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UN Nuke Chief Meets With Iranian Leaders


Yukiya Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif in Tehran Sunday, as a key deadline for the nuclear deal looms, NBC News reported.

Amano's visit comes less than a month before an Oct. 15 deadline to gather information on allegations made by the West that Iran tried to build atomic weapons.

Tehran has long described the allegations as based on false intelligence from the United States, Israel and other adversaries. A final U.N. assessment is due in December.

After their meeting, Rouhani released a statement that said Iran "has not and will not seek any WMDs because of its religious beliefs and its military doctrine." 

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Hartford Road Closures During Connecticut Cycling Festival


Many downtown Hartford roads are closed Sunday during The Connecticut Cycling Festival.

Bikers will be competing in criterium road races, hosted by CT Cycling Advancement Program and sanctioned by USA Cycling. Competitors are expected to travel at speeds of 25 to 40 miles an hour.

The following roads will be closed during the event, most reopening about 6 p.m.:

  • Trumbull Street in front of the XL Center until at least 4 or 5 p.m. when the Urban Mountain Bike races conclude.
  • Pearl Street between Ann Ucello Street and Main Street.
  • Jewell Street between Ford and Pulaski Circle.
  • Trumbull Street between Asylum and Jewel Street
  • Ann Ucello from Pearl to Jewel.
  • Pulaski Circle

Asylum will remain open.

The racing schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m.: Criterium men's race (Category 5, 15 miles).
  • 9 a.m.: Men's race (Category 4, 20 miles)
  • 10 a.m.: Masters race for cyclists 40 and older (Categories 1-4, 20 miles)
  • 11 a.m.: Men's race (Category 3-4, 20 miles)
  • Noon: Women's pro race (Category 1-2, 30 miles)
  • 1:20 p.m.: High school/junior race (30 miles)
  • 2:15 p.m.: Men's race (Category 2-3, 25 miles)
  • 3:25 p.m.: Men's pro 1 race (40 miles)

National U.S. Cycling Champions will be crowned in each category in the final road cycling races of the season, according to a news release.

There will also be a Bike & Co. Food Expo on Trumbull Street through 5 p.m. Sunday. Chris Clark and Urban Mountain Bike Races will perform trick bike stunt shows in front of the XL Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information is available on www.Bikereg.com.

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1 Person Killed in 2-Car Crash in Andover


One person died in a two-car crash on Route 6 in Andover early Sunday morning.

Amber Buczko, 30, of Coventry, died at the scene after colliding with the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado Brian Filbig, 26, of Tolland, was driving.

Both cars were traveling east when they collided near 187 Route 6 in Andover at about 2 a.m., killing Buczko and injuring Filbig and his passenger, Sarah Donahue, 21, of Columbia.

Filbig and Donahue were both transported to Windham Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

It's unclear what caused the crash.

State police ask anyone with information to contact Troop K barracks at 860-896-3200.

The road remained open.

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Yemen Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages


Two Americans held for nearly six months in war-ravaged Yemen have been released and sent to Oman, the White House said Sunday.

NBC News confirmed the identities of the freed men as Scott Darden, a 45-year-old working for a New Orleans logistics firm, and Sam Farran, a 54-year-old security consultant from Michigan.

An administration official tells NBC News securing their release was complicated given the lack of cooperation from the Houthi rebels, as well as the violence and instability in the region. The recently created Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, led by the FBI, helped with the effort, according to the official.

Darden and Farran had been held since March 27 after being detained by Shiite Houthi rebels fighting government forces in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. 

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Man Arrested in 1985 Murder of Teen


An Illinois man has been charged with the 1985 murder of a 15-year-old girl in west suburban Glen Ellyn.

Michael R. Jones, 62, of Champaign was charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to the DuPage County sheriff’s office.

Kristina Wesselman, who was 15 at the time of her murder, was walking home from the Jewel near Butterfield Road and Route 53 in unincorporated Glen Ellyn on July 21, 1985, when she was murdered, according to police. She was last seen walking on a well-traveled path back toward her home.

The teen's mother reported her missing when she never made it back home, and Kristina's body was found hours later by sheriff's detectives in a field near the path where she was last seen walking.

