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    More uncertainty has been injected into the Sunday Nor'easter forecast, ironically, despite being closer in time to the event.

    For today, expect scattered rain showers this afternoon with an abundance of clouds. A rumble of thunder and even a snowflake is possible, especially late. Highs will be in the upper 50s in the valley.

    Tomorrow is splendid. Abundant sunshine, highs in the middle 40s. It will be on the cool side.

    The Nor'easter threat is uncertain on Sunday.

    Recent trends take the storm farther south and east, which would mean little to no snow in Connecticut.

    With the strong March sun, any light snow that falls during the day won't accumulate on the roads.

    A major hit remains a possibility, but it's just as possible as a big miss.

    After Sunday, the weather remains cool before a warm-up later next week.

    Any snow ends Monday morning, then partial clearing will take over with highs only near 40. It will be windy.

    Tuesday will be a bright day with lots of sunshine, though highs remain near 40 degrees.

    A warm front lifts north over the region Wednesday, bring snow and rain showers. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

    Connecticut should be in the so-called warm sector come Thursday, with highs in the 60s and a blend of clouds and sunshine.


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    puppy thought to be dead for five weeks after she fell off a fishing boat in Southern California was joyfully reunited with her owner in San Diego Thursday night after being rescued by the Navy.

    Commercial fisherman Nick Haworth embraced Luna, his blue-eyed 1 ½-year-old German shepherd, as she jumped into his arms, tail wagging.

    "Luna!" Haworth squealed, as the pup pranced around him.

    Haworth scooped her up, rubbed her belly and gave her a big kiss.

    "She still smells like fish," Haworth told NBC 7 with a smile. "I can't believe this dog is alive. I never thought I'd see her again."

    "I'm just glad to have her home," he added.

    Prior to their reunion, the last time Haworth saw his beloved companion was Feb. 10. That day, very early in the morning, Haworth, Luna and his crew were out on a commercial fishing boat about two miles off the coast of San Clemente near Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island (SCI).

    Luna vanished as Haworth and his crew were bringing in their fishing traps. Haworth said one minute his pup was there and the next she was gone.

    "That was a rough day," he recalled. "It was about 3 a.m. I was looking around and I couldn't find the dog. I just couldn't find the dog. I started freaking out, honestly."

    Frantic, Haworth called officials at SCI from his fishing boat to report that his dog had fallen overboard and was nowhere to be found. He said she might try swimming to shore.

    Haworth thinks Luna may have been distracted by something in the water and jumped in. All he knew was that he had to find her. He stayed at sea for two days looking for his dog, while Navy staff at SCI searched the island for Luna.

    "We went on a full-fledged search with spotlights and everything. It was so dark. We couldn't find her by the time the light came up. I thought she had already drowned — or made it to the island," he explained.

    After about a week of searching, Luna was presumed lost at sea and dead by both her owner and U.S. Navy officials.

    "I gave up," said Haworth. "I went through a lot of time where I was so sad about losing my dog. She's behind me all the time — every minute we're on the boat."

    More than a month passed.

    During the time without Luna, Haworth said he often returned to San Clemente Island to go fishing, bringing binoculars every time so he could take another look over the sea, just in case.

    "[I had] to make sure she wasn't there, waiting on me," he said. "I was heartbroken. I didn't know whether she was alive or dead, what to think. It was really devastating to go from having this dog next to me every minute of my life to, all of a sudden, she's gone in a flash."

    Then a miracle happened.

    This past Tuesday, March 15, Navy staff spotted Luna on a road on SCI. Just as her owner had hoped, the pup had somehow managed to make it ashore. She ran right up to the Navy personnel.

    "They were shocked," Naval Base Coronado PAO Sandy DeMunnik told NBC 7 on Wednesday. 

    She said the pup was undernourished but in "good spirits."

    When the Navy first reached out to tell Haworth they had his dog, the pup's owner said he simply couldn't believe it.

    "I was in awe — pure disbelief at first," he said. "Then I had to see a picture of her. I was like, 'I have to make sure [it's my dog]. When I saw [that it was Luna], I was overwhelmed with joy. Probably the happiest I've ever been in my entire life."

    "I'm not a guy of many emotions but, man, this had me stirred up. This had me in tears. It's a beautiful thing to get my dog back," he added, petting Luna as she calmly lay next to him.

    The Navy flew Luna from San Clemente to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado Wednesday to be reunited with her loved ones. Haworth was out of town, so Luna was turned over to his close friend, Conner Lamb.

