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Clinton Calls Republican's Impeachment Pledge 'Pathetic'


Hillary Clinton dismissed a threat from a conservative lawmaker to impeach her on her first day as president if elected, a view she said must be "good politics with the most intense, extreme part of [Republican] base."

"Isn't that pathetic?" the former secretary of state said with a smile. "It's just laughable, it's so totally ridiculous."

The Democratic presidential front-runner was also forced to defend her husband's record on civil liberties issues including same sex-marriage in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Friday evening.

"I think that sometimes as a leader in Democracy you are confronted with two bad choices. It is not an easy position to be in, and you have to try to think what is the least bad choice, and how do I try to cabin this off from having worse consequences?" she said.

Enfield 'Terror on Sun Street' Opens for Holiday


With Halloween approaching, many people are decorating their homes. On Sun Street in Enfield two families have taken their love of the holiday to a new level nicknaming themselves “Terror on Sun Street.”

Al Thibodeau transformed his front yard with displays he made himself. He was destined for this: His birthday is on Halloween and he started the display 25 years ago.

“It’s always fun having my friends come over and showing them the house. It’s fun to see everyone get a blast out of it,” said Thibodeau's son, Devin.

Al Thibodeau said the display takes a while to set up.

“I’m out here every night three weeks probably after I get out of work until now,” said Thibodeau.

Down the street, there’s a haunted house run by Joanne LaRocque and her family.

“We started with just the garage and then we just went crazy. We add on and add on,” said LaRocque.

Each year, LaRocque and her family change up this terrifying trip.

“It’s awesome. They do a phenomenal job considering it’s just somebody’s yard,” said Tammy Holmes of Enfield.

The two stops on the “Terror on Sun Street” also help provide a treat for the Enfield Food Shelf. People are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to check out these displays.

Now you can see the two homes on Sun Street every night this weekend and next weekend. With Halloween on a weekend they are expecting big crowds for the holiday.

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Congress Asks EPA if Rubber Turf Is Safe


Washington lawmakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh in on whether crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields in thousands of schools, parks and stadiums is safe for young athletes — citing a series of stories by NBC News.

"These stories and others raise questions among athletes and parents that crumb rubber on artificial turf athletic fields may present a pathway to exposure to one or more carcinogens," the House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote in a letter to the EPA on Friday. 

The bipartisan panel gave the agency until Nov. 6 to answer 10 questions about what tests have been done to determine whether turf made from recycled tires poses a health risk and what investigators have found.

"Are you aware of any studies about carcinogens present in field sports generally?" one question asks. "Do data indicate that risk is greater for female athletes than for male athletes, for soccer players than for lacrosse, field hockey, or football players, and for one position in soccer more than for others?"

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Pandora Settles Beach Boys-Era Music Suit for $90M


The record industry is feeling good vibrations after Pandora agreed to pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit over streaming songs from before 1972, NBC News reported. 

Because federal copyright law wasn't extended to master recordings until 1972, Pandora wasn't paying royalties on songs written before then. The major record labels decided to sue, claiming Pandora was profiting unfairly from some the "most valuable sound recordings of all time" from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and more.

The lawsuit claimed that many of these songs were covered by state copyright laws. On Thursday, Pandora decided to put the matter to bed with a $90 million settlement.

"We pursued this settlement in order to move the conversation forward and continue to foster a better, collaborative relationship with the labels," said Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews in a statement.

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Couple Sues Apple for $5M Over 'Wi-Fi' Feature


Apple is facing a $5 million lawsuit alleging the iPhone's "Wi-Fi Assist" feature caused cellular data overage fees for numerous users, NBC News reported.

Apple Insider was the first to report the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, on behalf of a Florida couple, William Scott Phillips and Suzanne Schmidt Phillips.

Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches the phone's connection to cellular if the user is on slow or patchy WiFi, ideally ensuring quick and seamless Internet access. The feature can be toggled on or off in the Cellular section of the phone's Settings menu. But because it's on by default, it may silently have eaten up data allowances on phones when the owner thought they were on a WiFi connection, and therefore free to use high-bandwidth apps like Netflix.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status to include anyone who owned a device running iOS 9, whether it was on the phone when they got it or installed as an update. It's not clear just how many people were affected by the issue or how much money iPhone users actually paid in cellphone data overages, but according to the lawsuit, "the overall amount in controversy exceeds $5,000,000."

