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A tractor-trailer turned over on Interstate 84 in Union on Thursday.
The accident happened at 2:47 p.m. on I-84 westbound between exits 73 and 74.
Minor injuries were reported.
Police said the center and left lanes are closed. Drivers approaching the area are asked to reduce their speed.
No other details were immediately available.
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Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.
The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee's board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down. Penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on Thursday.
Penny released the following statement on Thursday.
“For the past 18 years, it has been a privilege to serve the membership of USA Gymnastics. There will never be enough words to describe my tremendous respect for all of the athletes who put their hearts and souls into the sport of gymnastics every day, along with the coaches, club owners, volunteers, families, and other professionals that support them with honor.
“Throughout this time there have been many amazing moments along with challenges. My primary objectives over the last 12 years as CEO have been to raise the bar on how USA Gymnastics serves its athletes; to build relationships that provide resources to help the organization and its membership flourish; and to build a team effort that brought the sport together around common goals.
“Among the most important priorities has been Safe Sport. We all care deeply about the safety of our athletes, which is fundamental to a rewarding experience at any level of gymnastics. It has been heartbreaking to learn of instances of abuse and it sickens me that young athletes would be exploited in such a manner.
“I applaud the United States Olympic Committee for creating a broad SafeSport platform that has brought new awareness to the importance of this issue and provided a robust solution for the National Governing Bodies to demonstrate their passion for athlete protection. The U.S. Center for SafeSport establishes an important framework for every National Governing Body to strengthen its resolve against abuse. Everyone associated with USA Gymnastics will benefit from this advancement.
“My decision to step aside as CEO is solely to support the best interests of USA Gymnastics at this time.
“I want to thank everyone for their support over the years, especially those members who have provided thoughtful feedback as to how we could improve the organization. I am especially grateful to the USA Gymnastics staff and everyone who has served on the board of directors over the years. These incredible people have always acted in the best interests of the organization and challenged USA Gymnastics to seek improvements that would benefit the membership it served.”
Penny joined USA Gymnastics in 1999 and was named the organization's president in 2005, overseeing one of the greatest runs in Olympic history.
Led by national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, the women's program has become a dominant force, producing each of the last four Olympic all-around champions and team golds in 2012 and 2016. The success turned gymnasts like Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson into stars and made USA Gymnastics a magnet for big-time corporate sponsors who wanted to be aligned with its healthy, winning image.
That image took a serious hit in recent months following an investigation by the Indianapolis Star that portrayed USA Gymnastics as slow to act when it came to addressing allegations of sexual abuse by a team doctor and coaches at member gyms across the country.
"The Board believes this change in leadership will help USA Gymnastics face its current challenges and implement solutions to move the organization forward in promoting a safe environment for its athletes at all levels," Parilla said in a statement.
Last fall, Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the 2000 Olympic team, filed a civil lawsuit in California against USA Gymnastics and former team doctor Larry Nassar.
The lawsuit claims Nassar -- who worked for the organization on a volunteer basis for nearly 30 years before being dismissed in the summer of 2015 -- sexually groped and fondled the gymnasts as teenagers. Subsequent lawsuits have followed, including some that name Penny, Karolyi and her husband Bela as co-defendants because they "had knowledge of inappropriate conduct and molestations committed by (Nassar) before and during his employment, yet chose to allow him to remain unsupervised where he sexually abused plaintiff."
Martha Karolyi retired last August and sold the training gyms at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston to USA Gymnastics.
Nassar was fired by USA Gymnastics after Penny heard of an athlete's concerns about Nassar's conduct and went to federal authorities. The organization initially claimed it notified the authorities immediately but amended its timeline last month, indicating it conducted its own investigation during a five-week span before reporting Nassar to the FBI. Nassar is currently in prison in Michigan, where he worked for decades at Michigan State University before being let go last fall. He faces charges in both the state and federal system.
USA Gymnastics hired a former federal prosecutor last fall to conduct an extensive review of the organization's policies in regards to potential sexual misconduct. The report by Deborah J. Daniels is expected sometime in the spring or early summer.
The gregarious Penny -- whose booming voice and penchant for wearing eye-catching shoes during big events made him stand out in a sea of gymnasts -- has denied any wrongdoing and the USA Gymnastics board of directors had remained supportive throughout the firestorm.
