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    A mother and her five children were kidnapped and held against their will in a Bridgeport basement, police said.

    On Dec. 20, the victim's family told police that the woman and her children had been missing for more than 24 hours. The family explained that she had been taken by her ex-boyfriend, Morlo Macklin, who was holding them in the basement, which he has done "often", according to police documents. 

    When police when to follow up at a Laurel Avenue home, the residents Charles Washington and Sandra Ouattara told police they did not know who Macklin was or about the domestic violence allegations. 

    It was later determined that Ouattara is Macklin's sister. 

    The next day, police returned to the address and met by the same couple who were uncooperative. Police explained they did not need a warrant to seep the home for any potential victims being held illegally before entering the home. 

    The 41-year-old victim and her five children, a 13-year-old boy, 4-year-old twins, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, were found in what police described as deplorable conditions. Police said the basement was as cold as 40 degrees and the children were barefoot and wearing shorts. The family did not have proper food, water or a bathroom. 

    All victims were transported to the hospital. 

    Macklin, 42, was charged with five counts of risk of injury and his bond was set at $500,000.

    Ouattara and Washington were both charged with five counts of risk of injury, hindering prosecution and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Both of their bonds were set at $300,000 each. 



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    It’s the spirit of giving that makes this season so special. In Connecticut, one cable company is connecting people to more to more than just TV and the internet.

    Comcast, the parent company of NBC Universal which owns NBC Connecticut, launched its “Festive Fleet” program nationwide this year. Around 500 of the technicians and support staff came together across the country to surprise thousands of deserving customers with a special holiday “thank you.”

    Jose Diaz was one of the customers picked to receive a special gift. Diaz has spent most of his life in Hartford and most of those 45 years bound to a wheelchair, suffering from Spina Bifida.

    “I'm always watching TV. I'm mostly in the house,” said Diaz.

    “The TV he had previous was older, breaking down and he needed an upgrade,” said Nicolas Correa, a Comcast technician.

    Correa and his technical supervisor, Joselin Nieves, decided they could help Diaz by nominating him for Comcast’s “Festive Fleet.” They wrote an essay outlining Diaz’s story, saying he fit the criteria of a loyal customer, who also had a fixed income and was in need of a new device.

    “He was thinking we're coming here to work … ‘what's going on? Fix my cable.’ So he was in the dark about the gift that was coming his way,” said Nieves.

    “To my surprise, it was a TV!,” said Diaz.

    The team surprised him with a new 42 inch smart TV.

    “Thank you very much. Thank them from the bottom of my heart,” said Diaz.

    Diaz wasn't the only person surprised. In Connecticut alone, Comcast gave out ten TV's to deserving customers along with other electronics and gift cards.

    Across the country thousands of customers were nominated by technicians because of need, budget, and commitment to the company.

    “I would hope we do this every year going forward. It's all part of our customer experience initiative, letting people know that we do care. They are more than customers and we play a role in people's lives on a daily basis. We connect people to the world and they deserve the best service possible,” said Correa.

    “For me, it's special because I am giving back to the customers that we serve on a daily basis. And it's more than just serving our customers, it's serving our community. I felt good, it warmed my heart to give him that TV,” said Nieves.

    Diaz already has a direct line to call Correa and Nieves in case he needs help. Now he has smart TV technology a voice command remote control and so much more. He is connected to cable and to kindness.

    “There are a lot of great people out there that are willing to help others,” said Diaz.



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    With Christmas Eve and the first day of Chanukah Saturday, thousands of last-minute shoppers at Clinton Crossing are scooping up last-minute bargains. 

    Signs for percentages off fill dozens of storefronts.

    Craig Poulley, who's in from England visiting his cousins, is enjoying the deals.

    “We're going into all of the shops, saying to the kids 'what do you like,' and then persuading them out so that we can buy it for them for Christmas,” he said.

    He's not alone. Management at Clinton Crossing said with the mild weather and the holiday inching up, they're seeing a lot of procrastinating purchasers.

    “We can see anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 (people a day),” said General Manager Christopher Durant.

    But that often means shoplifters are out in full force.

    Clinton police said they've seen a number of car break-ins and theft in retail stores. They're working on four larceny cases from the past few days, according to Cpl. Craig Lee.

    “Thanksgiving right through Christmas every year we seem to see a rash in retail theft,” Lee said.

