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Bergdahl's Defense Wants to Meet With Donald Trump


A lawyer representing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has sent Donald Trump a request to meet with him to talk about the GOP front-runner’s comments about his client, NBC News reported.

Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt sent a letter to Trump Saturday asking for time to determine whether he needs to be subpoenaed before a pending court-martial hearing.

Bergdahl’s defense lashed out at Trump for comments he made at a rally last October, in which he called Bergdahl a "traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed." Trump did not appear to respond immediately to the interview request.

Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban and held for five years before being released in a prisoner swap.  

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Bernie Sanders Holds Rally in Michigan


Bernie Sanders rallied with supporters in Warren, Michigan, ahead of Sunday's Democratic debate. 

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Philippines Seizes N. Korean Ship Amid New Sanctions


The Philippines said Saturday it seized a North Korean freighter covered by United Nations’ sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear program, NBC News reported.

A spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry said the ship was impounded and will not be allowed to leave port, after officials conducted an inspection.

The ship arrived on Feb. 27 and was unloading palm kernels.

Manila will also deport the vessel’s crew and will wait for a U.N. inspection team, the spokesman said.  

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Hartford Battling Heavy House Fire


A woman is at the hospital after leaping from the second story of her burning Hartford, Connecticut home.

The Hartford Fire Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls at 5:29 a.m. to report a heavy fire at 228-230 Vine St.

The fired department fought the blaze for over an hour, but had to be called out of the building as the conditions became too dangerous. They were able to get the fire under control at 6:46 a.m.

While battling the blaze, a power line fell on one of the fire trucks. Eversource had to be called to the scene to de-energize the line.

The fire chief said the fire may have started in the kitchen. He believes the family may have been using the oven for heat because the residents have complained about having electrical problems in the past. This is the preliminary cause but officials are still investigating. 

The woman who leapt from the burning home was transported to the hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time. One firefighter was also transported for an injury to his knee and a minor burn.

Two families, consisting of eight adults and five children, have been displaced. They are being assisted by the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Division and the American Red Cross.
Keith Delores, of Hartford, said she was asleep in the first floor bedroom of her Vine Street apartment when she was woken up by a loud explosion upstairs. 

"There were flames, it was just so much fire," Delores told NBC Connecticut. "I'd never seen this much fire before in my life. It was overwhelming."

12-Year-Old Riding Bike Hit by Car in Montville


Route 163 in Montville is closed after a 12-year-old pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck.

The accident happened around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. Police said there were serious injuries but did not elaborate. They are still investigating.

Route 163 is closed between Oxoboxo Road and Terrace Drive.

The 12-year-old boy was apparently riding his bike down his grandparents' driveway before he rode into traffic, state troopers told NBC Connecticut. The driver of the pickup truck is being cooperative and it does not seem like there was a mistake made by the driver, state troopers said. 

The boy was taken to Backus Hospital and then transported to CCMC. The biggest concern for the boy is trauma to the brain, troopers said. 

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Trump, Clinton Lead in Michigan: NBC/WSJ Poll


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading their competitors by double digits in Michigan's March 8 primary, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

In the Republican race, Trump gets support from 41 percent of likely primary voters -- followed by Ted Cruz at 22 percent, Marco Rubio at 17 percent and John Kasich at 13 percent.

In the Democratic contest, Clinton leads Sanders among likely primary voters by 17 points, 57 percent to 40 percent. But the race is closer among the larger potential Democratic electorate, with Clinton at 52 percent and Sanders at 44 percent.

In hypothetical general-election matchups, the poll shows both Clinton and Sanders have the advantage over Trump in Michigan. Clinton leads Trump by 16 points, 52 percent to 36 percent, while Sanders is ahead by an even wider margin, 56 percent to 34 percent.


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Politicians, Celebrities React to Death of Nancy Reagan


Former first lady Nancy Reagan, the stylish and strong-willed widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, has died of congestive heart failure, her spokesperson confirms. She was 94.

