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    Police are investigating a road rage incident on Interstate 95 South in Bridgeport after a driver pulled a knife on another driver, according to police.

    There was a crash in the area of exit 25 and the driver who was hit pulled a knife on the other driver, police said. That person has been charged with threatening.

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    A U.S. airstrike has killed a local leader of the terror group ISIS in Iraq, a spokesman for an American-led coalition fighting the group said, NBC News reported.

    The Wednesday strike on ISIS headquarters in Fallujah killed local commander Maer al-Bilawi, according to U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren.

    Warren said the attack was one of more than 20 airstrikes that killed 57 ISIS fighters over the past few days.

    Thousands of Iraqi military, police and Sunni tribal fighters are poised to launch an assault on Fallujah to retake the largely Sunni city from ISIS control. Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS. Retaking it promises to be a major challenge for the country's beleaguered security forces.



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    A soldier prepares a heavy weapon at the operations center outside Fallujah, Iraq, on Friday, May 27, 2016, as military forces surround the city.A soldier prepares a heavy weapon at the operations center outside Fallujah, Iraq, on Friday, May 27, 2016, as military forces surround the city.

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    Traffic is moving again on I-84 following a car fire, officials said.

    A car burst into flames on I-84 going westbound between exits 43 and 44 on Friday evening. 

    Two lanes were closed but cars were getting by in the right lane. 



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    Family and friends of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson are asking their community to keep looking for a teen missing from Northern California, a day after the man thought to have kidnapped her at gunpoint was killed.

    Investigators believe the teenager was kidnapped Wednesday morning as she walked to a school bus stop in Vallejo. Her suspected abductor, a 19-year-old whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County Thursday, authorities said.

    "Pearl if you're out there fight your way home, find a way. Do whatever you can to get out of wherever you are," sister Rose Pinson said in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Friday. "I love you so much Pearl, we're here praying for you."

    Officials on Friday afternoon said the search for Pinson was concentrated in the small coastal town of Jenner in Sonoma County, about 1½ hours north of San Francisco.

    Solano County and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies are searching the Willow Creek Road area of Jenner. The search was prompted by new information the Solano County Sheriff's Office received during its investigation.

    Family and friends also plan to search for Pinson in Vallejo Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The Solano County Sheriff's Office is working with Pinson's family to determine the areas where the searches will be held.

    Pinson has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

    The sheriff's office set up a tip line at 707-784-1963 but anyone with urgent information is asked to call 707-421-7090.

    Investigators have also spent time searching the area of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard near the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County after officials said Castro was seen on surveillance cameras in the area at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office identified the man killed in the police shootout as 19-year-old Fernando Castro, and authorities identified the Vallejo resident as a suspect in Pinson's disappearance. Officials also said there is no indication Pinson is in Santa Barbara County.

    The Solano County Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and FBI are working together to examine crime scenes in the city of Solvang, where the shootout occurred following a pursuit on Thursday.

    The search for Pinson started Wednesday morning when the Solano County Sheriff's Office said they received reports of shots fired near the Interstate Highway 780 pedestrian over-crossing in the area of Home Acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

    A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing. The witness heard a gunshot while running for help, and responding deputies found blood on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

    "I heard screaming, panicking screaming, and then after that, I heard two gunshots and the car went off really fast," said witness Leslie Caro.

    The sheriff's office has not confirmed Pinson was shot or the extent of her injuries.

    Castro was spotted in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday after the California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for Pinson. CHP officers pursued him into Santa Barbara County, over 300 miles south of the scene of the suspected abduction in Vallejo.



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    Police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the alleged suspect connected to a Meriden shooting earlier this month.

    Deon Camp, 23, is wanted for several charges, including first-degree assault, Meriden Police said. 

    On May 2, police responded to a call about one man shot on Willow Street at around 12:30 p.m.

    The victim was transported to the hospital.

    Anyone with information on Camp is asked to call Meriden Police at (203) 630-6215. Calls will remain confidential. 



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    A small World War II vintage plane crashed in the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, and police say they have recovered a body from the sunken aircraft.

    The FAA said a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft went down in the Hudson River at about 7:30 p.m., about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge. 

    Chopper 4, first on scene, showed police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarming the area as they searched for the pilot.

    The NYPD, the lead agency in the emergency response, said late Friday night they have recovered a body from the plane. A medical examiner was standing by at the scene. 

    The aircraft was scheduled to perform at the Jones Beach Air Show this weekend, according to Gary Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane. 

    The plane was on a photo flight with at least two other planes along the river when there was some kind of mechanical issue, and the pilot decided to ditch in the Hudson, Lewis told NBC 4 New York. It's not clear what the source of the problem was.  

    Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, tell NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first. 

    "We saw it splashing into the water and disappearing," said Sabine DeMeuter. "We were in shock." 

