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Leaders with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Wednesday any executive order targeting Muslims will not make the U.S. safer.
The organization’s leaders were joined by leaders of other faith-based groups as they condemned any attempt by President Donald Trump to restrict immigrants from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries. The president was expected to sign such an executive order Thursday.
The suspension of refugee programs will send a dangerous message, CAIR leaders said, and will not do much to enhance national security or public safety.
CAIR National Director Nihad Awad said refugees often go through multiple levels of security screening by several federal agencies. The vetting process currently takes almost two years, he said.
“What do we need more? I believe it has nothing with national security. It has a lot to do with prejudice and with campaign slogans that are now becoming policies,” he said.
“As Americans we do not ban, register or deport people based on how they pray or the color of their skin,” Rabiah Ahmed, spokesperson for the Muslim Public Affairs Council said. She believes “fear-mongering” policies weaken U.S. leadership.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump spoke to employees at the Department of Homeland Security after signing two executive orders in keeping with campaign promises to boost border security and crack down on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
"We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States," Trump said.
On Thursday, the president is expected to suspend the issuance of U.S. visas in countries where adequate screening cannot occur and suspend immigrant and non-immigrant entry for citizens of countries of particular concern for 30 days.
That could include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Federal law gives Trump broad authority to suspend immigration for groups of people whose entry is deemed "detrimental to U.S. interests." He is expected to specifically suspend any immigration, including for refugees, from Syria.
CAIR asked for members of other faiths to stand with Muslim community groups to protest the proposed action.
“Never before in our country’s history have we purposely, as a matter of policy, imposed a ban on immigrants or refugees on the basis of religion or imposed a religious litmus test on those coming to this nation,” Awad said.
“We cannot allow religious bigotry to affect our willingness and ability to welcome those fleeing violence and persecution,” he said.
The president proposes to reduce the maximum number of refugees by more than half, to 50,000, for the budget year ending in September. Trump has the authority to set the limit of how many refugees can be admitted annually. He can also suspend refugee processing, as was done by former President George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks
Steve Martin of the National Council of Churches said a state-sanctioned policy of banning refugees based on faith is an unbelievable development.
“We explicitly condemn any attempts to place a religious test upon refugees attempting to build their new lives in the United States,” Martin said.
CAIR said any restrictions would not only impact U.S. citizens whose families may be visiting or seeking medical care but will also create an uncaring image of the U.S. with other nations.
Reported hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. rose in 2015 to their highest levels since those seen in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to FBI statistics released in November.
In 2015, there were 257 incidents of anti-Muslim bias compared to 154 incidents the prior year, an increase of 67 percent.
San Diego has been the launching point for the resettlement of 78,000 refugees, according to the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Muslims living in San Diego jumped 179 percent according to the Association of Religion Data Archives.
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A Muslim American marches during the Women's March on January 21, 2017 in New York City.
New Haven's mayor is questioning the legality of President Donald Trump's executive order to slash millions of dollars of funding for sanctuary cities.
Trump has kept his campaign promise to crack down on people living in the United States illegally and plans to strip funding to cities, like New Haven, that don't arrest or detain undocumented immigrants.
New Haven currently receives between $15 to $20 million dollars in federal funding annually, Mayor Toni Harp said.
"The real question becomes whether or not they can stop that after the grant has been awarded," Harp said.
Federal grants support areas such as education, community redevelopment and transportation projects in New Haven, according to the mayor.
On Wednesday, in addition to the sanctuary cities executive order, Trump signed an executive action to start building the border wall he touted throughout his campaign.
"The day is over they can stay in our country and wreak havoc," Trump said. "We are going to get them out- get them out fast."
Both of Connecticut's democratic senators said they'll keep fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.
"President Trump's divisive policies that build walls and take money away from local police do nothing to make us safer. America’s greatness is rooted in our immigrant history," Senator Chris Murphy said in a statement.
Harp said she is committed to keeping New Haven a sanctuary city.
"We are going to take a look at whether and executive order has the authority to actually stop funding to our city and we’re going to fight this if we have to all the way to the supreme court," Harp said.
