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Pope to Canonize First Married Couple in Modern Times


Pope Francis will canonize the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times on Sunday, declaring the parents of the beloved St. Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.

Francis is particularly devoted to the 19th century French Carmelite nun, fondly known as "The Little Flower," who died at the age of 24 in 1897 and was later declared doctor of the church.

On Sunday, he will canonize her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, at the start of the final week of his big bishops' meeting on families. His aim is to provide Catholic families with saintly role models who took care to educate their children in the faith: The Martins bore nine children, only five of whom survived. All five became nuns, including the youngest, Therese, at 15.

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Putin Warns of Possible Militant Incursion From Afghanistan


All eyes are on Russia's expanding military operation in Syria, but it is not the only place where President Vladimir Putin appears to be expecting trouble from terrorists, NBC News reported.

Russia last week sent gunships to its biggest overseas military base — which is located in the ex-Soviet state of Tajikistan, close to the Afghanistan border.

The boost in firepower, along with the Taliban's recent advances in Afghanistan, has stoked fears that Central Asia — a impoverished and predominantly Muslim region — may become a second front for jihad.

"The situation there [in Afghanistan] is close to critical," Putin said Friday at a meeting with Central Asian leaders near Moscow, according to the Kremlin's website. "Various terrorists are gaining influence and don't hide their plans for further expansion."

Russia has a painful track record in Afghanistan. The decade-long Afghan war in the 1980s cost Moscow 15,000 lives and sped up the collapse of the Soviet economy — all without accomplishing the goal of propping up Afghanistan's then-Communist government.

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Wethersfield Explosion Injures Four


Four people were hospitalized after an explosion at a home in Wethersfield, according to fire officials.

Wethersfield firefighters responded to a house in the 200-block of Amherst Street at 5 p.m. to investigate reports of an explosion in the building, Wethersfield Fire Capt. James Ritter said. The explosion caused several injuries.

Investigators suspect gas caused the explosion, Ritter said. CNG is investigating the cause.

Four people were transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police didn't release information on the injured parties' identities.

Ritter says the incident was contained to the home and there is no threat to neighbors.

The house is still standing and crews are working to figure out where the explosion originated. Most of the damage was at the rear of the building.

The Wethersfield fire marshal and building official are working to determine what happened.

An explosion of this type is unusual in Wethersfield, according to officials. The town has a high use of natural gas, but the gas is perfectly safe, Ritter said.

But Wethersfield fire officials advise people to call 911 if they smell anything strange in their homes. The age of equipment can also cause issues and should be routinely inspected, fire officials said.

Amherst Street was closed for about two hours while crews secured the scene.

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Police Investigate Triple Shooting in New Britain


Police are investigating a triple shooting in New Britain.

Officers, firefighters and EMS were dispatched to Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard at 3:26 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a report that a man was shot, police said.

Investigators found a male gunshot victim in a car and determined he hadn't been shot in the vehicle or at the area they located him, police said.

An ambulance transported the man to an area hospital to be medically evaluated in the emergency room and be treated for a non-life-threatening injury, police said.

While police were at Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard, they learned that two more gunshot victims arrived at the hospital in a private car to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police learned that all three people were shot at 475 John Downey Drive. The relationship between the three victims is unknown and no suspect has been identified at this time.

New Britain police criminal investigation division detectives are processing the scene. Investigators are not publicly releasing the names of the victims at this time.

The New Britain State's Attorney's Office is also helping with the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information to cal Det. Ray Grzegorzek at 860-826-3139. Police can also make anonymous tips by calling the community tip line at 860-826-3199 or through the New Britain police website at newbritainpolice.org.

Retired Hartford Fire Chief Passes Away


Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has ordered flags lowered half-staff in honor of a former capital city fire chief who passed away.

Retired Hartford Fire Chief John B. Stewart Jr. has died. Segarra said he overcame racial barriers become Hartford's first black fire captain and New England's first black fire chief.

Segarra issued the following statement.

“I, along with the entire Hartford community receive this news with true sadness. Chief Stewart joined the Hartford Fire Department in 1952 overcoming huge racial barriers," Segarra said. "His abilities and professionalism led to him becoming the first black captain in Hartford’s Fire Department, and the first black fire chief in New England. He was a Hartford native and his career in public service spanned 50 years, including leading Hartford's Fire Department for 12 years and serving as Majority Leader on City Council. He remained close and involved in our community after his retirement. In his own words, he was ‘proof that Hartford represents the American Dream.’ My heart goes out to his family, his loved ones, and all those whose lives he touched. I have ordered the City's flag to be lowered at all City buildings in honor of Chief Stewart until next Sunday, October 25th.”

