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    Dunkin' is notifying certain DD Perks account holders that their accounts may have been compromised.

    In a statement, Dunkin' Brands said they were notified by one of their security vendors that an outside source might have obtained DD Perks account holders' usernames and passwords through other companies or organizations' security breaches.

    The company said its internal systems "did not experience a data security breach."

    Dunkin' said it learned of the issue on Oct. 31. It said the individuals who obtained the usernames and passwords used them to try to break into various online accounts across the internet. Dunkin' said its security vendor was able to stop most of these attempts.

    The company said it has sent notification letters to DD Perks account holders who may have experienced unauthorized access to their accounts. DD Perks is a customer loyalty program that allows users to order on-the-go, skip in-store lines and accumulate points that can be traded in for free beverages.

    The information that may have been accessed includes first and last names, email addresses and customers' 16-digit DD Perks account numbers and DD Perks QR codes.

    Dunkin' said it forced a password reset that required potentially impacted DD Perks account holders to log out and log back in to their account using a new password.

    The company said it has launched an internal investigation and is working with its security vendor to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.

    Anyone with questions can go to dunkindonuts.com or call 800-447-0013, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST.



    Photo Credit: WNBC

    Outside view of a Dunkin' DonutsOutside view of a Dunkin' Donuts

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    A lot has changed when it comes to tolls since Connecticut removed the last toll booths in 1988.

    First, states like Massachusetts and New York have eliminated traditional toll takers, and booths where cars have to stop. They’ve advanced to electronic gantries that read transponders like an EZ-Pass or they take photos of license plates for payments.

    Second, personal data has become one of the most valuable commodities for businesses looking to target customers.

    David McGuire, executive director the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, says the state has the chance to protect all drivers’ data if it chooses to implement tolls during the 2019 legislative session.

    “Now that we’re potentially starting this from scratch we have the opportunity to build this the right way with the proper data safeguards in place to make sure that the data is just used for the purposes of collecting the toll, not for tracking people for long periods of time,” he said.

    Connecticut is the only state in New England without any kind of tolling program to pay for transportation infrastructure.

    Governor-elect Ned Lamont and top Democrats in the General Assembly, fresh off major gains in both the House and Senate, have eyed at least tolls on trucks driving through the state.

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation has commissioned multiple studies on the topic, with the most recent one suggesting that 82 tolling locations around Connecticut could collect $1 billion annually.

    The ACLU advocates for protecting such information from being sold to private companies.

    McGuire says with that many locations, every driver is potentially being following by the state.

    “Really a privacy nightmare in many cases. If you think of a gantry every six miles on a highway, that’s going to be able to track you with pretty extreme precision over long stretches across the state.”

    A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Transportation told NBC Connecticut, “We fully expect that these issues will be taken under consideration during any toll debate.”

    Different states have varying rules and regulations when it comes to the use of data collected by electronic tolls. In many cases, police can obtain driving data when a warrant has been issued in connection with an investigation.

    McGuire says those kinds of carve outs are necessary, but they need to be limited in scope.

    “We’re not saying you shouldn’t go forward with tolls. We as an organization don’t take a position,” McGuire said. “We just say if you do it, do it in a thoughtful, careful way so we don’t sell people’s privacy short for short term financial gain.”


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    The Department of Veterans Affairs told congressional staffers that it will not reimburse veterans who have been paid less than they were owed after student veterans across the country said they have received delayed or incorrect GI Bill benefit payments, NBC News reported

    The news conflicts with a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month that it would reimburse those veterans who received less than the full amount they were due. Two committee aides told NBC the VA said it could not make retroactive payments without auditing its previous education claims, which it said would delay future claims.

    Some veterans have been forced into desperate financial straits stemming from a change in calculating housing allowances under the Forever GI Bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law in July 2017. When its computers were unable to process that change, the VA quickly faced a backlog of veterans’ claims three times higher than normal.

    Because of those issues, the VA had announced earlier on Wednesday that it would delay the Forever GI Bill housing allowance changes until Dec. 2019 — and again promised that retroactive payments would be made to those who did not receive a correct amount. But officials told congressional staffers that once the system is made right next year, they would not make retroactive payments to those who were underpaid because of the housing miscalculations.

    When asked for comment, a VA spokesman reiterated that the agency would delay paying housing allowances in accordance with the new Forever GI Bill until the spring term of 2020 and instead pay housing allowances based on Department of Defense's older Basic Housing Allowance rates.



    Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, File

    In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

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    Porn star Stormy Daniels said her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, went against her wishes in filing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, NBC News reported

    Daniels, in a statement first reported Wednesday by the Daily Beast, said that aside from the defamation case, Avenatti "has spoken on my behalf without my approval," and started a new fundraising site to raise money for her without her knowledge.

    Avenatti told NBC News he was surprised by his client's statement, and said "a number of things" in it were "not accurate." He did not elaborate on what was inaccurate.



    Photo Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP, File

    In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, and her attorney Michael Avenatti talk to reporters outside federal court in New York City.In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, and her attorney Michael Avenatti talk to reporters outside federal court in New York City.

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    The Dead Sea, which lies between Israel and Jordan, is retreating by more than three feet a year, creating sinkholes that swallow up buildings and roads, and causing upheaval in tourism industry, NBC News reported.

    Damming and mineral extraction have contributed to the decline, along with evaporating seawater.

    A $1.5-billion project to build a desalination facility in Jordan aims to transform Red Sea water into drinking water and pump the remaining salty brine into the Dead Sea. The best-case scenario would see construction begin in early 2021 and take around three-and-a-half years to complete.

    Click here for more information on why the dead sea is dying and efforts at a solution. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    In this Nov. 28, 2017 photo, an aerial view shows sinkholes in the abandoned tourist resort of Ein Gedi on the Dead Sea shore.In this Nov. 28, 2017 photo, an aerial view shows sinkholes in the abandoned tourist resort of Ein Gedi on the Dead Sea shore.

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    A grizzly bear killed a woman and her 10-month-old baby girl at their cabin in remote northwest Canada this week, NBC News reported.

    Gjermund Roesholt found the bodies of his wife, local teacher Valerie Theoret, and their daughter Adele on Monday around 3 p.m., according to the chief coroner of the Yukon.

    The bear charged at Roesholt as he returned to the cabin from fur trapping. He fatally shot the animal, the coroner said, then discovered his family's bodies outside the cabin — Theoret and Adele had apparently been taking a walk when they were attacked.

    "Valerie Theoret was a valued educator, and students and staff will miss her dearly. Our heartfelt condolences are with her family and friends, as well as staff and students who are grieving," said a Yukon department of education official in a statement.



    Photo Credit: Emilie Dory

    Valerie Theoret and her daughterValerie Theoret and her daughter

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    You can go to Walmart to buy toothpaste and shampoo, order glasses or fulfill a drug prescription. Now, some customers can also get therapy, Today.com reported.

    A new outpatient mental health clinic has opened inside a Walmart store in Carrollton, Texas, north of Dallas. People can walk in, call or make an appointment online to see a licensed mental health professional about problems such as anxiety, depression, grief, relationship troubles or the stresses of everyday living. 

    Beacon Health Options, a Boston-based behavioral health services company, is leasing space in the store and runs the clinic. It’s the first such practice Beacon has opened in a retail setting, the company announced in a news release this week, noting the location was chosen for its convenience. More than 10 million Texans live in an area considered to have a shortage of mental health care professionals, the company added.

    Executives said the goal is to offer mental health services to people in rural communities who might otherwise not get care.



    Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP, File

    This May 9, 2013, file photo shows a worker pushing shopping carts in front of a Walmart store in La Habra, Calif.This May 9, 2013, file photo shows a worker pushing shopping carts in front of a Walmart store in La Habra, Calif.

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    Police have arrested two people suspected of attacking a man in Shelton last month. 

    Police said the victim, a 35-year-old man, was found unresponsive and covered in blood on the sidewalk along Center Street around 1 a.m. on Oct. 12. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, treated for serious injuries to his face and body and released from the hospital after an extended period of treatment. 

    Shelton detectives investigated and identified two suspects. 

    Police arrested 31-year-old Kelvin Whitehurst, of Derby, last week and he was charged with assault in the first degree, conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. Bond was set at $250,000. 

    Coma Fogle, 37, of Waterbury turned himself in to Shelton Police Wednesday. He was charged with assault in the first degree, conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. Bond was set at $250,000. 



    Photo Credit: Shelton Police

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    Prison letters written by James "Whitey" Bulger reveal new details about his life behind bars.

    A former convict who corresponded with Bulger shared some of the former Boston crime boss' handwritten letters with the Boston Globe this week in which he described his deteriorating health and his wishes for "one of those easy deaths."

    In a 2017 letter, Bulger wrote about how he refused to be taken to a hospital, saying that he preferred to say in prison "and hope to get a peaceful death... one of those he Died in his Sleep kind."

    In another letter, he described a 2017 episode while incarcerated in Florida where he thought he was having a heart attack. "Friend pushed me down to medical — first off wanted oxygen," Bulger wrote.

    On another occasion, Bulger wrote that he "dreaded" going back to the hospital.

    “Its in town and naturally lots of security – shackles and chains through them and into end of the bed and left hand with cursed black box invented by some “inmate” with heavy padlock. I’ve been in that situation 3 times — heart attacks — have had 4 — running out of my 9 lives.”

    The man he wrote the letters to, 86-year-old Charlie Hopkins of Florida, said they are evidence Bulger was not healthy enough to be transferred from Florida to the federal prison in West Virginia where he was killed.

    Bulger, 89, was beaten to death on Oct. 30 soon after being transferred to USP Hazelton. He was reportedly transferred there for disciplinary reasons after his medical classification was suddenly changed.

    A New York Times report released last week said investigators are still trying to figure out which of the at least four men sent to solitary confinement following the attack beat Bulger to death, why he was transferred to Hazelton and why he was placed in general population despite his known health issues.

    Bulger, who ran a largely Irish mob in Boston in the 1970s and '80s, was serving a life sentence for participating in 11 killings at the time of his death. He worked as an FBI informant who ratted on the New England Mob while simultaneously running his own crime ring responsible for loansharking, extortion and a string of murders.

    He fled Boston in late 1994 after being tipped off by his FBI handler that he was about to be indicted. He spent the next 16 years as one of America's most wanted fugitives until he was found in 2011, living with his girlfriend in a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica, California.

    Federal officials have only said they are investigating Bulger's death as a homicide.

    Bulger's killing was the third at Hazelton in the last six months.


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    A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that headlights on nearly half of 2018 model cars tested by the group do not adequately light the road, and most “good-rated” headlights only come with optional packages or an upgraded trim.

    According to the IIHS, out of 424 headlight possibilities across trims on 2018 models tested by the group, 67 percent earned a "marginal" or "poor" rating because of inadequate visibility for drivers, excessive glare from low beams for oncoming drivers, or both.

    The IIHS, an insurance industry-funded organization that evaluates automotive safety, said that 32 of 165 models tested earned the highest rating of good for their best-available headlights, while 58 models earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable" on their best-available lights.

    The study also found that many base-line models have lower-than-average quality headlights, with good-quality lights only available on certain trims or as an optional feature that can often cost consumers a lot more.

    The Kia Soul, for instance, earned a good rating for its best-available headlights, but consumers must pay an additional $3,000 to $6,000 for a package on one of the top two trim lines to get them. This increases the Soul’s base model — and it’s poor-rated headlights — from $16,000 to nearly $26,000.

    "Consumers shouldn't have to buy a fully loaded vehicle to get the headlights they need to safely drive at night," said IIHS spokesman David Aylor. "All new vehicles should come with good headlights."

    The only 2018 models that the IIHS found to come with good-rated headlights, no matter the trim line or options package, are the Genesis G90 and the Lexus NX.

    The Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes Benz E class, Genesis G80 and Toyota Camry had "good" best-available headlights while its less expensive trims still earned an "acceptable" rating, the IIHS said.

    Meanwhile, some manufacturers are leaving drivers in the dark. Poor-rated headlights are the only ones available on 43 models evaluated by the IIHS.

    "Headlights are essential crash avoidance technology," IIHS said in a news release announcing the study's findings. "About half of all fatal crashes in the U.S. occur in the dark, and more than a quarter occur on unlit roads. Headlights have an obvious role to play in preventing nighttime crashes, but not all headlights perform their job equally."

    Engineers at IIHS measure how far light is projected from the low beams and the high beams as the vehicle travels straight and around curves. They also consider the amount of visibility provided by both high and low beams and whether they are creating excessive glare for oncoming drivers.

    In its evaluations, IIHS engineers found LEDs or high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, scored better than halogen projector headlights. They are also more expensive.

    The IIHS says since it started grading headlights two years ago, manufacturers have made improvements to improve ratings. That’s because good-rated headlights are required to qualify for a Top Safety Pick award.

    A full list of tested vehicles and their rating is available here.



    Photo Credit: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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    The 2018 Kia Sedona's HID projector headlights are rated good. To get them, consumers need to buy the SX trim line equipped with the Advanced Touring package or the SXL trim line. The minivan's other trim lines have halogen projector headlights rated poor. These lamps produce excessive glare.The 2018 Kia Sedona's HID projector headlights are rated good. To get them, consumers need to buy the SX trim line equipped with the Advanced Touring package or the SXL trim line. The minivan's other trim lines have halogen projector headlights rated poor. These lamps produce excessive glare.

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    Families at Church Street Elementary in Hamden Thursday morning had a prayer of sorts that their beloved school will remain open as the board of education decides on plans to consolidate the school district. 

    “I pray to God that they don’t close it, that they have a change of heart,” Maritza Rivera said. “It’s a great school, I like the way they treat the kids and the way they manage the school.” 

    Rivera is hoping the school her son has come to love won’t become one of two elementary schools the Board of Education will vote to shut down. 

    “Kind of sad to see it close because it’s a good school,” Gerri Elliott, a grandmother, said. 

    Redistricting for Hamden schools has been on the table since last fall and board members will decide tonight on three scenarios to consolidate the district, which include closing a combination of two of its 10 K-6 schools and moving the sixth graders from those schools to the middle school.

    The schools at stake are Church Street, Dunbar Hill, Shepherd Glen and Helen Street schools.

    “He’s been to school since kindergarten, so he’s the last graduating class,” Elliott said. 

    Elliott said the possibility of closing the neighborhood school also eliminates a sense of community. 

    There are "so many people in this area that have children that now have to find somewhere to go and the children have to learn to make new friends all over. It’s just sad,” Elliott said. 

    The district said it will help with the transition process, which is set to be complete by Fall 2020. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    The homeless man who became famous, and then notorious, for allegedly fabricating a story in order to raise money for himself and his conspirators is headed to New Jersey where the scheme apparently unfolded, according to prosecutors.

    Johnny Bobbitt waived extradition back to Burlington County at a brief hearing in Philadelphia Thursday morning.

    The 35-year-old will be sent to New Jersey once his pending legal matters in Pennsylvania are resolved to face fraud charges stemming from an elaborate GoFundMe scheme.

    The Marine vet won't be sent back to New Jersey until he attends a probation violation hearing that's scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia.

    Bail has also been revoked for Bobbitt, who has remained behind bars since his Nov. 14 arrest.

    Bobbitt was charged in Burlington County with conspiracy and theft by deception for an alleged GoFundMe plot that "hoodwinked an awful lot of people," authorities said.

    The so-called conspiracy involved South Jersey residents Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico. A photo circulated on the internet showing McClure and Bobbitt on the side of Interstate 95 last year after Bobbitt had supposedly used his last $20 to help the woman fill her gas tank.

    Soon, the heartwarming story landed on a GoFundMe campaign that went viral and raised raised more than $400,000 from thousands of people.

    But once the relationship soured, law enforcement officials investigating the case stumbled on a 2012 Facebook post from Bobbitt. It was of a photo, very similar to the one of Bobbitt and McClure, featuring the homeless man with a different woman in North Carolina. That woman had apparently run out of gas and had a flat tire in a Walmart parking lot, prosecutors said.

    Bobbitt claimed to have used the last of his “supper money” to help her out, Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina said.

    “I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” he said.

    The accusation is part of an ongoing investigation into Bobbitt, McClure and D’Amico. Prosecutors contend that the trio conspired to create a fraudulent GoFundMe campaign and keep the money for themselves.

    The scheme could have worked had McClure and D'Amico not kept more than agreed for themselves, fraud and forensic expert Howard Silverstone said.

    “If the three of them would have … divvied up the money and gone about their business, no one would have any reason to question it,” he said.

    Instead, the group became entangled in a bitter court battle that has led investigators to charge all of them for fraud.

    McClure and D'Amico had been dating at the time of the conspiracy, but they have since broken up. McClure has publicly blamed her ex-boyfriend for masterminding the plot and is claiming innocence. 

    Earlier this month, McClure's attorney released audio of her and D'Amico fighting about who was responsible for defrauding well-intentioned donors. 

    The exchanges between the former couple grew increasingly heated throughout the 11-minute recording. At one point, McClure cried as D’Amico screamed that she was a “weak slob” and letting a “junky” get between them.



    Photo Credit: David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man involved in an expanding criminal probe of a GoFundMe campaign, in Philadelphia in 2018.Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man involved in an expanding criminal probe of a GoFundMe campaign, in Philadelphia in 2018.

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    Traffic is being detoured after a dump truck hit a utility pole on Route 63 in Naugatuck and police said the detour is expected to be in place for hours. 

    Police said utility lines are down and across New Haven Road near Cross Street and Cross Point Plaza. 

    The southbound detour from New Haven Road, from downtown Naugatuck, is Cross Street toward Route 8 and Cotton Hollow Road/Beacon Valley Road, police said. 

    The northbound detour from Bethany will be to Cotton Hollow Road. All traffic north of Beacon Valley Road on New Haven Road will be turned around near Cross Point Plaza. 

    Police are asking drivers to avoid the area and use alternate routes.



    Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police

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    Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old Stamford mother of three and they have charged her husband with cruelty to persons. He is accused of withholding medical care from his wife, according to a post on the Stamford Police Instagram page.

    Police said they were contacted about a medical call on Monday after a private ambulance was called and officers, firefighters and EMS responded to Pequot Lane, where they found 36-year-old Olga Iris Lopez.

    She was unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the living room floor, according to police. First responders provided emergency care and transported Olga Lopez to Stamford Hospital.

    Police said a witness attributed her condition to “her tendency to trip and fall and her recent drinking.”

    As officers investigated, they learned that Olga Lopez had a significant brain bleed and extensive bruising, police said. She was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit and died the next morning, according to police.

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and the results are pending further study.

    The Stamford Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating and arrested 42-year-old Hector Lopez after the preliminary investigation.

    Hector Lopez, who is also known as Hector Collazzo, was charged with cruelty to persons. He is being held on $250,000 bond, according to the online court docket. He is due back in court on Jan. 10. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. None is listed on the online docket.

    Police said the couple’s three children are in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

    Major crime investigators would like to speak with anyone who has information about the events that led to the death of Olga Lopez. Police said anyone with information should call Sgt. Chris Broems or Investigator Damien Rosa at 203-977-4420.



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    Torrington police, firefighters and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have been called after a suspicious powder was found on a playground at an elementary school. 

    Police said officers and firefighters have responded to Forbes School on Migeon Avenue and crews from DEEP have also been called. 

    The area is secure, all students are in the school and no one was injured, police said. 

    No additional information was immediately available.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Crews from the Metropolitan District have repaired a broken water main on Main Street near Glastonbury Town Hall and they said it is back in service.

    Police said they received a call around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The main, which was installed in 1990, was shut down around 1:30 a.m., according to MDC.

    Road and site restoration is expected to be completed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., officials from MDC said around 11 a.m.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are Connecting You to Joy with coverage of the New Haven Tree lighting.

    Come join us on Thursday, Nov. 29th 4 to 8 p.m. as Santa flips the switch to activate thousands of lights on the massive tree at the New Haven Green - 250 Temple St. in New Haven.

    The East Windsor Middle School Chorus won this year's "Choral Contest," sponsored by NBC CT and will be performing on the Green and live on television!

    Kick off the holiday season with this free festival with a petting zoo, carnival rides, Santa visits, refreshments, live entertainment and more!

    NBC Connecticut will also present our special at the New Haven tree lighting! If you cannot join us in person, tune in at 7 p.m. and watch it on NBC Connecticut.  You can also watch it live on our free mobile app.

    The show will be hosted by Keisha Grant, Mike Hydeck, Kerri-Lee Mayland and Kevin Nathan.

    Ryan Hanrahan, Justin Schecker, Leslie Mayes and CT LIVE!'s Taylor Kinzler and Jimmy Marlow V will all be joining in the festivities on the Green.  Snow Monster will also be making a special appearance starting at 4 p.m.!

    Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra's Cecy Del Carmen will be broadcasting the weather forecast live for Telemundo Connecticut from the Green from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

    See the event Facebook invite here.

    Here is a look at the beginning of last year's tree lighting broadcast and the moment the tree was lit last year.


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    Want to make sure your holiday cards and gifts arrive in time for Christmas? Save these dates, and keep in mind there may be extra surcharges for rush delivery during the holiday season.

