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    Three men and a woman were arrested Thursday night in Birmingham, England, and one man was arrested at London's Gatwick Airport early Friday in an operation involving British, French and Belgian authorities, NBC News reported.

    A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police would not say specifically whether the detentions were linked to arrests in France and Belgium relating to terror attacks in both countries. A British security source, however, told NBC News the arrests were "Paris- and Brussels-related."

    The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the British investigation focused mainly on Mohamed Abrini, who allegedly confessed to being the so-called "Main in White" who was among the Brussels airport bombers.

    The five suspects were being questioned by counter-terror officials Friday.



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    In this file photo, an unidentified traveler gets to his feet in a smoke-filled terminal at Brussels Airport after deadly explosions on March 22, 2016.In this file photo, an unidentified traveler gets to his feet in a smoke-filled terminal at Brussels Airport after deadly explosions on March 22, 2016.

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    A group of anglers spent the day out on the ocean, looking to make a monster catch. They definitely made one, but what they weren't counting on was a hungry predator in the water, looking for a meal.

    The pictures are impressive and the video is almost unbelievable.

    "This 500-pound shark was all the way in the air with a 60-pound sailfish in his mouth, like a dog with a bone," explained Capt. Bouncer Smith of Bouncer's Dusky 33.

    Smith has been in business for 50 years, taking tourists out fishing. He said he's never seen anything like what happened Thursday.

    "It was unbelievable," he said.

    Images show some of what they caught, just a few miles off Biscayne Bay — including a mangled, half-eaten sailfish. A massive shark jumped out of the water for a bite just as the fish was hooked, according to the anglers.

    "We were lucky enough to have the phone up," said one of the fishermen from Virginia.

    "Most exciting trip in my life," another said.



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    Police are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty after finding a burned dead cat in the road in New Britain.

    The department received a report around 12:30 a.m. on Friday that a dead cat was found in the road on Bingham Street on Thursday afternoon. When officers arrived, they found the cat, which had burns on much of its body.

    Sylvia Marotta said she called the cat Murphy and he roamed in the area.

    “When I walked up to it -- was just like 'Oh my God that’s the gray tiger cat,” Marotta said.

    She said 80 to 90 percent of the cat's body was burned.

    Police are investigating this as a case of serious animal cruelty and they are trying to determine whether the cat was dead before or after it was burned.

    To determine that, the state forensics lab and a veterinarian medical diagnostic lab will conduct testing.

    There have been no other similar incidents in the city.



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    Police are investigating after this cat was found badly burnt.Police are investigating after this cat was found badly burnt.

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    Many among the hundreds of Republicans at the New York City GOP gala tuned out Sen. Ted Cruz Thursday night during his speech, NBC News reported.

    The gala attendees were seen talking at their tables and mingling in the event space, with some even walking out of the dinner as Cruz spoke.

    At least one person at the event said Cruz had damaged his chances with New Yorkers because of his disparaging "New York values" comments a few months ago.

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    The phrase was used by Cruz to describe GOP front-runner Donald Trump in a negative light. Cruz's speech Thursday didn't receive the typical high level of applause and laughs seen at prior campaign rallies, NBC News reported.

    Instead, the gala crowd did not react when Cruz paused for laughter after his remark, "I haven't built any buildings in NYC."



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    Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the April 14 New York State Republican Gala in New York City.Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the April 14 New York State Republican Gala in New York City.

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    Adrianne Haslet-Davis will tackle the elements and fatigue along with other runners when she takes on the Boston Marathon on Monday.

    Like few others, though, she'll be going the distance on a running blade, battling hip pain and painful memories. 

    "It's very difficult and there are days when I just get discouraged," she said. "But then I think I'm really lucky just to be running at all."

    The professional ballroom dancer lost part of her left leg in the terror attacks at the marathon in 2013. Haslet-Davis was cheering runners near the finish line as a spectator when the second of two bombs exploded. 

    Despite the unimaginable hardship that followed, Haslet-Davis danced again publicly just a year later: the rumba at the international TED conference in Canada.

    And last year, she did the fox trot on the finish line.

    Now, the woman who had never run more than a few blocks before this year will effort the 26.2 daunting miles of the Boston Marathon.

    She will look to the city that helped her heal to help her finish the race.

    "I'm counting on the crowd, just like everyone is, to push through," she said. "But I know that [in] Boston — that's a given. The crowd is amazing."

    Haslet-Davis knows that once she conquers the course, the finish line will be an emotional encounter.

    "I know I'll be crying," she said. "Hoping that I have enough hydration to cry and run at the same time."

