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    A 12-year-old student was struck in front of Smith Middle School in Glastonbury on Thursday and he was transported to the hospital.

    A car hit the student on Addison Road and police said the student's injuries are not life-threatening.



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    Alleged bomber Ahmad Rahami was more seriously injured in the shootout with police than initially reported, law enforcement officials say. 

    Officials say Rahami, the 28-year-old naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, was shot at least 11 times in Monday's confrontation with Linden police that led to his capture. At least one bullet narrowly missed vital organs, officials said. 

    Rahami is sedated and intubated at a hospital in New Jersey, where he is being held on state charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He also faces federal terror-related charges, but will not be arraigned on those until he is transported to New York. Despite new reports of more serious injuries, officials say Rahami is still expected to survive.

    On Wednesday, authorities released an image of Rahami's blood-stained journal, a bullet hole piercing the small booklet that was found in the alleged bomber's possession when he was captured after the shootout. The journal paints a chilling picture of a man rife with anti-U.S. sentiment who praised leaders of terror groups and wanted to make a martyr of himself.

    Authorities have said Rahami had a gun and extra ammunition on him when police encountered him sleeping in the doorway of a bar in Linden Monday. Federal officials said Thursday the weapon was bought in Virginia. They say Rahami has a younger brother in the Roanoke area and bought the gun during a visit. 

    The federal complaint filed against Rahami in lower Manhattan court this week charges him with the use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, among other crimes. He allegedly planted the pressure cooker device that blew up on 23rd Street in Chelsea Saturday, injuring 31 people, and another device that exploded in a trash bin along a Marine 5K race route in New Jersey hours earlier. Officials allege Rahami is behind the cluster of pipe bombs found near a commuter rail station in his hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., late Sunday, and an unexploded pressure cooker on 27th Street, blocks from the blast site that rocked the city on a warm summer night.

    Surveillance video captures Rahami at both Manhattan scenes, officials have said. One video exclusively obtained by NBC 4 New York shows him wheeling a piece of luggage to the 27th Street site, presumably with the bomb inside. The pressure cooker on 27th Street had 12 of Rahami's fingerprints on it, according to law enforcement officials, but other fingerprints were on the device as well. That's one reason the FBI and NYPD want to find the two men who walked away with the luggage the bomb had been in, leaving the device behind.

    Officials want to see if any of the additional fingerprints on the device belonged to either or both of the men; they also want to recover the luggage. Authorities released a photo of the men Wednesday. They said they are being considered witnesses in the case.



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    The first true taste of fall will arrive this weekend.

    Abundant sunshine is expected to last through Friday. High temperatures will be in the 70s on Thursday and Friday.

    A shower is possible Friday evening as a cold front comes through the state.

    Sunshine will blend with clouds on Saturday with highs near 70.

    It turns even cooler Sunday, under mostly sunny skies, as temperatures only rise into the middle 60s.

    Early next week appears dry and seasonable with plenty of sunshine.


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    Standard and Poor announced on Thursday that the City of Hartford's bond rating has been downgraded. 

    Hartford's A+ rating has been lowered four notches to BBB, according to S&P's announcement. 

    "When governments are in fiscal crisis, one approach is to hide it or minimize it just to buy a little more time. That’s what Hartford did for many years. That’s not the approach I take. We're opening the books and telling the real story, because that’s the only way we’re going to be able to make real and lasting change," Hartford's mayor Luke Bronin said.

    The S&P downgrade hits at the city's ability to pay its creditors and debt holders. If the city wants to borrow money for capital projects, lenders may look at Hartford as a more risky bet than before because of the credit downgrade.

    According to S&P, the drastic rating plummet "reflects Hartford's ongoing structural imbalance and our opinion about its lack of a credible plan to restore balanced operations and address sizable out-year budget gaps."

    It's unclear to S&P how the city plans to address out-gap budget gaps in excess of $30 million in 2018 and $50 in subsequent years, the rating agency said. 



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    After a man threw urine on a California McDonald's employee because he was angry about his order, police asked for the public's help to identify the man Thursday.

    Around midnight on July 26, two men and a woman ordered bundt cakes at a McDonald's drive-thru at the intersection of Mariposa and Bear Valley roads in Victorville, said Det. Mike Mason of the Victorville Police Department.

    A man sitting in the back seat of the car became angry and started arguing with the woman working at the window because she had their order wrong, and told the customers their total would cost a dollar more than the previous amount.

    Mason said they still purchased the cakes.

    About 10 minutes later, the man came back to the McDonald's, parked, and walked up the the drive-thru window and peeked in, Mason said.

    When the woman working walked back toward the window, the man started screaming at her and threw a large cup of liquid at her, police said. The liquid, later identified as urine, covered her head, face, body, and entered her mouth.

    He left in what police described as a small, compact, four door vehicle.

