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    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign embraced Clinton's failed attempts to swipe a New York City subway card last week by putting it up on its own website as an error message.

    As cameras whirred and clicked, Clinton tried five times to swipe a card to enter the subway Thursday — earning the derision of the local tabloids and "Saturday Night Live."

    Since then, she's been trying to defuse the gaffe by poking fun at it. Saturday, she showed up at an annual New York charity event to appear in a skit asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to "please fix these MetroCard slots in the subway."

    And now Clinton's campaign website is displaying a gif of her failing to get through the subway turnstiles when you try to go to a page that doesn't exist — the dreaded "404: page not found" message.



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    Hillary Clinton swipes a MetroCard to ride the No. 4 train as she campaigns on April 7, 2016, in the Bronx.Hillary Clinton swipes a MetroCard to ride the No. 4 train as she campaigns on April 7, 2016, in the Bronx.

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    Charles County, Maryland, police averted a potentially dangerous situation when they arrested a man in Waldorf, Maryland, who was carrying a loaded AR-15 near a baby shower.

    In a press release, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said one of their officers was flagged down in the 2000 block of Nantucket Drive shortly after 4 p.m. on April 9. A person told the officer they saw a man carrying a long gun at a nearby recreation center.

    The release said the officer, Cpl. P. McCue, went to the center and spotted a man walking in the parking lot holding a rifle. When the man, later identified Rodrigueze Lavon Nowlin Jr, 21, of North Carolina, saw the officer, he ducked down behind a car before surrendering to McCue.

    Officers located a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with 27 rounds in it. A check revealed the gun was reported stolen in North Carolina.

    Investigators said Nowlin was attending a baby shower at the center with 13 other people when he became involved in an argument with another man, who assaulted Nowlin during the confrontation. They said Nowlin left the party, went to his car and retrieved the weapon.

    Guests inside the center saw him returning with the gun and locked the doors to stop him from entering the building. The man who allegedly assaulted Nowlin fled but was later stopped by police and in possession of brass knuckles.

    Nowlin is charged with multiple counts of first-degree assault, second degree-assault and reckless endangerment. It is not known where he is being held or if he has a lawyer.



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    Rodrigueze Lavon Nowlin Jr, 21, of North CarolinaRodrigueze Lavon Nowlin Jr, 21, of North Carolina

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    As women fight what has been an uphill battle for equal pay, they continue to face another exacerbating factor: being penalized for the fact that they could – regardless of whether they will – have children, NBC News reports.

    While much of the public discussion of the "wage gap" has focused on women getting equal pay for the same work as their male peers, this quiet "pregnancy penalty" has gotten less attention, in part because it's so much more difficult to measure. But some experts argue that even the mere possibility that a woman can have a baby can be enough for employers to push her to the back of the line.

    "It is often the case that mothers are held to a higher standard than others in the work place," said Emily Martin, general counsel with the National Women's Law Center. "And they are penalized if they cannot meet that standard."

    This higher standard is due to an antiquated notion that women who are pregnant are perpetually preoccupied with their babies and cannot possibly be productive, said "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" author Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department.



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    Police said they have obtained an arrest warrant charging a 21-year-old Hartford man who told police that an 18-year-old Cromwell woman committed suicide with murder.

    Torrick Maragh was initially charged with two counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun and is incarcerated.

    Police said the warrant charging him with one count of murder will be served during Maragh's next court appearance, which is tentatively set for May 9.

    Hartford police received a frantic 911 call on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and rushed to the basement of 1688 Broad St. in Hartford at 11:15 p.m., where they found Nasashalie Hoy, 18, of Cromwell, lying on the ground bleeding from the throat. She was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:58 p.m. 

    According to arrest paperwork, Maragh told detectives Hoy shot herself with a shotgun after the two had an argument.

    Hoy's family never believed that was the case and maintained that Hoy did not shot herself.

    "She didn't kill herself. My daughter is beautiful. Beautiful daughter, she’s gone my baby girl is gone," Felix Hoy, Nasashalie’s father, said.

    Maragh said they were initially “tussling” over a shotgun shell and that Hoy had a knife in her hand, but he was able to confiscate it from Hoy before she ran out of the room, according to the arrest warrant.