That didn't stop the USOC from sending recommendations to USA Gymnastics Thursday. While the USOC does not have official authority to remove heads of national governing bodies, it can apply pressure by threatening to without funding. The USOC gives USA Gymnastics a cash grant of nearly $2 million annually.
Pressure also has been building within the gymnastics community. International Gymnastics Camp, a summer camp located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, announced last week it was pulling its sponsorship of the organization until "USA Gymnastics must become the leading governing body in child safety considerations including National Team programs and club programs alike," camp director Brent Klaus wrote in an open letter on the camp's website.
Penny's departure is not enough for some of the women who have filed suit against Nassar and the organization. Attorney John Manly, who is representing more than 70 women currently suing Nassar and USA Gymnastics, issued a letter to USOC chairman Larry Probst this weekend asking the USOC to de-certify USA Gymnastics.
The letter pointed to the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, a federal law that guarantees athletes the right to compete without discrimination. The letter pointed to misconduct by coaches as proof that USA Gymnastics "maternally inhibits these women's ability to participate in their sport."
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Steve Penny, President of USA Gymnastics welcomes guests and media and to announce the USOC designation of the USA Gymnastics National Training Center at Karolyi Ranch as an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site and Hilton's partnership with USA Gymnastics and title sponsorship of Team Hilton on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas.
A pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint on Westfield Avenue in Bridgeport earlier this week and police are investigating.
Police said the carjacker took the vehicle and fled.
Then, a short while later, the same vehicle was involved in two hit-and-runs, police said.
Authorities have not found the vehicle or the carjacker.
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After a federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump’s new travel ban from going into effect, social media erupted with a #BoycottHawaii movement driven by Trump supporters.
Inevitably, many people used their 140 characters on Twitter to poke fun at the idea of a boycott.
"Will Deplorables be boycotting vacationing in Hawaii before or after giving away tickets to soldout Hamilton?," one user quipped.
Meanwhile another tweet about Pearl Harbor struck a more serious chord, drawing on Trump supporters' often-discussed respect for the military.
Ed Glavin, producer for the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," was among those on Twitter asking Trump supporters to "please" #BoycottHawaii.
"It's literally the only way Hawaii gets more beautiful," he tweeted.
Another tweet took a jab at Trump’s widely disputed claims about the size of his inauguration audience, asking how supporters would #BoycottHawaii when "you couldn't even go to your boy’s inauguration."
But some tweets with a more serious tone could still be found among the jokes. One user tweeted asking for prayers for Trump "in these dangerous times," while another user called for "a few thousand refugees" to be sent to the state.
Hawaii isn’t the first to be the subject of boycotts by Trump supporters. Other things that supporters have called for boycotts of include Starbucks, the musical "Hamilton" and Budweiser. Similarly, Democrat’s supporters have called for boycotts of businesses that have backed Trump, known as the "#GrabYourWallet" campaign.
The revised travel ban comes in response to Trump's original executive order on immigration being struck down by federal courts. The new order bars travelers from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan--dropping Iraq, which was part of the original executive order. People who have visas already are not blocked from entering the U.S.
A judge in Maryland also blocked the ban early Thursday morning.
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File - In this file photo, President Donald Trump stands at his podium during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. Trump's revised travel ban was blocked by a federal judge on Thursday, sparking a Twitter frenzy over #BoycottHawaii.
You could have a hot dog named after you at the new Dunkin' Donuts stadium in Hartford.
The Yard Goats team is asking fans to send in their favorite ingredients on a footlong hot dog.
The winner with the best recipe will be added to the Yard Goats' menu at Kayem Hot Dog Cart.
In addition, the monthly winner will be given four tickets to a game, honored at the field and given the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The U.S. government has declassified hundreds of films of nuclear weapon tests conducted between 1945 and 1962.
An estimated 10,000 films, shot at the height of the Cold War, have sat idle for decades, disintegrating in high-security vaults scattered across the country.
The incredible footage shows blinding sun-like flashes and enormous mushroom clouds blooming over the horizon.
For the past five years, a team of researchers and film experts, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs, have been hunting down the footage to scan, reanalyze and declassify the decomposing films.
Spriggs said he and his team are in a race against time to collect and scan the films, before they are lost forever.