    Police said especially in these last days before Christmas and Chanukah, if someone sees something suspicious, let them know. They advise shoppers to be aware of their surroundings and make sure presents aren’t visible in an unoccupied car.

    But many are in the spirit of giving.

    "My husband bought me so many gifts and they're piled up in the living room all wrapped. I figured I better buy him a couple more,” said June Merwin of Clinton.

    Poulley is even using the sales to get all his gifts home. “We will buy an extra suitcase. But don't tell customs!"

    A Rasmussen Reports study said 20 percent of men are last minute shoppers this Christmas -- double the amount of females who wait until the last minute.

    "I didn't just start (shopping) today. I started some weeks ago but, you know – today is – OK I started today,” laughed Antonio Powell, of Waterbury.

    He’s in good company.

    “Waiting for that last check right before Christmas,” said Steven Nunez of Bristol.

    “Never prepared to spend money, but it’s part of the game,” said David Romine of Groton.

    This game is last-minute shopping and these men know how to play.

    But according to Rasmussen, they’re also planning to spend more than women compared to last year.

    “Especially for my wife, what do I get her? She made this cool sweater for me so I have to get her the best,” Nunez said

    “My daughter wants the world... just got paid it, so now we're out (shopping),” Romine said.

    On the day before Christmas Eve these men are feeling the pressure. But don't expect them to change their ways.

    “I do it every year,” Powell said. “Every year!”



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    In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration brushed aside Donald Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel's leadership.

    The decision to abstain from the council's 14-0 vote is one of the biggest American rebukes of its longstanding ally in recent memory. And it could have significant ramifications for the Jewish state, potentially hindering Israel's negotiating position in future peace talks. Given the world's widespread opposition to settlements, the action will be almost impossible for anyone, including Trump, to reverse.

    Nevertheless, Trump vowed via Twitter: "As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th."

    The resolution said Israel's settlements in lands the Palestinians want to include in their future state have "no legal validity." It demanded a halt to such activities for the sake of "salvaging the two-state solution." Loud applause erupted in the council chamber after U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power permitted the resolution to pass.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the resolution "a significant step" to reconfirm the vision of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

    The U.N. chief said the vote demonstrates the Security Council's "much needed leadership and the international community's collective efforts" that are critical to demonstrate a two-state solution where Israel and the Palestinians live side by side in peace "is still achievable."

    Spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Ban is encouraging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with the international community "to create a conducive environment for a return to meaningful negotiations."

    Friday's condemnation, a day after Egypt suddenly postponed a scheduled showdown, capped days of frantic diplomacy in capitals around the world.

    American officials indicated they would have been prepared to let the resolution pass, despite blocking such proposals for years. Israeli officials said they were aware of such plans and turned to Trump for support. The U.S. president-elect sent a tweet urging President Barack Obama to block the U.N. effort. Egypt then pulled its resolution, with U.S. officials citing fierce Israeli pressure as the reason. Israeli officials then accused Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a "shameful move" against the Jewish state. Washington denied the charge.

    Most of the world is opposed to Israel's construction of Jewish settlements in lands it seized in the 1967 Mideast War. The primary holdout at the U.N. has been the United States, which sees settlements as illegitimate but has traditionally used its veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council to block such resolutions on the grounds that Israeli-Palestinian disputes should be addressed through negotiation.

    Underscoring that unity, Friday's resolution was proposed by nations in four different parts of the world: Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela. It is the first resolution on settlements to pass in 36 years, Malaysia's U.N. Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered several diplomatic steps in retaliation, recalling his nation's ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal for consultations and canceling a planned January visit to Israel by Senegal's foreign minister. He also ended Israeli aid programs to the African country.

    "Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms," Netanyahu's office said in a statement, blaming Obama for failing to "protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN" and even colluding with the country's detractors. "Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution."

    By contrast, chief Palestinian negotiation Saeb Erekat hailed the result as a "victory for the justice of the Palestinian cause." He said Trump's choice was now between "international legitimacy" or siding with "settlers and extremists."

    Explaining the U.S. vote, Power quoted a 1982 statement from then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan, which declared that Washington "will not support the use of any additional land for the purpose of settlements."

    "That has been the policy of every administration, Republican and Democrat, since before President Reagan and all the way through to the present day," Power said.

