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Victim Stabbed on Enfield Street in Hartford: Police


Police are responding to a stabbing in Hartford on Tuesday night.

The victim was apparently stabbed several times on Enfield Street in the city.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

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Details on Family of Toddler Who Died of Suboxone


Officials said the family of the toddler who died from suboxone toxicity had an extensive history of child welfare cases and mental health needs. 

Londyn Sack was only 2 years old when she found unresponsive on Main Street in Plymouth on Oct. 19, 2014. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Suboxone is used mainly to treat those with heroin and oxycodone addictions.

A report found that Connecticut's Department of Children and Families (DCF) had assigned Sack's family to the recently established Family Assessment Response department that mainly handles families considered at "lower risk of child maltreatment."

"This assignment to DCF's 'lower-risk' FAR track was not appropriate," said the Office of the Child Advocate put out the report after they had been consulted by the state's Child Fatality Review Panel. 

Conerns around the family's history of mental health and substance abuse treatments should have raised red flags for the DCF, the report said.

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Taking a Second Look at Medical Bills for Overcharges


An east Hartford man took a second look at his bill and learned he didn't owe anywhere near what he was being charged.

Robert Valerio put up a fight against a $581 bill he got from St. Francis Care.

"Frustrating," said Valerio. " What can I do to get this thing resolved?"

He said the charges were for an annual ultrasound on his legs.

Last year, the same procedure cost just $68.00 after Medicare paid its portion of the bill. Valerio knew the hospital had made a mistake.

"I called them up and told them, and they said I was responsible for paying that bill," said Valerio.

Valerio said he tried explaining to a billing representative that he only owed $51.00 after checking his Medicare plan online.

He said billing representatives for St. Francis asked that he prove to them that the bill was wrong. After submitting paperwork he printed out from the Medicare website, Valerio recalled it taking St. Francis almost two months to finally get his bill correct.

Now, he doubts their charges all together. He also questioned a smaller bill they sent his wife.

"Her bill was $86 dollars and change," explained Valerio. "I was ready to make a check out for that when I said gee, St. Francis Care, maybe I should look into this. In the end all she owed was $5.46"

Fed up, he complained to the Attorney General who in turn sent a letter to St. Francis asking for an investigation. They responded explaining the mix-up happened because an "adjustment code" was left off Valerio’s account, triggering the $581 bill. St. Francis explained that Mrs. Valerio was overcharged because her insurance information wasn't sent in with her lab work, so she was "subsequently registered as self-pay."

Valerio said a rep. for St. Francis assured him they rarely make billing errors.

"They had looked over their billing and that my wife and I were the only two that had those problems," he recalled. However, he said he doesn’t believe that is true.

A spokesperson for St. Francis tells NBC Connecticut their investigation into the coding error on Robert’s bill: "Found no further instances of errors based on this type of automatic adjustment."

Demian Fontanella, healthcare advocate for the State of Connecticut , said they get calls every day from people questioning their medical bills.

"They’re confused why maybe the balance is so high," said Fontanella.

But how do you really know your bill is too high? Most health insurance companies don’t give you an estimate of what it should cost you, like Medicare does.

“For the average non-Medicare person there is no such place to go to get these numbers,” said Fontanella.

However, with the rising cost of healthcare, Fontanella said vaguely written medical bills need to change.

"There needs to be greater clarity so that anybody looking at it will know what the charge was for specifically."

Saint Francis tells us they returned about $10,000 to patients for various reasons last year, but they don’t how much of that amount was due to billing code errors.

"I really feel that an external audit should be made," said Valerio.

According to the American Medical Association, 7 percent of medical bills in 2013 had errors.

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Woman Fatally Stabbed Husband in Waterbury: Police


A wife stabbed her 43-year-old husband in Waterbury, police said.

Vamir Keco died from being stabbed in the stomach on East Main Street apartments, according to police.

The man's wife Anila Keco, 34, was originally charged with first-degree assault but Deputy Chief Fred Spagnolo said police will be upgrading this charge. 

