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    For those of you participating in a politically themed secret Santa this year, President-elect Donald Trump's may have made the gift you were looking for -- budget permitting.

    The shop at donaldjtrump.com debuted a brass, 24-karat gold-finished "Make America Great Again" hat ornament for a cool $149.  

    "This ornament is sure to make any tree stand out," the product's description page states. 

    The ornament is ideal for the uncle sitting far-right at the dinner table, who will probably keep the decoration on display long after the holidays are over. The tiny red cap also doubles as the ultimate gag gift for your friend that is still hashtagging #notmypresident. 

    Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Daily News that the ornaments are made in the U.S. 

    If spending $149 on an ornament honoring a President-elect you don't or do support doesn't sit well with you, dozens of other sites are offering similar, less expensive options.

    Items sold on a campaign website are considered political donations in accordance with federal regulations. 



    Photo Credit: donaldjtrump.com

    "This ornament is sure to make any tree stand out," the description page for the "Make America Great Again" hat ornament states.

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    The last thing on one New York woman's Thanksgiving shopping list? A selfie with Hillary Clinton at the grocery store.

    Brittany Valente, 25, bumped into Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and baby grandson Aiden at the Chappaqua Village Market on Wednesday and posted a photo to Instagram.

    She joked that Bill was "busy looking at cheese" while Hillary was taking pictures with everyone who asked.

    "They were so relaxed and shopping for Thanksgiving dinner at the local village market," Valente told NBC News. "They were so nice talking to everyone, wishing them happy holidays and at one point Hillary said 'We must stay strong together no matter what. Thank you for your support.'"

    Valente, a marketing manager at Convene, said she has seen the Clintons many times around town, but this time was special.

    "Turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry, Hillary Clinton lol typical grocery shopping," she said.



    Photo Credit: Brittany Valente
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    Hillary Clinton poses with Brittany Valente at the Chappaqua Village Market, where both were shopping for Thanksgiving food. (Credit: Brittany Valente)Hillary Clinton poses with Brittany Valente at the Chappaqua Village Market, where both were shopping for Thanksgiving food. (Credit: Brittany Valente)

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    Hina Naveed was 10 years old when her Pakistani parents brought her to the United States. They taught her never to talk about her immigration status because she's undocumented. 

    In 2013, Naveed received a grant from the New York Immigration Coalition to work for El Centro, an immigrant center in Staten Island. It was then that the 26-year-old became an outspoken advocate for immigrants' rights. After she graduates from nursing school later this year, she intends to pursue a law degree.

    But her plans could be jeopardized if Donald Trump gets rid of DACA as part of his immigration reform. President Obama’s 2012 executive action, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protects individuals who came to the U.S. without documentation as minors and who have made a home here. Naveed has been covered by DACA since 2013.

    This week, Naveed traveled from Trump Tower in New York City to the White House in Washington, D.C., as part of the "Caravan of Courage," a movement organized by undocumented immigrants and allies to demand action from both Obama and the president-elect.

    Brought together by the New York-based advocacy group, Dream Action Coalition, the protesters made stops along their route to meet with others fighting for undocumented immigrants: dreamers in Maryland and New Jersey, and organizers against an ICE detention center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their trip culminated with a press conference in front 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Thanksgiving. 

    “If DACA is rescinded on Jan. 20, I have to inform my employer and I’m assuming get terminated because there’s no other way for me to continue working,” Naveed said. “I won’t be able to work as a nurse, because you definitely need legal status for that. My driver’s license expires in May, so I won’t be able to continue driving much longer. Financially, it’s going to be very difficult because if I don’t have any sort of income, the expenses are going to be building up.”

    Since Election Day, Trump has not elaborated on how he will handle DACA. In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," he said that he will first focus on deporting 2 to 3 million dangerous criminals, though a 2015 report by the Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are only 690,000 undocumented immigrants with felony charges or serious misdemeanors living in the U.S. After securing the border, Trump said he will craft his policy toward other undocumented immigrants, whom he called "terrific people." 

