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    The city of New Haven is warning residents and visitors to expect heavy traffic in the city’s downtown area and near Yale University on Monday due to a combination of factors including Yale University’s commencement activities, a planned protest, and highway work.

    Yale University undergraduate commencement takes place Monday and the following street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. until about 2 p.m.


    • Elm Street – between York Street and College Street
    • College Street – between Grove Street and Chapel Street
    • High Street – between Elm Street and Chapel Street


    On top of that, the union that represents Yale graduate employees, Local 33 Unite Here, is scheduled to protest from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of an ongoing negotiating dispute with the university.  Protest organizers said they plan to march, which could affect Dixwell Avenue, and finish in a rally on the lower New Haven Green.

    The Department of Transportation also has highway work planned on Interstate 91, and Interstate 95 in the New Haven area.

    City officials said they are working with the university and protest organizers to maintain order and public safety. However drivers should expect traffic and delays in the area Monday and allow extra travel time.



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    Joining the ranks of the politicians and influential figures that had addressed the school in years past, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein delivered a stirring address at Yale’s annual Class Day on Sunday.

    Epstein, a graduate of the school in 1995, recounted the Cubs’ monumental victory in Game 7 of the World Series, and he packaged the story of that evening in Cleveland with some life lessons for the graduates of the venerable school.

    “We were winners that night in Cleveland because when things went really, really wrong, our players knew each other so well that they could come together,” he said. “They trusted each other so much that they could open up and be vulnerable.”

    Epstein's speech begins at the 14-minute mark of the video: 

    Epstein also added his own brand of levity to the proceedings, shouting out his old college haunts and getting in a few select jabs at President Donald Trump, but the crux of his message was one of leadership and in pursuing a common goal, something that he felt that the Cubs had been able to do in winning their first championship in 108 years.

    “One day, I will tell (my sons) Jack and Drew that some players and some of us go through our careers with our heads down, focused on our craft and our tasks,” he said. “Other players and others amongst us go through our careers with our heads up, alert and aware of others, putting collective interest ahead of our own. It’s a choice.

    “That choice allows us to lead, and to be part of something greater than ourselves,” he added.

    Epstein, who took over as the head of the Cubs’ baseball operations department in 2011, oversaw the resurrection of a franchise that lost over 100 games in his first season at the helm, and ultimately helped to end the longest drought in professional sports when the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

    In spite of his reputation as a numbers geek, Epstein emphasized the power of empathy, compassion, and human interaction in his speech to the graduating class at Yale.

    “Even though so much can be quantified these days, the most important things cannot be,” he said. “When things go really, really wrong, and then when it rains on top of everything else, I ask you to choose to keep your heads up and come together.”

    Yale’s annual Class Day is an informal event before the more formal commencement exercises, which will take place on Monday. Other luminaries have addressed students in the past, including former Vice President Joe Biden. 



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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: President Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs waves to the crowd during a World Series Championship ring ceremony before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: President Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs waves to the crowd during a World Series Championship ring ceremony before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    A 33-year-old New Haven man was injured in a shooting Sunday night, according to New Haven police.

    Police said they responded shortly before 7 p.m. to the area of 200 Dixwell Avenue for a reported shooting. The victim was shot in the right forearm and was alert at the scene, police said.

    He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    There is no suspect description at this time. The case is under investigation.



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    Three people were hurt Sunday night after a single car vehicle accident in the Yantic section of Norwich.

    The crash occurred on the Interstate 395 northbound on-ramp off of West Town Street. 

    Norwich police told NBC Connecticut that the vehicle was involved in a pursuit. The pursuit was terminated prior to the vehicle crashing. 

    B.J. Herz, Deputy Chief of the Yantic Fire Company, said the department was dispatched to West Town Street near the I-395 on ramp for a single vehicle crash with two people trapped.

    Two of the patients were trapped. Herz said it took 35 to 40 minutes to free the patients from the vehicle.  All three victims were transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

    The Norwich Police Department has an accident reconstruction team on scene and is investigating. 



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    Three people were hurt in a crash in the Yantic section of Norwich Sunday night.Three people were hurt in a crash in the Yantic section of Norwich Sunday night.

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    Homeowners and local town officials from Eastern Connecticut are scheduled to come to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Monday to urge lawmakers to pass a bill addressing the crumbling foundations issue.

    In July 2015, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters reported what would be the first in a prolonged investigation into crumbling foundations in northeastern Connecticut. Hundreds of homeowners in Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties have been looking for help in the costly process of fixing their homes.

     Senate Bill 806 would establish a “Crumbling Foundation Assistance Fund” that would progivde affected homeowners with $150,000 or 75 percent of the cost to replace their foundation – whichever is less.