    They say they saw the pilot try to get out but he appeared to flail in the water and then sink with the plane. 

    "He tried to get out out, and then it pulled him right down inside," said Nick Ciccolella. 

    Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

    New Jersey State Police erroneously said earlier the pilot had been rescued and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but NYPD Deputy Chief Rodney Harrison said in a news briefing a short time later that the pilot remained unaccounted for and that New Jersey State Police's report that he was rescued was "inaccurate." 

    New Jersey State Police later retracted its statement, saying there had been "conflicting reports from scene of plane crash" and that it could "no longer confirm swimmer in water was pilot."

    The P47-Thunderbolts were the heaviest single-engine fighter planes used by Allied forces in World War II. They first went into service in 1942, with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

    Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report. 



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    A body has been recovered from a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27. The FAA says a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft went down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge.A body has been recovered from a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27. The FAA says a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft went down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge.

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    A man with a gun tried to rob the Wal-Mart on Queen Street in Southington on Friday morning and police are looking for him.

    The robber walked up to one of the registers at the store at 235 Queen St, around 8 a.m. on Friday with a bottle of iced tea.

    When the clerk went to ring up the iced tea, he lifted his shirt to show a handgun tucked into his waistband and demanded money from the register, police said.

    The clerk yelled and the robber fled without taking any money and got into a light blue Scion TC in the parking lot and fled on Queen Street.

    Witnesses were not sure what state the license plate was from, but said it had the number 300 followed by an unknown combination of three letters.

    The robber was wearing jeans, a blue baseball cap, a two-tone gray shirt with blue sleeves. He is around 5-feet-8, weighs between 160 and 170 pounds and has a well-trimmed beard.

    Anyone with information should call Detective James Armack at 860-378-1649.



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    Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery in Southington.Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery in Southington.

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    As the busy moving season begins, experts suggest researching moving companies extensively and thoroughly reading through your contract before signing the dotted line.

    Priya Kiran learned that lesson the hard way after an 1,800 mile journey from Austin, Texas left her with missing and broken items. She has battled her moving company since January.

    “The day the stuff came here, we were taking a look (at) all the things,” said Kiran. “Then, we noticed we are missing the mirror—the mirror for the dresser, which we recently bought in Austin.”

    Now, when Kiran walks through her apartment, she’s reminded of the move that just won’t end.

    Along with the mirror, Kiran said the Florida-based moving company, Colonial Van Lines, arrived to her family’s new home in Avon with a broken dining room table and a missing box full of personal items and speaker cables.

    “We have lost so many things,” said Kiran. “ And this cable is very expensive.”

    She contacted Colonial several times in the following weeks, each time speaking with a different agent. She said each agent told her she could file a claim for just one of her missing items, or the broken table.

    “So either we file a claim for that, or we file a claim for the mirror or we file a claim for the cable,” said Kiran. “So, we don’t know.”

    NBC Connecticut contacted Colonial Van Lines and helped connect Kiran with an agent to exclusively handle her case. The agent confirmed the company did lose the mirror, and allowed her to file a claim for all of her missing and broken items.

    Per industry standard, claims are resolved by weight for everyone except customers who buy additional insurance up front. Kiran expects to receive 60 cents per pound, or between 100-200 dollars total in compensation.

    In hindsight, Kiran sees the line in her contract subjecting her to such settlement. She also notices Colonial has 216 complaints filed against them on the Better Business Bureau.

    Spokespeople for Colonial Van Lines did not comment on those reviews.



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    Joe Leto, and Jackie and Jason Gaddy were the best of friends growing up. In fact, Joe dated Jackie. They eventually broke up, but their families remained close.

    In 1999, Joe, a marine, died during training exercises at Camp Lejuene. Jackie later wed Jason. Joe’s family attended. The couple has remained close to Joe’s mom Mimi.

    When Mimi posted on Facebook that she needed a kidney, Jackie told her husband. Jason got tested.

    “I told people it felt like I was trying to get into college, because I didn’t want to be rejected at that point,” said Gaddy.

    He kept the test a secret. Then, the two families met over dinner where Gaddy shared that he was a match.

    “My world changed when he said, 'Would you like to take a trip to New Haven? I’ll give you a kidney,'” recalled Leto. “He just said it so, as if it was a walk in the park instead of this miracle that he gave me.”

    On May 10th, Mimi became the 1,000 recipient of a living kidney at Yale-New Haven hospital.

    “It was not a hard decision to make and you see the results on the other end it was just all worth it,” said Gaddy.

    Hospital officials say the traditional organ donation list hasn’t changed in the last decade. That’s why doctors at Yale-New Haven hospital are emphasizing the need for living donors instead.

    “Living donation is actually the best quality organ that a patient needing an organ transplant could ever have,” said Dr. David Mulligan the Chief of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Transplantation Center.