    NBC has reached out to Trump's transition team for comment about DACA, but has not heard back. 

    "We are undocumented, unafraid, and we are here to stay,” Cesar Vargas, co-director of Dream Action Coalition, said outside the White House gates Thursday. "This is the country that we call home.”

    The protesters chose to march on D.C. during the holiday because they wanted to remind citizens around the country that a mass deportation could mean that next year some families might not be able to celebrate together.

    “Look to the person on the left of you, on the right of you,” Naveed said. “Imagine now that they are no longer there because they were yanked out of your house because of some ticket they had years ago.”

    Naveed's family moved to the U.S. because her older sister had a medical issue: a knot in her brain threatened her life. Despite surgery, doctors said her condition was deteriorating, and there was nothing they could do to stop it. Naveed’s parents rejected this inevitability and her father sought solutions around the world. Finally, he brought his family to Long Island, and then to Boston, where his daughter was treated.

    But his lawyer misfiled the family’s request for a visa renewal, and it was denied, Naveed said. Then, their appeal was rejected. At Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors said that if Naveed’s sister returned to Pakistan, her illness might prove fatal. 

    Naveed’s father chose to overstay his visa so his daughter could continue treatment without interruption. Because of his decision, she is still alive 16 years after receiving a terminal diagnosis.

    “That was a happy ending, and unfortunately that also resulted in us becoming undocumented and falling out of status,” Naveed said.

    Ivy Teng Lei, a 26-year-old immigrant who moved to the U.S. from Macau when she was 7 and who participated in the press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, is the only undocumented member of her family. Her parents decided to come here in 1998 because of a failing education system and sparse jobs at home. Lei said her relatives feel guilty that she's having to live in fear of being sent back to Macau, a land she barely knows. Though she's trying to reassure them, she said, "I do want them to recognize that I am hurt.

    “I am extremely anxious all the time. I’m scared of being deported,” she added. “I don’t know what my future is going to look like, and I’m trying to look for as much support as possible so I’m not experiencing this in a vacuum.”

    Like Naveed, Lei is covered by DACA. As part of her education, she studied in a competitive vocational program that only accepted four applicants and until recently worked in global marketing. Like many undocumented immigrants, she pays taxes (undocumented immigrants pay $12 billion in taxes per year, according to Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino) but is not eligible to receive government benefits. 

    If DACA is rescinded, Lei said she will “have to forgo all that I thought I could have in terms of my career.”

    “The feeling is like you are living in this reality that you just never liked, and you went to sleep and suddenly you have this perfect dream,” she said of DACA. “Everything was worthwhile. Everything you’ve worked for actually came to fruition. And then you woke up, and you’re kind of thinking, ‘Was that a good thing or was that a bad thing to have that dream?’

    “I still have these cry attacks where I’m walking on the street and someone will say something completely unrelated, but it’ll be like ‘what are you doing for the holidays?’ And it’s just like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing for the rest of my life,’” she continued. 

    She said that it’s painful to live in “a country that just will not accept you, and will reject you like a bad organ transplant.”

    While attorneys say there are alternative paths to citizenship for people covered by DACA, like green card marriages, those take time to obtain. Naveed said she doesn't really have a plan B if DACA is rescinded.

    According to Naveed, most undocumented immigrants are as afraid of being arrested by ICE and held in detention centers as returning to their country. Immigrant holding cells are notorious for their cold, unsanitary, overcrowded conditions. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security reported that 41,000 undocumented immigrants were being held at detention facilities in the U.S. 

    “To send everyone back to Pakistan, Mexico, China, wherever is going to be difficult,” she said. “But I think that what is definitely very real is mass incarceration, and I think that that is just as scary, if not worse.

    “People are afraid to leave their houses, and they’re afraid to be open about their status, or to organize, or to rally, or to exercise their basic rights,” she continued.

