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    A 50-year-old man who barricaded himself in a Milford apartment Friday morning has committed suicide, according to police.

    The man was found dead as police were investigating a crash and looking for the owner of the car.

    Officers responded to a car accident around midnight on High Street, outside the Metro View apartments, and found a car had crashed into a utility pole and had been abandoned, police said.

    They traced the owner in the apartment complex and said he was barricading himself alone in his third-floor apartment.

    Milford police contacted the man’s sister and she said he had reached out to her and had made some suicidal comments.

    Police found out the man was a licensed gun owner and evacuated third-floor residents as a precaution.

    They also closed off the area, used a bullhorn to try to communicate with the man and brought in a K9 unit and robots. Officers were only able to exchange a quick conversation with him to confirm he was the only person inside the apartment, police said.

    When the man refused to open the door around 8 a.m., a five-man team went inside and a paramedic declared him dead at 8:10 a.m.

    Milford said they are treating the apartment as a crime scene.

    Police are not sure what led up to the car crash and the suicide thereafter.

    The man lived in his apartment alone and police said they have never had an issue with him before.

    Residents who were evacuated have been allowed to go back into their apartments.




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    A man is in the hospital after crashing into a utility pole in Seymour and getting tangled in wires early this morning. 

    Police said the crash happened between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Derby Avenue, which was closed from Route 313. 

    The driver, a man, was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and the extent of his injuries is unknown. 

    A second utility pole was also leaning and must be fixed. 

    Eversource was forced to turn off power in the area.



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    The number of power outages was up to more than 4,500 Eversource customers, including 78 percent of East Haddam. Friday morning. 

    Winds, gusting up to 30 to 35 miles per hour, brought down trees in several towns.

    The issue in East Windsor was at a substation, according to Eversource. 

    The number of outages as of 1:30 a.m. is 605.



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    A bus traveling from Massachusetts to New York caught fire in Hartford around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

    Around 30 people were on the Academy bus when it caught fire on Columbus Boulevard and another bus was called in to bring the passengers to their destination.

    Deputy Chief Jim Errickson said the fire was at the back of the bus.

    The bus driver saw smoke, evacuated the passengers and no one was injured.

    “Academy Bus is grateful for the prompt response of fire and first responders to the Go Buses motor coach fire this morning in Hartford, CT. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation,” Ben Martin, spokesperson for Academy Bus/Go Buses, said in a statement. “All passengers and the bus operator were evacuated off the bus safely, and a replacement bus is already transporting them to their final destination. We thank our passengers for their understanding during this unexpected delay in their travel plans.”





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    NOTE: Read Jackson's full letter to supporters here

    Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday. 

    In an emotional letter to his supporters, the 76-year-old said his diagnosis came "after a battery of tests."

    Jackson's father also suffered from the disease.

    "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression," he wrote.

    Parkinson's disease is an uncurable neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can lead to tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, loss of movement and speech changes. 

    Though he had not publicly announced it, Northwestern Medicine said Jackson was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. He has been treated as outpatient in the years since, the hospital said. 

    Congressman Danny Davis said those who have been close to Jackson "have noticed some of the signs." 

    Jackson is known for his work as a civil rights activist with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and as a Democratic presidential candidate in the 1980s. He founded Chicago's Rainbow PUSH coalition and has remained a prominent religious and political figure, continuing his outspoken activism recently following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. He also spoke out about police shootings nationwide, including in Ferguson, Missouri. 

    "First, my thoughts and prayers are with the family," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday, "but I would note while Parkinson's may be a physical condition, it will never ever break Rev. Jackson's spiritual commitment to justice and his ability to help continue to be a voice for those whose voices are not heard."

    Read Jackson's full statement below. 

    Dear Friends and Supporters, 

    On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself – my mind, body and soul – as a living sacrifice. 

    Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced. 

    After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father. 

    Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression. 

    I am far from alone. God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. 

    I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world. I'm also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out. 

    I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments. 

