FTA, first organized in 1937, also works to advance "smart tax policy" across the country.

As commissioner, Sullivan has worked to modernize Connecticut's tax agency, fight fraud and improve taxpayer services.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $15 million to a New Jersey man who accused a prominent Connecticut rabbi of repeatedly raping and molesting him when he was a teenager.

Rabbi Daniel Greer and his Yeshiva of New Haven were ordered Thursday to pay Eliyahu Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages.

Mirlis alleged in a lawsuit Greer sexually abused him for three years while he was a student at the Jewish boarding school from 2001 to 2005. Greer was the school's principal.

The Associated Press generally doesn't name people who say they were sexually abused, but Mirlis' attorney says he wanted to come forward.

Greer has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.

Greer's attorney says he and his client are "extremely disappointed" and intend to pursue an appeal.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - It appears unlikely Connecticut will be the latest to join a group of states wanting to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

Leaders of the Democratic controlled House of Representatives on Thursday tabled the bill after about 90 minutes of debate.

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, a Democrat, had told reporters earlier in the day that he wasn't sure if there was enough support for the legislation, which had narrowly cleared the General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee in March.

Democratic Rep. Roland Lemar of New Haven says joining the compact would "ensure every vote counts in every state across the country." But opponents argued that Connecticut would ultimately have less sway in the electoral process under the proposal.



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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as "white trash."

Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at the Ivy League school.

Pierson Head Stephen Davis sent an email Thursday informing members of the residential college that Chu had been placed on leave after he discovered there were numerous offensive reviews, not the two he had been led to believe existed.

Davis says the reviews contained "inappropriate and unacceptable language pertaining to race and class" that was "deeply harmful to the community fabric."



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police are asking the public to come forward with any videos, photos and eyewitness accounts of a police officer's fatal shooting of a teenager and wounding of a man during a traffic stop.

State police investigators made the appeal Wednesday on social media. They're investigating the May 9 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron and the wounding of 21-year-old Julian Fyffe by Bridgeport officer James Boulay.

Bridgeport police say Boulay opened fire when a stolen car driven by Negron nearly ran him over. Fyffe and Negron's relatives dispute the police version of events and say deadly force wasn't necessary.

Amateur video already posted on social media shows Negron lying in the street and moving several times while handcuffed after the shooting.

Negron's funeral was held Wednesday.



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WASHINGTON (AP) - Four potential candidates to lead the FBI - including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman - met with President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Andrew McCabe, currently the bureau's acting director; and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, also went to the White House for interviews.

The meetings came more than a week after Trump fired James Comey from his post as FBI director.

Trump said Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly." He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

 

Lieberman gave a thumbs-up to reporters camped out on the White House driveway and said "It was a good meeting."

Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. 



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut elections staff members have issued a draft decision denying a request from a city mayor to participate in the state's public campaign financing program despite his past convictions for corruption.

Elections Enforcement Commission staff issued their opinion Wednesday. The public can comment on the matter until June 15. The commission will meet June 21 to make a final decision on Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's request.

The Democrat tells the Connecticut Post it "would be helpful for as many people as possible" to submit comments. He says some lawyers might believe the staff "missed the mark," and that others may feel people shouldn't be penalized for the rest of their life.

Ganim was convicted of extortion and bribery charges in 2003. He's interested in running for governor for 2018.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut doctor who gave unnecessary breast and pelvic exams to four patients has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The Bulletin of Norwich reports that a judge called the actions of Dr. Manoj Saxena ``an egregious breach of trust'' at sentencing on Monday.

Saxena was also sentenced to 10 years' probation and will lose his medical license.

Saxena pleaded guilty in February to multiple counts of sexual assault under the Alford doctrine, meaning he doesn't agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there's enough for a conviction.

Authorities say the 46-year-old doctor gave the unnecessary exams while working at a Norwich clinic, and in one case fondled the breasts and gave a pelvic exam to a woman being treated for a bite on the arm.



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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Stamford man has been convicted of murder for fatally stabbing a city cab driver.

The Advocate reports that a jury Monday found 32-year-old Shota Mekoshvili guilty of killing taxi driver Mahomed Kamal in August 2014.

Mekoshvili faces 25 to 60 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for July 18.

Prosecutors say the men knew each other and the killing was motivated by robbery. Kamal's wife testified that her husband was carrying between $500 and $700 the night he was killed. He had $18 on him when police found his body. He had been stabbed 127 times.

The defense said the killing was self-defense.

Mekoshvili testified that Kamal initiated a sexual encounter and he wrestled a knife away from Kamal, who beat him with a metal flashlight.



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BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) A pedestrian is dead after being struck by an Amtrak train near a stop in Branford.

An Amtrak spokesman says an Acela Express train from Boston to New York struck the person on Tuesday afternoon. The individual, whose identity was not immediately released, died of injuries sustained in the collision.

The Hartford Courant reports that there were 171 passengers on the train. No one on the train was hurt.

Amtrak and Shore Line East trains were temporarily halted as a result of the collision.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut mother whose autistic teenage son died after being taken to a hospital with what authorities said was severe malnutrition faces a manslaughter charge.

Hartford police obtained a warrant charging 33-year-old Katiria Tirado with first-degree manslaughter. A judge Monday ordered Tirado held on $750,000 bond.

Tirado was first charged with cruelty to persons in connection with the death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado.

Matthew was taken to the hospital in February after his mother called 911. He was 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed less than 90 pounds. He also had cuts and bruises on his body.

In April, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Katiria Tirado remains jailed. 



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The acting president and chairman of the board of the Connecticut Lottery Corp. has resigned.

Frank Farricker, of Greenwich, stepped down Monday amid the scandal involving a lottery instant game.

Farricker recently told a legislative hearing that lottery officials "put revenues over security issues" after discovering that retailers could illegally access winning numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on computer screens and manipulate the tickets.

A report from the state Department of Consumer Protection found that lottery officials learned of the problem in January 2015, but didn't didn't alert consumer protection officials for seven months.

Farricker was appointed to the Lottery Corp. board in 2011 and had served as acting president and CEO since the resignation of Anne Noble from the $212,000 a year job in September.



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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say two people are at large after robbing a Dunkin' Donuts at gunpoint.

Fairfield police were contacted after the store was robbed on Saturday by a man and a woman dressed in all black, and carrying what appeared to be a silver handgun.

The Hartford Courant reports the two suspects stole the cash tray after the cashier opened up the machine for a transaction. They also stole a patron's cell phone and wallet, which were on his table.

No suspect vehicle was seen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfield police.



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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London is welcoming Republican President Donald Trump this week to deliver a commencement address.

Trump is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the invitation-only graduation ceremony on Wednesday morning.

Each year, the president delivers the commencement address at one of the U.S. military service academies.

Cadets at the academy pursue a four-year program for a bachelor of science degree. They pay no tuition and are required to serve in the Coast Guard for five years following graduation.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police have obtained a video that apparently shows a 15-year-old after he was shot by a police officer.

Police confirmed Sunday they've seen the video posted online Friday by Giovanni Rivera, who says he's the cousin of Jayson Negron.

Police said Bridgeport Officer James Boulay shot Negron after he hit the officer with a stolen car Tuesday. Police pronounced Negron dead at the scene.

The shaky, amateur video shows Negron lying on the ground. The camera turns away from him and when it cuts back four seconds later, Negron's head changes direction. An officer is standing near him.

Autopsy results show Negron died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police said Negron's handcuffed body was lying in the street for several hours after the shooting for "evidence-gathering reasons."