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Beautiful Weather to Start Weekend


High pressure will make for lots of sunshine to kick off the weekend.

High temperatures will be near 60 today.

It will be a chilly evening with temperatures bound for the freezing mark in most towns tonight.

Complete sunshine is the call for tomorrow, with highs near 60.

The next weather-maker approaches on Sunday, so while it will be dry, a good amount of clouds will blend with some sunshine. Highs will approach 60 degrees.

It turns very unsettled next week.

Showers are likely on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s. Cooler, but still at or above average.

There are some indications that a break in the dreary weather sneaks in on Wednesday, but confidence is low. Temperatures return to the 60s on Wednesday.

More showers are possible Thursday.

None of the days next week appear to feature steady, heavy rain the whole day, rather, the pattern looks favorable for typical springtime showers.

Greece Vows to Clear Migrants From Makeshift Camp


Greek officials worked to clear an overcrowded makeshift refugee camp on Friday as European leaders met to discuss the border crisis that has left thousands stranded there in desperate conditions, NBC News reported.

Nikos Toskas, Greece's deputy minister for public order, said the 14,000 migrants camped out at the border near the village of Idomeni were being persuaded to relocate to nearby government-built shelters. Toskas said Greece cannot use tear gas to move them because "half the people there are women and children."

Macedonia closed its borders to all migrants and refugees this week — joining several Balkan countries in adding border restrictions after European Union leaders agreed Monday to close the Balkans route.

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U.S., Connecticut Flags to Be Raised After Nancy Reagan's Funeral


The governor has ordered that flags lowered to half-staff in honor of former First Lady Nancy Reagan be raised tonight after the funeral.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said the flags  were lowered in accordance with a proclamation from President Barack Obama.

Nancy Reagan died on Sunday at her home in Bel-Air, California, of congestive heart failure.

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing on NY Beach


A small plane made an emergency landing on a Long Island beach Friday morning, authorities say.

Chopper 4 footage from the scene shows a Cessna 152 on the beach near Sunken Meadow Park in Suffolk County.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the two people aboard the aircraft were not injured. 

It's not clear why the plane had to make the landing on the beach.

The FAA says it is investigating. 

The landing comes less than a week after a Cirrus SR22 lost engine power near Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

Video of the crash was obtained by NBC 4 New York and showed the plane floating to the ground using a parachute. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

Wounded Warrior Project Execs Fired Over Spending


The top two executives at the Wounded Warrior Project have been fired amid allegations of extravagant spending on themselves and their employees, NBC News reported.

The board of directors fired chief executive officer Steven Nardizzi and chief operating officer Al Giordano Thursday after an independent review found "some policies, procedures and controls at WWP have not kept pace with the organization's rapid growth in recent years and are in need of strengthening," according to a statement from the nonprofit sent to NBC News.

The charity, one of the largest in the nation for veterans, has been mired in controversy since January, when a CBS News investigation found many of its donations were going toward employees — including $26 million on company conferences in 2014.

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Man With Gun Robbed North Haven Valero


A man with a gun robbed a Valero gas station in North Haven on Wednesday night and police have released surveillance footage in the hopes that it will help identify the robber.

An attendant of the Valero Gas Station, at 414 State St., in North Haven called 911 at 8:56 p.m. and said he’s just been robbed at gunpoint.

The man said he’d been mopping the floor when a man came in, pointed a black gun at the employee and forced him around the cashier’s desk, then told him to open the safe. When the robber saw it was empty, he told the clerk to open the register.

The robber took between $500 and $600 from the register and fled out the front door, then ran on State Street toward Hamden, police said.

He is 20 to 25-years-old and between 5-feet-3 and 5-feet-4 and was wearing a two-piece white jumpsuit with a black ski mask over his face.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery should call the North Haven Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at 203-239-1616.

Photo Credit: North Haven Police

Guinness: Israel Holocaust Survivor, 112, World's Oldest Man


A 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world's oldest man, Guinness World Records announced on Friday.

Guinness said in a statement that Israel Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11.

Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness awarded Kristal a certificate at his home in Haifa on Friday.

"I don't know the secret for long life," Guinness quoted Kristal as saying. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why."

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost," he added.

Guinness said Kristal was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. He moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionary business in 1920, it said. During the Nazi occupation of Poland he was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to the Auschwitz and other concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust.

Kristal survived World War II weighing only 37 kilograms (about 81 pounds) — the only survivor of his large family. He moved to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son, Guinness said.

In Israel, Kristal "continued to grow both his family and his successful confectionary business," Guinness said.

Yasutaro Koide of Japan was the previous oldest man. He died in January at the age of 112 years, 312 days.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, an American born in 1899, is both the world's oldest living person and the oldest living woman, Guinness said.

Photo Credit: Dvir Rosen/Guinness World Records via AP

West Haven Residents Detain Suspect


Some West Haven residents detained a man suspected of confronting a person with a gun until police arrived to take over.

Police said they received several reports of a fight in the area of 400 Third Avenue at 7:16 p.m. on Thursday and found several men holding Sean Walton, 25, of New Haven, on the ground.

Walton is accused of showing up at a Third Avenue home with a loaded gun and confronting a resident.

Residents were able to get it away from Walton during a fight and police said they found it by Walton’s foot.

The residents said they did not know Walton and had no previous problems with him.

Walton claimed he went to the house to buy marijuana, police said.

Officers seized a handgun loaded with five rounds and said the serial number was filed off.

Walton was charged with breach of peace, altering a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

He was held on $75,000 bond.

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Plainville Animal Shelter Owner Sues Town


The owner of a Plainville shelter who was arrested on 24 counts of animal cruelty has filed a lawsuit against the town. 

Police started investigating Meda Talley, the owner of AlmostHome, in December when they received complaints about the animal rescue and shelter and authorities removed 20 dogs, 23 cats, a rabbit and a hamster from the shelter.

At the time, Plainville Police Lt. Eric Peterson called the conditions inside "unsuitable" for so many animals, even if they were just there temporarily.

The town has also filed a separate civil suit, seeking about $17,000 from Almost Home.

Town manager Robert Lee said $8,000 is for veterinarian bills and the rest is for all the overtime costs of taking care of the animals since the December raid.

Robert Ziegler, the attorney for Almost Home, previously said he would be filing a lawsuit against the town.

“In the petition, they named Meda Talley individually and they should have never done so. They knew it was a corporation. It was a charitable 501C3 coorporation, but they named  Meda Talley, an individual, the defendant in the action,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler said it is vexatious litigation.

Photo Credit: Plainville Police

Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Bridgeport Gas Station


Bridgeport police are investigating an armed robbery at a Citgo Gas Station on Thursday and they have released surveillance video.

Police said the robbery happened at the Citgo Gas Station at 915 Reservoir Avenue, Bridgeport.

Anyone with information should call Detective M. Fumidinisi at (203) 581-5246.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police
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Ski Resorts Shut Down for Season After Record Breaking Temps


Multiple Connecticut ski resorts have closed after combating high temperatures all season. 

"The weather has hit our snowpack hard," Lori Shield, the marketing director at Ski Sundown told NBC Connecticut.

Ski Sundown was unable to reopen this week and decided to close for the season. 

Powder Ridge Mountain in Middlefield is also closed. Mount Southington will close up after the last run at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Record high temperatures hit up to 81 degrees this week for March. In 2000, the record was 72 degrees. 

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Man Suspected in December Hartford Murder in Custody


 A man suspected in a December Hartford murder is being held on $1.5 million bond and is due in court later this month.

Police identified Brock Davis, 41, as a suspect in a murder of 45-year-old Joseph Lindsey, of Hartford, on Albany Avenue in Hartford just after noon on Dec. 9.

Police obtained an arrest warrant on Jan. 22, charging Davis with murder.

On March 3, members of the U.S. marshal's violent crime fugitive task force learned that Davis was staying with an associate in Springfield, Massachusetts and a task force there took him into custody.