    KEEP HOPE ALIVE! 

    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


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    Police have determined there is no threat to public safety after a man approached a 12-year-old girl in front of an elementary school in Newington Thursday afternoon and offered her a ride home. 

    Police informed the public that they were searching for a driver after a man in his 50s pulled up to the girl on Halleran Drive, in front of Patterson Elementary School, at 1:22 p.m. and offered her a ride home. 

    The girl did not recognize the man and ignored him, police said, but he followed behind her slowly and asked her several times to get in the car. 

    The girl then approached her father, who was waiting to pick her up from school, and left the area. 

    The man approached the girl in what looked like an older model silver Volkswagen Passat. He appeared to be around 50 and has a beard and brown hair, police said. 

    The school surveillance video captured an image of the vehicle and police have released it. 

    Friday afternoon Newington police said that they interviewed the driver of the car and determined that there is no threat to the public. More details were not immediately available.

    The scare follows three incidents in Hartford of possible attempted abductions. 

    Hartford police said they were investigating two attempted abductions during bus drop-offs at Kennelly School.

    In those incidents, police said a man driving a gray four-door sedan, possibly an Acura TL, with tinted windows followed young girls between the ages of 10 and 13 before attempting to lure them into his vehicle.

    On Thursday, the superintendent in Hartford warned of another incident near Parkville School. Police said they have not confirmed the third incident.  



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    A 23-year-old Morris man is suspected of setting a fire at an abandoned house in town on Oct. 28 and has been charged with first-degree arson and third-degree burglary.

    Police have arrested Daniel James Hunchak after investigating the fire at 231 Bantam Lake Road.

    The Waterbury Republican-American reports that the fire was at the 117-year-old main house at the former Bantam Lodge. 

    Bond was set at $100,000.



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    Do you have any real children? When did you rescue her? Can you tell me about your adoptive daughter?

    Many adoptive families hear questions like these all the time. While the people who ask them often mean well, their words can be hurtful.

    "Most of the time, people are not malicious, they're just curious. But there's a lot of power in the language that people use. Words matter, especially for children," said Lisa Dominguez, the director of clinical services at C.A.S.E., the Center for Adoption Support and Education.

    Speaking ahead of National Adoption Day on Nov. 18, Dominguez advised people who want to support adoptive families to listen.

    "Defer to them and follow their lead," she said. "Just like anything, if it's something you haven't experienced, it can be hard for you to know."

    Don't give adoptive families unsolicited advice, either, she said. If a child has a history of abuse or neglect, the parents' techniques can be different from those of other parents. Don't judge, Dominguez said.

    Here are a few questions and phrases Dominguez said can be uncomfortable for people touched by adoption:

    "Real parent": Asking someone about their "real" parent, family or child can be hurtful. "There's no such thing as a 'real family' or a 'fake family.' There are just multiple kinds of families," Dominguez said.

    "Adoptive child": Instead of asking someone about their "adoptive child," just ask about their child. Why make someone feel like a child they adopted is less important than one they had through birth?

    "Rescuing" a child: Language like "rescue" is better suited for animals, not people.

    "Gotcha Day": Many adoptive families celebrate the day a child was adopted, and some have begun calling it the child's "gotcha day." Dominguez said she respects other families' wishes but that she is personally not a fan of the term. "It feels somewhat casual. To me, it feels like a possession, as opposed to a child."

    C.A.S.E., which is based in Burtonsville, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., created a program called "W.I.S.E. Up!" that addresses how members of adoptive families can respond to insensitive comments. "W.I.S.E. Up!" is an acronym that says people who get rude questions about adoption can:

    Walk away or ignore what is said or heard, [say]
    'It's private and I don't have to answer' it,
    Share something about my adoption story or
    Educate others about adoption in general.

    C.A.S.E. has taught the program throughout the United States and also in England, Scotland and Australia. It perhaps needs to be adapted for different cultural contexts.

    "The British families think walking away is very rude," Dominguez said.