    When she came back, Hoy straddled Maragh, who was sitting on a bed, and she had a shotgun pointed at her neck when it went off, he said, according to the warrant.

    The medical examiner’s office classified Hoy's death as a homicide and determined she died from a bullet to the neck.

    Police said they worked closely with the state forensic science lab to analyze evidence.

    According to arrest papers, Maragh owns the gun that took Hoy's life and admitted he hid a second gun in the ceiling before police got to the scene.

    The warrant charging Maragh with murder has a judge-set bond of $1.5 million.



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    Police said they have a warrant charging Torrick Maragh with the murder of an -18-year-old from Cromwell.Police said they have a warrant charging Torrick Maragh with the murder of an -18-year-old from Cromwell.

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    One hundred and sixty five state employees have been laid off from two departments, effective today, and many more layoffs are expected as the state deals with a budget deficit.

    The layoffs announced on Monday include 106 employees of the state Department of Children and Families and 59 employees of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

    The layoffs are effective as of the end of business on Monday, according to a letter from the state Office of Policy and Management.

    Thousands of Connecticut state employees are expected to be laid off because of a budget shortfall and Gov. Dannel Malloy said last week that the number exceeds 1,000, but could be higher based on the budget the appropriations committee approved.

    "They're being done in a very orderly basis with the hopes of getting people who are on pins and needles the answers about their status as quickly as possible," Malloy said Monday.

    Theses layoffs are expected to save $27.6 million, according to information from the Office of Police and Management.

    The unions representing state workers reacted swiftly to Monday's announcement.

    "Contrary to the governor's claims that these layoffs are being conducted in an orderly fashion, many staff are being walked off the job site at the same time as they receive their layoff notice in violation of their contract's layoff provisions, leaving remaining staff shorthanded and at greater risk in what at times can be a dangerous environment, said Stephen Anderson, president of Connecticut State Employees Association.

    Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to close the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s West Haven Clinic Adult Team; the Valley View Café and library services at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown; Community Recovery Services, Vocational Services and Homeless Outreach program operated by Southeastern Mental Health Authority; two transitional residential programs in Norwalk and Bridgeport; and the military support program and education and training overseen by the agency’s central office.

    The layoffs will also result in reduced hours for the mobile crisis program at Southeastern Mental Health Authority, Western Connecticut Mental Health Network and Capitol Regional Mental Health Center.

    The DCF layoffs will save $12.6 million.

    Malloy said not all the state employee layoff notices would go out at once. There will be different phases of layoffs for different departments.

    On Friday, commissioner of the state Department of Correction notified employees that 147 people will be laid off because of a state budget shortfall.

    The total state executive branch workforce is 31,200 as of March 31, not including higher education.



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    A 14-year-old boy driving a stolen car led police on a chase in Manchester on Monday and crashed into another vehicle, police said.

    Police received a report around 3 p.m. on Monday that someone was driving a gray Hyundai Genesis erratically near Washington School and Cooper Street and learned when they ran the license plate that the car has been stolen out of West Hartford.

    Soon after receiving the complaint about the driver, a police sergeant saw the car on Park Street and tried to stop the driver, but the teen sped up and fled, police said.

    The chase started on Chestnut Street, then continued on Center Street and several side streets before the driver headed west on Spencer Street and hit another vehicle on the highway overpass approaching the East Hartford town line, polices said.

    No one was hurt during the crash and three people who had been in the stolen vehicle fled from the scene, police said.

    Police caught all three soon after. K9 Officer Eastwood and his partner K9 Camo found one of the suspects hiding in some brush along Interstate-384.

    The 14-year-old driver was charged with risk of injury to a minor, first-degree larceny, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, engaging an officer in pursuit, operating a motor vehicle without a license and interfering with police.

    A 15-year-old passenger was charged with interfering with police after fleeing from the vehicle after it crashed.

    Tyron Barnes, 19, of Manchester, was a passenger in the vehicle and was charged with interfering with police. He was held on a $15,000 surety bond, police said.


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    Putting up eight Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and securing translators during his trial cost taxpayers more than $16,000, according to the Boston Herald.

