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Asians to be Largest Immigrant Population in 2065


Immigration patterns in the U.S. will begin to see a shift within the next 50 years. A new immigration study shows the number of Asian immigrants will exceed those from Latin America by 2055, NBC News reported.

Asians will be the largest immigration population by 2065, according to a report on the immigration change by Pew Research Center. The report looks at changing trends and patterns of immigration within the U.S. since 1965.

Latinos are the largest minority group in the country right now, and make up 18 percent of the population.

The report comes 50 years after former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, a landmark civil rights law that drastically diversified the origin of immigrants to the U.S.

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Conflict & Crisis Loom as Leaders Meet at U.N


World leaders facing global crises and conflicts will be at the forefront of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, according to NBC News.

Some of the issues that could be addressed during the 70th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding could include the strained relationship between the U.S. and Russia, the rise of ISIS in the Middle East and the impact of climate change.

President Obama will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Ties with Russia have become tense since Putin annexed portions of Ukraine as well as a growing Russian military presence in Syria.

The meeting provides an opportunity for the president to ask Putin directly about Russian military forces in Syria.

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Police Find 7-Year-Old Child After Search Through Woods


Police have found a missing 7-year-old child after searching the woods in Middletown Sunday.

Officers received reports of a missing child at about 4 p.m. They searched the woods on Stantack Road North near Footit Drive.

Middletown firefighters assisted with the search and crews used ATVs to look for the child in the woods.

No further information was immediately available.

Fog Decreases Visibility for Morning Commute


It will feel like summer later today, but heavy fog is in causing visibility issues for parts of the state this morning.

The issues are affecting central Connecticut, from Windsor Locks, where visibility is down to a quarter mile, to south of Meriden.

Danbury and Waterbury are also experiencing fog and visibility issues.

High temperatures on Monday will reach into the mid- to upper-70s. A stray passing shower is possible, but not likely.

We’ve been in a dry spell of weather, but that changes tomorrow, with a chance of some beneficial rain and a radar is showing a soaking rain on Wednesday.

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Obama, Putin to Meet on Sidelines of U.N.


President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet face-to-face at the United Nations on Monday.

But there’s no consensus on what the two leaders will discuss, as both countries were unable to agree on the terms of their meeting, NBC News reported.

The White House initially said the focus will be on Ukraine, while the Kremlin said Syria and the war against ISIS will be at the front and center of the discussions. The Obama administration has confirmed Syria will be a priority on the list, NBC News reported.

Both leaders will be among others who will address the U.N. General Assembly before meeting one on one.

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Fire Rips Through Home in Bloomfield


Crews from at least 3 towns responded to a fire at a house in Bloomfied that had Blue Hills Avenue closed for more than an hour. 

The fire broke out at 1125 Blue Hills Ave.near Deer Meadow Drive.

Mutual aid from Suffield and Windsor Fire Departments assisted Bloomfield firefighters.

No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is helping five adults who were displaced from the single family home.

The cause of the fire in under investigation.

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Woman's Death in Shelton Was Homicide: Police


A 52-year-old woman was found dead in a Shelton home on Sunday night and police said she was killed.

Investigators responded to Hickory Lane, a secluded street about 10 minutes from Route 8, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a call reporting a suspicious death and found the woman in the home.

As police began investigating, they determined the circumstances of the woman's death appeared to be suspicious and said the death is a homicide.

Authorities have not released the woman's name or the cause of her death.

The state police major crimes division is also investigating.

Check back for updates.

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Tortoise with Pink Glitter Nail Polish Found in Waterford


If you know someone who’s missing a tortoise with pint heart painted in glitter nail polish on its back, it’s at Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control.

The Russian Tortoise was found walking around the Waterford duck pond, according to animal control, and they are looking for the owner.

“(H)e was obviously owned by someone as he is not a native species and his shell has been decorated with glitter nail polish,” a Facebook post from animal control says. “Sadly he would not have survived in the wild very long, he is now resting comfortably at the animal shelter.

If animal control cannot find the owner, the tortoise will be going up for adoption after Oct. 7.

