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    Part of Interstate 395 North is closed in Thompson after a truck hauling beer caught fire.

    CT Travel Smart says I-395 North is closed between exits 50 and 53.

    A post on the Facebook page for Webster Fire/Rescue in Massachusetts says they responded to provide mutual aid and it includes photos.

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    No additional information was immediately available.

    Check back for updates.



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    A Massachusetts man has been identified as one of the victims who died after an avalanche rushed down a mountainside at a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday.

    The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley happened around 11:30 a.m.

    NBC10 Boston has confirmed Matt Zonghetti, the man who was killed, was a graduate of Mansfield High School.

    Superintendent of Schools Teresa Murphy released a statement following the tragic news:

    "Matt Zonghetti was an outstanding Mansfield High School student-athlete and citizen, We are proud to consider him one of our own. His death is a tragic loss and our school community is heartbroken," read the statement.

    Two other skiers were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, according to a resort spokesman.

    A representative from Taos Ski Valley released a statement saying they were conducting a review of what happened as "a situation like this has never happened".

    "We don't have details to share at this time, but we are committed to doing a diligent and exhaustive review," read the statement. "Our hearts go out to the skiers and their families and friends who were affected by yesterday's accident, as well as to all the volunteers, staff and community members who are mourning with us."



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    People search for victims after an avalanche buried multiple people near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley, one of the biggest resorts in New Mexico, Jan. 17, 2019. The avalanche rushed down the mountainside of the New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, injuring at least a few people who were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, a resort spokesman said.People search for victims after an avalanche buried multiple people near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley, one of the biggest resorts in New Mexico, Jan. 17, 2019. The avalanche rushed down the mountainside of the New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, injuring at least a few people who were pulled from the snow after a roughly 20-minute rescue effort, a resort spokesman said.

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    Just days into his own term as Connecticut’s 89th Governor, Ned Lamont helped to welcome Ella Briggs to her new position as the state’s kid governor.

    “Don’t think you’re too young to get involved, we really want to hear your point of view,” Lamont said. “Great things happen when you speak out when you’re young.”

    Ella, a student of the Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School in Avon, was elected by other fifth-graders across the state, and was sworn in by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

    “As you’re new kid governor I will begin important conversations with students and adults all over this great state,” Briggs said.

    Ella’s platform - Pride Hope Love.

    “I will encourage schools and school districts across Connecticut start gay-straight alliance, otherwise known as GSAs safe spaces where members of the LGBTQ community and allies can feel pride in who they are,” said Briggs.

    The kid governor program is run by the Connecticut Democracy Center. In a year where there is a more diverse Congress than ever, Ella said she’s glad to add her voice to that list of leaders.

    “People who don’t know me seem surprised that at such a young age, I’m already very confident with the person that I am, and that I desire to help people,” said Briggs. “What people don’t realize is that all my life I’ve been surrounded by strong female leaders.”

    It’s a list that includes Jahana Hayes, who is now the first African American woman from Connecticut in Congress.

    “I believe in civic education,” said Hayes. “It just makes my heart so proud to see young people getting involved so early.”

    Ella’s one year term starts today and she plans to get right to work.



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    Ella Briggs was sworn in as Connecticut's kid governor at a ceremony Friday.Ella Briggs was sworn in as Connecticut's kid governor at a ceremony Friday.

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    A New Haven high school principal has stepped down the same week surveillance video surfaced of him shoving a student in the hallway.

    The New Haven Independent obtained and first published the video of Morgan Barth from inside the Achievement First Amistad High School on Dixwell Avenue.

    “The conduct shown in the video is unacceptable,” Achievement First Chief External Officer Fatimah Barker said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.

    A spokesperson for the State Department of Education said the Bureau of Investigation had not been notified of any previous misconduct by Barth before the video of this physical altercation became public.

    The video shows Barth shoving a student in the hallway before he is seen getting in the student’s face, blocking him from picking up his backpack.

    The New Haven Independent reports the principal and student had just discussed previous discipline.