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Largest Picture of Space is 46 Billion Pixels


Space is big, but it's never been quite this big. This composite image taken by astronomers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is, they claim, the largest image of space to date, NBC News reported. It shows a long swathe of the Milky Way, photographed piece by piece over a period of five years from the university's observatory in the Chilean desert.

The final image is 46 billion pixels, or 46 gigapixels: 855,000 pixels wide by 54,000 tall. It weighs in at 194 gigabytes, which makes it a bit difficult to download — you have to navigate it in a special viewer like it's an online map. And in a way, it is: The stars are cataloged and you can put the name of one, like Eta Carinae or M8, into the search box and you'll be sent to its location.

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2 Hartford Fires Displace at Least 3 Families


At least three families are looking for a new place to live after fire ripped through their Hartford homes early Saturday morning.

The Hartford Fire Department first responded to a house fire on Oakland Terrace around midnight. 

Fire crews were still on scene on Oakland Terrace when a second house fire started at 83 Oxford Street, about two miles away.

"We were stretched thin" said Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Michael Juda. "West Hartford came here and assisted us with this fire and did a lot of work here, we certainly appreciate it, and we had a couple of other towns coming in on standby at the fire houses answering some other routine calls."

Juda said that there was a considerable amount of fire on the back porches of the Oxford St. home that spread to the third floor. A chimney that runs through the middle of the home collapsed during the fire.

According to Juda, the fire will continue to smolder throughout the morning because the risk of the home collapsing is just to great to send firefighters back inside.

A total of eight people were displaced from the fire on Oakland Terrace. Two families were displaced from the Oxford Street fire. Neither will be able to return to their homes.

No injuries were reported.

Muslim Family Hangs Israeli Flag


South Florida's Jewish community is keeping a close eye on all the latest developments in Israel. In the heart of one of the most heavily populated Jewish neighborhoods, there's an unlikely show of support from one business.

You could say the Muslim family from Turkey running the tailor shop in Surfside is threading the needle. Threading it between cultures, religions and nations.

They've hung an Israeli flag in their store window to make a statement.

"Actually, the Muslim people want peace and unfortunately, the only country in the Middle East that wants peace is Israel and that's why I want to support them," Duran Agba said.

Agba, along with his brother and sister, said Turkey has felt a lot of pain from terrorism so they sympathize with the victims of the violence currently sweeping through parts of Israel.

Their shop is also in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, so to hang an Israeli flag is befitting. But Agba said that has nothing to do with it.

"Let's say the Palestinians wanted to have peace in their homeland and the Israelis were attacking them the whole time, I would hang the Palestinian flag," Agba stated.

They got the flag from a local Australian Jewish clothing designer who's passing them out by the thousand in order to show solidarity with victims of terror in Israel.

"They're the only store in the entire 33154 area code that has an Israeli flag and they're not Jewish. It's heart-warming to say the least," said Joseph Waks, Israeli flag distributor.

It shows that there's hope that people can get together despite religious differences or cultural differences.

"Whenever I come to the tailor store, I bring hummus, because that's what we eat, and falafel, and we're eating that together," Waks said.

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Banksy 'Dismaland' Theme Park Houses Refugees in France


Renowned street artist Banksy is pricking the world's conscience by taking the remnants of a sell-out exhibition to a vast, squalid camp for refugees and migrants in northern France.

His Disneyland spoof dubbed "Dismaland" — and associated merchandise — are not in the hands of wealthy collectors but have instead been relocated to the so-called "Jungle" in the French port city of Calais. More than 6,000 shivering people live there in the hope of reaching Britain.

Timber and other materials from Banksy's "bemusement park" have been cut up and used to make shelters, while sweatshirts from the exhibition's gift store have been handed out to grateful — if somewhat puzzled — inhabitants. 

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Tx. Flooding Derails Freight Train


Two crew members of a Union Pacific train were rescued early Saturday after the train overturned when the tracks were washed away by high water in Navarro County, the office of emergency management says.

A high-water rescue team pulled the uninjured men from the water, according to the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management.

Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the derailment happened at about 3:30 a.m. in an area four miles north of Corsicana, about 60 miles south of Dallas. DeGraff said Chambers Creek was overflowing and washed out the tracks.

He said one locomotive and several rail cars, hauling loose gravel, went into the water and were partly submerged. DeGraff said both crewmembers on board "swam to high ground" and were rescued by emergency responders. Nobody was hurt.

DeGraff said the 64-car train was traveling south from Midlothian to Houston. He had no immediate details on how many cars went off the tracks since the flooded area was not accessible to cleanup crews.