Kristina was a student and class president who was well known by her neighbors, some of whom still live on the same street. They say they remember her walking her dog up and down the block every day.

"It was really a surprise to everybody," said neighbor Sandy Menger, who was at a family reunion in Ohio when he first heard news of the murder. "It was just devastating to everybody." 

On Sept. 10, the sheriff’s office obtained new information regarding the Wesselman case, according to police. Cold case detectives subsequently investigated the new information and located Jones.

A search warrant was conducted Friday at Jones’s home in the 2500 block of Southmoor Drive in Champaign, and he was charged Sunday, police said. He is being held at the DuPage County Jail and is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

“Since the date of the tragic murder, the case has remained open and active,” Sheriff John Zaruba said in the statement. “Over the last 30 years the Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit has worked hundreds of leads that have sent them across the nation and thousands of man hours have been spent to catch the killer in his horrendous crime.”

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information about the case, or any other incidents involving ones, are asked to call the sheriff’s office at (630) 407-2400 or text anonymous tips to 247637 and include the word Sheriff in the message.

Brady Throws for 466 Yards, Leads Patriots Past Bills 40-32


Tom Brady threw for 466 yards - the second-most of his career - and three touchdowns in leading the New England Patriots to a 40-32 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns, and the Patriots needed to stave off a fourth-quarter rally after building a 37-13 lead through three quarters.

New England's Stephen Gostkowski hit a 25-yard field goal with 1:15 left. The Bills' final drive ended on the next play from scrimmage when Tyrod Taylor's pass tipped off the hands of Sammy Watkins and was intercepted by Logan Ryan.

The Patriots (2-0) extended their run of dominance over their AFC East rivals by beating the Bills (1-1) for the 27th time in the past 30 meetings.

Brady improved to 24-3 against Buffalo, and his passing yards were the most ever by a Bills opponent. 

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19 People Rescued After Boat Sinks


Nineteen people were rescued from the East River on Sunday afternoon after their dragon-team boat took on water and sank.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened just after two members of the team became engaged to be married.

"He proposed before we went down, thankfully," Vicky Lee told NBC 4 New York.

Waves apparently came over the sides of the vessel, typically used in the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. The boat was submerged by the time rescuers arrived, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The boat, belonging to the Azumi Rowing Club, was being paddling to Whitestone in Queens. It began to take on water at about 1:30 p.m. near College Point, fire officials said.

The 19 people, all of whom were wearing life jackets, were taken to the College Point Yacht Club in good condition.

Dragon boats are sleek boats typically decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails. The boats are raced during the festival.

Crews Respond to Rescue in Danbury


Crews and EMS personnel responded to a rescue on Elmar Drive Saturday morning.

There is no word on the extent of injuries and no word on the age of the victim.

Further detail were not immediately available on the nature of the incident.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Burned Boy, 2, Hospitalized, Prompting Child Abuse Investigation


Police have launched an investigation into a possible child abuse incident in New London after discovering a 2-year-old boy with significant burn marks in a Bristol Street home, police said.

An ambulance responded to the home at about 11:14 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a report of a boy, 2, having trouble breathing.

New London Fire Department ambulance personnel located the child at the scene and saw about half of his body had first- and second- degree burn marks on it.

They transported him to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital first before Life Star airlifted him to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston.

The 2-year-old boy is listed in critical condition.

New London police also responded to investigate whether there was a criminal element to the baby's injuries. Officers interviewed the parents and several other people and searched the home.

The state's attorney's office and Department of Children and Families were also contacted.

At this time, no charges have been filed.

New London police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact them.

Man Drove Drunk With Baby in Car: PD


A father is facing charges after police said he drove drunk with his 9-day-old infant in the car hours after his birthday and hit another vehicle as he turned around and sped off to avoid a sobriety checkpoint in Clinton, according to police.

Amado Dilone, who just turned 25 on Saturday night, came across a sobriety check point located on Route 81 in Clinton at about 1:37 a.m. on Sunday, police said. He stopped suddenly as he approached the checkpoint, causing the vehicle behind him to slam on the brakes, police said. Dilone backed into the bumper of the car behind him, pulled a "U" turn and took off, police said.

