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    Two people are in police custody after hitting two parked cars and a utility pole in Hartford on Saturday morning.

    Officers were called to a motor vehicle accident on Sigourney Street around 9:19 a.m.

    Police said a vehicle with two people inside hit two parked cars and a utility pole.

    According to officers, there was also a pedestrian who was in the vicinity who had minor injuries, however, it's unclear if the pedestrian was hit. The pedestrian was alert and oriented, but had no recollection of the event. He or she was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    The two people who were inside of the vehicle were assessed by firefighters and EMS and no injuries were reported, police said. They remain in police custody.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Saturday is Small Business Saturday and we're looking at the local effort to support our businesses.

    The shops on Chapel Street in New Haven will open their doors for what they hope will be a busy Small Business Saturday.

    There are plenty of boutiques and specialty stores in the historic shopping district.

    There's everything from a candy store to art galleries and men's and women's clothing.

    Many of the retailers in Downtown New Haven have been in business for decades.

    If you stop by the info center at the corner of Chapel and College Streets on Saturday afternoon, the Town Green staff will be giving away free popcorn and cider.

    There will also be other seasonal activities like ice carving demonstrations. The Yuletide Carolers will be performing from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    The owner of Enson's Menswear told NBC Connecticut how important Small Business Saturday is to his store.

    "Small Business Saturday is very important to us, it gets us a chance to show that we're a specialty store,that we're not a big box store, that we care about our customers. We take care of our customers and we have things they can't find in big box stores," said Jim Civitello, the owner of Enson's Menswear.

    If you download the Go New Haven parking app, you can get an hour of free parking at one of the downtown meters. And if you spend at least $30 at one of the stores at the Shops at Yale, you can park for free for four hours.

    Mom and Pop shops in Hartford are also offering special deals for Small Business Saturday.

    For owners, the sales aren't as important as the service.

    "Painting for us is secondary, fun is primary. If you don't leave here having enjoyed yourself, then we didn't do our job. So when you get here, you can expect to have a lot of fun. It's what makes us different than any other paint bar," said Stephen Richmond, the owner of Painting With A Twist.

    "Painting With A Twist" is one of the many shops in Hartford participating in Small Business Saturday. If you're interested, check them out on Pratt Street.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A child has minor injuries after being hit by a car in Plainville on Saturday.

    According to police, the driver, who is from Plainville, hit the child on North Washington Street.

    Investigators do not believe the driver is at fault. They said they believe she tried to swerve to avoid the child.

    The driver is cooperating with police, officers said.

    The child was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries, police said.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    A 76-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after police say she was violently strangled by another senior citizen at a Waterbury nursing facility on Saturday.

    Waterbury police said they responded to Autumn Lake Healthcare at Bucks Hill around 6 p.m., and that the victim and her suspected attacker, 81-year-old John Jensen, knew each other and were both residents of the facility, but it was not yet clear what their relationship was.

    Jensen was arrested and is held on $1 million bail, and faces multiple charges including strangulation and criminal attempt at murder.

    Police said the victim was taken to St. Mary’s hospital and was listed in serious condition on Saturday night.

    According to its website, Autumn Lake Healthcare at Bucks Hill is a short term rehabilitation and nursing facility. NBC Connecticut reached out to them for further information but did not immediately receive a response.



    Photo Credit: Waterbury Police

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    Piling on top of the hundreds of flights already grounded in the Midwest, more than 400 flights have been canceled in Chicago Sunday during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year as severe weather threatens to move in the area.

    O’Hare reported 201 flight cancellations and average delays of about 15-30 minutes Sunday morning, while Midway Airport only had 53 cancellations and delays ranging up to nearly an hour. O'Hare's cancellations increased to 442 and Midway climbed to 122 cancellations as of Sunday afternoon.

    Because of the strong winds and blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, about 600 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been canceled by Sunday morning in the central plains and Great Lakes region, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. Many were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City. And part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha in Nebraska was closed Sunday after snowfall caused multiple accidents, including semitrailer trucks that jackknifed across the highway.

    Travelers were being urged to check their flight's status with their airline.

    Ahead of potentially heavy snow on Sunday, a Blizzard Warning will be issued to replace the Winter Storm Warning in place for several counties across Illinois, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, impacting travel plans for those returning from their Thanksgiving holiday.

    Sunday in Chicago is expected to be cold and windy with temperature highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid-20s.



    Photo Credit: AP, File

    This December 2017 file photo shows holiday travelers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.This December 2017 file photo shows holiday travelers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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    Thirteen sea lions have been found dead along the shores of Washington since September, according reports from a wildlife welfare group.

