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Alex Rodriguez will play his final major league game next Friday with the New York Yankees and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team.

Connecticut residents will soon be automatically registered to vote when they apply for a driver's license.

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Few Connecticut police departments are showing interest in a new state program that encourages them to begin using body cameras.

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A 24-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a boat crash that killed an 8-year-old girl from Carlsbad, California who was vacationing at Lake George in the southern Adirondacks.

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State conservation officers are trying to trap a bear that attacked a steer on a southeastern Adirondack farm.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking federal officials to forgive loans for 4,400 students who attended a for-profit college that admitted to misleading students.

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Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill bringing Massachusetts into compliance with new federal requirements for driver's licenses and other identification cards.

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New York is seeking public comment on a proposed change to a management plan for 92,000 acres of state-owned land in the Adirondacks.

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Saratoga Springs, New York, has long been famous for its naturally carbonated mineral waters. But concerns in the early 1900s that too many wells were threatening the aquifer prompted the state to shut down more than 100 of them and tightly control the flow of water.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing legislation to add 22 substances to the federal list of banned drugs following a mass overdose in Brooklyn last week that sent 33 people to hospitals.

Officials say three people were killed when their small plane crashed in upstate New York.

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is struggling to win support for a program to help fellow ex-convicts find jobs.

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Connecticut agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers' markets is grown in-state.

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Massachusetts Senate leaders are seeking another increase in the state's earned income tax credit and a requirement that online marketplaces like Airbnb charge guests the same taxes as hotels and motels.

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Connecticut state officials are collaborating with conservationists on a new effort to protect local bird species. Five sites around the state have been chosen by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Audubon Connecticut as areas where birds are in the greatest need of conservation.

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As many as 750,000 families in New York state are now eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program following a change in the program's rules.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a bill allowing transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Massachusetts becomes the first state this year to enact such a transgender rights bill.

Leaders of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut are speaking out over past remarks by Donald Trump that they describe as bigoted, and current campaign rallies they say disrespect Native Americans.

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Connecticut will be receiving more than $320,000 in federal money to help support its response to the Zika virus. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will be used to identify and track Zika outbreaks, coordinate Connecticut's response and help affected families find services.

Authorities say a man was seriously hurt in Central Park and people near the area reported hearing some kind of explosion.

A New York state assemblyman and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among four people facing fraud charges in Cambodia.

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Comptroller Kevin Lembo says it appears Connecticut will close its books for the fiscal year with a nearly $316 million deficit. Lembo's assessment echoes an estimate previously released by the governor's Office of Policy and Management.

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Dry conditions have led to high forest fire danger levels in Connecticut. State officials are reminding residents to take care over the holiday weekend with the use of sparklers, fireworks, campfires and other flammable materials.

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A signature job creation program created by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far generated only 408 new jobs.

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New York's Health Department says it has identified 324 cases of Zika, all associated with travel to areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit it.

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Hartford's annual July 4 festival and fireworks show have been canceled because the city and neighboring East Hartford cannot afford it.

The New York attorney general's office plans to operate a complaint hotline to address voter problems in Tuesday's congressional primaries.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in West Virginia to begin assessing the damage to infrastructure, homes and other property from devastating floods that killed 24 people.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on federal regulators to use new powers under the toxic substances reform bill to determine if the industrial chemical PFOA should be restricted or banned.

New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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