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Man Killed in Shooting at Waterbury Cafe


Police are investigating an overnight shooting homicide at a Waterbury cafe.

A man was killed in the fatal overnight shooting in the parking lot of Barley Corn Café at 92 Store Ave. at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

An ambulance initially transported the man to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died there, police said.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

No suspect has been identified at this time.

It's unclear whether there were any customers in the cafe at the time of the shooting.

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Cancer Drug Helps Parkinson's Patients


A pill usually prescribed to treat leukemia has had dramatic effects in a few patients with Parkinson's disease, doctors reported Saturday.

Tasigna, also known by its generic name nilotinib, is used to fight chronic myelogenous leukemia, NBC News reported. High doses kill leukemia cells.

Doctors hoped it might stop the steady and unstoppable progression of Parkinson's, but it also appears to have reversed some of the worst symptoms in 10 of the 12 patients who tried it.

The researchers think lower doses will help damaged brain cells get rid of toxic trash that keeps them from functioning properly. 

Dr. Charbel Moussa, who directs Georgetown's Laboratory of Dementia and Parkinsonism, has been testing cancer drugs against several different neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Ted Cruz: GOP Leadership Are 'Effective' Democrats


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, unloaded on Republican leadership in the House and Senate and vowed to follow through on his promises should he be elected president.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cruz said Republican leaders, especially in the Senate, are "making it easier for Barack Obama and [Senate Minority Leader] Harry Reid to add trillions in debt."

"The truth of the matter is Republican leadership are the most effective Democrat leaders we've ever seen. They've passed more Democratic priorities than Harry Reid ever could," Cruz said.

Cruz, now a presidential contender, said he is more qualified than any of his competitors to take on "the Washington cartel," which includes the Republican establishment. 

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Suspect in Custody in Subway, Dunkin' Donuts Robberies: PD


East Haven police have a suspect in custody after an armed robbery at Dunkin' Donuts Sunday morning and they say he is the same person who robbed a Subway on Saturday, police said.

Police responded to an armed robbery at Dunkin Donuts on Frontage Road off the highway on Sunday morning. The suspect implied he had a gun, but never showed it. No one was hurt.

The robber had fled the scene with cash and was driving a tan Nissan Maxima, but police have since taken him into custody.

Police say he is the same man who robbed the Subway at 199 Main Street in the Trolley Square Shopping Center in East Haven. The robbery was very similar in that the man implied he had a weapon but never displayed one, according to police.

The man also stole an undetermined amount of cash in the Subway robbery.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set man in his mid to late 30s with dark hair and facial hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray U-Mass T-shirt, dark shorts or pants with white sneakers and had a tattoo under his left eye.

Police haven't released the identity of the suspect at this time.

East Haven police ask anyone with information to call 203-468-3822.

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Facebook Helps Cops Nab Suspect Who Robbed Pastor: PD


Police have arrested one of the men suspected in a violent robbery that left a Connecticut pastor unconscious while he was trying to buy a cellphone outside his Hartford church through Craigslist, according to police.

Raheem Rankine, 20, of East Hartford, is facing a first-degree robbery charge in the incident.

The pastor, Louis Borges, 54, sustained minor injuries during a "crooked Craigslist transaction" outside his church, Assembleia De Deus at 106 New Park Ave., around 4:24 p.m. Saturday, police said.

He answered an ad on Craigslist for a $400 cell phone he wanted to buy and agreed to meet a man in front of his Portuguese church where he serves as head pastor. He brought his adult daughter and teenage son with him for the transaction.

He met the seller on the sidewalk and when the pastor turned over the money, a second man came up and punched the victim in the head. Both suspects then ran off with the money and the phone. Witnesses reported the suspects fled the area in a gray Chrysler Sebring.

When police arrived, they found the pastor on the ground, disoriented.

The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

A pastor at Borges' church said he believes the incident is isolated.

Police say the first suspect is described as male, approximately 5 feet six inches tall, 20-25 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt that read “FLY” across the front. Borges' daughter managed to snap a photo of the suspect, so investigators had a photo of Rankine wearing the sweatshirt the day of the robbery. It's the same sweatshirt he was wearing in his Facebook profile photo, police said.

"When you commit a Craigslist robbery and pose for a pic, it helps if you wear the same shirt on Facebook. #evidence," Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley, public information officer, tweeted with the two photos side by side.

The second suspect is still at large and is described as male, 140-160 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sneakers and black sweatpants.

Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Hartford police.

Police warn others to beware of fake listings on Craiglist, and meeting people in person for these social media transactions. Foley said the best place to conduct this type of business is in the police headquarters parking lot. They’ve designated it as a safe zone for all social media transactions.

