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A man was shot while he was resisting a robbery in Waterbury on Saturday night, according to police.
Officers said a 33-year-old man was shot in the left arm while he was resisting a robbery at 1775 East Main Street.
The man was transported to St. Mary's Hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The suspect is described as a man with a mask.
Detectives are investigating the incident.
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The partial government shutdown created a delicious irony at federal prisons — inmates dining on lavish holiday meals in front of disgruntled staffers forced to work without pay.
The striking dynamic played out at dozens of prisons across the country on Christmas and New Year's Day, several workers told NBC News, aggravating staffers who were already fretting about bills to pay and children to feed.
Inmates at FCI Pekin in Illinois enjoyed a fancy meal of steak and shrimp on Jan. 1. Cornish hen and Boston Creme pie were on the menu at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. And the prisoners at a federal institution in Minnesota munched on heaping plates of chicken wings, according to staffers and documents obtained by NBC News.
The shutdown marks the latest hardship for a group of roughly 36,000 federal employees who have been complaining about staff shortages and dangerous work conditions for months.
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adult eating grilled steak on a plate
A Connecticut State Trooper is recovering after getting injured in a crash in Hartford on Saturday night.
According to Connecticut State Police, troopers were called to Interstate 84 eastbound at exit 50 in Hartford around 10:10 p.m. after a report of a crash.
Police said an on duty trooper was rear ended by another vehicle and there were reports of injuries. The trooper was transported to the hospital to be evaluated.
The extent of the trooper's injuries is unknown.
The crash closed the right and center lanes on the highway, but they have since reopened.
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The NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for a storm that may cause issues for the Tuesday morning commute.
This storm will have a wintry side to it. We expect snow to develop for most of the state Monday night before transitioning over to rain, with a period of freezing rain also possible.
Off and on showers are expected to continue Tuesday afternoon and evening, with otherwise cloudy skies, before we run the risk of the transition back in to snow mixing with rain by early Wednesday morning.
Once our second round of wintry weather clears Wednesday night, much colder air will move in for the end of the week and weekend, with high temperatures for Friday through the start of next week will top off in the 20s and 30s. We'll also have a wind chill factor for Friday morning making it feel like the single digits.
You can get the latest forecast anytime here.
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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an ambitious plan Saturday to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border, reinforcing his country’s commitment to manufacturing and trade despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.
Mexico will slash income and corporate taxes to 20 percent from 30 percent for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8 percent the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.
Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1, said the idea is to stoke wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S. Mexico committed to boost wages during last year’s negotiations to retool its free trade agreement with the U.S. and Canada.
Speaking from Ciudad Juarez, a manufacturing hub south of El Paso, Texas, Lopez Obrador said Saturday he agrees with Trump that Mexican wages “should improve.” He decried, for instance, that Mexican auto workers earn a fraction of what their U.S. counterparts take home, topping out at just $3 an hour versus a typical wage of $23 an hour in the U.S.
Yet the economic plan comes at a delicate moment for the border region. Trump threatened as recently as last week to close the U.S.-Mexico border “entirely” if Democrats refuse to allot $5.6 billion to expand the wall that separates the two countries.
Economy Minister Graciela Marquez noted Saturday that the border region targeted for economic stimulus accounts for 7.5 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product. And in recent years, she said, the 43 municipalities included in the plan have boasted combined economic growth of 3.1 percent, above the national average of 2.6 percent for the six years through 2017.
Much of that robustness owes to trade and proximity with the U.S., the world’s biggest economy.
“We have to take advantage of this locomotive that we have on the other side of the border,” she said.
Marquez expressed optimism that the stimulus plan will direct more Mexican and foreign investment into the border region. The plan for the border region is part of what Lopez Obrador calls “curtains of development” to shore up different corridors of the country so that Mexicans stay rather than migrating in search of better economic prospects.
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Actor Kevin Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court Monday to face charges of assault and battery.
The charges stem from allegations that Spacey groped the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh in July of 2016.
The arraignment comes after the actor’s attorney tried to have him excused from the proceedings.
A Massachusetts judge denied Spacey’s motion that he be excused from appearing at his arraignment Monday.