    The money would come from insurance companies, contributing $12 for each insurance policy they write.

    An amendment to the bill was adopted last week by the Senate and referred to the Senate committee on Finance, Revenue, and Bonding.

    There’s also a possibility that homeowners could get tax relief from the federal government. That measure would need approval from the Internal Revenue Service.

    A press conference is expected to take place in room 1B of the LOB at 10:15 a.m.



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    Part of South Main Street in Manchester is closed after a car hit a pole Monday morning.

    Police said the crash happened in the area of 305 South Main St. No injuries have been reported, but the pole is broken and the road is closed while crews assess the damage.

    The driver told police she swerved to avoid a deer when the crash occurred.

    No other information was immediately available.



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    A car struck a pole on South Main Street in Manchester Monday. The driver told police she swerved to avoid a deer when the accident happened.A car struck a pole on South Main Street in Manchester Monday. The driver told police she swerved to avoid a deer when the accident happened.

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    Racing could return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl as early as this summer.

    The business announced on Facebook that management was working on an agreement to lease the Speedbowl for the 2017. The post didn’t provide many details, but said that racing was expected to begin before the end of June.

    The Speedbowl’s future was uncertain after NASCAR terminated its sanction in April amid allegations that the business’s owner was involved in a human trafficking ring.




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    The mayor of Hamden is looking to pass town-wide rules to regulate “Bring Your Own Booze” at commercial establishments.

    Mayor Curt Leng posted his intentions on Facebook Sunday.

    The move comes not long after Slyce Pizza Bar at 141 Arch Street began encouraging customers to bring their own alcohol. The bar began advertising BYOB after it was denied a liquor permit renewal amid crime concerns.

    Police told NBC Connecticut earlier this month that the bar was not violating any local or state laws by advertising BYOB.

    The mayor said that if Hamden is able to pass BYOB regulations, it will be the first municipality in the state to do so.



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    Slyce Pizza Bar in Hamden is encouraging customers to Slyce Pizza Bar in Hamden is encouraging customers to "BYOB" after the business was unable to renew its liquor license

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    A 46-year-old Bristol man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hartford Sunday, according to Hartford police.

    Police said around 6:40 p.m. Sunday they responded to the entrance of Keney Park for a reported motorcycle crash.

    The operator, identified as Michael Kowalski, was unresponsive on scene. He was initially revived on scene and taken to St. Francis Hospital, but he died of his injuries.

    According to police, the motorcycle went off the road and hit a wooden guardrail. The crash remains under investigation.



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    A Bristol man was killed in a motorcycle crash at Keney Park in Hartford Sunday evening.A Bristol man was killed in a motorcycle crash at Keney Park in Hartford Sunday evening.

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    RJ Julia Booksellers opened in Madison in 1989 as an independent bookstore and another store is coming to Middletown. The new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore will soon open and has plans to host more than 200 events a year.RJ Julia Booksellers opened in Madison in 1989 as an independent bookstore and another store is coming to Middletown. The new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore will soon open and has plans to host more than 200 events a year.

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    A United Airlines flight from Shanghai to Newark, New Jersey, was delayed several hours and eventually rerouted to San Francisco International Airport Sunday due to an unruly passenger wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, authorities said.

    United said the unidentified passenger tried to take another passenger’s seat while boarding flight 187 Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The elderly man allegedly refused to move and grew increasingly disruptive after he was asked to exit the aircraft.

    Passengers were forced to de-plane at the Shanghai airport while local law enforcement dealt with the matter.

    The man "eventually left the aircraft on his own accord" before the flight departed, a spokesman for United said.

    Cellphone video captured by a passenger on the flight showed a crowd of travelers shouting  "Lock him up!" as he was escorted off the plane and to the boarding gate.

    The flight was forced to make an unscheduled stopover in San Francisco to get a new crew on board after the delay in Shanghai. The flight was scheduled to arrive in Newark at 6:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, but didn't touch down until 2:22 a.m. Monday, adding several hours to the already lengthy flight.

    United thanked its customers for their patience and its staff for its professionalism.


    Screen shot of cellphone video taken of passenger being removed from United flight Sunday. (May 21, 2017)Screen shot of cellphone video taken of passenger being removed from United flight Sunday. (May 21, 2017)

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    A fire on Staten Island killed a University of New Haven professor and injured his 9-year-old son, officials said.

    It happened at the home of 62-year-old Anthony Carter, who was killed in the Saturday night blaze on Pembrook Loop.

    Carter was a college professor at the University of New Haven, the school confirmed. 

    He served as a dedicated member of the facility for more than a decade, joining the university in 2005, the school said in a statement. 

