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  • 02/04/14--05:51: Facebook Turns 10

  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turned to his own profile page to reflect on the site's 10th birthday today, thanking the social network platform's billion-plus users and vowing to use his resources to "help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems."

    "I'm so grateful to be able to help build these tools for you, he wrote. "I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time here and serve you the best I can."

    Here is the full text of the post, shared on Zuckerberg's profile page early Tuesday morning:

    "Today is Facebook's 10th anniversary.

    It's been an amazing journey so far, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. It's rare to be able to touch so many people's lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.

    People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way.

    I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook. I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world.

    I always thought this was important -- giving people the power to share and stay connected, empowering people to build their own communities themselves.

    When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.

    The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.

    While some doubted that connecting the world was actually important, we were building. While others doubted that this would be sustainable, you were forming lasting connections.

    We just cared more about connecting the world than anyone else. And we still do today.

    That's why I'm even more excited about the next ten years than the last. The first ten years were about bootstrapping this network. Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems.

    Today, only one-third of the world's population has access to the internet. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to connect the other two-thirds.

    Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they'll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.

    Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.

    It's been amazing to see how all of you have used our tools to build a real community. You've shared the happy moments and the painful ones. You've started new families, and kept spread out families connected. You've created new services and built small businesses. You've helped each other in so many ways.

    I'm so grateful to be able to help build these tools for you. I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time here and serve you the best I can.

    Thank you for letting me be a part of this journey."

     

     


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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years, he announced during a news conference this afternoon in Bridgeport.

    "Full-time workers should not live in poverty. A good and decent wage is good for workers and good for business," Malloy said during his news conference at CTWorks Center.

    The announcement comes one week after President Barack Obama called on Congress to increase the minimum wage across the country during his State of the Union Address. The president said he plans to use an executive order to raise the hourly rate for federal contract workers to at least $10.10.

    Connecticut's minimum wage is $8.70. It went up from $8.25 on Jan. 1.

    The Democratic governor is now proposing to modify next year’s increase to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015.  The proposal would then add a 45-cent increase, bringing the rate to $9.60, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, followed by a 50-cent increase to $10.10, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

    Malloy, who is expected to run for re-election this year, estimates that 70,000 to 90,000 of the state's 1.7 million workers earn the minimum wage. The proposal would bring the earnings of an employee working 40-hours per week to $21,008 per year. 

    The federal poverty guideline for a family of four is $23,850.

    In the past, opponents to legislation that raised the state's minimum wage have said it will cripple the state's economy because many businesses are still struggling. 

     


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    A pedestrian was badly injured while trying to cross the road in the area of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell on Monday evening.

    A vehicle heading southbound on Prospect Hill Road struck the pedestrian at 6:15 p.m. as she was trying to cross the road, police said.

    An emergency medical team transported the victim to the hospital and police said her injuries are serious.
    The mid-state traffic reconstruction unit is investigating. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Cromwell Police Department at 860-635-2256.
     



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    A pedestrian was badly injured while trying to cross the road in the area of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell on Monday evening.A pedestrian was badly injured while trying to cross the road in the area of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell on Monday evening.

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    Connecticut state police rescued four teens in Stamford and arrested nine people while working on an operation to fight child prostitution during the week of the Super Bowl.

    The operation was called “Recovered Innocence” and state police said they were providing support to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s effort in the Tri-State area. The first round of arrests came after authorities in New York said they brought down a ring operating in the Tri-State area that was selling “party packs,” involving cocaine and prostitution and marketing to “high-end” clients coming into the New York metropolitan area for the Super Bowl.

    On Jan. 1, state police arrested Tara Pinnock, 23, of Albany, New York, Niaira Campbell, 18, of Taunton, Mass., and Suzette Dubois, of Pomona, N.Y., and charged them with prostitution.

    Justin Toribio, 20, of New York, N.Y., and Enrique Batista, 34, of Bronx, N.Y. and charged them with risk of injury to a minor and promoting p.

    Police said they rescued three teenage girls, ages 14, 16 and 17. The FBI took the victims to the hospital for evaluation and notified the state Department of Children and Families.
     
    On Feb. 1, police arrested Jessica Morales, 36, of Astoria, N.Y., Whitney Villegas, 19, of Albany, N.Y., Thea Edmonds, 26, of Albany, N.Y.,  and 
    Kayla Hazard, 18, of Providence, R.I. and charged them with prostitution.

    Police said they rescued a 17-year-old girl.

    The FBI brought her to the hospital for evaluation and notified DCF.


    Connecticut state police rescued four teens in Stamford and arrested nine people while working on an operation to fight child prostitution during the week of the Super Bowl.Connecticut state police rescued four teens in Stamford and arrested nine people while working on an operation to fight child prostitution during the week of the Super Bowl.

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    Six people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at 193 West Street in Bristol this morning. 

    Three children and three adults were taken to Bristol Hospital after a fire at the multi-family house, officials said. They are all in fair condition, according to the hospital's public relations staff.

    The fire is now out.

    It is likely that the residents will be allowed back in the house today.

    Firefighters said they are thankful this fire happened today, rather than tomorrow, because another storm is on the way.

     

     



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Six people are hospitalized after a fire at 193 West Street in Bristol.Six people are hospitalized after a fire at 193 West Street in Bristol.

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    Another winter storm is brewing for Wednesday and that has pushed back the governor’s state of the state address by a day.

    The annual speech was set for noon on Wednesday, but the decision has been made to move it until Thursday.

    "Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I've asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6," Malloy said in a release on Tuesday.

    The storm will start early in the morning, before dawn and taper off by early afternoon.

    The storm will start with snow, then switch over to sleet and freezing rain, according to NBC Connecticut Ryan Hanrahan. 

    The southern part of the state will get 3 to 6 inches of snow, while the northern part of the state will get 6 to 10 inches of snow.



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    Another winter storm is brewing for Wednesday and that has pushed back the governor’s state of the state address.Another winter storm is brewing for Wednesday and that has pushed back the governor’s state of the state address.

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    A bar in Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday slammed a news report that said rape victims boycotted the establishment over the name of a drink called the "Date Grape Kool-Aid."

    The Daiquiri Factory took to Facebook to fire back at what they called a "BS" report about the drink.

    "They felt that running a slanderous story by a source that they did not fact check on.. which started this media firestorm, to cover up that mistake.. continued to report on the story yesterday on all newscasts.. to get all sides of the story..." the Facebook post said.

    The Facebook post named KXLY 4 News as the main offender, but news sites around the web reported on the same story. The Daiquiri Factory introduced the drink to promote the launch of the bar's new location in downtown Spokane. Despite protests and calls for an apology, the bar announced on Facebook that they sold 10 gallons of "Date Grape" last weekend.

    The bar's latest Facebook post says that the inspiration for the name comes from an Urban Dictionary term that means "hooking up" after getting drunk on wine with a loved one.

    "For The Protestors, you simply had it all wrong," the post said before providing a link to the Urban Dictionary definition.

    Critics launched their own Facebook page called "Boycott Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory" to function as a "wake up call to the owners of this business and drop the name of their offensively named 'Date Grape Koolaid.'"

    Kraft Foods, who owns the Kool-Aid brand, also spoke out against the name of the drink.

    “Kool-Aid does not support or condone this drink, and finds its name to be highly insensitive to a serious issue," Kraft spokesperson Caroline Krajewski said in a statement on The Spokesman-Review. " This blatant misuse of the Kool-Aid trademark is offensive to so many, including us.”

     

     

     



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    Rape victims slammed the bar for its new Rape victims slammed the bar for its new "Date Grape Kool-Aid" drink, according to a KXLY report.

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    Police have arrested a Dayville man suspected of a hit-and-run in June that killed a 59-year-old veteran.

    Nathan Carcieri, 29, of Dayville, was arrested today while working on a job site in Waterford, police said. 

    He has been charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, felony evading responsibility and operating an unregistered motor vehicle in connection with the crash that killed Robert E. Johnson.

    Johnson, a veteran, was on his way home and trying to cross School Street near the intersection at Putnam Road and Main Street in the Central Village section of Plainfield at 11:20 p.m. on June 10, 2103 when he was hit, according to police.

    Witnesses told police that the vehicle that hit Johnson had been traveling north on Main Street, turned left onto School Street. After hitting Jones, the vehicle continued west on School Street without stopping or rending aid, according to police.

    Emergency medical personnel treated Jones at the scene and transported him to the Plainfield Backus Emergency Room because of extensive injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Several days later, police found the vehicle involved, a 1997 Isuzu Trooper, at a residence in Rhode Island and seized the car.

