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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut zoo is welcoming the addition of two tiger cubs.

Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport said Monday that its 10-year-old Amur tiger, Changbai, gave birth Nov. 25 to four tiger cubs but only two survived. The surviving female cubs were removed from Changbai when she showed no interest in taking care of them.

The 2-week-old cubs are in seclusion in the zoo hospital. Staff is hand feeding the cubs five times a day.

The zoo says one of the four kittens had been found unresponsive after birth and a second kitten died later that night.

Director Gregg Dancho says every possible effort was being made to help the kittens survive.

The zoo says Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are very rare.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut police sergeant has been arrested on charges that he illegally used a police vehicle while on leave.

Hartford police say Sgt. Justin Torniero was arrested Monday. Investigators say he repeatedly took a police car, filled it with gas and drove it without permission. They also say he tampered with devices in the car, including an automatic vehicle locator.

Torniero was released after his arrest and is due back in court Dec. 21.

Officials say he has been suspended without pay. He is a 10-year veteran of the force assigned to the patrol division.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Hartford's city council has approved a proposal to apply for state oversight in exchange for tens of millions of dollars needed to help the city balance its budget.

The Hartford Courant reports the move was requested by Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin. The council approved it Monday.

Some council members had resisted the plan, saying it would undermine the power of local government. But they said it became unavoidable as the potential for bankruptcy loomed.

Hartford's $611 million budget currently has a $45 million deficit.

The new Municipal Accountability Review Board was created to help cities like Hartford avoid insolvency. It provides various levels of monitoring and assistance depending on the severity of the city's financial problems. Hartford plans to apply for Tier III oversight, the second highest level.

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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut firefighter has pleaded guilty to selling cocaine at the firehouse while on duty.

The Norwalk Hour reports that Mark Monroe was sentenced to three years in prison after entering the plea Friday.

Monroe was arrested in February after selling cocaine to an undercover police officer on four separate occasions, including twice at a Norwalk fire station.

Investigators say they found more cocaine at his home, along with numerous prescription drugs.

Monroe's attorney says his client is very remorseful. He says the case shows that even public servants can have issues with drug abuse.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A man has been fatally stabbed in New London.

Police say officers responding to a 911 call Sunday night found a man with a stab wound to his chest.

The unidentified man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police later arrested 44-year-old Patrick McInerney. He's charged with murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Police have not revealed a motive for the stabbing.

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ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) - A conservative commentator who grabbed a woman after she took a copy of his University of Connecticut speech titled "It's OK To Be White" is set to make his first court appearance.

Lucian Wintrich was arrested after grabbing the woman and is scheduled to be arraigned on a misdemeanor breach of peace charge Monday at Rockville Superior Court. He denies criminal wrongdoing and says he had every right to retrieve his property.

Wintrich is the White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit. He was at UConn on Nov. 28 to give the speech, which drew protesters.

Cellphone videos show the woman taking paperwork off the lectern Wintrich was using and walking away. Wintrich then goes after her and grabs her before being led away by police. He was released on $1,000 bail.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Firefighters in a Connecticut town say they've put out a potentially hazardous trash fire on a garbage truck.

The Fairfield Fire Department said the truck fire happened at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Emergency responders instructed the garbage truck driver to dump the flaming refuse into the road to prevent it from extending to the vehicle.

The department says it required a number of firefighters with heavy equipment to bring the blaze under control.

The driver wasn't injured, but the department says firefighters also found the remains of propane cylinders in the debris, which could have potentially exploded and seriously injured the driver or firefighters.

Fire officials say propane tanks and other pressurized cylinders must be disposed at designated collection points and never in residential waste.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is sounding the alarm about the projected solvency of Connecticut's transportation account, warning the state may not have the money to pay for many road and bridge improvement projects.

He says lawmakers must take steps to replenish the Special Transportation Fund, impacted by a loss in gas tax revenue, a shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles, increased debt payments and other factors.

The Democrat's administration released a 10-page report on Thursday that highlights how the Special Transportation Fund is projected be in deficit for a number of years beginning in 2019. The report includes a long list of projects potentially at risk throughout Connecticut.

Malloy says higher bus and rail fares, staff reductions and cutbacks in highway maintenance, including snow-plowing, could be imposed if nothing is done.

This summary of this story has been corrected to show that a deficit in the Special Transportation Fund is projected to begin in 2019, not 2010.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - An iconic Connecticut pizza restaurant has been sold.

An attorney representing the Consiglio family says Sally's Apizza in New Haven sold Wednesday afternoon. The Connecticut Post reports the real estate transaction listed the price for $667,500 to a Pennsylvania company. The price of the business itself has not been disclosed.

Robert, Richard and Ruth Consiglio are celebrating the sale. The siblings have been running the restaurant since their mother Florence died in 2012.

Robert "Bobby" Consiglio says he and his fellow siblings will now become managers at the restaurant. Consiglio says all of the restaurant staff will stay.

The restaurant known for its thin-crust pizzas was founded by his father Salvatore Consiglio in 1938. Salvatore "Sally" Consiglio died in 1989.

The new owners will be announced in January.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A Vermont man denies in court papers allegations that he killed his millionaire grandfather in 2013.

Nathan Carman has been called a suspect in the shooting death of 87-year-old real estate developer John Chakalos in Connecticut. No one's been arrested.

He has also been questioned about the day his boat sank with his mother on it near Rhode Island. She's presumed dead.

He says he doesn't know if anyone has seen his mother since their fishing trip in 2016.

Her sisters sued in New Hampshire in July, accusing Carman of killing Chakalos and possibly his mother. They've asked a judge to block Carman from collecting an inheritance.