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The disgraced doctor who treated America's top gymnasts before a sex-abuse scandal exploded this fall had his medical license suspended on Wednesday.
Michigan's licensing agency cited allegations that Larry Nassar molested a child as the reason for the emergency suspension, NBC News reported.
More than 60 women have complained that Nassar abused them under the guise of invasive procedures that his lawyers say were medically sound.
Nassar has also been named in at least five lawsuits; on Wednesday, four girls ages 10 to 17 joined a federal suit in Michigan filed by 18 other ex-patients.
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Dr. Larry Nassar appears during a video arraignment in Mason, Mich. on Nov. 22, 2016. Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his Michigan home with a girl aged 6 to 12.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city will "stay a sanctuary city" after President Donald Trump signed an executive action to block federal grants from such cities.
"You are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream," Emanuel said Wednesday, noting that he had not yet seen details on the executive action.
Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration policies Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities."
"We've been talking about this right from the beginning," Trump said during a brief signing ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security.
Later in the week, Trump is expected to sign orders restricting the flow of refugees into the United States.
The Chicago City Council approved a symbolic resolution Wednesday that looks to protect and honor all city residents regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, criminal record, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The non-binding resolution was drafted as a response to a “national political climate” that has “produced fear and anxiety among many City of Chicago residents, particularly among people of color, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and members of the LGBT community."
Ald. Ameya Pawar, a co-sponsor on the bill, claimed he was worried about Trump’s expected executive order that would temporarily ban certain Muslim refugees from entering the U.S. Pawar, the first Democrat to declare his candidacy in the 2018 gubernatorial race, also voiced concerns about Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall.
The alderman claimed this was a “scary time,” noting that Trump has behaved like a “child” and a “despot.”
A handful of aldermen spoke out Wednesday against the president, who vowed Tuesday to send “the Feds” to Chicago if the city fails to address its violent crime crisis.
“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds,” Trump tweeted.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Ald. Emma Mitts pledged her support for the resolution, but pointed to continued discrimination in the African American community.
In a report released earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice outlined a pattern of civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department. The report found the CPD violated constitutional rights by engaging in a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force."
“We can talk about all other issues, but don’t miss that issue of how black folks have been treated in this country,” Mitts said.
Following Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Emanuel said Chicago wants to harness a close relationship with federal law enforcement agencies.
“I would welcome, always have welcomed, federal participation in working with local law enforcement to dealing with guns and gangs,” Emanuel told reporters.
The mayor also pushed for additional federal resources for police, technology, summer jobs and after-school programs.
"You are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday, noting that he had not yet seen details on President Donald Trump's executive action.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is vowing to fight President Trump's executive order Wednesday blocking federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities that protects undocumented immigrants from authorities, while more than a thousand New Yorkers rally in Washington Square Park.
"The executive order does not change who we are or how we go about doing our work," de Blasio said at a news conference Wednesday evening.
"We're going to defend all of our people, regardless of where they come from and regardless of their documentation status," he said.
The Democratic mayor says that instead of filling its stated purpose of increasing public safety, the executive order would undermine it by damaging police and community relations, and putting cuts first and foremost on the NYPD, "taking away the resources we use everyday to protect people in this city against crime and against terrorism."
City officials say the Republican president's order could yank over $150 million in law enforcement funding that's mainly for counterterrorism efforts, as well as protecting international dignitaries and, arguably, safeguarding Trump Tower.
De Blasio also cast doubt on the legal sustainability of the executive order, saying "there is less here than meets the eye."
"The executive order is written in a very vague fashion," he said. "We believe that not only will it be susceptible to many legal challenges but that it will meet with tremendous public resistance all over the nation."
"We believe we are on solid ground to challenge the executive order should the occasion rise and be necessary," he added, referencing a 2012 Supreme Court ruling in which the court prohibited the federal government from the "broad-brush withholding of funds" to states.
Earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said of Trump's executive order, "We're going to strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants. The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws."
