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Raise the Roof! Cheshire Pool Reopening for Winter Swimming


Winter weather has left swimmers in Cheshire high and dry the last few years, but now the town pool has a new steel roof to handle whatever Mother Nature brings and winter swimming will soon be making a splash again in the town.

The pool will reopen Monday morning with a new roof that can hold up to 50 inches of snow and withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour, something the old bubble roof couldn’t.

The old roof collapsed twice during the winters of 2011 and 2013.

The new pool cover has what’s called a permanent membrane to handle the pressure.

The pool’s manager says it also lets more light in and makes the room feel much bigger.

Interior renovations to the pool also include a new pool deck and locker rooms.

You can check out the improvements Sunday at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony running from noon to 3 p.m. Anyone from the public is invited to participate in a free open swim starting at 12:30 p.m.

The pool officially reopens Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 a.m.

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Sanders Defends His Foreign Policy Credentials


Senator Bernie Sanders defended himself Sunday against criticism that he does not have sufficient depth or interest in foreign policy matters.

"Let me reassure the American people…it goes without saying that a president must be well-versed in foreign policy, must have a foreign policy position. And I will of course do that," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in response to criticism by some of his debate performance Thursday on the issue of foreign policy.

Sanders has faced intense scrutiny during his presidential campaign for not being as comfortable or fluent as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when discussing foreign affairs.

"It is not just experience that matters, it is judgment," argued the Vermont senator.

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Man Charged With Heroin Possession Twice in One Week


Police say a Manchester man has been arrested for heroin possession just days after he was arrested on the same charges.

The Hartford Courant reports that 35-year-old Pedro Cartegena was arrested just after midnight Sunday.

Police say they found four bags of heroin in Cartegena's car during a traffic stop. He's charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell.

It's the second time in one week that Cartegena has been arrested on drug charges.

He was charged Feb. 2 with sale of illegal drugs and possession of a controlled substance after police say they saw him selling heroin. He was released on $150,000 bond.

Cartegena is again being held on $150,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 18.

It's unclear whether he's represented by an attorney.

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New England Could Import Hydropower


Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.

The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains unanswered. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro-Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000-megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain in Vermont. A single megawatt can power up to 1,000 homes.

Without a hydropower infusion, Baker contends his state won't meet its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels. Beyond that goal, the governor and other regional leaders point to a practical need to replace electricity generation that has or will soon disappear from the energy landscape.

Several oil and coal-fired plants, mostly in Massachusetts, have been mothballed in recent years. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will close by 2019; another nuclear facility, Vermont Yankee, was shuttered in 2014.

In all, plants generating 4,200 megawatts of power have closed or will be retiring soon, and ISO-New England, the regional grid operator, has identified an additional 6,000 megawatts at risk of retirement by 2020 - adding up to 25 percent of the region's available resources.

Massachusetts, the region's most populous state, has the biggest energy appetite and typically accounts for roughly half the typical weekday demand.

If the lost power isn't replaced, Baker warns, the state and region will fall prey to an uncertain global energy market and be forced to rely more on carbon-producing fossil fuels.

"That would be the ultimate lose-lose," he said. "Unpredictable, high-priced and less green than our current situation."

The legislation would direct electric distribution companies in cooperation with the state to solicit competitive bids for long-term deals with hydroelectric producers. While current law permits hydropower procurement, administration officials believe it's unlikely to occur without the incentive of longer contracts.

Matthew Beaton, Baker's secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said Connecticut and Rhode Island already authorize long-term procurement but were waiting for Massachusetts to take a similar path.

The New England Power Generators Association opposes Baker's plan, considering it unnecessary and overly expensive.

"Subsidizing an overdependence on one foreign government-owned source of electricity will lead to lost jobs and soaring energy bills for decades to come," said Dan Dolan, the group's president.

Dolan said new plants with significant generating capacity are coming online, most fired by natural gas - which already accounts for nearly half the region's transmission capability. Hydro-Quebec, he argued, would use increased U.S. exports to subsidize lower prices for its provincial customers, in turn costing New England ratepayers an estimated $20 billion over 25 years.

In a statement, Hydro-Quebec said Baker's bill would "further enhance the opportunity for a multi-state clean energy procurement that can deliver benefits throughout the region."