    "He had a passion for mentorship and, for nearly the last 10 years, he has hosted a program that paired local youth with University of New Haven students to provide encouragement and advice," the statement said. "The university community expresses its heartfelt condolences during this difficult time to Professor Carter’s three sons, his family, friends, colleagues, and many students."

    Police say Carter's son was hospitalized for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

    Authorities said candles started the fire. 



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    A 25-year-old East Hartford man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Washington Saturday.

    Connecticut State Police said Thien Truong was riding his motorcycle on Route 109 in Washington when he lost control coming around a left turn near Popple Swamp Road. Truong was airlifted to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar and later died of his injuries.

    A second motorcycle, operated by Michael Masser, 30, of Hartford, was riding behind Truong and also crashed. Masser was taken to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries.

    The crash is under investigation.



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    The city of Hartford will begin a municipal ID program that will allow residents to obtain identification cards that will allow them access to city services, regardless of their immigration status. 

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and city and community leaders will hold a news conference at 11 p.m. to announce the launch of Hartford’s City ID program and release more information about what it entails. 

    Hartford is launching the program 10 years after New Haven became the first city in the country to offer ID cards to immigrants who were in the country illegally. When that happened, it set off a firestorm of protest

    Then-Mayor John DeStefano, an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, introduced the plan as a way to integrate people who were in the country illegally into the community, and offer them a means to have some type of identification that they could use in places such as banks. 

    "We've seen undocumented immigrants and their neighbors become the victims of robbery, assault and in one case even murder because thieves know they often carry large sums of cash in their pockets or store it in their homes," DeStefano said in 2007. "This is the case because undocumented immigrants do not have the identification information necessary to open bank accounts and thereby safeguard their hard-earned money." 

    DeStefano also hoped the ID cards would make undocumented immigrants more willing to report crimes to police. 




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    Fruit juice, long recommended as a source of vitamin C for children, has no nutritional value for kids under 1 year old and isn't as good as fresh fruit for other kids, according to a leading pediatrician group.

    The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that babies not be fed any fruit juice in the first year of their lives, according to a policy statement released Monday. One-hundred percent fresh or reconstituted juice can be gradually introduced into toddlers' diets, but kids up to 18 should drink at most one cup of it per day.

    Fruit juice is lacking in the protein and fiber that is found in fruits, according to the recommendations, being published in the June issue of Pediatrics. That can lead to too much or too little weight gain.

    "Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories," said Melvin B. Heyman, co-author of the policy, in a statement. "Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1."

    It's the first change in the academy's recommendations for 16 years, according to the statement.

    Fruit drinks do not have the same value as fruit juice, the pediatricians note, and doctors may prescribe fruit juice in some instances. But 



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    The father of the 18-year-old tourist killed in the Times Square car rampage last week has left a touching letter at the makeshift memorial that's sprung up in the days since the horrific incident in Manhattan.

    The framed letter sits atop a concrete NYPD barrier, amid flowers and toys honoring Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, who was killed when 26-year-old driver Richard Rojas zipped down the sidewalk for several blocks last Thursday. 

    In the letter, Elsman's father describes his grief and heartache, and expresses gratitude to those who have supported the family. 

    "I have met so many people from different countries, religions, creeds, etc... you have shown us that when you remove bias, racism and ignorance, WE ARE ALL ONE," he writes. "Your condolences have been sincere and taken to heart." 

    Part of the letter also describes how Elsman loved New York City: "She loved Times Square. She would appreciate all your kind words but would also tell you all to get back up and continue, that's how full of life my daughter was." 

    The letter ends, "I have a hole in my heart... I love you kid... Love you, love you, love you." 

    Kim Spears, who works nearby, had tears in her eyes after reading the letter. 

    "Everyone feels terrible, and everyone feels awful because you hate to know that somebody came to visit New York -- she's young, she just graduated from high school," she said. "It's just terrible."

    On the police barrier, others have left messages saying, "Rest easy," "Lots of love," "God bless you" and "Rest in peace." 

    Carlos Cardenas, a tourist from San Francisco, said at the site Monday, "It's just very touching. It's just so sad that something like that could happen here." 

    Elsman's 13-year-old sister Ava was also critically injured in the accident and had been at Bellevue Hospital with a broken pelvis and a collapsed lung.

    Six other victims continue to be treated at Bellevue, one of whom remains in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman says. 

    Rojas was taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd on Seventh Avenue shortly before noon Thursday, according to police. Officials and sources say Rojas, who has a history of DWI arrests, made a U-turn on Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street and started speeding down the sidewalk for about 3-and-a-half blocks, mowing down pedestrians before crashing into a traffic pole.

    Rojas told New York Post from Rikers Island Saturday that he was "trying to get help."

    "I wanted to fix my life."