Though her public appearances became rare after her husband's death in June 2005 — preceded by his decade-long struggle with Alzheimer's disease — she made frequent trips to the Reagan Library, both to visit Ronald's grave and to help expand the library's activities and influence.

While Reagan is most well known for her roles as an actress and as first lady during her husband's eight years as president from 1981 to 1989, many also remember her work with the "Just Say No" anti-drug use campaign and as an advocate for stem cell research. Reagan would argue she considered her most important role to be Ronald Reagan's wife.

President Barack Obama and the first lady extended their "sincere condolences to the Reagans' children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren."

"We remain grateful for Nancy Reagan's life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again," the president's statement read.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton expressed grief over her death. In a statement, Bush and his wife Laura praised her fierce loyalty to her "beloved husband" while Clinton and the former secretary of state, called Reagan an "extraordinary woman" whose "strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the president, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer's."

California Gov. Jerry Brown extended his deepest condolences to the Reagan family on behalf of his family and all Californians. Sen. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recalled Reagan's joy at the dedication ceremony for President Reagan's statue at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

"I hope that it is a comfort to the entire Reagan family that so many around the world appreciate her life, mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time," Pelosi said in a statement.

World leaders reacted to news of her death as well. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will always remember Nancy Reagan as a "great friend of the State of Israel," and the U.K.'s foreign secretary called her passing a "great loss for America."

On Sunday, Nancy Reagan's stepson, Michael Reagan, led tributes to the former first lady on social media, writing: 'I am saddened by the passing of my step mother Nancy Reagan...She is once again with the man she loved. God Bless...'

Presidential candidates and congressional leaders also took to twitter to mourn her death and praise Reagan's legacy and life.

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Peyton Manning Calling it a Career After 18 Seasons


Peyton Manning's days of decoding defenses and recuperating in cold tubs are over.

The five-time MVP is retiring after 18 NFL seasons, dozens of passing records, five MVP trophies and two Super Bowl championships.

A month after basking in the glow of his second Lombardi Trophy and a parade through downtown Denver attended by more than a million fans, the soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback called one last audible and told Broncos boss John Elway he's retiring.

The tributes came pouring in when word got out Sunday that Manning was calling it a career.

Tom Brady tweeted his congratulations to Manning, telling his rival, "You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better."

Could there be a higher compliment?

Manning's college coach, Phillip Fulmer, called it "almost magical" what Manning was able to accomplish in his four years in Denver following neck fusion surgery that threatened to short-circuit his career.

Instead, Manning went 50-15 in Denver, winning his fifth MVP award, surpassing Brett Favre's records for career yards, touchdowns and victories while leading the Broncos to two Super Bowls.

"I've said this a lot of times to people, he didn't get better each game. He got better every meeting, every practice, every period in practice," Fulmer said. "He was the most incredible player that I've ever seen of taking it from the film room to the practice field and then from the practice field to the game."

The knock on Manning was that he didn't win more Super Bowls. For a guy with such a great regular season record (186-79), his playoff mark of just 14-13 paled in comparison.

"People don't realize, it's hard to always be the best player," Fulmer argued. "For almost all his years, he had to be the best player. At Indianapolis, he never had a great defense around him. In my opinion, if he had been on teams like this last Broncos team — a team not even as good on defense — the guy might have six or seven Super Bowls."

Commissioner Roger Goodell called Manning "a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community," adding, "We are forever grateful for Peyton's unmatched contributions to the game and know his success will continue in the next phase of his life."

No one's sure what that will be.

Less than 24 hours before informing the Broncos of his decision to retire, Manning said during an appearance Friday night in Florida that he had no idea what he'll do in retirement.

There are plenty of possibilities — and advice — to stay in football, from the broadcast booth to the front office.

Some believe he'll eventually be an NFL owner.

ESPN, FOX, NBC and CBS all said they would love to talk to him if he decides to go into broadcasting.