On Christmas Eve the Cape & Islands district attorney announced that a criminal complaint had been filed against the 59-year-old actor the previous week.
In the police report, the actor is accused of assaulting Unruh’s son at the Club Car Restaurant on Nantucket. Unruh’s said her son was 18-years-old at the time.
State police documents say Unruh’s son claims he was groped by Spacey after the “House of Cards” actor bought him drinks while he was working at the restaurant.
On the same day the charges were announced, Spacey tweeted a video of himself playing his killed-off character on the show, Frank Underwood.
“Because I can promise you this. If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do," Spacey said in the video. "Of course they’re going to say I’m being disrespectful, not playing by the rules. Like I ever played by anyone’s rules before.”
The report also alleges that the victim said his girlfriend didn’t believe him when he texted her that Spacey was hitting on him, so he sent a Snapchat video of the alleged assault.
The allegations come after Spacey was fired by Netflix over accusations of sexual assault and harassment.
He was also cut from the Ridley Scott film "All the Money in the World" and was replaced by Christopher Plummer just one month before the film’s release.
A representative for Spacey did not return the NBC News request for comment after the charges were announced.
After Spacey was fired by Netflix in 2017, his representatives said he would seek evaluation and treatment.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey speaks onstage at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
OK, you can all exhale now.
The Eagles are off to New Orleans for a rematch against the Saints in the NFC conference semifinals after a heart-stopping 16-15 win over the Bears at Soldier Field.
It wasn’t over until former Eagle Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal in the final seconds.
One kneeldown later and the miracle season was still alive.
1. This was such a team win. That’s my biggest takeaway from Sunday. Everybody in uniform contributed in some way, and that’s what you need to win a road playoff game against a great team. It wasn’t just about Nick Foles and Fletcher Cox. There was forgotten Golden Tate with the game-winning touchdown. There was Tre Sullivan knocking down a pass. There was Cre’Von LeBlanc with a huge third-down tackle short of the sticks. And so on. An incredible team win, and Doug Pederson and his coaches deserve so much credit for having the the entire roster ready for a really tremendous challenge.
2. One of the most impressive things about Nick Foles is his ability to shrug off mistakes and play at a high level against really high-level teams. He was bad early, but you never see him hang his head or get frustrated or try to do too much and get it all back at once. He’s extremely strong mentally and we saw that in the second half, when he was 15-for-24 for 123 yards with no interceptions and two TD passes after a two-INT first half. The way he’s able to ignore immense pressure and the longest odds and the worst situations and rally his team time after time is something that’s reserved only for the greatest, and lately every time Foles plays he proves that he’s one of them.
4. Think about this stretch for Foles: He’s beaten the 13-3 Rams in L.A., he’s beaten the 11-5 Texans at home and now he’s beaten the 12-4 Bears in Chicago. This is incredible stuff, and any question whether last year was some sort of fluke needs to understand that Foles is magical. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and nothing he does surprises me.
5. And how about Golden Tate? I mean, the kid had been playing less and less, he hadn’t made an impact since he got here, and who catches the game-winning pass? What a story. I give Tate so much credit for staying engaged, staying ready and producing when his number was called on the biggest play of his life. Tate had another big 19-yard gain on a third down where he got clobbered and I don’t know how he held onto the ball. He finished 5-for-46 and it might have been the best 5-for-46 in history. Howie Roseman’s a genius.
6. Defensively, the Eagles were just tremendous deep in their own end and on third down. The Bears had drives down to the 18, 11 and 16 but had to settle for field goals all three times, and then the final drive to the 25 on the missed field goal. In a one-point game, those stops simply saved the game. The biggest stop came early in the fourth quarter after Allen Robinson’s 45-yard catch from Mitch Tribuisky gave the Bears a 1st-and-10 on the Eagles’ 21-yard-line. That could have been a real momentum changer after the Eagles had just taken the lead, but the Bears managed only five yards on their next three plays and settled for another field goal. That was huge.
7. It was surprising to see Avonte Maddox beaten on several big plays in the second half, but the Bears really did a good job taking advantage of his aggressiveness. All their big plays came against him, most of them with Robinson on the receiving end. It doesn’t change my feelings about the fourth-round rookie from Pitt, who made a bunch of big plays earlier in the game. He’s going to be a flat-out stud. He’ll learn from this and get better.
8. The job the Eagles did defensively on Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen was truly impressive. The Bears wanted to get both those backs going, but Howard managed only 10-for-35 rushing and Cohen had one carry for no yards and 3-for-27 receiving. The Eagles were so good tackling both those guys, and they never really were a factor on offense.
9. How freaking big-time was Alshon Jeffery. He continues to show what a big-time postseason player he is. He had six tough catches for 82 yards against his former team, including that catch down to the 2-yard-line with a minute remaining to give the Eagles 1st-and-goal. In just four games, Jeffery is now seventh in Eagles history with 301 yards in the postseason.
10. I know the score last time was 48-7, and I don’t know if the Eagles are going to win Sunday in New Orleans, but I do know this is a different team than it was that day in mid-November. They are going to show up and they’re going to play the Saints tough next Sunday. It’s just a tremendous story the way this team has galvanized in the month and a half since that loss. That was a beaten team. An embarrassed team. And since then they’re 6-1 with the only blemish coming in Dallas in overtime, when they got robbed. Things came so easy for the Eagles last year, and that was an unforgettable year. This year, they’ve had to fight and scratch their way through so much adversity, and the season has a whole different feel to it. This was a 4-6 team and down 19-3 to the Giants on Nov. 25. Now look at them. What a remarkable story. What a remarkable team.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 06: Golden Tate #19 celebrates with Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Chargers next week in the team's first playoff game of the 2018 season.
The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Ravens in Baltimore Sunday afternoon 23-17.
The Patriots, who secured their ninth consecutive first-round bye when they defeated the New York Jets 38-3, ended the regular season as the AFC's No. 2 seed with a record of 11-5. This was the first time the team has failed to win at least 12 games since 2009.
New England finished a perfect 8-0 at home for the seventh time in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, joining the 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013 teams. Only the first two went on to win the Super Bowl.
The Chargers, who ended the regular season with a record of 12-4, will face the Patriots in Foxborough on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1:05 p.m. It's the first time this season that the teams will play one another.
The Patriots are on the hunt to add to their 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2017 Super Bowl titles.
The Town of South Windsor is trying to clear up some confusion involving a controversial trash collection idea.
On Sunday, the mayor sent a message to the community after hearing concerns about a program called “Pay as you Throw.”
The mayor said some people in town thought the proposal was going ahead.
“I wanted to clarify and help them understand, no, we are not making any changes at this time. But more importantly, I also wanted to share with the people that the cost of management of trash across the state is going up," said Mayor Saud Anwar.
The mayor is planning a public meeting about the issue possibly next month.
Town leaders are also looking to talk about possible solutions, including “Pay as you Throw” and other ways to reduce the amount of trash generated.
Kevin Spacey is heading to court on Monday after a former Boston news anchor accused the actor of sexually assaulting her then-18-year-old son in July of 2016.
The 59-year-old actor will face a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court, more than a year after former WCVB-TV anchor, Heather Unruh, accused Spacey of groping her son at a Nantucket restaurant. He has said he would plead not guilty.
Unruh accused the "House of Cards" actor of assaulting her son at the Club Car Restaurant. According to state police documents, Unruh's son claims he was groped by Spacey after he allegedly bought the teen several drinks at the restaurant. When Unruh's son was drunk, Spacey allegedly stuck his hand inside the teenager’s pants and grabbed his genitals, according to documents.
"I want to make it clear - this was a criminal act," Unruh said when she first publicly accused Spacey in November of 2017. "It harmed him, and it cannot be undone."
Spacey’s accuser may have filmed the alleged assault, according to state documents. The alleged victim’s girlfriend did not believe him when he said the actor was making advances at him. Unruh's son then sent her a Snapchat video that showed Spacey’s hand near the teen’s crotch, according to the documents.
Unruh told NBC News that she and her son would not be attending the arraignment.
"We have decided as a family that we will not make any statements until trial," Unruh told NBC News. "We want to preserve the integrity of the case."
