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    National retail chain Sports Authority's future looks pretty bleak. 

    The company announced in early March that it planned to close 140 of its 463 stores and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, using the store closings to attempt to save its finances.

    But just last week, Sports Authority indicated that it's giving up on that plan and is choosing to auction itself off instead, according to Fortune. Despite media reports over the weekend, the company has not said whether it will shutter its entire fleet of stores, Fortune reported. 

    Company lawyer Robert Klyman spoke on Sports Authority's future at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing in Delaware last week.

    "It has become apparent that the debtors will not reorganize under a plan but instead will pursue a sale," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal

    A court supervised auction for the company's assets will be held on May 16, Fortune reported. The retail chain holds more than $1.1 billion in debt, and may be using the sale to help save its remaining stores.

    NBC has reached out to Sports Authority for comment.



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    A Sports Authority store in Miami, Florida. The chain of stores filed for bankruptcy in early March, and now plans to sell its assets in a court-supervised auction in May.A Sports Authority store in Miami, Florida. The chain of stores filed for bankruptcy in early March, and now plans to sell its assets in a court-supervised auction in May.

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    Speaking about trade policy at a rally in Indiana, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took his rhetoric about China to a new level Sunday. 

    "We can't continue to allow China to rape our country," Trump told a crowd in Fort Wayne. "That's what they're doing. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world." 

    Trump previously has come under fire for using offensive or degrading language. 

    At the same Indiana rally, Trump questioned whether Democratic contender Hillary Clinton has the "strength or energy" to make America "great" again — a line that has drawn allegations of sexism in the past.

    His speech was one of several in Indiana over the weekend ahead of the state's critical primary.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, May 1, 2016, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, May 1, 2016, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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    A state trooper and a state police bloodhound found an 89-year-old Woodbury woman who suffers Alzheimer’s disease and was reported missing on Sunday evening.

    The woman was reported missing at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, 40 minutes after she was last seen at her home, according to state police.

    State police, as well as members of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, helped in the search and used the town’s reverse 911 system alerted residents.

    Trooper Kerry Halligan and her K9, Texas, a nearly 2-year-old Bloodhound, were brought in to help with the search at 7:50 p.m. and found the missing woman around 40 minutes of searching.

    She was in thick brush about a quarter mile from home, disoriented and appearing to be suffering from hypothermia, police said.

    Woodbury Volunteer Ambulance brought her to Saint Mary’s Hospital to be evaluated.

    State Police German Shepherds are trained in tracking and State Police Bloodhounds are used to pick up where patrol dogs leave off, according to state police.

    They can follow older tracks with a higher percentage of success and can start a trail in a contaminated area due to their superior olfactory system and inherent tracking ability, according to state police.



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    Trooper Kerry Halligan and her K9 Texas found a missing woman.Trooper Kerry Halligan and her K9 Texas found a missing woman.

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    The commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles is making several changes he said are aimed at improving services at the state agency.

    Commissioner Michael R. Bzdyra said the changes that go into effect on May 16 will not require additional personnel or increases to the budget.

    Bzdyra is appointing a chief operating officer to increase accountability across the agency and a division chief to help reduce waiting times for people calling in for customer service. He is creating a project management center of excellence and an agency training and management reporting division, as well as making other administrative changes.

    The DMV has been plagued with ongoing issues after major work on the computer system that affected registration and caused delays at its offices.

    Bzdyra said in a statement that the reasons for the most recent changes extend beyond just the recent technology problems and focus on improving DMV’s services overall and reviewing operations for efficiency.

    “After becoming the Commissioner, I have decided that long-overdue changes are needed now and they would come even without our technology problems seen in the last few months,” Bzdyra said in a statement. “We are making organizational changes to make the customer experience with us much, much better than it has been. It’s time for a fresh look at changing old ways of doing things at DMV.”

    Bzdyra has created a chief operating officer position to coordinate activities of several divisions to place a strong focus on customers’ needs and responsiveness to issues that create difficulties in doing business with DMV.

    He is appointing division chief Jim Rio, who he said brings several years of state and local government administrative experience to the job.

    Division Chief Ken Nappi will oversee consolidating all incoming customer phone lines into a single, streamlined and efficient service operation.

