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Ben Carson Leads the Pack in New National GOP Poll


Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. 

That's the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey, NBC News reported.

Carson's 29 percent is followed by Donald Trump at 23 percent, Marco Rubio at 11 percent, Ted Cruz at 10 percent and Jeb Bush at 8 percent. These findings are similar to a New York Times/CBS poll released last week, which also showed Carson in first place in the national GOP contest.

If past polling has been about Trump leading the GOP field, "then this survey is about Dr. Ben Carson, who is currently the man to beat for the Republicans," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang, whose firm Hart Research Associates conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

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Officials Expect More Cases of E.Coli Outbreak from Chipotle


Health officials expect the number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon to grow while they investigate the cause of the infection, NBC News reported.

As of Friday, three people in the Portland area and 19 people in western Washington had become sick from E. coli. Seventeen of them had eaten at a Chipotle restaurant during the past few weeks. 

Eight people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.

After people started hearing about the outbreak, more people will probably go to the doctor and join the list of potential cases, said Marisa D'Angeli, medical epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health.

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Obama Sees Race Relations as Part of Legacy


President Barack Obama said Monday that he hopes his legacy will include sparking a new discussion on solving issues of racial inequity, including those that warp the criminal justice system — and that his successor will pick up where he left off, NBC News reported. 

"I am very proud that my presidency can help to galvanize and mobilize America on behalf of issues of racial disparity and racial injustice," Obama told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt during a visit Monday to Newark, New Jersey, to highlight efforts to help former inmates return to society.

Obama has used an increasing amount of his second term to talk candidly about the troubled relationship between law enforcement and minority communities, part of a national debate that was sparked by the killings of young black men by white police officers.

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Man Flashed Woman While Asking for Directions: Police


Milford police have arrested a man accused of exposing himself to a woman as he asked her for directions in June.

Police said Jeremy Wilson, 26, of Bridgeport, exposed himself to the woman on June 30 at Meadows End Road and Long Beach Avenue while he was in his vehicle.

Police took him into custody on Friday and he has been charged with breach of peace and indecent exposure.

Wilson was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on Nov. 24.

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Chicago Newborn Found in Blanket


A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found wrapped in a blanket just steps from a Near West Side Chicago medical center Tuesday morning, police said. 

The infant was left overnight and discovered just after 3 a.m. near Nazareth Family Center in the 1100 block of North Oakley, police said, and appeared to have just been delivered by her anonymous mother.

As of 5:30 a.m., the newborn was being treated at Saint Mary's Medical Center before being transferred to Lurie Children's Hospital, officials said. She was said to be healthy and in good condition.

Nazareth Family Center is adjacent to Saint Mary’s hospital in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood. 

The Illinois Safe Haven law allows parents to anonymously drop off babies at hospitals and police and fire stations, but under the law the baby has to be handed over personally to a staff member. Criminal charges could be pending, although authorities say it is unlikely as it looks as if the mother was trying to do the right thing.

Further investigation into the incident is ongoing, as police are searching for the mother to find more information.

The Department of Community and Family Services is expected to assume custody of the infant. If the birth parents do not return within 60 days, the newborn will be legally put up for adoption.

Metrojet Crash: Final Bodies Flown Home


The removal of the bodies from the scene of the Metrojet crash in Egypt was completed Tuesday as 28 bags containing victims' remains were flown to Russia for DNA testing, local aviation ministry sources said.

Authorities collected suitcases and the personal belongings of the 224 victims from Saturday's crash over northern Sinai. Those items will also be DNA tested in Russia as officials continue to identify the passengers.

The mystery over the cause of the disaster deepened early Tuesday when Russian news agency TASS reported that investigators found "elements" in the wreckage that were not part of an Airbus A321. An adviser to Egypt's aviation minister denied the report.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. defense official told NBC News that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash at the time and vicinity of the crash and intelligence agents have ruled the possibility that a missile brought down the jet.

But the flash could indicate some kind of explosion on the aircraft itself, either a fuel tank or a bomb, according to the official.

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Odor of Gas After Car Hits Manchester Pharmacy


A car hit the back of the Westown Pharmacy in Manchester and the gas company was called because there was a detectable odor of gas.

Officials said there was no damage to the building, but there was some slight damage to the gas meter and the gas was shut off in a few minutes. 

The pharmacy is closed located at 455 Hartford Road.

Five Guys Calls Fight Unacceptable


Representatives for Five Guys restaurant chain are speaking out after video surfaced of a huge fight at their Miami Beach location, calling the brawl "simply unacceptable."

