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    Willimantic police have arrested a 51-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting three girls.

    Police identified the suspect as Angel Rosario and said the victims were girls between 7 and 14 years old.

    Rosario was arrested after a four-month investigation and he was taken into custody Wednesday.

    He has been charged with sexual risk of injury to a minor in the first case.

    He was charged with sexual risk of injury to a minor, first-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault for the second case.

    He was charged with fourth-degree sexual and sexual risk of injury to a minor for the third case.

    Rosario is being held on the combined bond of $200,000 and is due in court today.




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    One person was transported to the hospital after a fire in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, dispatch said.

    Crews responded to a structure fire on Broadbrook Road in East Windsor after a heavy fire was reported on the second floor of a barn that was renovated into a residential dwelling. 

    Dispatch said one person was located and brought to Hartford Hospital.

    No other details were immediately available. 



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    State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Chapman Street in New Britain on Thursday night.

    New Britain police said around 6:43 p.m. they were attempting to stop a vehicle that is suspected to have been involved in a number of carjackings over the last two weeks.

    While police tried to stop the vehicle and arrest the three occupants inside, they said, more than one New Britain officer discharged their guns.

    One person died from his injuries, while the other two people are expected to recover, New Britain police said. 

    There was at least one firearm seized. 

    The investigation is being conducted by Connecticut State Police. 



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    An 84-year-old woman was hospitalized after a fire in Waterbury on Thursday night. 

    The fire chief said the fire was reported at 7:40 p.m. at a three-family dwelling on Waterville Street.

    The fire started on the third floor and the apartment occupants were not home at the time.

    The second-floor occupant, an 84-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital and is being held overnight. 

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.  



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    Firefighters stepped up to help a family who lost all their Christmas presents after a fire ripped through their New London condo on Thursday afternoon.

    Snow plowers who heard the alarm going off started banging on the door to make sure no one was inside and luckily, no one was. 

    Sunday Martins Oderinde said he was heartbroken when he pulled up to his home.

    "It’s really sad. It’s devastating. I have all my life there and the kids there," Oderinde said.

    Fire Chief Henry Kydd said the kitchen in the College Park condo on Hawthorne Drive will need to be gutted and the upstairs had smoke damage.

    "They had fire and smoke blowing out," Kydd said.

    Inside the entryway, soot dripped down the wall but a Christmas tree was still standing. The presents underneath the tree, however, didn’t make it.

    "Everything is gone. Everything. In the living room, in the garage- everything is gone. So, I don’t know," Oderinde said.

    Oderinde and his wife have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old.

    What the family didn't know was that people who helped put out the fire weren’t going to let the kids go without a Christmas this year. 

    New London police and fire unions hold a toy drive every year, but also have some resources to buy extra presents in a situation like this.

    "There’s no good emergency. There’s only tragedies and we’re just trying to make things better and get them through these bad times," Lt. Rocco Basilica, president of the New London Firefighters Union, said.

    Firefighter Joe Nott, who heads up the toy drive with his wife Officer Deana Nott, said they have already bought presents and will deliver them to the family Thursday evening.

    Firefighters are still investigating what caused the fire. 



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    NBC Connecticut meteorologists said there has been a sudden change in the forecast for Friday afternoon into the evening. 

    Drivers should expect a messy commute leaving work with snow beginning at 3 p.m. and going until around 10 p.m.

    The snow is expected to be light and fluffy, however, residents should expect issues on the roadways and drive with caution. 

    The state's shoreline will have the best chance for accumulating snow, up to 3 inches.

    Computer models show a storm forming offshore moving dramatically farther north and west than previously expected.

    Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s and lower 30s.



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    Ambulance use is dipping as Uber and other ride-hailing services continue to permeate an ever-growing swath of the United States, a study found.

    The trend was examined in 766 cities in 43 states where Uber began service from 2013 to 2015, in a study co-authored by David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kansas, and Dr. Leon Moskatel, an internist at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.