    For Haslet-Davis, running the route is a way of saying "thank you" to the doctors, surgeons and first responders — and to the city, to which she now feels eternally linked.

    "I'll always be in Boston," she said. "I love it. It's in my blood. It's everything that I have dreamed a city could be."

    Haslet-Davis is running to support the non-profit Limbs for Life, based in Oklahoma.



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    In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Timothy Haslet, left, and David Haslet, right, celebrate with their sister Adrianne Haslet-Davis at the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, after she completed a short distance of the course in Boston. Haslet-Davis said she is training to run the entire Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016. Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee in the April 2013 bombing attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Timothy Haslet, left, and David Haslet, right, celebrate with their sister Adrianne Haslet-Davis at the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, after she completed a short distance of the course in Boston. Haslet-Davis said she is training to run the entire Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016. Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee in the April 2013 bombing attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

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    NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Today Show for our #RunforToday campaign and highlighting the benefits of running, including how lacing up can help you mentally and physically.

    “There’s a 2015 study of 55,000 patients over a 15-year period that showed a significant drop in death from non-cardiac and cardiac reasons and they show that even modest amounts of exercise during the week have a significant impact on the drop in death rates,” Seth Lapuk, a pediatric cardiologist and president of Connecticut Chapter American Heart Association, said.

    You don’t need to be running miles and miles to get or stay healthy.

    “It doesn’t need to be intense exercising -- even just moderate exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, and it doesn’t have to be done all in one block,” Lapuk said. “You can break it up throughout the day and have the benefits of the exercise.”

    The benefits aren’t just physical, there are mental benefits too.

    “Builds your self-esteem, self-confidence,” running coach Gino Caro said. “Because it’s something that’s for yourself, it’s something that you do on your own, so if you improve on your 5K time, I mean, you get a good feeling about that”

    And the more you run, the easier it becomes.

    “Exercising also improves your oxygen utilization of your cells in your body, your muscles in your body. It improves the health of the vessels in your body so they can deliver better oxygen,” Lapuk said.

    It might be hard at first, but if you stick with it, running can easily become part of your daily routine.

    “Keeps you motivated and it’s good for you it’s great for cardiovascular. It’s great for the overall body,” Caro said. “So there’s a lot of good, good health benefits you can get out of running”

    We want to run with you at our March of Dimes Run for Babies on May 1. To join the NBC CT team click here.



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    Bright blue skies will stick around through the weekend as high pressure remains overhead.

    Another clear, chilly night is ahead with lows in the 30s.

    Tomorrow's high temperatures will also be in the lower 60s.

    Come Sunday, it will be warmer – upper 60s to near 70 degrees. The shoreline will be closer to 60 degrees.

    By Monday, temperatures will finally be in the lower 70s. Anticipate a blend of sunshine and clouds, with clouds increasing late in the day.

    A cold front will spark showers on Tuesday, but most of the day will be dry with a good amount of cloud cover.

    More importantly, temperatures will fall below seasonable levels again on Tuesday. Highs will only be in the upper 50s.

    Wednesday will be bright but cool, with highs still stuck in the middle and upper 50s.

    Warmer weather returns quickly on Thursday, when highs will top 70 degrees. Abundant sunshine is expected.

    While some showers are possible Friday, temperatures will still be in the lower 70s inland.


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    Two masked men robbed a gas station in Portland on Thursday night and one pointed a gun at the clerk, according to police.

    Police said the two masked men, who were also wearing gloves, robbed the Mobil Quick Mart at 1096 Portland Cobalt Road just before 9:30 p.m.

    The clerk said one robber pointed the gun and the other had a backpack and demanded all the money in the register.

    The clerk took a drawer from the register and gave the cash to the robbers.

    Police, including a K9 team, responded, but did not find the robbers.

    Anyone with information should call 860-343-6780.


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    Sorry, millenials.

    Two days after AMC's CEO suggested plans to test "text-friendly" auditoriums in an effort to attract "22-year-olds," the theater chain said it is not changing its policy banning cellphones from screenings.

    "During the past few days, you may have heard media reports about another idea AMC Theatres was considering, testing whether some movie goers might want texting allowed in a small selection of our theaters," AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron said in a statement. "Unlike the many AMC advancements that you have applauded, we have heard loud and clear that this is a concept our audience does not want."

    After reports suggested Aron was considering allowing texting in some auditoriums sparked immediate backlash from theatergoers on social media, the company "just as instantaneously" abandoned the idea on the "cutting room floor," Aron said.

    "Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable future," he added.