    As NBC News reported, six of the sea lions died of gunshot wounds, four in West Seattle and two in Kitsap County, according to Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The other seven died of acute trauma suspected from human interactions around Kitsap County and the Puget Sound, with one sea lion washing up decapitated, said Seal Sitters, an organization that responds to reports of dead or stranded sea lions.

    Marine mammals, like sea lions, are protected in the U.S. by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits people from harassing, hunting, capturing, killing marine mammals, or attempting to do so. Violations of the MMPA could result in fines of up to $28,520 and/or one year in prison. The 13 sea lion deaths are currently being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. Sea lion deaths increase around the time that fishing runs do, according to Seal Sitters, because fishermen and sea lions often hunt for the same food.

    “We are concerned about a number of recent reports of marine mammal deaths caused by gunshots in the greater Seattle area. All marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and OLE investigates all reported unlawful takes of sea lions,” Greg Busch, assistant director of the NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), said in a statement.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Don Ryan, File

    This March 2018 file photo shows a sea lion in Newport, Ore.This March 2018 file photo shows a sea lion in Newport, Ore.

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    The San Ysidro Port of Entry began closing lanes and pedestrian crossings Sunday morning as marches broke out on both sides of the border in support of the Central American migrant caravan, with some people trying to breach the crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and California.

    Mexico's Milenio TV showed images of at least a few of the hundreds of migrants at the border tried to jump over the fence separating the two countries. 

    The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags and chanted: "We are not criminals! We are international workers!" The group mostly consisted of men, although some women pushed small children ahead in strollers.

    Nearly 20 migrant rights and social justice groups make up the San Diego Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Coalition, which hosted the U.S.-side march. The coalition and others started at Larsen Field on Camino de la Plaza. The group said President Trump created a “war-like situation at the border.”

    CBP agents could be seen in riot gear, lining the roadway that leads into Mexico. Military helicopters could be seen flying around in the area.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed all southbound lanes into Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry at around 11:15 a.m. Northbound vehicle traffic processing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry was also suspended, and CBP closed pedestrian crossings at the east and west facilities shortly after.

    Caltrans San Diego announced road closures an hour later. Interstates 805 and 5 and State Route 905 were partially shut down.

    The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.

    This also comes as families started heading home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Other marches were planned across the nation, including in L.A., Sacramento, and San Francisco.

    More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan. Many hope to apply for asylum in the U.S., but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.

    Some of the migrants who went forward Sunday called on each other to remain peaceful. They appeared to easily pass through the Mexican police blockade without using violence. 

    A second line of Mexican police carrying plastic riot shields stood guard outside a Mexican customs and immigration plaza, where the migrants were headed. That line of police installed tall steel panels behind them outside the Chaparral crossing on the Mexican side of the border, which completely blocked incoming traffic lanes to Mexico.

    Because of the activity in the area, the Blue Line Trolley will not serve the San Ysidro Transit Center, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System said at 12:30 p.m.

    The trains will stop at Beyer Boulevard. MTS suggested Mexico-bound travelers should get off at Iris Avenue and transfer to Routes 905 or 950 to the border in Otay Mesa.

    This comes after the Trump administration began working on major changes to immigration law, including having asylum seekers wait outside the U.S. while their applications go through the courts.

    The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis as thousands of migrants live in overcrowded shelters, waiting to enter the U.S.

    Click here to view a statement from the coalition.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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    A grenade that was found in front of a recycling plant in Hartford on Sunday morning was a training grenade, according to police.

    Officials said employees found the grenade in a snow bank in front of the entrance of the CRRA Plant on Murphy Road. 

    The employees called 911 around 8:30 a.m. and police and firefighters were dispatched to the business. The building was evacuated.

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    Firefighters confirmed the device found was a grenade, but they were unsure if it was a training grenade or a live grenade.

    The Hartford Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and removed the grenade.

    Experts said the device was a training grenade.

    Part of Murphy Road near the business was blocked off for safety reasons, but has since reopened. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Right now, the Waterbury Green is shining a little brighter.

    On Sunday, hundreds checked out the city’s tree lighting.

    “This is nice, bringing the spirit back to the city of Waterbury,” said Nancy Galvin, of Waterbury.

    Anticipation was building as the clock approached six o’clock. And all eyes focused on a newly installed tree on the Green.

    “I feel like it’s a good way to bring the community together. I feel like it’s really working out. Everybody is coming together. Everybody is happy,” said Jonathan Velasquez, of Waterbury.

    Earlier people got the chance to see Santa, take a hayride, or grab something hot to eat or drink.

    And the weather cooperated.

    “It was awful last week. But it’s nice and warm,” said Kathy Scarpa, of Waterbury.

    As for the new addition to the Green, many hope the tree will be lit for decades to come, though of course, more lights will be needed as it grows.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Monday is the biggest day of the year for online shopping, which means hackers are also surfing the web for easy targets.

    Some of the most popular sites Monday will be Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

    But, there are some simple precautions you can take to protect yourself. First, always check the URL and don't rely on links in emails and text messages. Second, choose complex passwords that are virtually impossible to guess. Finally, make sure you are making payments on a secure website.

    "Check that URL at the top of your screen so first make sure you look for an HTTPS. Make sure that S is there, that means you're on a secure website,” said Lora Ray Anderson, of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

    Consumer experts predict people will spend close to $8 billion Monday, which will set a record as the largest online shopping day of the year.

    They say 4K televisions and gaming consoles will top the list and with Toys R Us no longer in the picture, toys will also do very well Monday.

    If you're planning to shop online while you're at work, you will not be alone. Sixty percent of professionals are expected to click away.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

    This 2017 file photo shows holiday online shopping deals.This 2017 file photo shows holiday online shopping deals.

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    An "unexpected visitor" on four legs and boasting some serious dexterity handily let itself into a California Highway Patrol facility near Lake Tahoe earlier this month.

    That's right, a bear managed to open a door and saunter into the CHP Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility in Truckee on the night of Nov. 17, according to a video posted by the CHP Donner Pass office Saturday.

    Footage from the facility shows the bear poke its head up, making it visible through a glass window in the door. The bear, standing up on its hind legs, promptly turns the handle, pulls the door open and casually strolls through the doorway on all fours, taking time to check out what's on display in some nearby vending machines.

    After poking around the office, the bear eventually makes its nonchalant escape through the same door it entered.

    Two armed officers are soon seen following the bear out of the door.



    Photo Credit: CHP – Donner Pass

    A bear opens a door and strolls into a CHP facility in Truckee. (Nov. 17, 2018)A bear opens a door and strolls into a CHP facility in Truckee. (Nov. 17, 2018)

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    A man who is suspected of assaulting his wife is barricaded in a home on Falmouth Street in Milford and police are trying to convince him to come out.

    Police said the man’s wife went to the police station to report the incident and the man barricaded himself in the home.

    The road is blocked to vehicles and pedestrians between Old Point Road and Kittery Street, according to police.

    Nearby schools are still open, but bus drivers were notified of the incident and buses have been diverted.

    NBC Connecticut has a crew at the scene and will update this story as details become available.



    Photo Credit: Submitted Photo

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    A dog has died after getting shot in Harwinton on Sunday.

    Harwinton Animal Control posted on their Facebook page on Sunday night and said the dog was shot on Highview Drive.

    The post said the dog later died from its injuries at the veterinarian's office.

    Officials haven't released any information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Harwinton's Resident Trooper or Harwinton Animal Control.



    Photo Credit: Ryan Balderas/Getty Images

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    A 45-year-old Goshen woman is dead after a crash on Goshen Road, or Route 4, in Torrington Tuesday afternoon.

    Police said two vehicles collided on Goshen Road, between Lovers Lane and Klug Hill Road, at 12:35 p.m. on Nov. 20 and three patients were transported from the scene.

    Officials from Litchfield County Dispatch said Life Star medical transport helicopter was called but could not fly because of weather.

    Nancy Low, 45, of Goshen, was driving the Toyota RAV 4 that was involved in the crash and died from the injuries, according to police.

    The crash remains under investigation.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    It took more than 15 years for Mississippi and other Southern states to catch up to the Supreme Court's landmark desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, and many in the school systems found ways around the new system, NBC News reported.

    The issue came to light again last week when the Jackson Free-Press reported that Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a special election Tuedsay, attended a school in Brookhaven, Mississippi, that was founded in 1970 to flout the integration order. Its mascot was a confederate general.

    Such so-called segregationist academies around the South prevented black students from entering through financial barriers and unstated discriminatory practices.

    "The state of Mississippi and other states began offering private school vouchers to support this effort to bypass integration," according to Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and an expert on American education and segregation.



    Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, File

    This May 10, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., ahead of a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.This May 10, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., ahead of a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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    A fire at a Worcester, Massachusetts, apartment left 13 people spending the Thanksgiving holiday at a hotel, but it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for a group of high schoolers on their way home.

    Four junior ROTC members were driving from their high school when they saw smoke at a Hamilton Street apartment building.

    The humble high schoolers credit their training with what they did next.

    "We're in the ROTC program, and the values that we are taught, that they instill into us, we use those to act upon situations like this," Raesean Goodney said.

    The group ran into the burning apartment building, going door to door to save the people inside.

    "When we looked back, no one was out ... I didn't see no people, or nothing," Abderrahman Sebbai said. "It was just like, we need to go, like we have to go in there fast."

    "I started kicking down the second door, and when I finally kicked it down, the resident finally came to the door and then I led him downstairs," Jordan Parker said.

    Flames were focused to the back of the third floor, where, one room away, a woman was asleep with her three children.

    "When she woke up, cause we were like shaking the bed, we were yelling at them to get up, get up, get up. She woke up and she was like really confused, she was shocked, she didn't know what was going on," Goodney said.

    The group of friends says they called 911 when they first saw the flames. The fire department was there minutes later, but by that time, everyone was already outside.

    All 13 people who live there, including the mother of three, made it out alive.

    Emanuela Abbascia met with NBC10 Boston in a hotel conference room because she can't go back home with her three sons.

    "Losing everything you've worked for has been heartbreaking," she said. "My son's room, I worked so hard to pay for this."

    Everything is gone, but Abbascia says she has gained hope with neighbors and strangers donating all they can.

    "Instead of being sad and making, you know rolling in pity, in the video you'll see that I kept on saying, 'God I still thank you' cause it could have ended up differently," she said.

    Abbascia and her sons are moving out of the hotel on Monday as they start their search for a new home.


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    Clinton Police are trying to identify a man who is accused of stealing boots from a store in Clinton on Sunday.

    Officers were called to the Ugg Store after getting a report of a shoplifting.

    The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

    According to police, the man stole two pairs of Ugg Boots that are valued at $130.00 each.

    The suspect is described as a man wearing a black shirt and black pants with a red stripe going down the side.

    If you have any information, you're asked to contact Officer Caruso at mcaruso@clintonct.org



    Photo Credit: Clinton Police

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    Willimantic police have arrested a mother who is accused of trying to abduct her daughter and child’s aunt.

    Police said they received a complaint Friday after 20-year-old Simiona Toj-Chach, of Willimantic, took her biological daughter from a home in town and was headed out of state with the child. They said she does not have custody of the child.

    Investigators found Toj-Chach and she agreed to return to Willimantic, according to police. Then they learned that Simiona Toj-Chach’s sister, 22-year-old Antonia Toj-Chach, of Minnesota, had driven to Willimantic to pick up the mother and child and they started driving back to Minnesota in violation of a court order, according to police.

    The sister knew of the court order and that Simiona Toj-Chach had no parental rights to the child, police said.

    Simiona Toj-Chach and Antonia Toj-Chach were charged with criminal attempt to commit custodial interference, conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the second degree, risk of injury and breach of peace.

    Simiona Toj-Chach was held on a $100,000 cash/surety bond and Antonia Toj-Chach was held on a $50,000 cash/surety bond.


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    The East Windsor Middle School has won the New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest.  With more than 20,000 total votes cast, East Windsor won a close race with the Harry S. Fisher school in Terryville.  High Horizons 8th Grade Chorus in Bridgeport took third place.  

    The contest was sponsored by NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut.

    NBC Connecticut will be broadcasting the New Haven Tree Lighting on Thursday, Nov. 29.


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    Monday is the biggest day of the year for online shopping, which means hackers are also surfing the web for easy targets.

    Some of the most popular sites Monday will be Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

    But, there are some simple precautions you can take to protect yourself. First, always check the URL and don't rely on links in emails and text messages. Second, choose complex passwords that are virtually impossible to guess. Finally, make sure you are making payments on a secure website.

    "Check that URL at the top of your screen so first make sure you look for an HTTPS. Make sure that S is there, that means you're on a secure website,” said Lora Ray Anderson, of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

    Consumer experts predict people will spend close to $8 billion Monday, which will set a record as the largest online shopping day of the year.

    They say 4K televisions and gaming consoles will top the list and with Toys R Us no longer in the picture, toys will also do very well Monday.

    If you're planning to shop online while you're at work, you will not be alone. Sixty percent of professionals are expected to click away.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

    This 2017 file photo shows holiday online shopping deals.This 2017 file photo shows holiday online shopping deals.

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