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    Iowa’s largest newspaper has endorsed candidates from both parties a little more than a week before the state caucuses.

    The Des Moines Register’s editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio on Saturday, nine days before voters in the state start the nomination process.

    The board said it faced “tough decisions” and made its endorsements after six weeks of candidate interviews and independent research.

    “Our goal was to select two candidates who have the skills and experience to lead their parties, and ultimately, the country,” the newspaper wrote.

    It called Clinton an “outstanding candidate” who “has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home and abroad.”

    Clinton took to Twitter, saying she was “honored to have the @DMRegister’s support.”

    This is the seventh newspaper — the second in Iowa — to endorse the former secretary of state in her bid for the Democratic nomination. The Storm Lake Times endorsed Clinton earlier this month, calling her “the best choice for Democrats in 2016.”

    Four current cabinet members have thrown their support behind Clinton. She has also received support from national organizations — including Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign — and a number of high-profile celebrities like Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham.

    In endorsing Rubio, the newspaper’s editorial board said the Republican party could head into a new direction under his leadership. According to the newspaper, “he represents his party’s best hope.”

    The Des Moines Register is the first publication to endorse the Florida senator. 

    Rubio has also received endorsements from four current senators, and more than a dozen House representatives including South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.

    While Rubio did not mention the endorsement during his town hall in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday, he did speak to reporters after the event, saying he hoped it would boost his support in the state. 

    "I think they have recognized that ours is an issues-based, ideas-based, solutions-based campaign," he said. "We are excited and grateful that they recognized that and hopefully that influences more people to caucus for us.” 

    The latest poll, conducted by CNN/ORC, puts Rubio in third place in Iowa with — 14 percent support — behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump who sits on top at 37 percent, and Ted Cruz with 26 percent. Meanwhile, Clinton is in second place in the Iowa CNN/ORC poll with 43 percent support — 8 points behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has 51 percent support in Iowa. 

    The Des Moines Register's endorsements come as Conservative media personality Glenn Beck officially endorsed Ted Cruz on Saturday, who was campaigning with the Texas senator in Ankeny, Iowa. 

    The Iowa caucuses take place on Feb. 1.



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    A car rolled over into a pond in Willington, police confirmed.

    At 7:45 pm on Saturday, police responded to the accident on 31 Daleville Road. 

    Upon arriving, one occupant was by the street and another had to be rescued from inside the vehicle. Both were transported to Rockville General from treatment.

    One person had serious injuries while the other endured life-threatening injuries.

    The fire department did a secondary search of the car to ensure no other people were inside. 

    Check back for more on this developing story.



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    Check out the total amounts of snow Connecticut got so far according to the National Weather Service as reported by trained snow spotters.

    ...LITCHFIELD COUNTY...

    THOMASTON 2.3
    ROXBURY 1.0 
    LITCHFIELD 0.3

    ...HARTFORD COUNTY...

    SOUTHINGTON 3.5 
    MANCHESTER 2.3 
    BERLIN 2.0 
    BLOOMFIELD 1.0 
    WINDSOR 1.0 
    WETHERSFIELD 1.0

    ...TOLLAND COUNTY...

    COLUMBIA 7.5
    COVENTRY 6.4
    ANDOVER 3.0
    1 NNE GURLEYVILLE 2.0
    STAFFORDVILLE 1.0

    ...WINDHAM COUNTY...

    EAST KILLINGLY 5.1
    WINDHAM 5.0
    ASHFORD 4.0
    MOOSUP 4.0
    HAMPTON 3.0
    WOODSTOCK 1.5

    ...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...

    MONROE 21.0 
    FAIRFIELD 13.0
    TRUMBULL 10.5
    BRIDGEPORT 10.0
    WESTON 10.0
    WILTON 8.5

    ...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...

    NORTH GUILFORD 11.0
    NORTH HAVEN 10.5

    Credit: National Weather Service



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    The four gunmen who attacked a university in northwest Pakistan were trained in Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani army, NBC News reported.