    Bzdyra is also creating a new unit called the Center of Excellence, to be led by Lynn Blackwell, DMV Division Chief. The goal is to bring more accountability and strengthen the discipline, processes and oversight of projects that have significant impacts to customers, including the registration system modernization project launched last August.

    The Agency Training and Management Reporting, which will report to the Chief Operating Officer, is meant to improve training that enhances delivery of customer services.

    “With these and other changes, we are determined to make this a strong customer-centric organization. And we’re going to do what it takes,” Bzdyra said.



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    Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. 

    A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body fights against efforts to keep off the pounds. 

    "The key point is that you can be on TV, you can lose enormous amounts of weight, you can go on for six years, but you can't get away from a basic biological reality," Michael Schwartz, an obesity and diabetes researcher, explained to The New York Times. "As long as you are below your initial weight, your body is going to try and get you back."

    The study, published by the medical research journal "Obesity," focused on resting metabolic rate (RMR), which slows with weight loss, and whether or not slowing of RMR persisted over long periods of time.

    The study hypothesized that the degree of that metabolic adaptation would be correlated with weight gain. Virtually all of the contestants put significant weight back on in the last six years, but the troubling part for the researchers was that their RMR remained quite low, not returning to their pre-"Biggest Loser" levels.

    Danny Cahill, who won Season 8, dropped from 430 pounds down to 191 pounds during the show. He is now back up to 295. But his metabolism now burns 800 fewer calories per day than would be typical for a man of his size, making it more difficult to maintain or reduce weight.

    Dina Mercado had a similar experience. She was 248 pounds before "The Biggest Loser" and 173.5 pounds at the finale. She is now back up to 205, but is, like Cahill, burning calories at a reduced rate relative to her size. She should be able to metabolize an additional 437.9 per day.

    The study concluded that "long term weight loss requires vigilant combat against persistent metabolic adaptation that acts to proportionally counter ongoing efforts to reduce body weight."



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    Danny Cahill won Season 8 of Danny Cahill won Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" by dropping 239 pounds. Six years later, Cahill's body won't burn calories like it used to, and his weight is increasing.

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    One person was shot in Meriden on Monday afternoon and the shooter remains at large.

    Police said they responded to 126 Willow St. at 12:28 p.m. after receiving a report of someone being shot and found a male victim with one gunshot wound.

    He was transported to an area trauma hospital and no information is available on his condition.

    Police not identified any suspects and said it’s not clear if the shooter fled on foot or in a vehicle.

    Witnesses are asked to call Detective Benoit at (203) 630-6297.



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    One person was shot near 126 Willow Street in Meriden on Monday, according to police.One person was shot near 126 Willow Street in Meriden on Monday, according to police.

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    Waterbury, Connecticut, police have arrested dozens of people suspected of mid-level drug sales in the city, including heroin dealers, and they are still looking for nearly 20 additional suspects.

    "Operation Stamp Out" is a multi-jurisdictional investigation that has been going on since 5:30 a.m. and police arrested 38 suspects as of 2 p.m.

    They said many of them have sold drugs to undercover officers, several times in some cases. Others are believed to be affiliated in the drug trade and felony warrants have been issued for them.

    During the bust, police seized one shotgun, crack cocaine, heroin and more than $20,000 in drug sale proceeds, according to a news release.

    Officers are still looking for several people and posting photos of them to the Waterbury Police Facebook page.

    Delvon Allen, 24, and Ernest Caldwell, 31, are wanted for sale of narcotics and sale in a school zone.

    Brandon Garcia, 24, is wanted for two counts of sale of narcotics.

    Jorge Gonzalez, 22, Gilbert Irizarry, 24, Shannon Jones, 36, Teryn Jones, 19, Paul Kinion, 56, Rayshawn Maxwell, 26, Monique Reed, 24, Miguel Soto, 20, and Corey Stakely, 25, are wanted for sale of narcotics and sale of narcotics in a school zone.

    Tyree Jones, 19, is wanted for sale of narcotics.

    Lionel Overstreet, 28, and Abraham Vincente, 31, are wanted for two counts of sale of narcotics.

    Malik Pete, 19, is wanted for sale of narcotics, sale in a school zone and tampering with evidence.

    Eric Fussell, 21, is wanted for first-degree kidnapping with a firearm and third-degree assault.

    Police in cities and town all over the state have been dealing with heroin and opiate abuse, including some fatal drug overdose cases and state, local and federal officials have created a statewide heroin and opioid law enforcement initiative to target heroin, fentanyl or opioids dealers.


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  • 05/02/16--16:39: Woman Meets Rescuer

  • It was just two years ago that 20-year-old Morgan Hill learned she had been the subject of major news headlines across Chicago as an infant.

    In October 1995, Hill, who was a newborn, was left for dead by her mother in a dumpster in suburban Hoffman Estates. She was rescued by a construction worker who was dropping off garbage. 

    “He was dropping off the last load of trash from the construction area he was working on,” Hill said. “Before he dropped it in, he heard a whimper. He found a white kitchen bag that was double knotted.” 

    Hill was taken to a nearby hospital, where nurses named her Mary Grace. She was later adopted and became Morgan Hill.

    After learning the story of how she was saved, Hill set out to find the construction worker who saved her. 

    “I have known I was adopted my entire life,” she said. “But two years ago I found the full story, and I have been trying to find that construction worker ever since.” 

    NBC affiliate KHSB tracked down the construction worker, Gerald Rocky Hyatt, and on April 20 Hill was reunited with the man she now calls her “guardian angel.”

    “I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, ‘Thank you,’” Hill said. “He said to me, ‘Baby girl, you are so loved.’" 

    Then he gave Hill an angel pin he has had for more than 20 years.

    "I've worn it every day since," Hill said. 

    Hill’s adoptive mother, Sandi Hill, has kept many of the clippings about baby Mary Grace in a binder. This month, she added a picture given to her by the construction worker, whom she credits with giving her the daughter she always wanted.

    “Rocky said God brought us together and he was so right,” she said. 

    Morgan Hill said she’s not only grateful to Hyatt for saving her life, but she hopes her story will help save others. 

    “I could not thank him enough,” Hill said. “He gave me a chance to live a second life. Because if he didn't find me, I would not be here to help others and show soon-to-be mothers that there are so many options out there and you don't have to throw your baby away.”



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    Police in Clinton are warning people about tech-savvy thieves who are "cloning" credit cards to steal money. The idea of cloning a credit or debit card is a foreign concept to some people in town.

    “Don’t do it to me," Robert King said.

    "I’ll get you," he said with a smile.

    To other people, the incidents are serving as a reminder that their money might never be completely safe.

    “They are taking advantage of innocent people who are just trying to get along on what they make," Terry Berg, of nearby Westbrook, said.

    Two men were caught on security camera at a Stop & Shop in Clinton and the pair can be seen going inside the store to allegedly make hundreds of dollars in fraudulent credit card purchases.

    “The technology is the problem," King said. "I think they’ve got to find a way to make it more fool-proof.”

    Cloning debit and credit cards in the United States is quite simple, according to technology experts.

    The magnetic strip technology on the back of most cards is about four decades old and many experts believe that someone with the right computer program and a card reader can clone a card.

    “It’s amazing how intelligent some of these people are and they put it to bad use," Berg said.

    Police said the rightful owner of the card's information is from the Hartford area and investigators believe that it is likely that the card was cloned there.

    “They traveled all the way down here to Clinton and who knows where they’re going to hit next," Berg said.

    Experts believe that cards with newer smart chip technology might be more difficult to clone.

    Still, they recommend card users always monitor their receipts and statements.

    Also, they urge people never to let their credit or debit cards leave their sight - even in a restaurant. When in doubt, they recommend using cash.

    One of the suspects in the Clinton incident is described as a slender man in his 20 with brown hair. He vehicle was described as a black BMW, possibly a 335i.

    Anyone with information about the case should call Clinton Police Sgt. Joe Flynn or OFC Matt Reed at (860)669-0451.



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    A body was located in the Mattabesset River in Middletown on Monday.

    According to police, two fishermen located a man's body behind Johnson Street. They said he is Caucasian, in his 20s or 30s, and has long dreads and several tattoos.