    Despite using research methodologies to arrive at the “most conservative” numbers, Slusky and Moskatel found the entry of UberX into the market resulted in "at least" a 7 percent decline of ambulance volume.

    “My guess is it will go up a little bit and stabilize at 10 to 15 percent as Uber continues to expand as an alternative for people,’’ Moskatel told the Mercury News.

    A cost-benefit analysis may play into people’s decision to search for an Uber driver — often a cheaper option — instead of dialing 911, according to the researchers.

    “Even as it provides a critical service in the emergency medical services (EMS) framework, modern ambulance transportation has grown ever costlier,” the researchers wrote. “Emergency medical transport in an ambulance can easily exceed over a thousand dollars, usually with great surprise to the patient — and with insurance often only partially covering the expense or outright refusing to pay for transport deemed not medically necessary.”

    It’s also likely that patients assess their conditions and, determining how sick they feel, either call an ambulance or an Uber, according to the Mercury News.

    However, Paul Kivela, an ER doctor at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California and medical director of a Solano County ambulance company, said that move is a risky one.

    “A paramedic has the training and the ability to deliver life-saving care en route,” Kivela told the newspaper. “What I really have a hard time believing is an Uber driver is going to attend to you.”

    Uber did not participate in this study, and a company spokesman echoed Kivela’s point.

    “We’re grateful our service has helped people get to where they’re going when they need it the most,” Uber spokesman Andrew Hasbun told the Mercury News. “However, it’s important to note that Uber is not a substitute for law enforcement or medical professionals. In the event of any medical emergency, we always encourage people to call 911.”



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    Left, In this file photo, an Emery County ambulance leaves the Crandall Canyon coal mine August 16, 2007, near Huntington, Utah. Right, In this file photo, an Uber car waits for a client on June 14, 2017, in New York City.Left, In this file photo, an Emery County ambulance leaves the Crandall Canyon coal mine August 16, 2007, near Huntington, Utah. Right, In this file photo, an Uber car waits for a client on June 14, 2017, in New York City.

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    Riveting cellphone video catches frantic straphangers shouting down an approaching Q train so they could save a man passed out with his body strewn across a snowy train trestle in Brooklyn Thursday morning.

    Video captured by Liliana Vicente as she was waiting for a train at the Avenue H station in Flatbush shows an unconscious man slumped over in the track bed.

    "Sir?" Vicente asks.

    The man doesn't move. The woman then runs down the tracks, asking others to "please, help to stop" the train.

    Other straphangers start yelling "Stop!" with palpable panic in their voices at the train approaching the station. 

    Vicente, meanwhile, presses the button on one of the station's emergency call boxes and goes back to trying to rouse the man. 

    "Sir? Sir, please wake up," she says, becoming increasingly distressed. "Sir! Please wake up! Sir, wake up!"

    Other straphangers, meanwhile, continue shouting "Stop!" at the train barreling in their direction.

    Eventually, the train, still out of the frame, comes to a stop. Vicente says "at least she stopped."

    Then, she sprints down the platform toward a service ladder. Without ever dropping her phone, she climbs down into the track bed and runs toward the man. By the time she reaches him, other straphangers have also pitched in trying to pull him to safety.

    A man in a North Carolina Tar Heels sweatshirt can be seen grabbing the man by the waist and hoisting him back onto the platform. Vicente and at least one other commuter help him and then walk back toward the ladder.

    "My God," she says. "Thank God the train has stopped."

    A few minutes later, firefighters arrive on scene and the man has come to. It's not clear from the footage whether he has been injured in the fall or how he got there.

    The man was taken to Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

    Within a few seconds, the Q train that Vicente and others had tried so desperately to stop arrives at the platform — and in true New York fashion, the straphangers all get on and head their destination. 

    "Thank God, he's better," Vicente says as they take their seats.