    On Wednesday, the four militants stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, killing 20 people.

    General Asim Bajwa told reporters the militants crossed over into Pakistan from the Torkham border between the two countries. He said the siege was masterminded by Umar Mansoor, a Pakistani Taliban militant based in Afghanistan.

    Video footage of the fighters was released by Mansoor on Friday. He also vowed more attacks on schools in the future.

    Mansoor is also behind the Dec. 24 massacre of 134 children in Peshawar — the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.
     



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    Pakistani rescuers shift an injured man to a hospital following an attack by gunmen in the Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, January 20, 2016.Pakistani rescuers shift an injured man to a hospital following an attack by gunmen in the Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, January 20, 2016.

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    A man suspected of killing his two teenage nephews in Arcadia, California, was taken into custody in Hong Kong on Saturday, officials.

    Deyun Shi, 44, boarded a plane to Beijing, China, on Friday and was taken into custody after his plane arrived at a Hong Kong airport, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

    Shi is wanted in connection with the double murder of two boys, ages 15 and 16, who were found beaten to death at a home in the 400 Block of Fairview Avenue.

    The two boys were found with blunt force injuries just before 1 p.m. on Friday by their mother and father, officials said. The victim's names had not yet been released.

    According to the sheriff's department, Shi's wife was hospitalized on Thursday after he allegedly attacked her with the head of a hatchet at a home in La Canada Flintridge. Shi became enraged upon finding out that his wife had filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against him, officials said.

    Investigators believe the uncle may have forced his way inside the Arcadia home while the boys' parents were away tending to the suspect's wife at the hospital.

    FBI officials who were assisting LASD in the investigation said Shi was "pending further review by officials in the U.S. and Hong Kong."

    Anyone with information was asked to to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.



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    Deyun ShiDeyun Shi

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    At least one person is injured after a CT Transit bus snapped a utility pole it crashed through, closing Soundview Drive and Arch Street, in Greenwich, Connecticut, as slick, snowy road conditions cause several crashes statewide.

    State police said on Saturday that between 5 am and 10 pm repsonded to approximately 149 accidents. 

    Conditions are deteriorating on the shoreline in particular, with slippery roads and lowered visibility. 

    The intersection of Soundview Drive and Arch Street is closed after a CT Transit bus carrying seven riders slid down a hill and snapped a utility pole it hit. An injured rider was taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated for a possible internal injury, according to Greenwich police. 

    "Soundview Drive road closure is likely to last the duration of the storm. Stay off the roads it's (sic) not getting any better," @GreenwichCTDispatch tweeted. 

    As of 9:44 a.m., 178 Eversource customers were without power, according to the power company's outage map. 

    That isn't far from the train station in Greenwich. Drivers can detour onto Railroad Avenue or Field Point Road. 

    Interstate 95 was already covered with snow in Greenwich and Stamford just after 7 a.m. There was a spinout crash between exits 19 and 18 on the southbound side just before 8:45 a.m. That's typical of what's been happening on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County, according to NBC Connecticut traffic reporter Heidi Voight. 

    A BMW spun out on snow-covered Route 7 south near exit 3  and crashed just before 8 a.m. There have also been numerous spinouts on the Merritt and I-95. 

    State police have been responding to spinout crashes along Route 8 near exits 14 and 16 for Derby and Shelton, according to Voight. Meteorologist Bob Maxon said the state highway is covered in snow and advises avoiding the area. 

    Before snow hit Waterbury, there was a rollover crash on Interstate 84 east near exit 33 close to 7:45 a.m. One lane was closed and there were injuries, but the scene has since cleared and all lanes are open.



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    A CT Transit bus snapped a utility pole in Greenwich, closing Soundview Drive and Arch Street on Jan. 23, 2016.A CT Transit bus snapped a utility pole in Greenwich, closing Soundview Drive and Arch Street on Jan. 23, 2016.