Some environmentalists are uneasy with the hydro push, fearing it could shift the focus from developing renewable energy sources, notably offshore wind. Hydropower dams, while less environmentally harmful than carbon-based fuels, can disrupt water quality in rivers and damage ecosystems, according to critics.

New Hampshire foes of Northern Pass also fear the impact of transmission lines on the state's scenic landscapes.

In Maine, Baker's fellow Republican Gov. Paul LePage has long pressed for all renewable resources to compete - including hydropower and even nuclear power.

"We have always called for including all renewable resources and letting them compete. Consistent with that, we strongly think that the region should not discriminate against any clean energy source," said Patrick Woodcock, LePage's energy chief.

For his part, Baker talks of a "combo platter" of energy resources that include generous portions of natural gas, hydropower and renewables. His legislation also encourages utilities to contract with offshore wind project developers and other clean energy generators.

Leaders of the Democrat-controlled Legislature appear warm to Baker's bill, but it has yet to emerge from committee. The legislative session runs through July 31.

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Cannabis Activists: Pot Could Help Cure 1 of NFL's Ills


With much of the NFL world camped out in the San Francisco Bay Area in the days before Super Bowl 50, researchers released sobering news: late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head.

Later Wednesday, another late, great QB, Earl Morrall, also was revealed to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is associated with memory loss, impaired judgment and progressive dementia. Dozens of former players have been diagnosed, some who died in old age, like Frank Gifford, and a few who took their lives, like Junior Seau.

There is no known treatment for CTE, not least because there's no test that can point it out in the living — it's detected in post-mortem brain scans. But to one former player who's sure his nine-year career gave him the disease, there's an obvious treatment that isn't allowed in the NFL, even though it would be easy to score not far from Levi's Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday for anyone with a doctor's note: medical marijuana.

"If cannabis is implemented and (the NFL) can lead the science on this, they can resolve this brain injury situation in a big way," Kyle Turley said.

Turley is at the forefront of a vocal movement arguing that medical marijuana's pain-suppressing and possible neuroprotective benefits make it the only effective treatment for the effects that chronic concussive blows to the head have on football players. As co-founder of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, Turley is the movement's most outspoken member, but it also includes other retired players and rapper/marijuana entrepreneur Snoop Dogg.

More players' brains are found to show signs of CTE with each year that passes. Researchers at Boston University have found evidence of CTE in 96 percent of the NFL players' brains they examined. At the same time, more states are allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a medicine – 23 so far, according to National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

California was the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana, and remains the only medical marijuana-legal state so far to host the Super Bowl. Nearly half of the medical marijuana identification cards issued in California were prescribed in the Bay Area, according to the Department of Public Health.

A small body of research suggests marijuana can heal head trauma, yet Turley wonders why the league isn't investigating the drug as a medicine. To advocates, hosting the Super Bowl in the region is almost hypocritical, given what they see happening to the heads of NFL players and the spiraling lives of some former players.

"The NFL's policy against medical marijuana is stupid and counterproductive," said Dale Gieringer, director of the California chapter of NORML, in an email calling the NFL out of touch with the laws of the state. "There's no doubt NFL players would be better off with medical access to marijuana."

The NFL did not comment for this story.

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The NFL, CTE and Medical Marijuana

Hard-Knock Lives

Turley is a former defensive lineman who has been extremely outspoken about his medical struggles after playing for three NFL teams in nine years.

A New Yorker article from 2009 describes him blacking out at a Nashville concert, feeling much the same way he did when he was kneed in the head during a game years earlier. The former lineman had recently retired and was taking painkillers. He wound up in the hospital, where he said he briefly lost nearly all control of his body.

"Before quitting all the pills and committing to cannabis ... my life was a train wreck, plain and simple," Turley told NBC Owned Television Stations.

Today, Turley has eliminated all other chemicals from his system, from Aleve to Zoloft, he said. The San Diego resident has found strains of marijuana that relieve pain and other strains with effects comparable to the psychiatric pill Vicodin, but without the narcotic effects.

Medical marijuana has fairly well known, though not conclusively proven, pain relieving benefits. But to Turley, the drug also treats mental anguish he believes comes from CTE. There is very little research on that front, but the 40-year-old father insists marijuana has given him stability after recently feeling despondent and suicidal.

"The reality is I don't think about those things anymore. And if it wasn't for cannabis, I wouldn't be where I am mentally," Turley said.