"You can smell vinegar when you open the cans, which is one of the byproducts of the decomposition process of these films," Spriggs said. "We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they'll become useless. The data that we're collecting now must be preserved in a digital form, because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. We got to this project just in time to save the data."
The team has located about 6,500 of the films. Around 4,200 have been scanned and some 750 have been declassified by the U.S. government. Now, an initial collection of 64 videos — all showing tests conducted by the LLNL —have been published on the agency’s YouTube channel.
Beyond the historical significance of the films, the LLNL researchers said footage of the nuclear tests can also help post-Cold War-era scientists better understand the impact of nuclear weapons and determine whether the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent — nuclear weapons intended to deter other countries from nuclear attacks — is safe, secure and effective.
By comparing the restored footage to the original data sheets for each test, Spriggs found that some of the published data was incorrect. When the tests were conducted more than a half-century ago, researchers had to rely on "eyeball measurements" of the nuclear test's fireball and shockwave, according to the LLNL researchers, from each frame captured.
"We were finding that some of these answers were off by 20, maybe 30, percent,” Spriggs said. “That's a big number for doing code validation. One of the payoffs of this project is that we're now getting very consistent answers.”
Tests were filmed by multiple cameras at different angles to capture around 2,400 frames per second, the researchers said, and about 1,000 analysts were needed to do the work. Now scientists use computers for analysis, with programs able to take exact measurements from each frame captured.
Spriggs estimates it will take another two years to scan the rest of the films, and longer to complete the analysis and declassification.
He notes the project is so important to him and his colleagues because they don't want nuclear weapons to be used and they passionately believes the key to ensuring they aren't is in making sure the U.S. stockpile continues to be an effective deterrent.
"I think that if we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them,” Spriggs added.
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The state will not be processing electronic income tax returns from some tax preparers in Ansonia, East Hartford and New Haven after receiving several questionable returns, according to the state Department of Revenue Services.
Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said the tax preparers affected are Liberty Tax Service, at 1003 East Main Street in East Hartford; Perfect Preparer, LLC at 58 Main St. in Ansonia; and Perfect Preparer, LLC at 206 Dixwell Avenue in New Haven.
“Doesn't mean they have done anything wrong, doesn't mean doesn't mean for sure, but there was enough concern that we need some answers before we will allow them to continue to use ours,” said Sullivan.
Although Sullivan would not give details about the reason why they were suspended , the owner of Liberty Tax Franchise in East Hartford said his customers are primarily to blame.
“The W-2s were fraudulent, we looked at each and every one of those files, we have IDs, we have addresses,” said the owner who would not provide his name. “ We have all the information, and we have done all of our due diligence to prepare these tax returns.”
The owner of the Liberty Tax also said there is a group in Hartford who is creating fake W-2s that look real. He wants the state targeting them, not his business. Although he said he is fully cooperating with state’s investigation.
The three tax preparers can still file federal electron tax returns for customers and paper tax returns with the state of Connecticut for their customers. Sullivan did not say how long the ban on using the states electronic filing system will last.
State officials said free assistance for completing Connecticut tax returns is available from the Department of Revenue Services. You can call 860-297-5962 or go in person at any of the regional walk-in centers in Bridgeport, Hartford, Norwich and Waterbury.
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Nonprofit organizations say holding events along Washington D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue costs thousands of dollars more because of President Donald Trump's hotel.
As part of an agreement with the Trump International Hotel, the D.C. government requires organizers of events or races that shut down Pennsylvania Ave. to hire a private company to wall off the curb lane around the hotel so guests can drive in and out.
"The requirement is the installation of construction grade water barricades in front of the Trump hotel from 12th Street to 10th Street. It costs about $7,500 dollars that the event has to bear the cost of," said Kathy Dalby, the CEO of Pacers Running.
For many years, the stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. from Freedom Plaza to the Capitol has been a preferred site for charity races. Dalby said holding a race, parade or festival in that stretch is already expensive as organizers have to pay the city $25,000 to shut down the roads. Organizations have had to foot a larger bill since the luxury hotel opened in October last year.
Michael Sapienza, the CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, said the organization had to pay nearly $8,000 plus additional fees for D.C. police to patrol the barricaded area for the Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk on Sunday.