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    A Turkish Airlines flight from Houston to Istanbul was diverted to Ireland on Sunday after crew members found the word "bomb" written on a napkin in the plane's bathroom, according to Irish police and an airline spokesperson.

    Turkish Airlines flight TK34, carrying 209 passengers, was met by emergency services upon landing at Shannon airport, NBC News reports.

    U.S. Passenger Erez Lieberman Aiden told NBC News that he was awoke mid-flight and asked to check his luggage for suspicious objects, but was not told why. After checking passengers' luggage, flight attendants then ripped the covers off the seats, "as if they were looking for something," he said.

    The BBC reported the plane would remain parked until its scheduled flight time elapsed, when authorities would search the aircraft and speak to the crew.
     



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    Erez Lieberman Aiden posted this photo on Twitter of a Turkish Airlines flight that was diverted to Ireland after crew members found the word Erez Lieberman Aiden posted this photo on Twitter of a Turkish Airlines flight that was diverted to Ireland after crew members found the word "bomb" written on a napkin in the plane's bathroom.

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    The tri-state region is digging out of more than 2 feet of snow deposited by a historic blizzard that was blamed for at least 10 deaths and the near shutdown of the area's bustling network of roadways, mass transit services and airports.

    Approximately 26.8 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park by Sunday morning — the second highest snowfall there since record-keeping began in 1869. The amount was one-tenth of an inch away from breaking the all-time record of 26.9 inches set in February 2006. 

    Other areas of the city got even more snow. John F. Kennedy Airport was walloped with 30.5 inches; Williamsburg in Brooklyn got 29; Port Richmond, on Staten island had 31.4 inches. Jackson Heights, in Queens, meanwhile saw the region's highest snow total with a whopping 34 inches of powder.

    "It was this close to being the worst storm we've ever had," Mayor de Blasio said Sunday ahead of storm assessment tour exclusively captured by NBC 4. 

    The unrelenting snowfall claimed the lives of nine people in New York City and the surrounding areas.  Nationwide, at least 29 deaths were blamed on the storm that pummeled the East Coast from the Carolinas to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

    Snow stopped falling in New York City at about 10 p.m. Saturday, but winds continued to blow snow around as plows took to the streets. Blizzard warnings had been lifted for the tri-state by Sunday morning.

    A road travel ban was lifted at 7 a.m., but conditions on the streets and highways around the region were tenuous at best. Some roads in the city were covered in packed-down powder and narrowed by the sheer volume of snowfall, while others had already been scraped back down to the blacktop. 

    Most cities have suspended alternate side parking and garbage collection Monday, many at least through the week (see specific suspensions by region below). 

    The region's mass transit network was also heavily impacted by the storm but started chugging along again. Almost all subway trains were running by Sunday afternoon, including trains on the Staten Island Railway. Crews continued work on the Q train in Brooklyn and the Franklin Avenue shuttle.

    All local and express MTA buses began running again on Sunday morning.

    Seven of the Long Island Rail Road 's 12 branches were to be fully operational at 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the morning rush hour, MYA officials said. 

    The Metro-North railroad resumed on a limited basis at noon Sunday after it was shut down Saturday. All trains were running to and from Grand Central Terminal by 3 p.m., the MTA announced.

    NJ Transit trains, buses and light rail all started moving again at noon. Regular weekday service is expected in time for the workweek, Gov. Chris Christie told NBC 4. 

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reopened the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

    Prior to the vehicular travel ban, the NYPD responded to 312 crashes and assisted 343 other motorists, police said. In New Jersey, the state police had responded to over 300 wrecks and helped out over 1,500 motorists by Sunday afternoon. 

    Only one driver was arrested during the travel ban, according to the NYPD. That suspect was booked on DWI charges after he was caught allegedly speeding and running red lights. 

    On Sunday, Cuomo urged people to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary.