Turley swears that marijuana use is rampant in the NFL – "from players to coaches to owners, marijuana is in the National Football League" – but only a handful of players have spoken out about using it. They emphasize the mental clarity it offers as much as the pain relief.

"I always healed fast, ahead of schedule; was never really very swollen; my mind was very sharp, and after concussions medicated with it," Nate Jackson told marijuana magazine High Times this week, discussing how marijuana helped him in his days with the Broncos in the 2000s.

It's not just young players who swear by pot, either. Jim McMahon, one of the heroes of the Chicago Bears' 1985 championship, revealed last month that he weaned himself off pharmaceutical drugs that left his head feeling fuzzy.

"This medical marijuana has been a godsend. It relieves me of the pain – or thinking about it, anyway," he told The Chicago Tribune.

But there isn't much medical research to back up their claims.

Science, the Brain and Medical Marijuana
Most medical marijuana advocacy is directed at the drug's pain-relieving qualities, which may be recognized by many states, but not the federal government. The FDA has not approved marijuana as a drug, though it notes there is widespread general interest in its potential as a less addictive alternative to painkillers.

But last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association found only some evidence that medical marijuana and similar drugs help chronic pain, less evidence for help with nausea and brain disorders and a risk of adverse effects, including nausea, fatigue and confusion. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says long-term marijuana use can affect learning, thinking and memory, and has been linked to mental illness and depression.

Advocates dispute those claims, and in the case of brain trauma, their case is bolstered, in some sense, by the fact that little research has been done on medical marijuana's effects on the brain.

The psychoactive chemical in medical marijuana, THC, was associated with a significantly improved mortality rate in patients who sustained traumatic brain injuries, according to a 2014 UCLA study. A study by Michigan State University researchers found that, in test tubes, THC reduced tau deposits, which indicate CTE and Alzheimer's.

Marijuana advocates cite these and some other studies when describing the drug's purported neuroprotective effects, saying it may be able to protect and heal brain cells in a way no other drugs can.

Other supporters only go as far as saying they intoxicate and sedate patients less than opiates do, and are easier on the stomach than anti-inflammatories, like Berkeley Dr. Frank Lucido, who says he has prescribed marijuana to two former NFL players. Asked about any neuroprotective effects, he noted they were unproven in humans.

Turley and others who do believe the drug can protect or restore neurological function mainly argue that more research needs to be done, and soon. A federal study found in 2012 that retired players were three times likelier to die of neurodegenerative diseases than the U.S. population on the whole.

"NFL pockets are deep enough to support a crash research program to determine that this combination of cannabinoids is effective in preventing the consequences of concussion," Harvard emeritus professor of Psychiatry Lester Grinspoon wrote in an open letter to the commissioner of the NFL in 2014.

For now, marijuana remains a problem in the NFL, subject to fines and suspensions during the season for repeat offenders, just as the federal government continues to classify marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs.

Turley hopes his Gridiron Cannabis Coalition will help change that position, as much for the players as for Alzheimer's patients and others he thinks can benefit from cannabis.

"The attitude of the active players is the attitude of police forces around our country," Turley said. "It is absurd that this continues to be a reason for a player to be suspended or someone is arrested. We don't want to deal with this anymore."

The NFL, CTE and Medical Marijuana 
On Saturday, the NFL announced that Ken Stabler will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. If last year's ceremony is any indication, CTE will hardly be mentioned at all when he is honored.

The 2015 induction of Junior Seau, who was 43 when he killed himself, was marred by the league's initial refusal to let his family speak at the ceremony. The league cited a long-standing policy, but many noted that the family had sued the NFL, saying his suicide was at least partially caused by repeated hits to the head sustained in his playing days. His daughter eventually did speak, and did not mention Seau's brain.

Though the league settled concussion-connected lawsuits last year involving thousands of former players, about 200 opted out, including Seau's family. The suits claimed players weren't properly protected from concussions or informed of their risks.

The NFL did not admit liability in settling the suits. Since CTE has become associated with football, the NFL has also donated a substantial amount of money to research, including $30 million to the National Institutes of Health – its largest-ever donation to any organization.

As for medical marijuana use, there are signs that the league's position could change.

A representative for the the NFL Player's Association told NBC Owned Television Stations it is reviewing medical-marijuana policy, though didn't comment further. The union works with the NFL to set the league's drug policy.

