NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Officials in Newtown are asking for privacy as Saturday's one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches. Town officials are not hosting formal events that day. Families of those killed say they will be lighting candles in the victims' memory the night before the shooting's anniversary.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to investigate civil rights complaints against the University of Connecticut. The school received a letter yesterday from the Department's Office for Civil Rights saying it was opening an investigation based on the complaints of seven women who say they were sexually abused while at the school, and that UConn reacted to their cases with deliberate indifference or worse.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's attorney general has withdrawn an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a ruling that former Governor John Rowland's administration violated state employees' constitutional rights when it laid off 2,800 workers in 2003. Attorney General George Jepsen says he withdrew the appeal after a state employee union coalition requested settlement talks. But he says he's preserving the right to refile the appeal.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - An attorney for a so-called "right-hand man" of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants more detail from Massachusetts prosecutors about the accessory to murder charge he faces. Ernest Wallace's lawyers filed the request yesterday in Fall River Superior Court ahead of a brief hearing. Wallace has pleaded not guilty to accessory to murder after the fact and is being held on $500,000 cash bail.
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