    "One would think that it would be a routine vote," Power said. But she acknowledged that, in reality, the vote was "not straightforward" because it occurred at the United Nations, a body that has singled out Israel for criticism for decades.

    In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the vote was guided by one principle: "To preserve the possibility of the two-state solution."

    In some ways, the American abstention served as a direct reflection of the deep distrust between Obama and Netanyahu. It followed months of intensely secret deliberations in Washington, including what one official said was an unannounced meeting earlier this month between Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, and a spate of fresh Israeli settlement announcements that have wrought exasperation and anger from American officials.

    Trump has signaled he will be far more sympathetic to Israel's stances on the two territories, where some 600,000 Israelis live. His campaign platform made no mention of the establishment of a Palestinian state, a core policy objective of Democratic and Republican presidents over the past two decades. He also has vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would anger Palestinians and lack international support. Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel, Jewish-American lawyer David Friedman, is a donor and vocal supporter of the settlements.

    The resolution is little different in tone or substance from Obama's view, with the exception of its language on the legality of settlements. Washington has long avoided calling the activity illegal, in part to maintain diplomatic wiggle room for a negotiated solution that would allow Israel to incorporate some of the larger settlement blocs.

    While the resolution doesn't impose sanctions on Israel, it enshrines the world's disapproval of the settlements. A reversal would require a follow-up vote that avoids a veto from the U.S., Britain, China, France or Russia — a highly unlikely scenario given the current stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    In Washington, Republicans were already threatening consequences. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who heads the Senate appropriations panel in charge of U.S. payments to the global body, said he would "form a bipartisan coalition to suspend or significantly reduce" such funding. He said countries receiving U.S. aid also could be penalized for backing the effort.

    In a Hanukkah message Friday, Obama didn't mention the matter. He referenced Israel once, noting that Jews there and around the world would soon "gather to light their Hanukkah menorahs, display them proudly in the window and recall the miracles of both ancient times and the present day."

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    Klapper reported from Washington and Federman reported from Jerusalem.



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    In this file photo, a bulldozer is seen next to a new housing construction site in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) in east Jerusalem on March 19, 2014. In an unprecedented diplomatic rebuke of Israel, the United States abstained Friday on a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, allowing the measure to pass.In this file photo, a bulldozer is seen next to a new housing construction site in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) in east Jerusalem on March 19, 2014. In an unprecedented diplomatic rebuke of Israel, the United States abstained Friday on a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, allowing the measure to pass.

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    A Hartford family, including a child, hid in closets while two people burglarized their home on Thursday night and police have arrested two suspects. 

    Police said the burglary happened at a home on Theodore Napper Lane and it was reported at 12:47 p.m. 

    Major crimes detectives were already in the area, investigating a string of previous burglaries, and responded to find the back door had been forced open, police said. 

    A detective saw the two burglars rummaging through downstairs, placing items in their backpacks, and ordered them to the floor at gunpoint, then notified dispatchers, police said. 

    More officers responded and police took a 15-year-old boy and 23-year-old Quan Baldwin into custody, police said. 

    The three residents who were home during the break-in were not hurt and police returned their belongings to them. 

    The teen and Baldwin were charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal attempted larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. 

    Baldwin was also charged with two counts of risk of injury and impairing morals of a minor because one resident and the other suspect are minors, police said. 

    Police said they are investigating this case as part of an ongoing burglary investigation. 



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    Expect delays at Bradley Airport and on the roads as people head out to destinations for the holidays.

    This is expected to be one of the busiest years for airline travel, with 10,000 more New Englanders are expected to fly than last year and extra passengers mean longer lines.

    AAA expects 103 million will travel nationwide between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, which is the largest volument of travelers on record, and they recommend leaving early and to have a full tank of gas and a charged phone for emergencies.

    More than 90 percent of those travelers will be on the roads, while 5.9 percent will be by air.

    To speed up the line, register for pre-check online to allow you to go through the faster line and not remove shoes, liquids and laptops.

    The lines this morning did not dampen the holiday spirit.

    “We’re heading down to Florida this weekend to visit some family,” Chris McCormick, of Westfield, said. “We go every year. We’re looking forward to some nice weather, get out of the cold. Can’t wait.”

    If you are flying, Bradley recommends not wrapping gifts before going through security. They will actually be doing the wrapping for you for free after you get through security. It’s going on until 3 p.m.

    They also said small snow globes are now allowed.