    Other straphangers can be heard telling her, "You ran so fast!" The straphangers all then talk with one another about what had just happened before the car returned to its normal morning commute din. 

    "He was very lucky," she tells other riders. "He was very lucky. It was a good thing it didn't happen worse."



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    Online retailers are bringing some much-needed relief for late shoppers: free shipping.

    Friday is the 10th annual Free Shipping Day. More than 960 retailers, including Macy's, Nordstrom, Amazon, Kade Spade and ASOS, are offering the service with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Many of the participating retailers are also offering additional deals and sales.

    The complete list of all participating retailers can be viewed here.

    Deals and guidelines vary from company to company, and free shipping is only guaranteed for items that are currently in stock and may exclude certain purchases.

    FedEx and UPS are gearing up for last-minute cyber purchases and have advice for frantic consumers on their websites. FedEx encourages preparation and planning to ensure a stress-free delivery and even has a hotline for consumers to keep tabs on their packages. FedEx and UPS also have holiday calendars that explain the last days to order so the gifts arrive by Dec. 24. 



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    In this file photo, a UPS worker delivers packages on December 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.In this file photo, a UPS worker delivers packages on December 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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    State police are investigating a fatal shooting in Sprague. 

    State troopers responded to a home on Bay Street in Sprague at 11:55 p.m. Thursday to investigate a disturbance and found a male outside who had been shot. 

    An ambulance transported the victim to Backus Hospital and he was later pronounced dead, according to state police. 

    Detectives from Eastern District Major Crime responded to the scene and have taken over the investigation. 

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will investigate to determine exact cause and manner of death. 

    Police said the shooting remains under investigation, but there is no threat to the public. 

    Anyone with information should call detectives at 860-896-3230 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637.




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    A former "Today" show production assistant says she had a brief, consensual relationship with Matt Lauer nearly two decades ago, explaining she felt too intimidated by his stature to turn down his advances after reaching out to NBC's star anchor for career advice. 

    Her account of a secret workplace affair when she was 24 years old and Lauer in his 40s is the latest accusation of sexual misconduct against Lauer, who was terminated from NBC News in November after a colleague's complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior. Other women have come forward with other alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. 

    Addie Zinone said that Lauer flirted with her by instant message, asked her to lunch when she asked for career advice then invited her to his dressing room for a quick encounter, the first of several, including one at the 2000 Democratic National Convention — a relationship that began a few weeks before she was scheduled to leave the show.

    She said in an account in Variety, which was corroborated with a friend she told at the time and records she kept of the instant messages, that, "even though my situation with Matt was consensual, I ultimately felt like a victim because of the power dynamic." She said she left her subsequent job as a local news anchor in part because she "didn't want to start my career being known one of Matt Lauer’s girls."

    "I was in shock," Zinone told NBC News. "One day I'm just a normal, hardworking PA ... and now I'm walking in a cloud of confusion."

    Zinone confirmed to NBC News the account she provided to Variety. NBC News also confirmed that she worked at "Today" during the time in question.

    A representative for Lauer had no comment on Zinone's account. Lauer has previously said he is "embarrassed and ashamed" and sorry for what he did to hurt people, though he also said some of what he's been accused of is "untrue or mischaracterized."

    The Variety report includes print-outs of messages sent between Lauer and Zinone, who arrived at "Today" as an intern in 1999 and said she was close with the other anchors, Katie Couric, Al Roker and Ann Curry. She said she got the following message from Lauer out of the blue, after she accepted a position as an anchor for her hometown station.

    "hey … i hope you won't drag me to personnel for saying this. but you look fantastic. i don't know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it's agreeing with you. just thought i would mention it," Lauer purportedly wrote. 

    He complimented her appearance in another message, then invited her to his room after their lunch, she said.

    Zinone later left her job to become a journalist in the Army Reserve, then joined "Access Hollywood." She said that on a day when she was featured on the "Today" show for Veteran's Day years later, Lauer didn't come to work.