Officers pursued him and stopped him nearby, determining he was intoxicated. They discovered his 9-day-old baby was in the car at the time and wasn't secured.

Police also arrested a woman in the car who had a small amount of pot on her and a stun gun.

Officers charged Dilone, of Killingworth, with operating under the influence, operating with a suspended license, evading responsibilities, unsafe backing, transporting a child under the age of 4 without a proper restraint system and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held in police custody in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Police also charged the female passenger, Sage Grady, 18, of West Haven, with possessing a weapon in a motor vehicle and possession of less than four ounces of a controlled substance. Her relationship to Dilone is unknown. She was released on a written promise to appear in court on Oct. 2.

The baby's mother was in the car too, but police didn't charge her with anything.

Other than that car, 400 passed through the sobriety checkpoint. Police also arrested Jonathan Gavern, 35, of Trumbull, on a drunken driving charge. He was released after he posted a $500 bond and is due in Middletown Superior Court on Oct. 1.

Four other people were cited on charges of driving without a license and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

Partners in the Community funds the sobriety checkpoints in town several times a year.

Photo Credit: Clinton Police

Car Thief Strikes Eight Vehicles in West Haven: Police


West Haven police arrested a man they believe crashed into at least eight vehicles in a stolen car.

Hector Ospina Garcia, 22, of West Haven, is facing reckless driving, third-degree larceny, operating without a license, possession of narcotics and other motor vehicle and drug charges.

Police responded to the 400 block of Third Avenue at about 9:20 p.m. after receiving several reports of a car striking multiple parked cars and fleeing, police said.

Police found the car unoccupied near Campbell Avenue and Leete Street and then located the driver within minutes.

Officers learned the car was stolen from North Haven and determined it hit at least eight vehicles.

Police held Garcia in custody on a bond.

Joe Biden Has Wife's Support for Bid: Sources


Jill Biden fully supports her husband running for president for the next year's election, despite reports of the contrary, sources told NBC News. 

The vice president has been meeting with Democratic leaders during his travels around the nation over the past week to tell them he wants to do it and thinks there's room for him to make a credible bid if he does, sources tell NBC's Chuck Todd. 

The bigger question: does Biden have the emotional energy he needs after the passing of his son, Beau Biden, earlier this year?

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Girl Missing After Recent Surgery


A 12-year-old Philadelphia girl who suffers from seizures and memory loss has been missing since Saturday afternoon, and police on Sunday asked for the public's help in locating the endangered child.

Police said Stanaya Blackwell was last seen Saturday about 2:30 p.m. at Jubilee Commandment Keepers Church, on 15th Street between York and Cumberland streets in North Philadelphia. She was at the service with her family when they realized she had wandered away, police said.

Sunday night police released surveillance photos of the girl at 30th Street Station. Investigators say she boarded a SEPTA train at 30th Street headed towards Warminster, Pennsylvania around 1 p.m. Sunday. She then boarded a SEPTA train at 3:41 p.m. heading back towards Philadelphia.

SEPTA is currently checking surveillance video to determine which location she exited the train in Philadelphia.

Stanaya suffers from seizures and short- and long-term memory loss after recently having a brain tumor removed, officials said. She lives on Bouvier Street near Dauphin.

Stanaya is 5 feet 3, 119 pounds, with a medium build, brown eyes and a medium complexion, police said. She has short black hair and was last seen wearing a gray and black dress with black lace-up boots and sunglasses. Police said she is known to frequent public transit and train stations and was located in Bucks County when she went missing once before.

Anyone with information on Stanaya's whereabouts is urged to contact Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093 / 3094 or call 9-1-1.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police
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27,000 Migrants and Refugees Enter Croatia


Police say about 27,000 migrants and refugees have entered into Croatia since the surge started.

Authorities are setting up tents for migrants to find shelter from the rain and cold as they expect more to arrive from Serbia in the coming days.

Hundreds of people surged toward a train at the Croatian border hoping it would take them to Austria. Police had no luck holding back the crowd as they were overwhelmed by migrants trying to climb through the windows of the packed carriages. 