    One of the "Caravan of Courage's" requests is that Obama considers closing detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania and pardon those who are currently imprisoned for lack of documentation. 

    Naveed is marching on Washington to implore Trump “to alleviate those immediate fears that communities are facing” by saying he will not erect a deportation task force and by detailing his immigration reform plan. She also wants “to challenge those basic perceptions that people have” about undocumented immigrants by demonstrating that dreamers come from around the world, and from all different backgrounds. There is no cookie cutter undocumented immigrant.

    Lei echoed Naveed’s intentions, saying that she hoped to “encourage more Asian-Americans to stand out and talk about their stories” because a lot of people think of undocumented immigration as “just a Latino issue.”



    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dream Action Coalition

    Ivy Teng Lei and Hina Naveed speak at Trump Tower on Nov. 22, 2016.Ivy Teng Lei and Hina Naveed speak at Trump Tower on Nov. 22, 2016.

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  • Fights about politics at the Thanksgiving table are common, but this year they might get even more intense.

    According to Gallup, a record number of Americans feel like the country is divided right now, and in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll before Election Day, six in ten respondents said that the campaigns had made them feel less proud to be American.

    Only 58 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters are willing to give Donald Trump "a chance to see how he governs," according to the polls. For those who can't resist talking politics over stuffing and pie, the conversation could get heated, especially in households where Republicans and Democrats share a meal. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    For those who can't resist talking politics over stuffing and pie, the conversation could get heated, especially in households where Republicans and Democrats share a meal.For those who can't resist talking politics over stuffing and pie, the conversation could get heated, especially in households where Republicans and Democrats share a meal.

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    Not everyone has the chance of a nice Thanksgiving meal at home. Some can’t afford it, others don’t have loved ones to spend the holiday with.

    But one New Haven restaurant opened its doors today so those in need can get a full meal, along with a few extra surprises.

    About 500 full course Thanksgiving meals were served to those in need at Christopher Martin's Restaurant today.

    “It’s good because one of the things is that I’m homeless and I have no family here. And I’m happy to see so many people,” said Milagros Otero.

    But the surprises didn’t end there. Anyone who came for dinner also got to take clothing, toiletries and canned food.

    For restaurant owner, Chris Vigilante, the act of kindness comes from the heart. “We connect every year and it’s a wonderful thing,” Said Vigilante, who has served Thanksgiving meals at his restaurant for about 30 years.

    Those who came to the restaurant said they were thankful for the kindness from the restaurant and its volunteers.

    “I thank God for him to help us. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know what I would do,” said Lori Longley, who told NBC Connecticut she was there because she was struggling with the death of her son two months ago and did not want to spend the holiday alone.

    “[I'm] giving thanks that there are good people that could share with us." said Otero.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    President-elect Donald Trump has had only two intelligence briefings since he won the election over two weeks ago, intelligence sources told NBC News Wednesday — a much lower number than his predecessors and lower even than Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

    A senior intelligence official cautioned that it is too early to know what the significance of Trump's sparse briefing schedule really is, given that he is in the middle of his transition process.

    While a team of intelligence analysts remains ready and waiting to deliver briefings to the president-elect, sources told NBC News he has accepted them only twice. Instead, Trump has turned the briefings down to focus on meetings with potential Cabinet members, media executives and business associates.

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence, on the other hand, has received the briefings nearly every day, the sources said.

    The news, first reported by the Washington Post, will likely fuel critics who've questioned Trump's knowledge of foreign affairs and national security issues.



    Photo Credit: AP

    President-elect Donald Trump, left, calls out to media as he and Vice President-elect Mike Pence appear at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey.President-elect Donald Trump, left, calls out to media as he and Vice President-elect Mike Pence appear at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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    A U.S. service member died from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria on Thanksgiving, according to a news release issued by the CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve public affairs office.

