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A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat.

Forty-eight percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to the telephone survey of 1,696 likely voters released Thursday.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.

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Police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of burls from trees in Boston parks.

Burls are the giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

Police went to a Dorchester apartment on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing the man shaving scrap pieces off a burl in a park, then leaving with a chainsaw and entering an apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports that 44-year-old Michael Scanlan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

Connecticut's secretary of the state says that Hispanics account for nearly 9 percent of the people registered to vote in the state.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that her study of registration data and U.S. Census information on Spanish surnames indicates there are more than 176,000 registered voters of Hispanic origin in Connecticut.

The majority of those voters — roughly 90,000 — are registered as Democrats, while about 14,500 are registered as Republicans.

A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.

Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

Mitchell College will lay off seven professors, or 20 percent of the full-time faculty, following an unexpected drop in enrolled students.

The Day of New London reports that the layoffs will take effect at the end of the semester. The reductions will cut deeply into the sport and fitness management and early childhood education departments, which will be cut in half with the loss of two professors in each area.

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Massachusetts faces a shortage of doctors in key specialties from family medicine to general surgery.

That's one of the findings of a new report by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

The study found the state is struggling to recruit enough physicians to work at community hospitals and in areas of the state outside Boston.

The study also found more doctors are willing to participate in the state's push to overhaul the health care payment system, including initiatives like "accountable care organizations" and "global payments."

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U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to tour a dairy farm at Vermont Technical College in Randolph as part of a visit to the state designed to highlight a training program to support agricultural businesses.

Vermont Tech is getting a $3.4 million federal grant for training programs for state industries that support agriculture, food production, waste disposal and energy production.

Officials say the grant will allow Vermont Tech to improve its degree and college-level certificates and help meet trade employment needs throughout the state.

Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire. His fiscally conservative, socially moderate tenure as governor of neighboring Massachusetts once seemed a good match for New Hampshire's independent and libertarian-leaning electorate.

Yet, Romney trails President Barack Obama in polls in New Hampshire, as he does in most other presidential battlegrounds, despite spending considerable time and money to lock up the state's four Electoral College votes.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock wants to create what he calls a "business in a box" program that would link unemployed Vermonters with business ideas that would be funded by private money.

Brock outlined his proposal Monday at a Williston business as part of a package of ideas that he said would help spur economic development and create more jobs in the state.

State and federal officials have announced $120 million in federal funding to build part of a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.

The 62-mile project calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren jousted on everything from immigration reform and Afghanistan to jobs and the Supreme Court during their second televised debate.

Brown began Monday's match-up by demanding Warren release her personnel records at Harvard University, even as he conceded she is "a qualified academic."

Warren pressed Brown for more information on the clients he represented as a private attorney and said if elected to the Senate, Brown would help fellow Republicans block President Barack Obama's agenda.

 A union representing 14,000 New England janitors has reached a tentative contract agreement that allows them to avoid a strike.

A spokeswoman for Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union said early Monday that the agreement followed a day of negotiations that went beyond the union's midnight deadline. She declined to discuss details of the proposed contract. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at theunion's Boston headquarters.

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Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon is getting a visit from the GOP's 2008 presidential candidate.

Arizona Sen. John McCain is scheduled to appear with McMahon at two campaign events on Monday.

McCain will address the "Veterans for Linda" coalition at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Danbury. Later, he will greet McMahon supporters at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.

McCain had previously endorsed McMahon's rival in the GOP primary, former Congressman Christopher Shays.

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New York regulators expect to reopen their rulemaking process for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, shedding doubt on whether a 4-year-old moratorium on development will be lifted before next year.

Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said Sunday that the agency expects to miss a Nov. 29 deadline for finalizing regulations, making it necessary to reopen the process with at least one public hearing.

When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" in security.

But even though the government is bringing in those troops — as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops, and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames — organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games.

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.

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