It's unknown whether Rankine has an attorney.

His bond was set at $75,000.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

Bushnell Park Painted Pink in Walk to Fight Breast Cancer


Hartford’s Bushnell Park was painted pink as thousands took a step to finish the fight against breast cancer.

For many, the journey is a personal one. Rebecca Theriaque was the first volunteer to arrive at Bushnell Park Sunday. Hours before the sun was up, in the dark of night, she began setting up for an event near and dear to her heart: The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

“They helped me when I was going through losing my mother to pancreatic cancer. I am a cancer survivor myself, and my son is a cancer survivor, and my father is a cancer survivor,” said Theriaque.

Soon, an army of volunteers showed up to help set the stage for the American Cancer Society’s largest nationwide breast cancer research fundraiser.

“I’m so proud to be a part of this walk. We’ve got the biggest most amazing hearts in our community and it’s great to see them raise this much money for something that’s this close to my heart,” said Theriaque.

By the time the walk stepped off, close to $230,000 had been raised by more than 3,000 people. Twenty-thousand dollars came from one woman, Lynn Torsiello, who collected four times more donations than anyone else.

“People are out there, they hear your story, and they want to help you,” Torsiello explained.

A breast cancer survivor, Torsiello is now battling a second time.

“I don’t want anybody to go through what I’ve been through. It’s hard for me to go through this, but it’s worse for people to watch me go through it,” Torsiello.

While some walked to raise money, others come for the camaraderie.

“As a caregiver, was at times exhausting, and I felt like a failure, and it wasn’t until I reached out for help through the doctors and my family that I realized that I wasn’t in it alone,” Maureen DePierro of Cromwell.

Breast cancer bonded these families together. Now, they hope to finish the fight many of their loved ones and they themselves started.

Meteorologist Bob Maxon served as the emcee as NBC Connecticut was a proud sponsor of this Partners in Caring Community Event.

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Gas Leak in Westport


Westport firefighters responded to a gas leak at Red Coat Road Saturday night.

Firefighters found an underground propane tank leaking gas by the driveway at about 5:24 p.m. The tank was about 500 pounds.

Crews got hose lines ready and metered the area, fire officials said.

Fairfield County's hazardous material team responded. Crews burned off the gas that remained in the tank and there was no further incident.

Westport fire officials remind residents to call 911 if they smell gas in or near your home and to make sure they have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in their homes.

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Boy Shoots 3-Year-Old to Death


A Chicago father has been charged after his 3-year-old son died Saturday night when he was accidentally shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother in their home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. 

At about 9:05 p.m., the 6-year-old grabbed a loaded revolver on top of the refrigerator in his home in the 1000 block of North Francisco and then accidentally shot his 3-year-old brother in the head while they played a game of "cops and robbers," according to Chicago police. 

The boys' grandfather found the 3-year-old, identified as Eian Santiago, after the 6-year-old ran upstairs to him to say his brother had been shot.

"The father must have had a gun in the house, but I never knew it," Israel Lasalle, the grandfather, said.

Family members took the younger boy to Norwegian American Hospital. He was later transported in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died shortly before midnight Sunday. 

The boys' father, Michael Santiago, was charged Sunday with one felony count of child endangerment/death for "knowingly" storing the loaded gun in the house and making it accessible to his children. Santiago had shown the 6-year-old where the gun was stored last week, but he told him only adults should use it, according to prosecutors.

Santiago, a former gang member, told police he got the gun from another gang member and used it for "protection," according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. His record consists of only misdemeanor charges, including a theft in 2010.

In court Sunday, Santiago was ordered held on $75,000 bond.

An attorney for Santiago could not be immediately reached.

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6 Displaced in Stamford Fire


Four adults and two children were displaced after a Stamford fire just after midnight Sunday morning that briefly shut down West Broad Street.

Stamford firefighters responded to a fire in an occupied multiple-family home at 106 West Broad Street at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the back of the building that started in the basement, fire officials said.

Firefighters searched the home and didn't find anyone trapped inside.

Crews used a hose to extinguish a fire visible in the wall of a basement apartment and put out hot spots.

West Broad Street shut down briefly because water supply lines were being used in the street.

No one was injured.

The American Red Cross assisted the six displaced residents.

The fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Stamford EMS personnel and police also responded.

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Suspect Being Treated in Hospital Fatally Shoots Officer


A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed inside a Minnesota hospital by a man who was a suspect in a "domestic-related incident" Sunday morning, authorities said.

Danny Hammond, was being monitored by Aitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Sandberg at the request of St. Cloud Hospital, where he was being treated, when a "struggle" broke out at about 5:15 a.m. (6:15 a.m. ET), said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans.