Just shy of 40, Manning will forgo $19 million and a 19th season in the NFL, where he served as both a throwback and a transformer during a glittering career bookmarked by an unprecedented five MVP awards and dozens of passing records.

"Peyton was a player that guys wanted to play with," Elway said. "That made us better as a team and I'm thrilled that we were able to win a championship in his final year."

The Broncos scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday that was expected to be attended by dozens of current and former teammates.

Manning leaves the league as its career passing leader and winningest starting quarterback, the only one in NFL history to win Super Bowls with two franchises.

His first came in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him No. 1 overall in 1998. The Colts gave up on him after a series of neck surgeries forced Manning to miss all of the 2011 season and left him without feeling in the fingertips of his right hand.

A rare superstar quarterback on the open market in 2012, Manning resettled in Denver, where he threw 140 of his NFL-high 539 TD passes, including a record 55 in 2013.

"I get asked a lot about my legacy," Manning said before the Super Bowl. "For me, it's being a good teammate, having the respect of my teammates, having the respect of the coaches and players. That's important to me. I am not taking this for granted. I just love football."

The 18th season for No. 18 was by far his most trying on the field. He had to adjust to new coach Gary Kubiak's run-based offense and to unrelenting health issues on his way to winning his second Super Bowl. Off the field, he faced questions about his character, too.

Manning, whose dry wit and star power has made him a staple of commercials and late-night television for nearly two decades, had his squeaky-clean image take a beating as the final pages were flipped on his storied career.

The NFL is investigating allegations that human growth hormone was shipped to his home in his wife's name following an Al Jazeera report — Manning dismissed the story as "garbage." And in a new lawsuit filed last month claiming a hostile work environment for women at the University of Tennessee, Manning was cited for his alleged harassment of a female trainer in 1996.

A torn ligament in his left foot hampered Manning all the way back to August. It led to his worst statistical season and sidelined him for six weeks before that fairy tale finish in Santa Clara, California, when his defense carried him across the finish line.

Constantly harassed, never quite comfortable — sort of the way the whole season played out — Manning walked away with his second NFL title after Denver's defense, with seven sacks and four takeaways, all but handed him the Lombardi Trophy in a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

"He had to do several things different this year," said his dad, Archie, a former star quarterback himself. "Had to take off during the season, which he'd never done before. He ran the scout team, which I don't think he'd ever done, and he dressed out as a backup, which he'd never done."

Manning also had to play the role of game manager for the first time during Denver's defense-fueled run to the title. "I'm just glad I was on the same team as our defense," he said.

Manning's retirement leaves the Broncos with $19 million in salary cap relief they can use to try to sign his long-time backup, Brock Osweiler, who's set to become a free agent Wednesday.

Manning finished in a tie with Favre for most regular-season wins with 186. His victory in Super Bowl 50 was his 14th in the postseason, one more than Favre, making him the NFL's only 200-win quarterback.

"There's no question that his work ethic is what made him into one of the great quarterbacks of all time," Elway said. "All the film study Peyton did and the process that he went through with game planning and understanding what the other teams did was second to none."

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Two Hospitalized after Home Invasion in Hartford


Two people were sent to the hospital after a possible home invasion in Hartford. 

According to police, multiple suspects entered a home at 60 Van Block Ave. around 1:40 a.m. 

Jimmy Ball, 35, and Dianna Ford-Ortiz,30, were home at the time. Ford-Ortiz awoke when she heard Ball at the door. She opened the door and multiple suspects forced their way into the home.

Ball was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso. He was transported to the hospital and is listed in guarded but stable condition.

Ford-Ortiz suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the  left leg. She was taken to the hospital by a good Samaritan.

Police are waiting to talk to the victims to learn more about what transpired inside and to get descriptions of the suspects.

Police do not believe the incident is gang related. Both victims are cooperating with police.

