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    Middletown Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 19-year-old.

     Police say Justina Alicea was reported missing by her family on Friday after she walked away from her apartment between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday and did not return. She was last seen on security footage at the Sunoco Gas Station on Washington Street around 3:35 a.m. Thursday.

     Alicea has a history of mental health issues and is considered endangered. She is described as 5-foot-two, 125 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink hoodie, jeans and black and pink shoes.

     Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the police department at 860 638 4000.


    Justina Alicea, 19, was last seen at the Sunoco Gas Station on Washington Street in Middletown early Thursday morning.Justina Alicea, 19, was last seen at the Sunoco Gas Station on Washington Street in Middletown early Thursday morning.

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    Bernie Sanders said Saturday he would not back Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the Democratic primary race for Florida’s 23rd congressional race, NBC News reported. 

    During a pre-taped interview with CNN that will air Sunday, Sanders said he would support Nova Southeastern University law professor Tim Canova over Rep. Wasserman Schultz. He also added that she would not reappointed her to head the DNC if he is elected president.

    "Well, clearly, I favor her opponent," Sanders told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper. "His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz's." 

    Canova is a Sanders supporter and has accused Wasserman Schultz of backing Hillary Clinton.

    In a statement provided to NBC News Saturday, Wasserman Schultz said she has been neutral in the race and would remain so despite Sanders' support of Canova.



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    In this May 17, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Carson, Calif.In this May 17, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Carson, Calif.

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    The lone remaining external fuel tank from NASA's space shuttle program began a slow ride across Los Angeles early Saturday to the California Science Center, where it will be on display with space shuttle Endeavour.

    The caravan will travel about 15 miles from a dock in Marina del Rey down Lincoln and Culver boulevards, to Westchester Parkway, then through Inglewood on Arbor Vitae Street to La Brea Avenue, past the Forum, and north on Vermont Avenue to the museum. Limited to a top speed of 5 mph, the tank is expected to arrive around 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday, then joined to Endeavour at museum's Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

    "This will be the only place in the world where a whole space shuttle stack with real hardware will be available," said Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph.

    The shuttle stack will be available for viewing next week. Eventually, booster rockets will be added to the exhibit.

    Endeavour made its own celebrated trip on Los Angeles' streets to Exposition Park after a spectacular Southern California flyover on the back of a jumbo jet. The 15-story, 32 1/2-ton tank, never used in flight, is about half as along as a football field. That's longer than the shuttle, but not as wide, heavy or tall, when the tank is placed on its side.

    Trees will be trimmed and utility lines will be temporarily taken down for the move. Los Angeles police suggested drivers avoid several areas along the route due to temporary street closures.

    The rust-color tank, aka ET-94, began its monthlong journey to Los Angeles on April 10 when it was pulled out of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana. Two days later, it was tugged into the Gulf of Mexico to begin a sea voyage that took it through the Panama Canal.

    The transport crew made headlines during the trip when crew members helped rescue four people who abandoned a sinking sportfishing boat off Baja, California.

    The external tanks, which provided the shuttles with the propellants needed to enter space, were designed to detach from the shuttles and disintegrate as they plummeted back to Earth. ET-94 is actually made up of three tanks: one for oxygen, another for hydrogen and a third collar-like intertank that connects the two others.

    The external tank also provided structural support for the shuttles and booster rockets when they were upright on the launch pad.

    The ET's skin was coated with polyisocyanurate foam, which protected the tank from heat and helped maintain the proper temperature for the propellants it contained. Its job was done about 8 1/2 minutes after launch when it was jettisoned from the shuttle.

    Most of the tank disintegrated in the atmosphere; the rest splashed into the ocean.

    NASA used three types of external tanks for the space shuttle program: standard weight, more advanced lightweight tanks and super lightweight tanks. ET-94 is considered a lightweight tank, commonly used throughout the 1990s.

    ET-94 was delivered to NASA in January 2001 and, although it was never used in flight, investigators looking into the 2003 Columbia disaster examined the tank in search of possible problems that might have led to the re-entry break-up that killed seven crew members. The team dissected foam coating from parts of the tank, which explains why there are pieces of foam missing from ET-94.