The incident happened at the Five Guys location at 1500 Washington Avenue near 15th Street in Miami Beach.

It's unclear what sparked the fight, but the video shows a female patron and several employees involved. Dozens of customers were inside the store when it happened, many recording the incident with their cellphones.

According to a witness, the woman was being loud and drunk, but didn't get physical. The employees hit her with cups and then things started to escalate.

Cellphone video of the fight was posted to Facebook Monday afternoon. It generated more than 1,000 shares and more than 300 comments.

Five Guys area supervisor Tina Holley released the following statement to NBC 6 via email:

The actions displayed in this video are simply unacceptable. We are working with the franchise owner to do a full investigation and ensure appropriate disciplinary actions are taken.

Miami Beach police said they didn't receive any calls to their dispatch center from the location over the fight.

"Safety is our number one priority. As always, anyone who witnesses any sort of criminal activity or disturbance is urged to call police immediately," said Ernesto Rodriguez with Miami Beach police.

"It brings attention to the people of Miami Beach," said Mayor Phillip Levine, who was campaigning for re-election on Tuesday. "Let us move forward to clean Washington Avenue up and clean Ocean Drive up."

When asked what's being done to prevent disorder on the beach, Mayor Levine said a two-year plan is already in place.

"The people that have the commercial interest on Ocean Drive, that are fighting against this, that don't want us to clean it up, the people will push them and make them understand we must do it," Levine said.

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Young Model Shot, Killed in Chicago


A young Chicago woman was shot to death Monday, just weeks after being crowned winner of a renowned modeling contest and only blocks from where a 9-year-old boy was gunned down hours earlier.

Kaylyn Pryor, winner of Mario Tricoci’s 2015 "Mario, Make Me a Model" competition, was standing outside with a 15-year-old boy in the 7300 block of South May Street around 6:20 p.m. Monday in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood when a vehicle pulled up and opened fire, according to police.

Both 20-year-old Pryor and the boy were shot, police said, and the car drove off. The two were rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where the teen survived and is in critical condition, police said. Pryor was pronounced dead. Police said Pryor’s fatal gunshot wound was a hit to the right armpit, while the teen was struck in the scrotum.

Pryor’s father told NBC 5 his daughter was leaving her grandparents’ house in the neighborhood and walking to the bus stop to travel back to their Evanston home at the time of the shooting. He said the teen she was with was not a close friend and just a boy from the neighborhood.

Police do not believe Pryor was the intended target in the shooting, but it is likely the gunfire was in some way gang-related. It is still unclear if the teen she was standing with at the time of the shooting had ties to a gang, police said, or if he was intentionally targeted.

Her death comes just over a month after the Evanston native was crowned winner of a modeling contest, which ended with a Sept. 25 celebration and fashion show at the Redmoon Warehouse in Chicago, with more than 1,000 supporters and fans in attendance.

The man behind the contest, Italian native Mario Tricoci, began his fashion and beauty career in Europe before sweeping the Chicago-area with his first salon in Villa Park, Illinois. He now has more than 13 salons and day spas throughout the city and suburbs.

“We are saddened and broken-hearted to learn of the tragic passing of Kaylyn Pryor. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family," Tricoci said in a statement Tuesday morning. "This touches every one of us who knew and worked with her. Kaylyn will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. She truly was beautiful inside and out.”

According to her profile on the annual contest's website, Pryor enjoyed dancing, choreography, poetry and drawing, in addition to modeling. Her grief-stricken father, still coming to terms with his daughter’s death, said her recent contest win was just one of the many things his bubbly, energetic daughter was looking forward to in her bright future.

Modeling was something that came natural to the ambitious woman, he said, and was unexpected. She never took classes but stumbled upon Tricoci’s contest and decided to enter, ultimately garnering enough votes to take home the grand prize.

Following the win, Pryor signed with Factor Modeling Agency and was going to school at Robert Morris University’s Illinois campus with her sights set on becoming a paralegal.

"Everyone loved her," he said, citing her infectious and warm personality that drew others in.

Hundreds took to social media Tuesday morning to express despair over her sudden passing.

"So sad that she dies from senseless gun violence when just weeks ago she won this bright promising modeling," one tweet read.

"I honestly can not fathom a reason that a person can take another person's life. I'm sick," said another. "Rip Kaylyn Pryor. You did not deserve this."

The deadly shooting occurred less than two hours later and only blocks away from where a fourth-grader was shot and killed after coming home from elementary school.