And the league that doled out four drug-related suspensions to Ricky Williams – the electric running back whose career is now synonymous with marijuana in the game – has recently expressed more openness toward medical marijuana, if not the drug on the whole.

Commissioner Roger Goodell briefly addressed the issue in the run-up to last year's Super Bowl, saying the NFL could one day condone cannabis as a treatment but that its medical experts didn't yet consider its use proper.

If the league did decide to reverse course on the issue, it would still face a major hurdle: the federal ban on marijuana would mean players without contracts might gravitate to teams in states where medication was legal.

Not that that should stop the league from trying, said Turley, a fiery speaker about the cause.

"It would have been an amazing opportunity for the NFL to have dealt with this proactively, instead of allowing this to be another thing that shows their desire to really change things is very lackluster," Turley said.

Turley, Williams and McMahon will all talk about their experiences with marijuana this month at the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Dallas, the first marijuana conference in a state that hasn’t legalized marijuana medicinally, according to Rory Mendoza, the event’s organizer.

Their goal, for now is to slowly raise awareness about how the drug helped them, like a football team grinding out a long drive a few yards at a time.

And on Sunday, Turley will be watching the Super Bowl at home with family and friends, avoiding intoxicants and drugs – except the one he believes can save his life, which he long ago dedicated to football.  

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Hillary Clinton Calls Flint Water Crisis 'Immoral'


Hillary Clinton called for “action now” to fight the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a speech she made to a packed congregation in the city, NBC News reported.

Clinton, who stepped away from the campaign trail in New Hampshire to visit Flint, called on Congress to pass a $200 million bill to replace the city’s water infrastructure.

"This has to be a national priority," Clinton said at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. "What happened in Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children of any part of America."

Clinton promised residents she would return to the city and not to be discouraged. With the DNC sanctioning an additional debate in Flint for March 6, Clinton will be back in the city two days before the Michigan primary.

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Egyptian Police Kill 4 Suspected Militants


Security forces raided a house south of Cairo, killing four “terrorist elements” where they were making explosives, according to Egypt’s Interior Ministry.

The four members were suspected members of the Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt militant group, NBC News reported.

The ministry said the four are suspected of multiple killings as well as blowing up a police car, a checkpoint and setting fire to police property.

Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for several attacks since 2013. 

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7 Arrested in Spain for Supplying Cash, Weapons to ISIS


The Spanish interior ministry said seven people involved in an international cell were arrested in Spain Sunday for supplying firearms and cash to terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, NBC News reported.

Five Spanish nationals of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin, and two foreigners of Syrian and Moroccan origin were among those arrested. All have links to ISIS and the Al Nusra Front, according to the Spanish interior ministry.

The group operated as a “business complex,” which allowed it to send supplies unsuspected from ports under the guise as humanitarian aid. The leader also encouraged women be recruited to be sent to Syria to marry ISIS fighters.

Officials began investigating the group in 2014. 

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Derby Mourns Passing of Former Fire Chief


The city of Derby is mourning the loss of a former fire chief and inspector. 

James J. Butler, 50, the son of Derby Board of Apportionment and Taxation member and past chairman James R. Butler and the late Josephine DiDonato Butler, has passed away, according to Marc J. Garafalo, the city's clerk. 

He previously served as chief of the Derby Fire Department and as an inspector in the city's fire marshal's office. 

James J. Butler was  a member of the Paugassett Hook and Ladder Company 4 in the Derby Fire Department for over 30 years, Garafalo said. 

"Please join Mayor Anita Dugatto and the entire City of Derby in extending our sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire Butler family during this difficult time," Garafalo said.

The city said that any expressions of sympathy can be sent to:

The Family of James J. Butler
18 Prindle Avenue
Derby, CT 06418

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New London Firefighters Respond to Three Suspected Heroin Overdoses


New London firefighters responded to three more suspected overdoses Saturday after a rash of overdoses in the area.

The department responded to the area of the 300 block of South Frontage Road after a report of a person unconscious in a vehicle on Saturday at about 2:40 p.m. When crews arrived, they found two people suspected of overdosing on heroin. Emergency officials administered Narcan and the patients responded favorably. They were taken to an area hospital. 

Then at 3:52 p.m. on Saturday, New London firefighters responded to another report of a person unconscious in a vehicle. Narcan was administered on the person as well and the person responded favorably. The individual was also taken to the hospital. 

The incidents come after an uptick in heroin overdose cases in the area. 

