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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD
HARTFORD — Advocates in Connecticut are celebrating the nation's most sweeping legislation requiring special labels for genetically modified food, but to take effect it will need help from lawmakers in neighboring states. In an effort to shield producers from competitive disadvantage, Connecticut's legislation stipulates that GMO labels would appear on products in the state's supermarkets only after four other states, including one bordering Connecticut, enact a similar law. By Stephen Kalin.
PISTOL PERMIT FEES
HARTFORD — A business owner is demanding in a federal lawsuit that state police return more than $1 million to people who have applied for temporary pistol permits over the past four years, saying authorities have wrongly charged applicants a $50 fee since 2009. By Dave Collins.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is planning a gun control event next Tuesday at the White House. It's Biden's first event focusing specifically on gun control since a major Senate vote on expanding background checks failed in April, although the White House held a mental health conference earlier in June. Strengthening mental health care was among the executive actions President Barack Obama took to reduce gun violence after the December shooting in Newtown, Conn. By Josh Lederman.
WASHINGTON — Child prostitutes would be considered victims of abuse rather than juvenile offenders and be referred to child welfare officials under legislation in Congress aimed at extending care to them before they become ensnared in the criminal justice system. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, Joette Katz, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, quoted a decade-old Justice Department report's estimates that nearly 450,000 children run away from home each year and that one-third of teens living on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. By Valerie Bonk.
BRIDGEPORT — A woman has been charged with murder after police said she ran down her ex-boyfriend with her car and crushed him against a cinder-block garage wall.
WOMEN ON SUBMARINES
GROTON — The commander of a Groton-based submarine group is leading a task force dedicated to the integration of enlisted women on Navy submarines. Female officers already have begun serving aboard ballistic missile and guided-missile subs. In 2015, female officers will begin reporting for assignment on the smaller attack submarines, where berthing is more of a privacy problem.
HARTFORD — Bridgeport's mayor says the governor's plan for allocating $72 million in federal funding to recover from Superstorm Sandy isn't adequate for the city's needs, while officials and homeowners in other municipalities are also raising similar concerns.
— STUDENTS-SEX ASSAULT CHARGES — One of two Torrington high school football teammates charged in sexual assault cases involving different 13-year-old girls has pleaded guilty. Their cases drew attention after the victims were bullied on Twitter by the boys' supporters.
— UNION LEADER-OLSEN — John W. Olsen, the longtime president of Connecticut's largest labor organization, announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection. The AFL-CIO president told his executive board he will not be a candidate for president when the union federation holds its biennial convention in September.
— SCHOOL SHOOTING-NEW SCHOOL — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is introducing an amendment to provide incentives to defense contractors that make donations to help build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, as well as other schools disrupted by a traumatic crisis.
— STUN GUN USE-DEATH — Connecticut NAACP officials say they're investigating Meriden police's use of a stun gun on an injured man who later died.
— NATIONAL GUARD-HOMECOMING — About 120 soldiers from a Norwich-based company of the Connecticut National Guard have returned from Bahrain.
— LAWMAKER ARREST — Bridgeport lawmaker Christina Ayala has entered a no contest plea to motor vehicle charges stemming from an August hit-and-run accident in the city.
HARTFORD — Connecticut's men's basketball team, which was barred from the 2013 postseason because of past problems with its Academic Progress Rate, has qualified academically for next year's NCAA tournament. By Pat Eaton-Robb.
FOXBOROUGH — Tim Tebow and Tom Brady took turns, zipping passes over the middle and lofting tosses toward the corner of the end zone. On his first day with the Patriots, the New England newcomer was just a backup quarterback, No. 5 on his helmet and number three on the depth chart. By Howard Ulman.
— FBN--JAGUARS-KAFKA — The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed another former New England player. The Jaguars were awarded quarterback Mike Kafka off waivers on Tuesday, the third New England player claimed by Jacksonville in the last four weeks.
The Tim Tebow Traveling Circus has pitched its tent in Foxborough, perhaps the only place in the NFL where the carnival won't get out of hand. Patriots coach Bill Belichick will make certain of that, just as he did while answering questions (sort of) about New England's latest signing. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.
CHICAGO — The wait is almost over. The Blackhawks practice at the United Center while the Boston Bruins travel to Chicago for Game 1 on Wednesday night of a Stanley Cup finals between Original Six teams. By Jay Cohen.
CHICAGO — Zdeno Chara and those bruising Bruins shut down Pittsburgh to reach the Stanley Cup finals. Now they face another challenge. It's bashers vs. speedsters when the Bruins take on the Blackhawks in a matchup between two of the past three champions. By Andrew Seligman.
— CHICAGO — HKN--Stanley Cup-Blackhawks. By Jay Cohen.
— CHICAGO — HKN--Stanley Cup Notebook. By Andrew Seligman.
— BOSTON — HKN--Stanley Cup-Bruins Sendoff. By Jimmy Golen.
— HKN--Stanley Cup-Preview Capsule. By Ira Podell.
— HKN--Stanley Cup-5 Things to Watch. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage.