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    Several schools in Litchfield County started late Tuesday after a burst of snow led to slick roads.

    Supt. Melony Brady-Shanley, of Winchester public schools, said she and other superintendents made the decision around 5 a.m. to have a two-hour delay because some road conditions were too slick for students to travel on.

    Norfolk Emergency Management Tweeted about the roads and said overnight snow caused some slippery conditions, forcing a delay.

    “It was actually kind of pleasant because my son does not like waking up early. He hates it. Oh my goodness, it’s such a struggle, so, it was kind of nice to have that extra two hours to get ready, chill out,” Samantha Despaw, of Winsted, said.

    “It is kind of a pain to have half a day because these kids get out a quarter to 3, and I’m dropping them off at a quarter to 11 and I’m coming right back up to get them. So yeah, it’s an inconvenience,” Helen Dickinson, of Torrington, said.

    The school delay will not impact the rest of the school calendar year and dismissal will be the same as a regular school delay.

    There has been so much precipitation this month that this November is now the second wettest according to records that have been kept since 1905.

    We've had around 8.18 inches this month, second only to 8.53 inches in November 1972.



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    A Florida video gamer was arrested after another gamer overheard him committing a rape through an online multiplayer network, authorities said.

    Daniel Enrique Fabian, 18, was arrested last week on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 15 years old, according to Pasco County jail records.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Fabian, of New Port Richey, was playing "Grand Theft Auto" on June 28 when told another gamer there was a girl at his house who he planned to "smash," WFLA reported.

    After they stopped playing the game, Fabian remained logged on to the network and didn't turn off the microphone on his Playstation 4 console. The affidavit said the other gamer overheard the girl groaning and saying "no." The 15-year-old girl told detectives she was sitting on Fabian's bed when he put his hand over her mouth and raped her, the station reported.

    Fabian and the other gamer resumed playing after about 15 minutes. It was not known if the other gamer was the person who reported the incident to authorities.

    A spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Fabian was charged in June with raping another 15-year-old girl. Kevin Doll said Fabian was arrested after the incident, which also took place in his home. 

    He remained behind bars Monday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



    Photo Credit: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

    Daniel FabianDaniel Fabian

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    A new DMV Express office will open in Stamford Wednesday, where residents will be able to renew driver’s licenses and identification cards. 

    The office at 137 Henry St., which was open two days per week under the management of the DMV, will expand to five days a week under The WorkPlace, Inc., according to the governor’s office. 

    Services provided at the Stamford DMV Express office include: 

    • Renewals of verified driver’s licenses (U.S. citizens only) 
    • Renewals of regular driver’s licenses (U.S. citizens only) 
    • Renewals of non-U.S. citizen regular driver’s licenses 
    • Renewals of verified identification cards (U.S. citizens only) 
    • Renewals of regular identification cards (U.S. citizens only) 
    • Renewals of non-U.S. citizen regular identification cards 
    • Duplicate driver’s licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits 
    • Name changes on driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits

    Customers who want to conduct business at the Stamford DMV Express office must schedule an appointment in advance, which can be done online through the DMV’s website. 

    “This public-private partnership is serving as a model for how we can work together to make sure Connecticut residents receive the best possible services,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. 

    Other DMV Express offices have opened in Milford and West Haven and offices will open soon in North Haven and Southington. 

    “The agency wants to spur innovation and create a network of convenient offices in New Haven and Fairfield counties, which are no longer served by AAA Northeast for DMV license and ID services,” Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said in a statement. “Our customers in lower Fairfield County will certainly benefit from the new Stamford DMV Express because it will be open Monday through Friday with additional hours than what was previously available for license and ID card renewal services.” 

    For more information about DMV and its partner services and locations, visit www.ct.gov/dmv/offices



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    This is ta different Connecticut DMV Express office. The new one will open in Stanford.This is ta different Connecticut DMV Express office. The new one will open in Stanford.

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    UConn football has announced a home-and-home series with Purdue University.

    The Huskies will play the Boilermakers at Rentschler Field in Sept. 2021. They will travel to Purdue's home in West Lafayette, Indiana, but that game won't take place until Sept. 2025.

    The game at The Rent will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

    UConn finished this season with a 1-11 record. The team's only win came over Rhode Island in September.

    Purdue finished 6-6, with the Boilermakers' biggest win coming against national powerhouse Ohio State.



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    UConn is set to play its Blue-White game Saturday.UConn is set to play its Blue-White game Saturday.

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    Police are investigating after several birds were stolen from a pet store in New Haven and the estimated combined value of the birds is nearly $15,000. 

    A newspaper delivery man called the police just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when he saw that the door to the Worldwide Fish & Pet Store had been pried open and officers who responded found a door propped open by a piece of metal and feathers, according to police. 

    They then contacted the owner of the store who realized birds were missing, including parrots, conures and cockatoos, worth around $15,000 in all. 

    The missing birds include a Scarlet Macaw worth $2,800, two blue and gold macaws worth $2,500 each, an African Grey worth $2,500, a Severas Macaw worth $1,400, two Grimson Belly Conures worth $550.00 each and an orange Sun Conure worth $349, according to police. 

    The store owner also said several cages, some containing several Cockatoos, were also stolen and they were worth $1,800. 

    Police said it’s possible a U-Haul truck was used to transport the birds and detectives are searching for surveillance footage from area businesses and traffic cameras. 

    As police search for the birds, their immediate concern is the proper care and environment for the birds. 

    Anyone with information about the theft or where the birds are should call detectives at 203-946-6304. Police said calls can be made anonymously.



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    President Donald Trump made several misleading or false claims on immigration and the border on Monday, after defending his administration's use of tear gas on migrants attempting to gain entry to the U.S. over the weekend.

    His claims were made during a pair of campaign rallies and a law enforcement round table in Mississippi to bolster Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in her runoff election, NBC News reported.



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    File - Central American migrants rest as a thousands-strong caravan slowly making its way toward the U.S. border stops for the night in Pijijiapan, Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.File - Central American migrants rest as a thousands-strong caravan slowly making its way toward the U.S. border stops for the night in Pijijiapan, Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

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    A Guilford family is calling for change and new legislation after their teenage son was killed in what police are calling an accidental shooting.

    On Tuesday, Kristin and Mike Song, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Song, held a news conference to reveal plans for new legislation, known as Ethan's Law. The legislation is in memory of their son, Ethan, who was killed in a shooting in January.

    A report the Waterbury State's Attorney's office released last week says its investigation determined Ethan accidentally shot himself in the head with a .357 magnum handgun and called the death a “horrific and preventable tragedy.”

    In January, police said Ethan was with another teen and no adults were home on Seaside Avenue at the time of the shooting.

    The state's attorney report revealed the gun had been stored with other guns in a cardboard box inside Tupperware in the master bedroom closet.

    There were gun locks and no signs the firearms were loaded, but investigators discovered the keys and ammunition were also hidden in the closet.

    In the end, the report concluded the storage of the weapons did not break the law and it’s led some to believe the law has a loophole that needs to be closed.

    The Ethan's Law bill would close a perceived loophole in Connecticut law that prohibited prosecutors from charging the owner of the gun Ethan shot himself with.

    "Ethan's law removes the loophole that says it's all about who loaded that gun. Unfortunately, in many of these cases, you can't prove who loaded the gun so it muddies the waters and nothing happens," Ethan's father, Mike Song, said.

    State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D - 98th District plans to announce Ethan's Law during the 2019 legislative session.

    “Ethan’s Law will promote safe gun storage, which will reduce tragic accidents, teen suicide, school shootings and gun theft. It will save lives by motivating parents to consider the many ways that young people can access the family’s guns versus merely asking, ‘Did I unload my gun?’” Mike Song said.

    "By just removing the word 'loaded' out of the current statutes and creating Ethan's Law, we can really focus on what's important, what matters most, which is how those guns are secure," he added.

    In a video posted on social media last week, Mike Song blasted the decision not to prosecute the gun owner.

    “It’s time that when someone is reckless, negligent, when someone endangers children that they be held accountable,” Mike Song said.

    NBC Connecticut reached out to the attorney for the owner of the gun who said, "we have no comment at this time." 

    The Song family has started a foundation to honor Ethan and the next step is turning their loss into political action.

    “I will honor Ethan through action. I will fight for all children impacted by gun violence and work tirelessly to ensure that no other child dies because of unsecured guns and my hope is no other parent will have to walk this heartbreaking journey,” Ethan’s mother, Kristin Song, said.

    “I’m going to tell you one thing -- I’m going to see this through. We’re going to achieve something for Ethan that’s really going to be a miracle,” Mike Song added.

    Guilford police finished their investigation into Ethan's death and arrested a juvenile, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

    Because of the suspect’s age, very little information is being released.

    Police added the juvenile who was arrested on Monday also faces a reckless endangerment charge for an event before Song’s death.



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    Two people have died and three other people are injured after a crash in Winchester late Monday night.

    Winchester Police said they were called to a crash with possible injuries on Route 8, south of Route 20 around 11:30 p.m.

    According to officers, a 2000 Honda Civic was traveling southbound when the operator, a 19-year-old female from Winsted, lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center lines and drove off the road before crashing into a tree. She and the front passenger, a 26-year-old man from Winsted, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    Three other occupants who were in the back of the vehicle were injured. Police said a juvenile female from Winsted was ejected from the vehicle and sustained severe injuries. Another female, an 18-year-old from Winsted, also sustained severe injuries and another male, a 22-year-old from Winsted, sustained minor injuries. All occupants were transported to hospitals for treatment.

    LifeStar said they were called to the scene, but could not fly due to the weather.

    The Connecticut State Police Accident Investigation team responded to assist with the investigation.

    Police are withholding the identities of the driver and the front passenger until their families are notified.

    It is unclear what caused the crash.



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    Two premature babies who contracted a bacterial infection at a New Jersey hospital in the throes of an outbreak, died last week, officials say.

    It is the third death of a premature baby in Newark's University Hospital after the Department of Health became aware that the hospital had an outbreak of the bacteria A. baumannii in its neonatal intensive care unit.

    The department says that, while the babies were infected with A. baumannii, it may not have been what killed them, as they also suffered from other medical conditions due to being born premature.

    Four babies have been infected in total at the hospital, officials say.

    At the end of September, a premature baby who had been cared for at the hospital and had the bacteria died after being transferred to another facility, and before the Department's notification of problems in the NICU, health officials say. Another baby was effectively treated for the bacteria and was discharged last month.

    No new infections have been confirmed since October. 

    The department issued the news about the deaths of the other two babies Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the outbreak of A. baumannii in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of University Hospital.

    It said it was on-site at the hospital Tuesday to investigate the facility's internal processes around reporting deaths amid ongoing outbreaks. The department said as of Monday, the hospital's own infection control program was not aware of the most recent deaths when contacted.

    A University Hospital spokesperson on Tuesday said the hospital has "continue[d] to reinforce proper procedures and protocols with our team."

    "We have worked diligently since the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria was discovered in our neonatal intensive care unit to control the outbreak, and there have been no new cases in the NICU since October," the spokesperson said.



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    The NBC Connecticut meteorologists are tracking another chance for snow in the northwest hills Tuesday night into Wednesday.

    A coating of up to 2 inches of "upslope" snow is possible, especially at elevations over 1,000 feet. There may be locally higher totals along the Massachusetts border. 

    The snow won’t be terribly heavy, but it will make roads slippery. The flurries will continue on and off through Wednesday.

    The rest of the state shouldn’t see any accumulation.

    For the latest forecast anytime, click here.



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    Part of Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) in Simsbury is closed after a trailer carrying a crane overturned Tuesday.

    Police confirmed the road closure between West Street and Pine Hill Drive, and expect the road to remain closed through 7 p.m. Drivers should avoid the area.

    No one was hurt. 



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    A trailer carrying a crane tipped over on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) in Simsbury Tuesday afternoon.A trailer carrying a crane tipped over on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) in Simsbury Tuesday afternoon.

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    Two months before WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign, right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi sent an email to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone anticipating the document dump, according to draft court papers obtained by NBC News.

    "Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps," Corsi wrote on Aug. 2, 2016, referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to the draft court papers. "One shortly after I'm back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging."

    The email was revealed in a draft court document, known as a statement of the offense, sent to Corsi by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Mueller also sent Corsi a draft plea agreement stipulating that the special counsel would not oppose Corsi requesting a sentence of probation if he agreed to plead guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators.

    As NBC News reported on Monday, Corsi said he has rejected the deal. He has described Mueller's team as "thugs" and insisted that he did not "intentionally lie" about his communications related to WikiLeaks.



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    FILE - FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters, June 25, 2008, in Washington.FILE - FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters, June 25, 2008, in Washington.

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    United Technologies Corporation formally announced Tuesday its plan to spin off the operations of Carrier and Otis Elevator in order to focus more heavily on the aerospace industry.

    The announcement comes just days after UTC’s purchase of the Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Aerospace was complete, adding more than $6 billion to the company’s aerospace portfolio.

    UTC’s CEO Greg Hayes told CNBC Tuesday morning, "The fact is when we looked at over the past ten or fifteen years the cash flows from the aerospace business covered all of the R&D, and their share of the dividend, so there was no cross-subsidy required.”

    He added, “I think that was the magic moment when the board said we don't really need to be together and the question was should we be together.”

    Otis Elevator and Carrier will be split off to become independent companies with the same financial backers as United Technologies. They will have new headquarters, corporate leadership, and possibly new locations in the future.

    Hayes said he expects it to take two years for the splits to be complete, saying tax issues are the most complicated parts of the move.

    "Our split here is actually quite simple, complex in the tax restructuring, but in terms of separating we already have three businesses that run by themselves. Our goal now is to set up three public company headquarters to support those businesses."

    Gov. Dannel Malloy weighed in on the UTC announcement, saying, “we believe that UTC is committed to retaining jobs here and continuing to call Connecticut home, and given the increased hiring we have seen in the state in the last few years this should good for Connecticut residents.”

    UTC and Pratt Whitney have commitments with the state to keep their headquarters in Connecticut for the next 15 years in order to use some tax credits.

    In total, UTC employees more than 18,000 people in Connecticut, but the company did not specify how many are employed by Carrier and Otis, respectively. UTC’s largest workforce is with Pratt and Whitney.

    David Cadden, a business and entrepreneurship expert at Quinnipiac University says the move by UTC signals a corporate shift to a more focused aerospace giant.

    "I think we've finally seen the end of the conglomerate notion where you have a collection of different businesses in different industries and the notion is that they will balance each other out. The reality is sometimes it's extremely difficult to coordinate different businesses and come up with a coherent strategy that will be successful for the entire entity."


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    A traffic stop in Hartford led to a seizure of over a pound of marijuana and an arrest Tuesday.

    Police said detectives working enforcement detail on Arlington Street stopped a vehicle and found a large quantity of marijuana. Investigation led the detectives to 42 Arlington St., where more of the drug was found.

    Detectives seized 1.5 pounds of marijuana, police said. A suspect, identified as 43-year-old Phillip Blizzard, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance operating a drug factory, and motor vehicle charges.



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    Hartford police seized 1.5 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle and a residence on Arlington Street Tuesday.Hartford police seized 1.5 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle and a residence on Arlington Street Tuesday.

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    A driver is accused of hitting two people with a car on Norwich Road in Plainfield Tuesday.

    Police said the pedestrians, a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl, were on Norwich Road crossing the street at the crosswalk in front of Lathrop Road around 5:23 p.m. when a black car slowed down, then hit them. The driver of the car, described as a woman with blonde hair, stopped and asked the victims if they were OK, then drove off, according to police.

    The teen was taken to Backus Emergency Care Center in Plainfield for treatment of minor injuries and has since been released.

    The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Plainfield Police Officer Caleb Schwarz at 860-564-0804.


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    Two people were taken to the hospital after a serious crash on Route 44 in Norfolk Tuesday night.

    Officials confirmed a serious two-car crash on Route 44 at Route 182, near George’s Garage. Roads are slick and ice covered, officials warned.

    One person suffered serious injuries and was unresponsive on scene, according to Norfolk fire spokesperson Jon Barbagallo. A second person was also taken to the hospital, with minor injuries.

    No other details were immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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    Two people were hurt, one seriously, in a crash on Route 44 in Norfolk Tuesday night.Two people were hurt, one seriously, in a crash on Route 44 in Norfolk Tuesday night.

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    A pedestrian has been struck on Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven and fire officials are asking drivers to avoid the area.

    Officials from the North Haven Fire Department Tweeted that firefighters and police responded to the scene on Quinnipiac Avenue, near Middletown Avenue and they are performing CPR.

    Fire officials are asking people to avoid the area through the morning.



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    The two left lanes of Interstate 91 North in Rocky Hill are closed and there are heavy delays between exits 23 and 24 into Cromwell, past Route 372.

    The right two lanes are getting by.

    The state Department of Transportation is reporting it as a rollover crash.



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    One of the authors of the latest federal climate assessment, which warns of severe consequences for the country’s economy, environment and public health from global warming, quickly pushed back Tuesday against the White House press secretary’s statement that the findings were not based on facts.

    Katharine Hayhoe, the author of the report’s climate scenarios chapter and co-director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, accused Sarah Huckabee Sanders of misrepresenting the report.

    Sanders said the report "is based on the most extreme modeled scenario, which contradicts long-established trends.”

    Hayhoe responded: “That’s two false statements because: 1 we considered many scenarios including vv low ones; and 2, the chapter I wrote concludes this, based on actual data.”

    Hayhoe challenged the same assertion from the White House earlier, tweeting that the report had considered a very broad range of scenarios.

    The National Climate Assessment, mandated by Congress and produced by 13 federal agencies and outside scientists, warned that natural disasters were worsening because of global warming, threatening hundreds of billions of dollars in losses.

    President Donald Trump immediately rejected the report’s projection of economic devastation, telling reporters “I don’t believe it.”

    Trump, who has mocked climate change science, wants the United States to use more coal and roll back environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration that would restrict greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes and from power plants.

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had similarly questioned the report, describing it as extreme and worst-case.

    Hayhoe did agree with Sanders that modeling was complicated and said that was why she had a section on “Potential Surprises,” which included the worrisome conclusion that models tended to underestimate temperature change.

    Models have done a “darn good job of reproducing observed changes,” Hayhoe added.



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    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe speaks during a discussion on climate change at the South by South Lawn festival on the South Lawn of the the White House on Oct. 3, 2016, in Washington, DC.Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe speaks during a discussion on climate change at the South by South Lawn festival on the South Lawn of the the White House on Oct. 3, 2016, in Washington, DC.

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    Bridgeport police are investigating a homicide after a man was shot in the neck and torso Tuesday night. 

    Police said shots were fired on Laurel Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. and officers found an unresponsive 30-year-old man. 

    He was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. 

    They said the shooting was not random and the victim appears to have been targeted. 

    Police have not released the victim’s name because they waiting on identity confirmation from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and need to notify family. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Winkler at 203-581-5224 or the Bridgeport Police Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS (8477). 



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