    Anyone with information on the possible identity of the man is asked to call Middletown police at 860-638-4140.


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    Foster Farms is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of frozen cooked chicken breast nuggets after the company received numerous complaints from customers who said that rubber fragments and plastic were found in the product.

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture, no one has reported getting sick from eating the nuggets. The recall was enacted on April 29 and limited to the company’s two chicken breast nugget products in Costco stores across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington and wholesale stores in California and Arizona.

    The products subject to recall include 5-pound bags of Foster Farms' "Breast Nuggets -- Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat." The bags exhibit "best by" dates of Feb. 21, 2017, and March 8, 2017. Ten-pound bulk boxes of Foster Farms' "Breast Nuggets -- Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” are also part of the recall. The boxes contain package codes 6053 and 6068.

    The poultry company isolated the problem to their home-base farm in Farmerville, Louisiana, the recall notice said. 

    Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Foster Farms Recall hotline at, 1-800-338-8051.


    The products subject to recall include 5-pound bags of Foster Farms' The products subject to recall include 5-pound bags of Foster Farms' "Breast Nuggets -- Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat."

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  • 05/03/16--04:45: Tech-Savvy Gang Members

  • The FBI in its latest national gang report says the use of technology among gang members is creating "unique challenges for law enforcement."

    Tech-savvy gang members staying a step ahead of police is also a concern for law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area. Members of San Jose Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force are not surprised gangs are increasingly using technology and war-time tactics to carry out their crimes.

    A former gang member in San Jose also says he is not surprised gang members are using social media and other technology to communicate with each other.

    "They think ahead. They're innovators. They are inventors," said Pastor Sonny Lara, who runs the Firehouse Community Development Center in San Jose.

    Lara, a former gang member, works to get kids off the streets and provides program to get them back in school.

    Gang members are also using old-school, Trojan horse-like methods to attack their enemies, including dressing like them.

    "This new trend of wearing the opposing colors and getting closer to the enemy, being able to get to another area, another turf, another barrio without being seen as a red going into a blue territory, or a blue going into red," said Mario Maciel, who directs the San Jose Mayor's Gang Task Force.



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    Two brothers accused of torturing and killing a homeless man found in a riverbed in Santee, California, pleaded not guilty to murder, torture and kidnapping charges in court Monday.

    George Lowery, 50, was beaten with "fists and feet" in an assault that homicide investigators describe as "a very horrific event." He was hospitalized with head injuries after his wife found him unconscious April 24, face down under a piece of plywood near Chubb Lane and N. Magnolia Avenue. Lowery died five days later.

    Brothers Preston Mostrong, 19, and Austin Mostrong, 20, are accused in the killing, facing criminal charges including robbery, kidnapping, torture and murder. They pleaded not guilty through their attorney Monday and denied all charges. The two were held on $3 million bond.

    Lowery's family and other witnesses said the attack was in retaliation after Lowery tried to stop the brothers from bullying homeless people. Lowery and his wife lived in a homeless encampment in the area.

    An altercation unfolded between Austin Mostrong and another resident of the river bottom on April 20, deputies said. Lowery did not fight with Austin Mostrong but may have been involved, according to investigators. He was found beaten four days later.

    "We don’t believe this is a random act," said Lt. Kenneth Nelson, of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail. "We believe he was targeted."

    Physical evidence at the scene and witness statements led investigators to the brothers, Nelson said.

    No motive was given in court, but the prosecutor said both defendants admitted to taking part in the beating.

    At the time of the arraignment, the Mostrong brothers were out on probation, one for theft and the other for misdemeanor assault. 

    Family members of the victim and those of the defendants were present for the emotionally charged hearing. At one point, the defendants' family sobbed. Lowery's wife also appeared distraught as the arraignment unfolded.

    Defense attorneys asked the judge to prevent the public from seeing their clients in court. Prosecutor George Modlin fought the request, arguing the brothers made statements that placed them at the scene.

    "This was a brutal, heinous, just cold-hearted case, and as the evidence comes out, I’d say the murder charges and the torture charges are very much warranted in this case," said Modlin.

    In a post on an online fundraising site, Lowery's family described him as someone who didn't have much but still managed to help others.

