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Here’s the latest for Thursday, May 17th: South Korea looks to restart North Korea talks; Illinois school shooting suspect in custody; Hawaii prepares for more volcano evacuations; Connecticut woman sets Everest climbing record.

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Home Explosion Began As Domestic Violence Call

A Connecticut woman’s call to police to report domestic violence led to a standoff and explosion in a barn behind her home that left one person dead and nine officers injured, officials said Thursday. (May 3)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday May 3rd: Giuliani says Trump knew about Stormy Daniels payment; Explosion hurts 8 police officers in Connecticut; Georgia plane crash investigated; Severe weather in Midwest.

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Barn Explosion Hurts Officers During Dispute

A barn behind a house in Connecticut exploded Wednesday night while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage. Officials said up to eight officers were hurt. The wife escaped. The husband’s condition was not known. (May 3)

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America’s first Palestinian museum opens in Connecticut

The first museum dedicated to Palestinian art in the US opens its doors in Connecticut. Its founder, Palestinian-American businessman Faisal Saleh, says it’s a way to change the narrative about his people and give insight into who they are.

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Today in History for April 17th

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Highlights of this day in history: Cuban exiles invade Bay of Pigs; Three astronauts of Apollo 13 land safely in pacific ocean; Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84; JP Morgan born in Connecticut; Ford rolls out the Mustang convertible. (April 17)

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How The U.S. Is Helping Saudi Arabia Fight A Controversial War In Yemen

The Senate rejected a resolution Tuesday seeking to end U.S. involvement in Yemen’s spiraling civil war, which has killed thousands of civilians and thrown the country into the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” according to the United Nations.

In a closer-than-expected result, lawmakers voted 55-44 against curbing U.S. military activity in Yemen, narrowly defeating the bipartisan legislation put forward by Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. But human rights advocates were heartened by what they believe is a growing opposition to America’s unconditional support for Saudi Arabia’s controversial campaign in Yemen.

“Today should have been the day that the Senate moved to end U.S. involvement in this catastrophe.” said Scott Paul, Oxfam America’s policy lead for Yemen. “But it is clear from today’s debate that the tide is turning,”

Paul was likely referring to the timing of the vote, which, despite urgent requests from the White House and the Pentagon, took place just as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited with President Donald Trump at the White House. Trump praised the young leader as a “very great friend” to America; hours later the Senate debated the bill.

Congressional leaders sought to use the Crown Prince’s much-touted visit to press the White House and its powerful Middle East ally to end the brutal war in Yemen, along with the U.S. military’s involvement in it. They did so while facing opposition from the executive branch and the military. Ahead of the visit, Secretary of Defense James Mattis penned a personal letter to U.S. senators, urging them to halt the vote, and warning that such an effort risked straining relations and compromising American interests in the region.

But there’s a reason the senators pressed forward with the vote. Bin Salman may be touted as Saudi Arabia’s young modernizing reformer, but he is also widely considered the architect of the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, which has had disastrous results for the country and its civilians.

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Storm Dropping Snow in Southern New England

Heavy snow has been falling in Connecticut and Rhode Island, as a major winter storm moves up the East Coast early Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Thursday for most of New England. (March 8)

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CT Driver Crashes Into Hospital, Set Self on Fire

A driver intentionally crashed a car filled with gasoline containers into a Connecticut hospital emergency room Thursday and set himself on fire, authorities said. (Feb. 22)

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Dem. Senators Slam Trump Meeting Remarks

WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Democratic Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut slammed President Donald Trump for allegedly using vulgar language to describe Haiti and African countries in a meeting last week. (Jan. 16)

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