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    A 35,000-acre brush fire made a destructive, two-county march toward the sea Friday, consuming multimillion-dollar mansions and mobile homes as it forced a citywide Malibu evacuation and sent thousands of residents scrambling to find a way out of the burn area.

    The Woolsey Fire, which erupted Thursday afternoon in Ventura County but raced into Los Angeles County, chewed its way through brush and into neighborhoods of Westlake Village and Malibu. The fire remained fully uncontained as of Friday afternoon.

    No injuries were officially reported, but reports began circulating late Friday afternoon about a possible civilian burn victim in the Woolsey Canyon area. There was no immediate confirmation of the report.

    An estimated 75,000 homes -- although likely many more -- were under evacuation orders in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

    The entire city of Malibu was placed under an evacuation order late Friday morning, with residents directed to southbound Pacific Coast Highway, creating miles of stand-still traffic along the scenic route. Evacuations had been expanded in Simi Valley.

    Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday due to the destructive Woolsey Fire and nearby Hill Fire. A state of emergency was declared Thursday for the monster Camp Fire in Northern California.

    "The wind-whipped conditions ... this is ripe conditions for explosive fire behavior," said LAFD Capt. Erik Scott. "This is the new normal. When we have conditions like this, when it's such incredible wind, that brings us in to a different caliber, so it's become a much more challenging condition."

    A Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief told NBC4 the flames could burn "for days."

    Dominic Oliveri fled from his home in the Decker Canyon area with his wife. They were stopped along Mulholland Hwy near Little Sycamore Canyon Road.

    "We waited as long as we could and the flames were coming down the hill opposite of us, and we just aid we had to go," he said. "I've been here 40 years, and I've seen it all. This is the first time I had to leave my house ever."

    Power outages were reported in parts of Calabasas.

    The fires burned in a community that was already reeling from a mass shooting that left 12 victims dead Wednesday night at a Thousand Oaks bar.

    The Thousand Oaks Teen Center was a family unification center Thursday, a place where families anxiously waited for updates on loved ones who were at the Borderline Bar. On Friday, the center was an evacuation center for people fleeing the fire. 

    "I think a lot of people should realize this is what your valuable life leads to," said a man from Ventura County as he pointed at his truck. "Plastic bags on the back of your pick-up truck."

    Along with assisting the growth of the fire, the high winds also deterred air support in battling the flames.

    The Woolsey Fire was first reported around 3:30 p.m. and by 4:45 p.m. It started east of Chatsworth near a former Rocketdyne facility.

    The Hill Fire burned just five miles away in Newbury Park, forcing more than 1,200 homes to evacuate and prompting the closure of the 101 Freeway. For coverage of that fire, click here

    Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts.

    Through Nov. 4, Cal Fire has reported about 5,600 fires that burned more than 621,700 acres. During that same period last year, the agency reported 5,800 fire that burned 316,600 acres. Over the last five years, California has averaged 5,293 fires that burned 231,400 acres during that interval.

    NBC4's Jonathan Lloyd and Heather Navarro contributed to this report.

    The Woolsey Fire burns through a home on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.The Woolsey Fire burns through a home on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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    A 27-year-old man who survived last year's deadly Las Vegas massacre was among those killed in Wednesday night’s Borderline Bar & Grill shooting, his family confirmed.

    It was College Country Night, a weekly event at Borderline, where students from local colleges such as Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, Moorpark and Cal State Channel Islands were regulars.

    Telemachus Orfanos loved to go to the popular Western-style bar and go line dancing. He was among more than 100 people inside the venue when a gunman dressed all in black opened fire around 11:15 p.m., killing 12 people and injuring a dozen others. 

    Orfanos, who went by Tel and served in the Navy from 2011-2014, moved back in with his parents after his time in the service. He was working at the Infiniti car dealership in Thousand Oaks.

    On Oct. 1, 2017, the Navy veteran made it out alive of the Route 91 Harvest music festival where 58 people were killed and hundreds of others were wounded.

    Tel didn’t make it home from the Wednesday night shooting.

    His mother made an emotional plea to reporters after learning of her son's death, calling for gun control.

    "I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts," Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said, according to The Associated Press. "I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home."