Just last week, President Barack Obama addressed the gun violence afflicting his hometown and urged cooperation between police officers and communities.

Obama listed statistics about lower crime rates nationwide, saying the crime rate across the country is now half of what it was 20 years ago - except in some cities, like Chicago, where violent crime has increased.

"I live on the South Side of Chicago, so my house is pretty close to some places where shootings take place," Obama said. "Because that's real, we have to get on top of it before it becomes an accelerating trend."

In September, the city saw one of its most violent months in years, with two consecutive weekends of more than 50 people shot. In a single day, on Sept. 2, nine people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in shootings across the city, making it the deadliest day in the city in over a decade.

Photo Credit: Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas

Alleged Terrorist Insists He Just Wants to Help Quake Victims


Hafiz Abdul Rauf has been accused by the international community of running a front group for a terrorist organization, but he’s shrugging off those accusations and insists that he just wants to help victims of last month’s deadly earthquake in Pakistan.

The State Department and the United Nations allege that Rauf’s Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation is a front for a militant organization blamed for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India.

"People can believe that we are terrorists but we don't really care," Rauf told NBC News. "We are only worried about helping people. We have seven medical teams, 100 paramedics, nine doctors, and several engineers. Do you think this is how terrorists work?"

Despite Rauf’s alleged terror ties, his aid group remains popular and was among the first agencies on the scene following the magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the region on Oct. 26. 

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ISIS-Linked Group Was Committed to Attack in Spain: Police


Three Moroccans were arrested in early morning raids in Madrid Tuesday, accused of planning to attack the Spanish capital city, NBC News reported.

The trio was willing to "carry out terrorist acts," with the leader of the cell recruiting others by spreading ISIS doctrine and "terrorist discipline," Spanish police said.

The other two members were "operatives" in charge of carrying out potential terrorist acts.

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Nursing Home Worker Stole Money: PD


A nursing home worker was arrested after she allegedly stole from elderly residents and even used it to fund a vacation after one of the victims died, according to police.

Syreeta Nicole Jones, 30, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with identity theft, forgery, securing a document by deception and other related offenses.

The investigation began May 27 when police responded to the Elm Terrace Gardens nursing home in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, for a report of a theft. Police discovered someone had stolen a personal check from a resident, who became aware upon receiving a call from the depositing bank, police said.

The stolen check was written in the amount of $2,450 and made payable to 39-year-old Eugene Hudnell, of Philadelphia, who police later discovered Hudnell was an associate of Jones. Police also said Jones, who worked as a certified nursing assistant at the home, had access to the victim’s room.

Police linked Jones to the theft of another nursing home resident, who died in September. On Oct. 19, the second victim's estate contacted Lansdale police and reported four suspicious transactions made to the victim’s credit card after he or she passed away. Police said Jones had access to this victim's room as well.

Investigators determined two purchases were made to a wireless phone company under Jones’ cellphone account. Another transaction was made to a ticket agency for a vacation to Florida, booked to Jones and a male companion, according to police.

The total amount charged to the second victim’s credit card was more than $1,500, police said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Jones in October and arrested her Sunday when she arrived at Philadelphia International Airport following her Florida vacation. She was housed at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post $50,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 13. Court records don't list an attorney for Jones.

Police continue to search for Hudnell, who faces forgery, identity theft and securing document by deception charges.

Photo Credit: Lansdale Police Department

Truck Carrying Milk Rolled Over on I-84 in Plainville


Interstate 84 East in Plainville was closed after a tractor-trailer carrying milk flipped early Tuesday morning, but two lanes are getting by.

No one was injured in the crash by exit 34, but the road was closed for hours.

Crews from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to remove fuel from the truck and crews from Consumer Protection were also called for an inspection.

The highway is expected to close again to remove the truck.

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Few Late Week Showers


High pressure is in command for most of the rest of the week, though two fronts will bring small chances for showers late week.

Tomorrow is a repeat of today, in terms of sky condition. The sky will be clear and temperatures will rise into the middle and upper 60s.

A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Wednesday, with temperatures again soaring to near 70 degrees inland. A few showers are possible at night as warmer air moves in aloft.

Friday will have more clouds than sunshine, though not much rain is expected. A few showers are possible late when a cold front moves through the state. Temperatures will be near 70 degrees, which is 14 degrees above average on Friday!

The weekend looks dry, but much cooler.

High temperatures will only be near 60 degrees on Saturday, with a blend of clouds and sunshine.

Sunday will be brighter with mostly sunny skies, but temperatures will be below average. Highs are expected to range from the upper 40s to the middle 50s.

