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    Unsettled, cool weather will continue for the rest of the workweek.

    While today's shower activity is mostly done, another shower is possible during the balance of the day.

    High temperatures will only be in the 50s today.

    Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a chance for showers, with temperatures again in the upper 50s.

    The chance for showers continues again on Thursday, with highs in the upper 50s.

    Organized rain returns Friday to close the workweek. Yet again, temperatures will be stuck in the upper 50s.

    The next dry day appears to be Saturday, just in time to start the weekend! It will be warmer, with highs in the middle 60s.


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    A father and daughter from Hamden have been arrested on drug and gun charges after a raid at their home. 

    Hamden Police, along with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Violent Crimes Task Force and the New Haven Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit executed a search warrant on the second floor of 128 Circular Ave. early Friday morning and seized a .32 caliber revolver, .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, .22 caliber revolver, ammunition, around 600 grams of marijuana and $6,000, police said. 

    Jorje Santiago, 47, and his 19-year-old daughter, Venessa, were arrested. 

    Jorje Santiago was charged with possession of marijuana, sale of a controlled substance, operating a drug factory, criminal possession of a firearm and altering the identification of a firearm. 

    He was held on a $100,000 bond. 

    Venessa Santiago was charged with possession of marijuana, sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and altering the identification of a firearm. 

    She was detained on a $25,000 bond. 

    It’s not clear if they are being represented by an attorney.



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    Nearly all of Detroit's schools were closed Tuesday as hundreds of teachers called out sick for a second day over concerns that many may not get paid amid a funding crisis, NBC News reported. 

    Dozens of teachers gathered outside district headquarters with signs with messages like "No pay no work" and "DPS better have my money" and "This is teacher abuse."

    The city was also dealing with a second crisis — this one related to the solvency of the city's water system. The city's Department of Water and Sewerage was preparing to start shutting off water to thousands of commercial and residential customers who have defaulted on their payments.



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    Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit.Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit.

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    Police are searching for the man who robbed a Hamden store, demanded cash and threatened to kill the employee on Sunday morning. 

    Police responded to the Hamden Variety Store, at 1555 Dixwell Ave., at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday to investigate an armed robbery and learned that the robber threatened to kill the employee if he didn’t hand over the money from the cash register. 

    The robber was described as a 5-feet-6-inch tall man in his 20s with a medium build. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, had a silver handgun and ran north on Dixwell Avenue after the robbery. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Donald Remillard of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4040.


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    A Simsbury High School student was hit by a car in front of the school is at the hospital, where she is in stable condition, according to police.

    The student, a 16-year-old girl, was struck on Farms Village Road at 7:23 a.m., but was not in a crosswalk, according to police. 

    Principal Andrew O'Brien said in a statement to the school community that administrators, staff members, police and others responded within seconds to comfort the student and to provide information regarding the event to first responders.  

    O'Brien said the director of health services rode to the hospital with the student and met with her parents, who were notified by administrators immediately.  

    The student is conscious, in stable condition and is undergoing additional testing, according to O'Brien.

    "This accident underscores the importance of driving slowly within our school zones and keeping an eye out for pedestrians. I would like to thank our staff members as well as members of the Simsbury Police Department and EMT Services for their prompt and professional response. Our thoughts remain with our student and affected family at this time," O'Brien said.  

    The pedestrian was transported to the hospital and is at this time being assessed for injuries and considered to be in stable condition.  The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and is fully cooperating with investigators.  Farms Village Road was closed for a short period during the investigation, but has since been reopened. 

    The driver of the vehicle stopped immediately and is fully cooperating with investigators, police said.  No charges have been filed and police are looking into whether rain was a factor. 

    Farms Village Road was closed for a short period during the investigation, but has since reopened.



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    A student was struck in front of Simsbury High School this morning.A student was struck in front of Simsbury High School this morning.

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    Fifteen years after Washington intern Chandra Levy was killed and her body dumped in the woods, the pain is still fresh.

    "He's got tremendous anger. I have tremendous sadness," said Levy's mother, Susan, who joined her husband for an interview with NBC's "Today" show. "The anger and sadness is really the same."

    Levy, 24, a California native, disappeared May 1, 2001 while interning for the federal government in Washington, D.C. Her body was found a year later in a densely wooded area of Rock Creek Park.

    The case captivated the nation amid allegations of an affair between Levy and her hometown congressman, Gary Condit. Even her father speculated about the relationship and Condit's possible involvement in the case.