    Although they purchased the order with a credit card, it was a prepaid card, Mason said.

    Anyone who may have information about the incident, or recognizes the man was asked to call Det. Mason at 760-241-2911.



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    Police are asking for the public's help to identify this man who threw a cup of urine on a McDonald's employee on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, because he was angry about his order.Police are asking for the public's help to identify this man who threw a cup of urine on a McDonald's employee on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, because he was angry about his order.

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    Exclusive new surveillance video shows suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami dumping luggage allegedly containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, and the heartstopping moments in which multiple passersby fiddle with and even kick the explosive device over the next hour. 

    NBC 4 New York obtained the video Thursday, a day after getting exclusive surveillance video of the suspect wheeling the alleged bomb luggage down the street.

    The beginning of the video shows Rahami walking into the frame with a piece of roller luggage in tow. He props the bag up, turns around and walks away, leaving the bag behind -- directly across a hotel with dozens of windows and people dining out on West 27th Street in Chelsea. 

    Moments later, two men spot the bag and open it, inspecting what's inside. They remove a white trash bag, allegedly with the pressure cooker bomb inside. They take the device out of the bag, set it on the sidewalk and then examine the top and bottom. The men leave the device behind and walk away with the bag toward Sixth Avenue. 

    Police have stressed the men are witnesses and not connected to Rahami. Law enforcement sources said they do not believe the men knew they were handling a potential explosive. 

    Time goes by and so do dozens of people, video shows. Three men walk up to the bomb, not knowing what's there, and one of them actually kicks it. 

    The minutes tick, more people go by. One man on a bicycle kicks the pressure cooker, too. 

    Finally, a woman notices the object, turns around and goes back for a closer look and calls police. 

    Two responding state troopers step up to the device, snap a photo and call for backup, video shows. Moments later, the NYPD bomb squad and their robot arrive and remove the device. 

    The woman who called police, Jane Schreibman, spoke to NBC 4 New York Sunday.

    "I looked at it and said, 'That looks like a child's science equipment, they must have thrown it out in the garbage,'" she said. "I realize there was no garbage because it's not garbage day."



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    Bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami wheels leaves a bag on a New York City street Saturday night, exclusively obtained video shows.Bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami wheels leaves a bag on a New York City street Saturday night, exclusively obtained video shows.

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    Watertown public schools are disinfecting school buildings after confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease at four of the five schools. 

    The open house at Swift Middle School, which was planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, will be postponed until further notice due to the disease, which is also called the Coxsackie virus. 

    The superintendent of schools said they have spoke with the Department of Public Health. 

    Swift Middle School and all Watertown public schools will be thoroughly disinfected daily, the superintendent said. 

    “For the football players, they had to clean out their lockers and bring home any clothing and equipment that they had in the lockers and sanitize them,” Jennifer Rimick, of Watertown, said.

    Earlier this week, several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease were confirmed at Derby High School. 

    Waterbury also had an issue at an elementary school.

    Hand, foot and mouth disease causes a blister-like rash, as well as a fever and sore throat, and it can spread through coughing, sneezing and touching people who are infected, as well as surfaces.



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    Following the fatal police shooting of a black man, riots erupted for a second night Wednesday on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina.

    "Not to say that something like this could never happen in New Haven," Mayor Toni Harp said. "We certainly hope that it doesn’t, but we do everything that we can to have a strong relationship with the community."

    Spokesperson David Hartman said New Haven Police have a track record of keeping demonstrations from getting out of control, like when the Occupy movement camped out on the New Haven Green in 2012.

    "As long as there’s an advanced communication," Hartman said. "We can make sure that we can help protestors in doing what they’re lawfully able to do."

    Mayor Harp credits officers’ training for preventing chaotic protests.

    "I think our police are some of the best trained in America around de-escalation," she said.

    In Charlotte, police have yet to release body camera footage from officers who witnessed the deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday.

    "We are going to have body cameras in New Haven," Mayor Harp said.

    The city has received grants to help pay for body cameras, Harp said. Protocols for how to use them are part of the current police union negotiations.

    "They see that this would be a tool that would work in their interest, too," Mayor Harp said of her conversation with the police union president.

    New Haven’s IT department has already set up a system to store footage from police body cams, Harp said. She added she hopes officers will start wearing them sometime early next year.

    Dozens of officers have already tested out different brands of body cameras, Hartman said.

    The body cameras will be another tool in a city that prides itself on strong police-community relations, where officers are encouraged to get to know the residents in the neighborhoods they serve.

    "When you see the same officers over and over again, that’s what hopefully builds the trust," Hartman said.



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    The two remaining carriers on Access Health Connecticut have told their networks of independent insurance brokers that they will not pay them commissions on marketplace plans.