    "I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave servicemembers has been killed in Syria while protecting us from the evil of ISIL. It is a painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe. Please keep this servicemember's family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers, and this Thanksgiving I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to all of our dedicated troops who selflessly protect us everyday," said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

    The identity of the service member has not yet been released. 

    Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, extended condolences to the service member's family.

    "On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL's hateful and brutal ideology," Townsend said.



    Photo Credit: AP

    American flags stand next to the markers amid the headstones of veterans and their family members to mark Veterans Day in Riverside Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Denver.American flags stand next to the markers amid the headstones of veterans and their family members to mark Veterans Day in Riverside Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Denver.

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    Police will be out in force this holiday weekend looking for drunken, speeding or aggressive drivers.

    Connecticut State Police released a list of their patrolling locations in the hopes that it will slow drivers down over the weekend. 

    Wednesday, Nov. 23

    Andover: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Bethlehem: Routes 132 & 61

    Bolton: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Bozrah: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Branford/Old Lyme: Interstate 95

    Burlington/Harwinton: Route 4

    Colchester: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Columbia: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    East Haddam: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    East Lyme: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Franklin: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Griswold: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Groton: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Hebron: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Kent: Routes 7 & 341

    Lisbon: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Litchfield: Routes 202 & 254

    Marlborough: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Middletown: Route 66

    Montville: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Morris: Routes 63 & 109

    New London: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    North Stonington: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Norwich: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Old Saybrook/Middletown: Route 9

    Preston: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Salem: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Washington: Routes 45 & 47

    Waterford: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Watertown/Harwinton: Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton

    Windham: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Woodbury: Routes 6 & 64

     

    Thursday, Nov. 24

    Bethlehem: Routes 132 & 61

    Burlington/Harwinton: Route 4

    Kent: Routes 7 & 341

    Litchfield: Routes 202 & 254

    Morris: Routes 63 & 109

    Torrington/Goshen: Route 8 Limited Access Highway and Route 4

    Washington: Routes 45 & 47

    Watertown/Harwinton: Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton

    Woodbury: Routes 6 & 64

     

    Friday, Nov. 25

    Roving Patrols: Routes 8 and 25 and Interstate 95 in Troop G patrol areas

    Roving Patrols: Interstates 691 exits 8-11 within Troop I patrol area

    Andover: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Ashford: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Barkhamsted, Winsted, New Hartford: Route 8 Limited Access Highway and Route 44

    Bethlehem: Routes 132 & 61

    Bolton: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Bozrah: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Branford/Old Lyme: Interstate 95

    Brooklyn: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Burlington/Harwinton: Route 4

    Chaplin: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Colchester: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Columbia: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Danbury/Greater Danbury Area: Route 7 and Interstate 84

    East Haddam: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    East Lyme: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Eastford: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Ellington: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Franklin: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Griswold: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Groton: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Hampton: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Hebron: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Kent: Routes 7 & 341

    Killingly: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Lisbon: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Litchfield: Routes 202 & 254

    Mansfield: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Marlborough: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Middletown: Route 66

    Montville: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Morris: Routes 63 & 109

    New London: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    North Stonington: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Norwich: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Old Saybrook/Middletown: Route 9

    Pomfret: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Preston: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Putnam: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Salem: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Somers: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Stafford: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Sterling: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Thompson: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Tolland: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Union: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Washington: Routes 45 & 47

    Waterbury/Greater Waterbury Area: Route 8 Corridor and Interstate 84

    Waterford: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Watertown/Harwinton: Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton

    Willington: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Windham: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Windsor: DUI Sobriety Checkpoint on Interstate 91 Southbound exit 38 on ramp (Day Hill Road)

    Woodbury: Routes 6 & 64

    Woodstock: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

     

    Saturday, Nov. 26

    Roving Patrols: Routes 8 and 25 and Interstate 95 in Troop G patrol areas

    Roving Patrols: Interstate 91 exit 10 within Troop I patrol area

    Andover: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Ashford: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Bethlehem: Routes 132 & 61