NBC isn't naming the accuser because it does not identify the victims of alleged sexual assault.
Spacey's arraignment comes after his attorney tried to have him excused from the proceedings, a motion that was denied by a Massachusetts judge. The Boston Globe reports the actor's attorneys had a chance to fight the indecent assault and battery charge during a secret hearing on Dec. 20.
The groping accusation is one of several sexual misconduct allegations made against Spacey in the last year. He was fired from the final season of his Netflix show "House of Cards" and replaced in a movie, "All the Money in the World," in the wake of the allegations.
His representative has said he was seeking treatment. On Christmas Eve, Spacey released a video in which he appeared to address allegations against him as his "House of Cards" character, Frank Underwood: "Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth."
Sex assault resources are available at the National Sexual Violence Resources Center and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-4673. Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline has helped more than two million people, according to its website.
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Actor/producer Kevin Spacey speaks on stage at the Cars, Arts
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's trip to Iowa over the weekend was nearly flawless and well-received, NBC News reported, no matter what questions the Massachusetts progressive may face over her electability.
Warren was the first top Democrat to step toward the 2020 race for president and, in her three-day debut Iowa trip, nearly 3,000 people came out to hear her talk about selling Girl Scout cookies and fighting what she calles a rigged political system.
"When I first heard her on the stump, it made me feel like exactly where I grew up and the difficulties I grew up with," said J.D. Scholten, a Democrat who lost a challenge against conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in the midterms.
But Warren's age, gender and politics will face scrutiny as she campaigns in what is expected to swell into a large field of Democratic hopefuls, and a woman in Sioux City asked pointedly about President Donald Trump's bullying over Warren's bungled rollout of a DNA test over the senator's Native American ancestry.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, speaks during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Her Iowa debut, beginning Friday evening and continuing across the state Saturday, offered the first glimpse of what she may look like as a 2020 candidate.
On Wednesday, Ned Lamont will be sworn in as governor and he tells NBC Connecticut he’s ready to get to work.
On his last weekend as governor-elect, Ned Lamont hit the road this Sunday.
The Democrat stopped at nonprofits to volunteer and hear how things are going, including at the Beth-El Center in Milford, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.
“There’s a lot of need. That’s what we’re hearing, right? More people are coming in,” said Lamont.
Lamont’s thoughts are also on the road ahead to Hartford.
“We’re ready to go. I was so happy that campaign was over. And you’re ready to govern. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work,” said Lamont.
First up is getting democrats to stick together and to tackle the state budget in the face of multi-billion dollar deficits.
“In terms of other priorities for Democrats this year, potentially tolls, recreational marijuana, higher minimum wage, do you think they’ll all be accomplished this session?” asked NBC Connecticut’s Matt Austin.
“Yeah, these are all a means to an end,” said Lamont.
Lamont says his focus will be the economy, including better job training.
He says it’s going to take working with people of all backgrounds and political stripes for the state to succeed.
“It’s going to be a tough road to hoe. And I need everyone, as I’ve said, at the table to get us through this so the next four years are not defined by a fiscal crisis but they’re defined by a state that’s on the go, on the move,” said Lamont.
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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama is getting withering criticism on social media after rescinding its decision to honor political activist and scholar Angela Davis.
Davis is a Birmingham native who has spent decades fighting for civil rights. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Communist Party USA. She's also an outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
BCRI President and CEO Andrea Taylor said in October that the Institute was "thrilled to bestow this honor" on Davis who she described as "one of the most globally recognized champions of human rights, giving voice to those who are powerless to speak."
But the institute announced Saturday that in late December, "supporters and other concerned individuals and organizations, both inside and outside of our local community, began to make requests that we reconsider our decision."
"Upon closer examination of Davis' statements and public record, we concluded that she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria" for the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
The statement didn't indicate what criteria it found Davis didn't meet, nor did it identify the origin of the complaints. Many people responded with outrage Monday on Twitter and Facebook.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the protests came from the "local Jewish community and some of its allies" in a statement expressing "dismay." He called it a reactive and divisive decision and offered to facilitate a community dialogue in response.