    Anthem and Connecticare told brokers across Connecticut of their decisions in the past two months.

    “The carriers are the ones that are paying commissions and they have decided that on exchange they think this is a way that they can lower costs” said Jim Wadleigh, Access Health's CEO.

    Wadleigh added, “It’s created a significant level of frustration and confusion within our organization."

    One estimate shows that brokers contributed to the purchase of about 40% of all Access Health plans.

    One of those brokers, Paul Smith, said brokers will still be able to make commission on off-exchange plans they sell to consumers, but it's the tens of thousands who look to Access Health who will miss out.

    “The consumer is the one that’s going to suffer the most," Smith said. "The consumer is stuck on where do I get help? How can I trust somebody?”

    In a statement, a spokesperson for Connecticare wrote, "We will discontinue broker commission payments for individual policies sold through the exchange, Access Health CT. This will apply to both new and renewing business, effective Jan. 1, 2017. We are sensitive to the impact this has on our brokers and their clients and hope this announcement ends any speculation regarding our 2017 commission programs."

    Access Health recently hired a new firm to handle its call center operations that includes more training than ever before and more full time employees to answer customers' questions. That call center, however, won't act as brokers for clients, steering them toward the plan with the best level of coverage that's the most affordable.

    That's the challenge for Access Health moving forward.

    “The void that has to be filled is that Access Health has to find either through our staff or another organization to help us.”


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    A Plainville man is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over the course of four years, police said.

    New Britain Police arrested Jason Mussman, 27, on Wednesday and charged him with six counts of first-degree sexual assault and six counts of risk of injury to a minor. 

    Police said Mussman started assaulting the victim when she was 11 years old and the instances of abuse continued to happen until she was 15 years old. 

    The incidents happend in 2006, 2009 and 2010 in New Britain and were first reported to the department in June 2016, according to police.

    Mussman's bond was set at $500,000.



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    Jason Mussman is accused of sexually assaulting a girl.Jason Mussman is accused of sexually assaulting a girl.

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    Two men tried stealing cooking grease from an Outback Steakhouse in Orange last week, police said. 

    On Sept. 12, a box truck was seen in the parking lot of the closed restaurant on Marsh Hill Road, Orange Police said. 

    An investigation found that two men operating the truck were trying to remove the restaurant's grease from an outside container with the purpose of reselling it, police said. 

    Jahquay Rowe, 20, and Charles Green, 27, both of Queens, New York, were arrested on Thursday in connection to the theft. 

    Both men were held on at $1,000 bond and charged with sixth-degree larceny. 



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    An exit ramp on Interstate 95 was shut down in Milford Thursday after a tractor-trailer rollover.

    The crash happened on the exit 40 ramp going southbound on I-95, police said.


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  • 09/23/16--03:48: Oldest Park Ranger Turns 95

  • If given the chance, not many people might choose to work on their 95th birthday — but National Park Service Ranger Betty Soskin sees her work as an opportunity to share her wisdom.

    Soskin, the oldest park ranger for the country, is in Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    "I know how my generation met the threat of its day," Soskin told a group of local students on Thursday.

    Soskin met with the local students to share her experience growing up during World War II and what is was like for women and minorities like herself during the civil rights era.

    "We have no nostalgia for that period. That is a painful period of rejection," Soskin told News4.

    Sharing her story is Soskin's full-time job back in her home state of California, where she works at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.

    She didn't become a park ranger until she was 85 years old.

    Soskin said touring the new African American museum brought memories of the days during her childhood when she traveled with relatives from California to Louisiana.

    "When we got to El Paso, Texas, we would have to go into the Jim Crow car," Soskin said.

    Recently, she made national headlines after someone broke into her home and brutally attacked her, stealing the presidential coin she received after lighting the national Christmas tree last December. In July, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave Soskin a replacement coin during a surprise ceremony.

    Jewell asked Soskin to go with her to the grand opening of the African American museum on Saturday.

    As Soskin says in her blog, "this 'lil ole lady ranger will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Willie Brown, General Colin Powell, etc., and we may all be wondering just how on earth she ever got on the A-List!"


    Bett Soskin, the oldest ranger for the National Park Service, is visiting D.C. for the grand opening of the new African American museum.Bett Soskin, the oldest ranger for the National Park Service, is visiting D.C. for the grand opening of the new African American museum.

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    When Dawn Jones realized she'd just hit the lottery, it was definitely a moment. She picked up the phone and called a fellow nurse.

    "My heart feels like it's coming out of my chest, I may be having a heart attack," she told him.

    "Just breathe," he chuckled.

    The Trenton nurse and mother is probably breathing a lot easier after claiming her cash.

    Jones won New Jersey's CASH4LIFE lottery, which pays $1,000 a day for the rest of your life. She opted to take the money up front, which amounts to $7 million before taxes.