    Tel's father Mark said the shooter — a former military machine gunner who mental health specialists interviewed earlier this year — "was probably as much of a victim as anybody else."

    "I’m not gonna vilify this kid because he's got parents that are grieving, too," Mark Orfanos said. "And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him."

    Mark Orfanos said he holds "gun culture" responsible for his son's death.

    "How ironic that my son should be killed this way," he said. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    Telemachus Orfanos was among the 12 victims killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting on Wednesday. Nov. 7, 2018.Telemachus Orfanos was among the 12 victims killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting on Wednesday. Nov. 7, 2018.

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    MTA Chairman Joe Lhota resigned on Friday, barely 18 months into his second stint on the job. 

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Lhota MTA chairman in June 2017, a return to the role he left for the first time in 2013 to mount an unsuccessful bid for mayor of New York City.

    Lhota was widely credited with cleaning up dirty stations and responding quickly to Sandy-damaged tunnels in the fall of 2012, during his first stint leading the agency.

    This go-around, though, he has been under constant pressure over the condition of the subway system, the performance of the Long Island Rail Road and the financing for the agency's future needs. 

    In particular, from almost his first day on the job he sparred publicly with Mayor Bill de Blasio over who was responsible for fixing the subway system and how much the city was obligated to contribute to the costs.

    But Lhota has touted the MTA's improvements over his tenure; subway delays hit a three-year low in September. 

    He said in a statement Friday, "I volunteered to become MTA chairman with the sole purpose of halting the decline of service and stabilizing the system for my fellow New Yorkers. The Subway Action Plan was developed in my first month at the MTA and it has successfully arrested the subway's decline." 

    Even as he held the MTA job, Lhota also retained his position as chief of staff at NYU Langone Health.

    MTA leadership sent a letter to staff members Friday morning following Llhota's resignation. The letter reads in part: "We are extremely grateful for the steady leadership he provided during his tenure."

    The letter added, "While Joe may be departing – our relentless focus on our customers remains unchanged."

    MTA's acting chairman Freddy Ferrer said Cuomo shouldn't be in a rush to replace Lhota. 

    "I would urge the governor to take his time," he told News 4. "This is one of the most important appointments he will make, ever. This is the most important transportation organization on planet Earth. It's important that we get it right." 

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    One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a crash on Johnnycake Mountain Road in Burlington Friday morning. 

    A Tweet from the fire department shows a badly damaged car. 

    The road was closed between Route 4 and Cider Mill but has reopened. 

    No additional information was immediately available.

    Photo Credit: Michael Boucher, PIO

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    Hamden police have arrested a 40-year-old woman who is accused of attacking and biting a 16-year-old girl on a Connecticut Transit bus. 

    Police said they received a report on Sept. 23 about an incident that happened the day before. 

    The 16-year-old girl had gotten on the CT Transit bus in the area of Dixwell and Putnam avenues and said a passenger, immediately began provoking her, according to police. 

    Authorities identified 40-year-old Marquita Mcelya, of New Haven, as the suspect. The teen said Mcelya threw a cup of soda at her, punched her and bit her forearm. 

    The teen sustained neck, face and arm injuries and a family member took her for medical treatment, police said. 

    On Thursday, police obtained an arrest warrant charging Mcelya with assault in the third degree, risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct and arrested her. 

    She is due back in court on Dec. 13, according to online court records. 

    Photo Credit: Hamden Police

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    The California bar shooter, around the time the gunfire began, started posting to social media, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC4's I-Team.

    Ian David Long, 28, made two separate posts amid his shooting rampage at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday night, the officials said.

    Several law enforcement sources characterized Long's first message as one that considered his mental state.

    "People will debate for years whether I’m sane or insane," sources paraphrased Long's posts.

    Long continued, "but I'm sane, life is bulls**t, who cares, and I’m bored."

    The law enforcement sources did not say what exactly Long posted online or which social media platforms he used, but he posted text that referenced how people perceived him as being troubled.

    Long's use of social media was first reported by TMZ.

    A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined to comment on whether anything had been posted to Facebook. The spokesperson also said no story was posted on Instagram but wouldn't elaborate further, deferring to law enforcement.

