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Trump, Carson Threaten to Boycott Next GOP Debate


Two GOP frontrunners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, are threatening to boycott the next Republican presidential debate if its planners do not change the format of the event, NBC News reports.

"Neither Mr. Trump or Dr. Carson will participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include opening and closing statements," said the letter, obtained exclusively by NBC News and signed by both candidates.

They take issue with plans that don't currently call for opening and closing statements at the October 28 debate, but do schedule 16 minutes in commercial breaks on top of the two hours of debate time. The debate was planned by CNBC, who is hosting the event, and the Republican National Committee, with terms reportedly agreed to by all candidates.

The letter, addressed to CNBC Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Cuddy, says that "neither" the refusal to include opening and closing statements, nor the potentially extended time frame, "are acceptable."

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Anti-Semitic Chant During High School Soccer Game Sparks Controversy


School administrators in South Windsor are investigating complaints about what some people are calling an anti-Semitic chant during a soccer game against a team from town that has a large Jewish population.

The South Windsor boys varsity soccer team traveled to West Hartford on Wednesday to play Hall High School and witnesses said people from the South Windsor side of the field were singing part of the “Dreidel Song,” which is usually sung during Hanukkah.

West Hartford has a large Jewish population.

Parents said only part of the “Dreidel Song” was chanted and they did not hear other anti-Semitic taunts for the rest of the game.

“There’s a big group of soccer fans, which are students. There were parents there and, unfortunately, no one stopped what was going on,” Kerry Rausch, of West Hartford, said.

Students were also disturbed by what happened.

“I just think it’s completely disrespectful to the Hall community,” Tyler Strickling, a senior at Hall high School, said.

NBC Connecticut reached out to South Windsor Public Schools and Supt. Dr. Kate Carter responded with a written statement:

“Thank you for bringing this serious matter to our attention. We hold our students to very high standards and a thorough investigation will be conducted immediately,” she wrote.

Liah Kaminer, a recent graduate from Hall High School, started a program at the school to help fight back against anti-Semitism and said she hopes people learn a lesson from this.

“Not even just tolerance, because tolerance is the lowest level but, you know, acceptance,” Kaminer said.

Hall High School and the West Hartford Public Schools have not returned requests for comment.

Hall ended up defeating South Windsor, 3-1.

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U.S. Files Criminal Complaint Against ISIS Hacker


Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a man they believes is responsible for creating an ISIS “kill list,” NBC News reported.

Ardit Ferizi, who goes by “Th3Dir#ctorY,” is a Kosovo citizen who lives in Malaysia. He allegedly hacked into an online retailer, stole personal information, and then published a list of military and U.S. government employees.

Ferizi was recently arrested in Malaysia and is expected to be extradited to Virginia for arraignment on charges of providing support to ISIS.

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Bernie Sanders Rejects Pharma CEO's Donation: Report


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has rejected a donation from the pharmaceutical CEO who dramatically raised the price of a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients by more than 5,000 percent, according to Stat.

Campaign spokesperson Michael Briggs told Stat that Sanders will not keep the $2,700 donated to his campaign by Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shrekli. Instead, Briggs said the donation will be passed on to a health clinic in Washington.

Shkreli confirmed to Stat that he donated the money to Sanders’ campaign at the end of September. He also sent a tweet during the Democratic debate saying he made a contribution to the Vermont senator.

Sanders has been critical of the pharmaceutical industry while on the campaign trail, calling it a "major health hazard to the American people."

The Vermont senator, along with Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings, issued a statement on October 9, after they failed to receive a response from Shkreli’s company, which promised to lower the price of the drug.

“Instead of lowering the price as he promised, Mr. Shkreli hired an army of new Washington lobbyists and lawyers to stem the massive fallout from his actions and to stymie congressional oversight," said the statement, which was obtained by NBC News.

Shkreli was criticized for purchasing the patents for Daraprim, which is used to treat certain cancer and AIDS patients, then raising the price of the drug from $13.50 to $750

“On behalf of the American people, we are sickened by these actions. Mr. Shkreli is holding hostage the patients who rely on this lifesaving medication, as well as the hospitals that administer it, by charging unconscionable prices for a drug on which he has a monopoly—just because he can,” the statement said.

A press release issued by Turing Pharmaceuticals on Oct. 13 didn't indicate whether the company would go ahead with the price drop.