    "Girls have their own minds, especially if they're seduced by someone who is older and wiser," Robert Levy said in an interview at the time.

    Condit was quickly ruled out, but his career suffered a fatal blow. The congressman sought re-election but lost his seat in 2002.

    Attention later turned to Ingmar Guandique, an immigrant from El Salvador who, according to his one-time cellmate, confessed while in prison to killing Chandra Levy. Guandique was serving 10 years for attacking two other women in Rock Creek Park.

    He was charged with Chandra Levy's murder in 2009 and convicted in 2010 in a case based largely on circumstantial evidence. Although sentenced to 60 years in prison, questions about the validity of his cellmate's claims earned Guandique a retrial, set to begin this October.

    "As far as I can see, it's just some defense attorneys trying to make themselves a name and make more money," Robert Levy told the "Today" show. "You know, he's guilty."

    Regardless of what happens when the case goes back to court, Chandra Levy's parents will continue to grieve.

    "No matter what, we don't get our daughter back," Susan Levy said.



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    In this May 28, 2002 file photo, photographs of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians stand by at the memorial service for Levy at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California.In this May 28, 2002 file photo, photographs of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians stand by at the memorial service for Levy at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California.

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    A Virginia man who spent a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a New York City slaying over 50 years ago was cleared of the crime Monday.

    At the request of a prosecutor, a judge vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Paul Gatling for the 1963 shooting death of Lawrence Rothbort. In doing so, the judge apologized and Gatling hugged his crying ex-wife and a friend.

    "There's a lot of water gone under the bridge, but the bridge is still standing," Gatling said after the court proceeding.

    The prosecutor asked that the conviction be vacated after Gatling, a retired landscaper, asked the prosecutor's Conviction Review Unit to look into his case.

    "Paul Gatling repeatedly proclaimed his innocence even as he faced the death penalty back in the 60s," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said. "He was pressured to plead guilty and, sadly, did not receive a fair trial."

    Gatling, who walked with a cane as he entered the court, said he came from a civic-minded family and "this has stopped me from voting on every level."

    Rothbort was shot in his Brooklyn home. His wife told police that a man with a shotgun had entered the apartment and demanded money, shooting her husband when he refused. She provided a description, but no suspect was found.

    Thompson said Gatling, 29 at the time, was questioned after another man said he saw him in the area. That man was a witness in other cases and was known to have committed perjury, Thompson said, adding that other circumstances also led to Gatling not receiving a fair trial.

    Rothbort's wife, nine-months pregnant at the time of the trial, said Gatling was the man who had killed her husband, despite not being able to identify him in a line up previously. No physical evidence tied him to the crime. Defense attorneys were never given some police reports, including a description of the suspect as several years younger than Gatling.

    Gatling's attorney and family pressed him to plead guilty to second-degree murder, afraid that he would otherwise face the death penalty if convicted. He agreed, and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in October 1964. His sentence was commuted by then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller at the behest of the Legal Aid Society and he was released in January 1974.

    His exoneration marks the 20th time in two years that the prosecutor's Conviction Review Unit has helped clear defendants found guilty in Brooklyn of crimes they did not commit, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story.



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    Paul Gatling wipes away tears as a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge exonerates him, Monday, May 2, 2016 in New York. The Virginia man spent nearly a decade in prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering an artist in Brooklyn in 1963. At the request of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, a New York judge on Monday vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Gatling for the 1963 shooting death of Lawrence Rothbort.Paul Gatling wipes away tears as a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge exonerates him, Monday, May 2, 2016 in New York. The Virginia man spent nearly a decade in prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering an artist in Brooklyn in 1963. At the request of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, a New York judge on Monday vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Gatling for the 1963 shooting death of Lawrence Rothbort.

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    A 21-year-old Hartford man who told police that an 18-year-old Cromwell woman committed suicide has been charged in her murder.

    Torrick Maragh was arraigned on Tuesday and bond has been set at $1.5 million.

    He was initially charged with two counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun and has been incarcerated on those charges, but police later obtained a warrant charging him with the murder of Nasashalie Hoy, 18, of Cromwell,.

    Hartford police found Hoy after receiving a frantic 911 call at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. When they rushed to the basement of 1688 Broad St. in Hartford, they found her lying on the ground and 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 didn't 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 told police he and Hoy were initially “tussling” over a shotgun shell and she had a knife in her hand, but he was able to confiscate it from her before she ran out of the room, according to the arrest warrant.