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    Nathalie Ogando sits with her adopted cousin, Lean Martinez, 5, after she was adopted during a ceremony in an adoption court Nov. 20, 2015, in Miami. National Adoption Day is Nov. 18.Nathalie Ogando sits with her adopted cousin, Lean Martinez, 5, after she was adopted during a ceremony in an adoption court Nov. 20, 2015, in Miami. National Adoption Day is Nov. 18.

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    On Friday dozens of Connecticut’s foster children found a family to call their own as part of the state’s Adoption Day.

    More than 70 foster kids are going home with their new families. The emotional ceremonies at courthouses across the state are a long time coming for many of the families adopting.

    It was the moment Jennifer Hernandez had been waiting for.

    "I never wanted him to get caught up in the system," Hernandez said between wiping her tears and holding her soon-to-be son’s hand

    Hernandez is the grandmother of four-year-old Prynce and a former foster care child herself.

    "I felt like it was my duty I needed to give him a voice since no one else could," Hernandez said.

    Her youngest daughter is no longer able to take care of her son and Hernandez was determined he wouldn’t end up in the foster care system.

    "Today is so different I don't know where he would have ended up," Hernandez said.

    While she admits the four year process hasn’t been easy, she’s had help from another former foster care child turned social worker.

    "This is my very first adoption, I've had Prynce on my caseload for about a year," Chelsea Loughin said.

    Twenty-five-year-old Chelsea Loughin was just adopted five years ago.

    "I just want to be able to do that for another child because no child should not have a family, everybody should have that because even at 25 I still need parents," Loughin said.

    The former foster care child is coming full circle to make another family complete.

    "It's just everything this is why we do what we do, this isn’t an easy job by any means but days like today make it so worth it," Loughin said.

    "Finally when I got that news I told him the light is finally shining on you and our day," Hernandez said.

    As of September 2017, Department of Children and Families reported the state has 4,305 children in the foster care system.



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    More than 70 foster kids went home with their new families as part of the state’s Adoption Day.More than 70 foster kids went home with their new families as part of the state’s Adoption Day.

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    NBC Connecticut Meteorologists have issued a First Alert for strong winds Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

    A strengthening low pressure system will move over the Great Lakes region on Saturday while high pressure jogs to the east. This weather setup will lead to a strong southerly wind Saturday evening into Sunday morning. 

    We're forecasting southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph possible. The highest gusts will likely be recorded along the shoreline.

    Take a look at First Alert Future Wind Gusts at 9 p.m. on Saturday. 

    Strong winds could lead to sporadic power outages throughout the state as there is the possibility of small tree limbs falling.

    In addition to the wind aspect of the storm we're also tracking rain.

    Most of Saturday should remain dry with scattered showers entering the state after 2 p.m.

    Scroll through below for an hour by hour synopsis of First Alert Future Radar.

    8 A.M. Saturday - Dry


    2 P.M. Saturday - A few showers work into western Connecticut.


    5 P.M. Saturday - Showers become more widespread in western Connecticut.


    8 P.M. Saturday - Periods of heavy rain and strong winds throughout the state.


    8 A.M. Sunday: The rain will be over by the morning with a breezy northwest wind.



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    Authorities removed 21 cats, three live dogs and three dead dogs from a home on Beechwood Avenue in Torrington Friday after a complaint about living conditions in the home. 

    Torrington police said the investigation began after Torrington Regional Animal Control received a complaint about the well being of animals at 163 Beechwood Ave. The person told police the house was cluttered and there were multiple cats and several dogs in the house, some caged and some loose.

    Animal Control officers made contact with the owner and interviewed witnesses. Police said the owner was uncooperative and would not let authorities check the condition of the animals.

    Based on the investigation police obtained a search and seizure warrant and removed the animals from the home. Police said there were 21 cats and three dogs living in the house. They also found three dead dogs during the search.

    Most of the animals were in cages and did have food and water. Officers said there were items piled up throughout the house and the conditions made it difficult to gather the loose animals.