    With a 98 percent success rate, Mulligan said live kidney transplants have a better outcome than transplants where the donor is deceased.

    “They last longer, they work immediately, and they have the best possible outcome,” he explained.

    Both have bounced back quickly since the surgery. Gaddy is set to go back to work next week.

    “It’s not something to be scared of. It’s very easy, relatively easy recovery,” he said.

    Leto hopes her story inspires others to think about donation.

    “Just do it. It’s a miracle that you cannot put words into, really,” she added.

    It’s a decision that’s forever bonded the Leto and Gaddy families, a bond they’re happy to share.

    “They’re not getting rid of me now. I think they’re at least going to invite me over to dinner now.”


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    Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples, NBC News reported.

    Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, was found in contempt of court on Thursday morning by Judge David Bunning. Davis has said granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would "violate God's definition of marriage" and infringe on her personal beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

    Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses. Davis was visibly emotional from the stand during the two-hour hearing. She testified that she became a Christian in January 2011 on the day her mother-in-law died.

    The judge told all six of Davis' deputy clerks that they must issue marriage licenses to gay couples — or else they will face fines or jail time, too.



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    File image of Rowan County, Ky. clerk Kim Davis. Davis was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.File image of Rowan County, Ky. clerk Kim Davis. Davis was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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    Police have identified the woman whose body was found on a beach in Stratford this week.

    On Monday morning, police responded to the Lordship section of Stratford and discovered the body of Colleen Kelly, police said. 

    It's not clear how the 52-year-old Stratford resident may have died or how she ended up at the beach.

    Officials said on Monday that it did not seem like the woman was swimming.

    The incident remains under investigation. 



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    Police are investigating after a woman's body was found in Stratford on Monday.Police are investigating after a woman's body was found in Stratford on Monday.

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    A car crash was the start to what became a barricaded person situation in Windsor on Friday night, police said. 

    Windsor Police and Hartford Police responded to the scene on Windsor Avenue near PriceRite. 

    Police said responding officers and witnesses saw a man crash his truck near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Putnam Highway then jump a fence into a culvert underneath the road. 

    When one of the responding officers saw the man coming out of the tunnel, the man told the officer to not come in because he had a gun, according to Chief Donald Melanson with Windsor Police said. An emergency response team was called to the scene. 

    "Hence the big response," Melanson said. "We didn't want (our officer or the man) to get hurt."

    Police are not releasing the man's identity. They said they are looking into what caused the accident, including emotional issues. 

    Melanson said police did not find a gun but they are still looking. 



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    Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency ahead of expected heavy rains, and warned that levees could be overtopped, NBC News reported.

    "Areas along the Missouri River and its tributaries in west-central Missouri are of particular concern because more rain could cause some levees to overtop," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

    Since Tuesday, storms in the state have caused high winds, heavy rains and flash flooding — with more rain predicted into the weekend.

    Meanwhile, warnings were issued for South Carolina's coast Friday after a weather system that could become a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic, the National Weather Service said.

    Heavy rain, whipping winds and dangerous waves could hit the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida over the holiday weekend, forecasters said.



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    File image of Arnold Park on January 2, 2016 in Arnold, Missouri.File image of Arnold Park on January 2, 2016 in Arnold, Missouri.

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    One person has been killed after being struck by a vehicle in Waterbury, Connecticut early Saturday morning.

    According to state police, Melvin Gordils, 26 of Bridgeport, was killed after he was struck by two cars at the on ramp for I-84 West from Route 8 Southbound around 2 a.m.

    The vehicles that struck Gordils remained on scene.

    Route 8 Southbound at exit 33 and the connector for I-84 was closed for approximately four hours while police investigated.


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    A convicted felon was arrested in Hartford after he was found in possession of a shotgun late Friday night, police say.

    Hartford police responded to the area of Franklin Ave. and Bond St. after a citizen called 911 to report they heard two parties talking about going to "get rifles."

    When officers arrived, they noticed a man, later identified as Angel Rodriguez, riding away from the area on a bicycle wearing a backpack with a rifle case sticking out.

    When officers pursued Rodriguez, he fled the scene into a nearby parking lot, where he was taken into custody.

    Rodriguez was found to be in possession of a Remington 870 Express Pump Action .20 gauge shotgun.

    Rodriguez is a convicted felon and not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

    Rodriquez was charged with interfering with police, criminal possession of a firearm and operating a bicycle without an illumination device.



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    Remington 870 Express Pump Action .20 gauge shotgunRemington 870 Express Pump Action .20 gauge shotgun

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    Meriden police say they have safely located an elderly man reported missing.

    Richard Plonka, 82, of Andrews St. was reported missing Friday. Plonka was last seen by his neighbor at 2 p.m. operating a white 2011 Chevy Silverado bearing a CT Combination Registration of 5C5755.

    Plonka suffers from dementia. Police say that he is very forgetful and gets easily confused.