    Bolton: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Bozrah: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Branford/Old Lyme: Interstate 95

    Brooklyn: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Burlington/Harwinton: Route 4

    Chaplin: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Colchester: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Columbia: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Danbury/Greater Danbury Area: Route 7 and Interstate 84

    East Haddam: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    East Lyme: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Eastford: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Ellington: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Franklin: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Griswold: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Groton: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Hampton: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Hebron: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Kent: Routes 7 & 341

    Killingly: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Lisbon: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Litchfield: Routes 202 & 254

    Mansfield: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Marlborough: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Middletown: Route 66

    Montville: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Morris: Routes 63 & 109

    New London: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    North Canaan/Falls Village/Norfolk: Route 7 and Route 44

    North Stonington: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Norwich: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Old Saybrook/Middletown: Route 9

    Pomfret: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Preston: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Putnam: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Salem: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Somers: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Stafford: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Sterling: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Thompson: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

    Tolland: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Union: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Washington: Routes 45 & 47

    Waterbury/Greater Waterbury Area: Route 8 Corridor and Interstate 84

    Waterford: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Watertown/Harwinton: Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton

    Willington: Interstate 84 and Routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190, 195

    Windham: Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354

    Woodbury: Routes 6 & 64

    Woodstock: Routes 6, 12, 14, 44, 97, 169, 197, 198 and Interstate 395

     

    Sunday, Nov. 27

    Roving Patrols: Routes 8 and 25 and Interstate 95 in Troop G patrol areas

    Roving Patrols: Route 8 exit 12 within Troop I patrol area

    Bethlehem: Routes 132 & 61

    Branford/Old Lyme: Interstate 95

    Burlington/Harwinton: Route 4

    East Lyme: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Griswold: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Groton: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Kent: Routes 7 & 341

    Lisbon: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Litchfield: Routes 202 & 254

    Middletown: Route 66

    Montville: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Morris: Routes 63 & 109

    New London: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    North Stonington: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Norwich: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Old Saybrook/Middletown: Route 9

    Preston: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Stonington: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Torrington/New Hartford/Barkhamsted: Routes 44, 202, 219

    Washington: Routes 45 & 47

    Waterford: Routes 2, 2A, 12, 164, and 165, 214, Interstate 95 and 395

    Watertown/Harwinton: Route 8 Corridor between exit 37 in Watertown to exit 42 in Harwinton

    Woodbury: Routes 6 & 64


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    More than 13,000 runners hit the pavement Thursday morning for the 80th Annual Manchester Road Race (https://www.manchesterroadrace.com/).

    Several participants dressed up for Thanksgiving, sporting turkey and pilgrim hats. Others recycled their Halloween costumes or improvised with what was already in their closet.

    Runners said the cheering crowd of supporters makes the Manchester Road Race so special.

    “It’s just nice to see the community come out and there’s music, there’s people, there’s high fives,” said Patricia Daniels from Terryville.

    “This is awesome. You get everybody in the town, everybody in the whole community to come out, have a good time, celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Stephen Niggebrugge from Manchester.

    Manchester Police also kept a close eye on the race this year. Armed officers and K9s were on the ground, on the top of buildings and even flying above in a helicopter.

    This year’s winner was elite U.S. runner Ben True. He previously won the Manchester Road Race in 2014.

    True, of Hanover, New Hampshire, outleaned Leonard Korir of Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the finish to take the men's title in the 4.75-mile race. Both were timed in an unofficial 21 minutes, 31 seconds.

    Christopher Thompson, of Bronxville, New York, was third in 21:35.

    Emily Sisson, of Providence, Rhode Island, ran away from the women's field for the win in an unofficial 24:08.

    Sarah Pagano, of Brighton, Massachusetts, took second in 24:19, and Jordan Hasay of Beaverton, Oregon, was third in 24:27.



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    Several New Yorkers made sure to let Hillary Clinton know they were thankful for the former Democratic presidential candidate this Thanksgiving.