    Lodging and temporary admission to the country cost $6,310, and translators for the family cost more than $10,000, the Herald reported, citing 92 pages of emails, forms and receipts. Sixteen FBI agents were assigned to guard and protect the family during their time in the U.S.

    Several relatives testified in Tsarnaev's defense, including an aunt who burst into tears when she took the stand. They were originally lodged in a hotel in Revere, Massachusetts, but were moved to an undisclosed location when their whereabouts were discovered.

    Tsarnaev, 22, was convicted of 30 federal charges and sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013, attack.

    Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when twin bombs exploded near the marathon finish line.



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    The longest stretch of dry, bright and seasonably warm weather so far this year has arrived.

    Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with highs in the middle 50s.

    Thursday brings unlimited sunshine as temperatures surge towards 60 degrees.

    An "omega" block will be dominating the weather pattern over the eastern two-thirds of the country come the end of the week.

    This pattern results in dry, sunny weather in the middle, but unsettled weather on either edge.

    Connectiut will be in the dry portion of the pattern for days on end.

    Friday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s.

    The weekend looks amazing. Temperatures will be near 60 Saturday.

    Abundant sunshine will last all weekend long.

    Highs will be in the upper 60s to perhaps 70 degrees on Sunday.


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    A woman has been taken to Hartford Hospital after another vehicle hit her car on Franklin Avenue in Hartford this morning, then fled the scene, police said.

    The woman was hit in the area of 131-137 Franklin Ave. just before 6:30 a.m. police said. Officers at the scene said her injuries are not life-threatening.

    Police are looking for a gray Infinity SUV. No information was available on the license plate.

    Editor's note: Police originally said a pedestrian was hit.



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    Police are investigating a hit-and-run in Hartford.Police are investigating a hit-and-run in Hartford.

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    Two Ram pickup trucks were the worst-performing models in a latest round of tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, CNBC reported.

    The 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab earned "marginal" overall ratings and the lowest possible rating — "poor" — in terms of structure. 

    In tests where the front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or pole — one of the most common and deadly accidents — Ram trucks had "more intrusion than we'd like to see," said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute's Vehicle Research Center. He said "that led to elevated injury measures on the dummy's lower extremities." 

    Ram's parent company, Fiat Chrysler, told CNBC its vehicles "are designed for real-world performance and no single test determines overall, real-world vehicle safety."

    Ford's F-Series was the only model tested that earned the highest overall rating, "good," and was deemed an IIHS Top Safety Pick.



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    Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks are shown on a dealership new vehicle lot in Detroit.Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks are shown on a dealership new vehicle lot in Detroit.

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    The Denny’s on Queen Street in Southington will not open until later today after a gas stove fire this morning.

    Employees were inside the restaurant, which is located at 621 Queen Sr. and the building was evacuated.

    The firefighters put the fire out in just a couple of minutes and no one was injured.

    The restaurant is not expected to open until noon.



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    Fire broke out at a Denny's restaurant in Southington.Fire broke out at a Denny's restaurant in Southington.

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    Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate 19-year-old Jacob Landsman says he can trust.

    Sanders' push to right economic inequality, his aggressive stands on tackling climate change and campaign finance reform are all positions that the Vassar College student supports. 

    “You can go back 30, 40 years and see him saying exactly the same things that he’s saying now,” Landsman said.

    Ahead of the presidential primary in New York on April 19, Landsman is working to try to ensure a win for Sanders, canvassing and calling Democrats to convince them to vote as he will.

    But if Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic candidate, he predicts he wouldn't be alone as a disaffected Democrat.

    “She’s definitely not going to be able to capture the imaginations and hearts of progressive liberals,” he said.

    Victories by Sanders in Wisconsin and Wyoming and by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Wisconsin and Colorado have put even more pressure on Clinton and Donald Trump to perform well in the state which Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate for eight years and where Trump made his real estate empire. And for the first time in decades, both parties' primaries will be competitive in the Empire State. 

    Young Democratic voters across the country are turning out overwhelmingly for Sanders, participating in fewer numbers than in 2008 overall but breaking records at the polls in Illinois, Florida and Michigan. In the Great Lakes state, for example, twice as many voters under 30 turned out compared to 2008 to give him an upset win.  