    Carcieri was held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Danielson Superior Court on Feb. 5.   


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    Police are asking for help from the public to identify two people of interest in an arson case at the Target store at The Enfield Square Shopping Center.

    Fire broke out at the store at 90 Elm Street on the evening of Monday, Jan. 27 and a reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest or conviction of the people involved.

    Store employees said they believed the fire broke out after candles were lit inside the store's seasonal department, but fire officials haven't officially identified the cause.

    No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to one aisle.

    No one has been taken into custody, but police are asking anyone who can identify the women to call Enfield Police Detective Callaghan 860-763-8932 or 800-84-ARSON, 800-842-7766.

    Any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the persons responsible could yield up to a $2,500 reward, police said.

     



    Photo Credit: Enfield Police

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    West Hartford police are warning drivers to expect traffic delays eastbound and westbound on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford.

    The MDC is working on an emergency sewer repair on New Britain Avenue at Cambridge Street n the area of CVS.

    West Hartford police officers will be at the scene for traffic control.

    Alternate routes are recommended. The repair will last through the evening rush hour on February 4 and possibly overnight until February 5.

     


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    Police are investigating a home invasion on Union Street in Norwich that took place at 1:24 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Police said the intruders allegedly entered the residence and fired several shots toward people inside, then ran up Union Street. 

    One man was around 5-feet-9 and a mask was partially covering his face. The other man was shorter, police said.

    This does not appear to be a random act of violence and there no injuries are reported, police said.

    Police are reviewing surveillance video from the Downtown City Cameras to see if it shows the intruders fleeing the area.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to help police is urged to call Detective Jonathan Ley at (860)886-5561 or the anonymous tip line at (860)886-5561, extension 500.
     



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    Police said Hamden home invasion does not appear to be a random act.Police said Hamden home invasion does not appear to be a random act.

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    After more than 36 years on the run, a woman who police say escaped from a Michigan prison has been arrested in San Diego. 

    On April 14, 1977, Judy Lynn Hayman escaped from the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Washtenaw County, Mich., south of Ann Arbor.
     
    Then 23 years old, Hayman had been serving a minimum sentence of 16 months for attempted larceny, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.
     
    Since then, corrections officials had not given up their hunt for her, and this year, their search led them to San Diego. 
     
    San Diego Police officials said they got a call from Michigan corrections, telling them the address and description of a person they believed to be Hayman. 
     
    When police contacted her, officers said she identified herself as Jamie Lewis and had documents supporting her claim.
     
    However, further investigation revealed that the woman was indeed Hayman, SDPD said. 
     
    The now 60-year-old fugitive was arrested Monday around 3:15 p.m. at 3501 1st Street and taken to the Las Colinas jail, where she faces extradition to Michigan. 
     
    An SDPD officer said she admitted to being Hayman.
     
    The suspect's son, Aaron, told NBC 7 he is surprised and worried for his mom, though he did not confirm or deny if he knew that she was leading a double life. He is one of three sons. 
     
    Aaron said his mother lived a life outside her home in Hillcrest, going to PTA meeting and church. 
     
    A neighbor who lived next door to Hayman described her as a quiet person who seemed paranoid and kept to herself. They would talk about both being cancer survivors.
     
    The corrections website shows that Hayman has gone by other aliases, including Brenda Bushmer, Judy Kayman and more. 


    Photo Credit: Michigan Department of Corrections

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    A Waterbury man was attacked by a group of teens in the middle of the day, and neighbors think he could be a victim of the knockout game.

    The problems started at Columbia Boulevard and Cables Avenue in Waterbury just after noon on Sunday.

    Police said a 67 year old man walked by a group of teens, when he suddenly got punched in the face by at least one of them.

    “It’s really disgusting,” said Patricia Kirschner.

    She was worried because she lives just down the way from where this happened, and always takes walks where the victim was targeted.

    “This poor man was going out like I’m going out…it could happen to me,” Kirschner added.

    Leaders of this historic Overlook Neighborhood say the attack might have been the so called knockout game that has gained popularity across the country. It’s where teenagers knock out innocent people walking by them with a single punch, and it was all just for fun.