    Clinton posted a photo to her Twitter account showing more than a dozen handmade signs outside her home in Chappaqua on Thursday afternoon. 

    "I was greeted by this heartwarming display on the corner of my street today. Thank you to all of you who did this," she tweeted.

    Several signs read messages of thanks to the former first lady and secretary of state, while others depicted her campaign logo and the "I'm with her" slogan. 

    It came a day after Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were spotted by shoppers at the Chappaqua Village Market

    Despite losing the election to fellow New York resident Donald Trump, Clinton won the Empire State overwhelmingly. She was also popular in her home county of Westchester, where she took nearly 65 percent of the popular vote. 



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    Despite losing the election to fellow New York resident Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton won the Empire State overwhelmingly.Despite losing the election to fellow New York resident Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton won the Empire State overwhelmingly.

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    A woman who survived the first known bear attack in Maryland's history spoke to News4 about the vicious mauling that left her with a broken arm, a partially collapsed lung, cuts to her head and other wounds.

    Karen Osborne, 63, is back home for Thanksgiving after spending nearly a week in the hospital.

    Osborne was walking to her daughter's home next door in Frederick about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, when a bear attacked her in the driveway.

    "Halfway down the driveway this bear just came from the right side on two legs roaring at me," Osborne told News4.

    She said she's seen the same bear around the neighborhood for years. But that night, the bear was with her three cubs and saw Osborne as a threat.

    "It grabbed me right here, threw me to the ground, and then she came around and bit my arm in half, and then she came back around again and attacked me from above on top of my head," Osborne said.

    The mother bear mauled her four times over a span of 35 minutes, leaving her nearly lifeless on the driveway. Osborne said she was convinced she was going to die.

    "She went to catch her breath and she was laying behind me. I could feel the hot air of her breath on my neck," Osborne said.

    In that moment, Osborne realized she had her cell phone and made a desperate plea to 911.

    "I was basically asking [the dispatcher] to say goodbye to my family because I didn't think I would be here today," she said.

    Once police and medics arrived, Osborne was rushed to the hospital. She had more than 70 stitches, and X-rays revealed she had a fracture on her pelvic bone.

    Biologists with the Department of Natural Resources used a tracking device to find the bear and later euthanized it.

    Osborne's wounds aren't done healing, but she and her family said this Thanksgiving means more than it ever has before.

    "Life is very short. Enjoy your family while you have them," Osborne said.

    Osborne's family has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical expenses.



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    Karen Osborne has a broken arm and more than 70 stitches after a bear attacked her near her Frederick, Maryland, home.Karen Osborne has a broken arm and more than 70 stitches after a bear attacked her near her Frederick, Maryland, home.

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    A walk in the park turned into a rescue mission for the Philadelphia SPCA after a dog was found inside a trash bag Tuesday night.

    Barbara Adams and her dog were walking in Wissahickon Valley Park when they came upon a garbage bag on the trail, under the McCallum Street Bridge. As the pair got closer, they found a dog’s head visible from the bag.

    “I turned around and my dog was sniffing at this black plastic bag and when I looked closer, there was a dog’s head sticking out of it,” Adams told the PSPCA. “She was looking at me with very, very sad eyes.”

    Adams called the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team who sent two officers to the scene. The pair were able to rescue the emaciated dog and bring it back to the shelter for medical care.

    With the help of Adams and the PSCPA, Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday, is now being cared for by the shelter’s hospital team and is in guarded condition.

    “In these cases, it’s the first 48 hours, first few days that are the most important to ensure that the animal survives,” said Nicole Wilson, director of PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. “Our goal is to make sure that not only does the animal survive but that we find who’s responsible for this horrific act of cruelty.”

    The PSPCA is asking the public for help in identifying the person who is responsible for dumping the dog in the park. Anyone with information can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.

    The PSPCA has also set up a donation page to help Cranberry on her road to recovery.