    "If someone was in need he would do what he could to help, no matter how hard the task. If he came across good fortune, he shared it," they wrote.

    Anyone with information about the incident can call the homicide detail at 858-974-2321 or after hours at 858-565-5200.



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    The Mostrong brothers of Santee as they appeared in a video arraignment on May 2, 2016.The Mostrong brothers of Santee as they appeared in a video arraignment on May 2, 2016.

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    Update: The state of emergency has been rescinded by City Manager Michael Ciaravino. Our coverage is here

    A city in New York's Hudson Valley has declared a state of emergency after potentially harmful chemicals were found in one of its drinking water sources. 

    Newburgh City Manager Michael G. Ciaravino says perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, was found in Silver Stream and Washington Lake.

    The Newburgh water department is implementing emergency measures to reduce or eliminate PFOS, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is working to track down and shut down the source, officials say. 

    In the meantime, the city is no longer using Lake Washington as its source of drinking water until further notice. Newburgh will be getting its water supply from Brown's Pond and the Catskills Aqueduct in the interim. 

    Because the city is using alternative water, residents are being asked to conserve water. Restrictions in place include: no serving water at restaurants except upon request, no watering lawns, no washing cars and no filling up swimming pools. The full list of restrictions can be found here. 

    PFOS is classified as an emerging contaminant of concern -- emerging, the EPA says, because a new source or new pathway to humans has been discovered or a new detection method or treatment technology has been developed. 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says some studies have raised concerns about potential developmental, reproductive and other systemic effects of PFOS -- including possible links to the grown of cancerous tumors -- but the agency cautions the studies were limited in scope and some were done only on rodents, so they didn't offer a conclusion for possible effects on humans. 

    PFOS is a human-made substance used as a surface-active agent in a variety of products, like firefighting foams, coating additives and cleaning products. PFOS compounds resist typical environmental degradation, and migrate readily from soil to groundwater, where they can be transported long distances, according to EPA. The compounds can grow and accumulate in wildlife. 

    PFOS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the U.S., but the EPA allows them in a "few, limited, highly technical applications" where no known alternatives are available. 

    PFOS is readily absorbed after oral exposure, the EPA says. Potential pathways include consuming food -- like fish -- and water, use of commercial products or inhalation during long-range air transport. 

    The EPA's guideline for health advisories on PFOS is 0.2 micrograms per liter. Ciaravino said the PFOS levels found in Silver Stream and Washington Lake were lower than that, the state DEC and Department of Health are still recommending that it be eliminated or reduced below that threshhold.



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    Workers at a water treatment plant for Newburgh Monday nightWorkers at a water treatment plant for Newburgh Monday night

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    An American serviceman has been killed in combat in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

    Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said he was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press. U.S. military officials told NBC News that the American was killed by direct fire about 2 to 3 miles behind the Peshmerga's forward line after ISIS fighters breached the position.

    "It is a combat death," Carter told reporters in Germany, the AP reported.

    Another American, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, was killed in October during a daring raid to rescue ISIS hostages.



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    A moving company employee is accused of being involved in the theft of a firearm from a home in Shelton.

    Police arrested Anthony David Trotta, 22, on April 28.

    According to police, a person moving from his home attempted to get his firearm to personally move it to his new residence when he noticed it was missing.

    Officers responded to the home and were able to find the weapon hidden in the woods down the street.

    After interviewing employees of the moving company, police determined that Trotta was involved in the threat, according to authorities.

    Trotta is charged with theft of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm.

    Police said they expect to make more arrests.



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    Anthony David Trotta, 22, is accused of stealing a firearm from a home in Shelton.Anthony David Trotta, 22, is accused of stealing a firearm from a home in Shelton.

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    In Indiana, where the latest poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's primary, Kristen Callihan will not even contemplate a general election without the Vermont senator as the Democratic candidate.

    Callihan, a 44-year-old freelance writer from Michigan City, likes Sanders' honesty and integrity, that he is not a flip-flopper, and that he fought for civil rights in the 1960s. Callihan says she is no fan of Sanders’ opponent, Hillary Clinton, nor of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

    "[Sanders] is going to win," she said. "That’s all I’m thinking about."