    United States Postal Service

    The United States Postal Service said cards and packages need to be mailed no later than these dates for an expected delivery by Dec. 25:

    Dec. 4: Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

    Dec. 11: APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

    Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground

    Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

    Dec. 20: First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

    Dec. 20: First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

    Dec. 20: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

    Dec. 20: Priority Mail

    Dec. 20: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

    Dec. 22: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

    Dec. 22: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

    Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express

    UPS 

    For more information on UPS schedules and pricing, click here.

    Dec. 18: UPS 3 Day Select

    Dec. 20: UPS 2nd Day Air

    Dec. 21: UPS Next Day Air

    FedEx 

    These services and dates are based on shipping from one U.S. location to another, excluding Puerto Rico. For more information and details on international shipments, click here.

    Dec. 10: FedEx SmartPost

    Dec. 17: FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground

    Dec. 19: FedEx Express Saver from one U.S. location to another

    Dec. 20: FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M. from one U.S. location to another

    Dec 21: FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight and FedEx First Overnight from one U.S. location to another



    Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images

    In this file photo, parcels move along a conveyor belt at the United States Postal Service (USPS) sorting center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.In this file photo, parcels move along a conveyor belt at the United States Postal Service (USPS) sorting center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

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    The Connecticut Department of Public Health is working with local health departments across the state to offer flu shot clinics.

    As of Nov. 24, 2018, 151 have tested positive for the flu and 55 have been hospitalized. There has also been one flu-related death in Connecticut this season.

    The flu is most dangerous to children younger than 2, people 65 and older, pregnant women and groups with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure or lung disease. For more information, click here.

    The flu clinics are low-cost or free. A list of locations and times is below:

    December 1: 

    East Hampton
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months,5-18 y.o and adults 
    Location: Chatham Health District, 240 Middletown Ave., East Hampton
    Sponsored by: Chatham Health District
    Times: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Hartford
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Arroyo Community Center, 30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford
    Sponsored by: Hartford Health Department
    Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 1

    Milford
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Milford Health Department, 83 New Haven Ave., Milford
    Sponsored by: Milford Health Department
    Times: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    New Milford 
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults 
    Location: New Milford VNA, 60 Park Lane, New Milford 
    Sponsored by: Newtown, Danbury, Bethel, Ridgefield, Brookfield, New Milford, Redding, New Fairfield and Sherman Health Department
    Times: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Newtown
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults 
    Location: Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, Newtown
    Sponsored by: Newtown Health Department 
    Times: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

    Old Saybrook
    Vaccine available for ages: 4-18 y.o and adults
    Location: CT River Area Health District, 455 Boston Post Road. Suite 7, Old Saybrook
    Sponsored by: CT River Area Health District
    Times: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

    Putnam
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center, 9 Technology Drive, Putnam
    Sponsored by: Northeast Health District
    Times: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Seymour
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour  
    Sponsored by: Naugatuck Valley Health District
    Times: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    Southbury
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Pomperaug Health District, 77 Main St. North, Suite 205, Southbury
    Sponsored by: Pomperaug Health District
    Times: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Stamford
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Stamford Government Center Lobby, 888 Washington Blvd.
    Sponsored by: Stamford Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

    Storrs
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o. and adults
    Location: E.O. Smith High School, 1235 Storrs Road, Storrs
    Sponsored by: Eastern Highland Health District
    Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Torrington
    Vaccine available for ages: adults
    Location: Torrington Health Department, 350 Main St., Torrington
    Sponsored by: Torrington Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

    Vernon
    Vaccine available for ages:  4 y.o. through adults
    Location: Vernon Police Station, 725 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon
    Sponsored by: North Central Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    Waterbury
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: City Hall (Veteran's Hall), Grand Ave, Waterbury  
    Sponsored by: Waterbury Health Department
    Times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

    Willimantic
    Vaccine available for ages: 4 y.o through adults  
    Location: Windham Town Hall-Bellingham Auditorium, 979 Main St. Willimantic
    Sponsored by: North Central Health Department
    Times: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    December 8

    Branford
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o. and adults
    Location: East Shore District Health Department, 688 East Main St. Branford
    Sponsored by: East Shore District Health Department
    Times: 10 a.m. -12 p.m. 