    Police said it was difficult to figure out if the weekend incident was in fact the knockout game, but say the attack came out of nowhere and nothing provoked it. “It’s something we take very seriously and he was attacked for no apparent reason,” said Deputy Chief Chris Corbett.

    Investigators needed to find whoever did this before anyone else got attacked. “We do have some good leads in the case and we hope to make an arrest very soon,” Corbett explained.

    Neighbors said they planned to be on high alert until the culprits behind the crime were caught. “It’s terrifying you have to constantly be looking,” said Patricia Kirschner.


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    Eight Los Angeles police officers who opened fire on a mother and daughter delivering newspapers during the manhunt for a rogue ex-officer violated the department’s policy of using deadly force, officials said.

    The findings were presented to the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday, commission president Steve Soboroff said in a statement. It will be up to Police Chief Charlie Beck to decide how, if at all, to discipline the officers, who have been assigned duty out of the field.

    The news comes almost a year after Margie Carranza and her mother Emma Hernandez came under fire Feb. 7, 2013, while they were delivering newspapers in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance.

    Officers were posted on protective duty in the neighborhood because a police captain who lives there was named in a manifesto written by disgruntled ex-officer Christopher Dorner, who killed four people during a rampage that kept southern California on heightened alert for days.

    As the newspaper women slowly drove down the street with their high-beam headlights and flashers on, officers opened fire on their blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck apparently mistaking it for Dorner’s gray or dark blue Nissan Titan. It was about 5:15 a.m.

    Soboroff said the officers noted that the women's license plate began with the same characters as Dorner's -- "8D." He said the women were driving slowly then accelerated, crossing the center line of the roadway.

    "Ultimately, the officers believed by the erratic manner the vehicle was driving that it was occupied by Dorner," Soboroff said. "These observations led the officers to discharge their weapons at the vehicle to stop the threat."

    Hernandez, then 71, was shot twice in the back and Carranza, then 47, was injured by broken glass.

    The department's Use of Force Review Panel had found the shooting justifiable, but Beck overruled and the civilian oversight commission agreed with him.

    Last April, the women settled their case with the city of Los Angeles for $4.2 million. Regardless, the shooting could have been found to be "in policy" if it was determined that the officers perceived an imminent lethal threat.

    Just hours before at about 1:20 a.m., the hunt for Dorner ratcheted up after two Riverside officers were ambushed in their police car, and one of them was killed.

    An attorney for the women said police fired more than 100 rounds into their pickup truck. A bullet pierced the hood of Hernandez’s sweatshirt, he said.

    In an exclusive interview with NBC4 last July -- five months after the shooting -- the women recounted their horror but also expressed empathy for what police were going through when Dorner was at large. Carranza confided that she was still afraid to leave her home at night.

    "I am scared that I will get shot by police," she told NBC4.

    The same morning the women were shot at, another pickup truck driver – David Perdue – was fired upon by police during the frenzied manhunt. He was given $20,000 by the city of Torrance.

    Last month, the Los Angeles District Attorney said that no criminal charges would be filed against the officers who shot at Perdue in their search for Dorner.

    The disgruntled ex-officer vowed bloodshed against law enforcement agents and their families until his 2008 firing from the LAPD was investigated and his name cleared. He had been accused of lying that a supervisor kicked a suspect. An LAPD report found that his termination was justified.

    Authorities said Dorner killed the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiancé on Feb. 3, 2013, before slaying a Riverside police officer on Feb. 7, 2013, and a San Bernardino County Sheriff's detective on Feb. 12, 2013.

    The manhunt ended Feb. 12 with a shootout and standoff in the Big Bear area.

    Dorner was holed up in a cabin surrounded by authorities when a police tear gas canister shot into the residence started a fire. Dorner died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to deputies.



    Photo Credit: AP

    Bullet holes riddle a blue pickup truck in Torrance on Feb. 7, 2013. Two newspaper delivery women were traveling in the car when police officers mistook them for an ex-officer wanted in a deadly rampage.Bullet holes riddle a blue pickup truck in Torrance on Feb. 7, 2013. Two newspaper delivery women were traveling in the car when police officers mistook them for an ex-officer wanted in a deadly rampage.

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    A passing jogger helped rescue a man who attempted to save his pet poodle from icy Lake Michigan Tuesday, just south of Montrose Harbor.