Newington Crash Causes Injuries


Crews responded to a crash with injuries in Newington Sunday morning. 

The nature of the crash is unknown, but it happened in the area of 44 Fenn Road in front of Stop & Shop, according to Newington police. The call came in at about 11:21 p.m.

No one was pinned and it's unclear the extent of the injuries or how many cars were involved. 

No further information was immediately available. 

Winter Storm Warning Issued Ahead of Snow


Snow starting around daybreak Monday is expected to gradually move in during your morning commute and drop anywhere from one to eight inches depending on where you are in the state.

The snowfall is expected to begin in the southeastern corner and move inland, becoming the heaviest late morning on Monday. A little break will follow before light flurries stick around in the evening. 

The northwestern part of the state could get one to 3 inches, Central Connecticut down to New Haven county could see 3 to 5 and the northeastern region of the state could see 5 to 8 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for New Haven and Fairfield counties and winter storm warning for Middlesex, Windham and New London counties due to impending snow. both will remain in effect 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. A winter weather advisory has also been issued for Hartford and Tolland counties from 4 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.

There is also a coastal flood advisory for southern Fairfield County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. 

Power company crews have been working around the clock since Friday's snowstorm. Eleven Eversource customers remain without power in Eastern Connecticut due to the snowfall. They are all invdividual cases and crews have been assigned to address the issues. Restoration is expected sometime Sunday. Eversource officials said they hope Monday's storm causes fewer problems because Friday's storm took down a lot of weak trees and branches. 

Accumulating snow and wind is expected, with gusts reaching up to 25 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service. Visibility could be affected.

Flurries on and off with very light snow through Monday night could linger into the Tuesday morning commute, as well, but there aren't expected to be any significant problems on the roads. 

The storm is trending west, so the predicted impact to Connecticut is subject to change. 

There could be flurries on Wednesday or Thursday as arctic air moves in, dropping temperatures by Friday for the weekend. 

Winter storm watches are also posted for eastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.

Guard Offered Sex, Drugs to Inmate


A female guard at New York City's Rikers Island jail faces criminal charges accusing her of planning to provide marijuana to an inmate with whom she was having a sexual relationship, authorities said Sunday.

Nicole Bartley, 30, employed as a correction officer since May 2014, was reporting for her 5 a.m. shift at the jail when Gunner, a drug-sniffing dog, became alert as she entered the front gate, investigators said.

Investigators found no drugs on her, but later found about 70 grams of marijuana inside her Bronx home, authorities said.

Under state law, inmates cannot consent to sexual relationships inside the jail, so Bartley was charged Saturday with third-degree rape, a felony, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office. She was also charged with sexual misconduct, official misconduct, promoting prison contraband and possession of marijuana.

There was no indication that Bartley had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges. She was suspended from her job after her arrest.

Bartley is the 26th Rikers staff member arrested since 2014 when the city Department of Investigation began an operation focused on corruption at the facility, said Mark Peters, the agency's commissioner.

"This case involving sex for drugs puts on full display the dangers of corruption in our city's jails and the connection between the drugs, inappropriate relationships and violence that pervade the system," Peters said. 

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Bush, Christie Hang on in N.H.


Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are looking to build momentum Tuesday, hoping to win over undecided New Hampshire primary voters and surprise pollsters with a strong finish.

With just two days to go, some voters still hadn't made a decision Sunday.

Both candidates are hoping to sway those undecided voters to their sides. Part of their plans are to attack the front runners.

Bush slammed Donald Trump at a rally in Nashua Sunday. Fresh off a strong night at the debate, Christie continued his criticism of Marco Rubio's record.

The latest poll numbers have Bush at 7 percent and Christie at 4 percent - numbers that have to improve in order to be considered winners on Tuesday night.

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Rubio Campaigns in N.H.


Marco Rubio was roundly criticized by insiders for his debate performance Saturday night, but he was back on the New Hampshire campaign trail Sunday trying to regain some momentum.

"This is the first primary in the country that's going to get to answer the question, 'What happens next to America,'" Rubio said.

It was game on for Rubio on Super Bowl Sunday. At a Watch party for the game, he wasted no time acknowledging Saturday night's debate and the searing criticism.

"People think it's a bad thing. I'm going to keep saying it over and over again, Barack Obama is trying to change America," he said.