    The former Navy man told police that he smoked marijuana laced with PCP and has a history of DWI arrests, including one where he was driving faster than 99 mph in a 50 mph zone, police said.

    He said he remembered eating with his mother at their Highbridge home Thursday morning when he decided to go for a drive. He said he couldn't remember what was going through his mind during the drive.

    “The last thing I remember is driving in my car,” he recalled. “Then, I woke up in the precinct ... I was terrified.”

    Rojas also told New York Post that he wants to watch the videos of Thursday's rampage to "verify that I'm the person," he said.

    Rojas is charged with second-degree murder, 20 counts of second-degree attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, police said.

    One of the other victims has been identified as a New Jersey high school student.

    Jessica Williams, a 19-year-old student from Dunellen High School, remains in critical condition, according to a GoFundMe page dedicated to her recovery. She was visiting midtown on Senior Skip Day with a friend when Rojas accelerated and slammed into them and the crowd.

    Williams' injuries include a fractured pelvis and broken leg, according to the Daily News.

    “Her spleen was removed yesterday and the damage to her face was stitched up today,” her cousin Nicole Guild said on the GoFundMe page. 


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    Alyssa Elsman, insetAlyssa Elsman, inset

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    Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained an imam from a New Haven mosque on a deportation order issued last year. 

    Officials from Majid Al-Islam Mosque said Imam Hasiz Hannan was detained and that the members of the mosque are distraught. They added that Hannan is an important member of the New Haven community. 

    Hannan, who is from Pakistan, was detained Friday and federal officials said he was previously convicted on federal charges. 

    “On May 19, ICE officers arrested Hafiz Abdul Hannan, a citizen of Pakistan, at his residence in New Haven, Connecticut, on an outstanding final order of removal (deportation order) issued by an immigration judge in March 2016. Hannan has a previous federal conviction for committing fraud in his immigration documents. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States,” Shawn Neudauer, ICE spokesman, New England, said.





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    A New Jersey couple is speaking out after they say they found a handwritten note signed by America’s first serial killer inside a family Bible.

    Claire Fanelle told NBC10 she was cleaning out her mother’s old books when she stumbled upon a well-worn Bible.

    “The Bible was in a box I was going through,” she said. “We just assumed that it was an interesting Bible.”

    As Fanelle’s son read the newspapers stuffed inside, she came across an inscription. It was a note signed with the distinctive signature of notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes, a man who admitted to killing at least 27 people in the 19th century but then changed the number of victims to two.

    “And the two of us look at each other like, ‘This is weird,’” Fanelle said.

    Fanelle had watched NBC10’s recent report on the family members of Holmes who had exhumed his body at the Yeadon cemetery. They’re trying to verify family lore that Holmes somehow swindled out of his own execution at the Moyamensing Prison in South Philadelphia.

    The Bible Fanelle found belonged to the first cousin of her great grandfather, Father Patrick J. Dailey, a Catholic priest at the turn of the century.

    Church records indicate Dailey worked at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary church around the corner from the site of the old prison. Fanelle believes Father Dailey ministered to inmates awaiting execution, including Holmes.

    “When he came to walk him to the gallows he probably handed him the Bible back with that inscription in it,” Fanelle said.

    That inscription, written in the heavy lettering of Holmes, may provide new clues about Holmes.

    “It says, ‘Dear Father Dailey, I must write and make you know the kind feelings I have for you,’” Claire's husband Larry Fanelle said.

    The middle of the note is indecipherable. It then concludes with, “I need your prayers after my death. With all of my heart – HH Holmes, May 7. 1896.”

    May 7, 1896 was the day of Holmes’ execution.

    Holmes is best known for his “Murder Castle” in Chicago. He built the hotel equipped with secret rooms, chambers and a spot dissections in the basement. With visitors from around the globe visiting the city’s World’s Fair in 1893, Holmes’ unwitting guests checked in but some never left. 

    It’s believed Holmes sold his victims’ bodies, organs and bones. According to Rider University Professor Joe Wojie the going rate was about $8 to $10 a body.

    Holmes' story was portrayed in the 2003 book "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson.

    While Holmes was widely regarded as remorseless, the Fanelle family believes the handwritten letter reveals something unexpected.

    “That letter kind of turns around and says, ‘Wait a minute. At the 11th hour he was remorseful,’” Larry Fanelle said. “And he asked for forgiveness.”

    Filmmaker and Holmes expert John Borowski told the NBC10 Investigators he’s confident that the inscription was written by Holmes.

    “This artifact is definitely an important true crime artifact,” Borowski said.
    Borowski doubts Holmes was truly reformed however.

    “At that point, on the day of your execution, isn’t it a little too late to ask for forgiveness or your soul to be reprieved from eternal damnation when you’ve basically killed men, women and children?” Borowski asked.