    Twitter did not return a request for comment.

    On Thursday, Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack said: "Our hearts are with the victims and families affected by this horrendous act. We've removed the shooter's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as we're aware."

    Investigators are still piecing together a precise timeline on the shooting that left 12 bar employees and patrons dead. But it's believed that Long, a Marine veteran who was dressed in black and armed with a high-powered Glock handgun with an extended magazine, entered the Borderline Bar & Grill about 11:15 p.m.

    The officials said he took a position of cover before fatally shooting Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

    Investigators believe Long then shot additional victims inside the bathroom stalls, as well as at least one person who was trying to escape through the bathroom window, the law enforcement officials said.

    Long then shot himself, the officials said.

    Authorities said Long, a former Marine gunner who served one tour in Afghanistan, had been experiencing emotional issues.

    Investigators are still trying to figure out the motive for the attack.

    When authorities entered his home in nearby Newbury Park, they found evidence that he punched multiple holes in the walls, law enforcement officials said.

    Local cops were called to his home for a domestic disturbance earlier this year, authorities said. Long was found to be "somewhat irate" and "acting a little irrationally" but he wasn't taken into custody.

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    People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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    New Britain police have arrested a man who is accused of committing one armed robbery and two attempted robberies in less than an hour last Friday.

    In a span of less than an hour, 42-year-old Larry Lopez, of New Britain, tried to rob TD Bank; then went through a ceiling in an attempt to rob a Kentucky Fried Chicken and attacked employees with a sledgehammer; then he robbed a liquor store, according to police.

    Officers responded to the TD Bank at 178 Main St. at 4:21 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 when employees called to report a masked man went into the bank them left immediately after bank employees confronted him.

    At 4:36 p.m., officers were called to Kentucky Fried Chicken at 412 West Main St. when an assault was reported.

    Investigators determined that a man went into the restaurant bathroom, then through the ceiling and into the employee area of the restaurant.

    The man, who was wearing a mask, attacked two employees with a small sledgehammer, demanded money but ran off before getting anything, police said.

    Both employees were injured in the attack.

    At 5:15 p.m., officers were called to the Step up Package store at 200 Oak St. after a robbery.

    The store owner told them a man wearing a mask went into the store carrying a chisel and headed straight to the cash register, so the store owner and customers left the store to get to safety.

    The man left with money and a customer chased him to try and catch him, police said.

    Police identified Lopez as the suspect and arrested them.

    They said he was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery in the second degree in connection with the TD Bank incident; two counts of criminal attempt to commit robbery in the first degree and two counts of assault in the first degree in connection with the KFC incident and robbery in the first degree, larceny in the sixth degree and criminal mischief in the second degree in connection with the robbery at the Step up Package store.

    Lopez is being held on a $1.1 million bond.

    Photo Credit: New Britain Police

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    The Backstreet Boys are coming to Connecticut.

    The Backstreet Boys will headline the 96-5 All-Star Christmas on Friday, Dec. 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena with Gavin DeGraw and AJR.

    Tickets will go on sale Monday at

    The band has a new album coming out in January and also announced its biggest arena tour in 18 years.

    Earlier today, the band released the new single, “Chances.”

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    WANTAGH, NY - JUNE 16: (L-R) Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys perform at 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria on June 16, 2018 in Wantagh City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for 103.5 KTU)WANTAGH, NY - JUNE 16: (L-R) Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys perform at 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria on June 16, 2018 in Wantagh City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for 103.5 KTU)

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    A 27-year-old paramedic who was charged with manslaughter after the 15-month-old boy he was supposed to be watching drank from a cup of rum and soda before drowning in a bathtub has pleaded guilty, according to the court clerk's office in Litchfield.

    Police said Alex Ciccarelli-Rosa, of Torrington, admitted to putting 15-month-old Evan Standish in a bathtub with water after seeing the child drink some of his alcoholic beverage and left him for a short time before finding him unresponsive and face down in the water.

    Ciccarelli-Rosa was charged with second-degree manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of the little boy.

    Online court records say he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a child. The court clerk's office said he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

    Authorities responded to the home in the 400 block of South Main Street when Evan’s mother called 911 at 10:54 a.m. on June 6 after learning when happened when she arrived home. The little boy was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where he later died.