He was extradited from Massachusetts on March 8 and transported to Hartford Police, where the warrant charging him with murder was served, police said.

He is due back in court on March 22 for arraignment.

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Police Search for Suspect in Southington, Waterbury CVS Robbery


Southington Police are searching for the suspect who robbed two different CVS stores early Friday morning. 

At around 5:41 a.m., a man walked into the CVS store on 310 Main Street and demanded money from the clerk working the cash register, police said. 

 The suspect had his hand in his grey sweatshirt pocket which implied that he had a weapon, according to police. He fled in an older silver Jeep Cherokee with heavy passenger side damage. 

Police believe the same man robbed a CVS in Waterbury this morning as well. A man is seen on camera in a darker hoodie walked into the CVS on 1279 W. Main Street. 

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Nancy Reagan Laid to Rest


Family, friends and figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment and media gathered Friday to remember first lady Nancy Reagan, whose life and love affair with her husband were celebrated with music and memories at the Reagan Library in Southern California. 

Reagan called her husband's presidential library "the shining city on the hill," using a phrase that President Reagan had borrowed from history to describe his aspirations for the nation. Inseparable in life, they will be reunited again on that hilltop, side by side.

The service began with a musical prelude from the 1st Marine Division Band from Marine Corps Camp Pendleton and a performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," one of Ronald Reagan's favorite songs, performed by the Santa Susana High School Choir.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney read a love letter from Ronald Reagan to his wife that he wrote to her on their first Christmas in the White House in 1981, a fitting tribute to the love story they shared from the time they met in 1950. Nancy Reagan wrote in her memoir, "My Turn," that her life really began when she met the handsome Hollywood star and Screen Actors Guild president -- after a dinner meeting, he helped her clear her name from a Communist blacklist -- who would become her husband.

The White House Christmas love letter is a testimony to the fact that Nancy Reagan filled the president's entire life with "warmth and love."

Mulroney recalled waiting with Reagan and his security detail for the first lady to arrive after a meeting in Ottawa in 1987. He described the president's reaction when his wife got out of the car and began walking toward the two world leaders, already buoyed by a successful round of political talks.

"President Reagan beamed, and he threw his arm around me and said with a grin, 'You know Brian, for two Irishmen, we sure married up,'" Mulroney said. "It reflects a unique Reagan reality. She really, always was on his mind."

Former White House chief of staff James Baker told guests about Reagan's habit of hiding love notes around the couple's Pacific Palisades home for his wife to find. Nancy Reagan kept those letters in a shopping bag and secreted notes and his beloved jelly beans into his suitcase before trips. One holiday themed note read, "I live in a permanent Christmas because God gave me you," Baker recalled.

"They were defined by their love for one another," Baker said. "They were as close to one another as is possible for any two people to be."

As a storm front darkened the skies over Simi Valley, Camarillo bagpiper Bill Boetticher, 71, played "Amazing Grace," marking another link between the couple. Boetticher played at Ronald Reagan's funeral, and family members decided his presence would be fitting.

Light rain began to fall during the ceremony -- organizers raised a tent earlier this week to shelter guests -- and continued as Reagan's rose-and-peonies-adorned casket was place near the grave site. Mourners unfolded umbrellas as they paid their final respects.

The former first lady will be buried Friday night beside her "Ronnie" at the library they loved. Guests began to arrive at the hillside property northwest of Los Angeles about an hour before a musical prelude to the service, most details of which were planned by the former first lady.

The sprawling, Spanish Mission-style library is located between the Reagan's post-White House home in the upscale Bel Air section of Los Angeles and Rancho del Cielo, the "ranch in the sky" where the Reagans spent their leisure time, sometimes on horseback, in the rugged mountains near Santa Barbara.

The guest list for the funeral tells a story about their lives, which stretched from Hollywood's Golden Age to the California statehouse during Reagan's time as governor to the Washington Beltway. Four of the five living first ladies and relatives of every president dating to John Kennedy were invited.

Friend Mr. T, the 1980s TV icon, entered the service wearing a U.S flag-themed bandanna on his head and military fatigues before taking a seat next to actor Gary Sinise.