    Lamb and Luna's reunion in Coronado was joyous. Lamb, who has worked many times on the fishing boat with Luna and her owner, was ecstatic and amazed she's alive.

    Haworth rushed home Thursday to have his own reunion with his four-legged friend.

    "To have my best friend back is really nice," he said.

    Haworth said he can never thank Navy officials enough for bringing Luna home safely.

    "They never gave up and found her," he said. "I'm very appreciative. To get her back in good health is a miracle. It's the greatest gift I've ever received."

    Haworth said the Navy gifted Luna with a keepsake: a dog tag that reads "Keep the Faith." The dog now wears it around her neck.

    Haworth said Luna is a bit skinny, but he wasn't surprised by her slender figure since the pup likely had to forage for food on the island.

    He said he planned to treat Luna to a nice, homecooked meal.

    Next time Luna accompanies him on a fishing boat, Haworth said he will be sure to outfit her with a doggie life jacket and a reflector so he can keep an eye on her. He may also keep her on a leash while at sea.

    "[I'm] not letting her go again, that's for sure," he said.


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    The FBI and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a bulletin Thursday warning that connected vehicle technologies in modern cars are "increasingly vulnerable" to hacking.

    In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to install software after a magazine report raised concerns about hacking, the first action of its kind for the auto industry.

    Also last year, General Motors issued a security update for a smartphone app that could have allowed a hacker to take control of some functions of a plug-in hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt, like starting the engine and unlocking the doors.

    "While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety — such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle — it is important that consumers take appropriate steps to minimize risk," the FBI bulletin said.



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    In this file photo, a console of a vehicle with connected technology is seen during a press event in Arlington, Virginia, in 2015.In this file photo, a console of a vehicle with connected technology is seen during a press event in Arlington, Virginia, in 2015.

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    Tri-Union Seafoods is recalling 107,280 cans of its Chicken of the Sea tuna over concerns that the fish may be spoiled.

    The company is recalling 2,745 cases in total. 

    There are concerns that the tuna may be undercooked due to an equipment malfunction that was uncovered during an inspection.

    Undercooked tuna can lead to spoilage, which could cause life-threatening illness if the product is consumed, the company said. The recall is voluntary and there have been no reported illnesses in connection with the affected tuna cans, according to the company.

    The specific product being recalled is Chicken of the Sea’s 5oz cans of Chunk Light Tuna in Oil and 5oz cans of Chunk Light Tuna in Water.

    The cans of tuna in oil have a UPC code of 0 4800000195 5 and were sold between Feb. 10 and March 16 of this year.

    The cans of tuna in water have a UPC code of 0 4800000245 7 and were sold between Feb. 18 and March 16 of this year.

    For a full list of best by dates and lot codes associated with the recalled cans of tuna, visit this FDA.gov page. Consumers can return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund or contact: 866-600-2681.

    Earlier this week, Bumble Bee Foods recalled some of its canned tuna over possible contamination that could lead to life-threatening illness.


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    One of the recalled cans of tuna.One of the recalled cans of tuna.

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    The name and other personal details of an Algerian man killed during a police raid in Belgium this week match those of an ISIS fighter who wanted to be suicide attacker, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

    Mohamed Belkaid, 35, died during a shootout with French and Belgian police at an apartment in Brussels, prosecutors said.

    The raid targeted people suspected of helping those responsible for the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks. 

    Belkaid's name and other details match those on a 2014 recruitment form obtained by NBC News from a Syrian man who claims to have stolen them from ISIS. Meanwhile, Belgian prosecutors said they had found the fingerprints of fugitive Paris attacker Salah Abdelsam at the scene of the raid.



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    People stand on March 16, 2016 outside the sealed house of the apartment where a shooting took place the day before during an anti-terror operation in the rue du Dries-Driesstraat in Forest-Vorst, Brussels.People stand on March 16, 2016 outside the sealed house of the apartment where a shooting took place the day before during an anti-terror operation in the rue du Dries-Driesstraat in Forest-Vorst, Brussels.

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    Route 74 in South Windsor was closed after a serious crash, but it has since reopened.

    The road was closed for a little more than half a mile, between Sand Hill Road and Foster Street.



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    Part of Route 74 in South Windsor is closed after a serious crash.Part of Route 74 in South Windsor is closed after a serious crash.

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    Two people are dead after a twin-engine Cessna burst into flames and crashed at an airport near downtown Tampa Friday morning, officials said.

    Fire crews found the victims among the charred wreckage, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. The victims' genders and ages are unknown.