    When Hoy came back, she 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 to hiding 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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    It was standing room only at West Hartford Town Hall Monday night, as officials presented proposals and debated the options of what to do with the 58 acre property UConn is leaving in 2017.

    From office space to apartments to open space, a lot of options were discussed, but town officials say most of them are not feasible financially. The zoning issues and wetlands on the property make it extremely difficult.

    There is an offer for $12.6 million from China’s Weiming Educational Group to use the land for an international school. Town officials believe the for-profit school would bring beneficial tax revenue.

    “If indeed the school opens up there, it’s like a half million dollars in taxes to the town every year,” Jeff Smith, of West Hartford said.

    The students would also complete part of their education at a public school, and the town could charge them tuition. The concept does not sit well with some parents.

    “I don’t feel like West Hartford should be for sale,” Rick Bush, of West Hartford said. “Selling our spots in public schools sets a bad precedent.”

    There is also concern that the influx will leave their current students competing for resources.

    “They’re not going to be the dumb kids,” Bush said. “They’re going to be the smart kids and they’re going to be competing directly for classroom time and teacher time.”

    Supporters say it would diversify the population and expose students to new cultures.

    “I think that adding international flavor to the town and bringing students from all around the world is a healthy thing to do,” Joel Gordes said.

    The town still has a few more weeks to decide whether or not to make an offer. Hours before the forum Monday, UCONN officials announced they were extending the deadline from next week until the middle of June.



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    It was standing room only at West Hartford Town Hall Monday night, as officials presented proposals and debated the options of what to do with the 58 acre property UCONN is leaving in 2017.It was standing room only at West Hartford Town Hall Monday night, as officials presented proposals and debated the options of what to do with the 58 acre property UCONN is leaving in 2017.

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    Part of Route 42 in Bethany is closed after a crash. 

    The road is closed from the Litchfield Turnpike to the Beacon Falls town line. 

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    Attorneys for former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield fired back Tuesday against allegations that the NFL star raped a disabled woman, calling the charges "absolutely ridiculous" and saying Stubblefield's accuser was motivated by money.

    Stubblefield, 45, joined his legal team at his church, Jubille Christian Center, for a news conference in San Jose the day after charges were filed. He faces five felony counts in connection with the 2015 encounter, which unfolded at his then-home in Morgan Hill.

    The alleged victim had visited the property to interview for a baby-sitting job. Prosecutors have called the woman developmentally disabled, but Stubblefield's attorneys insisted she is of sound mind.

    "I am completely innocent," Stubblefield said, surrounded by a bank of attorneys, adding that he would take no questions. "I am not a perfect man but the allegations against that come a year after a consensual encounter with another woman are totally false."

    The retired defensive tackle said the allegations are especially hurtful because he has focused much of his charity work on the Special Olympics.

    "That was one of his primary charities," said defense attorney Gary Winuk, "and he spent countless hours with people with special needs. That's why this is so deeply offensive."

    Winuk said Stubblefield and his defense team had gathered Tuesday to "firmly refute the charges" and question why it took so long — 13 months — for police and prosecutors to charge the case.

    Prosecutors have said the woman, who was 31 at the time, went immediately to the Morgan Hill Police Department after the encounter to report that she had been raped.

    Winuk took aim at the alleged victim, calling into question her criminal past. He said the woman had been convicted of assault and resisting arrest from an unknown location in 2013 and had also been charged in connection with a hit-and-run.

    He also said she filed two unknown civil lawsuits and pleaded guilty to an unknown assault charge. Winuk claimed the woman asked Stubblefield for money — texting him 22 times — after they had what he described as consensual sex. Attorneys claimed she was asking him for money.

    "This is nothing but a money grab, and an attempt to get money and take advantage of his celebrity status," Winuk said, adding that prosecutors sought "to sensationalize this case" and "arrest someone of notoriety."

    He said the woman in question has enough mental capacity to plead guilty, apply for a job and have sexual relations, saying the DA's claim that she is developmentally disabled is "absolute nonsense."

    Why the two would have had sex immediately after a job interview was not explained. "The purpose of this news conference was not to flesh out everything that happened," he said. "That's what a jury trial is for."

    Aside from the rape charges, Winuk questioned why Morgan Hill police would have arrested Stubblefield outside his children's school. He said the former player had been cooperative and would have turned himself in.

    Stubblefield also provided the district attorney's office results from an independent lie detector test that clearly showed the encounter was consensual, according to Winuk.