The service brought together Democrat and Republican, an unusual tableau at a time of deep division in Washington and the 2016 campaign trail. Hillary Clinton took a break from the presidential campaign to attend, and other politicians on the list cover the political spectrum, from Newt Gingrich to Nancy Pelosi.

Nancy Reagan's two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan, were among the speakers at the funeral. Davis described how Nancy Reagan was adamant about reuniting with her husband, who died in 2004, and called her parents as "two halves of a circle."

Ron Prescott Reagan told the guests there likely would not have been a President Ronald Reagan without Nancy Reagan, saying she had an absolute belief in him, as well as provided guidance and a refuge.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw also gave remarks during the private ceremony officiated by the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, vicar of Washington National Cathedral.

On Wednesday and Thursday at the library, lines of mourners and Reagan faithful filed slowly past the former first lady's closed casket, blanketed with white roses and peonies, Mrs. Reagan's favorite flower.

Tears often fell. The crowd, many in graying years, spoke to an era closed, a time of "morning again in America" and the Reagan doctrine intended to weaken Soviet influence during the Cold War.

Reagan left the presidency after eight years, on January 20, 1989.

Mrs. Reagan, who died Sunday at 94, planned the smallest details of her funeral. She selected the funeral's flower arrangements, the music to be played by a Marine Corps band and the list of guests invited to the private memorial.

The library site, where the 40th president was buried in 2004, provides sweeping views of horse country dotted with oaks and, on a clear day, a vista to the Pacific.

The Reagans "just fell in love" with the spot, Boston developer and Republican fundraiser Gerald Blakeley recalled in a 2004 interview. He was part of a partnership that donated the land where the library now sits.

"We're just grateful for the Reagan years," Ray Brooks of Simi Valley said Thursday as he waited in line with his wife Jackie to board a shuttle to the library grounds, where Mrs. Reagan's casket was placed in the marble lobby with a bronze statue of a smiling Ronald Reagan nearby.

"Everybody, no matter how they felt about those years, when they look back they remember them as good years because of the example they set. We need an example like that now," Brooks said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Two Multi-Vehicle Accidents in West Rock Tunnel in Hamden


There are two separate multi-vehicle accidents in the West Rock Tunnel in Hamden, state police confirm.

Route 15 southbound is shut down after a four car accident and a separate two car accident happened on Friday. 

There were minor injuries reported.

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5 Things to Know About Daylight Saving Time


U.S. clocks will "spring forward" again on March 13 to make room for an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings as winter fades away.

Daylight saving time officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday when clocks are turned forward one hour to 3 a.m.

Here are five things to know about daylight saving time before you adjust your watches, alarms and microwaves (most cell phones adjust on their own):

How It Affects Your Health:

The hour of sleep lost – or gained – may play a bigger, perhaps more dangerous role in our body’s natural rhythm than we think. 

According to a University of Colorado study, researchers found a 25 percent jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after we “spring forward” compared to other Mondays during the year – a trend that remained even after accounting for seasonal variations in these events.

"[Heart attacks] were much more frequent the Monday after the spring time change and then tapered off over the other days of the week," lead author Dr. Amneet Sandhu, a cardiology fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver, said in an American College of Cardiology news release. It may mean that people who are already vulnerable to heart disease may be at greater risk right after sudden time changes."

When Was DST Implemented

Before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established a uniform daylight saving time, local governments could start and end daylight saving time as they desired. For five weeks a year Boston, New York and Philadelphia were not on the same time as Washington, D.C., Cleveland or Baltimore. Different daylight saving times also caused confusion for travelers going from the Midwest to Northeast. 

In 2005, President George W. Bush extended the daylight saving time for an extra four weeks through an energy bill. Since 2007, daylight saving time has begun on the second Sunday of March, ending on the first Sunday of November.

Not All States Observe DST

Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe daylight saving time. Indiana did not observe the practice until 2005. The American territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also do not participate.