    In an interview with Variety, published online Wednesday, Aron indicated that the theater chain may allow texting in some auditoriums in an effort to appeal to millennials.

    "When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow," Aron said. "You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life." 

    Aron, who took on the roll of CEO less than four months ago, was talking about demographics the company planned to spend resources targeting when he was asked if "appealing to millennials would involve allowing texting or cellphone use."

    But, Aron noted that the chain would have to find a way to allow texting without disturbing the audience and yet getting "millennials go to movie theaters with the same degree of intensity as baby boomers went to movie theaters throughout their lives."

    After a backlash on social media from theatergoers, Aron attempted to clarify reports that the theater chain was "considering a test allowing texts in a very few screens."

    "IF ever, we ONLY would pursue in a way we'd be TOTALLY confident ALL our guests will fully enjoy movie going experience at AMC," he tweeted.

    On Friday, AMC spokesman Ryan Noonan said in an email to NBC that there will be "no texting at AMC."

    Instead, the company plans on drawing audiences by investing in enhancing its theaters and systems with the absolute best in sight and sound technology, more comfortable seating, improved food and beverage quality and a more engaging AMC Stubs program, among other upgrades, Aron said.

    "So, as always, we invite you to join us in sharing the excitement of seeing stories told well. However, when the lights dim, we'll remember your advice that your fellow moviegoers should turn off their phones," Aron said.



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    AMC theater chain CEO Adam Aron said Friday it will not allow cellphone texting in its auditoriums.AMC theater chain CEO Adam Aron said Friday it will not allow cellphone texting in its auditoriums.

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    Two men robbed a Hamden cell phone store at gunpoint on Thursday night, forced the employees into a storage room and stole cell phones and cash, according to police.

    Police said they responded to the T-Mobile, at 1225 Dixwell Ave., around 8 p.m. on Thursday to investigate an armed robbery and learned that two men committed the robbery and one had a gun.

    They forced the three employees into a back storage room and stole several cellular telephones and cash, police said.

    No injuries are reported and police are looking for a thin 6-foot-1-inch tall man who is between 20 and 25 years old. He was the one with the gun. The other robber is heavy, 5-feet-10 and between 20 and 25 years old.

    Anyone with information should call Detective William Onofrio of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4040.



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    A person was struck and killed by a Metro-North train in Stratford Friday.

    The 46-year-old man was hit on the northbound side of tracks around noon, officials said.

    Train service was temporarily delayed and passengers were placed on a different train.

    Metro-North police continue to investigate the accident.



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    A former Hartford school administrator accused of inappropriately texting a 13-year-old girl has been arrested and newly released court documents reveal details of the sexually explicit texts he is accused of sending.

    According to the arrest warrant affidavit, 57-year-old Eduardo Genao, of Hamden, was the executive director for compliance for Hartford schools when he met the teen in March at an event at Bulkeley High School.

    First, he asked the teen to send him photos she took of the presentation and gave her his phone number, according to police, but the messages became inappropriate within days.

    Genao first texted the girl to thank her for the photos, police said.

    The teen’s mother, concerned that an older man was texting her daughter, began monitoring the texts and told police they went from friendly to sexually explicit.

    During one conversation, Genao revealed that he knew where the teen lived because of her cell phone number.

    On April 3, Genao sent the girl a photo from his hotel room in Atlanta and she sent a photo from a birthday party. Then, Genao asked her for something “more daring,” the arrest warrant application says.

    Then he went on to ask if she’d had sexual intercourse and other sexually charged questions, according to the arrest warrant application. She revealed her grade during the text messages and Genao also sent a text saying it was dangerous for him to text her and he could get in trouble, the arrest paperwork says.

    During one communication, Genao asked the 13-year-old to show him her breasts and other body parts, arrest paperwork says.

    The teen told investigators she thought it was “weird” that Genao was still sending her text messages.

    Police said they started investigating on April 4 and he has been charged with one count of risk of injury to a minor.

    The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters has reached out to Genao and his attorney for comment several times in recent weeks and they have had no comment.



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    An administrator from Hartford Public Schools has resigned amid a police investigation and has been charged.An administrator from Hartford Public Schools has resigned amid a police investigation and has been charged.

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    A 23-year-old Wallingford man suffered life-threatening injuries when his motorcycle and an SUV collided on North Colony Road and Pent Highway in Wallingford on Thursday afternoon.

    Police said the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2015 KTM RC390 sport-motorcycle collided at 2:24 p.m. and the motorcyclist Tyler Sweeney, 23, of Wallingford, sustained potentially life-threatening head injuries.

    He was brought to Yale New Haven Hospital and admitted.

