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'Hell on Earth': French Commando Leader Recounts Siege


The captain of the French commando unit which stormed the Bataclan concert hall Friday evening can't get memories of the "hell" they encountered there out of his mind — and has been working around the clock to foil further terror attacks, NBC News reported. 

Jeremy — who spoke to NBC News' Lester Holt on the condition his last name was not used — saw on television that "something was going on" and got "the call" at around 9:40 p.m. Within about a half-hour, he and his men were on the scene outside Bataclan, where terrorists had opened fired and seized hostages.

Uniformed police managed to shoot dead one terrorist, but two more remained inside along with what appeared to be hundreds of hostages. Jeremy's unit — the BRI — replaced those officers and took up positions.

"Then we discover like a hell on earth," he said. Glaring concert lights illuminated "blood everywhere" and people laying on the floor — but it was completely quiet, Jeremy recalled.

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Drunken Dad Had Baby in Car During Crash, Police Pursuit: PD


Police arrested a man accused of leading police on a chase in Bethel while drunk with his 6-month-old child in the car.

A police officer who was working on an overtime assignment saw Randall Krizan, 49, of Bethel, speeding on Plumtrees Road in a car with heavy front end damage at noon on Wednesday.

As police investigated, they learned that he’d been in a crash on Plumtrees Road at Walnut Hill and left his license plate at the scene.

Officers chased Krizan, but could not catch him, until about 30 minutes later, when police stopped his car on Grassy Plain Street.

He failed field sobriety tests, according to police, who said his blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, at .1474, then .1461.

The 6-month-old child who was in the car was not hurt and family members were able to pick the child up.

Krizan was charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury, evading responsibility and stop sign and unsafe backing violations.

He was released on a 10,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Nov. 27.

It's not clear if he has an attorney.

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Scene Clear After Bomb Threat in MIlford


State police and Milford police responded to Erna Avenue on Thursday after someone called a bomb threat into Colonial Coatings. 

Employees were evacuated, but the scene is clear and employees have been allowed to return to work.

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Terror Raid: Who Was the Female Suicide Bomber?


The woman who blew herself up during an anti-terror police raid outside of Paris has been identified as a Moroccan immigrant named Hasna Aitboulahcen.

French authorities have not publicly identified her but the Associated Press cited three anonymous police officials. 

As police raided an apartment building in Saint-Denis to search for suspects responsible for planning the Paris massacre last week, the woman detonated a suicide vest.

The mayor of Creutzwalk, where Aitboulahcen lived for some time, told NBC News her family arrived in the region in 1973 before she was born in 1989. The mayor told the Associated Press that Aitboulahcen and her two brothers and sister spent some time in foster care.

Former neighbors told Reuters she'd been mistreated as a child, renounced Islam, and was seen drinking, smoking and doing drugs.

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False Bomb Threat on Florida Plane


The FBI said a "miscommunication" on an aircraft at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport led to a "perceived" bomb threat Thursday, and a man being questioned by investigators later said he was "treated like a criminal."

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, a passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight Thursday evening bound for Minneapolis was on the phone when at least one other passenger overheard his conversation and mistook it for a bomb threat.

Broward Sheriff's deputies were called, and the plane returned to FLL around 10:25 p.m. shortly after take-off. BSO said passengers got off and the plane was swept for explosives. None turned up.

Two people believed to be involved in the alleged threat were taken for questioning by BSO and FBI agents, who also interviewed three witnesses and two flight attendants.

FBI agents determined there was no actual threat to the flight and said the incident was the result of a miscommunication between the witness passengers, the flight crew and the pilot.

The male subject who was on the phone was released and not charged.

One of the men removed from the plane was later identified as 38-year-old Yaniv Abotbul, a U.S. citizen who lives in Aventura and was traveling for business. Abotbul and his attorney held a news conference Friday morning.

Attorney Mark Eiglarsh said Abotbul got on the plane, took a sleeping pill and fell asleep. He awoke when the plane returned to FLL.

"I was in a big shock when the police officer came inside the aircraft and just jumped on me," Abotbul said. "I was treated like a criminal."

He said he was dragged off the plane because of his appearance.

"Probably my look, probably being me, being somebody that have a different appearance than most," he said.

Abotbul said he was handcuffed and interrogated for five hours before being let go. But when he tried to take a different flight, Spirit representatives refused to let him fly, Eiglarsh said.