    "If it is essential travel, necessary travel, that's one thing, but if you do not need to be on the roads you shouldn't be on the roads," he said.

    In New Jersey, Gov. Christie urged drivers to exercise caution if they have to head out. 

    "If you go out on the roads, please respect the speed limits," Christie said. "It's very important."

    Newark continued to struggle with the snow. Mayor Ras Baraka suspended all city services and closed all public schools Monday.

    In New York City, Mayor de Blasio urged motorists to stay off the roads if they can. The city suspended alternate side parking until Feb. 1 and urged drivers not to dump snow from their cars into cleared roadways.

    De Blasio also urged residents to take it easy when they go to clear the snow.

    The storm-related fatalities included two men, ages 78 and 80, in Queens and a 67-year-old man on Staten Island died while shoveling snow, police said.

    Five died on Long Island: a 61-year-old West Hempstead man, a 75-year-old woman in Huntington Station, a 94-year-old Kings Park man, a Locust Valley man all of whom were clearing snow from their properties, and a 66-year-old Oyster Bay Cove man who was struck by a privately owned snow plow on Sunday.

    In New Jersey, a 23-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son both died from carbon monoxide poisoning as they sat inside a running car in Passaic, authorities say. The child's father had worked to clear the snow from around the vehicle while the mother, baby and the her 3-year-old daughter climbed inside the car to stay warm. But the snowfall blocked the car's tailpipe and caused the noxious gas to seep into the car.

    The 3-year-old girl is in critical condition, authorities say.

    After more than 3,000 flights were canceled at Newark-Liberty, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports because of the storm, the three airports resumed normal activity and reported no delays for arriving and departing flights Sunday evening, according to FlightAware, 

    All Broadway performances were canceled Saturday, but the shows reopened on Sunday, The Broadway League said. However, Bruce Springsteen postponed a performance scheduled for Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

    Areas in Westchester and northern New Jersey were pounded with 15 to 22 inches of snow, Storm Team 4 said.

    Heavy snow caused the roof of a Trader Joe's grocery store in Westfield, New Jersey, to collapse. No injuries were reported. The storm had covered Westfield with 22 inches of snowfall. In Morris Plains, 33 inches of snow fell. 

    Parts of Long Island were buried in snow. Hicksville was walloped with more than 29 inches of snow, Commack had 26.6 inches and Islip had more than 23 inches.

    Residents of the Jersey Shore and parts of Long Island worried that a dangerous cocktail of snow, astronomical high tides and a wind-swept storm surge could cause significant coastal flooding and beach erosion.

    Utility workers restored power to more than 25,000 customers whose service was knocked out by the snowstorm in New York City and Long Island. Hundreds of residents on Long Island woke up Sunday morning without power, PSEG said.

    Power has been restored to 130,000 homes and businesses that lost power in New Jersey after the storm, and final restoration is expected to be completed by Sunday night, according to utility JCP&L.

    Download the NBC 4 app to track the storm and get weather alerts

    Here's a breakdown of current conditions:

    MASS TRANSIT 

    • Above-ground subway lines began running again at 9 a.m. Service on portions of the system that were exposed to the elements had been shut down at 4 p.m. Saturday, while other service was significantly curtailed. See the latest service updates here.
       
    • All scheduled weekend work on the subway was canceled, including the planned 7 train shutdown. Stations that would have been closed for planned weekend work will be open. This does not include the longer-range outages like the N train stations in Brooklyn, which remain closed. 
       
    • MTA bus service is running again on a limited basis. It had been shut down Saturday afternoon ahead of the travel ban.
       
    • 7 Long Island Railroad branches open for Monday rush hour. Branches at Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon and Greenport will be fully operational at 5 a.m. Partial service will be offered on the Montauk branch as far as Speonk. See the latest LIRR alerts here. 
       
    • Metro-North Railroad service resumed at noon. The rail system returned to full service at 3 p.m. See the latest Metro-North advisories here. 
       