    The animals are being evaluated by a veterinarian and will be cared for by Torrington Regional Animal Control.

    The investigation is ongoing.



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    Authorities removed 21 cats, three live dogs and three dead dogs from a home at 163 Beechwood Ave. in Torrington Friday after a complaint about living conditions in the home.Authorities removed 21 cats, three live dogs and three dead dogs from a home at 163 Beechwood Ave. in Torrington Friday after a complaint about living conditions in the home.

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    The Roy Moore scandal has unleashed a torrent of online donations to Democrat Doug Jones, who was collecting around $250,000 per day in its immediate aftermath, according to two sources familiar with the matter who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity.

    Democrats may end up in the unlikely situation of dramatically outspending the GOP in the Senate contest in deep red Alabama now that national Republicans have abandoned Moore. The Republican candidate's bank account had been depleted by a tough primary battle even before nine women came forward to accuse of him of sexual impropriety.

    The scandal has super-charged Jones' already robust online fundraising to "Ossoff-level money," as one Democrat put it, referring to failed Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, who amassed a staggering $30 million in a Georgia special election earlier this year.



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    Alabama Democrat Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks to the media Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.Alabama Democrat Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks to the media Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

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    Doctors say a new technology unveiled today at Connecticut Children's Medical Center will improve outcomes for premature and newborn babies.

    Sarah and Chris James know how the right technology can make a difference.

    Their pregnancy was going smoothly until the delivery of their daughter Rosie. During ten hours of second-stage labor, Rosie was deprived of oxygen, and was not breathing when born.

    Doctors assessed Rosie's condition at the NICU in Danbury, and said she needed a special cooling treatment immediately. That treatment was only available over an hour away in Hartford.

    Her father remembers following the ambulance in the snow.

    "To be honest, I wasn't sure where I was going."  He said his mind was rushing "in a million different directions."

    Dr. Marilyn Sanders, a neonatologist at Connecticut Children's, said in cases like Rosie's, cooling can slow down the metabolism and prevent damage.

    She said the technology has proven to be extremely successful.

    "It has increased the numbers of babies who have survived without any major neurological problems," she explained.

    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center now has, thanks to donors like Pampers, the first mobile cooling unit in the state. The machine, once the size of a refrigerator, is now just the size of a breadbox, and can be transported directly to babies at one of thirteen partner hospitals.

    Today, Rosie is 7 years old and at the top of her class. Her mother described her as a miracle and her character as strong and persistent.

    "That started from the moment she was born," she said.

    Sarah is grateful the same equipment that saved her daughter’s life will now help others.

    "It’s ensuring that those babies get whatever they need right away so the consequences of whatever happens at birth are minimized," she said.



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    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center now has the first mobile cooling unit in the state, technology that can save the lives of premature and newborn babies.Connecticut Children’s Medical Center now has the first mobile cooling unit in the state, technology that can save the lives of premature and newborn babies.

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    President Donald Trump has began paying for his own legal defense in connection with the FBI's investigation into the influence of Russian meddling in national elections, CNBC reported. 

    The Republican National Committee and his campaign were paying for Trump's steep legal fees.

    Bloomberg first reported the president would be paying his own legal bills Friday.

    The legal bills have been piling up for both Trump and those around him.

    An interview with investigators could cost more than $30,000, according to the Bloomberg article.



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    In this July 7, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg.In this July 7, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg.

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    Acting New London Police Chief Peter Reichard has been selected as the city's next Chief of Police.

    The mayor’s office announced the decision Friday evening. Reichard has been acting chief since November 2016.

    He was selected to head the department after a search that turned up 14 applicants from across the country.

    “Throughout the selection process Chief Reichard competed and performed in an exemplary manner earning the confidence of the selection committee and Mayor Passero,” read the announcement from the mayor’s office.

    Reichard's predecessor, Margaret Ackley, served as chief from 2009 to 2016.

    The date of Reichard’s swearing in has not been decided.