    The Fanelles are left with an unexpected artifact from one of the country’s most famous mysteries and a sense that Father Dailey situated them on the right side of history.

    “I’ll say I’m glad I’m related on this side,” Claire Fanelle said. “Rather than on the other side.”


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    The red carpet moments on the tarmac kept coming.

    President Donald Trump had a bumpy landing in Israel on Monday with a series of apparent faux pas, from the first lady slapping away his hand to a lawmaker whipping out a cell phone to take a selfie with him.

    Trump arrived in Tel Aviv for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories and as he tried to take his wife’s hand on a red carpet on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport, the first lady appeared to push it back. It was unclear what prompted the videotaped moment. 

    Oren Hazan, a politician in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Likud party did take his hand in what The Associated Press described as a characteristically aggressive handshake, then took out his a cell phone for a selfie. Netanyahu tried to swat Hazan’s arm away, unsuccessfully, and Likud politicians later said that not only was Hazan not invited to the ceremony but that he had caused “a great embarrassment” to the prime minister.

    Education Minister Naftali Bennett used the welcome ceremony to press Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump, who had promised during the campaign to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but has since backed away from the pledge, told Bennett, “That’s a good one,” according to the AP.

    Boarding the Marine One helicopter for Jerusalem, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was caught on microphone commiserating about media coverage.

    “The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you,” she said, the Washington Post reported.

    “We have something very much in common,” Trump replied.

    “Very much in common,” said Sara Netanyahu, who has come under media attention as the subject of official investigation over her spending on the couple’s private home.

    Trump soon found himself defending an Oval Office meeting on May 10 when he disclosed classified information about an Islamic State threat to the Russian former minister and ambassador to the United States. The information came from Israel, according to officials.

    “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel,” he said.

    But he never was accused of naming Israel, just of revealing enough details that could lead others to that realization.



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    Oren Hazan, an Israeli lawmaker prepares to take a selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump during a welcoming ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday May 22, 2017. Hazan, a politician in Netanyahu’s Likud party with a reputation for inappropriate antics, whipped out a cell phone as Israeli dignitaries greeted Trump and took a selfie with the unamused-looking president. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted, unsuccessfully, to swat Hazan's arm away.Oren Hazan, an Israeli lawmaker prepares to take a selfie with U.S. President Donald Trump during a welcoming ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday May 22, 2017. Hazan, a politician in Netanyahu’s Likud party with a reputation for inappropriate antics, whipped out a cell phone as Israeli dignitaries greeted Trump and took a selfie with the unamused-looking president. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted, unsuccessfully, to swat Hazan's arm away.

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    Bears were spotted on Flintrock Ridge in Simsbury and police are investigating.

    Police did not release any additional information, but photos and video Rob Perissi show three bears, including one that climbed up on what appears to be a deck.

    No additional information was immediately available.

    The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection keeps track of bear sightings and there have been 280 in Simsbury over the last year and 6,251 statewide over.




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    A well-known big game hunter died after an elephant ravaged by gunshots collapsed on him on Friday, according to local authorities.

    South African hunter Theunis Botha, 51, "unknowingly" came across a herd of breeding elephants near the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, park spokesman Simukai Nyasha told the Associated Press.

    The group with Botha spooked the herd and three elephants immediately charged at them, so Botha opened fire on the animals, according to South Africa's News24.

    A fourth stormed at the group from the side, lifting Botha up with its trunk. Someone fired shots at the elephant, causing the animal to collapse and crushed Botha to death, NBC News reported.



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    File photo of an elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.File photo of an elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

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    Police are investigating after some Hamden residents found “vulgar and obscene” writing and images painted on their vehicle. 

    Police said they responded to three locations Monday on East Gate Lane, Paradise Avenue and Skiff Street residence to investigate after vehicles were damaged overnight. 

    Police said the vehicles were parked in private driveways and parking lots.



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    A tenant is accused of attacking a Hamden man when he and his wife came home on Sunday.

    The 34-year-old man and his wife were returning to their home on Bagley Avenue at 4 p.m. when they were approached by their tenant, Otis Bowens, in the driveway. 

    Hamden Police said Bowens immediately started attacking the victim, striking him several times in the face and allegedly "stomping" on him when he fell to the ground. 

    The victim had an injured eye, bloody nose and lacerated lip. The man told Hamden Police the assault placed him in "an altered mental state."

    The victim was transported to the hospital and Bowens fled the scene in a motor vehicle.

    Bowens later turned himself into Hamden Police. 

    The 39-year-old was charged with second-degree assault and his bond was set at $5,000.



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    U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship, the international nuclear deal with Iran and Middle Eastern stability at a joint press conference in Israel on May 22, 2017.


