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  • 11/12/15--18:48: DMV Overspending on Overtime

  • The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles went over budget by more than 30% for overtime payments associated with installing and training individuals on the new computer system that rolled out over the summer.

    According to records obtained Thursday by NBC Connecticut, DMV has spent $823,000 on overtime related to the new computer system when only $600,000 was placed in the budget for such spending.

    A spokesman for DMV said the extra costs will be absorbed by other parts of the DMV budget.

    Wait times at DMV locations across Connecticut have become news stories over the past two months. In some cases, people are forced to wait longer than three hours.

    "The long waits are unacceptable and we are working to address them through an analysis of various components" said Bill Seymour with DMV. "We are looking to isolate the triggers that are causing the long wait, and then will develop a comprehensive plan."

    Tax collectors in Connecticut have faced their own issues with the new software. DMV officials conceded Thursday during a meeting of the state association of tax collectors the vendor selected for merging files for the new system didn't do a good job.

    Gayle Murphy told tax collectors, “There were records missing from the database. The matching your old data, our new data. It didn’t go as well as we’d hoped.”
     


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    The former Coginchaug High School football coach is speaking out on why he quit with two games to go in the season.

    “One hundred percent blindsided, one hundred percent,” D’Angelo said of the allegations player's parents have made against him. “They stacked the box on me. They came in with false accusations and lies”

    After last Friday’s game, D’Angelo said he suspended a senior offensive lineman for leaving the field and cursing at a fan in the stands during the third quarter.

    “We talked and decided two weeks was merited, which meant his season was over, his high school career was over,” D’Angelo said.

    D’Angelo resigned on Tuesday after he says parents of seniors upset by the suspension approached school administrators calling for an investigation into the first-year coach. His entire coaching staff has also stepped down and the team forfeited this Friday’s game against Granby High School.

    “I did not leave because I was afraid of the allegations,” D’Angelo said, “I left because power was shifted over to the parents.”

    Regional District #13 Superintendent Kathryn Veronesi said school administrators were meeting Thursday with parents and players.

    "The investigation is on-going and our focus is on our athletes and determining if we can complete this season with certified and qualified coaching staff and assure that our athletes’ safety and reputation is protected," Veronesi said in an email to NBC Connecticut.

    “How could I preach accountability to my players, to be held accountable for your actions when now the parents just set a precedent anything I do or say as a coach they can question me,” D’Angelo said.

    D’Angelo told NBC Connecticut he asked the rest of the coaching staff to stay with the team.

    “And when they heard the allegations they were like no way, we’re with him, there’s no way this happened and I think it speaks merit my entire staff left,” D’Angelo said, adding two of the coaches to quit played for Coginchaug.

    NBC Connecticut reached out to several parents of players on the football team and got no response.
     



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    U.S. forces launched an airstrike Thursday night in Raqqa, Syria, targeting Mohamed Emwazi, the ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John" seen in propaganda videos executing American hostages, the Defense Department said, NBC News reported.

    The masked Emwazi, a Kuwait-born British citizen, has participated in numerous videos showing the killings of Westerners, including American journalists and American and British aid workers, officials said.

    Military officials said they were still assessing the operation and provided no further details.



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    Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS video executioner known as Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS video executioner known as "Jihadi John," pictured in 2010 in Kuwait.

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    Naugatuck High School will be closed Friday Nov. 13 because of an odor in the school.

    On Nov. 5 students were sent home early due to a noxious smell. The fire department responded and metered for hazardous gases during that incident. No danger was found, and officials believed the source of the smell may have been a grease trap in the kitchen. However, after crews thoroughly cleaned the trap the smell returned on Thursday.

    Officials made the decision to cancel PM activities at the high school Thursday night and close school Friday to search for the source of the odor.
     



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    Tables and blackboard in empty lecture hallTables and blackboard in empty lecture hall

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    The first hurricane-style storm ever named by the British weather agency, Abigail, hit Scotland on Thursday night.

    The storm threatens to unleash an entire month's rainfall in just 48 hours. 
    Abigail struck earlier than Britain's Met Office had predicted, closing schools, shutting ferry services and canceling flights. 
    Flood warnings were issued in Scotland and the Northern Isles. But heavier-than usual rain was forecast across Britain south to Wales. 



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    A man battles against driving rain and high winds in Blackpool, as Britain's first ever named storm, Storm Abigail, hits the North West on November 9, 2015 in Blackpool, England. The new naming system was introduced in September by the Met Office. To qualify for a name, the stormy weather must have the potential to cause medium or high wind impacts.A man battles against driving rain and high winds in Blackpool, as Britain's first ever named storm, Storm Abigail, hits the North West on November 9, 2015 in Blackpool, England. The new naming system was introduced in September by the Met Office. To qualify for a name, the stormy weather must have the potential to cause medium or high wind impacts.

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    ISIS has claimed responsibility for two suicide explosions in Beirut's southern suburb that left at least 43 killed and another 239 wounded, the Lebanese Red Cross told NBC News.

    On social media, the terror group said it carried out the dual attacks, which occurred outside a Shi'ite center in the Borj al-Barajneh area, a stronghold of Lebanese Hezbollah. 
    An explosive-laden motorcycle detonated before a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest exploded according to ISIS, the global security firm Flashpoint Intelligence said. 
    U.S. officials have not confirmed that ISIS is responsible for attacks. 



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    Lebanese soldiers deploy near the site of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 that struck a Shiite suburb killed and wounded dozens, according to a Lebanese official.Lebanese soldiers deploy near the site of a twin suicide attack in Burj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 that struck a Shiite suburb killed and wounded dozens, according to a Lebanese official.

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    A police officer pulled over a car in Northern California, he wasn't greeted by a driver.

    Instead, the officer pulled one of Google's Autonomous Vehicles.

    The Google car was going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone which caused traffic to back up, according to the Mountain View Police blog

    The officer was able to contact the operators of the vehicle to ask how they were choosing speeds and let them know about traffic building up. 

    Google's self-driving cars are allowed to operate on roadways with speed limits at 35 mph, according to police. The company put out a statement on Thursday to explain its cars do not operate over 25 mph for safety reasons.

    "We want (our cars) to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets," the Google Self-Driving Car Project group said on a Google+ post.

    Google is proud to say that they have never been ticketed to date after 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving. 



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    Google's new self-driving prototype car drives around a parking lot during a demonstration at Google campus on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif.Google's new self-driving prototype car drives around a parking lot during a demonstration at Google campus on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif.

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    One New London school has started an unusual new after school program that is keeping kids involved while also teaching them valuable life lessons.

    Sewing Superstars got its start last November when faculty at Bennie Dover Middle School wanted to give students the opportunity to learn a unique skill.

    Lisa Conant, one of the co-founders of the program says, "It's life skills. It's important to learn the stuff you learn during school but if you had you know a rip in your shirt or you need to hem pants, you know save yourself some money by being able to do it by yourself."

    Sixth grader Muledride Belony uses the skills she’s learned to fix her own clothing.

    "Yesterday I sewed like two ripped clothes and they came out fine," she says.

    Almost all of the materials are donated by faculty and community members, but in order to fully accommodate the growing size of the club, they have reached out beyond New London for funding and have seen an incredible response by creating a crowdfunding page.

    Alyson Dougerty, a middle school math teacher and the creator of the Donors Choice page says, "Having more machines gives us more access to more students as well as giving just so many more opportunities that doesn't necessarily fit in school budgets"

    Sewing Superstars meets every Thursday right after school, and it is something students look forward to every week.

    Right now there is a waiting list for the program, but the more materials they can receive, the more students they can accommodate for Sewing Superstars.
     



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  • 11/12/15--20:55: Woman Falls From Cruise Ship

  • The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an unidentified woman who fell from a cruise ship during the 2015 Mad Decent Boat Party Thursday evening.

    The incident happened 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba around 7 p.m., according to USCG officials.

    The command center received the initial report from crew members of the Norwegian Pearl, who said a woman had fallen from the deck of the ship.

    USCG crews and an aircrew from Air Station Clearwater were en route to assist in the search for the woman.

    The Norwegian Pearl took off Wednesday from Miami and was bound for Cozumel.

    The Mad Decent Boat Party was taking place on the ship. The party was scheduled for Nov. 11-15. Dozens of EDM artists were scheduled to perform during the boat party and festival.

    The cruise ship company released the following statement about the incident:

    "On Thursday, Nov. 12, during a chartered cruise on Norwegian Pearl, a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel. The ship's crew immediately initiated rescue measures, including deploying three rescue boats and notifying the Coast Guard and other relevant authorities. The search for the guest is ongoing. Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time."