    According to the NBC News Exit Poll, he was the choice of 81 percent of Michigan's voters ages 18 to 29. That split held up in Wisconsin on April 5, when exit polls reported by CNN showed Sanders winning among voters younger than 30 by more than 60 percentage points and 2 to 1 among those 30 to 44 years old. Again Clinton took the older voters.

    Will young voters be able to achieve another victory for Sanders in New York? 

    “There’s definitely a generational gap,” said Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the director of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

    Matthew Santucci is so staunch a supporter of Bernie Sanders that the 20-year-old changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat to vote for Sanders.

    Santucci, a Fordham University student, had even worked on the national campaigns of two Republicans in his home state of Connecticut before deciding that the GOP did not reflect his beliefs. He lived in Italy for a year and learned to appreciate its much larger social net.

    “That really put things in perspective to me,” Santucci said.

    In Sanders, he also found a candidate whose consistency he admires and whose views he shares — on the Iraq War, gay marriage and campaign finance reform. He said he loved how passionately Sanders opposed fracking because he said climate change is one of the greatest crucibles facing his generation.

    When Sanders held an outdoor rally in a park in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx last week, Santucci was there with thousands of other young people who like him were captivated by the 74-year-old senator. As Sanders stood on a trunk to address an overflow crowd, his supporters pressed against the barriers to cheer him on.

    The race has taken a nasty turn as Clinton and Sanders snipe over each other's qualifications for the presidency — raising worries about party unity when the primary is over. Clinton is ahead of Sanders in New York, according to polls released by Monmouth and Quinnipiac universities in the last two weeks, though the Vermont senator has gained ground. Democrats allocate the state's 291 delegates through a mix of votes cast in New York's congressional districts and superdelegates who can change their vote. 

    On the Republican side, Trump is positioned to win nearly every one of the 95 GOP delegates, according to a Monmouth University Poll released on April 6. Republicans award delegates based on the percentage of the vote a candidate gets in each congressional district, plus there are at-large delegates controlled by the party.

    New York’s primary is a closed one, limited to registered Republicans and Democrats, and that could work against younger voters, half of whom are not officially affiliated with a party. Although the state’s deadline for new voter registrations was March 25, the deadline to change enrollments was last October. The tricky dates mean two of Trump's own children, Eric and Ivanka, will not be able to vote for their father. Both are registered but neither in a party, according to elections records.

    “Our experience in New York, and inability to change our party affiliation so that we could vote for our father in the NY primary, was the reason that we proactively began making videos last year to educate voters on a state-by-state basis on what is required in order for them to vote in their own state primaries," the Trump siblings said in a statement.

    As of April 1, Democrats added about 14,000 people to their rolls since the same day last year, according to New York state Board of Elections data, while Republicans added 12,000. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 in New York. 

    The New York State Board of Election said last week it did not have numbers available on how many voters switched.

    “Something this complicated always disadvantages young voters,” Kawashima-Ginsberg said.

    Sanders' campaign says he has been focused on getting large turnouts from his supporters.

    "In every one of those primaries and caucuses, a coalition of enthusiastic young people, working families and voters hit hardest by today's rigged economy have come together to defy expectations and build a political revolution," Karthik Ganapathy, a spokesperson for the Sanders campaign, told MSNBC. 

    On the day that the line of people attending Sanders' Bronx rally stretched for blocks, former President Bill Clinton was making the rounds of New York unions on behalf of his wife. Although Jeremy Mellema, 27, and Sean Abbott-Klafter, 31, history teachers at the Bronx Compass High School, had been urged to attend a Clinton event at the New York City headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers, they bucked their union and brought a group of students to hear Sanders.

    Nearby, two other teachers, 23-year-old Emily Tugwell and Jeremy Klughaupt, 32, both of whom work at the Academy for Environmental Leadership in Bushwick, said they felt misrepresented by the union, which has endorsed Clinton.

    "Of the teachers we know there is overwhelming support for Bernie Sanders, especially among the younger teachers," Klughaupt said.

    He said he would not support any candidate who did not make campaign finance reform a key issue, as Sanders has. Tugwell said Sanders was the only one who had not flip-flopped on his positions.