"My client was treated like a terrorist in his own country," Eiglarsh said.

Spirit Airlines released a statement Friday saying the crew acted out of an "abundance of caution."

"While we never want to divert a flight, concerns for the safety and security of our all of our passengers and crew sometimes call for immediate action. It requires the best judgment of the crew to make these difficult decisions," the statement read. "The consequences of not acting or responding to a potential threat can be catastrophic. Our crew followed the appropriate protocol to ensure the safety of everyone onboard. Passengers should still report any suspicious activity and justify that, while this may have been the result of a misunderstanding, it’s crucial to act out of an abundance of caution."

The Airbus A320, carrying 92 passengers, was cleared and took off for a second time at 3:43 a.m. and landed safely in Minneapolis just before 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to BSO.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

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Georgia Executes Man Convicted in 1994 Murder


Georgia executed a man convicted in the 1994 murder of a woman he’d picked up in a bar, NBC News reported.

Marcus Ray Johnson was executed at 10:11 p.m. ET in Jackson, Georgia. He was convicted in April 1998.

Johnson declined a final prayer and refused to record a final statement, according to the state.

The request to delay his execution in order to allow for more DNA testing was denied by the Supreme Court. His lawyers said there wasn’t enough evidence to tie him to the killing.

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Trump Fires Back At Pro-Kasich Group


Donald Trump and John Kasich ended up in a Twitter fight Thursday after a super PAC backing the Ohio governor was launching an ad blitz against the billionaire Republican candidate, NBC News reported.

Pro-Kasich New Day for America PAC is planning to air radio, TV, mail and online ads in New Hampshire, where Trump has a wide lead.

The line of attack is one that hasn't yet been tried on Trump: Arguing he's inexperienced and unsuited for the demands of the White House. According to Politico, the group's first ad invokes the Paris attacks and ties Trump to President Obama, declaring, "On-the-job training for president does not work." The ads are sure to be hard-hitting since the man behind them, Fred Davis, is known for effective political spots.

Trump unleaded a dozen tweets dismissing Kasich because of his standing in the polls.

Trump’s general counsel also threatened to sue the Kasich campaign and New Day over the ads.

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Man Assaulted Wife Before Taping of 'Maury' Show: Police


A man who was supposed to appear on an episode of "Maury" was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife before the show's taping.

Daryl Edwards, 20, of Detroit, was arrested Tuesday night after police say he got into an argument with his wife, hit her and strangled her in a Stamford hotel.

The couple was in Stamford to be a part of an episode of Maury Povich's talk show in which Edwards would learn if he was the father of his wife's baby. The show never taped after Edwards' arrest.

According to police, Edwards and his wife argued at the Stamford Suites hotel and that is when Edwards allegedly assaulted her.

Edwards was arrested and held on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 5.

"Maury" is distributed by NBC Universal and the show is taped at the NBC Universal studios in Stamford. NBC Connecticut is owned by NBC Universal.

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Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race: Poll


According to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll, Donald Trump has the frontrunner spot to himself, with 28 percent support among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican.

Support for Ben Carson, who was tied with Trump in last month's online poll, has fallen off by 8 points and the former neurosurgeon is now tied with Ted Cruz at 18 percent. 

Trailing not too far behind is Marco Rubio, at 11percent. Jeb Bush polled at 4 percent and Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina each 3 had percent.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll was conducted nationwide of 5,775 adults, including 2,440 Republican and Republican-leaning voters. Overall results have an error estimate of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points and the error estimate for the leaned Republican voters is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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Israeli Spy Pollard Freed After 30 Yrs in U.S. Prison


Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released on parole in the United States after 30 years in prison, Reuters reported. 

He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1987 of passing reams of classified information to Israel, a case that caused a serious strain in relations between Israel and the U.S.

"The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard," Netanyahu said in a statement. "After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family."

A former U.S. Navy analyst, Pollard must remain in the United States for five years as part of conditions of his release. 

His release was announced by the Israeli government and confirmed early Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Part of Route 83 in Vernon Closed Until 3 p.m.


Part of Route 83 in Vernon will be closed until around 3 p.m. on Friday after a crash that took down three utility poles early Friday morning.

The road is closed between Windermere Avenue and Windsor Road and crews from Eversource and Frontier have responded.

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Crash Closes Part of New Britain Ave. in West Hartford


New Britain Avenue is closed at South Main Street in West Hartford after a car hit a pole at 12:45 a.m. on Friday.