    Her account of meeting with Lauer in his dressing room is consistent with what others told Variety, which previously reported that Lauer made use of a button under his desk that locked the door to give him privacy for such liaisons.

    NBC News management declined to comment on Zinone's account to Variety. A representative has previously said that "current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer's conduct" before hearing from the woman whose account on Nov. 27 resulted in Lauer's termination later that week. 

    An attorney for that woman, whose identity NBC News has not reported, told Stephanie Gosk that the network has not done enough to protect the confidentiality of his client. He wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Friday that he's received many questions about her identity, but that she wants to maintain her privacy.

    NBC News responded with this statement: "The network has protected the victim's anonymity all along and will continue to do so."



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    Matt Lauer seen on the set of Matt Lauer seen on the set of "Today" on June 30, 2017. Lauer released a statement two days after his termination from NBC on Nov. 29 apologizing to those he hurt after colleagues made accusations of sexual misconduct against the longtime "Today" show anchor.

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    Wrangler, the Yellow Labrador who joined the "Today" show in 2016 to help educate the public on service dogs, is making a career change.  

    The original "puppy with a purpose" has graduated from the Connecticut State Police canine training program and is now joining a K-9 unit focused on detecting explosives. 

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    Wrangler has been assigned to the Mass Transit Unit with Trooper First Class Kevin Reed. The "Today" show reports that Wrangler will be patrolling trains and stations between New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City. 

    Wrangler set out to raise awareness about the role of service animals and the training that goes into preparing them when he first joined the "Today" show in 2015. He worked as a guide dog for a year after graduating from training in March 2016. 

    In July, Wrangler, along with seven other Labradors donated by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, joined the Connecticut State Police program, according to "Today."

    "At Guiding Eyes, we always look to place dogs in the career that's right for them," Thomas Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes told "Today."

    Panek said detection work fits Wrangler's personality because he "always loved to sniff and follow his nose."   



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    An Illinois family is issuing a warning to other pet owners after their dog was attacked by a coyote in their backyard.

    Surveillance video captured the moment a stray coyote charged at Boozer, the Dinges family's cairn terrier, just steps from their back door in Northfield.

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    "My wife and I were actually on the phone and literally within seconds a coyote that had been in our backyard, but we hadn't seen, pounced on Boozer," Barnaby Dinges said in a phone interview.

    Video shows the coyote clamping down on the dog's head and dragging it around the backyard. 

    Dinges said his wife rushed outside and scared the coyote away.

    The encounter lasted just seconds, but it was long enough for Boozer to suffer substantial injuries.

    "He's got a major gash on his head that had to be stapled closed," Barnaby said, listing numerous other gruesome injuries.

    Boozer has been a beloved member of Dinges family for 14 years — and they never thought this would happen.

    "You look at that video and he is flat-footed in his backyard and minding his business and a very aggressive coyote came out of nowhere," Barnaby said.

    After the attack, village officials warned residents in a Facebook post of the uptick in coyote sightings in the winter months and provided safety tips. 

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    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in the state.

    "These coyotes are hungry, aggressive and they're looking for older animals that they can prey upon," Barnaby warned.

    Dinges noted these coyotes are "hungry, aggressive' and looking for older animals to prey on. He is warning other families to be careful.

    "These coyotes are getting more and more comfortable," Dinges added. "[They're] beautiful to look at, but can do tremendous damage in about five seconds."

    The University of Illinois Extension recommends not leaving small pets unattended outdoors and installing tall fences in areas particularly prone to coyotes.


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    A coalition of Puerto Rican and Latino groups have told members of Congress that any tax increases on U.S. corporations operating on the island would devastate an already battered economy, NBC News reported.

    The group #Power4PuertoRico went to the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as well as the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as congressional negotiators hammered out a tax bill they hope to sign into law next week.