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Pepper Spray, Pistols: How Israelis Are Coping With Stabbings


Israelis are stocking up on guns and pepper spray following a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinians, NBC News reported.

Some stores have sold out of pepper spray as knife attacks are almost impossible to predict and potential attackers are difficult to identify.

Clashes have left seven Israelis and 33 Palestinians dead since the beginning of October.

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Man in Military-Style Camo Suspected in Burglary: Police


Police are investigating a home burglary in Roxbury on Tuesday afternoon and photos of the suspect show a man in what appears to be military camouflage.

Troopers responded to the house at 1:04 p.m. on Tuesday, when the burglar alarm went off, and police found that someone had broken into the house and stolen several items.

Investigators collected evidence and interviewed witnesses. They also watched surveillance video from the house, which captured a person police called the suspect and a car driven by another man. 

The suspect has short dark hair and was wearing camouflage pants and a button down camouflage jacket.

The car was last spotted leaving the area on Squire Road.

Anyone who recognizes the man should call Troop A in Southbury at 203-267-2200 or anonymously text “TIP711” with the information to 274637. All calls/texts will be kept confidential.

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Millions to Shiver in First Frost and Freeze of Fall


It’s time to dust off that coat, as temperatures are about to drop for millions of Americans this weekend. Some parts of the Northeast are likely to get their first dusting of snow this weekend, NBC News reported.

For those living from the Great Lakes to the East Coast, overnight temperatures were forecast to drop from Friday night until Tuesday. Overnight temperatures will fall into the 40s for much of the Eastern half of the country, according to Weather Channel lead forecaster Michael Palmer.

"It will be the first frost and freeze for lots of people, and the coldest air of fall so far," he said.

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Mom Accused of Tossing Baby out Window Ran Licensed Day Care


The woman charged with murder for allegedly tossing her 6-month-old daughter from the sixth-floor window of a Bronx apartment building was licensed to run a day care from her home and city agencies referred children to her care, health officials confirm to NBC 4 New York. 

Tenisha Fearon, 27, asked to stop operating the day care in late April and her license expired, a source familiar with the situation said. Health officials do not believe there were any children in her care in the months since her accreditation elapsed. 

“Tenisha Fearon was a registered family day care provider from 2013 to 2015 with no complaints or violations," Steve Flamisch, a spokesman for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, said in a statement. "Her registration expired on April 30 and she did not apply for renewal. Her program is closed.”

A naked Fearon, according to witnesses, dangled her own baby, Janillah Lawrence, from the window of her Tiebout Avenue building in Fordham Heights Thursday before throwing her to the pavement 60 feet below as her other three children watched in "horror," prosecutors said. Police and ESU, responding to multiple 911 calls after the 2 p.m. window-toss, had to break the apartment door down to get to Fearon, and encountered her screaming and still wearing no clothes, they said.

One witness said Fearon screamed for help from God.

The baby was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital with traumatic injuries, firefighters said. She died there later in the afternoon, according to police.

Three more of Fearon's children — ages 4, 8 and 10 — were in the apartment at the time the baby went out the window, police said. Law enforcement sources say one of the children told police what the mother allegedly did; the others were too shocked to speak. They are now in the care of ACS.

Law enforcement sources say the family was about to get evicted from their apartment.

The sources also say Fearon made incriminating statements to police before asking for an attorney; the name of that attorney wasn't immediately available.

Fearon did not answer reporters' questions as she was led from the police precinct Friday. She was remanded to jail after her arraignment. The judge ordered a psych exam, as well as medical attention and protective custody for Fearon while in jail. 

Lawrence's case is the third death of a child tossed from a New York apartment since August.

Last month, a newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead outside an apartment building in the University Heights section of the borough. Authorities arrested her mother on murder and manslaughter charges, saying she hid her pregnancy and threw the child to her death from a seventh-story window shortly after giving birth.

In August, police arrested a Queens woman in connection with the death of her 1-month-old son. According to court papers, she told authorities an evil spirit had possessed the boy and she was "stopping the pain" when she threw him from the fourth-floor window. Investigators were looking into whether postpartum depression was a factor, but no clinical diagnoses had been made.

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Palestinians Set Fire to Joseph's Tomb


Hundreds of Palestinians entered the Joseph's Tomb compound in the West Bank town of Nablus late Thursday and set it on fire, severely damaging the Jewish holy site, NBC News reported.