    No further details have been released.

    This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.


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    Residents in a Berlin neighborhood are on edge after several brazen burglaries in town.

    Police are warning residents of Randecker Lane and Woodland Lane to be on alert after several residents were broken into on Nov. 10. Police say they suspect two teens are behind it.

    Neighbors say the thieves stole a variety of stuff.

    “Our neighbors came home for lunch and they walked into the house and saw they had been broken into,” says Ned Troup, who lives in the area. “They came into the kitchen window, took some of the kids toys, electronics, stuff like that.”

    Police say at one point the suspects stole an ATV from a residence. That vehicle has since been recovered in Newington, but the suspects, and various other stolen items, still have not been found.

    “It certainly makes you be more precautious and do all the diligent things you're supposed to do to protect your house and your family,” says Tim D’Addabbo.

    Police remind residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.
     



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    Some people in Plymouth are so concerned that a gun range may be planned for their neighborhood that they want a ban on any new outdoor ranges in town.

    On Thursday the Plymouth Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing about the ban proposal.

    Supporters say it’s needed to protect everything from their quality of life to property values.

    “I do have a firearms permit. I’m not against guns. Just like to keep the neighborhood the way it is,” says Daniel Turgeon of Terryville.
    Others in town say a new range is needed to handle demand and they say concerns are overblown.

    “The proposed amendments seeking to ban outdoor ranges are a one size fits all solution to an individual concern. Furthermore, it may even place the operations of current ranges and clubs in jeopardy,” says Kurt Weisheit of Plymouth.

    The ban idea was pushed by a group of neighbors upset about a range that was proposed to be built off of Wolcott Road in the Terryville section of town.

    The company behind the idea – Prepare to Act – withdrew the proposal.

    On Thursday, a co-owner would not comment on whether they plan to try again.

    That uncertainty has left some neighbors of the proposed site feeling nervous.

    “How many times is someone going to come back after us and the money that our neighbors have spent? We have spent a lot of money for attorneys’ fees. It’s time to stop this,” says George Porter, Jr. of Plymouth.

    While some commission members questioned the fairness of an outright ban, the commission decided at the meeting to delay any action on the proposal.

    They also talked about a possible moratorium on any new ranges as modifications are considered to the current regulations.
     



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    Donald Trump has escalated his battle against Republican rival Ben Carson.

    During a rally in Iowa on Thursday, Trump claimed the retired neurosurgeon has an incurable “pathological temper,” NBC News reported.

    Trump also played out the way Carson alleges to have stabbed his friend — that the friend’s belt prevented any physical harm from being done.

    The outspoken Republican candidate asked the crowd to “try it” on him because “believe me, it ain't going to work."



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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    U.S. forces launched an airstrike Thursday night in Raqqa, Syria, targeting Mohamed Emwazi, the ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John" seen in propaganda videos executing American hostages, the Defense Department said, NBC News said.

    The masked Emwazi, a Kuwait-born British citizen, has participated in numerous videos showing the killings of Westerners, including American journalists and American and British aid workers, officials said.

    Military officials said they were still assessing the operation and provided no further details.



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    Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS video executioner known as Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS video executioner known as "Jihadi John," pictured in 2010 in Kuwait.

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    Fire has broken out at a shopping center in Norwalk and the roof is at least partially collapsing, according to Tweets from the Norwalk Police Department.

    Fire broke out at the Rogers Square Shopping Center on Winfield Street, or Route 136, and the police tweet says the roof is collapsing in the Winfield side.

    Winfield Street is closed from East Avenue to Strawberry Hill and police are asking people to avoid the area.

    No additional information was immediately available.
     



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    Firefighters battled a blaze in a laundromat at the Rogers Square Shopping Center in Norwalk on Thursday.Firefighters battled a blaze in a laundromat at the Rogers Square Shopping Center in Norwalk on Thursday.

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    The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers may have been cheating the system.

    According to CT Lottery officials, some retailers may have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or how exactly the terminals were being manipulated.

    The game was suspended in order to install new software to enhance the security features of the game, the CT Lottery said in a release Thursday night.

    "Integrity is paramount, and this temporary suspension, an unusual step, allows us to bring the game back in a very short period of time," said Anne Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO.