    Police say on Saturday Plonka was located unharmed in Massachusetts and is being returned home.



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  • 05/28/16--07:54: Hazy, Hot and Humid Today

  • Today is the pick of the weekend.

    Sunshine will mix with clouds as high temperatures skyrocket into the low 90s inland. Along the shoreline, a sea breeze will keep temperatures closer to 80 degrees.

    The record is 93 degrees and it is very much in jeopardy.

    A front will slip into Massachusetts tomorrow, triggering thunderstorms. An isolated storm is possible in northern Connecticut. Highs will be in the upper 80s inland, but closer to 80 along the shoreline.

    Steady, heavy rain is expected Memorial Day. It will be cooler, too, with highs only in the 70s.


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    Hundreds of volunteers came out to decorate the graves of Connecticut’s fallen, remembering those who died fighting for our freedom.

    Among those planting 1,500 flags at West Hartford’s Fairview Cemetery were veterans who wanted to make sure those who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom were not forgotten.

    “It’s our job to honor those who gave their life for this country,” said Kenneth Hungerford, a Korean War Veteran.

    Hungerford considers himself one of the lucky ones. During his ten years in the service, he witnessed the horrors of war.

    “If you were in the service you’re with buddies. You try to save each other,” said Hungerford.

    Denise Hall’s father began bringing her family to Fairview Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend 35 years ago to place flags at the veterans’ graves.

    She continues to carry the torch drawing hundreds of volunteers each year.

    Dozens of boy scouts were among the volunteers. Hall said she hoped some of the scouts would be inspired to serve their country.

    “Look at how many men and women have served our country and died in service. It really makes you reflect on what the weekend is all about,” said Hall.

    “If they didn’t do what they had done, they didn’t serve their country, I wouldn’t have my freedom and that’s very precious,” added 41:27 Constance Collins, a World War II Veteran.

    Collins, 92-years-old, served stateside for the Navy in World War Two, drawing maps of the Pacific for bombers to follow.

    “I felt like I was doing something for my country. You know, I was part of the war,” she said of joining her sister in signing up for the military.

    She’s still finding a way to serve and proud to be part of the patriotic show of support for her fellow service members and remembering the service and sacrifice of the troops who didn’t make it home

    “We’re very very lucky to live in a free country,” she added.


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    A salvage team has recovered a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed into the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard.

    The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the aircraft out of the river Saturday. The plane was taken to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport near Wall Street.

    The P-47 Thunderbolt, a single-seat propeller plane, was on a flight to shoot promotional material for the Bethpage Air Show in Jones Beach when it went down in the water about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, according to officials.

    Police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarmed the area as they searched for the pilot, later identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida.

    Scuba divers recovered the 56-year-old pilot’s body about three hours after the crash, according to NYPD Det. Michael Debonis.

    The plane suffered some sort of mechanical problem and the pilot tried to ditch in the Hudson, said Gari Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane. It's not clear what the source of the problem was.

    Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, told NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first.

    Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

    Bethpage Air Show organizers said in a statement posted online they will proceed with the event "with heavy hearts."

    "The pilot was a friend to us all and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and our friends at the American Air Power Museum," the statement read.

    Gordon was a veteran air show pilot and had more than 25 years of experience, the AP reported, citing promotional material on a website for a Key West air show last month. Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified pilots to perform low-level aerobatics, according to the site.

    The P47-Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter plane used by Allied forces in World War II. The aircraft first went into service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

    Lewi said the museum was going to honor the plane’s 75th anniversary of coming into service this weekend at the air show. The plane that crashed was supposed to fly in this weekend’s airshow.

    It has flown periodically, including to other air shows, Lewi said.

    The site where the plane crashed Friday, near the Edgewater Marina, is less than five miles upriver from where U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the river in 2009 in what is now commonly referred to as “The Miracle on the Hudson”

    Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report.



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    Officials removed a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed in to the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot identified as William Gordon.Officials removed a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed in to the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot identified as William Gordon.

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    The 2016 general election race is now a virtual tie. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the Democratic front-runner clinging to a narrow lead in a head-to-head match up with the Republican nominee.

    But an analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still the more likely candidate to emerge as the winner when the voting's all over on Nov. 8, 2016.

    The advantage for a generic Democratic candidate over a generic Republican is 4 percentage points. And though both parties are unpopular, the Democratic Party is nearly breaking even on favorability, while the GOP is under water.

    The poll also shows President Barack Obama's approval rating is at 51 percent, meaning he'll be a powerful surrogate for Clinton after the primary.

    Meanwhile, Trump is under-performing with white women by 10 points and showing a nine-point drop in the suburbs, according to the poll. Clinton has a 10-point advantage on the commander-in-chief test.



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is better positioned to win the presidency than her GOP rival.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is better positioned to win the presidency than her GOP rival.

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