    His passenger, Jessica Keib, 22, of Wallingford, is listed in stable condition and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

    Police said it appears the driver of the Jeep, a 61-year-old Meriden man, was making a left turn from North Colony Road to Pent Highway and travelled into the path of the motorcycle.

    He was brought to MidState Medical Center to be evaluated. His his front seat passenger was not injured.

    Anyone who witnessed this crash should call Officer James Knowlton at 203-294-2817.



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  • 04/15/16--11:40: Crews Battle Fire in Ledyard

  • Several departments are battling a fire on Avery Hill Road in Ledyard.

    The heavy fire is knocked down.



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    Fire broke out at Lucian’s Greenhouse at 2485 Whitney Ave. in Hamden early Friday morning and the fire department is investigating.

    The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. and firefighters found the detached greenhouse on fire.

    They knocked down most of the fire quickly and were able to salvage around 75 percent of the steel-hoop and plastic structure.

    No injuries were reported and Deputy Fire Marshal Timothy Lunn is investigating the origin and cause of the fire.



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    Six videos released Friday show correctional officers in Cook County, Illinois, using what officials say is excessive force on inmates. 

    "The public has a right to know when officers abuse the public trust as well as the ramifications of that abuse," Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said in a statement when the footage was released. 

    The videos correspond to six different cases and involve 13 correctional deputies, all of whom have been disciplined, according to police. 

    Seven deputies — at least one involved in each case — were terminated, the sheriff's office said. The other deputies involved were suspended without pay for periods of time ranging from 45 to 180 days.

    "Transparency is critical to ensuring law enforcement accountability," Dart said. 

    It's the first time an American jail or prison has voluntarily made use-of-force videos available to the public, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Dart called it the first step in his "long-term campaign to restore accountability" to Cook County jail after decades of violence and overcrowding.

    The local union called the videos' release "nothing but a political move."

    "Posting these videos on pubic websites is not only a violation of privacy of our officers, but it’s infringing on their right to a fair trial. The 'transparency' of these videos – as Dart calls it – only goes one way," Teamsters Local 700 said in a statement. "It’s not a true outlook of what happens at the jail on a daily basis, which are only small clips of the entire alleged incidents."



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    The manager of a Subaru dealership in Hartford said when he walked into work on Friday he found 51 of his new cars covered in gold spray paint, police said. 

    Sometime between closing the dealership at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday morning, vandals spray painted dozens of fenced in cars, police said. 

    Many of the cars sustained damage to the rear lift gates and the passenger's side panels, Hartford police said. 

    Police were able to obtain suspect information with video surveillance footage but have not released any other information. 



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    Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten may have been deemed "suitable for parole" on Thursday, but she still needs the approval of the full parole board and California Gov. Jerry Brown before she can be released.

    Van Houten was convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca in 1969, the day after other members broke into Sharon Tate's home and killed her and three others. But what happened to the other Manson followers?

    Cult ringleader Charles Manson is serving nine life sentences in California. He's been denied parole a dozen times and will be 92 if and when he goes before the parole board in 2027.

    Patricia Krenwinkel, who chased down coffee heiress Abigail Folger and stabbed her so many times that police thought her white nightgown was red, is serving a life sentence and is up for parole in 2018.

    Check out NBC News’ list of other Manson family members and see where they are now.



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    Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, shown walking to court to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 20, 1970.Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, shown walking to court to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 20, 1970.

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    Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. 

    The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the team at University of California, Los Angeles, and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College said, proving earlier findings the strain isn’t the same as the one first seen in Africa. 

    "By tracing its genetic mutations, we aimed to understand how the virus is transmitted from person to person and how it causes different types of disease," one of the researchers said. 

    The researchers said they believe the mutations could help the virus replicate more easily and invade new tissues in the body and even the immune system.



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    This 2003 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.This 2003 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

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    The city of Chicago will not release police reports on the death of a teenager shot 16 times because he was a juvenile, NBC5 in Chicago reports.

    The city says state law prohibits it from releasing the normally public documents, though a Northwestern University Law professor says the city is wrong. NBC5 News, which requested the documents, has appealed the city’s decision with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

    Warren Robinson, 16, was shot and killed after being chased by Chicago police in July 2014, three months before the now infamous deadly police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

    A Law Department spokesman said in an e-mail: “The State prohibits the City from releasing law enforcement records that relate to a minor who has been investigated, arrested or taken into custody before his or her 18th birthday.”

    Police reports surrounding McDonald’s fatal shooting have since been released. Northwestern University Law professor Sheila Bedi said the city's position is “absolutely false.”



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