    At issue are several tax proposals; the House proposal included a 20 percent excise tax on companies manufacturing under "foreign" jurisdictions. Puerto Rico was included in that definition, even though its citizens are American citizens. As a territory, Puerto Rico is taxed differently than states.

    "If this becomes law," said Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in a recent statement, "you can expect to see more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs disappear from the Island. And the government of Puerto Rico could lose one-third of its revenue." 




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    A Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority brigade work in a remote off-road location to repair a downed power transmission line in Ponce, Puerto Rico on November 29, 2017A Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority brigade work in a remote off-road location to repair a downed power transmission line in Ponce, Puerto Rico on November 29, 2017

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    A personal care attendant is accused of stealing electric guitars worth $1,800 from a client in Southington. 

    The victim went to police on Sept. 28 and reported that several items and case has been stolen from his home over the last month. 

    He said he hired 54-year-old Barbara Jean Nolan, of Southington, as a personal care attendant and she was behaving suspiciously during the times of the alleged thefts. 

    Police said Nolan is accused of stealing two electric guitars from the victim and selling them at a local music shop. 

    They also said it appears that once she realized that police were investigating, Nolan went back to the music shop, bought the guitars and returned them to the victim. 

    Police took Nolan into custody on Dec. 2. She was charged with larceny in the fourth degree and was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond. 

    She is due back in court on Jan. 19, according to the online court docket




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    Crews responded to after a minor chemical spill at a New Haven lab that tests tissue. 

    Fire officials said there was a minor spill in a lab at 55 Park St. Friday morning.

    No one was injured, but one male employee and one female employee were exposed to the chemical. 

    Crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded. 

    The spill was confined to the lab and the sixth floor was evacuated.




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    An openly gay man has never competed for the U.S. in a Winter Games, and it's been 14 years since one did in a Summer Games, NBC News reported. 

    John Fennell is one of three publicly out male athletes competing to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. He is joined by figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly after winning the silver medal in Sochi in 2014, NBC News reported.

    Fennell will find out in December if he makes the U.S. Olympic luge team, and Rippon and Kenworthy will know their 2018 Olympic status by January.

    Since 2004, gay men from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Tonga have competed, reported NBC News. 

    The U.S. is not liberal as it seems when pushing for gay rights. For example, the U.S. enacted legislation in 2015 that allows same-sex couples to marry, but gay marriage has been widely accepted in several other countries — like Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009) and Argentina (2010) — for years now, reported NBC News.



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    In this February 7, 2014 file photo, John Fennell of Canada in action during a Men's Singles Luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi, Russia.In this February 7, 2014 file photo, John Fennell of Canada in action during a Men's Singles Luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi, Russia.

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    President Donald Trump on Friday refused to directly say whether he would pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, NBC News reported.

    "I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to deliver a speech to FBI academy graduates.

    "Let's see. I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry."

    Flynn, who pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia earlier this month, is the first senior White House official to be charged in the special counsel’s investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling into the 2016 presidential election and the first to officially agree to cooperate.



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    President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, for a trip to Quantico, Va., to attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony.President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, for a trip to Quantico, Va., to attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony.

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    A man accused of supplying the drugs that led to a man’s death in Naugatuck has been charged with negligent homicide. 

    Police went to check on the victim after a family member contacted them on Dec. 31, 2016 for help to contact him when he did not answer his phone or come to his door and officers found the victim dead in his home and drugs and paraphernalia near him, police said. 

    While investigating, officers determined that 29-year-old Rodney Coriano supplied the victim with a narcotic that caused the death, according to police. 

    He turned himself in to police just before 2 a.m. Friday and is due in Waterbury Superior Court today. 

    Bond was set at $250,000.



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    The end-of-the-year holiday travel forecast is another record breaker with AAA projecting a 3.1 percent increase in travel compared to last December. 

    “Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period,” said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “We’ve seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long.” 