Eversource is working on the pole and it is not clear when the road will reopen.

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Sanders Reaches New High in Support: Poll


Bernie Sanders has reached his highest level of support this year in the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll.

He is now the preferred candidate of 33 percent of Democratic and independent voters who lean Democratic. However, he still trails Hillary Clinton by 16 points, and his slight gain of 3 points since last month's poll is barely perceptible and within the poll's error estimate of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Martin O'Malley has struggled to make any kind of impact on Democratic voters, despite now having been on a national debate stage twice with his rivals.

The latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll was conducted Sunday through Tuesday among 5,755 adults nationwide, including 1,983 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic. Overall results have an error estimate of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points and the error estimate for the leaned Democratic voters is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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State Police Investigating in East Lyme


There is an ongoing investigation on Chesterfield Road in East Lyme, according to state police.

No additional information was immediately available on what they are investigating .

Check back for updates.  

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Paris to Mark Terror Attacks With 'Noise and Light'


One week after the terrorist massacre that shook France, Parisians on Friday were set to hold noisy and light-filled memorials even as large public gatherings were still barred over security concerns, NBC News reported. 

On Friday, residents left flowers, lit candles or held quiet vigils outside the restaurants, cafes and concert halls hit in the attacks.

A group of artists and cultural figures called on people to mark the one-week anniversary with an outpouring of "noise and light" at 9:20 p.m. (3:20 p.m. ET), the moment the assaults began.

"Let's make some noise and have some light so that they understand they have lost," one Twitter user said using the hashtag #21h20.

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Bar Customer Crashes Into Suspect in Bar Robbery and Stabbing: Police


A customer of a Vernon bar drove up on the sidewalk to stop a man accused of robbing the bar and stabbing another patron who tried to stop him.

Police said Gene Kelly, 43, of Rockville, went into the Rockville Tavern at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday with a mini-machete and robbed the bar.

One of the employees said Kelly was wearing a mask, ran behind the counter, grabbed the money and fled.

When he ran away, a customer ran off after him and Kelly stabbed the patron in the back during a fight as he tried to get away, police said.

Another bar patron saw what was going on and drove up onto the sidewalk and hitting Kelly twice with the vehicle, police said.

Police eventually found Kelly hiding in the 100 block of West Main St.

“The patron struck the suspect with his vehicle twice and the suspect was later found hiding in the basement of a house on West Main Street, where he was taken into custody,” Det. James Grady, of the Vernon Police Department, said.

He was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon and sixth-degree larceny.

His attorney said Kelly does not recall yesterday and has mental issues. 

Bond was set at $250,000.

He was placed on mental health watch, medical watch and is due back in court on Dec. 11.

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Female Suicide Bomber in France Was Among Many in History


Hasna Aitboulahcen, the woman who is believed to have blown herself up with an explosive vest in a suburban Paris apartment during a police operation Wednesday, was far from the world's first female suicide bomber.

While most suicide bombers are men, Islamic militant groups have occasionally deployed women to carry out such attacks. Long before the rise of Islamic radicalism, female suicide bombers were used by separatist groups in the Arab world and beyond.

A look at female suicide bombers over the years:


 During Israel's 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon that ended in 2000, several women belonging to leftist groups blew themselves up while targeting Israeli forces.

Among those was Sanaa Mheidly, 17, who blew up a car rigged with explosives in an Israeli convoy in 1985, killing and wounding more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. She became the most prominent and the first to carry out such an attack in the Arab world.

In the Palestinian territories, about a dozen women have carried out suicide attacks against Israelis since 2002.

Wafa Idris, a 27-year-old Palestinian paramedic, blew herself up in downtown Jerusalem on Jan. 27, 2002. It was unclear if she planned to commit suicide or whether explosives she was carrying went off prematurely. An 81-year-old Israeli man also was killed in that incident.



A decade ago, al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sent four members of his group — which would later morph into the Islamic State group — to carry out bombings in his home country of Jordan.

In that Nov. 9, 2005, assault, Sajida al-Rishawi and her newlywed husband, Ali al-Shamari, entered the ground-floor ballroom of Amman's Radisson SAS hotel where hundreds of people were celebrating a wedding. Al-Shamari set off his explosive belt in the crowd. Al-Rishawi fled.