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    The excitement is building in New Haven for 'The Game,' between Yale and Harvard at the Yale Bowl, not only for football fans but also for the businesses that get a boost from their visit.

    The Yale University Football Team can clinch an outright Ivy League title for the first time in 37 years with a win Saturday afternoon over Harvard.

    According to the Yale Athletics Ticket Officer, there have been more tickets sold before this year’s game day at the Yale Bowl than ever before. The university is expecting a crowd of more than 50,000 football fans.

    Every two years when Yale hosts the game against its rival from Cambridge, New Haven’s restaurants and hotels see a big boost in business.

    On Friday, Terri Montag and her daughters from Ohio checked in to the Omni Hotel in downtown.

    "I turned it over to my daughters," she said. "They kind of did the research and we’re at the Omni, beautiful, the architecture."

    Montag’s oldest daughter Victoria is only in the eighth grade, but she already has her sights set on attending Yale.

    "Because of all the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they offer here," she said.

    For her 14th birthday, Montag is visiting the Elm City for the first time. The family plans to take a campus tour Friday before watching the 134th meeting between Yale and Harvard on the football field.

    "It is tradition,” Terri Montag said, "it is kind of what we have comparable in Ohio with Michigan and Ohio State."

    There are 306 guests rooms at the Omni Hotel on Temple Street and every one of them will be occupied this weekend, Director of Sales and Marketing Dana Zimmerman said.

    "This is every other year that Harvard comes to play Yale so of course it’s really fantastic," Zimmerman said. “All the alumni come back for it."

    John Brenna is the chef and owner at Elm City Social and Olives and Oil.

    "We’re expecting a lot of business," he told NBC Connecticut.

    With the big rivalry game in town this weekend, Brennan said reservations have been made for 200 guests Friday and Saturday at each restaurant.

    "It’s like really rich in history just like the city of New Haven," Brennan said of The Game. "So we love it, we love to see new people in the city, show them what we got, show them that New Haven is really great culinary scene and a great bar scene as well."

    "Of course, we we’ll accept Harvard fans just keep the cheering to a minimum," he joked.

    Yale alumnus Brian Reilly is planning to tailgate with family and former roommates at the Yale Bowl Saturday morning.

    "It means a lot," he said. "It is always a fun day, it is always a huge turnout, but I can understand why it’s a big turnout tomorrow because we’re going win the Ivy League outright."

    City of New Haven Deputy Director of Emergency Operations Rick Fontana said Yale, New Haven and West Haven Police are working together to keep the large crowd of football fans safe.

    "Know your surroundings," Fontana said. "If you see something say something, but we’ll do our best, we collaborate with Yale University on a daily basis."

    The early fans arrive, the better, Fontana said, because "when you do metal detection it creates a longer line for everybody."

    Knowing security is a top priority for Yale and local police, Reilly said he can stay focused Yale and Harvard’s clash on the field.

    "I don’t worry about it," he said, "if I do that means the terrorists are winning."

    Parking is sold out at the bowl, but there will be free shuttle buses from City of New Haven Parking Garages downtown.

    Yale is asking any fan who plans to bring donations for the Connecticut Food Bank to only bring non-perishable items and not turkeys.

    Gates for the Yale Bowl will open at 11 a.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.



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    Some Stonington residents are having trash troubles, concerned that their town-required garbage bags are falling apart and possibly getting smaller.

    "Every week the drawstring breaks," posted one resident on the Stonington Community Forum Facebook page.

    "They are truly terrible. Very thin. Not worth the price," posted another resident.

    "They definitely are a lower quality. Thinner, appear to be smaller…," posted a third.

    There is a thread of comments about the town garbage bags that residents are required to purchase.

    "The bags fall apart! I don’t like these old bags! We need new bags and we’re going to get new bags," said Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons.

    He said he’s seen a quality problem for the past several months.

    The town’s five-year contract with current vendor WasteZero, based out of North Carolina, expired at the end of October, said John Phetteplace, Stonington’s solid waste director.

