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Extra Security Planned for California's Rose Parade


Authorities were planning extra security, including additional patrols and high-tech surveillance, ahead of the 127th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, officials said.

More than 700,000 spectators were expected to attend Friday's event, lining up along Colorado Boulevard.

Officials said there were no credible threats to the event but were implementing more security around the event as a precaution. Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said while there is an unspecified threat, there wasn't any known threat to Pasadena or the Rose Parade.

Some of the security measures in place for the Rose Parade included armed "rapid response" teams, radiation detection devices, bomb-sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras and license plate readers.

Sanchez urged the public to report anything suspicious they may notice at the event.

"I would ask you to sound the alarm. Give the Pasadena Police Department or our law enforcement partners the opportunity to vet the concern you might have. Don't rationalize it. If it's concerning on your initial observation, then give us a call. We have the resources to run those to ground and make sure that they're not a concern," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said dozens of undercover police officers and FBI personnel would be in attendance and monitoring the event on Friday.

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Man Wanted to Questioning in Waterbury Burglaries


Waterbury police are investigating several daytime burglaries in the Bunker Hill area and they have released photos of the man they want to question.

He was seen driving a Nissan Altima from the early 2000s, according to police.

Anyone who recognizes him should call 203-574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

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O'Malley Fails to Qualify for Ohio Ballot


Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot after falling short of the signatures needed, a spokesman for the state's elections chief said Thursday. O'Malley's campaign noted the candidate is on the ballot in 18 other states. O'Malley is running an underdog bid for his party's nomination against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both of whom are certified for Ohio's presidential primary ballot. A little-known candidate, San Diego businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, also qualified.

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Police: Don’t Fire Celebratory Gunshots on New Year's Eve


Hartford police are asking residents to celebrate New Year’s Eve without firing gunshots.

They said they will be using the ShotSpotter to address celebratory gunshots tonight.

Suspects Asked for 'Megan' Before Burglaries on NYE: PD


Three men are being accused of attempting to burglarize homes in Wolcott by knocking on doors and asking for a woman named Megan, police said. 

On New Year's Eve, a woman on Seery Drive told police a man drove up her driveway and knocked on her back door. The woman said she did not open the door but when she asked the man what he wanted he told her he was looking for a woman named Megan. When the woman said there was no Megan on the house the man left but his suspicious behavior prompted her to call the Wolcott police. 

Shortly after, police arrested Troy Krafka, John Thomas and Welsey Henry, all from Meriden, after learning they had attempted to rob the home on Seery Drive, police said. Thomas had a remand to custody warrant and a failure to appear in court warrant. All three suspects had extensive burglary and larceny histories.

Police in Naugatuck, Wallingford, and Cheshire are investigating similar burglaries in the area. The three men would first look inside homes to see if anyone was home, knock if they saw someone and if someone had answered the suspects would then ask for Megan. 

It is not clear if the men have attorneys.

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New Clinton Emails Released by State Department


Another 5,500 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails were released on Thursday, leaving the State Department short of a court-ordered quota for 2015, NBC News reported.

The emails were the most recent from the private server Clinton used during her time as secretary of state.

The State Department said that "the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule" left it short of its target.

Clinton's Republican opponents have harshly criticized her use of a private email account. 

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Bill Cosby's Wife Will Have to Undergo Deposition: Judge


Bill Cosby’s wife will have to appear for a deposition in a civil suit involving her husband in Massachusetts, NBC News reported.

Camille Cosby’s attorneys argued any information she had about her husband’s “proclivities” would be irrelevant and that she would be protected under state and federal law. They brought forward a motion to oppose a subpoena issued in a defamation case brought by several women accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting them. A judge denied the motion.

"I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby's arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety," U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy wrote.

Cosby has repeatedly denied allegations made by dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct or assault dating back to the 1960s.  

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2 of 3,200 Washington Inmates Released Linked to Killings


Washington state officials acknowledged that two of as many as 3,200 inmates mistakenly released early since 2002 have been connected to killings that occurred while they still should have been locked up, NBC News reported.

The prisoners were released early over the last 13 years because of problems calculating sentences, the state Corrections Department said this week.

The error was discovered three years ago, it said, but a scheduled software fix was never made — and it still isn't in place.

