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    The FBI arrested a woman believed to have robbed at least six jewelry stores in the southeast during an eight-month crime spree, the agency announced Saturday.

    Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, and another suspect were arrested in Smyrna, Georgia, on Friday, NBC News reported. Investigators believe she is the brunette woman who allegedly robbed stores in five states since April 29, the FBI said.

    "Within hours of issuing a press release this week requesting assistance in identifying the suspects, the FBI Jacksonville Division began to receive numerous credible leads from the public," the FBI said in a statement.

    No details were released by the FBI because of an ongoing investigation.  



    Photo Credit: FBI Jacksonville

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    With the soaring Powerball jackpot growing to a record $900 million for Saturday night’s drawing, the odds of staying anonymous if you win are not likely.  

    Only six states — Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina — allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. That means anyone else in the country must come forward publicly.

    Other states let winners create limited liability companies, so that when their names are announced, it’s the companies and not the individuals that are identified, according to NBC News.

    "Everyone's different. Some people will enjoy this five minutes in the spotlight," Jason Kurland, an attorney for three Greenwich, Connecticut, wealth managers who split a $245 million Powerball prize in 2011, previously told NBC News.

    With frenzy growing, officials say it’s likely that someone will actually take home the jackpot, according to The Associated Press. But what should you do if you have the winning ticket?

    According to Today.com, there are nine things winners need to consider to avoid a disaster. Here are a few of suggestions on how to deal with the windfall: 

    The first thing winners should do is sign the back of the ticket and put it in a secure place.

    It’s always easy to spend or give away the money, so experts suggest hiring professionals to manage winnings.

    Today suggests keeping quiet and setting a budget to avoid blowing through all that cash.  

    Donate to charity to get rid of any guilty feelings. 

    And finally, Today suggests hiring a therapist to deal with all the emotions that come with winning. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    A Powerball lottery ticket is printed in Dallas, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Ticket sales for the multi-state Powerball lottery soared Saturday in the largest jackpot in U.S. history which grew to $900 million just hours before Saturday night's drawing.A Powerball lottery ticket is printed in Dallas, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Ticket sales for the multi-state Powerball lottery soared Saturday in the largest jackpot in U.S. history which grew to $900 million just hours before Saturday night's drawing.

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    The lotto machines and staff have been busy all day at stores across the state selling Powerball tickets.

    A couple bucks gets you a chance at a whopping $900-million in Saturday’s Powerball jackpot.

    “It was crazy. We’re like ‘Oh, we have to take a shot’,” says Christine Gavallas of Berlin.

    “My brother-in-law told me the Powerball is really large so you better get some tickets,” says Jim Grieco of Berlin.

    At Berlin Convenience & Deli, the staff reports selling more than 4,000 Powerball tickets on Saturday, as of late afternoon.

    Some people play small with a few tickets. But others are hoping to increase their chances.

    “Some dude came in with 150, like wanting 150 tickets and spent like 200 bucks just on Powerball. So that was a big sale for the day,” says Ahmad Hassan, Berlin Convenience & Deli.

    Around here all eyes are on the prize, not the odds. It’s a slim one in nearly 300 million chance of winning the jackpot.

    And then of course the prize is less if you take the one-time payout and don’t forget about taxes.

    That does little to diminish the lure of a chance at nearly a billion dollars.

    “I’ve got a really big family. So, I’ll definitely spread it around,” says Grieco.

    “A boat, that’s it,” says Gavallas.

    People can buy a ticket until 9:50pm for Saturday’s drawing which takes place at 10:59pm.
     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    The wish of a Derby mother who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer appears coming true. Soon Jodi Chevarella, 44, will be given the chance to make some lasting memories with her children and her husband, thanks to help from her community and beyond.

    Chevarella has stage four breast cancer. It is her second bout with the disease. The mother of four does not sugar coat it - she does not know exactly how much longer she may live. "Right now we are just trying to embrace how everybody's trying to support us," she said.

    Every memory counts, Chevarella said. Now her community is making sure she will get to make some unforgettable memories with her family in the months ahead. Several musical acts and a big crowd of people were expected to attend 'A Night To Remember' event in Derby on Saturday evening.

    "Let's go and get four or five bands and have two, three hundred people show up and make a bunch of money," said Mark Searles, who helped organize the event.

    Proceeds from the event will go to a non-profit called Treasured Time. The organization is granting a wish for the Chevarellas - and others who have someone with a terminal illness in the family.