But de Blasio vowed Wednesday, "We will not deport law-abiding New Yorkers, we will not tear families apart, we will not leave children without their parents, we will not take breadwinners away from families who have no one else. And we're not going to undermine the hard-won trust that has developed between our police and their communities."
More than half a million New Yorkers are undocumented immigrants.
"This is a city of immigrants, we always have been. That is our fundamental nature," said de Blasio.
"The spirit of this executive order runs contrary to our character and our values as a city, and I would argue it runs contrary to our character and our values as a country," he said.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday that "local governments seeking to protect their immigrant communities from federal overreach have every right to do so," and that he would fight Trump's executive order.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said the executive order does "nothing to keep us safe or fix our immigration system in a humane, pragmatic and effective way."
And Congressman Adriano Espaillat said as "once an undocumented immigrant," he supported common sense reform, and that he would challenge Trump on anti-immigration policies.
Meanwhile, several civil rights groups were participating in the rally at Washington Square Park Wednesday night.
Protesters chanted "Resist" and "No ban, no wall, this is our New York" as they stood in Washington Square Park on Wednesday night, listening to elected officials, advocates and other speakers. People carried signs saying "I stand with immigrant New York" and "Here to stay."
"New Yorkers will not be silent. We will not stand by and let this happen. We will stand up and be heard," Albert Cahn of the Council of Islamic-American Relations said to a cheering crowd.
For many, it was personal.
"I have my mother at home, and she's an immigrant, and I have friends that have mothers who are immigrants, so I'm here to basically stand up for them," said Jonath Bourdier of upper Manhattan.
Cesar Vergas of Staten Island, who moved to U.S. at 5 years old, is undocumented.
"It could mean that I could be subject to deportation, it could mean I could lose my law license," he said.
Mayors and officials in other cities across the U.S. echoed de Blasio's statements Wednesday, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
There's no formal definition of a "sanctuary city." The term generally refers to cities that don't fully cooperate with immigration authorities, sometimes by declining requests from immigration officials to hold onto potential deportees who would otherwise be released from jail.
New York, for example, doesn't honor such detainment requests unless there's a federal warrant and the person requested may be on the terrorist watch list or committed a serious crime in the past five years. About 170 crimes qualify, de Blasio said.
The city didn't immediately have information on how many people have been held and turned over in the last few years.
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"We're going to defend all of our people, regardless of where they come from and regardless of their documentation status," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
A jogger was struck by a car in Hartford on Wednesday night, police said.
The accident happened when a car heading southbound on Trout Brook Drive hit the person jogging west on Asylum Avenue around 6:35 p.m., police said.
The 30-year-old jogger sustained serious injuries, police told NBC Connecticut.
Witnesses told police that the 19-year-old driver had the green light on Trout Brook Drive. The driver is cooperating with police.
The intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue will be closed as police investigate.
No other details were immediately available.
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State police said they were assisting New Britain officers with a pursuit on Wednesday night.
Troop H was not involved in the pursuit, however, state police said they did deploy stop sticks to assist New Britain police in stopping the vehicle.
The car crashed on I-91 northbound near exit 16, troopers said.
Two people are in custody.
There were no other details immediately available.
Belongings are ruined and hallways are filled with water because of a faulty roof at a low-income housing complex in New London.
Monday night's nor'easter tore through the southeastern part of the state with heavy winds and pouring rain. But a temporary fix on the roof of 202 Coleman Street was not strong enough to hold up.
"I've lost so much stuff out of that closet. Plus the tiles, of course, are lifting," said Cynthia Bond who lives in the George Washington Carver Apartments.
Bond said the rain is to blame for soaking her apartment.
"I'll be right here," she said, standing at her closet. "The water comes almost to my bed," she also pointed out the wall next to the closet that she said gets coated in water.
Bond said she's complained to maintenance multiple times in her almost 10 years in the complex. But she's resorted throwing away her damaged belongings and started stacking shoes and purses in boxes, and piling clothes in her living room if rain is in the forecast.
In pictures and video taken by tenant Robin Mills Tuesday, there's water flooding the hallway and stairwell.
Wednesday around noon, water was still there. Tenants said they're concerned about rotting.