Prison officials said Thursday that Jeremiah A. Smith, 26, committed an attempted robbery that ended in the the death of Ceasar Medina, 17, in Spokane on May 26 — 12 days after he was mistakenly freed on convictions for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Ceasar died from a gunshot wound to his neck and chest, according to an autopsy. Smith wasn't supposed to have been freed until August, prison officials said Thursday. 

Swollen Rivers Force Transportation Closures in Midwest


Transportation in parts of Missouri hit roadblocks Thursday as rivers in the midwest swelled to historic levels, NBC News reported.

Authorities closed down interstates 55 and 44, and transportation by boat, car and train were paralyzed in the St. Louis area.

Hundreds of homes in southwestern suburbs of St. Louis were damaged and hundreds of other homes were evacuated in the wake of the powerful storm.

Two rivers surged to record levels since the “Great Flood” of 1993. Waters surged after more than 10 inches of rain fell this week from Illinois to Missouri. At least 22 people were killed in Missouri and Illinois. 

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Five Injured After Gunman Opens Fire in New Orleans


A gunman opened fire on New Year’s Eve revelers at a party in New Orleans, injuring five people Thursday night, according to police.

Police said the shots came from a dark four-door vehicle, which pulled up to the party around 10:00 p.m. ET, NBC News reported.

Police were still investigating the incident early Friday morning.

One of the victims — who were all males from 15 to 22 years of age — was in critical condition. The rest were in stable condition, New Orleans Police spokesman Frank Robertson said. 

14-Year-Old Fairfield Boy Killed in Virginia Car Accident


 A 14-year-old boy riding along a Virginia highway with his family was killed after the car ran off the road, police said.

Joseph E. Kulaga, 14, of Fairfield died at the scene of the fatal crash, King George County police said.

The teen's father, Mark E. Kulaga, and three other passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police said all passengers had on seat belts. 

The victim's father was charged with reckless driving.

The crash is being investigated but police believe fatigue may be a factor. 

Hundreds of New Laws Go Into Effect in U.S.


Hundreds of new laws go into effect across the country starting Friday from smoking laws to carrying guns in public, NBC News reported.

Hawaii will be the first in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The law applies to cigarettes, cigars and also electronic cigarettes.

Adults with proper gun ownership permits will no longer need to hide firearms in their shoulder or belt holsters. Those in support of the new law say making guns more visible will deter mass shootings.

Albany, New York, residents who own firearms will now be required to store their guns in a secure container or install trigger locks.  

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1 Killed in Crash on Wilbur Cross Parkway in Meriden


One person was killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Meriden on Friday morning and state police said they are looking into the possibility that a car hit a pedestrian.

The crash happened in the area of exit 68 on the Wilbur Cross Parkway at 6:25 a.m. and the northbound side of the highway is closed, according to state police.

Two people were taken to the hospital. Before confirming that there is a fatality, police said one of the people injured had life-threatening injuries.

Details are still emerging, but a Meriden police officer at the scene said one person was thrown from a vehicle.

The Interstate 691 Westbound ramp at exit 9 is also closed.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates.

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Hartford Hospital Welcomes Its First Baby of 2016


Aria May Yerukhimovich is the first baby of the new year at Hartford Hospital.

Mom, Lillian, and dad, Iliya, of Manchester, welcomed their new baby at 3:22 a.m.

Aria weighs 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 21 inches.

Congratulations to mom and dad on their beautiful new addition!

Whila Aria was the first baby born at Hartford Hospital this morning, the first baby of 2016 in the state was born at 12:02 a.m. at UConn Health Center.

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West Hartford Man Stabbed to Death in Hartford on New Year's Morning


Hartford police are investigating the stabbing death of a 20-year-old West Hartford man just after midnight on New Year’s Day.

Police have identified the victim as Jonathan Douglin, 20, of West Hartford.

Officers found him when they responded to the Eight Sixty Skate Shop, an indoor skate park, at 41 Francis Ave. at 12:09 a.m. to investigate reports of a stabbing, according to information police released to the media.

Douglin had been stabbed in the abdomen and chest, police said.

He was transported to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m.

The Major Crimes Division and the Crime Scene Division are investigating. 