    "For us the biggest thing is just helping them to create a memory that those children will have for the rest of their lives," said Suzanne Major, Founder and CEO of Treasured Time.

    Chevarella recently found out she and her family will spend their 'treasured time' on an all-expenses paid cruise this summer. After all the chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, she is excited to have a chance to make some lasting memories with her husband and kids.

    "With our busy schedules and lives, being able to have this kind of vacation really is really special treat for us," she said.

    The Chevarellas do not yet know which cruise destination they will select. The family plans to travel late this summer.

    To donate or to learn more about the non-profit organization, visit www.Treasuredtime.Org.
     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A Torrington man is dead after a crash on Route 118 in Litchfield Saturday morning.

    State police say Leonard Thrall Jr, 61, was driving east on Route 118 in Litchfield near East Litchfield Road around 11:50 a.m. when his car drifted off the roadway. The car then struck several trees in the right shoulder.

    Thrall was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where he died from his injuries.

    This crash is under investigation. Anyone with information or having witnessed the accident should contact Tfc. Olechowski of Troop L at 860 626 7900.
     



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    A 46-year-old woman has died after she spent two hours underwater in a car submerged in Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater after driving off a state-owned boat launch Saturday afternoon, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

    Dive teams located her and the car about 40 yards from the boat launch in water 40 feet deep. She was unconscious when she was pulled from the water. Bridgewater EMS personnel transported her to Danbury Hospital and medical personnel attempted to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4 p.m.

    She was the only occupant in the car, according to DEEP. Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police from the state agency are overseeing the investigation because the boat launch is state-owned. Authorities responded at about noon. 

    State and Bridgewater police also responded to assist as necessary. Dive teams from Brookfield and New Milford police and Newtown underwater search and rescue crews also responded.

    They needed to use a heavy duty tow truck in their response. 

    Investigators aren't releasing the name of the woman pulled from the water until her family is notified. 

    The circumstances that led up to the car driving into the water are unknown. 

    The vehicle was sealed when it was removed from the water and no windows were open. 

    The incident doesn't appear to be suspicious. 



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A gunshot victim was hospitalized after a shooting in Norwalk Friday night. 

    Norwalk Police Department's Detective Bureau is investigating a shooting on Sheridan Street that happened at 7:02 p.m. on Friday near the Lincoln Avenue intersection.

    A male suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot. An ambulance transported him to Norwalk Hospital.

    Police said the shooting appears to have been an isolated incident after a "disturbance on the roadway." The department hasn't elaborated on the nature of the disturbance that escalated to gunfire. 

    The name of the victim hasn't been released and no suspect has been identified at this time. 

    Norwalk police ask witnesses or anyone with information to contact Det. Serio at 203-854-3011 or dserio@norwalkct.org. 

    People can also leave anonymous tips at 203-854-3111, on the department's website at www.norwalkpd.com or by texting NPD and the information to CRIMES (274637). 



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    The wish of a Derby mother who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer appears coming true. Soon Jodi Chevarella, 44, will be given the chance to make some lasting memories with her children and her husband, thanks to help from her community and beyond.

    Chevarella has stage four breast cancer. It is her second bout with the disease. The mother of four does not sugar coat it - she does not know exactly how much longer she may live. "Right now we are just trying to embrace how everybody's trying to support us," she said.

    Every memory counts, Chevarella said. Now her community is making sure she will get to make some unforgettable memories with her family in the months ahead. Several musical acts and a big crowd of people were expected to attend 'A Night To Remember' event in Derby on Saturday evening.

    "Let's go and get four or five bands and have two, three hundred people show up and make a bunch of money," said Mark Searles, who helped organize the event.

    Proceeds from the event will go to a non-profit called Treasured Time. The organization is granting a wish for the Chevarellas - and others who have someone with a terminal illness in the family.

    "For us the biggest thing is just helping them to create a memory that those children will have for the rest of their lives," said Suzanne Major, Founder and CEO of Treasured Time.

    Chevarella recently found out she and her family will spend their 'treasured time' on an all-expenses paid cruise this summer. After all the chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, she is excited to have a chance to make some lasting memories with her husband and kids.

    "With our busy schedules and lives, being able to have this kind of vacation really is really special treat for us," she said.

    The Chevarellas do not yet know which cruise destination they will select. The family plans to travel late this summer.

    To donate or to learn more about the non-profit organization, visit www.Treasuredtime.Org.
     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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     Long Ridge Road is closed in Stamford due to a fallen tree. 