    But prosecutors, who were not at the news conference, said on Monday there was enough evidence to charge Stubblefield with rape after a prolonged investigation.

    "This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim," Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said in a statement. "She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted."

    Stubblefield posted $250,000 bail Monday night and was released. He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 3 at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill.

    The football player has encountered legal trouble in the past.

    In 2010, a federal judge sentenced the former 49ers star to 90 days in jail for stealing his former girlfriend's mail. Also that year, Stubblefield admitted to submitting a change of address form so his former girlfriend's mail, including her unemployment checks, would be delivered to his residence.

    Stubblefield was placed on probation in 2009 after pleading guilty to lying to investigators about his steroid use during his days on the field.

    He played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. Stubblefield later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and '02 before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders.

    Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers' in 1993, recorded 10.5 sacks and was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997, and signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

    He also served as assistant coach at San Jose's Valley Christian High School.

    CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco and NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez, Steve Ellison, Stephanie Chuang, Raj Mathai, Cheryl Hurd and Kristofer Noceda contributed to this report.



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    Attorney Gary Winuk sits next to ex-49er Dana Stubblefield defending the former player who was charged with rape. May 3, 2016Attorney Gary Winuk sits next to ex-49er Dana Stubblefield defending the former player who was charged with rape. May 3, 2016

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    State troopers took a Willington man into custody after responding to 49 Tinkerville Road on Tuesday morning for a disturbance and barricaded person.

    State police swarmed the home around 5 a.m. after a neighbor called 911 and they said a man fired a handgun outside, then went back into the house and barricaded himself inside. 

    Neighbors were told to stay inside until the situation was resolved. The man has since been taken to the hospital to be evaluated. 

    At least one other person was inside the home and got out safely.

    School buses were advised to use alternate routes in the area while the situation was ongoing, but were able to resume the normal route as of 7:12 a.m.



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    Some of the 300 families living at Church Street South have moved into new subsidized housing and others are staying at hotels.

    Then there are families like Emelia Hernandez and her 5-year-old son who are still waiting to get out.

    “I hope I can move soon out of here because I don’t want my son to get lung infection,” Hernandez said. “From the mold, cause I know mold is behind the walls.”

    Hernandez showed NBC Connecticut how the property managers still have not replaced a broken window nor fixed leaks in her apartment’s walls.

    “It’s very embarrassing because on these conditions,” she said. “Nobody should be living like this.”

    Now, federal lawmakers are putting pressure on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revamp its inspection process.

    “There’s no way this property should have been deemed habitable by the Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Senator Chris Murphy said.

    At a press conference Tuesday at New Haven’s City Hall, Murphy pointed out how HUD gave Church Street South a respectable score of 80 during an inspection in 2014. That report prompted outrage, he said, which led to another inspection in 2015 that gave the housing complex a dismal failing grade of 20.

    Murphy has included changes for the HUD inspection process in the Senate housing appropriations bill. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is fighting in these changes in the House version of the bill.

    “HUD needs to add to its criteria things like mold, and bedbugs and asbestos and lead that aren’t in their inspections today,” Murphy said.

    Murphy said he also wants Congress to command HUD to take prompt action, within 90 days, when violations are discovered at public housing units.

    “If there’s a silver lining in this Church Street South saga,” Mayor Toni Harp said, “It’s that the lessons learned here in New Haven might well prevent other people elsewhere from having to go through all the illness, heartache and disruption.”

    Amy Marx, an attorney with New Haven Legal Assistance who is helping Church Street South residents, said it is important to track the health of children who have been exposed to hazardous conditions.



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    The relocation process continues for residents of condemned Church Street South apartments.The relocation process continues for residents of condemned Church Street South apartments.

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    Sen. Ted Cruz, who despite an early victory in the Iowa caucus struggled to stop Donald Trump from cutting into his support from evangelical Christian voters, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday.

    Cruz lost the primary in Indiana on Tuesday, the latest in a string of defeats to the billionaire from New York, who considers himself the party's presumptive nominee.

    "I've said that I will continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory. Tonight, I'm sorry to say that it appears that path has been foreclosed," Cruz said at a rally in Indianapolis.

    "We gave it everything we've got, but the voters chose another path," he continued, vowing to continue to fight for liberty, a constant theme of his campaign.

    Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich had battled to be the alternative to Trump. Kasich said in a statement Tuesday night that he continues to seek the nomination at an open convention.

    "Gov. Kasich will remain in the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the Convention," his statement said.