"I didn't ever think it was ever going to be this bad," Linda Keane, who lives across the street, said. "I saw the cop bring this little woman out and putting her in the back seat."

The couple have two children that are now in the care of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. Police said the children were not home during the time of the attack. 

"I hope that someone in the family can come and take care of them," Keane said. "So that Christmas isn't ruined because now they don't have a mother or a father. 

Keco will appear in court on Dec. 23 for the updated charges. 

It is not clear if she has an attorney.

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Woman, NYC Cop Among U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan


Not long after the U.S. military repealed its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen married her longtime partner, becoming one of the first American service members to be wed in a same-sex ceremony.

On Monday, nearly five years to the day after the repeal was signed into law, the trailblazing officer was killed along with five other Air Force service members in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, NBC News reported.

Vorderbruggen was the first openly gay American female officer killed in combat.

Family members confirmed the identities of the others: a reservist on leave from his job as a New York City police detective, an officer whose parents own a Washington, D.C., restaurant, a former high school football star from Georgia, a young father who dreamed as a boy of enlisting, and a married man from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Vorderbruggen was the third female member of the Air Force to die in Afghanistan, following two killed in helicopter accidents in October.

Vorderbruggen and the other victims were part of a convoy of Western and Afghan troops on a routine security detail Monday outside Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, when a man drove up on a motorcycle and detonated a suicide vest, officials said.

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Clinton: Don't Let Someone 'Bully His Way' Into the Presidency


Hillary Clinton's top communications aide said on Tuesday that the campaign won't be responding to Donald Trump's  remarks that Clinton "got schlonged" in her 2008 bid for presidency. 

The aide, Jennifer Palmieri, went on to suggest in a tweet that while they wouldn't be commenting that "everyone who understands the humiliations this degrading language inflicts on all women should."  

But Clinton appeared to hit back at Trump late Tuesday thanks to a question about bullying during a rally in Keota, Iowa. 

"You're looking at somebody who's had a lot of terrible things said about me," she said. "I'm old enough that it doesn't particularly bother me but I can't imagine what it's like to be, you know, a young person in today's world where that's coming at you all the time."

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Weird Weather Pattern Turns Weather Upside-Down


A weather pattern partially linked to El Niño has caused unexpected weather to affect most parts of the U.S.  

During a week of increased holiday travel, spring-like warmth swept the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes issued into the South and the West is dealing with such a heavy blanket of snow that even ski slopes have been overwhelmed, NBC News reported. 

In a reversal of a typical Christmas, forecasters expect New York to be in the mid-60s on the holiday — several degrees higher than Los Angeles.

The mild conditions have helped golf courses in New England do brisk business, but the pattern comes at a steep cost for ski resorts that have closed due to a lack of snow and for backcountry skiers who confront avalanche risks. And many Americans complain that it just doesn't feel like the holidays without a chill in the air.

The weather pattern is also partly caused by man-made global warming, according to NBC News, and a weather pattern called the North Atlantic Oscillation that bottles cold air by the Arctic. 

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Man Found Alive After More Than 60 Hours in China Landslide


A migrant worker was pulled out alive Wednesday after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide on Dec. 22 that swept through part of a major manufacturing city in southern China.

Tian Zeming was rescued around dawn on Wednesday. More than 70 people are still missing from the landslide that happened Sunday when a mountain of construction waste material and mud collapsed and flowed into an industrial park in Shenzhen.

"The survivor had a very feeble voice and pulse when he was found alive buried under debris, and now he's undergoing further checks," Dr. Wang Yiguo told a news conference in Shenzhen, according to a transcript posted by the district government that covers the area.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria May Amount to War Crimes: Amnesty


Amnesty International accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months, NBC News reported. 

These attacks, according Amnesty International's report, may be war crimes. 

The report focuses on six attacks in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces between September and November which it says killed at least 200 civilians. It denounced Russia's "shameful failure" to acknowledge civilian killings.

Cluster munitions are by nature indiscriminate and often leave unexploded bomblets on the ground. These can maim and kill civilians long after the cessation of hostilities.