"So that's $10,000 less that would go to patients," Sapienza said. "Passing the cost off to a nonprofit that’s going to actually effect patients and their families is what I think, you know, upsets us the most."
Sapienza said over the past 12 years the Colon Cancer Alliance's annual charity race has raised more than $2 million to help cancer patients, but the hotel's requirement may mean the race will move out of D.C. next year.
Race organizers said if the city would allow themca to use orange cones rather than barricades, it could save the charities thousands of dollars.
Officials with the D.C. Department of Transportation said they are open to meeting with organizers to look at more options.
A spokesperson for the Trump hotel declined to comment.
The Colon Cancer Alliance hopes to raise more than $250,000 from Sunday's race.
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File photo of runners
General Assembly Democrats want to drastically increase criminal penalties for hate crimes, and feel it necessary with increases in religious based discrimination to make it happen by the end of the 2017 regular session.
“What we’re trying to do is say, in Connecticut, these behaviors are unacceptable," said Sen. Beth Bye.
Sen. Martin Looney, the President Pro Tem of the split State Senate, said there have been numerous "dog whistle," kinds of comments made by then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump which led to the proposal.
Since January, there have been two bomb threats made on the Jewish Community Center in West Hartford, miles from the State Capitol.
“When a bomb threat is made against a religious center or a religious cemetery is desecrated, or a Mosque is vandalized, or individuals in the LGBT community are specifically targeted, that is a crime that affects not just the individuals in the building, the cemetery, but all members of the protected groups around our society," Looney said during a press conference in the Legislative Office Building.
The most noticeable change would be to increase the classification of hate crimes from misdemeanors to felonies, which would increase possible penalties. Further, Looney's proposal, which is expected to be heard next week in the Judiciary Committee, would also allow courts discretion to assign community service or other penalties as fines.
Rep. William Tong, who chairs the committee, said the state needs to send a message that things like bomb threat to Jewish Community Centers won't be tolerated.
“This is just not acceptable and we’re going to bring the full weight of the law down on you if you do this.”
Republicans were not invited to the press conference, which is notable because of a power-sharing agreement in the evenly split State Senate.
Sen. Len Fasano, the Republican President Pro Tem, wrote in a statement, “The best way to combat hate is to show unity." He added, "Instead of working with Republicans to show a united front against hate crimes in our state, Democrats chose political theater."
Fasano described the issue itself as a, "certainly bipartisan issue," but declined to comment on the specifics of Looney's proposal.
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The North Branford Planning and Zoning Commission has denied the J.J. Sullivan Fuel Company’s proposal to build a sixty thousand gallon propane storage facility on Ciro Road.
Residents have long worried about the risks associated with such a facility and took those concerns to the commission Thursday night.
Safety and property values seemed to be the two biggest arguments against it. There were questions about realistic evacuation routes in case of a potential emergency, response times and traffic congestion.
“Who on this board will guarantee the safety of myself, my wife and my neighbors?,” one resident said.
Jeffrey Beatty is the attorney for the applicant and made a case for approval.
“Since the application satisfies all the criteria of your regulations, in my opinion, the only legally supportable conclusion to lawfully reach is the approval of the application,” Beatty said.
The commission engaged in their own back and forth but in a 3-2 vote, ultimately denied the facility.
“I am so relieved that this didn’t pass because it really could have been a terrible disaster,” said Eleanor Michaud of North Branford.
There is still a change the attorney for the applicant could appeal the decision, but they did not comment on whether or not they plan to do so.
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A San Antonio pet shop is helping a goldfish with a problem and now the story is going viral.
The goldfish has a defective swim bladder which makes floating difficult.
According to employee Taylor Dean, the goldfish was brought in by his previous owner who didn't know what to do with him.
So Dean and Dereck Burnett worked together to fashion a "goldfish wheelchair."
Using a counterbalance on the bottom of the device, they found a way to allow the fish to swim around.
"He seems to be much happier now than he used to be so, it's been a life changing experience for him, for sure," said Burnett, who created the wheelchair. "He's a tough little guy. I mean, he refused to give up."
"With all the stuff going on everywhere, it's just a good story, no matter who you are it just makes you smile," said Dean, who helped create the wheelchair.
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Thousands of revelers and marchers descended on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue for the 256th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Friday, turning the iconic street into a sea of festive green.