    "In regards to Hillary, I'm really sick as a woman of being told to vote for a woman by older generally middle class or wealthy white feminists," she added. "Women have been told for most of history that we don't know what's best for us."

    Many younger voters no matter their views are distrustful of politics as a way to affect change, Kawashima-Ginsberg said. Neither side is overwhelmingly supporting the front-runners, and although Republicans are breaking voting records in every state, they have failed to coalesce as definitively around one candidate, she said. Young Republicans are fiscally conservative but at the same time more socially progressive than the national party. Meanwhile young Democrats are asking for more liberal policies.

    “Turnout really would be everything in New York and other primaries if young people were to have an impact,” she said.

    Among young Democrats, 65 percent say they would vote for Clinton if Sanders were to drop out — a number Kawashima-Ginsberg warns is not high enough.

    “You really need every single youth vote in order to win those key states in the general election,” she said.

    During the Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina, in January, Clinton was asked why she was getting beaten by Sanders 2 to 1 among young voters — a question she did not answer directly.

    She said only that she would keep working as hard as she could to reach as many people of all ages about her experience and ideas.

    “And I hope to have their support when I'm the Democratic nominee,” she told NBC's Lester Holt.  

    Of the 2,383 delegates needed to take the nomination, Clinton has won 1,756 to 1,068 for Sanders, as of April 11. But those include superdelegates whose allegiances could change, according to NBC News.

    Twenty-year-old Angela Bujaj, a pre-med student at Fordham University, worries that too many of Sanders’ young supporters will stay home if he loses the nomination. Most young people are focusing on Sanders’ call for a revolution and falsely painting Clinton as an establishment monster who lies, she said.

    “But this is real life,” she said. “It’s not Bernie or Bust. Someone will be elected president if he’s not."

    A Clinton supporter, she likes the former secretary of state’s foreign policy experience and her positions on curbing gun violence. And Bujaj criticizes Sanders’ votes against gun control — against the Brady Bill and later to prohibit lawsuits against gun manufactures. The differences between the two candidates should be important to young people, she said.

    “America is a hotbed for gun violence and the NRA and conservatives prevent any meaningful legislation from getting through,” she said.

    Emma Maher Horvath, 25, and her 27-year-old brother, Ryan Horvath, are certain about their choice for president, but while she describes Hillary Clinton as the most sensible candidate, he has a tattoo of Bernie Sanders on his arm.

    She says Clinton understands what can be accomplished in the country's polarized political climate. He likes Sanders' uncompromising stands on foreign policy and the environment.

    She says Sanders should drop out before weakening the Democratic party further. He volunteers for Sanders' campaign though he knows Clinton has the advantage.

    Maher Horvath, a student at the University of Albany, said she was at first excited about Sanders’ campaign but believes Clinton knows how to get changes made for the most Americans — on affordable education, women’s issues and gun rights. She said she could imagine Sanders as secretary of labor.

    “I don’t really see him as a president,” she said. “And I don’t see him representing the issues that are closest to my heart.”

    Her brother, 27, who lives in Vermont and works for the state's Agency of Natural Resources, voted for Sanders in his state's primary.

    "He's the best chance of really taking some action on climate change, student-loan debt, minimum wage, foreign policy," he said.

    Ian Baize, a 20-year-old sophomore at Hamilton College, at first thought he would support Clinton. But Sanders has tapped the issues most important to him — particularly an affordable college education, campaign finance reform and climate change.

    “The Clintons have been at the summit of money and power for 20 years now, so it’s hard to see how there’s not going to be some influence going on there,” said Baize, who voted by absentee ballot in the Massachusetts primary.

    Caleb Zachary, a student of Vassar College's class of 2018, has been volunteering for the Sanders campaign in New York though he will vote in his home state of California in June. He rejects criticism that Sanders' plans are unrealistic. Many European countries, for example, make university affordable, he said. And he especially likes Sanders' reliance on small donors. 

    “He represents a pivotal change in American politics that a lot of people have been waiting for for a long time,” Zachary, 20, said. “And I know it’s not just young people who have been waiting for that change but it’s young people who seem to think that it’s realistic."