Israel condemned the attack, which comes amid calls for another "day of rage" in the region where at least 40 people have been killed over the past two weeks. 

On Friday, an Israeli soldier was stabbed and wounded by an attacker disguised as a news photographer. The assailant was shot and killed, according to the Israel Defense Forces. 

Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad called for a "day of rage" in the region Friday following afternoon prayers in the mosques. Demonstrations were also planned at West Bank points of friction, including Rachel's Tomb, the Kalandiya checkpoint, and the Judea and Samaria intersection near Ramallah. Hamas also called for protests in Hebron, Tulkarm, and Nablus.

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Wife, Teens Kill Husband, Lover: PD


A Maryland woman plotted with two teens to kill her husband and a woman with whom the couple was romantically involved, Anne Arundel County Police said Friday. 

On Oct. 5, officers were called to a home on West Bay Front Road in Lothian, Maryland, for the report of a suicide. There, they found 40-year-old Anthony Joseph Anastasi Jr. lying near a handgun. He was pronounced dead at the scene. In the basement of the home, the officers found the body of 25-year-old Jacqueline Irene Riggs. 

Although the call had reported a suicide, an autopsy revealed that both victims had been murdered. Anastasi was shot; Riggs had been stabbed to death.

Anastasi's wife, Ann Marie Anastasi, and two teens have been charged with their murders.

Police say Ann Anastasi tried to make it look as if her husband committed suicide. She told investigators she heard her husband arguing with Riggs in the basement the night of Oct. 4. She said he then instructed her not to go into the basement and to get out of the bedroom they shared, locking the door behind him. 

The next morning, Ann Anastasi said she got the couple's five children ready for school, but one of the children -- a 13-year-old girl -- stayed home sick. When Ann Anastasi returned home, she and the teen went to the grocery store. Ann Anastasi told investigators that when the two returned from the store, she went to check on her husband and found him dead with a handgun next to him. 

However, investigators say they later determined Riggs was romantically involved with both Anastasis. This summer, Riggs moved into the basement of the couple's home, which investigators said caused tension within the home.

At the time of their deaths, Anthony Anastasi and Riggs were still involved in a sexual relationship, but Ann Anastasi was not a part of the relationship, charging documents state. 

Shortly after Riggs moved in, Ann Anastasi and a 13-year-old girl allegedly decided to have the two killed, investigators said. Police said Gabriel Ezekiel Struss, the teen's 18-year-old boyfriend, helped commit the murders.  

The charging documents indicate the 13-year-old girl may be Ann Anastasi's daughter, but police did not confirm their relationship.

During their investigation, police found text messages between all three suspects that referenced the murder of two people. According to the charging documents, Struss sent a text message to the teenage girl telling her not to talk to the police or he would be going to jail for life. In another message, the girl discussed taking the "fall" for the murders on behalf of Struss.

A forensic examination also determined the .45 caliber handgun found next to Anthony Anastasi's body did not match the .380 caliber bullet found in his head. Gunshot residue was also found on Ann Anastasi's person and clothing, charging documents state.

Ann Anastasi was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. She is being held at the Anne Arundel County Jennifer Road Detention Center on no bond.

The 13-year-old girl has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact. She was remanded to the custody of a juvenile detention facility. 

Struss was arrested early Friday morning in Annapolis, police said. He has been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony crime of violence. 

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call Homicide Det. Jason McNemar at 410-222-4756. Those who would like to remain anonymous can call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700.

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U.S. Files Criminal Complaint Against ISIS Hacker


Federal prosecutors have charged a Kosovo man they believe is responsible for assembling an ISIS "kill list" of more than 1,000 military personnel and U.S. government employees, NBC News has learned.

The Justice Department alleges that Ardit Ferizi, aka "Th3Dir3ctorY," a Kosovo citizen residing in Malaysia, was responsible for hacking into an online retailer, stealing personal information, and publishing a list of government employees.

Government officials say Ferizi was recently arrested in Malaysia and is expected to be extradited to Virginia, where the complaint was filed by the US Attorney in Alexandria, for arraignment.

The list was distributed through ISIS social media in August.

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MSF: U.S. Tank 'Destroyed Potential Evidence' at Kunduz Hospital


A U.S. tank "destroyed potential evidence" by forcing its way onto the ruined site of a hospital bombed by American forces in Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders said in an emailed statement to NBC News.

The charity, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said they were informed the tank contained a delegation from a "U.S./NATO/Afghan team" investigating the Oct. 3 bombing. MSF not say who provided that information.