    In cars, trains and airplanes, more than 107 million Americans are expected to set a new year-end holiday travel record for the ninth year in a row, according to AAA. 

    “I think it’s wonderful that people are still getting out and able to visit their family and friends and enjoying the holidays the way they should be,” Mary McHugh, of East Hartford, said. 

    McHugh took a train from New Haven to Richmond, Virginia Thursday afternoon to visit her daughter’s family. 

    “This is the first time I’m going down for Christmas in a while,” she said, “so I’m looking forward to it.” 

    Holiday travelers hitting the roads will find the national average for a gallon of gas is up 28 cents from last year, but AAA expects that number to drop at least five cents by the end of the year. 

    “I prefer to drive,” April Vines, of Windsor, said. “However, we’re going to take the train into the city today just so we don’t have to actually hit any of that rush.” 

    At Bradley International Airport, Christmas carolers greeted passengers, including Such Much, who flew in from Iowa with a stop in North Carolina. 

    “I loved it and I got my picture taken with Santa Claus,” Much said, “so I can’t wait to show it to my grandchildren later.” 

    More than 6.4 million Americans are expected to fly to their holiday destination and airfares are 20 percent cheaper than a year ago, according to AAA. 

    “People are out and traveling,” Much said. “We had a full, full flight of people.” 

    Even though she had a 15-minute delay at New Haven’s Union Station, McHugh said she finds the train to be the more reliable mode of transportation in December. 

    “When the weather is iffy the trains, they’ll still go whereas the planes they might be canceled,” she said. 

    For people planning road trips next week, AAA said to expect the worst delays on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. 



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    SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company, launched the first recycled rocket with a recycled capsule Friday in Florida to deliver groceries to the International Space Station for NASA, CNBC reported.

    It was NASA's first use of a reused rocket and it holds nearly 5,000 pounds of goods, including mice for a muscle-wasting study, a first-of-its-kind impact sensor for measuring space debris as minuscule as a grain of sand and barley seeds for a germination experiment, CNBC reported. 

    SpaceX — one of two private shippers contracted by NASA — has been making station supply runs since 2012.

    Musk's company is at the forefront of a global shift in rocket launches, with this year the first in history that commercial launches will outpace government-sponsored ones, CNBC reported.



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    In this April 8, 2016 handout provided by NASA, SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lift off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.In this April 8, 2016 handout provided by NASA, SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lift off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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    The Golden Gate National Park Service is closing San Francisco's Aquatic Park to swimmers after a second sea lion attack Friday. San Francisco Fire officials told the public to avoid the area after a second sea lion reportedly attacked a swimmer in the park's waters.

    Park officials will release more information as it becomes available. Multiple public safety agencies are working together with the NPS - the lead agency - on a safety plan, SFFD said.

    Fire officials tweeted around 9 a.m. Friday that a 60-year-old man was taken to a trauma center after reportedly being bitten by a sea lion on his arm.

    SFFD said in a tweet: "Avoid the area, swim at your own risk at Aquatic Park."

    The attack took place at 8:13 a.m. Fire crews were called to 500 Jefferson street where they took care of the victim's injuries. He was then transported to a hospital.

    Fire officials said that city agencies were working together to mitigate the incident.

    On Thursday, police said a 56-year-old man was charged by a sea lion. After frantic efforts to splash and distract the animal, the man was bitten on the arm.

    People onboard a nearby sailboat saw the attack and rescued the man, taking him on their boat and calling the United States Coast Guard.

    The San Francisco Fire Department also responded to the attack and took the victim to Pier 45 to be treated by paramedics. A San Francisco police officer also applied a tourniquet.

    The swimmer has a "severe extremity injury" that required immediate medical attention. The man was taken to the trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital, where his vital signs were reported as stable. 

    Dave Schreibman was swimming in the bay during the attack.

    "I saw a sailboat with a wounded swimmer on it," he said. "They were waving at me and screaming at me to not go out there. The wounded swimmer had deep puncture wounds in his upper arm, and there was blood running down. There was a Coast Guard there, too."