Temperatures rise again heading into the middle part of next week.

Police Investigating Suspicious Death in Middlebury


An elderly man was found dead in a pool of blood at the end of a driveway in Middlebury early Tuesday morning and local police, as well as state police from the Western District Major Crimes Unit, are investigating.

Police said they responded to 41 Tower Road at 6:22 a.m. on Tuesday after someone found the man and medics pronounced him dead. 

Police called the death suspicious and said they are working on identifying the man. It's too soon to tell whether the body had a gunshot or stab wound, police said when asked.

"There was a large amount of blood anytime someone is found expired outside of their home and other details I can't get into because it's an ongoing investigation," Middlebury Police Chief James Viadero said.

The office of the chief medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Tower Road is closed as police continue to investigate and residents of the area are asked to check with officers at the scene about access to their homes.

Officers were still on scene as of 5:46 p.m. and said that even after the investigation wraps up, there will be extra patrols in the neighborhood into the night.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call and report it.

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Dad Left Baby Alone When He Went Into Restaurant: Police


An East Hartford dad was arrested in Glastonbury on Friday night after police say he left his 7-month-old baby in the car while he went into a restaurant.

Police responded to 1001 Hebron Ave. in Glastonbury at 7:28 p.m. on Friday and said Edward M. Dettore Jr., 21, of East Hartford, left his baby alone in the car for around 10 minutes.

He has been charged with leaving a child unattended.

He is due in court in Manchester on Nov. 18.

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'Death to America' Not Meant for Its People, Says Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei


Those "Death to America" chants often shouted in Iran? They're not about what you might think, according to Iran's supreme leader, NBC News reported. 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the slogan — a frequent feature of anti-American rallies in Iran — was aimed at the U.S. government and not its people.

"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he told Iranian students in Tehran, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America', we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance."

Relations between the U.S. and Iran have improved somewhat under current President Hassan Rouhani and with the announcement of a nuclear deal this summer.

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Third Warmest Election Day on Record


Election Day 2015 will go into the record books as a warm one. Third warmest on record, to be exact. The temperature at Bradley International hit 76 degrees at 2:47 p.m.

That makes this year's Election Day the warmest in 33 years.

Nov. 2, 1982 saw temperatures hit 80 degrees in the Hartford area, and that's the record warmest Election Day in 110 years of record-keeping.

The last time a 70 degree reading was reached on Election Day was 1999.

Warmest Election Days (since 1905 in the Hartford area)

  • 80 degrees on Nov. 2, 1982
  • 77 degrees on Nov. 4, 1975
  • 76 degrees on Nov. 3, 2015

On average, the high temperature in early November is 57 degrees in the Hartford area.

Deer Photobombs Infant's Photo Shoot


A scene fit for Disney is one way to describe a photo taken by a Louisiana photographer showing a sleeping infant and an approaching doe.

Megan Rion, the owner of Imagine That Photography, a business that specializes in photographs of newborns and children, captured a serene moment on Oct. 20, between Maggie, a photogenic deer from Louisiana's Sam Houston Jones State Park in Moss Bluff, and a sleeping infant. Rion said that while she was prepping for the Connor Rogers 1-month birthday photo shoot, the deer came from behind them.

"My assistant grabbed an ornamental piece of corn to turn her more facing the camera," Rion said.

The photo is featured on Imagine That Photography's Facebook page and had nearly 2,500 likes and 1,934 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.

The deer has previously appeared in seven of Rion's photo shoots and has its own album on Rion's page. Rion said the doe will let you feed her by hand and pet her head and behind the ears before disappearing back into the woods. She will stay for up to 15 minutes, Rion said.

Sometimes other deer will come with her, but none will get as close as Maggie does, she said.

Rion said that Tiffany Gill Rogers, Connor's mom, was in awe of how calm the deer was as she approached them.

Maggie, was dropped off in the park when she was younger, Damion Saizan, a worker at the state park said. The doe was already weaned when it appeared.

"We have no idea who dropped it off," Saizan said. "It must have been bottle fed by people when it was a baby."

Saizan said visitors at the park often take pictures with the deer and post the photos on social media. Maggie can easily be spooked he said, but there is no concern over her interaction with humans.

"She's just another deer at the park. She just so happens to be friendlier than others," he said.

Rion said she can spot Maggie because of a notch in her ear. She plans to return to the park for shoots and hopes that the doe will continue to appear for photos. 

Photo Credit: Imagine That Photography by Megan Rion
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