    A tree feell near 2428 Long Ridge Road. 

    Drivers can use Old Long Ridge Road as an alternate route. 



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Stamford PoliceStamford Police

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    Flooding on Surf Avenue in Stratford forced the closure of the southbound exit 30 ramp on Interstate 95 south Sunday morning, but the ramp has since reopened. 

    The northbound side that continues on to Lordship Bouldevard remained open. 



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    Donald Trump continued his tirade against the Clintons Sunday, recalling old scandals and referring to former President Bill Clinton as "an abuser."

    During an interview in Iowa, Trump told NBC's Chuck Todd that after former Sec. Hillary Clinton accused him of sexist tendencies, he felt the need to turn the tables on her.

    "I said, wait a minute. She's married to an abuser," Trump said of former Sec. Clinton's husband. "A woman claimed rape, and all sorts of things. I mean, horrible things."

    Hillary Clinton responded to Trump's personal attacks against her and her husband on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, calling it "his prerogative" but added that it will ultimately be "a dead end" for the Republican Party.


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    A hospital in Yemen supported by Doctors Without Borders was bombed Sunday morning, leaving four dead and 10 injured, the organization said, NBC News reported.

    One projectile struck the Shiara Hospital in the Razeh district, and one fell near it, the aid group said in a statement. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres/MSF) said they couldn't confirm the origin of the attack, but planes were spotted flying over the facility at the time of the bombing.

    Three of those injured MSF staff members, the statement said. The number of causalities could rise because people could still be trapped in the rubble.



    Photo Credit: AP

    FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, an employee of the Doctors Without Borders hospital looks at damages after a U.S. airstrike hit in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The organization announced that a hospital supported by the aid group in Yemen was bombed Sunday, killing four people and injuring 10 others.FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, an employee of the Doctors Without Borders hospital looks at damages after a U.S. airstrike hit in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The organization announced that a hospital supported by the aid group in Yemen was bombed Sunday, killing four people and injuring 10 others.

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    A minor propane leak has closed Middletown Road in Berlin. 

    Crews are on scene working to repair the propane leak in the area of 239 Middletown Road. 

    The call came in at about 12:30 p.m.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Berlin PoliceBerlin Police

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    Three weeks until the first presidential nominating contest is held in Iowa, and Ted Cruz is leading Donald Trump 28 percent to 24 percent among likely caucus-goers, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight race in the Hawkeye State, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

    Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton holds just a three-point lead among likely voters over Bernie Sanders, 48 percent to 45 percent, while Martin O'Malley gets 5 percent. In a party contest, Clinton leads Trump by eight points, while Cruz tops the former secretary of state by four points but loses to Sanders by five.

    In New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primaries on Feb. 9, Trump gets support from 30 percent of likely Republican primary voters, followed by Rubio at 14, Chris Christie at 12 percent, and Cruz at 10 percent.

    As for the Democratic race, Sanders leads with 50 percent support to Clinton's 46 percent. O'Malley is at 1 percent. Clinton is ahead of Trump in New Hampshire by just one point and behind Cruz by four points. But Sanders leads both GOP candidates by 19 points.



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    (L-R) Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump(L-R) Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump

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    A man was arrested after officials say he attacked and tried to steal a gun from an officer who was visiting the victim of Thursday’s ambush shooting. 

    On Saturday around 10:40 p.m., an 18th District officer was working detail for Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot in the arm three times by a gunman who approached his patrol vehicle Thursday night, investigators said. The 18th District Officer walked into Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where Hartnett is currently receiving medical treatment.

    As he entered, he was approached by an unidentified man who allegedly said, “I’m hungry. I haven’t eaten in five days. Do you have any money to spare?”

    Police say the officer gave the man a five dollar bill and then went inside the hospital. The officer later returned to the emergency room entrance. As he stood near the entrance doors with his back turned, the same man he gave the money to tried to grab the officer’s handgun from his holster, police said. After a struggle, the officer was able to subdue the man with help from the Penn Security team and other officers. The officer was not injured during the incident while the suspect suffered a minor facial injury.

    The 40-year-old suspect, who has not yet been identified, was then placed into custody. While in custody the suspect allegedly told police he wanted the officer's gun in order to conduct a robbery.

    News of the incident comes as Philadelphia Police continue to investigate an anonymous tip claiming there is an ongoing threat to officers in the city following Thursday’s ambush shooting of Officer Hartnett. The tip states the suspect in the shooting was part of a group of three others.