The Florida senator, who was repeatedly attacked by Chris Christie at the debate, seemed rattled, repeating the same stump speech multiple times after a barrage of hits from the New Jersey governor.

Rubio is placing second in the latest New Hampshire polls. Whether the verbal assault and debate performance hurt his chances will become clearer on Tuesday.

"He stayed on message," said one supporter, Cathy Wienzek of Manchester.

Loyal supporters stood by the candidate.

"I thought the other people went after him because they're scared of him," said Erin Magee of Nashua.

"You're not marrying the guy," said Elizabeth Johnson, who decided Sunday to vote for Rubio. "There's no perfect candidate. You just got to know in your gut what your one or two deal-breakers are, and he doesn't have them.”

For Ann Cea, neither the debate nor the senator's speech Sunday night moved her.

"Right now I'm going to vote for Trump, for Donald Trump," she said.

Rubio had four campaign events in New Hampshire Sunday. On Monday, he has two on the schedule, both in Nashua. 

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Fear of Zika Impacts Daily Life, Travel in U.S., Latin America


 With many discovered cases of Zika virus and three deaths in Colombia, NBC News reports that many people are afraid of traveling. 

The owner of Keka's Travel Agency in Miami, which specializes in travel to Central and South America, said 20 percent of the trips they booked have been canceled.

"They are canceling because they are afraid of becoming infected," said owner Maria Angelica Morales.

Anaís Rodríguez, who lives in Miami and is 2 months pregnant, said she's taking a lot of precautions. She wears pants and sweaters or long-sleeved shirts every day, even when it's 80 degrees outside.

Last week, she found a mosquito in her bathroom and didn't waste time killing it. "I put a plug in the bathtub drain in case any mosquitoes are able to breed in the water that is there," Rodriguez said.

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Bill Clinton Launches Scathing Attack on Sanders


Bill Clinton attacked Hillary's rival, Bernie Sanders, saying that the Sanders campaign was being dishonest with people late on Sunday in New Hampshire. 

Bill Clinton said Sanders' message was "hermetically-sealed" from reality and ridiculed its implication that "anybody that doesn't agree... is a tool of the establishment.'" 

The remarks represent a big step up for the Clintons after polls came out suggesting that Sanders could be the victor in the stae's upcoming primary. 

Bill Clinton appeared visibly frustrated at criticism over his wife's ties to Wall Street as he spoke to a crowd of about 300 at a middle school in Milford, New Hampshire.

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Eastern Connecticut To See More Snow


Eastern Connecticut could once again get slammed with snow from Monday’s predicated storm.

That area was hard hit by Friday’s storm and it took days to recover.

Plow crews prepared if snow on Monday really piles up in Killingly. Now predications have upped totals for this area, as much as eight inches.

“The other storm started the same. It was one to three. Then all of a sudden we got six to ten around here,” says Ron Baribeau of Baribeau Lawn & Tree.

That other storm on Friday meant long hours for the crew. Now they’re prepping for another marathon.

“At least we could get one night of sleep last night,” says Baribeau.
Down the street at Ol’ Tom’s Pizza Shack, Super Bowl Sunday meant a steady stream of customers.

That makes up for Friday when the shop had to close because of the storm.

“The power went down and nobody was out and about and so forth. So, we called it quits. Did some prepping and waited for the next day,” says owner Tom Moumouris.

Moumouris says Monday’s potential snow might keep customers away and make for another slow day.

“Stay here as long as we can. Help out the crews that come around for the town, give them something to eat and hang out,” says Moumouris.

On Sunday, people ventured out to stock up with another storm on the way.

“It’s February. We were getting it light, you know. Now this is reality,” says Christine Smiley of Killingly.

Some had lost power for more than a day after Friday’s storm. At one point, about 2/3rd’s of the town had lost power.

“It wasn’t too bad. We make do,” says Erik Yargeau of Dayville.

When asked about the next round of snow, Yargeau kept it positive.

“I think I’m going to make some money plowing. That’s what I think. It’s nothing too frightening around here,” says Yargeau.

Eversource says there were just a handful of outages still related to Friday’s storm and they should be restored Sunday night. Crews have been working around the clock and hopefully can get a little rest before the next round.

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Crash Shuts Down Route 14 in Canterbury


Route 14 has reopened in Canterbury after a rollover crash Monday morning. 

The road was closed between Goodwin Road and Water Street, but the scene has since cleared.

No further information was immediately available. 

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