You can reach animal control officers by email at aco@waterfordct.org

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Immigration Reform Supporters Pray for Miracle from Boehner


A group of religious leaders who are proponents of immigration reform say it would take a miracle to get the House to vote on an immigration bill and are praying House Speaker John Boehner was inspired enough by Pope Francis to make it happen, NBC News reported.

Sure it's a long shot, but Boehner's leaving anyway, so what is there to lose, say those offering up prayer for the fall miracle.

Boehner, R-Ohio, made a surprise announcement Friday that he plans to retire at the end of next month. His news came the day after Pope Francis met with Boehner and made a plea on behalf of immigrants in a speech to Congress.

In his speech, the pope implored Congress and others to view immigrants as persons, see their faces and listen to their stories and to treat them with humanity. He invoked the Golden Rule.

"We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome," he said.

Boehner, a Catholic, was seen teary-eyed during the pope's public appearances and later acknowledged the emotional impact the pontiff's visit had on him.

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Crews Respond to Structure Fire in East Hartford


 Firefighters have responded to a structure fire at 142 Hickory Drive in East Hartford.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Philadelphia Mayor Swears While Blaming Media for 'Scaring' People From Pope Visit


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter didn't hold back while blaming media coverage for negative feelings of some residents leading up to Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this weekend.

The media "scared the s*#t out of people with some of the stories,” Nutter said. He used the expletive Monday when telling reporters they scared people from attending.

A reporter immediately retorted reminding the mayor of his dire warning for visitors to "be prepared to walk for miles" when discussing security closures.

The mayor later apologized for what he called his "intemperate remark" and said he expected "a timely and terse" admonishment from his mother.

Nutter said news reports about security measures that would be in place for Francis' visit — which included the fencing off of the city's core, blocked streets, airport-level security and the National Guard stationed on corners — may have deterred people from attending events over the weekend.

The pope came to Philadelphia for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families conference. Officials with the conference had estimated that 1.5 million would show up for the pope's visit.

Nutter didn't provide any final crowd numbers Monday but on Sunday, a media pool source estimated a crowd of 860,000 attended Mass Sunday on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Another 20,000 people had attended the weeklong conference, said WMOF organizers. Thousands more attended various other events including the Festival of Families concert and Independence Hall address.

Nutter also blamed a lack of communication between Philadelphia and its neighbors and information that leaked out over the summer before plans were finalized. He said that about 90 percent of the city's hotel rooms were occupied.

"A whole lot of folks decided that they wanted to be here,” Nutter said.

“This is not a situation where you evaluate success based on the score ... the event itself was successful,” said Nutter, who pointed to a generally secure event with only a handful of arrests.

The city and WMOF organizers also noted the relative timeliness of events, the spiritual feeling and the many opportunities for people to see the pope.

However, some city restaurants reported very slow business over the weekend and other business had trouble staffing due to the traffic box and no vehicle zones.

“This was never billed as a huge economic event, or a huge moneymaker,” Nutter said.

He said he had no clue the eating habits of papal pilgrims.

"They had to eat somewhere. I don’t know if folks packed enough energy bars to last two days."

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Mission Calls For Peace After St. Serra Statue Vandalized


Leaders at the historic Carmel Mission in Carmel, California, are calling for peace after someone broke in and vandalized the basilica's entrance courtyard, toppling a statue of 18th century missionary Junipero Serro, just days after he was canonized by Pope Francis.

"Father Serra is now Saint Serra," Carmel Mission pastor Father Paul P. Murphy said. "His motto is always forward, never back, so that's our attitude here at the mission."

Investigators said people sneaked into the Mission Saturday night or early Sunday morning, took green paint from a cabinet inside and hurled it at the statue, as well as on nearby plaques and tombstones. One of the headstones read, “Saint of genocide.”

Volunteers cleaned up most of the damage on Sunday.

"Thank you to all the many volunteers that came out today to help with the clean-up. You are all a blessing to this community and church," the Mission posted on its Facebook page. "Let us remember that we live in a loving community and let us not be discouraged by such things. As St. Serra said, 'Always look forward, never back.'"

The Mission also posted photos on their Facebook page from a Mass Sunday to honor St. Serra.