    The tank will be restored before it joins Endeavour on display.



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    Crowds greet ET-94 as the massive tank turns from Manchester onto Vermont Avenue on Saturday, May 21, 2016.Crowds greet ET-94 as the massive tank turns from Manchester onto Vermont Avenue on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

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    Exaggerator has finally beaten Nyquist, and it came in the Preakness on Saturday to end any chance of another Triple Crown. 

    Seizing the lead at the top of the stretch, Exaggerator splashed past the tiring Kentucky Derby winner and went on for a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine on a rain-drenched Pimlico Race Course. 

    Exaggerator's elusive victory over his nemesis came after four tough losses, including a runner-up finish to Nyquist in the Derby. Nyquist finished third. 

    "I had a dream trip today," jockey Kent Desormeaux said. "It was an amazing race and Exaggerator is an amazing horse."

    The day began on a somber note. Two horses died and a jockey was injured in the first four races, one of the horses bred and owned by the owners of the ill-fated Barbaro. 

    Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the 11-horse field, Nyquist dueled with Uncle Lino for the lead through the first mile of the 1 3/16th-mile second leg of the Triple Crown. 

    And then it was all Exaggerator — no kidding. 

    The 3-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin trailed by 13 lengths at one point but kept gaining ground along the rail. Desormeaux saw an opening around the final turn, angled outside and Exaggerator took over. 

    In winning his third Preakness, Desormeaux was grateful for a perfect trip that ended Nyquist's perfect record. 

    "To me it looked like Nyquist was trying to establish an outward position, maybe in the four path," Desormeaux said. "He was jockeying for position all the way down the back side. And Exaggerator just kind of slid up the fence to the far turn where I actually got to slow him down and say 'whenever I'm ready.' " 

    Stradivari was fourth, followed by Lani, Laoban, Uncle Lino, Fellowship, Awesome Speed, Collected and Abiding Star. 

    Exaggerator, the 5-2 second choice, returned $7.20, $3.20 and $2.40. Cherry Wine returned $9.80 and $4.20, and Nyquist paid $2.20 to show. Winning time for the race was 1:58.31.

    Nyquist broke well under Mario Gutierrez, and he and 34-1 long shot Uncle Lino went back and forth in the lead. The duel was costly. When asked for his usual winning burst, the son of Uncle Mo just didn't have it for the first time in his career. 

    "Hats off to Exaggerator and Team Desormeaux. What a great run," Nyquist's trainer Doug O'Neill said. "I didn't think we could get beat, to be honest with you." 

    Trained by Kent's younger brother, Keith, Exaggerator showed his talent in the slop once again. He won the Santa Anita Derby over a sloppy track, and did the same on a foggy, rainy day. It was the first Preakness winner for the trainer who began his career in Maryland, and third for the Hall of Fame rider. 

    Last year, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and there were many who thought Nyquist would make it two in a row and become the 13th horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont. 

    The Desormeaux brothers have different personalities, and seem to enjoy ribbing each other. There were no family hugs, and no special celebrations. 

    "I looked at him and he looked at me, and I got a fist pump," Kent said. "That's all we did." 

    A drenched crowd of estimated at what would be a record 134,000 saw Exaggerator end his losing streak in a big way. 

    "It wasn't like we felt we could grind him down," Keith said. "We always felt we had an exceptional talent." 

    And now, it's on the Belmont Stakes for Exaggerator. 

    "We can't wait to run in that race," Keith said.



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    Jockey of Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux celebrates after winning the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.Jockey of Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux celebrates after winning the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Richard Krusinski's kidneys are failing, dialysis is inevitable, and it could take years before he receives the kidney transplant he needs.

    "The whole thing is a big shock," said Richard.

    His son, John Krusinski, of New Britain, said his father has to wait almost four years for a transplant.

    It's an amount of time John decided was too long, so he plastered his truck with a plea for help, asking for someone to consider donating a kidney to his dad.

    "I drive all around Connecticut. I go to Boston a lot, so I figured if I put that on the back of my truck, hundreds of cars are seeing me daily," said John.