"My health and my neighbors health. Black mold is no joke," Mills said, adding she called maintenance about the problem.
Mills called NBC Connecticut in November when the same problem happened at 202 Coleman St.
The building is run by the New London Housing Authority. The former acting executive director told us then that they replaced a temporary patch on the roof with another temporary patch, and he was looking to price out a more permanent solution.
New Executive Director Roy Boling started at his new post Wednesday, the day NBC Connecticut interviewed him. He said for now, there will have to be another patch job.
"Financing issues, of course, we don't have a longer-term solution immediately on hand to repair the roof," Boling said.
But Boling said he is planning to apply for a grant to get money for a permanent fix.
"Do not only the roof, but an overhaul of the infrastructure," he added.
He said he plans to meet with the city, architect and other parties involved with the project very soon and apply for that grant in the coming months.
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Connecticut's cities and towns provided their take, Wednesday, on what they think the first steps should be to balancing a projected $1.5 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities proposed two sales tax changes, collective bargaining changes, and for the state to assume all costs for special education.
The sales tax issues could prove to be among the most controversial, because it raises revenue as Republicans have gained more control in the General Assembly than they've had in two decades, and have been opposed to tax increases in the past.
Since the report includes multiple options, CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong proudly proclaimed, "This report is different."
Using the phrase, "revenue diversification," city and town leaders laid out their sales tax proposal which, at once, would raise the state sales tax, while also levying a new, one percent sales tax that would be devoted revenue for city and towns.
That creativity, some said, is what makes the approach from CCM different than in the past.
Leo Paul, the First Selectman from Litchfield said, “We’ve heard numerous times from the legislature all you communities want to do is ask for more more more more money. That’s not what we’re doing. In this report we are offering alternatives.”
CCM proposes cutting the state's sales tax to 5.60 percent, from 6.35 percent. They also propose adding one point to the lower rate that would be devoted to municipalities, making the amount people pay for sales taxes 6.60 percent.
In addition, CCM wants the state to remove sales tax exemptions on at least ten percent of goods that are currently not subject to the taxes.
The items include groceries, gasoline, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and electric and gas bills.
CCM estimates the state could raise as much as $276 million in revenue if it adopted the new approach to the sales tax.
"This is a menu of ideas," said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. He predicts quick relief for property taxpayers if the General Assembly adopted the CCM report as policy.
“It’s a huge burden to property owners across the state. If this were adopted it would mean property tax relief to small towns, and suburbs and fiscal stability and sustainability for our biggest cities, Hartford included.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy, when reached Wednesday, said he hadn't yet read the entire report from CCM, but wouldn't dismiss its findings. He said, "At some point everybody has to have discussions, I remain open to discussions.”
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Aetna may be leaving Connecticut's capital for Boston.
"Hartford is trying to rise. We are the insurance capital. It would be sad to lose somebody, especially somebody of Aetna's stature," said Shane Kelly of Hartford.
"For the economy, for jobs, to help them keep taxes low. They're helping keep the space occupied. You don't want them to leave and have this empty space and make the property value decrease," said Diana Davino of Hartford.
The Boston Globe speculates that, with the proposed Humana acquisition killed by the courts, the CEO of Aetna might look to leave its Hartford headquarters as an alternative way to appease shareholders.
In response, a representative from Aetna said:
Aetna remains headquartered in Hartford, and we're committed to our employees there, who continue to be an important part of our future.
When asked about the article, Governor Dan Malloy said "This is a 50 state and international competition for talent and we are involved in that."
Joe Brennan of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association added, "We are just trying to do whatever we can do to make sure we make the policy changes that are needed to make Connecticut more competitive and make sure we attract a good talented workforce, have a cost environment that's competitive and has all the things that that companies are looking for."
The Humana acquisition is not entirely out because Aetna is still deciding whether or not to appeal.
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Six people, including a 12-year-old girl, were shot Wednesday night on Chicago's South Side during a memorial for a victim of a previous act of gun violence, police said.
The shootings occurred about 8:16 p.m. in the city’s Greater Grand Crossing community in a "business establishment" on the 500 block of East 75th Street, Chicago police said.