    "We’ve complained to them and complained to them," Simmons said.

    The town is now soliciting bids for a new contract.

    One issue was that the plastic at the top of some garbage bags wasn’t sealed properly, so when someone pulled the drawstring, it fell out, Phetteplace explained.

    It was caused by an issue in production, Phetteplace said. The machine used to seal the plastic wasn’t hot enough. Those bags should have been discarded, but weren’t.

    As for concerns about the bag’s size, Phetteplace said it’s remained the same, but the way the drawstrings are now being sealed reduces the circumference of its opening. Though there have been inconsistencies in color, the bag’s strength has stayed the same, too.

    "(WasteZero’s) shipping them out is inconsistent. All the cases aren’t the same. So it made it difficult for us to do inventory. They weren’t able sometimes to get the bags to us before we were closed," Phetteplace said.

    He said the problems don’t appear to be batch-wide. And the company seems like it’s fixed the issues.

    With the exception of the last several months, Phetteplace said the program has run well. A few years ago that the town received bags with no side seams, but Phetteplace said WasteZero came to town and replaced them all.

    Many residents haven’t noticed any issues with the trash bags. Like Linda Santos who said she hasn’t experienced any problems with the garbage bags in her 18 years living in Stonington.

    Mark Dancy, president of WasteZero, said he had employees in town last week to look at every case of garbage bags to make sure they were up to standard.

    Part of the issue with the color was because their supplier was hit by Hurricane Harvey so the product was delayed, Dancy said.

    As for any defects, Dancy said, "As a manufacturer, you strive to have no defects but the reality is the manufacturing process is not perfect. Whenever we make a mistake we let our customers know to please call us. That’s why we put an 800 number on our product. And we encourage people to call us and let us know. When we have quality issues, we get back to the customer right away. It’s something we take pride in. And again, I’m sorry anyone in Stonington had a bad experience with our product."

    The bag program, where residents are required to purchase yellow bags to dispose of their trash, started in 1992. Phetteplace said it has significantly reduced the amount of waste disposed of in town.

    One 33-gallon bag costs $1.25; one 15-gallon bag costs $0.75, according to the town website. Sleeve options are also available.



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    President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" involving a banker who has been accused of links to Russian organized crime, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

    An email chain described Aleksander Torshin, a former senator and deputy head of Russia's central bank who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as wanting Trump to attend an event on the sidelines of a National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in May 2016, the sources said. The email also suggests Torshin was seeking to meet with a high-level Trump campaign official during the convention, and that he may have had a message for Trump from Putin, the sources said.

    Trump Jr.'s lawyer and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.



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    White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner arrives to address Congressional interns at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner arrives to address Congressional interns at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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    Two Quinnipiac students face arson charges after allegedly setting fires in dormitory bathrooms, according to the Hamden Police Department.

    Hamden police said the two students, identified as 19-year-old Bernhard Wright and 18-year-old Carmelo Fazzolari, lit fires in three different bathrooms in ‘The Commons’ dormitory building between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Friday. Investigators found fires set in two trash cans and several bathroom stalls.

    Police said 482 students live in The Commons.

    Other students reported the fires to Residential Life who called the university maintenance department. One student was burned when he tried to move a burning trash can, police said.

    Wright and Fazzolari were each charged with third-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless burning and third-degree criminal mischief. Both were released after posting a $10,000 bond and are due in court on Nov. 30.



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    Anthem and Hartford HealthCare have reached an agreement that puts Anthem members back in-network with the healthcare provider.

    The three-year agreement offers patients with Anthem insurance in-network benefits to Hartford HealthCare offerings, according to statements from both companies.

    In October, after months of negotiations between the insurance company and the healthcare provider they announced they had failed to come to an agreement, causing hundreds of thousands of Anthem policyholders to be treated as out-of-network patients.

    However, the new contract is retroactive to October 1, meaning patients who received care in that time period will only be charged in-network prices for those services. The previous contract ended September 30, so this means there will be no break in coverage.