    Fire officials said crews rushed to Peter O. Knight Airport just after 11:30 a.m. Friday after receiving the report of an aircraft burning on the ground. Footage from the scene captured by NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa shows smoke and flames pouring from the downed plane.

    Airport officials would not comment during when asked during a news conference Friday if more than one plane may have been involved. They did say, however, the wreckage is from only one aircraft.

    Tampa International Airport also confirmed news of the crash on Twitter, saying Peter O. Knight Airport was closed. The small airport is located on Davis Islands, located just a few minutes from downtown Tampa.

    The FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash, authorities said.

    Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates.



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    NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa captured footage of a plane crash at Peter O. Knight Airport on March 18, 2016.NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa captured footage of a plane crash at Peter O. Knight Airport on March 18, 2016.

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    Domino's New Zealand has introduced the world's first pizza delivery droid. The 3-foot-tall pepperoni purveyor delivers "piping hot meals" and has a "cheeky personality," the company said.

    Developed in Australia, the "autonomous delivery vehicle" is half Wall-E, half baby carriage, with a sprinkling of R2-D2, CNBC reported.

    Known as DRU (Domino's Robotic Unit), the robot can hold up to 10 pizzas in a heated compartment that each customer unlocks with a unique code.



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    Domino's Pizza unveils a delivery robot called DRU in New Zealand.Domino's Pizza unveils a delivery robot called DRU in New Zealand.

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    While some conservative leaders met privately this week to find a way to stop Donald Trump from securing the GOP nomination, a North Carolina man took matters into his own hands — or wheels, according to a video posted on Facebook. 

    The 10-second video posted by 20-year-old Julien Schuessler on Tuesday allegedly shows him driving down a city street, veering off the side of the road and plowing through a Trump campaign sign posted in the grass.

    Once the deed is done, the driver maneuvers the vehicle back onto the road, but not without briefly losing control of the camera. 

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    "I love having a jeep sometimes," the video’s caption reads.

    The footage has been shared almost 123,000 times and has accrued more than 5.6 million views.

    Unfortunately for Schuessler, the viral video also caught the attention of the Wilmington Police Department. Police tweeted about it Wednesday, saying they were award of the video and "investigating this incident."

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    Schuessler was charged Wednesday with hit and run, reckless driving and failing to maintain lane control. He was later released on citation, police said on Facebook.

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    In an email to NBC, Schuessler confirmed he was the driver in the video. 

    "It was an impulsive act of kindness," Schuessler said in the email. He said police only gave him a "ticket for reckless driving and a 'fleeing the scene of an accident' charge."



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    Progressive screen captures of a video posted by Julien Schuessler allegedly show him driving off the road and plowing through a Trump campaign sign posted on the grass.Progressive screen captures of a video posted by Julien Schuessler allegedly show him driving off the road and plowing through a Trump campaign sign posted on the grass.

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    Pope Francis is expanding his presence on social media.

    The pontiff made his Instagram debut Saturday, launching his official account under the handle “Franciscus.”

    His first post, published at 7:27 a.m. ET, was an image of the pontiff kneeling with his head bowed down in prayer. The caption, written in multiple languages, read: "Pray for me." 

    "Franciscus" has already amassed over 400,000 followers. 

    In an interview with Vatican Radio, Monsignor Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, explained that the aim of the photo-sharing site account is to "tell the story of this Pontificate through images allowing people who want to follow or know more about the Pope to see and share his gestures of tenderness and mercy." 197828921, C]]

    The pontiff is no stranger to social media. Pope Francis joined Twitter in February 2012 and his profile, @pontifex, has over 8.8 million followers. But he does not have a Facebook account.

    The 79-year-old announced his first Instagram post via a tweet, writing: "I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God."

    The Instagram launch comes a month after a meeting between the pontiff and the social media site's CEO, Kevin Systrom, in Rome. In a post after the encounter, Systrom said they discussed “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages.”



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    In this file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a parade, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.In this file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a parade, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.

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    Adam LaRoche has spoken out for the first time since announcing his retirement this week, saying he felt it was "necessary to provide my perspective" after days of controversy surrounding the reason why the first baseman left the Chicago White Sox. 

    "Though I clearly indicated to both teams the importance of having my son with me, I also made clear that if there was ever a moment when a teammate, coach or manager was made to feel uncomfortable, then I would immediately address it," he said in a statement released on Twitter Friday. "I realize that this is their office and their career, and it would not be fair to the team if anybody in the clubhouse was unhappy with the situation. Fortunately, that problem never developed."

