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Victims of Deadly OSU Parade Crash ID'd

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A retired Oklahoma State University professor and his wife were among the four people killed when a driver plowed through a crowd of spectators at OSU's homecoming parade, according to police.

Marvin Stone, Ph.D., and his wife, Bonnie Jean Stone, were "wonderful individuals," Dan Thomas, the head of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department at OSU, told NBC News Sunday. "They mentored many others, and were very giving spirits."

University of Central Oklahoma was mourning the death of 23-year-old master’s student Nakita Prabhakar, who was also killed in the tragedy. A two-year-old boy, who has not been identified, died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence. Police said they were investigating the incident as a homicide and additional charges would be presented to the Payne County District Court.
 


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Lawyer Says OSU Parade Crash Suspect May Be Mentally Ill

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The laywyer representing the woman who plowed through a crowd of people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade, killing four and injuring dozens more, said he doesn't believe his client was intoxicated at the time of the horrific incident — but she has showed "warning signs" of a mental illness., NBC News reported. 

Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Saturday after she plowed through revelers on the sidelines of the Stillwater event, which draws thousands.

"She wasn't a drinker, she didn't do drugs," said Chambers' attorney, Tony Coleman, during a Sunday news conference.

Coleman said he interviewed Chambers for about an hour Saturday night and even though "her behavior wasn't consistent with drunken stupor ... I was not satisfied that I was communicating with a competent individual."



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Man, 20, Shot in the Legs in Bridgeport

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Bridgeport police are investigating a Saturday night non-fatal shooting.

Police responded to the intersection of Wayne and Quince streets in Bridgeport at about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a call about shots fired in the area.

A 20-year-old man was wounded by two gunshots to his lower legs, police said. Officers located the victim upon arrival at the scene.

An ambulance transported the man to St. Vincent's Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Police are investigating the shooting. No suspect has been identified at this time.

The department asks anyone with information to contact Bridgeport police at 203-581-5201.



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Putnam Dentist, Pilot Dies in Plane Crash

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Patients are mourning the death of a Putnam dentist who died in a plane crash on Saturday.

Dr. Gary Weller, 66, of Putnam, was flying a single-engine plane from Worcester, Massachusetts when it crashed at about 8 a.m. Saturday and he was killed, according to Worcester District Attorney D. Early Jr.

The1996 Mooney M20M plane veered to the right and crashed in trees near the airport, diving to one side before hitting the ground, witnesses said. The airport is 30 miles from his home in Putnam.

Weller was the only person aboard the plane. He didn't file a flight plan, so his destination is unknown.

Worcester firefighters and EMS personnel "attempted life-saving measures at the scene," according to the district attorney's office.

The office of the chief medical examiner in Massachusetts will examine the body and determine the cause of death through an autopsy.

Massachusetts state police, State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Massachusetts Aeronautics, the state Department of Environmental Protection, MassPort and Worcester police are investigating the fatal plane crash.

A former commercial airline pilot, Weller practiced dentistry in Putnam and also in Massachusetts for three decades.

His dental practice is located across from the United Methodist Church in Putnam. Pastor Barbara Kszystyniak said many of her parishioners are also his patients and that many were shocked to hear the news.

"I know that this is going to have an impact on a lot of people in the church this morning and we'll spend some time praying for his family," Kszystyniak said.

Kszystyniak said Weller has been "very gracious" to the church.

"Matter of fact, the signs in his parking lot say parking on weekends for church events," she said.

Upon hearing the news, patient Judith Gehrig, of Woodstock Valley, said its important to live life to the fullest.

“He was very gentle and very kind and that means a lot when you’re not really happy about going to the dentist. I was really shocked to hear what happened," Gehrig said. “In an instant, everything can change, and how precious every minute is that we’re living in. That we should live each one to the fullest.”

William Zamagni, of Putnam, said he "just couldn't believe it" and that Weller was a good friend.

"“Such a nice man. He was a real gentleman. I was devastated when I heard," Zamagni said.

Ed Vonderheide said Weller was "a wonderful man."

“It really shocked me this morning to hear the news, because he’s such a friendly man and a fine dentist, I haven’t met a finer dentist in my whole life," Vonderheide said. “I always felt good about seeing him and I’m shocked. I’m really shocked that he’s gone.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to be at the crash site Sunday to investigate the fatal accident and determine what caused it.



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OSU Crash Suspect Chambers Held on 2nd Degree Murder

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Oklahoma police say a 25-year-old woman arrested after a car crashed into a crowd at a parade and killed four people is now being held on four charges of second-degree murder.

Adacia Avery Chambers initially was held on a charge of driving while under the influence. But Stillwater, Oklahoma, police said late on Sunday that the second-degree murder charges were added.

Three adults were pronounced dead at the scene of the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade and a 2-year-old boy died later at a hospital from injuries. Dozens more were injured.

Chambers will have an initial court appearance on Monday, police say.