    And Landsman said he thought that the 2008 recession and the Occupy Wall Street movement opened the way for Sanders' campaign.

    "Bernie himself is a pretty unique guy and this was his time," Landsman said.



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    Young supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hold signs prior to a rally in the Bronx, New York City, on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Sanders continues to attract young, enthusiastic voters by a large margin over his Democratic competitor, Hillary Clinton, though she leads the race overall.Young supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hold signs prior to a rally in the Bronx, New York City, on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Sanders continues to attract young, enthusiastic voters by a large margin over his Democratic competitor, Hillary Clinton, though she leads the race overall.

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    Police chased down a suspect in a Windsor home invasion and car theft in Hartford.

    According to police, the suspect got into a crash with a Windsor police officer at Main and Kensington streets in Hartford, and officers took the person into custody after a foot chase.

    Video Deputy Chief Brian Foley Tweeted out shows the capture.

    More information will be posted once it’s available.



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    Police took a suspect in a home invasion and vehicle theft into custody after a foot chase.Police took a suspect in a home invasion and vehicle theft into custody after a foot chase.

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    A distraught traveler screamed at a counter attendant at LaGuardia Airport as her sobbing children and other passengers stood by amid a 12-hour flight delay last month, video obtained by the Daily Mail shows.

    The mother and daughter were en route to Miami for a Disney cruise and their New York City flight on March 24 was delayed about 12 hours because of inclement weather, the website reports. 

    "I want everything. I’m sorry, you lied to me. You lied to me," the woman screams. "I’m sitting here since 8 o’clock with a 9-year-old who’s waiting for her vacation and my 13-year-old and me."

    "If there’s no flight just say there’s no flight. Say there’s no flight," she yells.

    During the tantrum, the woman threatens to make airline workers pay for the cruise "and everything else." The camera then pans over to catch the woman's daughter, who cries as her mother continues to shout.

    Other passengers stand around silently, some appearing to capture the meltdown on video. The footage was later posted to Facebook, where it garnered more than 500,000 views.

    Airline workers eventually called police to help diffuse the situation, the Daily Mail reports.

    The flight was scheduled to depart from LaGuardia at 9 p.m. on March 24 but delayed in Philadelphia until nearly 1 a.m. the following day, according to the Daily Mail. The flight eventually left at about 9 a.m. that morning.

    "We do apologize that passengers on American Airlines flight 2240 were delayed due to inclement weather at New York’s LaGuardia Airport," a spokesperson for American told the site in a statement. "The inbound aircraft, which was coming from Miami, diverted to Philadelphia due to high winds at LaGuardia."

    The passenger who took the video, Jade Weng, later told the Daily Mail she filed a complaint with the airline. Other videos she posted showed passengers in a heated exchange with police and airline workers amid the delays.



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    There’s a growing debate in Wallingford over the future of the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display and who should pay for it.

    Since 2010, a small group of residents working under the name “the Wallingford Fireworks Fund,” has raised the money to pay for the celebration after funding for it was removed from the mayor’s budget during the recession. The display and associated costs ring in around $30,000 to $35,000 annually.

    Officials from the fund said that because Wallingford’s general fund has grown by several million dollars and the town has been able to pay down debt, it’s time for the town to begin paying for the celebration again.

    Town councilor Jason Zandri, who is also a member of the fireworks fund, said there’s more than enough money to cover the costs.

    “This is something that clearly the citizens want to have. Wallingford can clearly afford it and this is simply the right thing to do,” he said.

    As it stands, money to pay for the celebration has not been set aside in the town budget.

    Residents and people who have attended the celebration in years past had mixed opinions about who should foot the bill this July Fourth.

    “It’s a great thing. It’s not a necessity. I’d rather pay for things that are really necessary,” Kathy Perretta said.

    “It’s a big community thing. If they have the money than why not?” said Patty Murray, a former Wallingford resident who now lives in New Canaan.

    “If they want them and everybody around here seems to go,” James Whitelaw, of Wallingford, said.

    Members of the fireworks fund said they have no plans to raise the money again this year.

    Right now it’s up to the town council to vote to return the money to the budget or Wallingford residents might have to head to another town for fireworks this year.


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    State police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Jewett City gas station early this morning.