    “When this incident happened, we conducted an internal investigation, documented the incident in accordance with state laws, and worked with the student’s family – including sharing the video with them. In addition, Mr. Barth was disciplined and also required to attain additional restraint training,” Barker said in her statement.

    A letter sent this week to students’ families said, “It is clear to Mr. Barth that he could not be the leader the school needs right now given his actions and the feelings of the school community.”

    The school’s communications director Amanda Pinto said members of the executive leadership have already begun meeting individually with parents, teachers and staff as they look to make improvements.

    “It’s clear that there are concerns that need to be addressed, and it is our job to listen,” Pinto said.

    After the 2016-17 school year, the State Department of Education told Amistad it must reduce its suspension rate, which was three times higher than the average for schools in New Haven.

    Off-camera, one mother told NBC Connecticut she is alarmed by the video, calling it a “sad situation.” She said she plans to meet with school leadership.

    Barth had planned to step down at the end of the school year, so a search for a replacement was already underway, Pinto said.

    Achievement First Amistad plans to name an interim principal soon.

    This public charter high school for students from New Haven and Bridgeport is not part of the New Haven Public School system.



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    Gov. Ned Lamont has only been in office for 10 days and he already has the first winter weather event of his term.

    It came much later than former Gov. Dannel Malloy’s. Malloy had two days to prepare following his inauguration.

    “I think we’re ready to go,” Lamont said Friday. “I met with DOT yesterday. Gave them a shout out, you know, let’s get this right."

    Lamont said he’s kept in close contact with Department of Transportation officials, and he held a conference call with leaders from Connecticut’ electric utility companies, United Illuminating and Eversource, Friday afternoon.

    The storm is expected to arrive late Saturday, bringing snow and later turning into sleet and freezing rain by Sunday morning. Even though the brunt of the storm will be over by the afternoon on Sunday, frigid temperatures will lead to icing, threatening power outages in parts of Connecticut.

    Lamont has said that he plans to spend most days of the week in Hartford, while spending weekends in Greenwich. He says he will be in Hartford the entire weekend because of the storm.

    “We’re going to be in the Emergency Operations Center this weekend,” Lamont said.

    Connecticut is a state that has rewarded governors who handle storms well, and punished those who haven’t.

    Malloy was considered trustworthy according to polling when it came to his ability to lead the state during major weather events. Holding utilities accountable for their lackluster response to the October snow storm in 2011 turned into a key moment.

    However, the late former Gov. Tom Meskill did not have the same fortune. During the 1973 ice storm that crippled Connecticut, Meskill was on a ski trip in Vermont with his family.

    That lack of leadership, combined with the Watergate scandal and his identifying as a Republican at the time, led to him not running for reelection.

    Lamont says even though he’s only been on the job for just over a week, he’s prepared for whatever the storm brings.

    “I think the team’s got things well in hand.”



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    Thieves broke into two homes in Marlborough overnight while residents were inside, according to the Marlborough Resident State Trooper’s Office.

    Police said a homeowner on Islieb Road called 911 around 1 a.m. when he heard noises in his home and later found a broken glass door and cash and car keys missing.

    A second homeowner, this time on Sherwood Lane, reported hearing noises in her home around 2 a.m. Later that morning, she realized her purse was missing. Police said it appears the thief got in through an unlocked garage window and slipped into the house through the unlocked garage door.

    Investigators said a vehicle with a loud exhaust may be involved, but had no other details.

    Anyone with home surveillance cameras is asked to keep an eye out. Residents are encouraged to call 911 to report anything suspicious during the night.


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    Franny Soctomah and her granddaughter were excited to go through their first ever fat freezing experience.

    She said she spotted the service that was advertised on Groupon and signed up, but was later disappointed.

    “It’s been most upsetting,” said Franny Soctomah.

    Soctomah claimed she didn’t get the service.

    Last July, Soctomah said she paid $576 for herself and her granddaughter to get two fat freezing sessions.

    “The machine kept shutting off. So, she kept coming back in putting it back on. She couldn’t understand it,” said Soctomah.

    According to Soctomah, the owner told her it was a brand new machine and that they needed to reschedule their appointments.

    “My granddaughter had taken that day off because we had heard sometimes you can have a little discomfort,” said Soctomah.

    Soctomah said the owner threw in a third session for free and they scheduled their second appointment.

    “No one showed up. I was sitting and sitting,” said Soctomah.

    Soctomah explained that she waited for an hour and then called the owner. But told us she had to reschedule the appointment for a third time. Again, Soctomah stressed that no one showed up or called to cancel.

    “No one and I called the owner on several occasions,” she said.

    By now, it was September and Soctomah insisted she couldn’t reach the owner.

    “I thought, uh, oh, we’ve been burned for that kind of money. It was almost $600,” said Soctomah.

    She wanted her money back and reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds to intervene.

    We went to the Farmington business to speak with TCS Beauty Bar’s owner. The property manager of Bridge Healing Arts Center told us they have not heard from the business since last July and said:

    “We have terminated her as a tenant as of last September due to neglect and not being able to follow the high-quality standards the Bridge Healing Arts Center has in place for our practitioners and renters,” said Nadine Baez.

    When we contacted Groupon, a spokesperson told Responds: “This customer has never contacted us to ask for a refund, but we've gone ahead and issued one. Also, we have no future plans to allow this business to advertise their services through our marketing platform.”

    As for Franny Soctomah, she said she’ll do her research the next time before signing up for a coupon. And is very satisfied to get a $576 credit back into her account.

    “I’m thrilled now. Yes, I am. So, I’m very happy,” said Soctomah.

    Groupon makes it clear on its website that the company will work with the customer and the merchant to make a situation right.

    The Department of Consumer Protection says if you’re purchasing a coupon, you should check the terms and conditions, and read reviews before you make a decision on any type of service.



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    Franny Soctomah reached out toe NBC Connecticut Responds for help getting her money back after a merchant failed to deliver the promised fat freezing service.Franny Soctomah reached out toe NBC Connecticut Responds for help getting her money back after a merchant failed to deliver the promised fat freezing service.

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    Amid accusations of anti-Semitism surrounding the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington, many Jewish women will be deciding one thing this weekend: to march or not to march?

    Joan James, of Lincoln City, Oregon, was very supportive until the allegations of anti-Semitism began to surface.

    "The Women’s March is supposed to be an inclusive movement that supports diversity of color and ideas," said James, who is Jewish. "If your leaders are making statements that are less than supportive of a group of people, it tears the movement from the inside."

    James is still conflicted on whether or not she will participate this weekend, when thousands of women are expected to take the streets for the third year in a row. The march was sparked by the election of President Donald Trump by women worried about his agenda and offended by comments he made. Many participants wore distinctive "pink pussy hats" as a symbolic way to show resistance.

    Now some women are aggravated the anti-Semitic allegations are causing a divide within the women’s movement.

    The accusations of anti-Semitism were crystalized in an article written in the Tablet in December. The magazine reported that in an initial planning meeting, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, two of the Women's March Inc. leaders, said that Jewish people had “a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people." Mallory and other leaders deny the statement.

    In addition, Perez, Mallory, and Linda Sarsour's association with Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ comments, led to more criticism. The New York Times reported that Mallory and Perez said, “they work in communities where Mr. Farrakhan is respected for his role in rehabilitating incarcerated men. They attended the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in 2015, which Mr. Farrakhan planned.” 

    In an appearance on ABC's "The View" Mallory said, "What I will say to you is that I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements." In a later interview with a radio station called Breakfast Club she condemned anti-Semitism. However she and the other leaders did not denounce Farrakhan's rhetoric.

    Some advocates are conflicted about whether the allegations are serious enough to keep them from participating.

    In response, Women’s March Inc. released a press statement which reads, “It’s become clear, amidst this media storm, that our values and our message have — too often— been lost. That loss caused a lot of harm, and a lot pain. We should have been faster and clearer in helping people understand our values and our commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. We regret that. Every member of our movement matters to us — including our incredible Jewish and LGBTQ members. We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused, but we see you, we love you, and we are fighting with you.”

    While some advocates are frustrated with the controversay over the anti-Semitic allegations, they also recognize the impact of the Women’s March.

    Aliza Lifshitz, a Jewish Barnard College student and activist, posted on her Facebook page, “If you’re vocally critical of the women’s march but you do nothing to publicly call out or resist the current administration’s policies, it is very safe to assume that you’re using your concerns about anti-Semitism to tear down a movement you didn’t agree with in the first place.”

    "People should acknowledge what they are missing out on when they abandon the women’s march," she said in an interview with NBC.

    Lifshitz believes the march has played a significant role is organizing the women’s resistance movement and that the march itself is symbolic of the desire for change. However, she also said she respects anyone who feels uncomfortable marching because of the controversy.

    The allegations have resulted in stark differences between competing marches and women abandoning the march altogether over confusion about what each organization stands for.

    Women’s March Inc. brought three Jewish women onto their steering committee. Abby Stein, the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, is one of the women.

    “The leaders of the Women’s March are not anti-Semitic," she said. "Louis Farrakhan has no impact on the goals of the Women's March. In fact, the Women’s March is the antithesis to everything he preaches."

    Stein said when she was given the opportunity to join the steering committee, she saw it as a way to make sure Jewish women feel included and as a platform to defend the LGBTQ community.

    "The question was not how I could join the Women’s March, but how could I not?" she said. "I can accomplish so much when it comes to eradicating anti-Semitism by working with them."

    Stein told NBC the Women’s March in 2017 focused on resistance, the march in 2018 guided people to the polls, and this year’s march is about a policy agenda.

    “One of the strongest impacts the steering committee has is assisting with the women’s agenda which is a policy agenda that Congress could basically copy and paste and turn it into a bill,” she said.

    The Women's March Inc. has released a policy agenda encompassing many different topics including ending violence against women, advocating for reproductive rights, and fighting for racial injustice.

    Despite efforts to show the march is inclusive and not anti-Semitic, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, among others, are no longer sponsoring the Women’s March Inc. event.

    “I think it is unfortunate they are no longer supporting the event," said Rabbi Robin Polosuk of Los Angeles, who wrote an article in the Jewish Journal called, “Why I Will Walk With the Women’s March.” "We have to ask ourselves who benefits if our movement fractures and it is not us. At this point, I still feel really firm that it is the grassroots women who have to define the march and not a couple of personalities at the top."

    “As a Jewish woman, I think it is important that we reclaim this march and that we stand for this as much as any woman. I see us walking in the same direction, where each of us is heard and empowered," she said.

    Many women’s marches planned around the world on Saturday are not associated with Women’s March Inc.

    Women’s March Alliance, for example, is a separate organization that plans the march in New York City.

    Katherine Siemionko, the alliance's founder and president, told NBC, “We are hoping to roll out a new name brand and face this upcoming March to make it clear that we have no association with Women’s March Inc.”

    Siemionko is aware many Jews are contemplating whether or not to march.

    “We are working to make sure everyone feels welcome and we are doing a lot of outreach across the board," she said. We have also been speaking at synagogues and making sure to confirm our commitment to the Jewish communities we have worked with in the past.”

    During a phone call in October, Siemionko asked Sarsour why Women's March Inc. was planning to hold a competing event in New York City on Saturday. She said Sarsour had told her the separate rally was needed to provide a space for women of color.

    Siemionko told NBC many women of color are involved in her organization. She said the volunteer trainings this week averaged 60 percent people of color and the alliance's board has 3 women of color out of 5 members. Siemionko told NBC she thought Sarsour had given her a "lame excuse."

    Women's March Inc. did not make Sarsour available for an interview.

    With all of the controversy, some people are choosing to stay away from any women’s march this year.