    Bradley International Airport is urging travelers to leave extra time to get through security during the busy holiday travel season and other airports in the region are doing the same.

    Bradley Airport’s Twitter account is urging domestic travelers to leave 90 minutes for TSA screening and for international travelers to leave three hours.

    Follow Bradley Airport on Twitter for updates. 

    LaGuardia Airport is warning of moderate to heavy traffic on the airport roadways because of holiday travel. 

    Meanwhile, the Twitter account for JFK Airport in New York is warning passengers about construction-related traffic detours at terminal 5 and to allow extra time to pick up or drop off passengers or to use AirTrain. 

    TF Green Airport in Rhode Island is warning travelers that you cannot get through the security checkpoint with wrapped gifts and to check the TSA website to see which items you can travel with and what is prohibited. 

    Travelers flying from TF Green between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. or from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. should plan to arrive at the terminal two hours before your flight. 

    Logan Airport has not issued any warning, other than not to wrap gifts, but said live music will be playing throughout the airport on Thursday and Friday. 



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    While Carrie Fisher might not have had a part in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” moviegoers were thinking about her.

    “I was very sad and I hope she gets better,” Joseph Ferraro of New Haven, said.

    Well wishes to Fisher from people heading in to see Rogue One at the Holiday Cinemas in Wallingford Friday.

    Fisher might always be idolized for her role as the powerful and beautiful Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars.”

    “You never really saw a female princess acting like that. It was always Cinderella, the glass slipper. And she was like pretty tough and awesome,” Millicent Malcolm of Middlefield, said.

    “Especially as a woman she was a strong female influence. For a little girl growing up she was someone we could look up to,” Anita Poulton of Wallingford, said.

    As strong as Fisher was on-screen, she was honest about her struggles off-screen.

    Back in 2011 she was honored at a fundraising gala for New Canaan’s Silver Hill Hospital.

    According to reports, Fisher credited the mental health facility in Connecticut for changing her life around.

    “Not just Princess Leia but also a warrior for those of us that battle with certain mental illness,” Poulton said.

    Fisher had been promoting her eighth book – a collection called “Princess Diarist.”

    And now as she recovers in a Los Angeles hospital from a reported heart attack mid-flight, her fans wish her the best.

    “Hope for good health for her,” Malcolm said.

    Fisher had been busy recently.

    Besides her book tour, she had just wrapped filming for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”



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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Carrie Fisher attends the 54th New York Film Festival - 'Bright Lights' Photo Cal on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Carrie Fisher attends the 54th New York Film Festival - 'Bright Lights' Photo Cal on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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    It'll be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states, but it's likely to cause troublesome travel. 

    A large swath of the Dakotas is under a blizzard warning Sunday and Monday, with the National Weather Service forecasting heavy snow and strong winds. To the east, parts of central Minnesota are under an ice storm warning.

    Much of Idaho and Montana is under a winter storm advisory, and Utah and the northeast corner of Colorado are under a winter storm warning.

    Forecasters cautioned drivers to keep alternate routes in mind and prepare for possible delays. Air travel wasn't yet impacted Saturday at the nation's major airports.

    The Storm Prediction Center cautioned that warm, humid air could cause severe weather in the lower Plains, Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday.



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    Vehicles commute under snowfall northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Ridgefield, N.J.Vehicles commute under snowfall northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Ridgefield, N.J.

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    Three young children were killed after they became trapped on the upstairs floor of an apartment during a fire that broke out just minutes before Christmas Eve in northwest Indiana.

    The Gary Fire Department said the fire was reported just after 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Oak Knoll Apartments in the 4400 block of West 23rd Court.

    Three children, all under the age of six, were killed in the blaze. They were upstairs when the fire broke out.

    "It's terrible," said neighbor Diamond Childress. "I just can't get their screams out of my head."

    The Lake County Coroner identified the children as 5-year-old Jayden Mitchell and 4-year-old Alaya Pickens. A 2-year-old girl was also killed but her identity had not been released as of Saturday morning.

    The children’s mother and a man were both taken to area hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately known.

    The fire impacted just one unit in the complex and continued into Christmas Eve before being put out around 1:45 a.m., officials said. Firefighters said slick conditions made it more difficult to fight the blaze.

    "Christmas Eve, are you kidding me? Today is Dec. 24, that’s the most heartbreaking thing in the world," said neighbor Jamisha Powe. "I could never and don’t want to ever imagine going through that."