    The man was walking with three poodles at about 5:15 p.m. when one of the dogs ran around a retaining wall onto the ice and fell in. The owner went after him and fell in the water as well.

    Adam Dominik was jogging near the bird sanctuary when he heard dogs barking and ran to the scene.

    A cross-country skier named Lynn Gerhard was already there, and was in the process of calling 911.

    "His face was peering out. He was completely submerged, except for his face," Dominik said. "I knew I had about 2 or three minutes before hypothermia set in and he went under, so I had Lynn keep talking to him and keep his spirits up."

    Dominik says he found a yellow twine rope near the bird sanctuary and attempted to pull the man out, who was 10 away, below the ice-encased retaining wall.

    "At first I threw the rope over him but the dog was kind of pulling on him with his weight pushing him under the water," Dominik said. "He kept saying, 'Save the dog first,' I kept saying, 'No, we're going to save your life first and then the dog, your life is more important,' but he insisted on pulling up the dog first."

    Dominik (pictured, right) managed to pull the man and the dog closer to the shoreline, and that's when members of the Chicago Police Department Marine Unit and the fire department arrived and finished the job.

    "He's responsible for a rescue here today," Officer Kevin Kelly said. "He did a great job. He was able to pull that victim close to the shoreline, and that allowed us to get our rescue sling down to him and work as a group to get that person up, and then it was a long trek from that shoreline up to the ambulance here."

    The victim was transferred to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. The dog is also reportedly expected to survive. 

    But just getting to the scene proved difficult for the emergency responders. It was about a quarter mile from the nearest parking lot, and they didn't have an exact location.

    "Running in about 12 inches of snow as fast as you can to get to somebody who's fighting for their life ... it was a desperate situation," Officer Jean McCarthy said.

    Officials say the incident should serve as a warning for dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes, because at this time of year, it's not clear where the shoreline ends and the water begins.

    "If a dog goes in the water, call 911 and we'll come and get you, don't go in yourself," said Ron Dornecker of the Chicago Fire Department.


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    Four suspects were being questioned Tuesday in connection to heroin found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's Manhattan apartment, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York. 

    The suspects were taken into custody at an apartment on Mott Street in the East Village in connection to drug sales, sources say. Heroin was found in the suspects' apartment. No other information is available.

    A friend found Hoffman dead with a syringe in his arm in the bathroom of his West Village apartment Sunday morning. The Oscar-winning actor had been dead several hours when he was found, sources say, and is suspected to have died from an overdose. An autopsy was performed on Monday.

    Dozens of bags of heroin were found in the apartment along with prescription drugs and a bag of white powder police were testing for cocaine. Purity tests Tuesday revealed that the heroin did not contain the powerful drug fentanyl, sources told NBC 4 New York. 

    Hoffman's last known contacts on Saturday night were with his longtime girlfriend at around 8 p.m., and a screenwriter friend at about 9 p.m., the official said.

    Sources say bank records show Hoffman withdrew $1,200 from an ATM at a supermarket near his West Village home between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. the night he died. A witness told investigators he saw Hoffman speaking with two men who were wearing messenger bags as he made the withdrawls. 

    Detectives are looking into whether he bought the drugs the night of his death. 

    Hoffman, who was 46 and had three children, won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2006 for his starring role in "Capote." He was nominated for Oscars three other times, including for 2012's "The Master," and he earned two Tony nominations for his work on Broadway.

    Hoffman spoke candidly over the years about past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews last year to falling off the wagon and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint in rehab.



    Photo Credit: Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

    Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman

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    A clerk at a Citgo Convenience Store in North Haven who was stabbed in the neck this morning has been released from the hospital.

    Police responded to the store at 490 Washington Avenue at 12:10 a.m. after a stabbing was reported and found 55-year-old Arsene Ndabian, who had been stabbed in the base of the skull.

    Ndabian said he tried to block the robber from the register, and that's when he was stabbed.

    "He showed me his knife.  I said 'you can't go there.'"

    Police said Ndabian had been working at the store for about a month. His wife became nervous when he did not come home, so she tried to reach him by cell phone. 

    When she could not get in contact with him, she drove to the store and found him bleeding severely, police said.

    The stabbing happened two days after a masked man went into the same store with a knife and demanded money, police said.

    Ndabian lives in Stratford and has five children.

    The owners of the station also own stores in Bridgeport and Stratford and said there have been robberies there as well.