Carman on Wednesday moved to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Chakalos wasn't a resident of New Hampshire at the time of his death.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut developer has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for defrauding taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a failed effort to build a professional soccer stadium in Hartford.

James Duckett Jr. was sentenced Wednesday on 12 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was found guilty in July.

Duckett and another developer had been hired by Hartford to oversee development of a $12 million, 9,000-seat stadium.

But prosecutors allege Duckett and his partner never paid subcontractors and directed more than $1 million from the city to support a lavish lifestyle for Duckett and expenses unrelated to the stadium project.

The Major Arena Soccer League dropped the team before a game was ever played.

Duckett's lawyer has said the payments to his client were compensation for work.

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut town's feathered celebrity has been taken back to his natural habitat.

Kevin the Turkey wandered freely in Wethersfield for years. Residents say they've enjoyed seeing the bird, which has several thousand members on a Facebook fan page and Kevin-themed merchandise at a local store.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says police contacted them about moving the bird, citing safety concerns.

DEEP spokesman Christ Collibee says they picked Kevin up Wednesday and released him to a safe location.

Collibee says Kevin has given a ``written promise'' to continue eating roots, bulbs and leaves.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Police say a man has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl found shot in a vehicle that had crashed in Connecticut.

Waterbury officers responded to the crash into a utility pole around 10 p.m. Monday. The girl, identified as Evelyse Santiago, was declared dead at the scene.

Police say 27-year-old Dominique Pittman had been in the car when it crashed. They allege Pittman fatally shot Santiago before it happened.

Police say Pittman and Santiago had been in a relationship.

School officials say Santiago had recently transferred from Crosby High School to Wilby High School. Grief counselors are available for students at both schools.

Pittman is being held on $1 million bond. It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday if he has an attorney.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit against the city of New Haven claiming he was sexually harassed by his female supervisor.

WTNH-TV reports Department of Public Works employee Edward Cloud claims he was falsely accused by Honda Smith of sending her a picture of his genitalia. Cloud claims the accusations resulted in ``severe embarrassment and humiliation'' and he was also taunted by his co-workers.

Cloud's attorney says the department demoted him after the accusations and increased Smith's status. The attorney says further investigation by the department found evidence that supported Cloud's claim, but no action was taken against Smith.

Cloud says he has regained his job.

Smith denies the accusations. A city spokesman declined to comment citing pending litigation.

It is unclear what damages Cloud is seeking.

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KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut family has won $50,000 in a national Christmas display competition.

Daniel Amarante, of Killingly, says ``Amarante's Winter Wonderland'' won first-place in Monday's season premiere of the ABC television show, ``The Great Christmas Light Fight.''

The 22-year-old electrician says his display contains about 160,000 lights, 43 inflatables and 36 Christmas trees. He says his love for holiday decorations came from his father, who died when Amarante was 16.

The Amarantes are planning to donate a portion of the winnings to charity. They plan to spend the rest on their first child, who is expected in May.

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KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man is facing charges of sexually assaulting a second teen who worked for him at horse riding stables in Killingly.

State Police charged 43-year-old Michael Sobieniak, of Brooklyn, Monday on two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Police say the victim, now 19, claims she was between 14 and 15 when she started working for Sobieniak at Valley View Riding Stables. She told police the man assaulted her at the stables and in his vehicle while he made deliveries at various locations.

Sobieniak was arrested last year after another victim claimed she was assaulted from when she was 13 until she was 15.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut police officer who was the subject of two civil rights cases has been found dead.

Police tell The Connecticut Post Officer Thomas Lattanzio killed himself at a Bridgeport park Monday morning. His manner of death has not been released.

Police Chief Armando Perez called Monday a ``very sad day'' for the Bridgeport Police Department.

Lattanzio had served on the department since 2000. He was recently placed on suspension following an excessive force complaint in October.

The newspaper reports Lattanzio was among several officers who responded to an excessive noise complaint at a 12-year-old's birthday party Oct. 21. Video captured the officers tackling a costumed man to the ground and dragging another woman dressed in costume to a patrol car.

The city's Office of Internal Affairs was investigating.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut has issued new guidelines for speakers and campus events after an altercation at a speech by a conservative commentator titled ``It's OK To Be White.''

UConn President Susan Herbst said Monday in a campus-wide email that events or other programming will not be allowed if the school determines the individual involved represents a ``danger to our community.''

Herbst says speaker Lucian Wintrich had no criminal history, but UConn was ``disturbed'' to learn that an individual who traveled with him has at least one arrest for a ``violent offense.''

A young woman appeared to take paperwork off the lectern during Wintrich's speech Tuesday. Cellphone video showed Wintrich running up and grabbing her. Police charged Wintrich with breach of peace.

Wintrich says he had every right to retrieve his property.

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SHELTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities say a fire that broke out at a mobile home has left a 75-year-old man dead.

Firefighters had arrived to find the trailer engulfed in flames Friday night. Authorities say Richard Kowalsky was found in the back corner of the home after the fire was contained.

Local and state fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The future of Hartford's downtown arena still remains uncertain, even though $40 million in state bonding has been approved to help fix up the aging XL Center.

Connecticut lawmakers included one stipulation for those funds. They want a ``request for proposals'' issued to determine if there's a buyer for the coliseum complex. That sidelines at least for now Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's original proposal to spend $250 million to totally upgrade the 16,000-seat facility and keep it in government hands.

The RFP will likely be issued this spring. But the number of potential buyers if questionable.

If there isn't a sale, officials will have to decide what to do next, including possibly closing the facility.

Malloy argues the venue is an important attraction for the region.

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