Community activist Jedidiah Brown told reporters that "the opposition" to those attending the memorial came through an alley before opening fire on the group of mourners. He added that the mother of the person being memorialized was also among the victims, though police have not confirmed that information.
A 12-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the head from a bullet, police said, and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where her condition had stabilized.
A 20-year-old woman shot in the right leg was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition had stabilized, police said.
A 43-year-old who was shot in the hand was also taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition had stabilized, police said.
A 16-year-old boy shot in the neck and a 20-year-old woman shot in the left leg and buttock were taken to Christ Hospital, both in serious condition, according to police.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm and took himself to Jackson Park Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
“I’m asking that those individuals who may see this, that are planning retaliation right now, that you stand down from that and that we look for peaceful alternatives,” Brown said.
Police vehicles were still parked in the street about 9:30 p.m. Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the block as witnesses and neighbors stood in the cold.
As of Wednesday night, no one was in custody and Area South detectives were investigating.
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President Donald Trump's executive orders to build a wall and crack down on illegal immigration could have explosive policy implications, experts say, but many of his changes face an uncertain path of legislative, legal, and logistical obstacles before they hit their intended goals, NBC News reported.
The wall was the headline grabber, but it could take years to plan, fund, and build, and faces serious geographic and legal constraints along the way. Much of the border, especially in Texas, runs along private property, through state and national parks, and through areas with natural barriers that already limit illegal crossings.
Perhaps the bigger and more immediate change, which Trump has broad authority to enact, concerns which people Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are told to target for deportation.
There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and the federal government has only limited capacity to identify, prosecute, and deport violators. That means it has to set priorities as to which groups deserve the most attention.
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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, and others, speaks during a visit to the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
A group of about 150 people from the Hartford Archdiocese are on the way to Washington, DC to march in what’s said to be the largest anti-abortion gathering in the entire world.
“The message that we send, really every year when we go on this march, is to witness to life in the womb. … This is human life, unborn children, and that we need to respect and give dignity to human life at all stages, from conception to natural death, and so we honor that and honor them,” Father Robert Landback said.
The group is heading to the 44th annual March for Life, which is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
This march also comes days after the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., when millions of people marched to bring attention to women’s issues.
A common theme in speeches and on signs at the women’s marches was the phrase “my body, my choice,” referencing women’s reproductive health choices.
Landback said he does not think the March for Life is a counter march to the Women’s March.
“We’ve been doing it for 44 years and it would have been here whether there was a march last weekend. I think there were lots of pro-life women that were marching last weekend. I don’t think this is a counter march in anyway because we honor the lives of women and their lives, as well as children,” he said.
The Hartford Archdiocese believes that abortion is the greatest human rights violation of our time.
The Hartford group will take part in a vigil mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception tonight. The march will be held Friday and the participants will head to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Chelsea Manning offered a nuanced criticism of the Obama administration in the Guardian Wednesday, writing the former president too quickly compromised with his opponents.
President Donald Trump responded to Manning on Twitter Thursday morning in more direct terms, calling her an "ungrateful traitor."
"Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!" Trump wrote.
Manning—then known as Bradley—was arrested for leaking hundreds of thousands of military documents to Wikileaks in 2010 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. She was not convicted of a more serious charge of aiding the enemy and had her sentence commuted by Obama in January.
In her criticism of the Obama administration, she pointed to his foreign policy and signature health care bill to make her argument.
"Even when they agreed with him on policy, they resisted. For example, when it came to health care reform, Obama opened the debate starting with a compromise. His opponents balked," she wrote. "They refused to move an inch. When he would push for the concessions they asked for, they only dug in deeper in opposition."
She added about foreign policy, "even though he was only carrying out the expanding national security policies of the previous administration, they would ceaselessly criticize him for being too weak, or too soft or too sympathetic.
"The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader," she wrote.
Despite coming to Obama's defense now, Trump repeatedly questioned Obama's leadership, even saying Russian president Vladimir Putin was "far more" a leader than the former president.