    LaRoche continued to say there were no problems with him or his son during the 2015 season but contradicted statements made by White Sox VP Kenny Williams on the current season.

    "With all of this in mind, we move toward the current situation which arose after White Sox VP Ken Williams recently advised me to significantly scale back the time that my son spent in the clubhouse. Later, I was told not to bring him to the ballpark at all," LaRoche said. "Obviously, I expressed my displeasure toward this decision to alter the agreement we had reached before I signed with the White Sox. Upon doing so, I had to make a decision. Do I choose my teammates and my career? Or do I choose my family? The decision was easy, but in no way was it a reflection of how I feel about my teammates, manager, general manager or the club’s owner Jerry Reinsdorf."

    The controversy began earlier this week when LaRoche announced that he intended to retire for personal reasons. Over the intervening days, it was revealed that the reason for LaRoche’s decision was that the team, specifically Williams, had asked him to dial back the amount of time the first baseman’s 14-year-old son Drake spent in the clubhouse during the season.

    "[Drake is] very welcome just as all our players kids are and always have been, really," Williams told NBC Chicago's Peggy Kusinski Wednesday. "I mean our policy is not changing. The thing I asked for in this particular situation was for it to be not an everyday thing and to dial it back."

    Players reportedly were furious with the team’s decision and the process behind it, and star pitcher Chris Sale later went on an expletive-laden tirade against Williams in a closed-door meeting at the clubhouse.

    “This isn’t us rebelling against rules," he told reporters in a scathing session Friday. "It’s us rebelling against BS. Plain and simple.”

    Sale, standing in front of his locker that contained jerseys for both LaRoche and his son Drake, blasted Williams for his handling of the situation and alleged the players were lied to.

    “While we appreciate everyone’s attention and interest, we continue to feel that it would be premature to comment at this time," Reinsdorf said in a statement. "This is an internal issue, and we are in the process of holding a number of discussions with players, staff and the front office. As a result, we do not want to comment until that process is completed. I have instructed members of the organization not to talk about this issue and get our focus back on the field and winning baseball games.”

    Williams declined to comment on whether any players had complained about Drake's presence, but said Drake is "loved by everyone around here" and applauded the players for standing behind LaRoche. 

    LaRoche said he is certain he would regret not spending enough time with his son. 

    "I will leave you with the same advice that I left my teammates. In life, we’re all faced with difficult decisions and will have a choice to make," he said. "Do we act based on the consequences, or do we act on what we know and believe in our hearts to be right? I choose the latter."

    Read his full statement below:

    Given the suddenness of my departure and the stir it has caused in both the media and the clubhouse, I feel it’s necessary to provide my perspective.

    Over the last five years, with both the Nationals and the White Sox, I have been given the opportunity to have my son with me in the clubhouse. It is a privilege I have greatly valued. I have never taken it for granted, and I feel an enormous amount of gratitude toward both of those organizations.

    Though I clearly indicated to both teams the importance of having my son with me, I also made clear that if there was ever a moment when a teammate, coach or manager was made to feel uncomfortable, then I would immediately address it. I realize that this is their office and their career, and it would not be fair to the team if anybody in the clubhouse was unhappy with the situation. Fortunately, that problem never developed. I’m not going to speak about my son Drake’s behavior, his manners, and the quality of person that he is, because everyone knows that I am biased. All of the statements from my teammates, past and present, should say enough. Those comments from all of the people who have interacted with Drake are a testimony to how he carries himself.

    Prior to signing with the White Sox, my first question to the club concerned my son’s ability to be a part of the team. After some due diligence on the club’s part, we reached an agreement. The 2015 season presented no problems as far as Drake was concerned. (My bat and our record are another story!)

    With all of this in mind, we move toward the current situation which arose after White Sox VP Ken Williams recently advised me to significantly scale back the time that my son spent in the clubhouse. Later, I was told not to bring him to the ballpark at all. Obviously, I expressed my displeasure toward this decision to alter the agreement we had reached before I signed with the White Sox. Upon doing so, I had to make a decision. Do I choose my teammates and my career? Or do I choose my family? The decision was easy, but in no way was it a reflection of how I feel about my teammates, manager, general manager or the club’s owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

    The White Sox organization is full of people with strong values and solid character. My decision to walk away was simply the result of a fundamental disagreement between myself and Ken Williams.