    A month passed and not much came from it, so John turned to Facebook this week. The response was overwhelming.

    "Yesterday alone I responded to about 30 emails, Facebook messages probably 20 or more," said John.

    Hundreds shared his post, and people all across the country reached out to see if they're a match.

    "Completely amazed, and I'm blown away," said John.

    "So nice to see people trying to help you out, people don't even know you," said Richard.

    For Richard, it was an unexpected gift from his son, and no matter how it turns out, he hopes his story raises awareness and maybe even connects donors to others in need.

    "It's just amazing how many people are waiting for different organs, and you could end up saving a life and helping a life continue," said Richard.

    John said he and his two sisters plan on getting tested next week to see if they're able to donate one of their kidneys to their dad.



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    A cherished business and popular wedding venue in Canterbury was damaged by a fire on Wednesday. But Saturday night Wrights Mill Farm sent a message: “We are unstoppable.”

    On Saturday the community stepped up to help and D&G Pizza and Pub held a raffle fundraiser.

    “They’re customers and they’re like a family to us,” says Demetrios Pasiakos, owner of D&G Pizza and Pub.

    Those who showed up to donate included some people who had `worked at Wrights Mill.

    “You try to be there for your friends,” says Mike Naborsky of Scotland.

    Then there was eight-year-old Karlie Gauthier.

    She was so motivated by the destruction she decided a gift from a recent birthday was needed elsewhere.

    “I felt really bad. So I wanted to donate some money,” says Karlie Gauthier.

    Karlie’s mother, Megan Gauthier, says the family was planning to have a special event at Wrights Mill in July. They’re hoping it can still happen there.

    “If not it’s all obviously very understandable,” says Megan Gauthier of Moosup.

    Despite the main building being gone at Wrights Mill, events go on there.

    On Facebook, the business posted pictures from its first wedding since the fire on Saturday.

    The staff wrote they hope to be at “100% by the end of the year.”

    And they sent a message to the community: “Thanks for the all the support.”

    “We hope he recovers quick and I think he will,” says Pasiakos.

    D&G Pizza and Pub hoped to raise $2,000 with Saturday’s fundraiser.

    It plans to keep donation jars out for a few more weeks to help Wrights Mill’s owners with expenses.


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    A gargantuan external fuel tank is being transported from New Orleans to Los Angeles, where it will go on display with the retired space shuttle Endeavour.

    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    ET is home! The giant tank arrived just ahead of its 7:30 p.m. promised time to a large crowd, as captured by NewsChopper4 on Saturday, May 21, 2016.ET is home! The giant tank arrived just ahead of its 7:30 p.m. promised time to a large crowd, as captured by NewsChopper4 on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

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    The leader of the Taliban has been killed in a U.S. airstrike, the Afghan government said Sunday.

    A statement from the National Directorate of Security was the first official confirmation of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor's death, NBC News reported. It was soon followed by confirmation from Afghanistan's chief executive.

    There has been no acknowledgement from the Taliban on Mansoor's death.

    The U.S. conducted a precision airstrike targeting Mansoor on Saturday in a remote part of southwest Pakistan. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook had said the U.S. was "still assessing the results" of the strikes, though senior defense officials told NBC News that Mansoor was "likely killed."



    Photo Credit: AP/Abdul Salam Khan

    This photo taken by a freelance photographer Abdul Salam Khan using his smart phone on Sunday, May 22, 2016, purports to show the destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor was traveling in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan's border. (INSET) Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.This photo taken by a freelance photographer Abdul Salam Khan using his smart phone on Sunday, May 22, 2016, purports to show the destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor was traveling in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan's border. (INSET) Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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    Hillary Clinton's advantage over Donald Trump has narrowed to just three points, resulting in a dead-heat general-election contest with more than five months to go until November, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    The Democrat Clinton gets support from 46 percent of registered voters, while the Republican Trump gets 43 percent. In April, Clinton held an 11-point advantage over Trump, 50 percent to 39 percent, and had led him consistently by double digits since December.

    In a more hypothetical matchup, Democrat Bernie Sanders leads Trump by 15 points, 54 percent to 39 percent.