Wikileaks made note of this on Twitter Thursday morning, writing "Trump denounces Manning for agreeing with him," and included a picture of one of Trump's tweets in which he calls Obama "weak."
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In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.
A 25-year-old Orange man is dead after a crash on Interstate 95 North in Waterford on Wednesday night.
State police said the crash was near exit 80 just before 11:40 p.m. and 25-year-old Jeffrey Patrick Havill, of Orange, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
He was driving a 2007 Corvette and hit the back of a Toyota Scion, then went into a guardrail, according to state police.
Both drivers were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and state police said the other driver, 29-year-old Caroline Decarval Sedor, of Gales Ferry, sustained minor injuries.
The highway was closed, but has reopened.
Anyone with information should call Trooper Lewis at Troop E, 860-848-6500, extension 5132.
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Norwich police are investigating a break-in and they have released surveillance images of a man they said they are looking for.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the person to call 860-886-5561, extension 6 or the anonymous tip line at x3500lll
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Tiffany Trump is registered to vote in New York City and Philadelphia, state election records show, despite claims by President Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway that she is not, "Today" reported.
A Philadelphia County elections official confirmed to NBC News on Thursday that Tiffany continues to be listed as active in the voter rolls there. In addition, public records in New York City, where she now lives, also list her as registered to vote there.
Trump was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, but graduated in May.On "Today," Conway said she spoke to Tiffany Trump about the issue and "she said it is flatly false that she is registered in two states."
Until Wednesday, Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, was also registered in both Florida and New York, according to local election officials.
President Trump on Wednesday continued to perpetuate unsubstantiated claims of mass voting irregularities by calling for a "major investigation" into what he described as voter fraud. Trump's examples in his tweets all relate to voter registration issues, not fraudulent votes. Election law experts told NBC News it was "completely natural" to have people on voter rolls in two states or for some people to remain on the voter rolls after they have died. They stressed this did not equate to actual fraudulent voting.
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Daughter of Donald Trump, Tiffany Trump, delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. State election records show that Tiffany is registered to vote in two states, despite claims otherwise by Kellyanne Conway.
Mary Tyler Moore might have touched millions of lives across the country, but it was Greenwich, Connecticut that she called home.
People in her hometown were saddened by the loss of the 80-year-old star who led a private life here in Connecticut.
“Mary Tyler Moore was a long-time resident of the town and certainly an iconic figure in the entertainment and cultural world of our country,” Greenwich First Selectmen Peter Tesei said.
Moore lived with her husband in a sprawling estate in Greenwich.
While some in town said they never got a chance to meet the legend, they were inspired by her.
“I remember growing up watching her on television every week. She was this personality that was very vivacious that you wanted to emulate yourself,” Barbara Heins said.
It was a sentiment echoed by Carolyn Logalbo, who grew up watching “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
“It was completely aspirational. It was wonderful to see that,” Logalbo said.
Moore’s character, Mary Richards, became a role model as a career-driven, single woman.
Logablo said she once had the chance to meet and have a chat with the award-winning actress.
“She was friendly and she was kind,” Logablo said.
Now the town of Greenwich is mourning, along with Moore’s family and friends.
Town leaders are organizing tributes over the next several weeks, including planning a moment of silence for the legend who many called a neighbor.
“It’s a sad day. It’s a sad day for everybody. She really brought happiness into millions of people’s lives,” Heins said.
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This March 31, 1981 file photo shows Mary Tyler Moore at the 53rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Moore, nominated for Best Actress for her film "Ordinary People," lost out to Sissy Spacek for "Coal Miner's Daughter." Moore died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at age 80.
Police have identified the 64-year-old woman who died after being hit by a car in Stratford on Tuesday.
Police said Carmen Flores-Carrillo was hit when she was crossing Longbrook Avenue near Paterson Avenue. She was rushed to the hospital where she died of her injuries, police said.
Police continue to investigate.
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Stratford police cruiser file photo
Portland Middle School has been evacuated because of the smell of gas.
The superintendent said a teacher reported the smell of gas and all students have been evacuated safely.
Emergency personnel are at the scene.
No additional information was immediately available.
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