    Arielle Kaplan, a 24-year-old Jewish woman from New York City, said “I think it is great that people are going and that Jewish women are trying to make marches that are inclusive for Jews but I am not going because I don't want people to mistake me for supporting Women’s March Inc by going to a women’s march that is unaffiliated.”



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    Attendees hold signs during the Women's March Attendees hold signs during the Women's March "Power to the Polls" voter registration tour launch at Sam Boyd Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    The NBC Connecticut meteorologists continue to track a nasty storm that moves in Saturday night and could make a mess of the second half of the weekend.

    A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of the state and a Winter Weather Warning for the western part of the state. 

    The latest model guidance indicates that snow will develop statewide on Saturday night, starting after 6 p.m. in western Connecticut, with a transition to a wintry mix during the overnight hours and eventually over to plain rain for most of the state.

    There is some indication that the majority of the storm will stay wintry for the northern third of Connecticut with a freezing rain accreting on tree limbs and power lines. 

    Amtrak has already announced service changes ahead of the storm.

    Let's talk about the two scenarios that are possible.

    Scenario 1

    This storm track would be the coldest scenario with the center of lower pressure tracking along the Connecticut shoreline. This would result in mostly snow for the hills town, snow to and ice in for interior Connecticut, and snow to mix to plain rain along the shoreline. Right now it appears this scenario is less likely. 

    Scenario 2

    If the center of a low-pressure system tracks to the northwest of Connecticut it would result in a mostly ice/rain scenario (a warmer solution). This track would result in snow to a wintry mix to plain rain in the hills with snow quickly transitioning to plain rain along the shoreline. 

    Right now it appears we could be dealing with measurable snow for interior Connecticut and especially the northwest hills with icing occurring even down to the shoreline. 

    One thing we are certain of is a cold blast of air will arrive right after the precipitation ends Sunday night and some very cold temperatures are expected Monday morning. This will cause a flash freeze and any untreated surfaces will become very icy and we expect slick travel Monday morning with temperatures of 0 to 10 degrees. 



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    A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Brooklyn Friday, sources said.

    The crash happened at the Brooklyn Walmart on Route 6.

    Route 6 is closed in the area.

    No other details were immediately available.

    Check back for updates.



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    A woman was seriously hurt when she was hit by a car in New Haven Friday.

    Police said the crash happened on Middletown Avenue near Foxon Boulevard around 8:22 p.m. The woman, who was a pedestrian, suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

    The driver stayed on scene.

    No other details were immediately available.



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    Special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a rare public statement Friday night that disputes a BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump had directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, NBC News reported.

    BuzzFeed News on Thursday evening reported that Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller the president personally instructed him to lie to Congressional investigators in order to minimize links between Trump and his Moscow building project, citing two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. The report also alleged that Cohen was directed to give a false impression that the project had ended before it actually did.

    NBC News has not independently confirmed this report.

    On Friday evening, a full day after the story appeared, the special counsel's office issued a statement.

    "BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate," the statement said.



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    This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo shows Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exit federal court in New York City. after pleading guilty to making false statements to Congress about a Moscow real estate project Trump pursued during the 2016 presidential campaign.This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo shows Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exit federal court in New York City. after pleading guilty to making false statements to Congress about a Moscow real estate project Trump pursued during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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    At least four people are displaced after a fire at a home in Manchester on Friday night.

    Crews were called to a structure fire at a two-story duplex on Elro Street shortly before 10 p.m. Police said this is the same home that was the scene of a police standoff with a suspect last week.

    Everyone inside of the home was able to evacuate before the fire department arrived, firefighters said.

    When firefighters arrived, they said they found heavy fire extending form the first floor living room window. There was fire on the inside of the home on the first and second floor and in the attic.

    Crews were able to knock down the main body of the fire relatively quickly, officials said, but the fire in the attic proved to be more stubborn.

    Truck personnel were able to get to the attic space from the roof and extinguish the remaining fire.

    According to fire officials, the home is currently uninhabitable and at least four people are displaced.

    The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.



