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Comedian Amy Schumer is joining her cousin, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, to call for stricter gun control laws and more access to mental health treatment.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday that he’s using his new power as a special prosecutor to investigate the death of a woman who died in police custody last week.

Raynette Turner of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was the fifth African-American woman in the country known to have died in police custody in the month of July.

Authorities say the 42-year-old Turner died two days after her arrest on a shoplifting charge.

(Steve Jensen/Connecticut Department of Agriculture via AP, File)

The state of Connecticut is auctioning off 13 goats taken from a dairy farm in Cornwall. The goats were part of the largest seizure of farm animals in state history.

In January, state animal control officers seized 74 goats after a month-long investigation brought on by a tip from a neighbor.

Cassandra Basler

The Charles W. Morgan is the world’s only surviving wooden whaling ship. Every year, around Herman Melville’s birthday on Aug. 1, it’s the setting for a marathon reading of his novel about the great white whale, Moby Dick.

A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites.

Connecticut backs the disposal of materials in designated areas while New York state and environmental activists are calling for the reuse of sediments. Four sites in the Sound are used for disposal, with two set to close by April unless a management plan is approved, said Jean Brochi, a Long Island Sound project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.