    The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted May 15-19 — comes after Trump has become the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, but also as the ongoing Clinton-vs.-Sanders Democratic race has become more contentious in recent days.



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    Businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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    A Chilean zoo killed two lions to save a man who jumped into the cats' enclosure in the capital city of Santiago, local police said Sunday, NBC News reported.

    Around 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday, the man climbed over the fence and removed his clothes before he approached the lions, according to a statement released by the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo.

    Zoo staff shot and killed two of their lions in order to protect the man's life.

    Chilean police tweeted that the man was apparently attempting suicide.



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    Police are investigating the death of 2 lions in the Metropolitan Park after a man attempted suicide.Police are investigating the death of 2 lions in the Metropolitan Park after a man attempted suicide.

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    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he'd "absolutely" consider being Hillary Clinton's running mate if she's willing to move to the center of the political spectrum.

    In an interview with "Meet the Press" Sunday, Cuban praised Clinton for her thought-out proposals "because at least we get to see exactly where she stands." 

    "But I think Sen. Sanders has dragged her too far to the left,” Cuban said, citing her college tuition plan and "other business elements" he believes could hurt the economy. "If she’s willing to listen, if she’s willing to, you know, hear other sides of things, then I’m wide open to discussing it."

    Asked about joining a Donald Trump ticket, Cuban said "Same."

    "You know, I'm an independent. And I'm fiercely independent and think for myself. And I'd have the same conversation for Donald," Cuban said. "I think Donald has a real chance to win, and that's scary to a lot of people."

    Cuban said one of his biggest concerns is the Trump is "listening to everybody, which is fine on the surface" but "it's coming across as if he's proposing things based off the last person he talks to." 

    Clinton responded to Cuban's comments in a separate interview Sunday, saying she "appreciated his openness to it" and plans to look "far and wide" for a potential vice president.

    "I think that is the best way to find somebody who can really capture what's needed in the country, and business people have, especially successful business people who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer," Clinton said, apparently hitting Trump.

    The "Shark Tank" investor also revealed who he thinks will win the NBA Championship.

    Todd asked Cuban if he was picking Cleveland, Golden State or Oklahoma City, notably leaving out the Toronto Raptors.

    "You know, I'm going to take a little bit of a long shot here and go with the Thunder," Cuban said.

    "I've already eliminated the Raptors," Todd responded, though it bears noting that the interview with Cuban was taped before Toronto's win over Cleveland in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The Cavs still lead that series, 2-1.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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    NBA owner and billionaire investor Mark Cuban said he's open to a conversation about running for vice president in 2016 with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.NBA owner and billionaire investor Mark Cuban said he's open to a conversation about running for vice president in 2016 with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

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  • 05/22/16--13:44: Iwo Jima Survivors Honored

  • Thank you for your service.

    That was the message repeated over and over Sunday at the VFW hall in New Britain, where a dozen Iwo Jima survivors were honored.

    “I’m really surprised at how much support we get,” said Thomas Lemme a veteran of World War II.

    Uniforms, pictures, and posters provided a step back in time, as did ladies dressed as 1940’s pinup girls.

    “That’s proof right there.  They like me I guess,” said Lemme pointing to the lipstick on his cheek.

    Only time has separated some from the painful memories of the war.

    “There are times that you can see it, feel it.  You can smell it.  It never goes away,” said Stan Dabrowski.

    Considered part of the greatest generation these World War Two veterans don’t like to be called heroes.

    “I got scattered with shrapnel through the body.  Nothing real serious,” said Lemme.

    Those sacrifices are what inspired Gary Roy to create the annual survivors victory ride, bringing together motorcyclists and World War Two veterans. 

    “You have 75 or 100 guys come up to you and thank you all day for what you did in WWII you see a tear in their eye, and they deserve every bit of it,” said Roy.

    Riders escorted the veterans to the national Iwo Jima memorial along the New Britain/Newington line.  Then they took off on a poker run, raising money to support the memorial.

    “I think it’s an exceptional effort for them to come here,” said Rosario Lombardo, a recent recipient of the Bronze Star.