    I understand that many people will not understand my decision. I respect that, and all I ask is for that same level of respect in return. I live by certain values that are rooted in my faith, and I am grateful to my parents for that. I have tried to set a good example on and off the field and live a life that represents these values. As fathers, we have an opportunity to help mold our kids into men and women of character, with morals and values that can’t be shaken by the world around them. Of one thing I am certain: we will regret NOT spending enough time with our kids, not the other way around.

    At every level of my career, the game of baseball has reinforced the importance of family to me. Being at my father’s side when he coached. Playing alongside my brothers as a kid and as an adult in the big leagues.

    Likewise, it has been great to have my son by my side to share in this experience as I played.

    In each and every instance, baseball has given me some of my life’s greatest memories. This was likely to be the last year of my career, and there’s no way I was going to spend it without my son.

    Baseball has taught me countless life lessons. I’ve learned how to face challenges, how to overcome failure, how to maintain humility, and most importantly, to trust that the Lord is in control and that I was put here to do more than play the game of baseball. We are called to live life with an unwavering love for God and love for each other. These are lessons I try to teach my kids every day. I truly am blessed to have been granted each of those experiences.

    Thank you to all of my previous managers, past teammates and friends across the league for making these past 12 years such a wonderful journey, and for providing me with memories that I will never forget--especially the ones with my son by my side.

    I will leave you with the same advice that I left my teammates. In life, we’re all faced with difficult decisions and will have a choice to make. Do we act based on the consequences, or do we act on what we know and believe in our hearts to be right? I choose the latter.



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    Police are responding to an accident that happened westbound on I-84 in Vernon.

    The left lane is closed on I-84 after a two car accident by exit 66. 

    There were no other immediate details released. 

    This story is developing. Check back for updates.



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    Wethersfield volunteer firefighters are coming together to support a little boy who has a very rare disorder and the community is coming together to raise money for the family.

    Charlie has Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. It is a rare condition in which the body makes too many activated immune cell, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service.

    The treatment for HLH includes many rounds of steroids and chemotherapy and it takes a huge toll, but Charlie is a fighter and tough as nails, the post from the fire department says.

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    “Charlie, your courage, strength and determination to fight and win this battle is an inspiration to all of us at the WVFD. Remember you are one of us now and we are holding a place for you among our ranks for when you turn 18.”

    A GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of raising $40,000. As of 1:30 p.m., more than 400 people had donated in excess of $34,000.

    To donate or learn more about Charlie, see the GoFundMe page.



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    Police have filed more charges against a man accused of running down three East Hartford police officers who were investigating a drug case on Jan. 5.

    Police said Kevin McNeilly, 52, bought heroin in Hartford, then went to the parking lot of the Hampton Inn and Suites in East Hartford to shoot up and "floored it" to get away from a security guard approached him, then crashed into the police officers who approached him because they believed there was a drug transaction.

    McNeilly backed his car into two officers, who were on foot, and hit a third officer when he drove out of the lot, according to police, and officers fired their weapons, but McNeilly was not hit and continued to flee until losing part of a tire and crashing into a gate.

    Police eventually caught up with him on Knollwood Road and took him into custody after shooting him with a stun gun to get him under control.

    McNeilly was originally charged with engaging police in a pursuit, interfering with police, possession of narcotics and tampering with evidence.

    Now police have added on charges including two counts of attempt to commit murder, three counts of assault of a public safety employee, three counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, two counts of first-degree assault, interfering with an officer and six counts of criminal mischief in the third degree.

    According to court records, McNeilly has an extensive criminal history that includes 33 arrests since 1981 on burglary and larceny charges, authorities said.

    He is being held on bond of $800,000 and is due in court on April 13.

    Police said his next appearance will most likely be in the Hartford court.



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    Police have filed more charges against a man accused of running down three East Hartford police officers who were investigating a drug case on Jan. 5.Police have filed more charges against a man accused of running down three East Hartford police officers who were investigating a drug case on Jan. 5.

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    The Department of Revenue Services said an error for some property tax credit claims may have resulted in a higher credit to taxpayer's liability. 

    For certain filing statuses for 2015, the miscalculation has resulted in up to $12 million in underpayments of personal income taxes across about 120,000 income taxpayers. 

    The DRS said affected taxpayers have already received refunds or will be notified in writing. Anyone who underpaid will be billed without penalty, the DRS said. 

    "When we make a mistake, we own it and fix it immediately," Kevin Sullivan, commissioner of the DRS, said in a statement. "This year the DRS will process 1.6 million resident state income returns and while this affects a relatively small number of income taxpayers, I apologize for our error and the inconvenience to those taxpayers."