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Serious Crash On I-84 in Middlebury

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State Police are investigating a serious crash in Middlebury Sunday night.

State police say the crash occurred around 10 p.m. on the westbound side of Interstate 84 in Middlebury, near the South Street bridge. Serious injuries were reported.

The highway was shut completely shut down on the westbound side between exits 17 and 16 for about an hour. Police say to expect lane closures in the area. The investigation is ongoing.

Check back for updates.
 



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5 Dead, 1 Missing After Whale-Watching Boat Sinks

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Five people died and one was missing early Monday after a whale-watching boat sank off the coast of British Columbia in Canada, authorities told NBC News.

The U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that all five were British nationals. 

The 64-foot Leviathan II had 27 people on board when it sank northwest of Tofino, a small community on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, officials said. Of those on board, five were found dead, 21 were rescued, while another person was listed as missing on Sunday, NBC News reported.

The reason why the boat sank was not immediately clear, according to The Associated Press.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story used an image of a boat not related to this sinking. 



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Drugs Found in Backseat of Car with 6-Year-Old

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Hartford Police conducting a motor vehicle stop arrested a man when they found a backpack full of drugs and a 6-year-old in the backseat.

Police say members of the Central Conditions Unit and Central CSO's stopped a Hyundai Santa Fe on Asylum Avenue Saturday for motor vehicle violations. When they approached the vehicle they saw the driver, identified as Torrie Smith, 25, of Hartford, reaching behind his seat.

Police observed an open backpack on the floor behind the driver’s seat containing narcotics packaging. The backpack was just feet away from a 6-year-old child, later identified as the driver’s son, who was also in the backseat.

The officers took the backpack and seized various narcotics, including 5 ounces of heroin, five ounces of crack/cocaine, seven suboxone 8mg/2mg sublingual film packages, one 10ml vial of liquid Liocane HCI, a pill container with various pills, a pestle grinding stone, four metal strainers, one spoon, one scale, $316 in cash, and several white wax envelopes.

Smith was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of school, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory situation, risk of injury to a minor, and failure to maintain lane. Smith is a convicted felon with 16 previous Hartford arrests. 

His son was left in the care of family and DCF was notified of the incident.
 



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East Haven Police Seek Hit and Run Driver

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East Haven police are searching for a driver who hit two pedestrians and drove off.

Police say they responded to the area of 90 Short Beach Road around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived they found two pedestrians who had been struck by a vehicle. Both victims were conscious and alert and were transported to the hospital. Details of their injuries was not available.

Police say witnesses described the vehicle as a silver SUV. It should have front passenger side damage and may be missing the passenger side headlight.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident should contact East Haven Police at (203) 468 3820.
 

Search for Gunman at North Carolina Central University

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The North Carolina Central University campus was briefly on lockdown late Sunday as police searched for an “active shooter,” police said.

The school issued an emergency alert late Sunday saying there was “active gunfire”, NBC News reported.

Durham police told NBC station WNCN that one person sustained a non-life-threatening injury in a shooting on campus.

Police said the shooter hadn’t been found. The lockdown was lifted at 11:50 p.m. ET.

UAW & GM Reach Tentative Deal, Avert Strike

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A tentative agreement has been reached between the United Auto Workers union bargaining committee and General Motors, averting a strike, NBC News reported.

The union said all of its GM members were prepared to strike, which means 52,700 employees would have walked off the job.

Talks between GM and the union had been ongoing since July.

The deal was approved 17 minutes before the deadline. Details of the four-year deal were not made public.



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Cops Test Gun Found in River

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Divers searching the Harlem River recovered a gun "consistent" with the weapon used to kill a police officer during a foot chase in Manhattan, the NYPD said Sunday.

Chief of Manhattan detectives Bill Aubry said the weapon was found around 3 a.m. Sunday. The gun will be tested for fingerprints and DNA; it will also be test-fired to determine whether it is the same .40-caliber Glock pistol used to shoot officer Randolph Holder in the head last week.

"That firearm is consistent with the firearm that we were looking for," Aubry said.

Police also shut down part of the FDR Drive for a few hours Sunday morning as they conducted a ground search. About 100 police officers volunteered to do the work, especially aimed at finding the fatal bullet.

Holder and his partner had responded to a report of shots fired near a public housing development in East Harlem on Tuesday night. When they arrived, a man said his bike had been stolen at gunpoint and the thief fled.

The officers caught up to a man with a bike on a pedestrian overpass that spans FDR Drive and traded gunfire, police said. After Holder was shot, the gunman ditched the bike and took off, apparently throwing his weapon into the river, police said. He was caught several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

Shell cases from the test firing would be compared with discharged cases police recovered on 120th Street next to Holder's body -- in addition to the cases at 102nd Street where the first shots were fired, Aubry said.

The chief of detectives said the searches were a "24/7 operation" since the night of the shooting.

He said the scuba team's work was "very difficult." The gun was under 20 feet of water and "they're on their belly and they're searching for it by hand."

