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TRAIN FIRE

Metro-North train evacuated because of smoke

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Metro-North commuter train has been evacuated after a small fire was reported in the mechanism that connects the train to overhead electrical wires.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena says smoke was spotted above the train at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Metro Station.

The train, full of rush-hour commuters, was evacuated and fire officials responded. Arena says no injuries were reported.

He says the problem was isolated to the train's pantograph, which connects it to the overhead catenary lines.

Passengers were put on another train to New York. Arena says other trains are able to bypass that track, and delays have been minimal.

EARNS-AETNA

Aetna 2Q profit rises 2.4 percent

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Aetna has reported profit that climbed by 2.4 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.

The Hartford, Connecticut-based company said profit increased to $548.8 million, or $1.52 per share, from $536 million, or $1.49 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and non-recurring costs, came to $1.69 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $1.61.

The company said revenue climbed 26 percent to $14.51 billion from $11.54 billion in the same quarter a year ago, and beat Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $13.97 billion, according to Zacks.

Aetna shares have climbed $16.23, or 24 percent, to $84.82 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 7.1 percent. The stock has risen $21.42, or 34 percent, in the last 12 months.

BOOKS-SANDY HOOK TEACHER

Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) - A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal.

G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday that "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour" by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.

Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman eventually shot himself to death after gunning down his mother, six teachers and 20 children.

Last year, Roig-DeBellis founded Classes 4 Classes, a nonprofit that advocates teaching children that all lives are connected.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-CONNECTICUT

Report: Connecticut averages 14 domestic homicides

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new report shows Connecticut each year averages about 14 homicides committed by intimate partners.

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic violence examined deaths that occurred between 2000 and 2012. Between those years, there were 162 female victims and 26 male victims. Most of the perpetrators, 166, were male, 166. Twenty-two were female.

CCAD is scheduled to release findings and recommendations from the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. In its report, obtained by The Associated Press, the group recommends a new state panel be created to evaluate the response of the criminal justice system to violations of restraining and protective orders.

The report closely examines 2012, when there were 11 homicides and 171 near-fatal incidents resulting in serious injuries. So far this year, there have been 10 domestic violence-related homicides.

ARRESTED WITH TEEN

East Granby man arrested in car with 15-year-old

WINSTED, Conn. (AP) - A 25-year-old East Granby man has been arrested after police say they caught him having sex in a car with a 15-year-old.

James Tardiff was charged Sunday with second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and furnishing liquor to a minor.

Police tell the Republican American a patrol officer spotted Tardif and the teenager in a car parked parked at Ledgebrook Plaza at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

He is due in Superior Court on Aug. 4.

Tardiff could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He does not have a listed phone number calls to a number listed for his family were not connected.

SWIM COACH-RAPE

Former swim coach pleads guilty to sex assault

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A former swim coach and math teacher at Staples High School in Westport has pleaded guilty to raping two pre-teen girls.

The Connecticut Post reports that 44-year-old Jeffrey Schare pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and other charges. He faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3.

Police say the assaults took place over a three-year period.

Schare was arrested after admitting his actions to the girls' mother and a friend, who went to police.

Police say the older girl also confided to a counselor at her school, who was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to report the abuse.

Schare coached the boy's swimming and dive team at Staples High School for seven years.

DRUNKEN ALDERMAN

Mayor calls police after alderman's outburst

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - The head of New Britain's Common Council has stepped down after what police say was a drunken confrontation with the mayor in her office.

Michael Trueworthy, the mayor pro tem, says he will remain a city alderman, but will resign his leadership position to deal with an alcohol problem.

Police say they were called to Mayor Erin Stewart's office last Tuesday after after a drunken Truworthy showed up, called her vulgar names and demanded her resignation.

Stewart told police that the 36-year-old Trueworthy also demanded she get him a drink.

Friends were called to bring Trueworthy home.

Trueworthy, who is serving his sixth term as a Democratic alderman, confirmed the accuracy of the police report Monday and asked for forgiveness. The mayor says she does not plan to press charges.

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