    But can Indiana provide enough of a boost to Sanders, badly behind in the delegate count as he is? If he were to lose, would his supporters back Clinton?

    Going into Tuesday’s primary, Clinton leads Sanders by 4 percentage points, 50 percent to 46 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. The poll's margin of error was 4.6 percentage points. As in past contests, Clinton leads with those 45 and older, while Sanders is ahead among younger voters.

    Clinton and Sanders likely will divide the Democrats’ 83 delegates in Indiana, and that will do little to change the narrative on the Democratic side, said Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

    Sanders trails significantly in the overall delegate count, with 1,367 of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, while Clinton has 1,663, according to a count by The Associated Press. Clinton also has 520 superdelegates, who are free to support any candidate, to Sanders' 39.

    Among likely Republican primary voters in Indiana, Trump is ahead by 15 points and is positioned to take of all the state’s 57 Republican delegates, a big step toward winning the nomination outright. Trump has 956 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win, after a landslide victory in the New York primary two weeks ago and wins in the five Northeastern states that held contests last week — the so-called "Acela primary," after Amtrak’s Acela Express. That compares to 546 for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 153 for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

    "After the Acela primary, there is an aura of inevitability surrounding the Trump and Clinton candidacies," Miringoff said in a statement.

    Sanders has acknowledged how difficult it would be to win the 64 percent of remaining delegates he needs to secure the nomination, but he insists he is still in the race, fighting for every vote and delegate, and says the convention will be contested. He held three rallies Monday, the last day before voting.

    "It is admittedly a tough hill to climb, but not an impossible one," Sanders told supporters.

    But his fundraising has plummeted, off by more than 40 percent in April over March, and he has had to lay off campaign staffers. As Clinton turns her attention increasingly toward the general election, Sanders told a crowd in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday: "Our ideas, the political revolution transforming America, are the ideas for the future of this country and the future of the Democratic Party."

    On Sunday night in Detroit, Clinton focused her comments on Trump, not Sanders, in a preview of the general election.

    "We cannot let Barack Obama's legacy fall into Donald Trump's hands," she said. "We can't let all the hard work and progress we have achieved over the last seven and a half years be torn away."

    Kelly Jay, a musician from South Bend, Indiana, said a debate is raging on Facebook over whether to vote for Clinton should Sanders withdraw. The Clinton campaign has done too much to alienate Sanders supporters, he said.

    "I think they’re confident that they can win the general election without the progressive faction of the party," Jay said.

    The young people who swarm to the Sanders rallies and favor him over Clinton care about the issues Sanders is addressing: curbing global warming, taking on the enormous inequities between rich and poor, and massive student loans.

    "They owe no loyalty to the Democratic Party," Jay said. "And they've said over and over again, 'We don't want Hillary Clinton, we're not going to vote for her.'"

    Heath Hensley, a union electrician who lives in Muncie, Indiana, says he was captivated by Sanders the first time he heard him speak and immediately began working to get him on the state’s ballot. A longtime admirer of Eugene Debs, who was a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a presidential candidate for the Socialist party, Hensley, 38, said he was surprised that someone as progressive as Sanders was running for president.

    "I’ve just been nuts about him," Hensley said.

    Whether or not Sanders wins the nomination, Hensley said he would continue talking about the issues Sanders has raised — including international trade agreements that have harmed American workers — and support progressive candidates for political office. The Democratic Party is abandoning working-class people in favor of college-educated professionals, while the Republicans have nothing to offer labor, he said.

    "I don’t want to see Trump get the nomination, but at the same time I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 because I didn’t like her and I didn’t trust her then and I do not plan on voting for her now," Hensley said.

    In New York, 23-year-old Carla Cruz was planning to work a phone bank for Sanders in advance of the Indiana primary. She remained hopeful despite Sanders' loss in New York, though she was disturbed by reports of voters dropped from the rolls and being turned away.

    She said she also would not vote for Clinton.

    "I don't think she's any better than Trump," she said. 

    If Sanders fails to win the nomination, Carla Cruz will continue to work to limit the influence of corporations and special interests in elections. 

    A suggestion from Trump's campaign manager recently that Sanders' supporters embrace the New York businessman was not met with much enthusiasm. 