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Angela Davis speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Crews were called to a two-alarm fire in New Haven on Monday morning.
According to New Haven Fire, there were multiple calls for a fire on the second floor of 27 Elizabeth Street with heavy smoke on the second and third floors.
When firefighters arrived, the three-family home was fully involved and the fire had torn through the roof.
Firefighters were ordered out of the building after there were concerns of possible collapse.
NBC Connecticut crews at the scene witnessed a firefighter being loaded onto a stretcher. He was transported to the hospital for a minor back injury, firefighters said.
Fire officials said it's possible that there were more than three families living at the home. There is no word on how many people are displaced.
It is unclear what may have sparked the fire.
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Vernon Police have arrested four people who are accused of trespassing at a vacant and condemned church on Sunday.
Officers said three people from New York and one person from New Jersey saw a posting about the former Sacred Heart Church on Hartford Turnpike on social media, thought it would be a cool place at which to take photos and drove from New York City to Connecticut.
When the four people saw the building was secure, they left, and came back with a hammer to try to break in around 3:15 p.m., police said.
A monitoring system on the property alerted Vernon Police and the four people were arrested.
Police identified the suspects as 20-year-old Anson Chin, of Buffalo, New York, who was charged with criminal attempt/trespass in the second degree and trespass in the third degree; Kenado Mercado, 19, of Brooklyn, New York, who was charged with criminal attempt/trespass in the second degree, trespass in the third degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and possession of burglar tools; Shreyansh Prithyani, 18, of Edison, New Jersey, who was charged with criminal attempt/trespass in the second degree, trespass in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree; Christopher Yu, 24, of Flushing, New York, who was charged with criminal attempt/trespass in the second degree and trespass in the third degree.
They are due in court on Jan. 15.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich took over the church in October 2017 after a merger of Sacred Heart and St. Bernard in Rockville, according to Wayne Gignac, the communications director for the diocese. The Vernon Town Clerk's Office showed the church hadn't been in use since May of 1997.
Gignac said when the Diocese took over the property, it re-secured the building and added other security measures, including cameras. There are also no trespassing signs surrounding the church.
The building had become a target for vandals and trespassers, and was shown in videos posted on YouTube.
The diocese has been working with Vernon Police to limit the number of trespassers on the property. Police said if you trespass, you will get arrested.
Ahead of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, former nominee and producer of the winning film “Green Book” Octavia Spencer posted a behind-the-scenes video from rehearsals inside the Beverly Hills Hotel venue. Alongside she wrote: “Getting ready for the biggest party of the season… oh and they give out awards, too!!” Spencer went on to congratulate the nominees, but she’d already addressed the hurdle the ceremony would have to overcome.
Balance the fun without ignoring an industry still addressing #MeToo and #TimesUp. But try to keep the focus on the actual awards, something the Globes, voted on by around 90 international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, often previously eschewed in favor of the dinner party atmosphere.
Viewers tune to the Globes for the off-the-cuff moments, the party atmosphere and the red-carpet parade. Last year, female attendees donned black as the Globes were the first televised show of the annual Hollywood award season following the fall of Harvey Weinstein and growing calls for greater gender diversity across the industry.
So yes, color returned to the dresses on the red carpet, but in an understated way. Lady Gaga, who won for co-writing “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” drew more gasps for the size of her Tiffany diamonds than the periwinkle-blue Valentino gown she sported.
Pre-show interviews skewed toward the craft, with Gaga referencing acting as “going to the nectar of your being.” It was an early, unintentionally meme-able moment ahead of a show that felt aware of the controversy/celebration tightrope it would have to negotiate.
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg took on the seemingly thankless job of co-hosting and were quick to make a crack about the upcoming Academy Awards and its lack of a host. Kevin Hart stepped away from the duty over backlash when past homophobic comments he made nearly a decade ago resurfaced on social media.
Oh and Samberg delivered a mock roast of attendees and Hollywood in general as part of their opening dialogue that made it clear they knew the task they had accepted. But it was Oh who summed up the evening best when, on a more serious note, she addressed the fear she felt being on the stage Sunday night. Oh said hosting was something she had to do in order to experience a “real” moment, to be able to look out from the stage and see “all these faces of change.”