    But the head of the Republican party indicated for the first time Tuesday night that the establishment was finally ready to back Trump.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted that Trump will be the party's presumptive nominee. 

    "We all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton," Priebus said.

    Reversing course after weeks of calling Cruz "Lyin' Ted," Trump said Tuesday night that the senator has "an amazing future" and congratulated him on the race he ran.

    "I don't know if he likes me or if he doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy," Trump said in a speech at Trump Tower.

    Cruz based his campaign on appealing to the most hardline conservatives and evangelical Christians. He outlasted over a dozen other Republican contenders, but despite winning 10 states, including his home state of Texas, Cruz was losing ground to Trump by March.

    When an outright win proved out of reach, Cruz turned to a strategy of forcing a contested convention — preventing his rival from amassing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. But after Indiana, Trump was less than 200 delegates shy of doing so, with California among the states left to vote.

    Cruz had expected to leverage his role as a Washington outsider — where he is known for stalling legislation and insulting other members of the Senate and where he planned to shut down the government his first year in office in a protest over Obamacare.

    Cruz was popular among voters who described themselves as very conservative but Trump outdid him with white evangelical voters, including in the Indiana primary, according to NBC News exit polls. 

    And in the contest for the nomination, he was quickly overshadowed by Trump’s outsized personality and non-political standing.

    On Tuesday morning, Cruz attacked Trump as "a braggadocious, arrogant buffoon." He didn't mention Trump in his concession speech Tuesday night.

    Cruz is unpopular among his fellow senators and others in the Republican establishment, some of whom worked quietly on behalf of Sen. Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race in March. Afterward, the so-called "Never Trump" movement turned to Cruz, but some in the Senate still only managed lackluster endorsements.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, himself a former candidate, called Cruz a reliable conservative he endorsed over Trump, but said Cruz was "certainly not my preference."

    Cruz was born in Canada to an American-born mother and a father from Cuba. The legitimacy of his candidacy was challenged, particularly by Trump who threatened to go to court.



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    Ted Cruz walks away after announcing the suspension of his campaign at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.Ted Cruz walks away after announcing the suspension of his campaign at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    A 35-year-old Willington man was arrested after state police said shots were fired during a domestic dispute on Tuesday morning. 

    Police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint on Tinkerville Road around 5 a.m. on Tuesday after a caller said shots had been fired. 

    State Police surrounded the home and then took Daniel Olesnevich into custody.

    The two victims were about to escape the home, police said.

    Olesnevich is accused of reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct. 

    Bond was set at $250,000.



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    Zika virus is going to start spreading in the United States and the country's not ready for it, experts said Tuesday.

    It probably won't spread much — most areas in the U.S. don't have the right conditions for widespread transmission of the virus — but even a little is too much, the officials said, according to NBC News.

    "We have nothing at the national level other than advice from the CDC and most states do not even coordinate their programs at the county level very well," said Scott Weaver, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, at a news conference at the end of a meeting of Zika experts in Atlanta.

    Once mosquito season starts, the U.S. could have small, local outbreaks.

    "Very likely we will," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a separate briefing at the Pan American Health Organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C.



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    Aedes aegypti mosquitos are bred for Zika related testing at the dengue lab run by the CDC in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb. 24, 2016.Aedes aegypti mosquitos are bred for Zika related testing at the dengue lab run by the CDC in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb. 24, 2016.

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    Tensions were high Tuesday night as parents packed the M. D. Fox School in Hartford to sound off on the proposed budget cuts being considered by the Board of Education.

    With a $30 million budget gap, the district is scrambling to come up with the money after years of flat funding. It is a gap the city and the state cannot help them close, and one that they say is the product of years of flat funding, decreased grants and increased needs.

    “The reality is there are things that are going to get cut that people care about,” Hartford Board of Education Chair Richard Wareing said.

    Layoffs are inevitable and under the proposed budget, 235 positions would be cut including nearly 100 teachers. Schools like Bulkeley High School would be consolidated and resources would be slashed.

    Parents are angry that the cuts fall on their children and the people who educate them.

    “Our children deserve the best,” Milly Arciniegas of Hartford said. “They deserve better than this.”

    At the last public hearing before the board votes on the budget, parents expressed frustration that class sizes would get bigger and learning would get harder.

    Board members said there are only so many ways they can slice it and the cuts have to come from somewhere. The city cannot give less to education, but the state could, which would make the hole Hartford schools are facing even wider.