The train is not expected to be righted and returned to the tracks until the water recedes and heavy equipment can be brought to the area. A timetable for when that may happen has not been determined.

Both directions of Interstate 45 were closed Friday night near Corsicana due to high water. The southbound lanes reopened Friday at about 10 p.m. and the northbound lanes reopened Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service said Saturday morning that 18.07 inches of rain had been recorded in Corsicana since Thursday evening.

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Kerry: Israel, Jordan Move to Ease Tension in Jerusalem


Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel and Jordan have agreed on steps aimed at reducing tensions at a holy site in Jerusalem that have fanned Israeli-Palestinian violence, NBC News reported.

Kerry said the steps include round-the-clock video monitoring and Israel's reaffirming of Jordan's special and historic role as custodian of the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif.

Kerry made the announcement after meeting in Jordan's capital King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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Hundreds Pay Tribute to Domestic Violence Victims


Emotions were high at an event to honor victims of domestic violence Saturday.

The first annual "Walk to End the Silence" paid tribute to 7-month-old Aaden Moreno, whose father allegedly threw him from the Arrigoni Bridge into the Connecticut River on July 5.

“Unbelievable. I could not believe it. I was flabbergasted. It’s crazy and surreal,” said Kim Tyrseck, of neighboring Portland.

The first responders who spent two days searching for the boy’s body returned to the river this weekend to remember Aaden and raise money for New Horizons Domestic Violence Services, which serves all of Middlesex County.

"We didn't want his death to be in vain, so we wanted to put together something that we could raise awareness of domestic violence because there's so much of it,” said Cpt. Gary Wallace, a member of the Middletown Police Department and one of the organizers of the event.

Wallace said he hoped to turn the tragedy into something good and make the walk an annual event. The walk also gave the community, hit hard by the boy's death, a chance to heal.

"It was a trauma that was so shocking and so horrible. It’s really impossible to conceive the depth of impact that it had on people,” said Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew.

A spokesperson for New Horizons said the money raised will be used for programs and outreach at the shelter.

Michelle Waldner, who serves as program director, added that domestic violence is more prevalent than many people realize. She said one third of women have been victims of domestic violence.

“Everybody knows someone who’s been a victim. Whether you realize it or not. It’s that friend or that family member where you’ve always wondered and question. So I think this touches everyone,” said Waldner.

Waldner and others hoped the walk would help give a voice to the voiceless, including baby Aaden.

"I think it brought everybody a little bit closer and like I said bring more awareness to help other families out to hopefully not let this happen again,” said Middletown resident Matt Nettis.

To report domestic violence or seek help, call the statewide domestic violence hotline at 888-774-2900 or visit the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence online.

Waterbury Police Investigate Attempted Robbery


Waterbury police are searching for a suspect who brandished a knife during an attempted robbery.

Lt. Michael Slavin said in an email that an employee of Lifestyles at 858 Lakewood Road was in the parking lot on the way to the bank to make a deposit Saturday afternoon. The employee was approached by a suspect who showed a knife but the employee refused to turn over anything.

The suspect then fled in a white older model four door vehicle. The employee was not injured, according to police.

Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information should contact Waterbury police.

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Plane Crashes at Worcester Airport, Pilot Killed


A small plane crashed at Worcester Regional Airport Saturday around 8 a.m., resulting in the pilot's death, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The Worcester County District Attorney's Office confirms that 66-year-old Gary Weller of Putnam, Connecticut, was killed in the crash.

Authorities said the single-engine Mooney M20M tried to take off, but veered right and crashed into the woods beyond the runway.

Officials are on the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

Necn's Michael Page reports the temperature in Worcester was 33, ceilings were ~2,700 ft. and there was a light northerly wind.

Stay with necn as the story develops.

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3 Dead, 22 Injured in OSU Parade Crash


At least three people were killed and 22 others injured when a driver plowed into a crowd of spectators at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, officials said.

The 25-year-old driver of the car, Adacia Chambers, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, Stillwater police said at an afternoon news conference.

A Stillwater Hospital spokeswoman told NBC News that at least 20 patients had been brought in with injuries ranging from minor to serious. More patients were being flown to Oklahoma City and Tulsa, she said. Of the 22 injured in the crash, at least eight were critically hurt and seven seriously, police said.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sent her condolences to those who were "affected by the tragic events" in a tweet.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Father Arrested After 2-Year-Old Found Wandering


Police arrested a Bridgeport man after officers found a 2-year-old child wandering on a city street.