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    A 16-year-old built a suspicious device found at a group home in East Haven on Monday, police said. 

    East Haven Police were called about a suspicious device found at the facility around 12:53 p.m.

    A teen resident of the home allegedly built the device, police said.

    The New Haven Police Department Hazardous Device Unit worked with East Haven officers to determine that there was no threat to the public.

    The teen is a student at the East Haven High School, however, police stress that the device was found at the group home. 

    East Haven Police said there was no known threat made regarding the device. 

    Since the suspect is a juvenile, their identity has not been released.

    An investigation is ongoing. 



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    A man is accused of exposing himself to a woman and a girl at a reservoir in Oxford last week. 

    Gordon Whitehouse, of Waterbury, was arrested at on the scene May 16 when Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) police were called to Seymour Reservoir #4.

    DEEP said the man exposed himself on the trails in front of the adult woman and female juvenile. 

    The 55-year-old was charged with public indecency, breach of peace and disorerly conduct.

    Whitehouse's bond was set at $500.




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    A person broke into a West Hartford convenience story early Monday morning and stole money, cigarettes and fidget spinners.

    Police responded to 956 New Britain Avenue around 3:45 a.m. and found the front door had been damaged. The store was closed at the time of the incident.

    The owner told police the person got away with some cash, cartons of cigarettes and an entire case of fidget spinners.

    A state police K9 was brought in to search for the suspect, but the dog lost the scent in the adjacent parking lot.



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    A person broke into a West Hartford convenience story early Monday morning and stole money, cigarettes and fidget spinners.A person broke into a West Hartford convenience story early Monday morning and stole money, cigarettes and fidget spinners.

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that local governments refusing to cooperate in deporting convicted criminals risk losing their Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security grant money, NBC News reported.

    Sessions issued a memo in response to an executive order issued by President Trump in late January directing the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that sanctuary cities will not be eligible to receive federal funds.

    A federal judge last month issued a nationwide injunction on enforcing that part of the executive order after San Francisco said it could lose all its federal grant money.

    But in his memo, Sessions said the order "will be applied solely to federal grants administered by the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security, and not to other sources of federal funding." 



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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice, April 18, 2016, in Washington, DC.Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice, April 18, 2016, in Washington, DC.

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    A San Francisco man with a prosthetic leg claims he was discriminated against after an Asiana Airlines representative asked him to vacate his exit row seat.

    Tim Seward, a self-described professional skateboarder and action sports enthusiast who leads a "highly active" lifestyle, was traveling from China to South Korea Sunday and bought a seat in the exit row near the front of the plane. But he was asked to move to a new seat because, as the representative said he "cannot prove [Seward's] leg is functional."

    "It's not safe," a flight representative told Seward. "You're not a normal person. It's for the safety of the passengers."

    Before the incident, a female flight attendant checked to see if Seward, who said he paid extra money for the seat, was willing to help the crew in the event of an emergency. Seward said yes. But moments later, an airline representative arrived and demanded Seward move. 

    He pulled out his phone and began filming the incident. A back-and-forth conversation about the airline's policies and Seward's abilities ensued before the San Francisco man was escorted to a new seat.

    "So the company told you to move a disabled person because in this seat, according to your policy, you do not allow a disabled person to sit in this seat, because I wear a prosthetic leg," Seward can be heard telling the representative.

    The representative tells Seward to run and jump to prove his physical capabilities.

    "Oh my god," Seward said in response. "But if you're asking me to move, that proves I can move, right? I don't need a wheelchair to move to another seat, right? Your reasoning doesn't make much sense."

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    NBC Bay Area has reached out to Asiana Airlines to comment about the incident and clarify the airline's exit row policies.

    Once he found his new spot, Seward said he was questioned by other passengers as to why he eventually folded to the airline's request. Seward said he didn't want to end to up in jail.

    Since losing his leg to cancer at the age of 11, Seward claims he hasn't had any trouble while sitting in a plane's exit row. The "pretty embarassing" episode with Asiana was a surprise.

    "For anyone to judge me based on my prosthetic alone is absolutely insane," he said.

    Seward admitted that a deeper issue lies with the treatment of disabled people.

    "I'm not really that upset with the airline," he said. "I feel more disgusted in people that are not aware of this kind of discrimination and not understanding that this is pure discrimination against someone that is disabled."

    The 10-to-15 minute incident caused the flight to be delayed roughly one hour, according to Seward. He said he wasn't refunded for changing his seat.



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    A man with a prosthetic leg claims he was discriminated against after he was asked to vacate his exit row seat on an Asiana Airlines flight. (May 21, 2017)A man with a prosthetic leg claims he was discriminated against after he was asked to vacate his exit row seat on an Asiana Airlines flight. (May 21, 2017)

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    British police on Monday said they were responding to an explosion at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert that left an unknown number of people dead and wounded.