    Michael Reiter, of the SFPD marine unit, was the officer who applied the tourniquet.

    "I mean, the boat saved his life," Reiter said. "If the boat hadn’t been there, who knows what would have happened They had rented the boat for the day, I believe, and they were on their way back when they saw this."

    Some swimmers said they’ve had their run-ins with sea lions. Arnie Thompson, a Dolphin Club member recalled being charged by a sea lion.

    "And, of course, I swam across the top of the water like you wouldn’t believe," he said.

    Sergei Khorochev added: "It’s happened like a few times over the past few days. One guy on the sound told us that he was swimming, and he got bumped like five times by the sea lion, right here in the cove."



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    Schools in Waterbury sent students home early Friday because of snow in the firecast for this afternoon, but weather has been an issue for students at Wallace Middle School has had weather issues for the last two days.

    A school district spokesperson said the school installed energy-efficient controls on their heating system, which was a project planned for over a year, but the temperatures in the building dropped from the high 60s to the low 50s, then the heat was left off all night.

    HVAC crews gave been making repairs and hope to have the issue fixed by the end of the day.





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    A teacher at a CREC school has been placed on leave after allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a student and a teacher. Officials from CREC said the school is the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Colt Gateway campus in Hartford. 

    Dr. Greg Florio, the executive director of the Capitol Region Education Council, said they immediately placed the teacher on leave Wednesday after learning about the allegation and notified the state Department of Children and Families and police. 

    “We are cooperating fully with authorities as this matter is investigated. The safety of our students is always our top priority,” Florio said in a statement. 

    No additional information was immediately released.




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    The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it has opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen after reports of sexual harassment against the Nevada congressman. 

    "The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publically disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee," a statement from the committee said.

    Two women have accused the Democrat of misconduct. His former finance director told Buzzfeed in a Dec. 2 story that Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex during the 2016 congressional campaign, offers she rejected. The woman, who withheld her last name, also claimed he touched her thighs without her consent on two occasions.

    A second woman spoke to The Nevada Independent in a Dec. 13 story, claiming Kihuen made repeated sexual advances while he was a state senator in 2015 and she was a lobbyist. The woman, who remained anonymous, also said he touched her thighs and buttocks on several occasions.

    In a statement to the Independent, Kihuen said he would not discuss the allegations.

    "During my 10 years in the legislature, I dated several different women. Out of respect for their privacy, I won't discuss my communications or any other details of those relationships," the statement said.

    In a statement to NBC, Kihuen said, "I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name."

    Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for Kihuen's resignation.



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    This Nov. 14, 2016, file photo shows Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., in Washington. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Kihuen following reports of sexual harassment, which he has not commented on directly.This Nov. 14, 2016, file photo shows Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., in Washington. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Kihuen following reports of sexual harassment, which he has not commented on directly.

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    The airport worker who captured millions of hearts across the nation when he was captured on now viral video dancing, animatedly, as he directed a plane several months ago is at it again. 

    Kyran Ashford made headlines back in October when a Southwest Airlines traveler departing Greater Rochester International Airport en route to his home in Nashville recorded the five-year airport employee's moves from his window seat. 

    "This guy rocks! #TarmacDancer #EmployeeOfTheMonth #TGIF #Southwest," Terry McBride posted on Facebook along with the video, which has since been viewed nearly 13 million times. 

    At the time, Ashford told ABC News his goal was to give at least one traveler "30 seconds of positive vibes." 

    He certainly did that for more than a few -- and he's continuing to do so. McBride captured Ashford on video once again last week, on Dec. 8, rotating his hips and swinging his orange equipment, skipping adeptly on the tarmac as he directed the plane down the runway. 

    ''Here we go again. Leaving New York this morning on my way back to Nashville and the Tarmac Dancer is back at it," McBride wrote on Facebook.



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