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known. 



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    Naugatuck police are trying to locate a missing 17-year-old.

    Hannah Tynan was reported missing Friday when she did not return from school. Tynan attends Kennedy High School in Waterbury and lives with a foster family in Naugatuck.

    Tynan is described as 5-foot-6, 160 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing peach-colored leggings.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Naugatuck police at 203-729-5221.



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    A man in his 40s was critically injured when he was struck by a Home Depot rental truck Friday evening.

    Police said the accident happened on Deming Street and the victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He has not been identified.

    The driver of the vehicle who hit the victim did remain on scene and spoke with police.

    “She's cooperating with the investigation,” said Traffic Unit Sgt. Stephen Bresciano. “She's talking to the officers, she didn't sustain any injuries in the crash.”

    The driver has been identified as 30year-old Njideka Ezeonyekwelu of Plainville.

    Manchester police and Metro Traffic Services all responded to investigate. The investigation is ongoing, but police said Friday that neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in the crash. Officers also noted that there was no crosswalk nearby and it is unclear why the victim was in the road.

    Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Ofc. Justin Gaudino at 860-533-8651.



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    A man was critically injured when he was struck by a Home Depot rental truck Friday evening.A man was critically injured when he was struck by a Home Depot rental truck Friday evening.

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    Bristol police have arrested two men in connection with a stabbing in October.

    Police said on Oct. 30 they found the victim, Elvin Berrios, 30, lying injured on the side of the road on King Street.

    Christopher Capolupo, 22, of Bristol, was arrested and charged with various offenses including criminal attempt to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree assault. He was held on a $750,000 bond.

    Edwin Velez, 22, of Bristol, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Assault first-degree, third-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit assault third-degree.

    Additional arrests are expected, police said.



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    Christopher Capolupo (left) and Edwin VelezChristopher Capolupo (left) and Edwin Velez

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    Hartford police are investigating two fatal overdoses on Zion Street Saturday.

    Police said the deadly drugs appear to have come in packages marked “EZ Pass.” Police advise users to be careful and avoid anything marked with this identifier.

    The Major Crimes Division is investigating.


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    The Maccabeats, a New York a cappella group, channeled Lin-Manuel Miranda for their latest parody, a rewrite of songs from the Broadway hit 'Hamilton.' 

    The group released a video titled "Hasmonean: A Hamilton Hanukkah" on Youtube last week and it's since been viewed more than 200,000 times. 

    The song tells the story of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, which begins on Dec. 24th this year. 

    The Maccabeats' musical director, Julian Horowitz, told NPR the medium they use is especially fitting for the Hanukkah song. 

    "One of the main themes of the holiday is publicizing the miracle," he says. "Which is why, of course, we light menorahs in our windows and you see them in all these public squares. So in some ways, the YouTube video is the modern-day menorah."



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    Julian Horowitz, left, musical director of the singing group Julian Horowitz, left, musical director of the singing group "The Maccabeats" from Yeshiva University, and Uri Westrich, video director of the group's Youtube hit "Candlelight," hold an interview on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in New York.

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    Santa entered North American airspace half an hour before Christmas Eve, at 04:30 Zulu time, according to the mission team in Canada charged with tracking his trip around the world this weekend.

    That's right, Canada helps the U.S. track Santa's present-delivering flight. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, run jointly by the two nations, does it each year live online. Click here to watch Santa's progress.

    Part of the team is based in Canada, and it's "one of the coolest jobs in the world," says Maj. Gen. Christian Drouin, commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, in a YouTube video that explains just how the tracking gets done.

    Anyone can follow the journey online with the Santa tracker website — it's live now and began tracking Father Christmas early Saturday morning — but only a select few actually escort Mr. Kringle into North American airspace. That'd be a pair of Canadian fighter jets based out of Quebec, Drouin and his team explained.

    Santa and the military communicate with a direct land line, and when he visits the Canadian NORAD Region headquarters in Winnipeg, he gets to sit in Drouin's chair in the briefing room. "Nobody else sits there but me!" Drouin exclaims.

    NORAD monitors North American airspace for missile attacks and other unauthorized objects in the sky, and Drouin says the same technology keeps tabs on Santa's present-laden sleigh.

    "Let me tell you a secret: Rudolph's nose glows on our radar. We can see the red nose from miles away," Drouin said, confidentially.