Hammond grabbed Sandberg's gun during the struggle and shot him, Evans said.

Hospital security responded to Hammond's hospital room and tasered him — he then became unresponsive and died after being taken into custody, Evans said.

The cause of Hammond's death is being investigated by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

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Facebook Helps Police Find Stolen Scooter: PD


Social media helped West Haven police recover a Keeway Hurricane scooter stolen by a teen, police said.

The scooter was reported as stolen Saturday and the owner posted a photo of it on a Facebook page called "West Haven - The Way It Is," police said. A member of the page run by West Haven residents recognized the scooter and called police to report seeing teens ride it, police said.

Officers located the 13-year-old seen riding it and arrested the individual, police said. The suspect is cooperating with police with the permission of his parents.

Police anticipate further juvenile arrests.

Investigators aren't releasing the names of the person arrested or teens they expect to arrest because they are under 18.

Police are recovered the scooter and will return it to the owner.

Suspect Assault Cops, Steal Cruiser


A man in Maryland assaulted two Prince George's County police officers, then escaped from a police cruiser and assaulted a third officer in a wild series of events Saturday afternoon, police said.

One officer was treated at a hospital for injuries suffered in one of the attacks, which an onlooker captured on video posted to Twitter.

Police identified the suspect as Giovanti Moschino Young. Police said Young has two open warrants in Howard County, one for first-degree robbery and one for failure to appear in court.

Prince George's County police said in a press release that the suspect was a passenger in a car that was pulled over in Laurel, Maryland, for a traffic stop Saturday. During the traffic stop, the suspect assaulted two officers, police said.

He was arrested. He said he was injured and was taken to a local hospital. The hospital found no injuries, police said, and released the man back to Prince George's County police.

While Young was being taken to a prisoner processing facility in Hyattsvile at about 5 p.m., he escaped from a police cruiser -- despite being handcuffed, police said.

When the officer who was transporting the suspect confronted him outside the police car, the suspect "tried to kick the officer and spit at him and bit him," police said. 

Video of that encounter shot by an onlooker shows a Prince George's County police officer grappling with the suspect, including laying on him and pressing his head to the ground.

The officer eventually used a stun gun to subdue Young, police said. Young is charged with multiple counts of assaulting police officers.

He was taken back to a hospital after the stun gun was used. The officer who confronted him outside the cruiser was also treated at a hospital.

Stay with News4 and NBC Washington for more on this developing story.

11 Arrested at Bikers' Fundraiser


A small army of law enforcement officers seized a variety of drugs and weapons and arrested 11 bikers during a gathering hosted by the Pagans Motorcycle Club on Long Island, New York, authorities said Sunday.

Officers confiscated five handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, a billy club, and quantities of marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth and morphine, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Police also seized three vehicles.

The Pagans were celebrating their 50th anniversary and the reopening of their Long Island Chapter on Saturday night, police said. The event was billed as "Bikers for Thomas Strong," a fundraiser for a teenager who is being treated for brain cancer.

Hundreds of bikers attended the event, held at Duffy's Ale House in Lindenhurst. No arrests were made inside the restaurant, authorities said.

Nearly 50 law enforcement officers from Suffolk and Nassau counties, as well as state police and MTA police monitored the gathering.

Those who were arrested include six Pagan members from North Carolina and Delaware, two members of the Dirty Ones Motorcycle Club from New Jersey and the Bronx, and one member each from the Steel Wheels in Pennsylvania, Black Sheep in New Jersey and Armored Saints in New Jersey.

The arrests were made within a two-block radius of the restaurant, authorities said. None of the bikers resisted arrest.

5 Dead, 6 Injured as Plane Crashes Into Colombian Bakery


Five people were killed and six others were injured Sunday when a small plane crashed into a bakery in Bogotá, Colombia, fire officials and the national aviation agency said.

All the of the dead were on board the plane, including the pilot and the plane’s owner.

The plane, flying from Bogotá's El Dorado Airport to the town of Guaymaral, crashed into a home that houses a bakery, Aerocivil said in a statement.

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Trump & Bush Continue Battle Over 9/11 and George W.


Two Republican candidates took their battle over comments about the 43rd president and 9/11 to the Sunday morning shows, NBC News reported.

Donald Trump told Fox News he took issue with Jeb Bush's claims that "my brother kept us safe."

"Jeb said we were safe with my brother, we were safe," Trump explained. "Well, the World Trade Center just fell down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I'm not blaming anybody.”

Jeb Bush continued to defend his brother on CNN Sunday morning.

"Look, my brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do — united the country, he organized the country and he kept us safe," he said.

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