    Rene Gagnon, Jr. the son of one of the six men who raised the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi after the battle of Iwo Jima, helped raise a 48 star flag during Saturday’s ceremony. 

    Organizers also announced that the memorabilia on display at the VFW will become part of a traveling World War II museum next year.


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    A Prospect man has been arrested for a stabbing incident in his home Saturday afternoon.

    State police were called to Woodcrest Drive residence in Prospect for a reported stabbing.

    After a brief investigation, Anthony Magnano, 21 , was placed under arrest.

    Magnano was charged with Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Breach of Peace.

    He was released on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Court on June 1.


    Anthony MagnanoAnthony Magnano

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    Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a "pretend successful" who is only focused on "making himself appear great," an attack on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

    In an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Clinton told NBC News' Chuck Todd there is "no evidence [Trump] has any ideas about making America great," adding that as the campaigns move forward "we're going to be demonstrating the hollowness of his rhetoric."

    Clinton attacked Trump for not releasing his tax returns and proving "that he actually has the level of success he claims to have." She also noted the only two returns that have been made public show he hasn’t paid "a penny in income taxes."

    "And yet he goes around talking about make America great. You know, that means paying for our military. That means paying for our roads. That means paying for the VA. If you’ve got someone running for president who's afraid to release his tax returns because it will expose the fact that he pays no federal income tax, I think that’s a big problem," Clinton said.



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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    Four people have been charged with criminal trespassing after they were caught trying to play a baseball game at Dunkin Donuts Park.

    According to Hartford Police, one of their officers who is assigned to security detail at the stadium heard yelling and cheering coming from the field around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.

    When he walked down to the field level, he found one man on the pitchers mound, one in the batters box and two men in the outfield.

    Arrested were Michael Cowee, 24 of Hartford, Theodore Swanson, 25 of Glastonbury, Brandon Herrick, 29 of Old Saybrook and Austin Kelly, 25 of Portland.

    Kelly works for Centerplan, the park's developer.

    "At this time we have no comment," said Robert Labanara, the business development manager for Centerplan. "We are still gathering all information with regard to yesterday's incident at the Ballpark.  Any matters related to personnel decisions will be handled privately."

    They have all been charged with Criminal Trespassing, 2nd degree.



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    Austria's presidential election was too close to call on Sunday, meaning postal ballots were set to determine whether a Eurosceptic anti-immigration candidate would become the European Union's first far-right head of state, NBC News reported.

    The direct votes gave right-winger Norbert Hofer 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent for Alexander Van der Bellen, a Greens politician running as an independent. But final projections that included still-to-be-counted absentee ballots showed a statistical dead heat of 50 percent each.

    A victory for Hofer would be a landmark triumph for resurgent populist parties across Europe that have capitalized on Europe's migration crisis and widespread dissatisfaction with traditional parties of power.

    It would be all the more remarkable for being in a prosperous country with low unemployment, where two centrist parties have dominated since it emerged shattered from World War II after its annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938.



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    Alexander Van der Bellen candidate of the Austrian Greens, left, and Norbert Hofer, candidate for president of Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, wait for the release of the election results during the Austria presidential elections in Vienna, Austria, May 22, 2016. Nearly final results for Austria's presidential election Sunday showed a right-wing politician neck-to-neck race with a challenger whose views stand in direct opposition to his rival's anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic message.Alexander Van der Bellen candidate of the Austrian Greens, left, and Norbert Hofer, candidate for president of Austria's Freedom Party, FPOE, wait for the release of the election results during the Austria presidential elections in Vienna, Austria, May 22, 2016. Nearly final results for Austria's presidential election Sunday showed a right-wing politician neck-to-neck race with a challenger whose views stand in direct opposition to his rival's anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic message.

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    A new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research found that New Orleans is sinking, with one neighborhood losing as much as an inch per year, NBC News reported. 

    The most threatened area of the city is Michoud, a neighborhood between Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Borguen. The Upper 9th Ward is losing just under half an inch to nearly one inch per year.  

    Groundwater withdrawal was one of the causes, the study found. 

    Conducted between 2009 and 2012, the study was published last week and used GPS and radar.