    State police responded to Chucky’s Mobil, at 7 Main St., after 3 a.m. on Tuesday after an attempted armed robbery was reported and met with the store clerk, who said one man tried to rob the store.

    First the would-be robber pulled a black semi-automatic handgun, then he displayed a knife, police said, then he ran toward the Rite Aid parking lot, but police were not able to find the man.

    He was described as stocky, around 5-feet-7, with blondish-brown facial hair.

    He was wearing a maroon facemask with holes in it, and a blue hooded sweatshirt under a brown hooded sweatshirt. The brown hooded sweatshirt had a picture of a tree or “Timberland” emblem in the center.

    Anyone with information about the attempted armed robbery or the man should call EDMC Detective Silvestri at 860-848-6566 or text TIP711 with the information to 236748. All calls and texts will be kept confidential.



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    State police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Chucky’s Mobil in Jewett City.State police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Chucky’s Mobil in Jewett City.

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    Three female students have been taken to the hospital after police say they ingested liquid nicotine on a school bus on their way to the Davis School in Brockton Tuesday morning.

    Brockton police say an eleven-year-old girl found the liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes, at her home and allegedly thought it was candy.

    Police say that girl shared the liquid nicotine with another eleven-year-old girl and a ten-year-old girl on the bus.

    Brockton parent Carol Parciale said, "It's scary that they thought it was candy supposedly or maybe they did know it was something and were trying it so I do think it's very scary."

    Police say when the three girls got to school they went to the nurse because they didn't feel right.

    The nurse called ambulances and their parents, who took them to Brockton Hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

    Brockton parent Shawnna Denton said, "That's why I don't put them on the bus, because I think that when you have the kids that are older with the kids that are younger they're more apt to be doing things that they shouldn't be doing."

    Brockton Schools Superintendent Kathleen Smith released a statement saying in part, "We caution parents to be vigilant and securely store away all substances in the home that could be dangerous and easily accessed by children, as we all also continue to educate children about the importance of health and well-being."

    The school said the substance was turned over to medical personnel and at no time were any other students in danger.

    Brockton parent Melissa Figueroa said, "I think it's horrible, but I feel the parents shouldn't have it anywhere near kids or anywhere where they could get to it."

    Police say they don't expect any criminal charges.

    The school said the substance was turned over to medical personnel and at no time were any other students in danger.



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    Three students at Davis Elementary School in Brockton, Massachusetts, were hospitalized after ingesting liquid nicotine on the school bus, according to police and school officials.Three students at Davis Elementary School in Brockton, Massachusetts, were hospitalized after ingesting liquid nicotine on the school bus, according to police and school officials.

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    Two Middletown brothers have been arrested after police searched their home and found drugs, including marijuana, marijuana candy and Molly.

    Police said they found more than 500 grams of “marijuana concentrate” and about 58 grams of marijuana with a street value of between $1,000 and about $6,000 at the Mulberry Lane home John Rebelo, 30, and Louis Rebelo, 33, share.

    Middletown Police conducted the search on Friday after the Department of Probation alerted police drugs might have been sold from the home.

    In 2014, the brothers were arrested on drug possession charges with intent to sell and police said they seized at least $75,000 worth of items, according to police.

    The arraignment report says police seized several empty marijuana bottles from at least four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, including one that was a prescription for one of the brothers. Several other bottles had no patient information on them.

    Lillian Aldi, a neighbor who has known the brothers for 16 years, said she never saw anything that appeared to be criminal activity at the home

    “We felt if we needed anything, you know something to be lifted, they were always more than willing to give us a hand, but it’s sad if this is in fact the case where they’ve gone down the wrong road,” Aldi said.

    The Rebelos are being held on a $250,000 bond and scheduled back in court April 25.

    They have been arrested on several drug charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.



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    John and Louis Rebelo, brothers from Middletown, were arrested on drug charges.John and Louis Rebelo, brothers from Middletown, were arrested on drug charges.

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    Crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have responded to the area of area of Seabreeze Drive and Niles Hill Road in Waterford. 

    It's not clear what DEEP is responding to, but they received the call around 2 p.m. 

    The police department and fire department have not responded.

    No additional information was immediately available.


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