Police were called to City View Avenue near Marigold Avenue on Tuesday after someone reported seeing the child walking alone.

When officers arrived, they found the 2-year-old boy in the street. They also found the boy's father, 33-year-old Rondell Williams, on the floor of a nearby home.

Williams was unresponsive at first, but then jumped up as officers approached him, according to police. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs, police said.

Williams was arrested and placed into a police cruiser, where he became combative and threatened officers.

He was charged with risk of injury to a minor, interfering with police and threatening.

The child was not injured, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Police notified the Department of Children and Families about the incident.

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School Bus Shot at With Pellet Gun in West Hartford


Police responded to Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford after someone shot at a school bus with an Airsoft gun.

It happened in front of of the school on Barksdale Road, according to police.

There were students on the bus at the time, but police say they aren't sure how many.

The pellet shattered a window on the bus, but no one was injured, police said.

Officers believe they know who fired the pellet gun, though they have not made any arrests yet.

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Man Lives Weeks With Mom's Body: PD


An upstate New York man strangled his mother in a motel room, where he and his wife lived with the body for seven weeks before dumping it in a wooded area in South Carolina, state police said Saturday.

State troopers went to the Pleasant Valley Motel on Oct. 6 to check on 76-year-old Betty Cole after family members expressed concern about her well-being. Cole had been living at the motel, but wasn't there when troopers arrived, according to police.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Cole's son, Charles, 48, and his wife, Ronalda, 40, had been sharing the motel room with her.

Betty Cole's body was found in a secluded wooded area near Interstate 95 in the town of Lodge, South Carolina, on Oct. 17, police said. Investigators determined that Charles Cole had strangled his mother and, weeks later, drove the body to South Carolina.

“I find it hard to imagine circumstances that could lead to a son strangling his mother, but to also live with her body in a motel room for seven weeks, and to then travel several states away to dump her body like trash makes this a particularly disturbing and unusual case,” said state police Capt. John J. Ryan.

Investigators found Charles Cole at a homeless service provider in Poughkeepsie on Friday and charged him with second-degree murder. He was being held in Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Ronalda Cole was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with a felony count of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly helping her husband dump the body. She was jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

There was no information as to whether the Coles had obtained lawyers who could comment on the charges.

A man who answered the phone at the Pleasant Valley Motel on Saturday denied there was a body there for seven weeks, saying guests would have complained about the smell. He said police made the story up.

The motel, where rooms start at $65 per night, is located on a rural thoroughfare 7 miles from the center of Poughkeepsie.

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Video Purportedly Shows Iraq Raid That Killed American


New video purports to show Thursday's raid in Iraq, which freed dozens of ISIS hostages and resulted in the death of an American commando, NBC News reports.

NBC News obtained the video exclusively from Arab24, a news outlet based in Jordan that said Kurdish military officials provided the footage.

The video appears to have been taken on helmet cameras at a prison near the town of Hawija, which U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed early Thursday after receving a tip hostages would soon be executed, NBC News reports.

Delta Force commando Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, an Oklahoma native, was killed in the ensuing gun battle. He became the first American to die in combat against ISIS.

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Woman Dragged by Car in Attempted Robbery


In an effort to reclaim her stolen purse, a 64-year-old woman chased the thief and clung to his car, dragging behind it.

On Oct. 19, the woman walked into a business in the 7400 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and put her purse down on the front counter, San Diego Police say.

Seeing an opportunity, a suspect ran in, grabbed the woman’s purse, and escaped out the door. As he ran to a Dodge Caliber outside, the victim chased him out.

She struggled with the man as he got into the car, and she grasped onto the door when he began to drive away.

After she was dragged a short distance, suffering minor cuts and abrasions, she released the car, and the suspect got away before police arrived.

But on Oct. 22, this robbery merged with a missing person case. San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 13400 of Community Road to do a welfare check on Sierra Noriega, 21, who had been reported missing.

There, they contacted Noriega, as well as a man with her: 23-year-old Cody Doyle. Deputies found stolen items in the couple’s possession, including things taken from the victim on Oct. 19.

Police say Doyle also had a stolen Dodge Caliber, which was used in the robbery.

SDPD detectives soon arrested both suspects. Doyle was booked into jail on charges of first-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

Noriega was booked into jail on burglary, possession of stolen property, identity theft and conspiracy charges.

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