    Witnesses or anyone with information regarding about the stabbing should call the Investigative Services Division of the North Haven Police Department at 203-239-5321.


    Arsene Ndabian, 55, was stabbed in the neck during a robbery of the Citgo station on Washington Avenue in North Haven where he worked.  He was treated and released from the hospital a few hours later.Arsene Ndabian, 55, was stabbed in the neck during a robbery of the Citgo station on Washington Avenue in North Haven where he worked. He was treated and released from the hospital a few hours later.

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    Hartford police have arrested a man accused of shooting a man who is involved in an ongoing investigation into former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez.

    The victim, Alexander Bradley, 30, of East Hartford, was shot three times in the leg after the Super Bowl on Sunday night at the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill in Hartford.

    Police said Bradley also fired shots in the incident and has been arrested.

    Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Unit said they obtained an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Leslie Randolph, 29, of Hartford, the man suspected of shooting Bradley on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Police said here was an altercation in the bar about money, which turned violent once it spilled outside.

    Bradley was shot, then went to his car, grabbed a gun and started shooting into the bar, police said, citing video.

    Major Crimes Detectives, as well as the Hartford Police Emergency Response Team -- better known as the SWAT Team -- the Hartford Shooting Task Force and the Southington Police Department executed two search warrants for evidence. One was on Hillside Avenue in Hartford. The other was in Southington to take Randolph into custody and gather evidence at a home.

    Randolph was taken into custody. He is a convicted felon, according to police, and has been charged with first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

    Randolph is being held on a $1 million bond and will be arraigned on Wednesday.

    Bradley has been charged with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm, stealing a firearm and obliterated serial numbers on a firearm.

    He is being held on $1 million bond and his attorney said Bradley is the victim in the case.

    Bradley is involved with an ongoing investigation into Hernandez, a Bristol, Conn, native who has been charged with the murder in connection with the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts.

    Lloyd was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleboro, Mass. home over the summer. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

    Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

    A search warrant released in January also states that Boston police have been investigating whether Hernandez might have been the gunman in a 2012 double slaying in the city.

    Video footage from that night shows Bradley with Hernandez, according to additional warrants.

     

    Bradley also filed a lawsuit against Hernandez, claiming the former NFL tight end shot him in the face outside a Miami strip club, causing his to lose an eye.

    Hernandez invoked his Fifth Amendment right in that case.

     



    Photo Credit: Hartford Police

    Leslie Randolph has been charged in connection with the shooting of Alexander Bradley.Leslie Randolph has been charged in connection with the shooting of Alexander Bradley.

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    NBC News relaunched its website on Wednesday with a mobile-centric design that features eye-catching photos and a new video player for an enhanced digital storytelling experience.

    "This is much more than a makeover. We are changing the way we tell stories," said Gregory Gittrich, NBC News Digital Vice President of News. "This is a full relaunch, from the back-end technology to the unique user experience and design--all fueled by a totally new content strategy."

    For example, a new animated series called "Show Me" explains complex numbers and data in an "interesting and fun way." There is also "The Debunker," a video series that analyzes and challenges conventional wisdom.

    Since ending its joint venture with Microsoft in July 2012, NBC News has been researching news consumption habits and revamping its digital and mobile strategies. This marks the first redesign since NBC News acquired full control of its digital properties.

    The new NBCNews.com also features an endless stream of headlines and news and a mobile-first design that caters to the growing share of traffic from mobile devices.

    Users can expect to see more original reporting from NBC News journalists such as Brian Williams, David Gregory, Pete Williams, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel.

    "We've begun the stages of tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided the two operations, and this new stream that we're launching today is the foundation stone of our future division strategy," said Deborah Turness, President of NBC News.



    Photo Credit: NBC News

    A screen shot of NBC News' redesigned website.A screen shot of NBC News' redesigned website.

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    As journalists descend on the Russian city of Sochi, they are taking to social media to reveal the condition of the area that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6.

    As previous reports of hotel renovations and twin toilets have suggested, facilities in the resort city may be less than ideal. The problems have also inspired a Twitter account.

    Take a look at photos and tweets from journalists below: 

     



    Photo Credit: AP

    Last-minute work continues in construction of  the Olympic Superstore in Olympic Park, ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.Last-minute work continues in construction of the Olympic Superstore in Olympic Park, ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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