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    An aerial view of Downtown New Orleans on August 1, 2015 in New Orleans, La. A new study found that areas of the city are sinking underwater.An aerial view of Downtown New Orleans on August 1, 2015 in New Orleans, La. A new study found that areas of the city are sinking underwater.

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    An Egyptian husband and wife who were among the 66 passengers on EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed, have left behind three children, NBC News reported. 

    Ahmed el Ashry and his wife Reham Mosad were returning to Cairo on Wednesday after spending a month in Paris receiving medical care. Mosad needed cancer treatment, so el Ashry spent their life savings to take her to France for treatment.

    Mosad worked at a school in Cairo, whose newspaper published a tribute to the couple. The school posted a statement saying el Ashry couldn’t let his wife go to France by herself, and that he wanted to “lessen the pain of his wife and to prolong her life.” 

    The school where their three children — Adam, Salma and Alia — are enrolled has allowed them to continue their education at the institution.



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    MS804 passengers Ahmed el Ashry and Reham Mosad, husband and wife.MS804 passengers Ahmed el Ashry and Reham Mosad, husband and wife.

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    A Farmington teenager hopes her invention can help change the world.

    She’s targeted gum: the chewy, candy most of us don’t give a lot of thought about. And her idea just won her a big award.

    That teen inventor is an eighth grader at Irving Robbins Middle School.

    Hannah Zink set out on a mission to create a new gum that among other things is biodegradable.

    “I wanted to make sure you swallow it so there’s no litter created by gum,” says Zink.

    Zink says most regular gums are made up of a type of plastic that doesn’t easily break down.

    They can also be messy and hard to clean up if someone spits the gum on a sidewalk or sticks it somewhere.

    So the 13-year-old spent the past few months cooking up dozens of different recipes.

    “On top of her homework and other activities, she’s definitely been putting her time into figuring out and testing all her batches,” says Andy Zink, Hannah’s father.

    She finally arrived at Test 36.

    Like any proud inventor she’s not giving away all her secrets including how it’s made.

    But she will say it’s a mix of tapioca starch, glycerin, and cane sugar.

    This weekend she got to present her creation at the annual National Invention Convention in Washington, D.C. along with hundreds of other students from across the country.

    “Even when she went into the school competition, she just did it for fun,” says Julie Zink, Hannah’s mother.

    Zink ended up winning the “Best Agricultural Invention.”

    She says her work is not done, as she tries to improve the recipe to make it more stretchy and chewy like gum.

    Zink hopes maybe one day it could end up on store shelves.

    “I think it would be really cool to say I did something that’s actually people are buying and selling and enjoying,” says Hannah Zink.

    Zink says another benefit of her invention is the cost. She says a batch of Test 36 runs about 30-cents, much less than a regular pack of gum.

    We’re told there were several winners in the competition who were from the state.



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  • 05/22/16--18:49: Bus Crash Injures 26

  • More than two dozen people were taken to the hospital Sunday after a church bus heading to a women's retreat in Big Bear crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains, officials said. 

    The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. on Highway 330 north of Highland when the bus sideswiped a wall, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

    The bus then rear-ended a Nissan Versa, CHP said. 

    When crews arrived, the shuttle bus was on its side, and women inside were screaming for help, CHP said.

    San Bernardino County Fire officials initially said more than 20 people suffered injuries and six were seriously hurt.

    But CHP, which took over the investigation, later said out of the 22 on bus, 21 were taken to the hospital and four have major injuries. None are life-threatening.

    Highway 330 was shut down from Highland Avenue to City Creek Ranger Station, fire officials said.

    The California Highway Patrol was investigating the bus' brakes after the crash on the narrow road with blind turns. 

    A spokesman from the Iglesia De Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final church in Downey said about 200 women were aboard six buses total heading to Big Bear for a yearly retreat.

    The one that crashed was the last in the caravan. No one on the other buses saw what happened.

    John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.



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    More than two dozen people were injured in the San Bernardino Mountains in a tour bus crash, shutting down Highway 330 on May 22, 2016.More than two dozen people were injured in the San Bernardino Mountains in a tour bus crash, shutting down Highway 330 on May 22, 2016.

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