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Cruz Blasts Washington Post Cartoon of Daughters


Sen. Ted Cruz attacked the Washington Post and launched a fundraising appeal in response to an online editorial cartoon depicting his two young daughters as dancing monkeys, NBC News reported. 

"My daughters are not FAIR GAME," he wrote in a fundraising email sent late Tuesday. "I'm sickened...I knew I'd be facing attacks from day one of my campaign, but I never expected anything like this."

Cruz accused the "liberal media" of trying to attack and destroy him as well as his family. 

The cartoon, which portrayed Cruz as a Santa suit-clad organ grinder, and his two daughters as dancing monkeys, was removed with an editor's note explaining it's the newspaper's policy to leave children out. 

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'Workshop of the World' China Bets on a Robot Revolution


Demand for robots in China has quadrupled in the last four years, making it home to nearly a quarter of the world's industrial robots, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). And by 2018, the IFR estimates that more than one-third of the world's industrial robots will be installed in China.

"I think the robot industry in China is at its beginning stage," says Yu Kai, CEO of Beijing-based Horizon Robotics Inc. "More and more robots in the factory is not a trend that can be reversed."

China's factories face an uncertain future as the country's economic growth slows and its manufacturing sector begins to give way too service industries. For many factory owners, robots are essential to their bottom-line.

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'Hall Hill Bandit' Charged for Nine Burglaries in Somers


The self-titled "Hall Hill Bandit" is being charged with nine different break-ins in Somers, police said.

Brent Vincent, 20, of Enfield, has been charged with multiple accounts of burglary, theft, larceny and criminal trespass. 

Late August, police started to get reports about vehicles, garages and residential burglaries in Somers. State police were able to obtain an arrest warrent for Vincent who has been in custody since Oct. 29. HIs accomplice, Lauren Norris, 19, was arrested on Dec. 20 for criminal trespassing and attempt to commit larceny, the police report said. 

Vincent is being held with a $115,000 bond and Norris with a $50,000 bond. 

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Long Lines Greet Fliers at Bradley


People flying out of Bradley International Airport were greeted with long lines on Wednesday morning.

The line at the security checkpoint stretched through the terminal before 6 a.m. as thousands of passengers made their way to their holiday destinations. Some waited between 30 and 60 minutes to get through the line, according to passengers.

More than 100 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas holiday, according to AAA. Most will be driving, but AAA said in New England, about 360,000 will be flying over the next few days.

Despite the fog on Wednesday morning, most flights out of Bradley were on time. The airport suggests fliers call their airlines ahead of time to check on flight status.

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Accident Involving Bicycle Sends 1 to Hospital in Shelton


A 55-year-old man was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after an accident involving a bicycle in Shelton.

The accident happened in front of the Starbucks at 504 Bridgeport Avenue around 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, according to police.

Police have identified the victim as Brian Climis, of Ansonia.

The Shelton Police Traffic Division was investigating the accident, but police said there is no evidence that a vehicle struck the bicycle.  They are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at 203-924-1544.

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Woman Arraigned in Deadly Vegas Strip Crash


A woman accused of intentionally plowing a car with her child inside through crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk has been arraigned on murder, hit-and-run and child abuse charges on Wednesday.

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway stood in shackles Wednesday and didn't enter a plea during her brief court appearance. Defense lawyer Joseph Abood said she is "heartbroken" over the crash Sunday that killed a woman and injured dozens of people.

She barely spoke and nodded to acknowledge that she understood she'll remain in jail through the holidays. 

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says additional charges are likely, depending on results of drug and alcohol tests and the police investigation.

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Iranians Hacked Into NY Dam in 2013: Security Analyst


Iranian hackers have claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that allowed them to access the control system for a dam in Rye, New York, in 2013, according to NBC News' security analyst. 

The hactivist group, SOBH Cyber Jihad, sent a message through another Iran-linked hacker outfit, Parastoo, saying it will release the technical information that proves it breached the Bowman Avenue Dam, less than 20 miles from New York City, Flashpoint Intelligence said.