MSF, which ran the facility in Kunduz, said the tank's "unannounced and forced entry" through the gates had also frightened staff and damaged property.

"We are aware of the incident and are looking into what happened," coalition spokesman Col. Brian Tribus said in a statement to NBC News Friday.

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Mom Killed, Infant and Woman Injured in Shelton Crash


A 24-year-old woman was killed in a crash that injured her 15-month-old daughter in Shelton and the driver of another car.

Police said Leigh Sabo, 24, of Shelton, was driving a Buick Century north on Bridgeport Avenue and struck a Mazda CX-9 driven by Leigh Brewster, 41, of Monroe, who was traveling South on Bridgeport Avenue, near Nells Rock Road, around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Sabo sustained serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at Bridgeport hospital.

Sabo’s 15-month-old daughter was also in the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Brewster was also transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The Shelton Police Traffic Division Reconstruction Team is investigating. Witnesses or anyone with additional information should call the Shelton Police Traffic Division at (203) 924-1544

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Freeze Watch Posted For Sunday Morning


The jet stream is plunging to the south and that means the coldest air so far this season will move into Connecticut over the weekend.

A cold front moved through this morning and brought a few showers to the state. However, partial clearing is expected for the balance of the day! High temperatures will be in the lower- and middle-60s today.

Another cold front moves through early tomorrow morning. The day will feature mostly cloudy skies and it will be breezy and cool. Even with highs only in the 50s, but it will be the warmest weekend day!

Temperatures plunge into upper-20s to middle-30s Sunday morning. As such, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for all of southern Connecticut. The freeze watch will likely be expanded to all of Connecticut.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy on Sunday with a cold pool of air overhead, and there can be a rain or snow shower! High temperatures will by stuck in the 40s for most. In fact, the hill towns will likely only reach the lower-40s.

Mostly sunny conditions return on Monday, and Monday morning will be the coldest in the next 7-days. Most areas will plunge into the 20s Monday morning, the only exception being shoreline areas where lower-30s are expected.

Even though the coldest air of the season makes an appearance over the weekend, it's short-lived. Temperatures climb heading into the middle part of next week.

Upper-60s are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Dry weather will dominate with a mix of sun and clouds being the popular weather story.

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Water Main Break Closes Street in Meriden

Man in Critical Condition After Meriden Crash


A 61-year-old man is in critical condition after losing control of his Jeep on the Berlin Turnpike in Meriden on Thursday night and being thrown from the vehicle.

When Meriden police arrived on the North Broad Street ramp to Route 15 North at 7:15 p.m. to investigate a one-car crash, they found Roger Adams lying in the street, suffering from head, chest and back injuries.

An ambulance transported him to Hartford Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

Police said Adams had been traveling north on North Broad Street, approaching the ramp, when his Jeep Grand Cherokee veered to his right, hit an embankment, flipped over and hit a utility pole.

Adams was not wearing a seatbelt and he was thrown through the passenger side window, police said.

Police are investigating.

Lifestar emergency dispatchers said they were put on standby, but an ambulance transported Adams.

The Meriden Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating and witnesses are asked to call Officer Mark Gibbs at (203) 630-6299 or Lt. Thomas Cossette at (203) 630-6256.

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Police Investigate Liquor Store Robbery in South Windsor


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a South Windsor liquor store this morning.

A man with a gun robbed the Kap-N-Keg on John Finch Boulevard this morning, according to police, and authorities are looking for him.

He was described as 5-feet-10, with a slight built. He was wearing a mustard colored sweatshirt with a hood and drove off in a small black car.

Police have the partial license plate number: 4AL 

It’s not clear if he stole cash or liquor.

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Funeral Service Today for Boy Killed in New Britain Fire


Funeral services will be held this morning for an 11-year-old boy who was killed in a fire in New Britain last week. 

Cade Townsend IV, a fifth-grade student at Chamberlain Elementary School, died in the fire at 756 East Street on Oct. 6.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 544 Main St., in New Britain. Calling hours will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cade was the son of Cade Townsend III and Elizabeth Wood.

Cade Townsend IV’s father is a cook at J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville and the restaurant has been taking up a collection behind the bar. The restaurant also started an online donation drive for the family. It has raised almost $30,000.

Authorities have ruled the fire was accidental and 

"improperly discarded smoking materials" started it.

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