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    Manchester firefighters on scene at a home on Elro Street Friday night.Manchester firefighters on scene at a home on Elro Street Friday night.

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    The Chief of the Watertown Police Department will hold a press conference on Monday about a homicide that happened earlier this month.

    Chief Gavallas is expected to discuss the homicide that happened in Oakville on January 9.

    Watertown Police were investigating the town's first homicide in more than six years after a 70-year-old woman was found dead in her home.

    She was identified as Maryann Kibbe-Stanisz and police said she died of blunt impact injuries to her head and neck.

    Kibbe-Stanisz was a widow and lived alone for several years, according to police.

    Officers who responded to the home on Bushnell Avenue said they saw Kibbe-Stanisz down inside of the house and forced their way inside, where she was found dead.

    Police said she may have been assaulted in the home the day before.

    Her gray PT Cruiser was missing and later found in Waterbury in the parking lot next to the LIT Ultra-Lounge, according to the police. Keys were not found at the scene.

    The press conference is expected to begin at 2 p.m at Watertown Police Headquarters.


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    Governor Ned Lamont is partially activating the state's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    The EOC will be monitoring storm conditions across the state. Forecasts are showing snow, sleet and freezing rain.

    “We continue to monitor the most up-to-date forecasts on this weekend’s impending storm. After being briefed on the latest information from the state’s emergency management officials, we have decided to partially activate the emergency operations center to monitor storm conditions and coordinate any assistance that may be necessary,” Governor Lamont said.

    Lamont is working with the state's major utility companies to discuss preparations ahead of the storm.

    During the partial activation, the EOC will be staffed with personnel from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which includes the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, State Police and the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, as well as the Department of Transportation, the Connecticut National Guard, the Department of Public Health and liaisons from Eversource and United Illuminating, according to Lamont.



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    A Silver Alert has been issued for a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing from West Hartford on Friday night and is in need of immediate medical treatment.

    Officers were called to 286 Tunxis Road shortly before midnight after getting a report of a missing 15-year-old girl, identified as Lanah Shepard.

    She was last seen at 286 Tunxis Road at approximately 6 p.m. prior to leaving the residence.

    Lanah is described as a girl with brown hair and brown eyes, who is 5'2" and 170 pounds.

    She is possibly wearing a black jacket, black shirt, light blue jeans and black and white Jordan sneakers.

    Police say she is in need of immediate medical treatment.

    If you find her, contact your local police department.



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    Some airlines are preparing for this weekend's expected snowy, icy and cold weather by adjusting schedules and canceling flights at Bradley International Airport.

    According to the airport, some airlines started adjusting their evening schedules on Saturday afternoon.

    There are a number of canceled flights, primarily arrivals, due to the weather conditions in the region and impending inclement weather, an airport official said.

    Passengers who are scheduled to travel on Saturday or Sunday are advised to check in with their airline on their individual flight itineraries and any potential rebooking options before heading to the airport.

    Several airlines have put travel waivers in place, an airport official said.

    For real time flight status updates, click here.

    You can get latest forecast anytime here


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    Part of Route 30 in Vernon is closed after wires came down across the road on Sunday morning.

    According to Vernon Police, Route 30 was closed between Meadlowlark Road and West Street.

    In a photo taken by police, a cracked pole could be seen leaning with multiple power lines down across the road.

    One lane of the road has since reopened.

    It is unclear how long it will take for the road to fully reopen.



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    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow remained an “active proposal” as late as November of 2016, months later than known previously.

    Giuliani, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said that the president has told him he can “remember having conversations” with his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about the project well into 2016.

    Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline of his involvement in the proposal, admitting that he worked on it through June of 2016. He initially said it ended at the beginning of that year.

    “It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016," Giuliani said of the discussions, adding that there "weren't a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can't be sure of the exact date," he said, referring to written questions Trump and his lawyers have answered from special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

    Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that it was "big news" to him that the talks were continuing through October or November 2016 and said he thought it "a relevant fact for voters to know."



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    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.

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    Long before the sun came up, Snow Monster hit the roads across the state.