    • NJ Transit rail, light rail and bus service all resumed at noon. Buses, trains and light-rail will run on a Sunday schedule and delays could be possible. But Christie said that the system should be ready for a normal schedule to start the workweek. The transit service is cross-honoring tickets and passes system wide all weekend.   See the latest NJ Transit alerts here. 
       
    • PATH train service will be available for Monday morning commuters, with the exception of the line between Newark's Penn Sation and Journal Square. Trains will run between Journal Square and the World Trade Center. Service continued to run from the Grove Street Station to West 33rd Street in Manhattan via the Hoboken line.  See the latest PATH advisories here. 
       
    • NY Waterway canceled ferries after 7:10 p.m. See the latest NY Waterway advisories here. 
       
    • The Staten Island Ferry was running normally.
       
    • The Seastreak Ferry will resume full service Monday after a weekend suspension. See the latest Seastreak Ferry advisories here. 
       
    • Amtrak has announced several changes to rail service. Acela Express, Northeast Regional and several other lines that run to and from New York City were operating on modified schedules on Sunday. See the latest Amtrak alerts here. 
       
    • Westchester's Bee-Line Bus System is expected to be running on or close to schedule.

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    SCHOOLS

    • New York City schools will be open Monday, Mayor de Blasio said.
       
    • Check all school closings and delays here.

    • Newark public schools will be closed on Monday.
       
    • Jersey City public schools will be closed on Monday.
       
    • All New York City public school events were canceled Saturday and Sunday. 
       
    • Other after-school and weekend programs at districts around the region have been canceled. Check with your district for the latest announcements.

    AIR TRAVEL

    • There were no flight delays as of Sunday evening at the region's airports. 
       
    • Several airlines have waived flight change fees. United, Delta, American Airlines, JetBlue and others allowed passengers to switch their flight for free ahead of the storm.
       

    ROADS

    • The NYC travel ban has been lifted.
       
    • Roads remain treacherous.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns that it's imperative that people stay off the roads unless it's an emergency. 
        
    • Plows are still out. Kathryn Garcia, New York City's sanitation commissioner, tells NBC 4 New York that plows headed out at 5 a.m. Saturday, with 15,000 tons of salt on hand. Check here to see when a location was plowed.
       
    • Alternate side parking in New York City is now suspended through Feb. 1, de Blasio said Sunday. The city is also allowing cars currently parked next to schools in "No Standing - School Hours" zones to stay parked until Feb 1. 
       
    • Jersey City officials say alternate side parking is suspended Monday and is asking residents to move their car from snow routes to allow for snow removal through Thursday, or else they'll be subject to ticket and tow. Residents may park their cars in the lots of Dickinson High School and PS 11 overnight beginning at 5 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday. 
       
    • Barnegat, New Jersey, issued mandatory evacuations for homes near Bayshore Drive. Voluntary evacuations have been suggested elsewhere as well.
       
    • Brick, Manasquan, Toms River, Union Beach and Tuckerton Beach, New Jersey, also issued voluntary evacuations.

    OTHER CHANGES
     

    • Power outages impacting more than 50,000 customers were reported in southern New Jersey, especially Ocean County. Hempstead Village on Long Island experienced a sizable outage, but most customers were soon restored.
        
    • Trash and recycling pickup was canceled in New York City on Saturday.
       
    • New York City's Winter Jam, planned for Saturday in Central Park, was canceled. 
       
    • Broadway shows were canceled Saturday but were back open Sunday. Check for updates here and on each individual show's website. 

    • Public Libraries in New York City were closed Saturday, as was the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum and other institutions.
       
    • The 9/11 Memorial and the observatory atop One World Trade Center were closed Saturday.

    Some building superintendents on Manhattan's Upper West Side attacked the problem with snow blowers. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)Some building superintendents on Manhattan's Upper West Side attacked the problem with snow blowers. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Police arrived at the scene of a deadly bar brawl in suburban Illinois early Saturday to find at least 100 people shouting and fighting in a melee that spilled into the parking lot and street.

    Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to any arrests in connection with the case.

    Officers flocked to the parking lot behind La Quinta de los Reyes at 36 E. New York St. in Aurora around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, according to police. Authorities believe two groups of people began arguing and fighting following a large party inside the bar.

    They arrived to find dozens of people brawling and a man lying dead in the parking lot of gunshot wounds. Investigators identified the man as Marcus Holland, 36, of Aurora. He was shot more than once by a suspect who fled the scene after the shooting. Holland was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Moments after the deadly shooting, police were notified that a 22-year-old man had been stabbed outside the bar, authorities said. The man, from Batavia, was treated for non-life threatening injuries to his back, and released from the hospital.

    The suspect believed to be involved in the stabbing was described as a man in his early 20s standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 170 pounds, according to police. He was wearing a black, white and red hooded sweatshirt with a white shield on the front.

    Investigators are unsure whether the shooting and stabbing were related. Most people at the scene were "uncooperative and hostile with police," authorities said.

    The bar was not immediately available for comment. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to any arrests. Tips can also be submitted through the Aurora Police Department’s free app.



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    As the Iowa Caucuses near and the Republican presidential field enters cage-match mode, there has been some movement in "the three lanes" — the social conservative lane, the establishment lane and the Donald Trump lane — within the party, and according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll the GOP frontrunner is the biggest beneficiary.

    Voter groups that have long supported the GOP's main establishment candidates are beginning to peel off to join other candidates, particularly Trump.

    Between December and January, Trump saw a five-point increase in support from tea party voters. At the same time, the "establishment lane" saw a five-point decline in tea party support. In the social conservative lane, meanwhile, it looks like voters simply moved from Carson to Mr. Cruz.


     



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  • 01/24/16--13:37: Parking Bans

  • Several Connecticut towns are still under parking bans as crews continue to plow the roads after the first significant snowstorm this winter. 

    Hartford's parking ban was lifted at 9 a.m. and New Haven's ended at noon.

    Check our list of closures, cancellations and parking bans on the NBC Connecticut website for updates. Your towns may also post storm information and parking ban updates on their respective websites. 


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  • 01/24/16--13:36: Metro-North Resumes Service

  • Metro-North restored limited service at noon today after the railway shut down during the snowstorm on Saturday evening and overnight. 

    Full train service is expected to be restored by 3 p.m.

    The state has resumed offering CT Transit bus services on a normal schedule. 

    NYC and MTA bus service resumed at 7 a.m. and will now operate on a modified Sunday schedule. The buses will be restored on a route by route basis depending on the road conditions in those areas. 



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    Six people have been displaced after a serious fire in Branford on Sunday morning.

    A fire broke out at about 4:09 a.m. at a two-and-a-half story family home at 223 East Main St. (Route 1), damaging two floors, according to Branford fire officials. 

    Six adults living there got out safely and without injury, but they've been displaced. Three cats perished in the blaze. 

    Roads in the area have reopened. 

    Branford's fire marshal is investigating the fire. 


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  • 01/24/16--18:50: Water Main Break in Bristol

  • Crews repaired a water main break in Bristol Sunday. 

    The city's water department and police are at the scene near 53 Judson Ave after a call came in reporting the water main break at about 11:25 a.m. The Bristol Water Department says that water was shut off to customers on Judson Avenue for a short time while they made repairs. By early afternoon the repairs were done.

    Any customers who experience discolored water should run the bathtub until the water clears.



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    Bernie Sanders said Sunday that "there would be nothing more in this world that I would like" than to face Donald Trump in a general election fight, and that he would "beat him badly."

    "I would very much look forward to a race against Donald Trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage, but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top two-tenths of 1% who thinks wages in America are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax, invented by the Chinese," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

    His comments to "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd comes as polls have shown him narrowing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton's lead in Iowa and opening up his own lead in New Hampshire.