    "Bernie Sanders has large crowds — not as large as Mr. Trump's, but large crowds — and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in," Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN.

    Miringoff said how much support Sanders' backers give Clinton will depend on the senator.

    "This is all premature," he said. "He will be important in signaling whether it's up to the individual supporters to decide what they want to do or the key thing is to defeat Donald Trump."

    Clinton was magnanimous when she lost to President Barack Obama in 2008, he said. But, as an independent, Sanders' ties to the Democratic Party are not as strong.

    "We'll just have to see how it all plays out," Miringoff said. "But I suspect he will not be as gracious as she was to Obama in '08."



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    Fire destroyed a house that was under construction on Downs Road in Monroe early Tuesday morning. 

    Firefighters were called to the house around 12:30 a.m. after a neighbor saw the fire. When they arrived, firefighters encountered flames that were shooting about 40 feet into the air. 

    The responding crews faced several issues, including a limited water supply because of a lack of hydrants and the narrow road. 

    "We're on a very small road up here, no water supply, so we had to bring in tankers from mutual aid companies. We knocked the fire down within about 10 minutes of being on scene. Then we had a water supply issue until the tankers came in," Deputy Chief Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company John Howe said. 

    In addition to the house, the Dumpster also caught fire. 

    No one was in the house and no injuries are reported. 

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

     

    (William Davin/Fire Marshal, Monroe)
    04:17 Right now it’s still an undetermined fire//05:00 Very uncommon unless it’s an arson fire.  We have not gone that route yet. We’re trying to eliminate other avenues prior.

     

    "Right now it’s still an undetermined fire," Monroe fire marshal William Davin said. "Very uncommon unless it’s an arson fire. We have not gone that route yet. We’re trying to eliminate other avenues prior."

    Anyone with information should call authorities.



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    Fire destroyed a house in Monroe early Tuesday morning.Fire destroyed a house in Monroe early Tuesday morning.

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    Several crashes are slowing the commute this morning. 

    A crash on Interstate 84 East in in Farmington, between exits 36 and 37, has traffic crawling all the way from Southington. 

    State police said there is a 50-gal fuel spill at the scene in Farmington and crews from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called out. 

    This is just one of several crashes impacting the morning drive. 

    Check the traffic map to see if there are issues along your commute and follow Heidi Voight on Twitter for traffic updates. 



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

    This is the backup in East Hartford.This is the backup in East Hartford.

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  • 05/03/16--10:48: Tupac's Mother Dies

  • The mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She was 69.

    Deputies responded to the home of Afeni Shakur Davis around 9:30 p.m. Monday, after receiving the report of a person possibly in cardiac arrest, according to Lt. Doug Pittman.

    Davis was taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour later, Pittman said. The coroner’s office will lead the investigation into her death.

    Pittman called her a "well-loved and well-respected" woman in the community who served as a leader and activist, especially in southern Marin County. "This is a tragic loss to this community," he said.

    Pittman held a news conference Tuesday to assure the public that no foul play was suspected at this point. Davis was in the company of her friend when she started experiencing discomfort, he said. At that point, her friend called 911.

    Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina, Davis was a reformed drug addict and member of the Black Panther Party, according to biographer Jasmine Guy.

    Davis served nearly a year in prison for allegedly conspiring to bomb police stations and department stories in New York City just before giving birth to Tupac in 1971.

    She served as her own defense attorney and was acquitted multiple times, according to an account of her trial in a book called The Briar Patch by former attorney Murray Kempton.

    Davis was the subject of Tupac's Billboard hit "Dear Mama," released in 1995. Her fans on social media referenced that song in their tweets and posts.

    A year later, she founded the now-defunct Tupac Amaru Shakur Center of Art Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to preserve her son's legacy.

    Tupac, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The hip-hop legend's best-selling albums include "All Eyez on Me" and "Greatest Hits."

    Shakur attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and lived in public housing in Marin County. He started his career in the early '90s with Digital underground, an alternative hip hop group from Oakland.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of Tupac Shakur, watches an African drum ceremony in Stone Mountain, Georgia in this September 9, 2006 file photo.Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of Tupac Shakur, watches an African drum ceremony in Stone Mountain, Georgia in this September 9, 2006 file photo.

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