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5-foot Alligator that scared a Connecticut town turns out to be a stuffed toy


Never assume a sleeping alligator is just a stuffed toy. This time it was, but never assume. Folks in Suffield, Connecticut, briefly thought they had a serious gator problem by the Connecticut river. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in a notably brief investigation, found out that it wasn't responsive to sound, touch or much of anything. It was a a five-foot long stuffed toy.

Connecticut Giving $81 Million in Aid to 16 Companies

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General Dynamics' Electric Boat is getting the largest loan -- $35 million to help buy machinery and equipment for expanding operations in Groton and New London. The company is expected to create nearly 1,900 new jobs and retain 11,300 others. The company's expansion project is estimated at $852 million.

Stepped-Up Drunken Boating Patrols Planned in Connecticut

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The EnCon Police also hope their presence will increase public awareness of the state's drunken boating laws. In Connecticut, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher -- the same as operating a vehicle.

Fire Consumes Connecticut Waste and Recycling Company

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Willimantic Waste Paper is a family-owned company that provides trash pickup and recycling services in eastern Connecticut and has been in business for more than 60 years, according to its website. It's located about 30 miles outside Hartford. It employs about 200 people.

Woman Convicted in Connecticut 'Cinderella' Case

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The now 18-year-old victim testified that Mateo-Colon made her do the family's chores, including the laundry, struck her with a spatula, broom stick and belt buckle, and withheld food. The family's pastor says the girl often wore tattered clothing, while her parents' biological children had new shoes and outfits.