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  • 01/24/16--23:37: 3 'Dangerous' Inmates Escape

  • A reward of up to $50,000 has been offered for information leading to the recapture of three "dangerous" inmates who escaped from a jail in Orange County, California, authorities said Sunday.

    Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, were discovered missing from the Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana around 9 p.m. Friday, according to the the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Investigators believe the three inmates cut through steel bars and plumbing ducts, then made it to the roof of the jail and rappelled down multiple stories using a "makeshift rope" in what sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock called a "very well thought out" escape plan.

    At a press conference Sunday, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said there have been no sightings of the fugitives and there is no reason to believe the inmates have left the country. She also said investigators had received several helpful tips and were contacting people who know or are related to the inmates to find out if they got any help.

    Hutchens said it was believed the inmates had tools to get through three secured areas in the jail and described the escape as a highly "sophisticated operation."

    "The reality is from time to time, we will have escapes," said Hutchens. "We will not stop until these individuals are in custody."

    Sheriff's officials released images and surveillance video of evidence connected to the escape of the three inmates, including a photos of a makeshift rope believed to be used in the escape.

    "I apologize for the lack of quality in the video, but if you look in the upper left hand corner of the video, what you're seeing is a small amount of movement and a little bit of light," Hallock said.

    Authorities conducted a search of the Central Jail Complex, the nearby Civic Center and surrounding areas, but did not locate the three inmates. The exact time the inmates escaped was unknown, but Hallock said the men were last confirmed to be seen at a 5 a.m. count on Friday.

    They were discovered missing at about 9 p.m., giving them a 15-hour head start. 

    All three men are to be considered dangerous, authortities said.

    Nayeri, who had been in custody since September 2014, faces charges of kidnapping, torture, burglary and aggravated mayhem. He was being held without bail.

    Tieu faces charges for murder, attempted murder, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. His case is believed to be gang-related. He had been held on a $1 million bond since October 2013.

    Duong, who is ineligible for bail due to an immigration hold, had been in custody since December 2015 on charges of possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting an at inhabited dwelling.

    The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $30,000 reward- $10,000 for each inmate and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to their arrest, the sheriff’s department said.

    Residents were on high alert ever since the news of the inmate escape broke. 

    "I'm always making sure that the kids rooms, the windows, are always locked," Jeannette Trevarthen, Orange County resident, said. "It's creepy, you don't know if they're still in the area."

    Anyone with information about the three inmates was asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7000 or 714-628-7085.



    Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

    Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, in undated mugshots.Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, in undated mugshots.

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     A Metro-North patrol train crashed into a plow truck in Stamford at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

    The plow truck got stuck near Riverbend Drive on the New Canaan branch of the railway and a patrol train headed for it couldn't stop in time and hit it, Metro-North officials said. 

    No one was injured and there weren't any passengers on the train.

    The train wasn't damaged and it has since arrived at Stamford Yard. 


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    Bridgeport police are looking for three robbers who attacked three Sacred Heart University students in their home, pistol-whipped them and fired a gun, hospitalizing two of the victims and injuring another, police said.

    Patrol officers responded to a home on Old Town Road after receiving a report of a gunshot fired during a home invasion and robbery. at about 4:48 p.m. on Saturday.

    Three men forced their way into front door of the home and attacked three male residents, police said. One of the victims got pistol-whipped before one of the robbers fired a handgun downstairs into a finished basement, police said. They robbers ransacked the downstairs, according to police.

    The men stole cell phones and a jewelry watch, police said.
    Two of the robbers wore black and orange ski masks and the third one had long, curly fair and his face colored.

    The three victims told police they are Sacred Heart University students. An ambulance took two of the victims to St. Vincent's Hospital's emergency room to be treated for head laceration injuries. The third victim suffered minor swelling to the side of his head and refused medical attention.