    Coventry
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o. and adults
    Location: Coventry High School, 78 Ripley Road, Coventry
    Sponsored by: Eastern Highland Health District
    Times: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

    Danbury
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o. and adults 
    Location: Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave, New Milford
    Sponsored by: Danbury Health Department 
    Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

    New Haven
    Vaccine available for ages:  6-59 months, 5-18 y.o. and adults
    Location: Ives Branch of New Haven Public Library, Program Room
    Sponsored by: New Haven Health Department
    Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    New London
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Ledge Light Health Department, 216 Broad St., New London
    Sponsored by: Ledge Light Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Old Saybrook
    Vaccine available for ages: 4-18 y.o and adults
    Location: CT River Area Health District, 455 Boston Post Road. Suite 7, Old Saybrook
    Sponsored by: CT River Area Health District
    Times: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

    Orange
    Vaccine available for ages:  adults
    Location: Orange VNA, 605A Orange Center Road, Orange
    Sponsored by: Orange Health Department
    Times: 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

    Putnam
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center, 9 Technology Drive, Putnam
    Sponsored by: Northeast Health District
    Times: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Stamford
    Vaccine available for ages: 6-59 months, 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Stamford Government Center Lobby, 888 Washington Blvd.
    Sponsored by: Stamford Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

    Windsor
    Vaccine available for ages: 5-18 y.o and adults
    Location: Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad St. Windsor
    Sponsored by: Windsor Health Department
    Times: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


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    NBC Connecticut Responds helped a Stamford woman claim her refund from the state’s unclaimed property list after she struggled to get her money.

    When Jennifer Peppe discovered a $138.99 refund on the state’s online unclaimed property list, she was ecstatic. But the Stamford resident said the process for getting her money was pretty disappointing.

    “It’s not even that much. So, honestly the process has been so difficult,” said Peppe.

    Peppe said she followed the state’s instructions to claim the money and mailed in the required paperwork to complete the process.

    “They sent me a letter saying that it’s from this Bank Mobile Vibe,” said Peppe.

    Peppe said she called the Bank Mobile Vibe and confirmed that it was her account and that she had a housing deposit refund from when she attended the University of Hartford.

    But Peppe claimed neither she or her family had any knowledge of that bank account.

    “I was never notified. I didn’t even know about this,” said Peppe.

    A spokesperson with the University of Hartford explained that their records showed that Peppe set up her own account in February of 2012 and that it was closed after she graduated in May of 2014.

    The university says a physical check of $138.99 would have been sent by BankMobile Vibe to the student for the refund.

    Peppe doesn’t remember opening the account and said she never got the check, but she wanted the money. So she reached out to the state again and they told her it still wasn’t enough to release the check.

    “The state of Connecticut needs the bank to write a letter that state’s that Jennifer Peppe is the payee of this check,” explained Peppe.

    Peppe requested that letter but says the bank told her that they couldn’t provide it because it was beyond the bank’s 90 days policy to claim the money and because she didn’t have an account with them.

    The bank also stated that they tried to reach Peppe through email. She says she didn’t get the message.

    “I said if they did, I would’ve cashed that check,” said Peppe.

    After several failed attempts to get a resolution, she turned to NBC Connecticut Responds.

    “I watch NBC every day. So, I said I’m just going to write in to Sandra Jones,” said Peppe.

    We reached out to both the State Treasurer’s office and Bank Mobile Vibe.

    In a statement, the State Treasurer’s office told Responds:

    “The office learned for the first time that a bank subsidiary, Bank Mobile Vibe, actually was the holder of the unclaimed assets turned over to the state. After multiple conversations with the bank explaining that its filings were incomplete, the state was told that Ms. Peppe is the payee.”

    Bank Mobile said, “they are working directly with the customer and that the requested letter was sent to the state of Connecticut on November 5.”

    After Responds intervened, Jennifer finally got her $138.99 refund check and she’s glad it finally worked out.

    “Relieved and just happy. Very thankful for you guys,” said Peppe.

    The State Treasurer’s Office said they have to rely on businesses to report unclaimed assets correctly.

    Cashier’s checks are negotiable instruments and the rightful owner must present an original check or a letter from the business that remitted the information to our office.

    The instructions for claiming unclaimed assets state: “If the property type includes a negotiable instrument such as, but not limited to, a cashier's check, money order, Treasurer's check or gift certificate / gift card, the original document must be submitted as proof of ownership.”



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Jennifer Peppe discovered a $138.99 refund on the state’s online unclaimed property list, but struggled to collect.Jennifer Peppe discovered a $138.99 refund on the state’s online unclaimed property list, but struggled to collect.

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