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    The arrest of suspected Paris terror attack plotter Salah Abdeslam could provide U.S. counter-terrorism officials with insight into the inner workings of terror group ISIS.

    Officials believe the 26-year-old Islamist extremist has knowledge of how ISIS functions — and that knowledge could help them thwart other terror attacks, NBC News reported.

    "His interrogation can also help us understand how ISIS directs and coordinates its attacks on the West," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said.

    Among other things, experts say authorities will also want to learn how Abdeslam avoided capture for so long and whether the Nov. 13 attacks were planned in Syria or Iraq or somewhere in Europe.

    Abdeslam was arrested in a suburb of Molenbeek in Belgium on Friday.  



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    Police officers guard an entrance of a school during a raid in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 18, 2016. Officials believe the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, which took place on Friday, may provide valuable information into the inner workings of ISIS.Police officers guard an entrance of a school during a raid in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 18, 2016. Officials believe the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, which took place on Friday, may provide valuable information into the inner workings of ISIS.

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    Police said a Craigslist encounter in West Hartford resulted in sexual assault on Friday.

    The reported assault happened in a neighborhood near Corbin's Corner at around 2:00 p.m.

    A female victim told police she was assaulted and she was transported to the hospital.

    After police were given a description of the suspect who fled on a bike, Joshua Cordero, 26, of Hartford, was apprehended a short distance away, West Hartford Police said. 

    The encounter resulted from a sale of merchandise posted on Craigslist, police said. 

    Cordero is accused of home invasion, first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping, first degree sexual assault, interference with a 911 call and third degree sexual assault.

    He is being held on a million dollar bond. 



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    Three people have been infected with Lassa fever after having come in contact with an American who died of the disease in Germany last month, NBC News reported.

    "This is now the first documented outbreak of Lassa fever virus outside of Africa," the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's federal disease control agency, said in a statement.

    The patient who died was a medical director of a missionary hospital in Togo. The newly infected people include a mortician who handled his body.

    Lassa is carried by rodents and people can catch it when rodent droppings or urine get onto food or into living areas. There is widespread activity of the virus in West Africa, and there is an ongoing outbreak in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. 



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    A healthcare worker stands in protective equipment in the Lassa isolation ward at Gondama Referral Centre in Bo district, Sierra Leone in this March 4, 2014, file photo.A healthcare worker stands in protective equipment in the Lassa isolation ward at Gondama Referral Centre in Bo district, Sierra Leone in this March 4, 2014, file photo.

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    Families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy joined with Sen. Chris Murphy to applaud the progress made on the 2016 Mental Health Reform Act in Congress.

    A key committee approved the measure with bipartisan unanimous support this week.
    The bill now goes to the full US Senate for consideration.

    “This might be our one opportunity to bring the two parties together and do something really meaningful for vulnerable people all across this country," said Sen. Murphy during a press conference where he was joined by mental health advocates as well.

    The proposal would provide additional grant funding to local governments and providers around the country to increase access to mental health services. The measure also includes new accountability requirements for insurance companies to make sure they are providing mental health benefits adequately based on plan coverage.

    “We passed a law years ago that said if you’re an insurance company you’ve got to cover mental illness the way you cover physical illness and even though your benefit plan may tell you have the ability to get covered for mental illness, that’s not how it plays out in real life," Sen. Murphy said.

    Mark Barden, who lost his son at Sandy Hook in December 2012, has been vocal in his effort for more strict gun controls and increased and improved mental health services. Barden appeared with Sen. Murphy Friday, in support of the action in Congress.

    “It will aid in early identification for children, that will help in the access to quality mental healthcare that they need," he said.

    Barden says he's willing to be a public face and provide any support necessary to prevent anything like what happened in Newtown from ever happening again.

    “One of the things I lay awake thinking about what could have been done to prevent what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School where my little son was murdered," Barden said. "If that individual could have been identified and gotten into the proper services then none of this would have happened."



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    A youth pastor in Maine has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a young girl.

    Police confirm 37-year-old Lucas Savage, a pastor at the Canaan Calvary Church, was arrested Friday.

    Savage is accused of abusing the child at his home in Clinton.

    According to police, allegations against Savage have been under investigation for the last month.

    Authorities were not aware if there were additional victims, but anyone with information is asked to call state police at 1 (800) 452-4664.

    It was not immediately clear whether Savage had an attorney.

    Stay with necn as this story develops.



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