    The board is scheduled to vote on the budget May 17.



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  • 05/04/16--10:58: Boar Attacks Couple in Mass.

  • A husband and wife were hospitalized — one with life-threatening injuries — after being attacked by a boar Tuesday night at their small farm in Townsend, Massachusetts, authorities said.

    Police and fire officials responded to the farm at 188 Fitchburg Rd. around 6 p.m. after the 150-pound male pig attacked 38-year-old Shannon Hernandez, according to the Townsend Police Department.

    "It was scary, because, you know, blood coming down, I didn't know how bad I was," Shannon Hernandez said.

    She said the 5-year-old boar she's had for three years escaped from his stall and went after her female pigs.

    "The girls come into heat every 21 days, so it's my responsibility to keep him quarantined enough that he's not going to break through. And he did, he broke through," she said.

    That's when she said the animal turned on her, goring her arm, leg and wrist. She was taken to Leominster Hospital, but less than two hours later, the same animal attacked her husband, 50-year-old Jose Hernandez, leaving him with serious, life-threatening injuries.

    "He had went over to pick up the water to clean it out and refill it. And Boss (the pig) just came at him and gashed him," Shannon Hernandez said.

    Two main arteries in his right hand were cut during the attack, she said. Jose Hernandez was rushed by Townsend EMS to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. A witness said he was conscious and alert on the way to the hospital. 

    "He's lost a lot of blood. They said they put two pints of blood into him at the hospital," his wife said.

    Jose Hernandez was upgraded to "stable" condition on Wednesday and police said he is expected to survive."

    The pig is currently quaraintined on the Hernandez's property. Townsend Animal Control announced Wednesday afternoon that it had decided to euthanize the pig. A rabies test is also being conducted as a precaution.



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    Boss, left, attacked Jose and Shannon Hernandez, right.Boss, left, attacked Jose and Shannon Hernandez, right.

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    Bernie Sanders' upset victory Tuesday in the Indiana primary shows Democrats are not quite ready to name Hillary Clinton the nominee.

    Every time the race seems headed to the finish, voters decide to extend it, as they did in Michigan in March, NBC News reported. Sanders' win does nothing to knock Clinton off her glidepath to the nomination, since the few delegates he picks will barely dent her massive 300-plus pledged delegate lead.

    But it will be a much-needed fundraising and momentum boost to a fading candidate who has pledged to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention in July, even though his only path to victory involves improbable landslides and fanciful schemes to flip superdelegates.

    Clinton's campaign and nervous Democratic leaders may now reassess their indifferent attitude to Sanders. They had hoped for a head start on Trump, but the Republican will instead have the drop on them and Clinton will face incoming attacks on both sides.



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    Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    A Pompano Beach, Florida, homeowner, whose backyard was obliterated after a small plane crash in April, said Tuesday he is lucky the plane missed the house. 

    Robb Shannon's backyard was annihilated eight days ago when a single-engine plane tore through his property.

    "We're so lucky it didn't hit our house," Shannon told NBC 6. "Our neighbor's house got hit and there's damage over there. So tough because it's really inconvenient for them." 

    Two men and a woman were on board the plane. All three survived the crash but suffered severe injuries with burns on 30-40 percent of their bodies, according to officials. 

    The plane was piloted by 40-year-old Geoffrey White and flight students Sylvia Mena, 23, and Fernando Diaz, 25, were also on board, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

    Cellphone video shows how fierce the flames were after the crash. Neighbors tried to put the fire out with hoses.

    Shannon rushed home to find his backyard ruined and covered in soot. But his neighbor to the south got it much worse. The back-end of the house was torched; a pile of mangled metal that used to be furniture now sits in the backyard.

    "The plane clipped the wires and between the fire and damage to the electrical, they'll have to do a total remodel. So it might be weeks before they even have power reinstalled," Shannon said.

    Contractors have been working nonstop to clean up the mess and repair fences. Crews even drained Shannon's pool to make sure there were no submerged plane parts.

    The entire wreckage was removed and loaded onto tow trucks last week.

    The FAA and NTSB are trying to figure out what caused the plane to come down, although a pilot flying behind the aircraft reported the engine stalled.

    Despite all the damage, Shannon said he's not worried about it happening again.

    "They say lightning only strikes once in the same place so, the plane is out of the way. It's time to put everything back together and it'll be better than before," he said.

    Florida Aviation Academy owns the plane. Shannon said the company's insurance, AIG, had been quick to respond.



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