Hungary, which closed its border with Serbia on Sept. 15, erected another steel barrier at the Beremend border crossing from Croatia to try to slow the flow of migrants. But they kept coming.

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Syrian Pianist Who Played Music Throughout the War Flees the Country


Syria's piano man—who stuck to music while many people around him died and starved—has finally decided to flee the country for a better life. 

Aeham Ahmad, 27, played his piano to convince those who had fled to return to the rubble of Yarmouk: their home. 

"Oh displaced people, return," he once sang. "Yarmouk, we are a part of you that will never change."

In April, ISIS stormed Yarmouk and Ahmad decided he need to take his instruments, wife, and two children out of the dangerous area. As they tried to exist the camp, they were stopped by militants.

"They asked me what those were. I told them they were musical instruments. They asked me if I didn't know that music was a sin," he told NBC News from the Syrian border with Turkey. "They then poured gasoline over all the instruments and burned them."

While his wife and children stay in Damacus, the capital of Syria, Ahmad has made it to Europe, traveling through Serbia, hoping to make it to Germany.

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Why Hackers Go After Universities


Universities are prime targets for hackers—not just college kids trying to change their grades, but potentially "nation-state actors" much like the hackers who targeted large corporations, said Michael Oppenheim, intelligence operations manager at Internet security firm FireEye.

"For a university that's understaffed and under-resourced, it can be a difficult situation for them," Oppenheim said.

Hackers use "spear phishing" emails with malicious links or attachments that can be used to establish a "beachhead inside the network" and try to gain more access, Oppenheim said. Other times they enter malicious code into websites that students and faculty regularly log into.

Universities should be looking to outside help to strengthen computer networks considering most third-party companies that provide software to education institutions do not focus on security, said Michael Borohovski, founder and CTO of Tinfoil Security.

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2 Ridgefield Natives Killed in N.Y. Plane Crash


Colgate University is mourning two students from Ridgefield who died in a plane crash in Morrisville, N.Y. Sunday afternoon, according to the school.

Cathryn "Carey" Depuy and Ryan Adams, both freshman at Colgate, were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed after taking off from Hamilton Municipal Airport. No other details of the accident are available at this time.

Counselors will be available for students, faculty and staff affected by the news. Some campus events will be postponed or cancelled and a community vigil will be held at the Colgate Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Carson Responds to Outrage Over 'Muslim President' Comments


Dr. Ben Carson plans to reach out to memebers of the Muslim community after his comments on Islam in America sparked a national call for Republican presidential candidate to drop from the race. 

"He did not say that a Muslim should be prevented from running, or barred from running in any way," Carson campaign spokesman Doug Watts said. "He [Carson] just doesn't believe the American people are ready for that."

Respondong to a question on MSNBC's "Meet the Press," Carson said: "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that." 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement Sunday that Carson should withdraw from the race. "Mr. Carson clearly does not understand or care about the Constitution, which states that 'no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office,'" the group's national executive director, Nihad Awad, said.

The retired neurosurgeon also said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.

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Sanders Slams Carson's Muslim President Comments


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders decried Dr. Ben Carson's suggestion on "Meet The Press" on Sunday that a Muslim should not be president of the United States.

"This is the year 2015," Sanders told NBC News on Sunday while talking with reporters after celebrating a campaign field office opening in Portsmouth.

Carson told NBC’s Chuck Todd he does not advocate putting “a Muslim in charge of this nation” on Sunday. The retired neurosurgeon also said that the religion of Islam is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution.

Sanders said he was disappointed in Carson’s statement and that he disagrees with him.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to Form Government


Greeks gave Alexis Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party a second chance to deal with the country's debt and push for reforms aimed at modernizing its government and economy, the Associated Press reported.

41-year-old Tsipras retained a coalition partnership with the small right-wing Independent Greeks, and was due to formally be handed the mandate to form a government later Monday.

Tsipras' party had 35.5 percent, with more than 99.5 percent of votes counted early Monday, while the center-right New Democracy trailed with 28.1 percent.

More than four in 10 Greeks stayed away from Sunday's poll, and 7 percent of votes went to the third-place Golden Dawn.

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