    Deb Noack, Director of Communications for Sacred Heart, released the following statement on the incident:

    “As always, the safety of our students is our top priority. This incident, which took place in off-campus housing, is currently under ongoing police investigation, and we refer all specific questions to them. The student community has been informed about the incident and the safety precautions they can take. We work closely with our local police departments on a daily basis to ensure the safety of all our students.”

    Detectives responded to investigate. Police secured and photographed the scene and seized the video surveillance monitor for review. They also found a 40-caliber shell casing and a fragment of a bullet fired and claimed those as evidence.

    Police continue to investigate what happened and look for the robbers.
     



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    Bridgeport police are looking for three robbers who attacked three Sacred Heart University students in their home on Old Town Road in Bridgeport Saturday.Bridgeport police are looking for three robbers who attacked three Sacred Heart University students in their home on Old Town Road in Bridgeport Saturday.

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    A U.S. Capitol Police officer was among two dozen people whose deaths were linked to the blizzard that bared down this weekend on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

    A spokesperson for the chief's office said Officer Vernon Alston, 44, suffered a heart attack Saturday while shoveling snow at his home in Delaware. Alston joined the force in 1996 and most recently served with the House Division.

    "The death of Officer Alston is truly a tragic loss for the Alston family and the United States Capitol Police, which in fact is one in the same," said Chief of Police Kim Dine said in a statement Sunday. "Officer Alston was someone who loved his job, and his loss leaves a huge void in the hearts of all of the men and women at the USCP."

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, expressed sadness over Alston’s passing and sympathy for his family.

    "I'm saddened to learn that the U.S. Capitol Police has lost one of our own over the weekend as a result of the storm. For twenty years Officer Vernon Alston was a fixture on the Capitol grounds while keeping the community safe. I am always grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of the Capitol Police force and Officer Alston was an exemplar of that. My thoughts are with Officer Alston's family during this difficult time."

    According to Politico, Alston was taken to Kent County Hospital, in Dover, Delaware, where he died.



    Photo Credit: United States Capitol Police

    Officer Vernon AlstonOfficer Vernon Alston

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    The storm's snowy aftermath turned deadly for one New Jersey family when carbon monoxide from a blocked tailpipe killed a woman and her 1-year-old son and left her 3-year-old daughter in critical condition.

    It happened while the children's father was steps away shoveling out the car, authorities said Sunday.

    Sasha Bonilla, 23, and her two children had taken refuge from the chill inside the family's car on a New Jersey street while the kids' dad, Felix Bonilla, worked to clear the snow, Passaic Police said.

    The vehicle's tailpipe was blocked by powder, and carbon monoxide backed up into the car, police said.

    "The gas couldn't go out and it had nowhere to go except inside the car," said Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco.

    When the father looked up, still shoveling, he found his family unconscious. Neighbor Isabel Carmona said he became hysterical, "crying and jumping." 

    Emergency responders arrived on the scene on Sherman Street to find people performing CPR. But the mother and son could not be saved.

    Carmona, who was among the neighbors who tried to deliver CPR, said the arriving paramedics were brought to tears by the scene. 

    "The paramedic, he cry, and the police cry. Everybody cry," she said. 

    The girl, Saniyah, described by authorities as in very critical condition, was transferred to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

    The children's paternal grandfather told NBC 4 outside his son's family's home Sunday night he was heartbroken.

    "I can't even express how I feel right now. I got no words," said the grandfather, also named Felix Bonilla. 

    He said his son was in shock. 

    "My son, he can't even say nothing, he can't even move, he can't even talk," said Bonilla. 



    Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

    Sasha Bonilla, left insert, and her 1-year-old son Messiah died while waiting inside a running vehicle as the boy's father shoveled outside to dig out the car in Passaic; Saniyah, the couple's daughter is in critical condition.Sasha Bonilla, left insert, and her 1-year-old son Messiah died while waiting inside a running vehicle as the boy's father shoveled outside to dig out the car in Passaic; Saniyah, the couple's daughter is in critical condition.

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