Tyrone Howard, 30, has been charged with murder and robbery in Holder's death. His lawyer has said there are many missing details in the case.

Holder's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday. He is to be buried in his native Guyana.


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Floods, Isolated Tornadoes Threaten Gulf Coast

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Parts of Louisiana were under water on Monday, NBC News reported.

Severe thunderstorms, formed partially from remnants of Hurricane Patricia, moved into the Gulf Coast area after hitting Texas over the weekend.

The heaviest rain is expected to hit parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Baton Rouge, Louisiana got more than 8.5 inches of rain this weekend.

A few isolated, weak tornadoes hit parts of the south as well, according to the Weather Channel.



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Soaking Rain on Wednesday

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High pressure is providing dry weather to start the workweek, but the remnants of Patricia will bring needed rainfall to Connecticut on Wednesday.

Tomorrow starts out bright and sunny, but clouds increase as the day goes on. High temperatures will be in the middle and upper 50s.

The remnants of Patricia come north on Wednesday in the form of rain for Connecticut. It's likely that Connecticut sees more than a half inch of rain, with some areas seeing up to 1.5 inches by Thursday morning.

The heaviest of the rain will fall late Wednesday into early Thursday morning. While there can be a shower early Thursday, much of the day features clearing.

High temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be above average, in the 60s.

It will be breezy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But that's a sign of high pressure building in, and indeed it will.

The weekend looks great, especially Halloween. Temperatures will be in the 50s on Halloween afternoon, but fall back pretty quickly through the 40s in the evening.

Though October is winding down and November is almost here, no widespread freezes are expected through this weekend. The hill towns, however, could see a freeze tonight and again Friday and Saturday nights.

In fact, the trend for the first week of November is warming. Indications show a much above average airmass moving in, meaning temperatures could return to the middle and upper 60s next week!

Click here for the "Fearless Forecast" for next week.


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Trump Describes Dad's 'Small Loan' of $1M

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Donald Trump on Monday described his beginnings in the real estate business, depicting a $1 million loan from his father, a self-made millionaire who was a real estate mogul in Brooklyn and Queens, as "small."

The Republican candidate was asked in a town hall in New Hampshire on "Today" if he had ever been told "no" to anything in his life. 

"Oh many times,'' Trump said about being told no. "My whole life, really, has been a no. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan and I started buying properties, and I did great."

"Today's" Matt Lauer responded to Trump's characterization of the loan by saying, the loan "is going to seem pretty easy to a lot of people."

"You're right, but a million dollars isn't very much compared to what I've built," Trump replied. "I mean, I've built one of the great companies, but it's always been, you know, you can't do this, you can't do that."



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WHO Report: Do You Have to Stop Eating Processed Meat?

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A new report by the World Health Organization declaring that processed meat, like bacon, hot dogs and corned beef, causes cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — has the meat industry furious and bacon lovers worried.

The report doesn't say that just one bite of meat causes cancer. It states that there are clear mechanisms for both processed and red meat to cause cancer, and that studies have shown across populations that the more meat people eat, the higher their risk of cancer.

Many reports over the years have shown that people who eat more red meat and more processed meat have a higher risk of several types of cancer, especially colon cancer and breast cancer. People who eat more meat often have other unhealthy habits. They usually eat fewer fruits and vegetables and they often exercise less, also. Exercise and plant foods can lower the risk of cancer.



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2 Tons of Drugs Seized on Private Saudi Jet

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Authorities in Beirut seized two tons of drugs on a private jet Monday and detained a member of the Saudi royal family and four others, according to Lebanon's state-run news agency and a government official.

Smugglers were attempting to transport the "huge quantity" of Captagon pills — which essentially contain amphetamine — to the Saudi capital of Riyadh, The National News Agency said. 

Monday's bust was the largest-ever smuggling operation uncovered at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, according to the news agency.

Saudi Arabia's ministry of foreign affairs did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.



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More Than 300 Dead After Afghan Quake Rocks Asia

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A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing hundreds there and in neighboring Pakistan, NBC News reported. 

"More [deaths] are expected," the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Chief Minister Pervez Khattak told state TV about three hours after the quake hit. 

Pakistan suffered the worst casualties, with more than 200 dead and another 1,000 or so reported injured, officials said.

In Afghanistan, 73 people were reported dead, and more than 300 injured.

The toll included around 12 girls who died while trying to flee their school in Afghanistan, an official told NBC News — with some of them crushed in a stampede.



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Police Charge Man With Arson in Norwich Row House Fire

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Norwich police have arrested a resident of a row house in connection with a fire in the building last week.

Kenneth Barbour Jr., 44, is accused of setting the October 16 fire in the basement of the home at 7 Terrace Avenue.

Seven people were inside the home when the fire started around 1:30 a.m. All were able to get out safely, fire officials said.

Barbour is charged with first-degree arson. He is being held on $250,000 bond.



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