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Metro-North derailment
7:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NTSB issues official report on Dec. 2013 Bronx derailment

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, with State Rep. Charles Clemons of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut at a news conference on the NTSB report at the Bridgeport train station on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Tuesday, Federal regulators announced their conclusions on the cause of the Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx last December.

A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls to cause the derailment of the Metro-North Hudson Line commuter train, the NTSB report finds.

The train engineer’s sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed sleep apnea and a drastic shift in his work schedule, it said.

A system that would have applied the brakes automatically would have prevented the crash, according to the report.

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Election 2014
6:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Malloy and Foley bring in national surrogates to help close the deal

The campaign for governor in Connecticut is now in its final week and a number of national political figures are expected to come to Connecticut to help the candidates close the deal. Last night Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley sought votes on opposite sides of state on Monday.

Foley campaigned in southeastern Connecticut with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie helped rally Republican Party faithful at a café in Groton.

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Government
6:07 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

In debate, Himes & Debicella claim mantle of bipartisanship, paint each other as partisan

Republican Dan Debicella (left) and Democrat Jim Himes at a debate at the Norwalk Inn on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut’s Fourth District and Republican Challenger Dan Debicella debated in Norwalk Tuesday.  The candidates both bragged of their own bipartisanship, while trying to paint each other as partisan extremists.

From his first answer, Debicella sought to establish himself as the alternative to what he called incumbent politicians who put their party above country.

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blessing of the "animals"
12:58 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Patchogue church blesses stuffed animals

Pictured are Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter (left) and Bill Paauwe.
Credit Titus Kana

  Earlier this month, Catholics celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many churches held blessings of the animals, which stems from St. Francis's own love for all Earth's creatures. Yesterday, a Long Island church held a blessing for stuffed animals.

WSHU's Charles Lane went to check it out and brought back this postcard. 

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Carter calls out NAA, CAGV & NRA
6:10 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

State Rep. for Newtown tweets that anti-gun activists "accountable for gun deaths"

A tweet by Republican State Rep. Dan Carter, whose district includes Newtown, has been criticized by the anti-gun violence activists he mentioned in it.
Credit Twitter

A comment made in a Twitter exchange Thursday by a Connecticut state representative whose district includes Newtown has advocates against gun violence asking for an apology.

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