Oh had already made history as the first Asian actor to co-host the event. Her win for her performance in “Killing Eve” also made her the only woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. But her moment of realness early on proved to be prescient. Overall acceptance speeches were safe, but enough winners took the opportunity to be outspoken and address the big issues facing the industry.
Regina King took home the supporting actress in a motion picture award for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” her first win in three nominations. During her speech, King made a promise that moving forward she would only produce projects that employ at least 50 percent women on the crew and made an impassioned plea for others to do the same.
In her acceptance speech for best actress in a television series comedy or musical, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan highlighted the “matriarchy” that exists on the show.
Christian Bale courted political controversy, with a knowing wink, when he thanked Satan for giving him inspiration for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice.” It was a moment that recalled Globes of old, but the ceremony quickly returned to safer territory.
Similarly, Jeff Bridges’ free-wheeling acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award was redolent of the Dude, his iconic character from “The Big Lebowski,” but before he took his leave from the stage, Bridges told the collective audience that: “We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man.” Loose and fast, but real enough to count.
In an evening where awards were handed out to a diverse group of winners, including best picture statues for “Green Book” (drama) and Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (comedy or musical), it was Glenn Close, in her third Globe win, who brought the room collectively to their feet and delivered a moment of celebration and awareness that Oh would have applauded.
Accepting the best actress award in a film, drama, for her role as the long-patient spouse in “The Wife,” Close shed tears as she called on women to absolutely “find personal fulfillment” and implored them to follow their dreams. “We have to say I can do that. And I should be allowed to do that,” Close said.
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In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Middletown Police are investigating after a bag of dead puppies was found on Sunday.
Officers received a call just before noon from a resident about a bag of dead puppies that was found on the side of Preston Avenue.
Investigators said the four puppies were approximately two weeks old and were black in color with some white on their chin, chest and feet. The puppies were all male and appeared to be a possible poodle or cocker spaniel mixed breed.
According to police, the puppies were transported to Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital, where they were examined and stored until they could be transported to the lab for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. Officials estimate the puppies had been dead for a few hours.
Police said the puppies would have been too young to adopt and should have stayed with their mother.
Middletown Animal Control officers are investigating the death of the puppies. Police said they are processing evidence from the scene.
If you know of a dog that just had puppies and they are no longer around, or if you have any other information, you're urged to contact Middletown Animal Control at (860) 638-4030.
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Tennessee's governor granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown on Monday, commuting her sentence for killing a man while she said she was a teenage sex trafficking victim, NBC News reported.
Brown, now 30, was tried as an adult in 2006 and sentenced to life in prison for the death of Johnny Mitchell Allen, who had paid her for sex. She will be eligible for release to parole on Aug. 7.
Brown's supporters have said her punishment was too extreme. She's said she ran away from home and was living with a pimp who raped her and forced her to become a prostitute, shooting Allen because she believed he was reaching for a gun.
"Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16," Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that went on to call the life sentence "too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life."
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This May 23, 2018, file photo shows Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, asks for a second chance during a clemency hearing at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn.
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The property, which is listed for $5.9 million, includes more than 14 acres and shared boundaries with the Weantinogue Land Trust.
A federal judge on Monday scolded a lawyer for a Russian company charged with meddling in the 2016 presidential election by special counsel Robert Mueller, NBC News reported.
Judge Dabney Friedrich told attorney Eric Dubelier that a recent court document he filed for Concord Management, which quoted the movie "Animal House," was "inappropriate and unprofessional and ineffective," undermining his credibility in Friedrich's Washington, D.C., court.
Concord Management is one of three companies charged last February with carrying out a massive disinformation campaign on social media to create discord among American voters and boost Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The company's lawyers have sought to have the charges dropped, and Dubelier defended the filing Monday. He suggested Friedrich, a Trump appointee, was biased and said he may withdraw from the case.
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This May 9, 2018, file photo shows attorneys Eric Dubelier, left, and Katherine Seikaly, right, representing Concord Management and Consulting LLC, leave federal court in Washington after pleading not guilty on behalf of the company, which has been charged as part of a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.