    “We deeply understand and regret the inconvenience and disruption that being out of network has caused our patients and communities,” said Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Everything we do is aimed at creating more access to exceptional services. I speak for all my colleagues at Hartford HealthCare in thanking our patients for their understanding during this difficult time.”

    “Our members remained our number one priority as we worked hard and in good faith to find common ground and reach agreement. We are very pleased that they are immediately regaining in-network access to all of the hospitals and providers that are a part of the Hartford HealthCare system. We are happy that the end result is a fair agreement with sustainable increases and additional incentives that reward HHC hospitals for improvement in patient safety. We look forward to working closely with HHC to minimize any further disruption and ensure quality affordable healthcare for our members,” wrote Jill R. Hummel, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in a statement announcing the news.

    Hartford HealthCare facilities include Backus Hopsital in Norwich, Hartford Hospital, Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain and Southington, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, and Windham Hospital.




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    All lanes are closed on I-84 eastbound near exit 16 and 17 at the Southbury-Middlebury line because of an accident involving two tractor trailers.

    State Police also said the center and left lanes on I-84 westbound are closed near exit 16 and 17. 

    According to police, one of the tractor trailers caught fire.

    One person was hospitalized with minor injuries.

    More details were not immediately available. It is unknown at this time how long the lanes will be closed.




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    I-84 eastbound was closed at the Southbury-Middlebury line Saturday morning due to a double tractor-trailer crash.I-84 eastbound was closed at the Southbury-Middlebury line Saturday morning due to a double tractor-trailer crash.

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  • 11/18/17--12:09: 1 Dead in Woodstock Crash

  • One person is dead after a crash in Woodstock early Saturday.

    Connecticut state police said one person was killed when a car traveling on Route 171 in Woodstock struck a tree and caught fire. It happened just before 1 a.m.

    The victim has not been identified.

    State police are investigating. Anyone with information should contact Trooper Storm at Troop D 860-779-4900 ex. 2046.

    No other details were immediately available.



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    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is considering a run for governor, he confirmed Saturday.

    "It’s not something I had planned to do right now, but over the past few weeks I’ve heard from a number of people around the state urging me to consider it. I haven’t made a decision, but I am considering it, and I’m the coming weeks, I’ll be talking with and listening to folks in the City of Hartford and elsewhere about it," Bronin, a Democrat, said in a statement.

    Several well-known Democrats have expressed interest in running since Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he will not seek re-election.

    Middletown Mayor Dan Drew announced in July his intention to run for governor and former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jon Harris and Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim announced they were forming exploratory committees.



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    East Haven police are searching for a suspect who stole a donation jar off the counter of a local liquor store.

    Police said they responded to East Haven Discount Wine and Liquors at 659 Foxon Road Thursday to investigate the theft. The owner told police the stolen jar was full of money for cancer research.

    Surveillance footage shows a female suspect enter the store at 1:13 p.m., walk around then grab the jar and walk out.

    The woman was wearing a grey American Eagle sweatshirt and sunglasses.

    Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information on this crime should contact East Haven police at 203-468-3820 or on their Facebook page. All tips will remain anonymous.



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    East Haven police say the woman pictured above stole a donation jar off the counter at East Haven Discount Wine and Liquors Thursday afternoon.East Haven police say the woman pictured above stole a donation jar off the counter at East Haven Discount Wine and Liquors Thursday afternoon.

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    Los Angeles police are investigating almost two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct connected to multiple people within the entertainment industry, a senior department official told NBC News.

    The cases involve individuals who are known publicly as well as others who have not yet been identified, the official said Friday.

    Allegations span from misdemeanor sexual battery to felony rape, and in many cases, there are multiple complaints lodged against the same individual, the official said. With calls from victims continuing to roll in, the number of investigations is expected to rise.

    While police have not said publicly who is under investigation, law enforcement's response comes after a mounting list of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.



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    Hollywood Sign, 1923, the landmark that overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.Hollywood Sign, 1923, the landmark that overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.