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TRANSGENDER TEEN-JAIL

Transgender teenager in confinement case escapes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut state officials say a troubled transgender girl has been located by police several hours after she escaped from a treatment program.

The confinement of the teenager attracted national attention this spring when she was imprisoned in April without criminal charges. She was 16 at the time.

Officials said she was too violent to remain in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. She has been held most recently at a facility for delinquent boys.

The agency says the teenager was found Tuesday afternoon by Hartford police and is not injured. It says she escaped earlier Tuesday while attending her first day at a therapeutic program.

SCIENCE FRIDAY-FEDERAL GRANT

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and an inspector general of the National Science Foundation. "Science Friday" and Flatow didn't admit any wrongdoing.

Flatow and the show will pay nearly $146,000 to resolve alleged violations of federal law. They also agreed to not participate in federal grant programs for one year.

Flatow says he did nothing wrong and settled because the legal costs were too high.

Authorities say grant money was used inappropriately for "unallowable and unsupported" costs, but didn't elaborate.

AARON HERNANDEZ

Aaron Hernandez: I felt helpless to refuse police

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez says in a court filing that he felt helpless and concerned about his fiancee and their baby when police investigating a 2013 killing questioned him during a search at his home.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 shooting of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

His affidavit released Tuesday is part of a motion to suppress evidence related to his cellphone, which he told police how to access.

Hernandez said, "I felt helpless in the face of the occupation of my house by the police." He said he was concerned about what would happen to his fiancee and baby if he didn't answer police questions during the search, for which they had a warrant.

Hernandez's lawyers say he should have been given a Miranda warning.

NATURAL GAS PIPELINE

Northeast Utilities, Spectra to expand pipeline

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in the winter.

The companies said Tuesday the $3 billion project expanding a network of pipelines is expected to begin operating in November 2018.

The project will rely on routes already used to minimize the impact of construction on communities, landowners and the environment.

NU and Spectra say that in the past 15 years, natural gas-fired generation has grown from serving 15 percent of New England's annual electric requirements to about half.

Gas demand for heating customers rose significantly last winter, leaving less gas available for electric generation. Older coal and oil plants were called in, driving up prices and adding to pollution.

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