    There are other videos live on the tracker website, along with games, music and more. As usual, "Santa Cams" are streaming videos as Saint Nick begins his route, and starting at 6:01 a.m., trackers can call 1-877-HI-NORAD or email noradtrackssanta@outlook.com and ask an operator for Santa's exact location.

    Fifteen hundred people are answering phone calls and emails, while more than 9 million unique visitors visit the website from upwards of 200 countries and territories worldwide, NORAD says.

    The tracking service began 61 years ago, when a misprinted phone number in a newspaper ad directed children thinking they had Santa's direct line to dial an Air Force base in Colorado that hosted the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, now NORAD.

    The commander on duty played along, checking the radar for signs of Santa for each of the inquisitive kids, and a tradition was born. 



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    A 27-year-old man is dead after a Christmas Eve shooting in Bridgeport, city officials said.

    Officials said the shooting happened around 12:30 a.m at 323 North Avenue. The victim died of his injuries on scene. The victim has not been publicly identified.

    Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Bridgeport police at 203-576-TIPS (8477).

    No other details were immediately available.



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    The Minnesota Vikings' team plane slid off the runway after landing in Wisconsin Friday and became stuck, the team announced, and the players on board were quick to hit social media with the news. 

    "While taxiing after a safe landing, the team plane slid off the runway and became stuck," the team wrote on Twitter. "We are waiting patiently to exit the plane." 

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    The team sat for hours on the aircraft after the incident before a firetruck arrived to assist the passengers off. But apparently, when you leave the Vikings on a plane for a while, Twitter gets a bit more interesting. 

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    It wasn't until about midnight, just hours before kickoff, the team finally tweeted that the players were back at the team hotel and resting. 



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    A man dressed in all black gunned down a beloved 81-year-old woman inside the Philadelphia corner store she owned for decades on Christmas Eve.

    Police responded to Marie’s Grocery Store at S 6th and Titan streets in South Philadelphia around 8:50 a.m. Saturday to find Marie Buck suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, said investigators.

    Medics rushed Buck -- who lived on the block -- to Jefferson Hospital where she died a short time later, said police.

    The gunman -- who wore a black hoodie -- got away after firing about one dozen shots, said police. An 89-year-old woman was also working in the store at the time of the shooting, said police.

    Buck's family said she owned the store for the past 44 years.

    NBC10 cameras captured people crying outside the taped-off store. Many people in the neighborhood called her "Aunt Marie."

    "She took care of everybody," said Angela Sweeney, Buck's great niece.

    "When you were short changed, or whatever, she'd help you out that's the type of person she is," said longtime customer Wanda.

    Police didn’t immediately have a motive for the shooting but robbery didn't appear to be a reason considering the gunman took nothing from the store. Neighbors and family said the store had never been robbed before.

    Investigators hoped surveillance video from nearby could help in the search for the killer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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    Dec. 24, 2016: Marie Buck (inset) was gunned down inside her South Philadelphia corner store.Dec. 24, 2016: Marie Buck (inset) was gunned down inside her South Philadelphia corner store.

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    Plainville police are asking for the public’s help to locate two missing teens.

    Asia Nazario, 16, and Nitayah Perkins, 14, were both reported missing Friday.

    Nazario is described as 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and purple sneakers.

    Perkins is described as 5-foot-5, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

    It is unclear whether the girls are together.

    Anyone with information on either Nazario or Perkins is asked to call Plainville police at 860-757-1616.



    Photo Credit: Plainville Police Department

    Asia Nazario (left) and Nitayah PerkinsAsia Nazario (left) and Nitayah Perkins

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    One Hartford family received a special Christmas gift a bit early this year.

    Itohan Oyabure-Okafur was on her way to St. Francis Hospital to give birth, but the baby couldn’t wait!

    That was when Connecticut State Police were called to Route 2 west near exit 7 in Glastonbury. Troopers from Troop H delivered a healthy baby boy, Ebenezer Okafur, weighing in at 6 pounds 2 ounces.

    Mom and baby were transported to St. Francis Hospital to be checked out and everyone was in good health.

    Ebenezer came as a bit of a surprise – he wasn’t expected until Dec. 29. He has an 18-month-old brother named Itohan. The family, originally from Nigeria, says everyone is enjoying the early Christmas gift.



    Photo Credit: Saint Francis Hospital
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