Some states have tried to get rid of daylight saving time but haven't been successful. In the last year alone, 14 state legislatures have debated bills aimed at revising how we keep time. In March, the Utah state legislature rejected a bill that would have ended daylight saving time. 

Founding Father Did Not Come Up with DST

According to the History Channel, Benjamin Franklin did not come up with the idea of daylight saving time; he only suggested a change in sleep schedules.

Englishman William Willett is the one who suggested in 1905 that the United Kingdom move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October, so people could enjoy the sunlight. He published "The Waste of Daylight" and spent much of his fortune and time promoting the idea.

DST is Singular Not Plural

By the way, it's "daylight saving time," not "daylight savings time."

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Clinton 'Misspoke' About Nancy Reagan & AIDS Advocacy


Hillary Clinton has apologized, saying she “misspoke” when she said Nancy Reagan used “low-key advocacy” for the HIV/AIDS epidemic during her time in the White House, NBC News reported.

Clinton told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Friday that the Reagans started “a national conversation” about the disease and that Nancy Reagan, whose funeral was held Friday in California, helped push the crisis into the public’s consciousness.

Gay rights activists immediately questioned her following her comments. Human Rights Commission head Chad Griffin said she was “no hero” for victims of the disease that was notably ignored by the White House during Reagan’s presidency.

Clinton tweeted an apology to her followers, saying she “misspoke” about the Reagans’ “record on HIV and AIDS.” 

Photo Credit: AP

Students Allowed Back Into Platt Tech in Milford


Students were evacuated from Platt Technical High School in Milford on Friday, for the second day in a row because of an unspecified threat, but they are being allowed back into the building.

State police sent police dogs to the school and the school administrators evacuated the students, who were moved across the street to the YMCA

A note sent to parents said the threat was benign and the school will be working with authorities to identify the cause of the threat and take appropriate action.

The scene was clear as of 11:15 a.m. and school administrators will determine whether students will return to class or be dismissed.

On Thursday, the school was evacuated over an unspecified threat and e school decided to send students home as the investigation continued. 

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New Haven Gears Up For Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade


At the Trinity Bar and Restaurant on Orange St., the taps will start flowing when breakfast is served Sunday morning before the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off.

“We like to go out and celebrate and celebrate by having a couple of drinks,” Trinity Bar owner Eddie Higgins said.

Both New Haven Police and AMR Ambulance are gearing up for the largest single spectator event in Connecticut.

“We have extra ambulances on,” AMR Operations Manager Ed Badamo said, “we hope we don’t have to use a single one of them.”

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to line the parade route on Church and Chapel Streets.

“There’s nothing worse than having a family sitting curbside watching the parade and having somebody spilling beer on top of some kid’s head,” NHPD Officer David Hartman said.

With more than 200 officers along the parade route, police will be enforcing public drinking laws, so they are asking parade-goers to stick to the bars and leave the booze at home.

“Don’t wheelbarrow a keg down Chapel Street,” Hartman said. “It’s going to be taken from you.”
This year Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving is partnering with Uber to spread the message: if you drink, don’t get behind the wheel.

“There are friends and families and ways to get home,” said MADD Connecticut Program Director Johanna Krebs.

MADD and Uber volunteers plan to pass out cards with the code “MADDCT” that will allow new users to get a $25 discount of their first ride. Uber will then donate $5 to MADD Connecticut.

As for when pubs like Trinity plan to pour the final beer, Higgins said “we’ll be working with police and if they tell us its time, well then it will be time.”

The parade begins Sunday at 1:30pm. For more on road closures and parking, visit the website.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Increase in Passengers Causing Air Travel Delays


The Transportation Security Administration says passengers are being forced to deal with longer lines at some of the country’s biggest airports, NBC News reported.

The TSA says delays are due to an increase in travelers. This spring, 140 million people are expected to travel. Travel has jumped 7 percent nationwide over the last year, according to the TSA.

Staffing is also a problem. The TSA says it’s at its lowest staffing level in five years. It’s training 192 officers each week to try to staff up.

Travelers are being told to brace for a “very intense summer,” with the TSA warning people to get to the airport very early.  

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