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MURDEROUS WORDS

High court rebukes prosecutors, upholds conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterbury man, despite saying that prosecutors should not have referred to the crime as a murder during the trail or used other language deemed inflammatory.

Monday's ruling comes in the case of Jonathan Albino, who was convicted of murder in the 2006 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Rivera in Waterbury. He had claimed self-defense.

The court ruled that the prosecutor improperly used terms such as "execution," ''victim," ''murder," and "murder weapon" during the 2008 trial.

But the court also found there was "not a reasonable likelihood that the jury's verdict would have been different absent the improprieties."

Pamela S. Nagy, Albino's attorney, declined immediate comment Monday, saying she had just received the decision.

TURTLE SHOT

Connecticut man accused of shooting pet turtle

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Connecticut man shot to death his girlfriend's pet turtle.

Sgt. Louis Diamanti, Stonington's animal control officer, says 31-year-old Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home.

Police had responded after a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead turtle in the yard.

Police say Richard did not explain why he shot the pet. A phone listed for Richard had been disconnected Monday. He was released on a promise to appear Aug. 4 in court on a charge of cruelty to animals.

Diamanti says he does not know what type of turtle it was.

MILLSTONE SHUTDOWN

Millstone 2 reactor shut down to fix faulty pump

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - One of the two reactors at Connecticut's Millstone nuclear power plant has been shut down because a problem with a water pump.

Plant officials say a water flow problem was detected Saturday affecting a turbine-driven auxiliary pump at the Millstone 2 reactor. They say that reactor was shut down shortly after 2 p.m. after attempts to troubleshoot and fix the problem failed.

The Millstone 3 reactor was not affected by the problem.

It was not clear Monday when Millstone 2 would be back online.

YOUNG DRIVER

12-year-old crashes car into neighbor's house

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - A Norwalk man faces charges after his 12-year-old son allegedly crashed the family car into a neighbor's house.

Police say 45-year-old Giuseppe Manugus allowed the boy to get behind the wheel Saturday.

He told authorities he was teaching his son to drive and instructed him to back down the driveway and then pull the car forward. They say the 12-year-old instead lost control of the vehicle, backed across the street and crashed into the home.

Police say the house suffered only minor damage and nobody was injured.

Manugus was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Aug. 1.

An attempt to reach Manugus for comment Monday was unsuccessful. No listed phone number for him could be found.

WOLCOTT TORNADO

Tornado touches down in Wolcott

WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Wolcott.

Sunday's tornado was rated as an EF0, the weakest rating for the storms, with winds between 65 and 85 mph.

Investigators say among other things, the storm uprooted trees, knocked down a fence and blew down a portable backstop on the baseball field at Wolcott High School.

The weather service says the tornado touched down at 12:50 p.m. and traveled about six-tenths of a mile from the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street to the high school.

No injuries were reported.

OBAMA-ARTS-HUMANITIES

Ronstadt, Katzenberg among those honored by Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Linda Ronstadt, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and public radio host Diane Rehm are among those being honored at the White House for their contributions to arts and humanities.

President Barack Obama is awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients in an East Room ceremony Monday. First lady Michelle Obama also plans to attend.

The National Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 as the nation's highest award given to artists and their patrons. The National Humanities Medal was created in in 1997 to honor those who have deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities in fields including history, literature, languages and philosophy.

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