    Police said Ciccarelli-Rosa, the mother’s boyfriend at the time, had been entrusted as Evan’s caregiver and never called 911 for help.

    Ciccarelli-Rosa admitted to drinking three to four beers and some rum and soda between 7 a.m., when he finished his shift at work as a paramedic, until police arrived. He was off-duty at the time of the drowning, the arrest warrant application says.

    Ciccarelli-Rosa’s attorney previously said that his client had been in treatment and had not been working with a local ambulance company for several months. His license as a paramedic is listed as inactive, according to online state records.

    Police at the scene reported that Ciccarelli-Rosa smelled of alcohol and he had admitted to drinking. When asked to submit to a blood test, he said he would have marijuana in his system from within the last month, the arrest warrant application says.

    The medical examiner's office ruled that Evan’s death was a homicide and he said died of submersion in a tub with blunt injuries to the head and acute alcohol intoxication. The toddler’s blood alcohol level was .035 percent and the doctor who performed the autopsy told police evident indicated that the child’s blood alcohol level was higher and was decreasing when he died, according to the arrest warrant application.

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    President Donald Trump personally asked the publisher of the National Enquirer, his longtime friend David Pecker, to help his presidential campaign by silencing women who might come forward with details of his sexual relationships with them, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

    According to the Journal, then-candidate Trump asked Pecker during an August 2015 meeting at Trump Tower, "What can you do to help my campaign?"

    Pecker responded by offering to use his tabloid to buy off women who might attempt to go public with their past sexual experiences with Trump by acquiring the exclusive rights to the stories but never publishing them, a practice known as "catch and kill."

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    In this Jan. 31, 2014, photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York.In this Jan. 31, 2014, photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York.

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    Authorities are searching for a missing 32-year-old man in Woodbridge.

    Police issued a Silver Alert for 32-year-old Marvin Giron Friday. He is described as 5-foot-6, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

    Police said he was last seen in the area of Pease Road and Shady Lane wearing a khaki hat, blue sweatshirt and khaki pants.

    A helicopter is involved in the search, police confirmed.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Woodbridge Police Department at 203-376-7298.

    Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

    Marvin GironMarvin Giron

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    The Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System held a ceremony on Friday for its veterans, two days before the nation commemorates Veterans Day.

    United States Army veteran Amado Jimenez attended the simple but meaningful tribute held at the West Haven campus, where Jimenez has worked since 1992.

    “The most beautiful thing that I could do is walk these hallways and help my fellow veterans regardless of the branch they served. It doesn’t matter. We’re brothers and sisters.”

    Director Gerry Culliton, who comes from a long line of veterans, said it is the least they can do.

    “I think our country owes it to them to respect them for even those few minutes on one day a year but really throughout the year,” Culliton said.

    “People sacrifice a lot to protect our country and a lot of times when we’re at home we don’t realize what’s going on overseas or what every day is like,” U.S. Army veteran Sheila Mattei said.

    Jimenez said the VA has defined much of his life and has been a lifeline for him over of the years. He said his hope is that more veterans will reach out.

    “You have facilities here. You have a healthcare system. That is here for you. Please don’t be shy. Walk through those doors. We here to welcome you. We here to take care of you.”

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Veterans attend a ceremony hosted by the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven ahead of Veterans Day.Veterans attend a ceremony hosted by the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven ahead of Veterans Day.

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    One person has died after a crash on Interstate 95 North in Branford Friday morning that closed the highway for hours.

    Three cars were involved in the crash between exits 54 and 55 and a pickup went into the woods while an SUV spun around and faced the opposite direction.

    The highway reopened around 11 a.m.  

    While the highway was closed traffic backed up into East Haven.

    Check the NBC Connecticut interactive traffic map to see if there are issues along your commute.

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    A 60-year-old man hit a school bus head-on in Ansonia and police said he admitted to being distracted by his cell phone while driving.

    The crash happened just before 8:30 a.m. on North Main Street, between Ridge Road and Underhill Road.

    Ten children between 10 and 14 were on the First Student bus, which was on its way to the Betsy Ross Magnet School in New Haven, when the Chevrolet hit it, police said.