Church officials said services will continue as usual. They are hopeful that the vandalism won't result in permanent damage to the Mission.

Serra's canonization was not without controversy — some Native Americans say California's missions, which Serra helped found, cut their ancestors off from their traditional languages and cultures and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.

As of Monday morning, police did not have any suspects in the case.  

A beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass to honor St. Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission today.

Posted by Carmel Mission Basilica on Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Man Stole $20,000 from Family Members: Cops


A man accused of stealing more than $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items from family members was arrested in Milford and police said he is suspected in several other burglaries.

Police received a complaint on Aug. 31 reporting that Kamil Zawisza, 29, of Milford, was accused of stealing the jewelry and other property from family members over two months.

Police said some of the stolen property was recovered from area pawn shops.

Zawisza was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny.

Zawisza was also arrested on a warrant after a neighbor confronted him
on Sept. 10 while he was burglarizing a detached garage of a family member’s home, police said.

He is also suspected in several other crimes within the Milford area and police said several more arrests are expected soon.

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Facebook Goes Down for the Second Time in a Week


For the second time in a week Facebook users received an error message when trying to access their accounts on Monday afternoon. When reached via email, a Facebook spokesperson said the outages were caused by a configuration issue. Service was restored by early evening.

"We’re currently restoring Facebook services that people had trouble accessing earlier today due to a configuration issue. We’re working to bring things back to normal for everyone. We apologize to those who have been inconvenienced.”

A map by downdetector.com shows that the outages were in major cities across the U.S. 

Frustrated users took to Twitter using the hashtag facebookdown to show their frustration with the social media site. Many of the tweets had a humorous tone ranging from: how to get in touch with family memebrs, life updates from friends, and spending time with family members. 

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Metro-North to Change New Haven Line Schedule


A new Metro-North New Haven Line schedule will go into effect the weekend of Oct. 3 because of improvements on the rail line.

Greenwich will be added as a stop to the 7:56 a.m. train from New Canaan (previously the 7:58 AM train), Inbound on weekdays to allow convenient connections to Greenwich for customers arriving in Stamford on the 5:50 a.m. Shore Line East train from New London.

The change will not affect the train’s 9:06 a.m. arrival time in Grand Central.

Devon Transfer will remain in service on the Waterbury Branch through November 15, but a new timetable will be issued on November 16 when the Devon Transfer is closed.

See new schedules on the schedules page.

You can also get train information using the Interactive Schedules page and TrainTime App.

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Injured Woman Claims Someone Shot Her With BB Gun


Police are investigating conflicting reports after receiving a call that a woman was chasing men with a knife who she claimed shot her with BB guns in New Haven, police said.

Officers responded to the area of 95 Poplar Street at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and discovered a group of people fighting in the road.

A woman named Precious was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening bloody cuts on her hands.

Police charged multiple people with misdemeanors and are investigating the cause of the fight.

Precious told police at the hospital that a group of men surrounded her and that she ran when someone started shooting BBs. She told officers the BB pellets hit her in the legs, but that she didn't observe who shot her.

She returned to the site of the attack when she thought she saw a police car pull up, but there wasn't one at the time, police said. Someone struck her hand with an unidentified object, so she sprayed the man with Mace before he hit her other hand with the same object, according to police.

Officers didn't find any weapons at the scene and the people they interviewed told them different stories.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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Security Steps Could Ward Off Burglars: New Haven Police


New Haven police advise residents that taking security precautions to protect their homes and vehicles can ward off burglars.

Several burglaries reported over the past few days had a "disturbing similarity."

"That being, the crooks in each case didn’t need to force their way in," New Haven police said. "Alarms didn’t need to be defeated and locks didn’t need to be picked. These crooks lifted a window or pushed in a window fan or air-conditioner to gain easy access."

People were home at the time of most of the break-ins, but no one was injured.

New Haven police call thefts and burglaries crimes of opportunity.

"We know a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The same can be said about the security of one’s home and car. Are you protected from an intruder if you have double locks on your doors? You would be if other potential entry points are similarly secured," New Haven police said.  "Have you taken other precautions? Are porch lights lit overnight? Are there hedges that are overgrown? – A suitable hiding place for a crook lying-in-wait. Are fire escapes doubling as a staircase to your valuables?"