    In a tweet, police confirmed that there were fatalities.

    On social media, people shared videos of people rushing from the arena and ambulances arriving.

    The Guardian newspaper reported the incident happened at an Ariana Grande concert.

    “I just heard a loud bang right after the concert," Ivo Delgado told NBC News. "Only heard one. People started screaming and going to the other side of the arena. When we left [the main arena] there was smoke and people lying on the floor."



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    Photos outside Manchester Station taken by a bystander on May 22, 2017, shows the scene of a Photos outside Manchester Station taken by a bystander on May 22, 2017, shows the scene of a "serious accident" at Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

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    After a deadly explosion went off at a concert at Manchester Arena in England Monday night, famous figures took to social media to react. 

    The explosion occurred toward the end of an Ariana Grande concert. British police said that 19 were confirmed dead and about 50 were injured. No one is in custody and the motive is still unknown. Police are treating it as a terrorist incident until their hear otherwise. 

    There are still few details of what happened during the concert by the American singer, but witnesses reported hearing a loud bang coming from near the arena's bars.

    Celebrities, politicians and others took to Twitter to offer their thoughts.



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    A possible suicide blast during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester left witnesses stunned Monday night.

    Ivo Delgado, who attended the show at Manchester Arena, told NBC News a loud bang occurred after the event had ended and he was waiting in line to leave. Then he saw smoke, people lying on the floor and someone with a blood face.

    Another witness, Robert Tempkin, described confusion after the bang, told BBC that some people said they'd seen blood, while others believed the sound was the popping of balloons.

    "It was chaotic," attendee Catherine Macfarlane said. "Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out."



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    Armed police work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured.Armed police work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured.

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    British police responding to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, confirmed that there are at least 19 people dead and many more wounded.

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    The cause of a fire that left a West Hartford home damaged on Valentine's Day is "undetermined", but the town's fire marshal believes it may have to do with the compatibility between a cell phone and the charger it was plugged into.

    In the aftermath of Lillia Brown’s home catching on fire, she told NBC Connecticut she’s just happy to be alive.

    "Guess what, we (are) all okay," Brown said. "And we are together. That’s the greatest."

    Firefighters saw the device plugged in and sitting on top of the bed that they believe started the fire. Officials said because the charger was not designed specifically for that phone, it may have overheated.

    A fire that happened in Southington over Easter weekend appeared to have similiar elements; officials there believe a phone, plugged into a tablet charger, sparked the flame.

    Both of those incidents haunt Wethersfield’s Kim Joanis, because she knows she could’ve been next.

    Her charger and iPhone 5 were plugged into an outlet right next to her 5-year-old grandson’s bed. As she was on her way out the door for the day, she realized she almost left the phone plugged in.

    "Thank god I needed it," Joanis said. "Thank god I needed to plug the charger into my car because I never would’ve gone into my grandson Mason’s room."

    As soon as she walked into her grandson's room, she said, she smelled burning.

    "I smelled something burning, and it burned my hand right here to a bubble," Joanis said. "And I pulled out the plug and it was melted."

    The charger’s manufacturer, Belkin, told NBC Connecticut product safety is the company’s first priority, offered Joanis a replacement charger and asked that she send hers to their labs so they can analyze the problem.

    As she waits for the results, tech expert Liron Segev points to a possible contributing factor for both of the fires and Joanis’ close call: Amperage, or the strength of the current.

    "There's a difference between the tablet one and the phone one," Segev said. "But the problem is they look the same."

    That’s true for any phone maker.

    Apple, for example, the standard iPad chargers use 2.1 amps, as do many aftermarket iPhone chargers, including Joanis’.

    But the standard iPhone charger, made by Apple, uses just one amp.

    Segev said it’s generally not great for a battery to take in a different current than what it's used to because it forces the battery to work extra hard.

    The different current, combined with other hazards like letting phones charge on the bed or the couch, where heat can’t escape, makes an even more dangerous scenario.

    "I wouldn’t go running around the house unplugging everything," Segev said. "What I would do is look at each of the chargers. Look at them individually."

    Understanding where the charger comes from, whether it has third party certifications like a 'Made for iPhone' or United Labs logo, and evaluating the chargers condition are all best practices, according to Segev.

    "Read that minute, microscopic etching that are actually on the charger itself," Segev said. "A charger isn’t just a charger. You need to get the right one for your phone."

    The amperage will vary, but regardless of what kind of phone someone has, Segev suggests knowing what kind of current it’s supposed to take in by looking at the charger it comes with and sticking with that amperage.