The hackers said it took them two years to come forward because of a "state-level" warning not to go public with it "for the greater good." SOBH took credit for the intrusion after The Wall Street Journal reported on it this weekend. 

Officials in Rye said the Department of Homeland Security notified them about "unauthorized access" to the city's computer system and followed up with a report in January. 

The DHS report, which was obtained by NBC News, said the intruder accessed and read files — including user names and passwords — six times between Aug. 22 and Sept. 27, 2013. Rye officials said the hackers never manipulated the dam.

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Wednesday called for an immediate and thorough investigation of America's critical infrastructure by the DHS. 

"Whether it’s a dam in Rye Brook, or our power grids, our financial institutions, our water systems, or our online networks, these parts of our infrastructure are at risk are under assault like never before, and we need to do more about it," Schumer said while standing at the Bowman Avenue Dam. 

A source familiar with the investigation told NBC News that the 2013 hack was traced to an Iranian group, but that it was not clear if the actions were supported by Iran's government. 

Heavy Rain This Evening, Record Christmas Eve Warmth


Steady rain wil continue this evening and thunder is possible, too! Temperatures will slowly rise into the upper 50s.

Christmas Eve will be the warmest it's been in 110 years of record-keeping in the Hartford area. Temperatures will soar into the middle and upper 60s.

There can be a shower, but most of the day will be dry and some sunshine is possible in the afternoon. Temperatures could skyrocket into the 70s if some sun shows through.

The forecast for Christmas Day calls for a blend of clouds and sunshine with temperatures in the lower 60s.

Even though Christmas is dry, unsettled weather returns this weekend.

Temperatures will be in the 40s with showers late on Saturday, but it will be warmer on Sunday. That's when temperatures will be in the 60s and the weather looks dry.

The first wintry mix of the season is increasingly possible early next week.

Snow will begin either late on Monday or early on Tuesday, then transition to sleet and freezing rain. A plowable about of snow is possible, but most of the storm will either be ice or rain.

Areas most likely to change to rain are close to the shoreline. With strong high pressure over eastern Canada, it will be difficult for inland areas to warm above freezing.

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Salem Woman Charged With Sex Assault, Cruelty to Persons


A 33-year-old Salem woman is facing sexual assault and cruelty to persons charges for an incident that happened on Thanksgiving.

State police detectives took custody of Jillian Washburn after an extradition hearing at a criminal court in Queens, New York on Tuesday.

She was being held on an arrest warrant for a domestic violence incident that occurred on Nov. 26 in Salem, according to state police. They did not provide details on the incident.

Washburn is charged with first-degree sexual assault, cruelty to persons, second-degree assault, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

She is expected to appear in Norwich Superior Court on Wednesday.

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Beheading Suspect Commits Suicide in Jail: French Police


A delivery company employee who beheaded his boss and then tried to blow up an American-owned industrial gas plant in France this summer, has committed suicide in prison, French police confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday.

Yassin Salhi, 35, had hanged himself on Tuesday, according to France's national police.

Salhi was facing terrorism charges stemming from the brutal attack in June at an Air Products plant in Saint-Quentin Fallavier. French authorities alleged that Salhi, who had a history of radical Islamist ties, took a "selfie" with his victim's decapitated head and sent the image to a friend in Syria.

Lawyer Samia Maktouf, who represents victims of the recent Paris attacks, said Salhi death rules as a suicide will leave victims of terrorism feeling cheated.

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Woman Charged With Manslaughter in Husband's Stabbing Death


A Waterbury woman accused of stabbing her husband to death appeared in court on manslaughter charges on Wednesday.

Anila Keco, 34, stabbed her 43-year-old husband in an apartment on East Main Street on Tuesday, police said.

Vamir Keco died of a stab wound to the stomach, according to police.

An attorney for Keco said his client was the victim of domestic abuse and never intended to kill her husband.  Keco posted a $200,000 bond on Wednesday and left the courthouse without commenting.

The couple have two children that are now in the care of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. Police said the children were not home during the time of the stabbing. 

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