    All the students were released to parents or guardians and one suffered a scratch, police said.

    The driver of the Chevrolet sustained several injuries and was taken to a Bridgeport area hospital. His condition is not known.

    According to the preliminary investigation, the Chevrolet crossed the center of the road and hit the bus.

    Police are investigating and said charges are pending.

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    Waterbury Public Schools are helping to vaccinate the youngest students against the flu for free.

    In Connecticut, the law requires all pre-K aged kids to get the shot before they can go back to class.

    “All kids need to get their shots,” said 4-year-old, Mason. “Like me. I got a shot. It wasn’t bad at all.”

    The setup is convenient for parents because many pharmacies and Urgent Care centers don’t vaccinate very young children.

    “You have children dying, elderly dying, and regular aged people dying from it too,” said Mason’s father, Pedro Conveniencia. “So it’s something that we should all do to take care of stuff make sure everyone in the country safe.”

    Flu cases are on the rise. According to the state Department of Public Health, there have been at least 80 confirmed cases of flu so far this season and more than 30 people have been hospitalized. It recommends the flu shot for anyone over the age of 6 months.

    “It’s the best thing you can do for your child,” said Lois Mulhern, Waterbury School Nurse Manager. “You get the flu, especially at these young ages, they can get very sick.”

    Mulhern said if a parent objects to the shot, they can get a medical certification from a doctor or religious exemption. Otherwise, all kids must be vaccinated against the flu by the first of the New Year in order to return to school.

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    Students in Waterbury preparing to get their flu shots.Students in Waterbury preparing to get their flu shots.

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    President Donald Trump continued to berate journalists on Friday, zeroing in on two black women with comments that drew a letter of condemnation from the National Association of Black Journalists.

    When Abby D. Phillip of CNN asked whether Trump wanted acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller, he responded: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

    Mueller is investigating whether there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election — a probe Trump has decried as a witch hunt and which the new acting attorney general criticized before his appointment. Trump did not answer Phillip’s question.

    Of April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, one of his most frequent targets, Trump said: “You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”

    Earlier in the week, he tried to cut off Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour as she asked about his use of the word “nationalist” to describe himself and whether that empowered white nationalists.

    “I don’t know why you would say that. That’s such a racist question,” he said while she continued to ask whether the Republican party was now seen as racist because of his rhetoric.

    “I don’t believe that,” he said, as he juxtaposed “nationalist” with “globalist.” “I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. Why do I have my highest poll numbers ever with African Americans. Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African Americans. That’s such a racist question…Excuse me, but to say that, what you said, is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said.”

    Trump has a history of denigrating black people and denigrating women so it is no surprise that he would dial up the animosity for black women, said Sherri Williams, an assistant professor of race, media and communication at American University. Trump’s disdain shows that they are doing their job, as they question him not only about race, which he is particularly sensitive about, but also about how his administration is operating, she said.

    “They’re challenging the powerful and they’re demanding truth and they’re resisting this lack of transparency,” she said.

    He will face more of the same when the newly elected women take their seats in the House of Representatives next year, she said.

    “The kinds of questions that he is facing from these black women reporters are the kinds of challenges that he is going to have to face from legislators in the coming months, so he might as well get used to it,” Williams said.

    Trump’s latest attacks followed his party’s loss of control of the House. Recounts and runoffs loom in other races Republicans are anxious to win in Florida, where results in the governor’s and Senate races have narrowed, and in Georgia, where former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, another black woman, has refused to concede the governor's race to former Secretary of State Brian Kemp. With ballots still being counted, Trump and other Republicans started making unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud.

    During the campaign, Trump said Abrams, a graduate of Yale Law School and the minority leader in the Georgia State House of Representatives, was “not qualified” for the job.

    According to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, at least 102 women will serve in the U.S. House, and at least 43 women of color — 42 of them Democrats and one Republican. Another nine women, six Democrats and three Republicans, will serve as governors. Abrams, if she wins, would be the first black woman governor.

    Adding to his difficulties with women on Friday, The Wall Street Journal published an account of what it said was Trump’s direct intervention to suppress stories about alleged sexual encounters with women. The article said interviews refuted denials from Trump and others that he was involved in payoffs to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, and a former adult-firm actress, Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with the women.