    Police say the incident at Penn Presbyterian was not related to Hartnett’s shooting.



    Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police

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    Governor Rick Snyder is providing the city of Flint, Michigan, with bottled water and other supplies four days after declaring a state of emergency in the city, according to an announcement by Snyder’s office on Saturday.

    The governor’s officer said in a statement that it partnered with local officials to provide bottled water, filters and testing kits at five fire stations around the city, NBC News reported.

    The news came as local organizations and out-of-state donors worked to provide drinking water, as residents criticized the governor for declaring a state of emergency without backing it up.

    The crisis in Flint began nearly two years ago, when the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The new supply corroded water pipes, with lead leaking into the system. The city switched back, but lead levels remained high in water supplies, leaving groups like children at risk.  



    Photo Credit: AP

    FILE - Lemott Thomas carries free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office announced it will provide bottled water and other supplies to residents.FILE - Lemott Thomas carries free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office announced it will provide bottled water and other supplies to residents.

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    It was no day at the beach along Connecticut's shoreline, Sunday. A storm brought heavy rains, wind, and even some flooding.

    At 7:30 a.m., the rain was steady and the winds were howling, but the waves were rather calm on West Haven’s beach.

    An hour later, the storm began to surge. The water rose quickly at Cosey Beach in East Haven.

    “This weather’s crazy to be honest with you,” said Edward Malone, of East Haven.

    However, the rain and wind didn’t scare him away. Malone came out to watch the storm roll in.

    “Ever since I was a little kid I loved coming down here to watch the waves and the storm,” he said.

    Wind whipped rain blew sideways, while waves battered beaches and sea walls. At times, the rain felt like ice pellets on your face. Jill Hughes felt it first hand as she walked her dog.

    “I think it’s horrible today, but it’s not snow and ice. I’m going to tell you, if you’re my age, snow and ice is a lot worse than rain,” said Hughes.

    Before the coastal waters could even come ashore there was already some localized flooding. Cosey Beach Avenue flooded due to the heavy rains.

    “To wake up on a Sunday morning, this is the last thing you want to deal with,” said Eric Carlson as he tried to figure out a way to get his car moved off the street.

    The high tide promised to bring more water to shoreline areas prone to flooding and tide was predicted to come in as much as two feet higher than normal.



    Photo Credit: Christine Pelfrey

    Waves crashing over the seawall at high tide in Stratford.Waves crashing over the seawall at high tide in Stratford.

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    At least 373 Eversource customers and 458 United Illuminating customers have lost power Sunday morning as the state experiences heavy rain and high winds. 

    In the late morning a total of about 2,555 in Connecticut didn't have power. 

    Stafford had 1,314 power outages earlier, but that has been restored. As of 2:27 p.m., North Haven has 347 outages and East Haddem has 156. 

    The NBC Connecticut meteorologists have declared today a First Alert Weather day. 

    The Connecticut shoreline in southern Fairfield and New Haven counties were under a coastal flooding advisory until 1 p.m.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    Winterfest in Hartford is closed due to the rain. 

    The state is experiencing heavy rain and high winds and isolated thunderstorms are possible. 

    NBC Connecticut's meteorology team has declared a First Alert Weather Day.


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  • 01/10/16--11:01: Obama 'Confident' in Emanuel

  • NBC News' Chuck Todd interviewed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Sunday morning on "Meet the Press," asking him about President Obama's thoughts on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's leadership in Chicago. 

    McDonough, whose in-laws live in Chicago, revealed that he saw "up close and personal" that Obama is confident in Emanuel, saying "the city looks great, the opportunities there are boundless."

    "I think what the President sees is a city and a people of Chicago and a Mayor of Chicago that continue to do very good work," McDonough added. 

    Calls for the mayor's resignation came this month, following the release of a report that lawyers met with Emanuel before demanding "the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer," according to NBC News.

    Dashcam video of the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a police officer led to city-wide protests.

    Emanuel served as President Obama's first Chief of Staff from Jan. 2009 to his resignation in Oct. 2010. During the 2015 mayoral campaign, Obama endorsed Emanuel, visited his campaign headquarters, and recorded a radio ad in support of the Mayor in the city's re-election. 

    "He loves our city, and he believes every child in every neighborhood should have a fair shot at success," Obama said in the ad. "If you want a mayor who does what is right, not just what's popular, who fights night and day for the city we love, then I hope you'll join me."



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