That being said, New Haven police said burglaries have decreased 22 percent this month by comparison to this time last year. Meanwhile automobile thefts are about the same and other larceny crimes have dipped about 40 percent, police said.

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Armed Intruder Breaks in as Dad, Children Sleep in South Windsor


A convicted felon is accused of breaking into a South Windsor home at gunpoint as a father and his two children were sleeping early Sunday morning and police are also looking into links the suspect might have to another burglary in town, as well as one in Windsor.

The father told police he woke up around 2 a.m. after his dog barked. Then he heard a thud and saw a masked man, dressed all in black, standing in the hallway near his bedroom, holding a gun.

The homeowner then stood on his bed and at yelled at the intruder, who police identified as Robert Cummings, 50, of East Hartford.

Cummings turned toward the father, with what appeared to be a gun pointed at the ground, and walked out of the house, according to police.

The homeowner then called 911 and responding officers found a yellow and blue Kymco scooter in the victim’s yard. There was a cell phone in the helmet and police said it looked similar to one used during a burglary in Windsor.

Police officers who responded to a burglary on Twin Circle Drive in South Windsor earlier this month saw a similar scooter leaving the scene, according to the court paperwork. 

Investigators called in a canine team from East Hartford Police and police found Cummings, who told police he had run out of gas and claimed he approached the house to ask for fuel, but heard dogs barking, so he left, according to court documents. 

But police noticed grass on his boots and noted that he matched the description of the intruder, so officers arrested him. 

Cummings, who served in the Army, has prior robbery convictions in New York and is on probation for a burglary and robbery in Waterbury in 2000, officials said. 

He had taken off his sweatshirt and hood or mask, and dropped them, along with a flashlight and his loaded gun, in a nearby yard, police said.

As officers investigated, they learned it had been stolen during a burglary in another town.

Cummings was charged with home invasion, criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, larceny in the fifth degree and criminal attempt to commit larceny in the sixth degree.

He was originally held on a $200,000 surety bond, but a judge raised it to $675,000.


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Keep Eyes Peeled for iPhone Thieves: PD


Now that Apple's newest iPhones have hit stores, New Haven police are warning customers to be careful about displaying their new devices when leaving the store in the event someone might be lurking nearby who wants to steal them.

Now that Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are on the shelves, police advise people to take the following precautions when leaving the store.

  • Activate the phone tracking software right away.
  • Conceal your new phone, tablet or device somewhere safe and out of sight. Even your pocket is preferable to your hand or the front seat of your car when you leave it because it won't be visible to make you the target of a robbery.
  • Don't plug in your headphones right away to listen to music. Listen to your surroundings so you can be more alert about any potential robbers nearby.
  • If you think you're being followed, go to a well-lit area and/or walk toward people.

But if a robber confronts you anyway and holds you up, give them what they ask for, police said.

"A phone's nothing to get hurt over," police said.

Authorities caution that "thieves are watching."

"They see you leaving the store and they know you've purchased something they want. Don't make it easier for them," New Haven police said. "....Remember… swinging your new phone shopping bag as you walk out of the store is just like wearing a sign that reads; 'I have a new 6s in my front pocket… and you’re welcome to it.'"

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Halloween Costume Safety Tips


Pumpkin spice and everything nice is here for autumn, meaning Halloween's just around the corner.

But you know what's not nice? Danger and scares for children as they trick-or-treat.

And one place to start to make your children safer is with their Halloween costumes. New Haven police give the following safety tips:

  • Make sure your children can see clearly through their costumes. When possible choose face paint over masks to avoid vision impairment. "We know there's never been a cuter pirate than your precious six year old but lose the eye patch, "New Haven police said. "He's just going to walk into a tree, and that's no fun."
  • Make sure your kid's costume is the right size and not too long so that they're not tripping over it while they walk. "Poorly fitting costumes can lead to injury," New Haven police said.
  • Put reflective tape or stickers on your children's costumes or dress your kids in lighter colors, so that motorists can see them.
  • Bring flash lights and glow sticks with you while trick-or-treating.

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