     



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    Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday dish, was found in a trash bag in a Philadelphia park Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday dish, was found in a trash bag in a Philadelphia park Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

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    We're all thankful for something this holiday.

    The Submarine Veterans Club in Groton is thankful for the brave men and women who sacrifice their lives for this country. Which is why they wanted to make sure they had a home cooked thanksgiving meal.

    Almost 200 fried turkeys, 500 pounds of potatoes and 200 pounds of squash all made the menu. It’s needed when cooking for 1,300 people.

    The Submarine Veterans Club, along with dozens of volunteers made sure sailors, other servicemen, almost all police departments in New London County, firefighters, paramedics and home bound veterans were fed this Thanksgiving.

    Volunteers delivered about 700 meals in the morning, and then doled out another 100 in the afternoon, according to Base Commander Jeff Walsh with the Submarine Veterans Club.

    The rest of the food was served family-style at the Sub Vets Club in Groton.

    "I spent Thanksgiving in my barracks. And that was my first holiday away from home. So that's why I do this,” Walsh said.

    He described the scene as a sense of brotherhood and family.

    "That's what the submarine force does. We take care of each other. You got to remember when you're underway on a submarine with 120 other folks, you become a family,” Ret. Master Chief Kevin Chrisman, U.S. Navy, who spent the day deep frying turkeys.

    It’s Seaman Noah Kvochick's, U.S. Navy, first thanksgiving away from home. He’s from Ohio.

    "Even if you're not in the fleet for five years, even if we just came in like we did, we're still part of their family and they welcome us to their table,” Kvochick said.

    Seaman Anthony Brancato, U.S. Navy, has just one week left in the Navy. He’s thankful for moments like this – since he’s away from his family in Los Angeles.

    "It's really kind of heartwarming to me because I missed three Thanksgivings. The first two I was out at sea, I was deployed,” he said.

    Others are just thankful to be with family.

    Mark Moser, 10, traveled from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to see his cousin.

    "It means a lot to me because I get to reconnect with him because he's in the Navy, so I don't see him that much,” Moser said.



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    The commanding officer of USS Rushmore requested to be relieved of duty on Nov. 21 and has since left her command. 

    Commander Sarah De Groot, a Long Beach native, lead the dock landing ship for two years. Prior to assuming command, she reported to the ship as an executive officer in June 2014. 

    It is unclear why De Groot requested to be relieved of duty. De Groot declined to comment on the move to NBC 7 San Diego, saying she did not want to disclose the "issue" at this time. 

    “Sorry, I cannot comment on anything at this time," she told NBC 7 San Diego over the phone. "I will refer you to the public affairs office.”

    When reached for comment, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Naval Surface Force Pacific, Doug Sayers, gave NBC 7 this statement over the phone, in part: 

    “The commanding officer of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) Commander Sarah De Groot requested to be relieved November 21."

    Commander DeWayne Sanders will be the interim commanding officer of the ship for the time being, Sayers said.

    It is rare for a commanding officer to resign and walk off the job, The Navy Times reported, an option most other service members do not have without serious repercussions. 

    De Groot served on board USS Pearl Harbor and USS Constellation, supporting the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to the U.S. Navy. She commissioned after she graduated from Texas A&M in 1998. 

    She has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal, according to the U.S. Navy. 

    No other information was immediately available.



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    SAN DIEGO (Mar. 1, 2016) – Cmdr. Sarah H. De Groot, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), salutes side boys during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)SAN DIEGO (Mar. 1, 2016) – Cmdr. Sarah H. De Groot, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), salutes side boys during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)

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    Despite money troubles and doubts that the event would come together, Winterfest 2016 will kick off in Hartford Friday. 

    The event at Bushnell Park features ice skating, a holiday light display, and a variety of other holiday activities.

    The skating rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Access to the skating rink is free and skate rentals are available. Visitors can also take a photo with Santa at his workshop, a free skating lesson, or take a ride around the carousel.