Al-Zarqawi later claimed responsibility for the attack and mentioned a woman being involved, leading Jordanian officials to arrest al-Rishawi. Several days later, she appeared on Jordanian state television, opening a body-length overcoat to reveal two crude explosive belts.

Al-Rishawi was executed earlier this year after IS militants killed 1st Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, whose Jordanian warplane was shot down over Syria in December.



Kurdish women have carried out several suicide attacks in Turkey since the 1980s, as have female members of groups in their campaign against the government. The most recent attack occurred Jan. 6, when an outlawed group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at an Istanbul police station that killed an officer and wounded another. Authorities said the female bomber entered the building in the tourist district of Sultanahmet and blew herself up. In an online statement, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, said it carried out the attack.



Female suicide bombers from Chechnya and elsewhere in the North Caucasus were common enough that they became known as "black widows" in Russia. Many were the wives of or otherwise related to Islamic militants killed by government forces in their effort to suppress the separatist movement. Two of those women were to blame for the 2010 bombings of the Moscow metro, which killed about 40 people.



In Nigeria, suicide bombings blamed on the militant group Boko Haram increasingly have been carried out by women and girls, some as young as 10. Unlike many of the bombers used by IS in Iraq and Syria, however, there are concerns that the Nigerians are being deployed against their will. A military bomb-disposal expert has told The Associated Press that many of the explosives in those blasts are detonated remotely, suggesting that insurgents are strapping bombs to captive women who are sent to their deaths.



Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels deployed multiple female suicide bombers as part of a more than two decade insurgency. Their bombing campaign against political, military and economic targets was aimed at creating an independent state for the ethnic minority Tamils. A Tamil woman blew herself up in 1991 in southern India, killing Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.



Female suicide bombers are rare in Afghanistan, though one such attack was carried out by an elderly woman in Kunar province in 2010.



IS releases video and photos of men who carry out suicide missions, but they have never posted images of any such attacks by women. Female fighters are active in the group, however, and have a brigade known as Khansaa. In 2010, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who was then the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq group, said after a Shura Council meeting that women should not carry out suicide attacks. Current IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who replaced him, is believed to still abide by the rule.

Mia Bloom, a Georgia State University professor and author of "Bombshell: Women and Terrorism," said IS told women in October that they could blow themselves up if they are raided in their house. "She can detonate it without anyone's permission," Bloom said. 

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6 Americans Rescued From Mali Hotel Attack


Six Americans in the Mali hotel that was attacked by terrorists Friday made it out alive, U.S. defense officials told NBC News, while two U.S. Special Operations troops helped rescue hostages.

"U.S. forces have helped move civilians to secure locations, as Malian forces work to clear the hotel of hostile gunmen," Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo said.


The names of the Americans who were at the Radisson Blu were not released. 


The U.S. soldiers were thrust into the unfolding drama after gunmen shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," stormed the hotel, killing at least three and taking dozens of hostages.

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3rd Body Found in Anti-Terror Raid Outside Paris



A third person was killed in the anti-terror raid that targeted the Paris attack ringleader, officials confirmed Friday as the hunt continued for a suspected accomplice, NBC News reported.


The unidentified body was in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis along with that Belgian jihadi Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Hasna Aitboulahcen, a woman initially believed to be a suicide bomber who blew herself up as elite forces stormed in.

Later Friday, police told French media outlets iTele and Le Parisien that Aitboulahcen was actually killed by the explosion, and it was the third terrorist who set off the explosion. NBC News could not immediately confirm those reports.


The development came as the death toll in the Paris massacre climbed to 130. The interior ministry said police had conducted 793 raids in the wake of the atrocities.

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Runaway Trailer Causes Power Outages in Southington, Cheshire, Prospect


There are hundreds of power outages in Southington and Cheshire, and a couple dozen in Prospect, after a trailer broke free from the truck that was towing it and hit a utility pole, as well as a transformer, at Burritt Street and Marion Avenue in Southington.

Police said it appears the trailer detached from the truck, rolled backward and hit the pole, police said. 

Marion Avenue will be closed from Defashion to Burritt street while crews repair the pole.

Traffic in the area will be detoured around the scene. 

There are more than 600 power outages in Southington, which is affecting several neighborhoods and at least one intersectiion.

There are around 300 power outages in Cheshire and 37 in Prospect because of the crash. 

Police said no one was injured in the crash and police are investigating.

No additional information was immediately available.

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