Alejandro G. Inarritu, center, and the cast and crew of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” accept the award for the best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

‘Birdman’ takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

The long take of “Birdman” has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his super…

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

Lawmakers begin work in Connecticut budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The General Assembly’s budget-writing committee is beginning its work on a response to the two-year, nearly $40 billi…