This is the first homicide in the city in 2016.

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SWAT Team Responds to Willimantic Home on New Year’s Morning


Willimantic residents were told to shelter in place early on New Year’s morning as the SWAT crew responded to reports that a man in a home on Greenwood Street was making threats.

The man’s family members said he had been drinking, was in possession of knives and might be suicidal, police said.

SWAT responded to the home around midnight and went door-to-door in the neighborhood, telling residents to shelter in place.

The SWAT negotiator reached the man around 1:10 a.m. and he came out of the house without any further incidents.

He was then transported to the emergency room at Windham Hospital for a psychological evaluation and police do not expect to file criminal charges.

“The shelter in place was cancelled at around 1:30 (a.m.) and the Willimantic Police Department would like to thank the Greenwood Street residents for their cooperation and patience during this police emergency on New Year’s Eve,” Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Jr. said.

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Munich Terror Threat Remains in Place


Munich train stations reopened and trains were running on New Year's Day, but a terror warning about Islamic State extremists intending to blow themselves up in the German city remained in place.

"The information about an imminent terror attack at midnight was very concrete," police spokeswoman Elisabeth Matzinger told The Associated Press on Friday. "Even though nothing happened, our terror warning stays in place."

Just shortly before the city rang in the new year, Munich police had evacuated the main train station and a station in the Pasing neighborhood. Partygoers were asked to avoid crowds.

At a Friday news conference, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said a friendly foreign intelligence service had warned Germany of an imminent terror attack at midnight by between five and seven Islamic State militants from Syria and Iraq planning to blow themselves up at locations in Munich, including the two stations.

Authorities were investigating intensively on Friday, Herrmann said, but so far had not made any arrests. He said they had received personal data for some of the attackers and were still in the process of investigating and verifying the information. He would not give any further details on the possible attackers.

More than 500 police and special unit officers from all over the southern Bavaria region were called to Munich late Friday night to help evacuate and secure the stations. On Friday around noon time, some 100 extra officers were still present in the city.

Herrmann asked Munich residents for understanding that police would conduct more ID checks than usual.

Despite police warnings to stay away from big crowds, thousands of people were on the streets of Munich at midnight to welcome the new year with fireworks.

Cities across Europe have been on edge since an attack in Paris in November that killed 130 people.

A few days after the Paris attack, a soccer stadium in Hannover in central Germany was evacuated after a threat against a friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands. The authorities never reported any findings of explosives or concrete attack plans.

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Overloaded Power Strip Causes Fire at Hartford Building


A fire broke out on the first floor of a residential building in Hartford, officials said.

The Hartford Fire Department responded to a mattress ablaze on Orange Street just after 4:30 pm on New Year's Eve. The fire started on the first floor and extended to the second, the Hartford Fire Department said in a statement. 

Officials determined an overloaded power strip was the cause. 

The building had six residential units and 18 people were relocated. The structure sustained significant damage, according to the fire department. 

No injuries were reported.

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1 Transported After Fire in Meriden


One man was trapped in a fire in Meriden this morning and has been transported from the scene.

Firefighters responded to Sunset Avenue in Meriden just after 5 a.m. after receiving reports of a fire on the second floor and possible entrapment. 

Crews were able to get to the man quickly and transported him, possibly to the Bridgeport Burn Unit. Everyone else got out of the building.

Check back for updates.

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State Police Respond to 1 Fatal Crash, 4 With Injuries During Holiday Enforcement


One person was killed and people were injured in four crashes between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s morning, according to state police.

State Police began their New Year’s holiday enforcement at 12:01 a.m. and have responded to 94 crashes as of 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to state police.

The fatal crash happened on Route 15 in Meriden on Friday morning near exit 68.

Police also made 17 DUI arrests, cited 257 people for speeding, issued nine seatbelt violations and cited 631 people for hazardous moving violations, including following too closely, distracted driving, using cell phones and more.

The holiday traffic enforcement will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Between Dec. 30, 14 and Jan. 2, 2015, state police responded to 158 accidents, with 28 injuries. There were no fatalities. They made 38 DUI arrests, cited 726 people for speeding and issued 22 tickets for seatbelt violations and 1,593 for hazardous moving violations.

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