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MILFORD DEATH

Death of Milford man under investigation

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Milford officials are investigating the death of a 55-year-old man who was found to have high levels of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide in his blood.

Firefighters responded to the man's home Tuesday night. Officials say he went into cardiac arrest while working on a motorcycle in his garage and later died at Milford Hospital. His name hasn't been released.

Authorities also found high levels of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide in the man's garage and basement. Capt. Greg Carman of the Milford Fire Department told the Connecticut Post that the victim had been charging his motorcycle battery, which could have produced the hydrogen cyanide.

The cause of the gas emissions remains under investigation.

Milford officials say the incident shows the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

CONNECTICUT TOURISM

Connecticut unveils $3.4 million tourism campaign

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's latest tourism campaign markets the state as an attraction offering much without a long drive.

The $3.4 million advertising and social media effort unveiled Thursday will run through August. It'll appear in nearby markets such as the New York City area, Hartford-New Haven, Providence, R.I., and western Massachusetts.

The marketing followed brand research, meeting with hundreds of stakeholders and focus group sessions. Ads feature destinations and attractions from every area of the state, including Lime Rock Park, New England Air Museum and elsewhere.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made boosting tourism a part of his 2010 election campaign, tying promotion of the state to economic development.

Connecticut launched its "Still Revolutionary" marketing campaign in 2012. It seeks to draw attention to its role in the Revolutionary War and Industrial Revolution.

UCONN-SPRING WEEKEND

UConn Spring Weekend: lots of activities, police

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Numerous student activities and a heavy police presence are planned for the University of Connecticut's Spring Weekend, which has been toned down from the rowdy celebrations of the past.

Spring Weekend runs Thursday to Saturday at the Storrs campus. Non-students are barred from dormitories and activities, while police will be cracking down on alcohol use.

Among the events scheduled are a mud volleyball tournament, a campus spring cleanup, student and faculty talent competitions, a 5K fun run, a food truck festival and live music.

UConn officials and police have taken numerous measures over the past several years to quell violence and other problems that marred past Spring Weekends, including riots and the death of a student who was punched in the head in 2010.

PROM DATE-AGE DISPUTE

Conn. teen seeks OK for 21-year-old prom date

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut teenager is appealing to her local Board of Education after school officials rejected her request to bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to her prom.

Eighteen-year-old Torrington High School senior Mikayla Perlotto and her mother, Donna, urged the school board Wednesday night to intervene. She also argued her case in a Facebook posting this week.

The board took no action, but School Superintendent Cheryl Kloczko agreed to meet with Perlotto's boyfriend, Ethan Gleason, before making a final decision on whether he can attend next month's prom. Gleason will turn 22 before the event.

High school officials rejected Perlotto's request earlier this month, citing concerns that Gleason is of legal drinking age. But officials acknowledge there's no official prom age policy.

Perlotto faces a May 1 deadline to buy prom tickets.

FIRE DANGER

Connecticut officials warn of forest fire risk

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Environmental officials are warning about a high risk for forest fires in Connecticut on Thursday due to dry and windy conditions.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says all open burning permits have been suspended.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the entire state from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say strong winds combined with low humidity can dry vegetation from the previous winter and make it conducive to fires that can start and spread easily.

ELECTRIC BOAT-UNION

Electric Boat, labor union agree to new contract

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - A labor union for 2,200 workers at submarine maker Electric Boat has agreed to a new, five-year contract through 2019 that includes annual pay raises of 3 percent or more.

The Day of New London reports that members of the Metal Trades Council approved the contract Tuesday on a vote of 1,307 to 277. The union includes machinists, electricians, painters, pipefitters and professional employees.

EB President Jeff Geiger says the contract provides stability and allows the company and workers to focus on making two submarines a year for the Navy with partner Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., employs more than 12,000 people in Groton and North Kingstown, R.I.

The contract also includes pension increases for current workers.

EARNS-AETNA

Aetna's 1Q profit jumps 36 pct, forecast climbs

Aetna says its first-quarter net income soared 36 percent, fueled by gains from a multi-billion-dollar acquisition. The health insurer raised its 2014 earnings forecast.

The Hartford, Conn., insurer earned $665.5 million, or $1.82 per share, in the January-March period. That's up from $490.1 million, or $1.48 per share, a year earlier.

Adjusted earnings totaled $1.98 per share, not counting charges. Analysts forecast earnings of $1.53 per share.

Revenue jumped 47 percent to $13.99 billion. Analysts expected about $13.6 billion in revenue.

Aetna closed its $6.9 billion acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid coverage provider Coventry Health Care last May.

The insurer says it now expects 2014 adjusted earnings to range between $6.35 and $6.55 per share. It had previously forecast at least $6.25 per share.

Analysts expect $6.31 per share.

EARNS-STARWOOD

Starwood rides economic recover to strong 1Q

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Starwood's first-quarter net income declined 36 percent compared with last year when it booked some big asset sales, but it easily beat Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue.

The owner of Sheraton and St. Regis hotels earned $137 million, or 72 cents a share. That compares with $213 million, or $1.09 a share, a year ago.

Removing tax benefits and an impairment charge, earnings from continuing operations were 63 cents per share, 7 cents better than analysts had projected.

Revenue slipped 5 percent to $1.46 billion, but that still edged out Wall Street's expectations.

Worldwide revenue per available room, a key metric, rose 6.3 percent. North American activity surged on rising business travel during the economic recovery.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is based in Stamford, Conn.

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