    The game allows players a chance at winning a progressive jackpot by having a winning "hand" of cards, like in a poker game. The cost of a standard ticket is $2, but players have an option of going "All in" for $3, and a chance a greater winnings. A daily drawing gives players a second chance at winning a jackpot of up to $255,555.

    The Department of Consumer Protection is investigating the incidents.

    Players with winning 5 Card Cash tickets will be able to cash them when sales resume, according to CT Lottery officials. That could be as early as next week, they said.

    No other CT Lottery games are affected.



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    The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers may have been cheating the system.The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers may have been cheating the system.

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    The families of Western hostages murdered by ISIS have expressed mixed feelings about news that Mohammed Emwazi was targeted by a U.S. airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, NBC News reported. 

    Dubbed "Jihadi John," the Kuwaiti-born British citizen appeared in a series of gruesome videos last year showing the killings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto.

    Steven Sotloff's mother Shirley Sotloff said, "If they got him great, it doesn't bring my son back ... I don't think there will ever be closure."

    For David Haines' daughter Bethany Haines, Emwazi "was only a pawn in ISIS' stupid game ... As much as I wanted him dead I also wanted answers as to why he did it, why my dad, how did it make a difference?"

    Alan Henning's brother Reg Henning said he "would have preferred him to face justice."



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    Shirley Sotloff.Shirley Sotloff.

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    The bodies of seven babies have been found in an apartment in southern Germany, police said on Friday, NBC News reported. 

    A neighbor found the remains of one of the infants on Thursday afternoon and called police, according to a statement released by police and the local prosecutor's office. Officers found the rest of the bodies in one of the apartment's rooms. The remains were in "bad condition," according to the statement. 

    Investigators said they were questioning "several people," but had yet to locate a 45-year-old woman who used to live at the property in the town of Wallenfels, Bavaria.



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    A transgender man was found dead with his face skinned off Thursday in Tokyo's Fussa City area, local media reported.

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Police told NBC News that 38-year-old Yoshi Tsuchida's body was discovered wrapped in a blanket at his apartment on the outskirts of the Japanese capital by the victim's roommate.

    According to the Sankei Shimbun newspaper, the 28-year-old man identified himself as the victim's adopted son but said he was also in a relationship with the deceased man.

    Citing police sources, several Japanese news outlets reported that Tsuchida's face had been skinned off with a sharp implement. NBC News has been unable able to independently verify the reports.



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    Dry weather is here to stay for several days as high pressure takes control of Connecticut's weather.

    Wind gusts to 35 mph resulted in over 1,000 Eversource power outages earlier today, but that number has come down substantially as of Friday evening.

    A flurry is possible late tonight as much colder air blows into the region.

    Tomorrow features a mix of clouds and sunshine, though it will be cold. It will be windy with northwest winds between 15 and 30 mph.

    Temperatures will range from the middle 40s to upper 40s, with the hill towns being the coldest tomorrow.

    Sun will be filtered by a few high clouds on Sunday, and temperatures will be seasonable in the lower and middle 50s.

    Mostly sunny skies are expected Monday and temperatures will rise to near 60 degrees.

    Even though it will be bright and sunny Tuesday, temperatures won't rise out of the lower and middle 50s. That's still above average.

    It turns unsettled late week. A cold front brings showers on either Thursday or Friday, with temperatures in the 50s to perhaps near 60 degrees.

    By Friday, the cold front will be overhead or east of the region. There's a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast late next week with regard to both temperatures and precipitation.


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    Republican presidential candidates have flocked to Orlando, Florida, for the party's Sunshine Summit at Rosen Shingle Creek.

    Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Linsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Ben Carson will address GOP supporters on Friday at the start of the two-day conference.

    Rick Santorum, Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina will take the stage Saturday.

    On Thursday, former Vice President Dick Cheney kicked off the summit at a Republican Party of Florida fundraising dinner in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by accusing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton of setting up a private email server when she was secretary of state to avoid having her messages sent to the National Archives, the Associated Press reported.

    "I think she's in big trouble," said Cheney to loud applause.

    Cheney, whose hawkish policies during the administration of President George W. Bush led critics to call him Darth Vader, embraced the dark side by taking the stage to the "Imperial March" from "Star Wars," the Orlando Sentinel reported.



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    Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul take the stage before the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul take the stage before the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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