Millions more are expected to tune in and watch the world's oldest and biggest parade celebrating St. Patrick's Day. A live stream of the parade will be broadcast on NBC 4 New York from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at NBCNewYork.com (above). Here's how to watch.
The parade kicked off on 44th Street and proceeded up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. Street closures here.
Revelers braved the crisp morning winds to watch acclaimed Irish violinist Greg Harrington begin the procession with a serene rendition of "The Parting Glass," a popular Scottish parting tune sung in Ireland. Little girls with green shamrocks painted on their cheeks excitedly bounced behind the barricade, waiting for marching bands to stroll by.
Dressed in traditional olive green camouflage, the 69th regiment of New York led the parade for the 165th time, waving American flags as company bag piper Joe Brady played and marched alongside soldiers. The "Fighting 69th" infantry was originally organized as a militia unit for Irish immigrants in New York.
The company marched ahead of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band. Wrapped in cadet grey jackets, snare drummers played in harmony with bass saxophonists. Not even the breeze could make the red tassles sway atop their black and gold hats as they marched up Fifth Avenue.
The Grand Marshall aides were all smiles in chic black suits and black top hats. They lined the street, delicately holding the Irish flag satin sash draped over their right shoulders as the crowd clapped and cheered.
For Grand Marshall Michael Dowling, the celebrations gave him an appreciation for the life he created in the United States from the hardships he endured during his childhood in a rogue Irish farming village.
"Just proves that's what the United States is all about," he said, grinning ear to ear. "No matter how you began, the United States gives opportunities that exist no other place in the world. To be in New York, to be in the United States, to be Irish on a beautiful day like this on St. Patrick's Day -- what could be better?"
This year's parade is dedicated to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and to the New York State Police. Both organizations turn 100 years old this year.
Gov. Cuomo announced police will be cracking down on drunken driving as well as underage drinking at the parade. The law enforcement campaign will include sobriety checkpoints, and ID inspections at bars.
Alcohol is banned from Metro-North and LIRR trains. MTA police will enforce the ban on Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday, the agency said. MTA service changes are also in effect.
There's been a scramble to clear streets this week after a nor'easter dumped rain and snow on the tri-state area, which froze over as temperatures lingered below freezing for days. The Department of Sanitation was moving glacial snow mounds from Fifth Avenue and other parts of midtown on Thursday.
It appears revelers have the luck of the Irish on their side. Sunny skies and highs in the low 40s are in the forecast for Friday, according to Storm Team 4. The weather will seem balmy compared to the ice-cold temperatures that have gripped New York for days.
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Rolling out statistics to make his case, Governor Dannel Malloy made his pitch to boost marketing and advertising for tourism in the state.
“It’s pretty good stuff and that’s why I’ve asked for more money in the budget to promote the state of Connecticut, specifically tourism," Malloy said during an event at Mystic Seaport.
The "pretty good stuff," Malloy referred to is increased revenue, job growth, and overall performance related to tourism.
Job growth has been on the upward trend since 2011, with the industry now supporting more than 82,600 jobs statewide. The Department of Economic and Community Development also reported that overall traveler spending is up in Connecticut by more than three percent, and the industry as a whole generates $1.7 billion in annual revenue.
With all those figures at hand, Malloy said he wouldn't rule out trying to find a way to devote taxpayer funds to tourism every year.
“The problem is we haven’t had a lot of support for tourism, and we had almost none before I became governor for a period of time, but a dedicated funding source would not be something I would be against.”
The governor may have trouble finding support for more money for tourism marketing because of the state's budget crisis. With a total deficit of more than $3 billion projected over the next two years, it may be difficult for the governor to secure such funds while other state agencies face steep cuts.
April the giraffe is keeping vets on their toes, they say, hinting the pregnant creature is finally nearing a now globally anticipated meeting with her fourth calf.
According to the most recent Facebook post by Animal Adventure Park, the zoo live-streaming April's pregnancy, a keeper reports increased swelling in the pregnant giraffe's backend and "significant baby kicks from within."
As for when she'll deliver, only time will tell, the zoo says.
"Vet reports all is well and no reason for concern," the Thursday night post said. "April is posturing quite a bit which is keeping us on our toes! We will see what the weekend brings."
Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions may cause intermittent disruptions).
The zoo said most of the day Thursday was spent digging paths for keepers to access exhibits, for animals to access watering stations and more yard space, and clearing roadways for fuel deliveries.
More than 65,000 people were watching April as the sun rose Friday morning, illuminating her hay-laden pen with streaky golden rays. Her 5-year-old mate, Oliver, was seen sitting calmly in his pen across the way as April peered in some unseen direction, her back to the camera.
April has had periods of edginess in recent weeks brought on by stretches of cold weather and her active calf. Nevertheless, April is in “great physical and mental condition,” and the vets who have been monitoring her say they’re pleased with her progress.
April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.
"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."
He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.
Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.
The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.
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Thirty-five people were evacuated from Davenport/Dunbar Elderly Housing at 125 Putnam Ave. in Hamden after fire broke out this morning and officials believe an overheated extension cord started the fire.
Emergency crews were sent to the complex at 6:42 a.m. after receiving several 911 calls, as well as a report from the fire alarm company.
The fire was in a third-floor apartment and a man who lives there got out and refused treatment, officials said.
The building includes 100 apartments and officials determined the fire started in apartment 313.
Paramedics checked out more than 40 elderly residents and one had to go to the hospital to be treated for exposure to smoke and cold temperatures.
The sprinkler system went off during the fire and contained the blaze. One room is uninhabitable.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Fire destroyed an abandoned factory on Route 72 in Terryville.
The fire department responded to the site on Route 72, or South Riverside Avenue, around 10:20 p.m. Thursday and one building burned to the ground.
Firefighters are returning to the scene this morning to investigate.
The cause is not known.
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As one of President Donald Trump's favorite news sources, Breitbart News has been called a lot of names, including "Trumpbart," a "platform for the alt-right," and anti-Semitic, NBC News reported.
But in an exclusive interview, editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said that the site has been misunderstood.
"There's a lot of Americans out there who I think would love to read our content," Marlow told NBC News' Stephanie Gosk. "And they haven't been told that it's OK to do so. It's OK to check us out. We're not a hate site."
Critics of Breitbart point to articles on the right-wing website like "Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage," and its promulgation of fringe, often evidence-free theories — including the accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump's phones.
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Breitbart Editor in Chief Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York, New York.
A 16-year-old Naugatuck girl who had been missing since yesterday has been located and she is safe.
Police were asking for help to find Hannah Torres, who disappeared Thursday after sending a family member a text that said the person would not see her for a while, according to police.
Family members told police that all of Hannah’s belongings were missing and they are concerned for her safety because of older people she has been associating with recently.
Hannah is safe and was not harmed, according to police.
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Hannah Torres has been found and she is OK.
One afternoon this past autumn, Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages asked her young athletes to sign a card to the team doctor, Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.
Nassar wasn't recuperating from an illness or celebrating a milestone. Instead, he had been publicly accused of molesting former patients and was the target of a fast-growing police investigation.
"She said, 'You don't have to sign this if you don't want to, but it's for Larry and it would be appreciated if we could let him know that we're thinking about him,'" said gymnast Lindsey Lemke, 21, who recalls that some team members did sign.
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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.
Employees of a Miami-Dade McDonald's who jumped in to help an off-duty officer who was having a medical emergency in the restaurant's drive-thru line were honored by the county's mayor and police director at a ceremony Friday.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Police Director Juan Perez honored Pedro Viloria and his co-workers at the 10 a.m. ceremony.
"A whole team effort to save the life of one of our sergeants," Perez said.
Viloria, 22, was working his shift at the restaurant Tuesday and was serving the female officer and her two children at the drive-thru window when he noticed something was wrong.
"I see she hardly breathing and I thought that's not normal," Viloria said.
Viloria said the woman's car started rolling forward, so he jumped through the window to help stop it. A curb stopped the car from going into traffic, and a second McDonald's worker helped with CPR.
The officer was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was still recovering Friday. Her name and exact condition haven't been released.
"Unfortunately she's still in the hospital, still in recovery mode and we still need thoughts and prayers to help her get out of that," Perez said.
Viloria now says he's thinking about becoming a police officer or firefighter.
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Pedro Viloria sprang into action when an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer had a medical emergency in the drive-thru lane of a Doral McDonald's.