    As the snow changed to sleet and freezing rain and roads became treacherous for parts of the Connecticut, Snow Monster traveled from Bristol to Tolland, Vernon, Manchester and all the way through New Haven County, where the ice was so thick that trees began to come down.

    Snow Monster found this street on Edgehill Terrace in Hamden as one example of trees damaging power lines.

    Peter Hodge of Wallingford told NBC Connecticut that he watched the storm coverage all morning long and decided to shovel early in order to avoid the slush freezing solid after a cold blast of air moved in.

    “We got up early this morning, watched your coverage and figured move it now before the cold front comes in," he said.

    Snow Monster has exclusive cameras and road temperature sensors that you will only find on NBC Connecticut as we track more winter storms as the winter continues.



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    Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talked about her rural roots in upstate New York and her bipartisan efforts in Congress during a two-day visit to Iowa, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus and a key stop for any 2020 presidential candidate.

    Gillibrand’s trip came three days after she announced she intends to run for president. She participated in a Women’s March at the state capitol and talked to hundreds of voters at small events, NBC News reported.

    A Democratic rival, Sen Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, got bigger crowds during a trip earlier in January.

    “I’m not a national name and the fact that you turned out to meet me — I’m so grateful,” Gillibrand told a coffee shop crowd in Ames, where her campaign handed out some of the first Gillibrand campaign T-shirts of the cycle on Saturday. “I plan on being here a lot, so I really appreciate this first opportunity.

    She presented herself as uniquely qualified to appeal across the aisle, a result of her politically moderate beginnings and her progressive bonafides as a liberal senator.

    “I work on a bipartisan basis every day. I worked [with] Ted Cruz on ending sexual harassment in Congress — I can work with anybody,” she said to laughs later that day in Des Moines.


    Kirsten Gillibrand announces intention to run for presidencyKirsten Gillibrand announces intention to run for presidency

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    A couple who fell to their deaths from an outlook at Yosemite National Park in California in October were “intoxicated with ethyl alcohol prior to death,” according to autopsy reports.

    Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, died of multiple injuries sustained by a fall from a mountain, wrote a forensic pathologist at the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Ethyl alcohol is found in common alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and hard liquor.

    “We can only conclude that they had consumed alcohol but it is unknown to what level of intoxication,” an assistant Mariposa County coroner told the San Jose Mercury News.

    No drugs were present in their bodies, lab tests found.



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    This May 18, 2015, file photo shows Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California.This May 18, 2015, file photo shows Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California.

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    Power outages are affecting the 911 center, a hospital and thousands of people in New Haven on Sunday.

    According to New Haven Office of Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana, the 911 center is operating on back up power, as well as parts of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

    He said there are major power outages in the city. Approximately 32 outages are affecting more than 6,800 residential and commercial customers as of 12 p.m.

    There is no estimate for how long it will take for power to be fully restored.


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    Our First Alert meteorologists are tracking a major blast of cold air moving in Sunday evening and lasting throughout the day on Monday. 

    By the time you're waking up Monday, temperatures will be near zero along the shoreline and sub-zero for interior Connecticut. 

    A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for northern Connecticut through Monday afternoon.

    The cold temperatures are only one part of the equation. We also have strong wind from the northwest sustained between 10-15 mph, but gusting up to 30 mph through Monday. This will make temperatures feel -15° to -25°.

    Temperatures this cold can be dangerous if you don't take proper precautions. 

    The good news is this arctic shot is short lived and temperatures will be back in the 20s Tuesday and 40s by Wednesday. 



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    Snow that began falling Saturday night turned to sleet and freezing rain on Sunday morning.

    While most places throughout Connecticut saw anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow, the concern Sunday is icing in parts of the state.

    The snow may not be terribly deep but the sleet and freezing rain will make it dense and heavy to shovel. Most of what falls along the shoreline will wash away once we switch over to rain.

    If freezing rain falls for a number of hours, there is the possibility that areas of the state could see power outages as icy tree limbs come down and take down power lines with them.