    Budget cuts almost nixed this year’s Winterfest celebration, until donors jumped in with funding to make it happen.

    The Hartford Parking Authority is changing the metered and posting parking rules around Bushnell Park to make it easier to visit.

    Modifications will be made on Elm Street from Trinity Street to Hudson Street and Jewell Street from Trinity Street to Trumbull Street.

    Parking will also be allowed from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Trinity Street from Elm Street to Jewell Street.

    On-street parking is always free after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

    After 5 p.m. parking will also be available for free at the State of Connecticut surface lots on West Street and Capitol Avenue.

    For more specifics on Winterfest click here.



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    The rink at Hartford Winterfest is a popular attraction.The rink at Hartford Winterfest is a popular attraction.

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    Authorities in Israel arrested at least a dozen suspects for arson-related offenses after wildfires forced the partial evacuation Haifa, officials said Friday, NBC News reported. 

    Israeli officials have suggested that Arab assailants were to blame for igniting the fires — vowing that any perpetrators would be treated as terrorists. 

    On social media, some people celebrated the fires under the #Israelisburning hashtag. Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman blamed these tweets on "Arabs and Palestinians."

    The blaze near Haifa was one of around a dozen burning around Israel, its worst bout since a four-day wildfire killed 42 people in 2010.



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    Residence stand near burned cars following a wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters on Friday reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row.Residence stand near burned cars following a wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters on Friday reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row.

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    Connecticut State police have responded to nearly 200 accidents and have arrested dozens of people for DUI so far during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The agency planned increase patrols starting at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 23 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, focusing on finding drunk or aggressive drivers.

    As of 8 a.m. on Friday, state police have made 31 DUI arrests, issued 416 speeding tickets, cited 53 people for seat belt violations, and issued 1038 other hazardous moving violations, like texting while driving or following too closely.

    Police have also responded to 199 accidents, 15 of which involved injuries. No fatal accidents have been reported.

    Earlier this week state police released a list of their patrolling locations hoping it would slow drivers down over the weekend. 

    Many local departments also have increased enforcement over the holiday.



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    Black Friday might be all about the malls and big box stores, but don’t forget to hit some of those independent stores on Saturday.

    Across Connecticut companies will be participating in Small Business Saturday, where shoppers are encouraged to support those local mom and pop shops and small businesses across the state.

    According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are vital to independent merchants and can determine whether they are profitable for the entire year. In 2015, 95 million Americans reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday and they spent more than $16 billion.

    In New Haven, over 400 local businesses are participating. Parking will be free in the Elm City Saturday – look out for the parking meters covered with white bags.

    The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Community Bazaar at the Holiday in on Laura Boulevard, with over 66 local vendors and crafters.

    Many other Connecticut towns and cities are participating in the fun and urging shoppers to get out and shop Saturday.



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    Hartford police are investigating after a man was shot on Mather Street Thursday morning.

    Police said officers responded to a Shotspotter report at 84 Mather Street. Officers found three 9 mm shell casings in the road in the area.

    A short time later, the 24-year-old victim reported the incident to police. He told police that the shots were fired from a red Toyota truck or SUV that was driving east on Mather Street. The victim said after he was hit he walked home and called police.

    The victim, who was hit in the groin area, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

    The Major Crimes Division is investigating. Anyone with information should contact Hartford police.



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    Five ISIS operatives were arrested in France after authorities discovered their plot to carry out a terror attack on Dec. 1, officials said Friday. 

    Four suspects were detained in Strasbourg, where French intelligence services found "an arsenal of weapons," according to Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins. The fifth was arrested in Marseille. The arrests took place on Sunday.

    This threat comes just over a year after last year's Paris attacks, which killed 130 people. 



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    File photo: A French soldier stands guard at Eiffel Tower on Nov. 15, 2015, in Paris, France.File photo: A French soldier stands guard at Eiffel Tower on Nov. 15, 2015, in Paris, France.

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