    Trump has made some famously misogynistic comments, including one about “grabbing” women he was attracted to, and he has repeatedly denigrated black people, from Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, whom he has mocked as “an extraordinarily low IQ person,” to NBA superstar LeBron James (and CNN journalist Don Lemon) about whom Trump tweeted: “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” He called former White House official, Omarosa Manigault Newman, “that dog” and a “crazy, crying lowlife” after she accused him of racism.

    The use of the word “dog” is “wonderfully dehumanizing, which is part of what I think he’s doing,” said Linda-Susan Beard, an associate professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Bryn Mawr College. “He’s undercutting the professionalism of these individuals. He’s suggesting that no black person in America of either gender is intellectually respectable.”

    In a statement from the National Association of Black Journalists, the group’s president, Sarah Glover, who also is the social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations, said, "The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusing journalists. The past two years have been filled with assaults on the media and Donald Trump's comments this week have reached an all-time low with attacks on three black female journalists. His dismissive comments toward journalists April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor are appalling, irresponsible, and should be denounced."

    The association, which noted that Phillip is a former Washington Post reporter and a graduate of Harvard University, called on the president to stop his verbal assault not only on black women journalists but on all journalists.

    The White House press office did not respond immediately when asked in an email if the president was singling out black women for criticism.

    This week the White House suspended CNN’s Jim Acosta’s credentials, accusing him of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

    Video of the press conference on Wednesday does not appear to back up that claim. Acosta was engaged in a tense exchange with the president during a press conference on Wednesday when his arm seems to have brushed against the intern’s as she repeatedly tried to grab the microphone from him. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later released video meant to back the White House’s version of events, but which was widely dismissed as doctored.

    Even as journalists condemned the action against Acosta, Trump on Friday threatened other reporters’ press passes if they did not treat the White House with respect.

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    Journalists Abby Phillip (L), Yamiche Alcindor (C) and April Ryan (R)Journalists Abby Phillip (L), Yamiche Alcindor (C) and April Ryan (R)

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    Part of Woodland Street in Hartford is closed while crews work to repair a utility pole after a crash.

    Hartford police said a vehicle driving northbound on Woodland moved out of its lane and hit another car, pushing it into a pole.

    No one was hurt. The driver of the first vehicle was written a ticket for failure to maintain lane.

    The road is closed near Sargeant Street while Eversource makes repairs.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    A car crashed into a pole on Woodland Street in Hartford Friday night.A car crashed into a pole on Woodland Street in Hartford Friday night.

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    The United States will soon suspend its mission to re-fuel Saudi Arabia’s military aircraft flying in Yemen, according to two U.S. officials and one Senate staffer.

    Saudi Arabia is expected to announce it no longer needs U.S. tankers for the mission, placing the decision for the change on Riyadh rather than Washington, NBC News reported.

    A Senate staffer said the decision is a means to pre-empt a potentially damaging debate and vote in Congress. 

    Photo Credit: AP

    President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

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    A Waterbury woman has been charged with DUI after a serious crash in Wolcott this July that left her, an adult passenger and three children injuries.

    Police said 27-year-old Amanda Rosario was driving drunk when she crashed her Jeep Commander into a tree on Todd Road on July 16. Mary Morales, 27, and her three children, ages 8, 4, and 3, were in the car at the time. Investigators said no one in the car was wearing a seatbelt and the children were not in car seats.

    Rosario and Morales were seriously injured. The 8-year-old and the 4-year-old suffered facial injuries, and the 3-year-old had a broken femur.

    Police said Rosario had a blood alcohol content of .27 and was at fault for the crash. She was charged with Operating under the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane, operating under the influence with a passenger under the age of 18, operation without a child restraint system, 3counts of Risk of injury to a minor, 3 counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, and operating without insurance. Her bond was set at $20,000.

    Morales was also charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Her bond was set at $10,000.

    Both turned themselves into police on Friday.

    Photo Credit: Wolcott Police Department

    Amanda Rosario (left) and Mary Morales.Amanda Rosario (left) and Mary Morales.

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