    Eversource and United Illuminating combined were reporting nearly 28,000 customers without power as of 5 p.m. At one point, more than 30,000 customers were without power.

    The storm has caused some airline cancellations and delays at Bradley International Airport. Airport administrators suggest checking with your airline before coming to Bradley on Sunday night or Monday morning.

    The city of Hartford extended its parking ban until 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Residents parked in school lots will have to remove their cars by 5 p.m. and from Blue Light lots by 7 p.m.

    “We are extending our parking ban because we had more freezing rain and sleet than we expected, and our Public Works team needs a few more hours to clear the streets before ice begins to harden,” Mayor Luke Bronin said.

    As of 11 a.m. on Sunday, police towed 230 vehicles and working with the Hartford Parking Authority issued 447 tickets for snow related violations. Police said officers recovered to stolen vehicles during snow removal operations.

    New Britain lifted the city's parking ban at noon on Sunday.

    After the storm pulls away Sunday afternoon a cold blast of air will arrive and some very cold temperatures are expected Monday morning. This will cause a flash freeze and any untreated surfaces will become very icy and we expect slick travel Monday morning with temperatures of 0 to 10 degrees and a wind chill factor making it feel -10 to -15.



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    Ice coats trees in Shelton.Ice coats trees in Shelton.

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    A subcontractor for Eversource was killed by a falling tree in Middletown on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Middletown Police, the subcontractor was repairing a line on Millbrook Road around 3:15 p.m. As the repair was completed, a tree fell on top of the lineman and caused fatal injuries.

    Officers said the subcontractor's identity will not be released at this time.

    A portion of Millbrook Road is expected to be closed until further notice.



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    Freezing rain falling across parts of the state has iced up trees and power lines in places, leading to thousands of power outages.

    Eversource was reporting nearly 22,000 outages statewide. A line of towns through central Connecticut seemed to be most affected Sunday morning. Middletown, Meriden, Cheshire, Bethany, Monroe, and Newtown were just some of the towns experiencing outages.

    United Illuminating says nearly 6,200 of its customers are in the dark.  Hamden and New Haven seem to be affected the most. At one point, almost 9,000 customers were without power.

    Governor Ned Lamont reminds residents to keep their cell phones fully charged during the outages in case they need to contact emergency services.



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    The Super Blood Wolf Moon is almost at our door.

    This lunar phenomenon with a quirky name will be visible Sunday night across the country, for those without cloud cover.

    It'll be an unmissable event for American stargazers, since it's the only lunar eclipse that will be seen over the United States all year, according to Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA partner.

    "Super blood moon" is a term given to lunar eclipses that occur when the moon is at its closest to Earth, making it appear bigger in the sky — a "super moon." And during a lunar eclipse, when the moon is in the Earth's shadow, it turns red. That's because it's mostly red light that bends around the Earth, while blue light is scattered by the atmosphere, making it appear blue.

    Last January, a Super Blue Blood Moon captivated people across the country. That one got the "blue moon" moniker because it was the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that gave us the phrase "once in a blue moon."

    Sunday's moon is the first of January, and it's referred to as a wolf moon because of Native American folklore, according to Space.com. Each month's full moon had a name, and January's came from the packs of wolves that would howl outside Algonquin villages. Other full moon names include the worm moon (March) strawberry moon (June), and harvest moon (September).

    Viewing this weekend's Super Wolf Blood Moon might require a later bedtime.

    The moon will begin to darken at 9:36 p.m. ET, but it will dramatically change color about an hour later, at 10:33 p.m. ET, when it moves into the darkest part of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, according to JPL. That's what's called a total eclipse. Because the moon is closer to Earth, it may appear darker than in other lunar eclipses.

    That phase of the eclipse lasts until 1:50 a.m. ET, and the moon will completely exit the penumbra, the Earth's partial shadow, by 2:48 ET.

    After that, it'll be a long wait for the next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America. It's coming on July 5, 2020, according to NASA, and it will only be a partial eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse is coming to our skies on May 26, 2021.