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    Cellphone video of a young girl getting snatched from a dock by a sea lion in Canada has gone viral over the internet and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Mystic Aquarium, which houses several sea lions in its facility.

    The video shows a group of people in Richmond, a community in British Columbia, Canada admiring a sea lion from a pier.

    In the video, the sea lion inches closer to the group and a young girl sits on the pier’s edge. Shortly after, the sea lion snatches the girl’s dress and pulls her down into the water. She is then rescued by a family member and it appears neither were hurt by the animal encounter.

    The viral video hit home for staff at the Mystic Aquarium because they have six California Sea Lions, the same type of animal shown in the video.

    Laurie Macha, curator of marine mammals and birds at Mystic Aquarium, said sea lions are curious animals and told NBC Connecticut what may have been the reason for the sea lion’s reaction.

    "Maybe the animal was protecting its territory- it could have been agitated- but it definitely was not going to eat the person,” said Macha, who told NBC Connecticut sea lions only eat fish.

    While there are a few more boundaries at the Mystic Aquarium compared to that Canadian pier, she wants to remind people that while the sea lions may be cute, but they’re still wild animals

    “(A) good rule of thumb is to stay about 100 yards away. Enjoy the beauty. Use your binoculars. But to be very clear: don’t engage with animals,” Macha said.

    A witness says the people in the video were feeding the sea lion bread crumbs shortly before it snatched the child.

    Macha said it is against the law to feed or attempt to feed any marine mammal.



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    Police have released the 911 call made after a car rammed in to an utility pole and then caught fire on Center Street in Manchester.

    "Yes it’s a car on fire with people in it in front of my house," the 911 caller said. "It’s people out here screaming and there’s people in the car and it’s catching onto a building."

    The accident happened early Saturday morning and of the five passengers inside the car two escaped, while the remaining three died.

    "The car is on fire," a 911 caller said. "There’s somebody in the car...yo hurry up, hurry up!"

    Mourners on Monday visited the area of the fatal car crash to pay their respects Monday.

    "Each and everyone of them was great," said friend of the victims Freddie Diaz.

    Police did not release the identities of any of the passengers. But Manchester High School confirmed the three deceased were students and former students.

    The crash happened the same day as prom and the school held a moment of silence.

    Some students friends say couldn't bare to go to the prom after the deadly crash.

    "You can't go to prom and be happy when you have this pain inside of you," said friend, Chelsey Michaud.

    Monday school administrators brought in therapy dogs and counselors for students.

    Police said the two surviving passengers were taken to the hospital and are expected to be OK.

    Authorities said they are waiting on the medical examiners office to identify the victims.

    But friends who know the victims say they're sending their condolences to their families.



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    The Malloy administration and the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, known as SEBAC, are close to a deal that could act a safety valve for the state’s dire fiscal situation.

    NBC Connecticut obtained a draft of the concessions that have been the subject of negotiations between the unions and the governor’s office since last year.

    A spokesman for Gov. Dannel Malloy declined to comment on the details of the draft.

    Overall, the two year savings of the concessions would total $1.6 billion, but are projected to yield savings worth more than $1 billion annually by 2019.

    State employees would be asked to pay more for health insurance premiums and co-pays, have frozen wages for three fiscal years, and all current employees will be asked to pay two percent more for their retirement plans.

    State employees would receive wage increases in 2020 and 2021 of 3.5 percent each year. The savings from three straight years without increases total more than $380 million.

    In addition, all new state employees would be entered into a new tier of retirement, known as Tier IV, which would be a hybrid of a defined benefit plan and a 401k, like those found in the private sector. Once again, the target for the Malloy administration is to save money in future years.

    In return for those givebacks, SEBAC units would receive a five year contract extension starting in 2022 for all benefits that would terminate June 30, 2027. Wage agreements would remain intact through June 30, 2021, remaining unchanged.

    The politics of the five year extension are significant. By moving the end of the contract past 2027, it ties the hands of future legislators with an agreement struck in the past, and it does the same for future governors.

    Malloy has already announced he would not seek reelection, meaning a new chief executive, possibly three since there are elections in 2018 and 2022, and 2026, would have to live with the implications, good or bad, of the deal struck in 2017.

    Republican Sen. Len Fasano, the GOP president pro tem, had asked for even more concessions and says he will reserve judgment until he’s seen the entire proposal.

    “An extension of a bad deal is a bad extension. An extension of a good deal is a good extension so you have to look at the numbers and see where this thing falls out and what are you getting for that bargain and consideration,” Fasano said.

    The two sides first have to come to an agreement before the next steps can be taken. Each SEBAC union would need to approve opening their contracts for renegotiation, and would then need to approve the modifications agreed to with the Malloy administration.

    Since those processes could take as long as 30 days, the Malloy administration is looking for an agreement very soon.



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