1 Dead, 7 Injured in Mass. Shooting


A teenager has died and seven other people were injured when someone opened fire early Sunday morning in Chelsea, Massachusetts, officials said.

Police are still looking for the shooter as family and friends are mourning the loss of the 19-year-old Pablo Villeda.

A small memorial is growing outside the building on Washington Avenue where seven young people, including Villeda, were shot early Sunday morning. One more person jumped out a window.

Terrence Flood's fiance was woken up by the shots. They live next door.

"She said, 'I heard a shot, a gunshot,'" Flood said. "She heard the glass break where the guy jumped out the window."

Villeda was taken to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The other victims were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and Whidden Hospital with non-threatening gunshot injuries.

The surviving shooting victims were three males - ages 15, 18, and 22 - and three females - ages 15, 17, and 18.

Now, police are looking for a suspect. They believe there was one shooter with one gun.

They are also investigating why so many young people were inside that apartment.

"It's been vacant for like two or three days," said Flood.

A vigil is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. in front of the building.

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Slain Va. Officer to Be Buried in Mass.


Ashley Guindon, a Virginia police officer who was shot and killed her first day on the job, was mourned by loved ones in her Massachusetts hometown Sunday.

Guindon's time as a police officer was cut tragically short, but she leaves behind a legacy of service. Police officers from across the region gathered at her wake in Agawam.

"She was a good role model for a lot of people," said Lowell Police Capt. Kevin Sullivan.

The sea of blue guided her family, loved ones and former colleagues from Virginia to western Massachusetts.

"I've been on almost 30 years, and it's the first time I've ever heard of anyone dying in the line of duty on the first day," Sullivan said.

The 28-year-old was shot and killed while responding to her first call as a Prince Willaim County officer.

It was a domestic violence call, one of the most dangerous for police officers.

"I think we're also reminded of the apprehension that one feels when you don't know what's on the other side of the door," said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts.

"When you find out that this stems from domestic violence, it's just real disappointing. It hits us all very hard," Sullivan said. "She was a young girl, she had her whole life in front of her, and it's a difficult situation for her family and friends and her co-workers."

Guindon was also a corporal in the U.S. Marine reserves and had a master's degree in forensic science.

Her funeral will be held Monday in Springfield, and thousands are expected to attend.

She will be buried in West Springfield next to her father, who was also a veteran.

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Former OJ Prosecutor Marcia Clark Speaks Out


The Los Angeles prosecutor who tried and failed to convict O.J. Simpson says the infamous murder trial would probably end in a hung jury if it were held today.

"Honestly, I don't know whether he would be convicted today," Marcia Clark said in an interview with Dateline NBC scheduled to air Sunday.

Clark cites racial mistrust exposed in the wake of police-involved shootings around the country and made the question of how law enforcement treats African-Americans one of the most contentious issues of the day.

She has long contended that wariness of the Los Angeles Police Department and anger over the brutal Rodney King beating figured in the acquittal of Simpson after a five-month trial in 1995 that transfixed the world.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Endorses John Kasich


Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger officially endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich — first on Snapchat, then in Ohio on Sunday, NBC News reported.

Schwarzenegger has been supporting Kasich and speaking of his accomplishments leading up to the New Hampshire primary.

"We need John Kasich to now take charge and be at the White House," Schwarzenegger added. "And this is why I endorse John Kasich, our great governor, to be our Republican nominee and to be the next president of the United States of America — the greatest country in the world."

Kasich is campaigning in Ohio, his home state, which he says he needs to win to move on. Ohio’s primary is on March 15, and the winner will take all 66 delegates. Kasich said if he doesn’t win Ohio, he will quit the race.  

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Maine Considers Future Primary


Major problems at the Maine Democratic presidential caucus Sunday have led a party lawmaker to push for a switch to primaries in the future.

Bernie Sanders is projected as the winner in the state, where there was a record turnout with an estimated 46,800 Democrats caucusing, according to party officials.