    Every Monday, Jones buys lottery tickets for five different games. She plays the very same numbers for each game because they're personally significant.

    That's how Jones knew without even checking that she had the winning ticket for the Aug. 8 drawing. But just to be sure she grabbed the ticket and asked her daughter to come over and read the numbers out loud.

    "Then came the silent scream," said Jones, who plans to pay off her student loans, help put her daughters through college and then get started on her bucket list.

    Oh, and work? Jones is still providing long-term acute care at two different facilities in New Jersey. She didn't even take the next day off to savor her new multi-millionaire status.

    "I thought about calling out rich," Jones said, "But I know that a lot of people depend on me, so I went to work."



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    Sept. 22, 2016: Dawn Jones (center) buys lottery tickets every Monday. Last month the Trenton nurse hit the jackpot with CASH4LIFE, winning $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.Sept. 22, 2016: Dawn Jones (center) buys lottery tickets every Monday. Last month the Trenton nurse hit the jackpot with CASH4LIFE, winning $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.

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    A North Carolina congressman has apologized for saying the violent demonstrations that have rattled Charlotte stems from protestors who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” NBC News reported.

    During an interview with the BBC broadcast in the United Kingdom late Thursday, Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican, said: “The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”

    In a series of tweets two hours after giving the interview, Pittenger apologized "to those I offended" and said the anguish he feels over what is taking place in his hometown "led me to respond to a reporter's question in a way that I regret."

    He claimed he was "quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV" and that his "intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies." 



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    In this file photo, U.S. Representatives Robert Pittenger talks to reporters at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.In this file photo, U.S. Representatives Robert Pittenger talks to reporters at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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    Police and firefighters have responded to Arch Street and Prospect Street in Hartford after what they are calling a minor construction accident.

    They said there are reports of concrete falling on a crane and minor injuries.

    No additional information was immediately available.



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    The Marriott International brand has become the largest hotel chain in the world, after its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide closed on Friday morning.

    The new deal means changes for how 78 million loyal customers of both Marriott and Starwood will manage their reward programs.

    Beginning Friday, members of Marriott and Starwood loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts together, The Associated Press reported. Platinum and gold statuses will be interchangeable between the two companies. Marriot silver members will be the equivalent of Starwood's lowest category, Preferred Plus.

    In addition, the merger comes with a 3-to-1 exchange rate that has been deemed equal; every Starwood point is worth three Marriott Rewards points.

    Points can be used by members for free nights, sporting or entertainment events, shopping on the company’s online mall, among other exclusive experiences. By linking the rewards programs together, members now have a wider variety of locations they can stay in.

    While the accounts can be linked, the loyalty programs will remain separate for the time being, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson confirmed to the AP. Marriott has partnerships with Chase and United Airlines, while Starwood has partnerships with American Express, Delta Air Lines and Uber. Marriott plans to keep operating both programs for the next two years until eventually phasing out the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

    “Nothing changes immediately,” Sorenson said. “We have to see how those partnerships evolve.”

    The new company will encompass 30 hotel brands with more than 5,700 properties across more than 110 countries, the AP reported. 



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    The Marriott sign glows outside the hotel Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Salt Lake City, file photo. The Marriott and Starwood merger closed Friday morning.The Marriott sign glows outside the hotel Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Salt Lake City, file photo. The Marriott and Starwood merger closed Friday morning.

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    A New Britain man who is accused of throwing a Chihuahua off a second-floor balcony after trying to choke a man is in court today and protestors have gathered outside the New Britain courthouse he is appearing in. 

    Shaquille McGriff, 24, was having a verbal argument with someone he has a "domestic relationship" with in July, then started choking a someone else at the apartment, New Britain Police said. 

    After victim freed himself, McGriff picked up the Chihuahua and threw it off the second-floor balcony, according to police.

    Police said the dog was visibily injured and was transported to an animal hospital.

    McGriff was held on $75,000 and charged with cruelty to animals and third-degree assault

    He has not yet entered a plea.



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    World leaders are making remarks at the opening session of the UN General Assembly.

    Check here for a live stream.



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    A 28-year-old Andover woman was badly injured in a crash on Route 6 in Andover this morning and LifeStar flew her to Hartford Hospital. 

    State police said two vehicles were slowing down for a school bus with flashing lights on the westbound side of the road around 6:20 a.m. Friday, but Crystal McLaughlin didn't slow down and hit the back of the car in front of her, which pushed that vehicle into the one in front of it.

    LifeStar transported McLaughlin and state police said she appears to have serious injuries.

    An ambulance transported the driver of the middle vehicle, Gavin Dixon, 20, of Newfield, Maine, to Windham Hospital to be evaluated for possible injuries, according to state police. 

    The driver of the first car that slowed down did not have any apparent injuries.



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