So many voters showed up in Portland that a line thousands strong wrapped around a city block.

To make matters worse, the city clerk's office left before new voters could be registered and processed.

Staff members at the caucus are requesting verbal declarations of the voters' statuses as Democrats. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is pledging to authenticate those votes Monday if the voters stay and caucus Sunday.

Additionally, voters were given the option of casting votes with absentee ballots instead of staying for the caucus.

The Maine Democratic Party's executive director defended the Portland clerk's office in a statement.

"Our municipal clerks' offices across the state have worked hard to process same-day voter registration for today's caucuses," wrote Jeremy Kennedy. "In Portland, the clerk's office remained at the caucus site for an additional four hours to make every effort to ensure as many people as possible could participate."

Meanwhile, Portland Sen. Justin Alfond, the Senate's Democratic leader, is announcing emergency legislation to bring back the primary system in Maine.

"We can do better than this, and that's why we're going to need to have a bigger discussion," Alfond said.

"If we don't have a primary, we have to plan better for the caucus," said Strimling. "People are standing in the cold for hours just to be able to practice their constitutional right to vote."

Alfond says he will be introducing the bill Monday to have both parties use primaries instead of caucuses.

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Jimmy Carter Ending Cancer Treatments


Former President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation Sunday that he will be ending cancer treatments as he no longer needs them, NBC News reported.

Carter, 91, underwent treatment with a new drug, Keytruda, and in December he said the cancer disappeared. He said he will continue to be monitored and that he will start with treatments again if a cancer “shows up.”

The former president announced in August that he had a mass removed from his liver, which turned out to be melanoma — a dangerous form of skin cancer.  

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Crash Blocks Two Lanes on Route 9 in New Britain


Connecticut State Police are on scene for a crash in New Britain.

Both the center and left lanes are closed on route 9 South near exit 25.

It is unclear whether or not anyone is injured.

Check back here for updates.

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GOP 'Will Get Killed' If Trump Is Nominee: Graham


South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham had some pretty harsh words for Donald Trump on Sunday, saying if the GOP front-runner is the nominee, “the Republican Party will get killed, we’ll get creamed, we’ll lose, we’ll deserve it.”

In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Graham reiterated he would support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, if he’s the only viable alternative to Trump.

Looking ahead on the primary calendar, Graham said, "I hope Rubio wins Florida, I hope Kasich wins Ohio, but if I have to support Ted Cruz over Donald Trump, I would."  

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Car Slams into Pizza Place in Hartford


A Hartford pizza place will be closed for weeks after a car slammed into the restaurant.

Hartford police say a man in his 50's was driving home from work when he fell asleep at the wheel. The SUV he was driving then slammed into New Park Pizza, 72 New Park Ave.

There were no injuries reported to the driver. The restaurant sustained significant damage. The owner is on scene assessing the damage.

Idago Pastor Shot After Delivering Prayer for Cruz


The pastor of a prominent Idaho church was shot and critically wounded in the church’s parking lot Sunday, NBC News reported.

Tim Remington, 55, was shot just a day after he delivered the invocation at a campaign rally for Republican candidate Ted Cruz.

Remington is the senior pastor of the nondenominational Altar Church in Couer d’Alene. He was in critical condition late Sunday afternoon.

Police told NBC station KHQ they found a man with several gunshot wounds. The gunman — described as a little taller than six feet, with short, curly blond hair — fled and remains at large. 

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Nancy Reagan: Shrewd Adviser, Devoted Wife, Committed Advocate


Shrewd adviser. Devoted wife. Committed advocate.

The legacy of Nancy Reagan, whose death at 94 was announced Sunday, is being remembered as a big and complex force that lasted long beyond her — or her husband's — eight years in the White House.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served as a national security adviser under Ronald Reagan, recalled how he began working with the administration in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iran-contra scandal.

"She was looking to us as the force that would stabilize the White House," Powell told MSNBC-TV. "She made sure that's what we were doing."

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