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Trump Kids on Missing Vote Deadline: NY System Is 'Onerous'


Two of Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters won’t be checking the ballot box for the New York Republican in the Empire State's April primary because of what they call the state's "onerous" rules. 

Trump’s children Ivanka and Eric failed to register as Republicans in time to participate in the primary slated for April 19, Trump said on Fox News.

"They were unaware of the rules and they didn't register in time," Trump said on Fox News Monday morning. "So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty but it's fine."

"Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won't be voting," Trump said. 

Both Trumps were registered to vote but not enrolled in a political party, according to New York State's public Voter Registration Database. Ivanka and Eric Trump's voter statuses were listed as "active."  

While new voters had until March 25 to register to vote, the deadline to change party was back in October 2015.

Ivanka, 34, and Eric Trump, 32, said in a statement released by the campaign that New York is "one of the most onerous states in terms of timeframe to change party affiliation for a closed primary."

"Our experience in New York, and inability to change our party affiliation so that we could vote for our father in the NY primary, was the reason that we proactively began making videos last year to educate voters on a state-by-state basis on what is required in order for them to vote in their own state primaries," they said.  "Each state differs greatly in terms of the rules and requirements--most allowing you to change your status on or close to the date of voting, if even required. Eric and I are fully supportive of our father and look forward to casting our vote for him in November."

Trump's other son, Donald Trump Jr., 38, is a registered Republican, The Associated Press reported, citing state records. Trump's youngest daughter Tiffany, 22, is registered as a Republican in Pennsylvania, where she is attending college.  

New York’s deadlines could also affect the Democratic side and hurt Bernie Sanders in particular, according to NBC News

Sanders’ campaign added their first paid staffers in New York just days before the March deadline for new voters to register. 

"We get tons of emails from people who are just discovering that they can't vote for Bernie because they realize it's a closed primary," Tascha Van Auken, who co-founded the volunteer group Team Bernie NY, told NBC News. 

Another problem is that Sanders has shown strength among independents and in New York about 20 percent of voters aren’t affiliated with a party.

NBC 4 New York has also reached out to the New York City and state Board of Elections.

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Firefighter Injured in Fire at Vacant Home


A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a fire Monday morning in a Hartford house that three homeless people were staying in.

The fire broke out in what was supposed to be a vacant house on Grand Street and investigators believe it started in a first-floor bedroom.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

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Rain Tomorrow, Dry Weather Returns Wednesday


An area of low pressure over Canada will sponsor clouds and wet weather through tomorrow.

Showers are expected overnight with lows in the 40s.

An organized batch of steady rain will make move through the state tomorrow morning.

The rain should wrap up from west to east during the afternoon. Temperatures will peak in the lower and middle 50s.

It's possible that a long stretch of dry, sunny and warmer weather begins Wednesday.

For Wednesday itself, expect a blend of clouds and sunshine, with the most sunshine along the New York border.

Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Thursday brings unlimited sunshine as temperatures surge towards 60 degrees.

An "omega" block will be dominating the weather pattern over the eastern two-thirds of the country come the end of the week.

This pattern results in dry, sunny weather in the middle, but unsettled weather on either edge.

A blend of clouds and sunshine is expected Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

The weekend looks amazing. Temperatures will be in the 60s Saturday and near 70 on Sunday.

Abundant sunshine will last all weekend long.

Highs will be in the upper 60s to perhaps 70 degrees on Sunday.

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Syrian Refugee Resettled in US 'Honored to Be Here'


The head of the first Syrian family to be resettled in the United States said Monday he is “honored to be here” and that ever since they arrived in Kansas City last week, his wife and their five children feel "safe."

Speaking through a translator during a press conference, Ahmad al-Abboud said "he will be doing his best to insure that he fits in with everybody." 

"There is absolutely nothing to worry the American people," the translator said. "The Syrian refugees are seeking a life with dignity, a better life for their family and kids."

Al-Abboud's family fled Syria’s civil war three years ago and found refuge in Jordan, according to NBC News. But al-Abboud was unable to find work. His family is among the 1,000 Syrians who have been permitted to enter the U.S. from Jordan since last October.

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Building to Be Torn Down After Stratford Fire


Two buildings at the former Raymark Ball Field in Stratford will have to be torn down after a fire on Sunday.

Firefighters responded to the former ball field just before 5:30 p.m. to investigate reports of a brush fire and found two abandoned buildings that has been used as a concession and maintenance facility on fire.

The buildings, which had been neglected for years, were damaged beyond repair and will most likely be razed, officials said.

Officials said the property has been a concern because of asbestos type dust from the Raymark Company, which previously managed the site, but the fire was not in the area where the waste from Raymark was and there is no concern to the neighboring homes.

The Stratford fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire.

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Truck Stuck Under Railroad Overpass in North Haven


A truck is stuck under the railroad overpass at Sackett Point Road in North Haven and the road is closed to Locust Avenue. 

Police do not know when the truck will be removed or the road will reopen. 

Crews will be inspecting the bridge.

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Patients' Possible Disease Exposure


Hundreds of people who underwent dialysis at a Massachusetts medical center may have been exposed to disease as a result of improper procedures, according to NBC affiliate WWLP.

Baystate Health said in a statement to WWLP the hospital is notifying some 575 patients who were treated between Jan. 1, 2015, and Feb. 10, 2016, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

A recent state inspection required Baystate to correct certain signage, the use of protective gloves and documentation of dialysis operations, according to the statement.

Baystate Health epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Haessler said most of the patients at risk have already undergone additional lab work and have not shown any signs of illness.

"While our evidence suggests that the risk is extremely low, the safest and most proactive course of action is to notify patients that there was a deviation from standard protocol and recommend that they follow up with their physician for consultation. We will take any measure necessary to ensure that our patients are safe," Haessler told WWLP.

According to Haessler, staff will be retrained and the hospital will purchase additional dialysis equipment.

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2 Suspects in Heist at North Haven Storage Units Arrested


Almost a year and a half after burglars broke into more than 100 storage units in North Haven and stole a Jaguar and several other possessions, police have arrested two suspects.

Ryan Mcnally, 24, of Clinton, and Jose Figueroa, 36, of New Haven, were arrested last week in connection with burglaries at the Stowaway Storage complex on Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven in December 2014. 

Several people broke the locks off 110 several storage units on Dec. 28, 2014 and a stole a 1996 Jaguar XJ6, as well as several other items, according to police. Over the course of the night, they made three trips in and out of the facility and used a stolen box truck to two the item away, police said.

Police obtained several search and seizure warrants and identified five suspects.

On April 6, police took Mcnally into custody and charged him with burglary, conspiracy, criminal mischief, second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $50,000 bond.

On April 7, police took Figueroa into custody and charged him with 110 counts of third-degree burglary, 110 counts of conspiracy, 110 counts of criminal mischief, second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $75,000 bond.

Police have not released the names of the three other people believed to be involved, but said they have arrest warrants for three New Haven residents and it's just a matter time before tracjking them down.  

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Airport Authority Discuss Casino Plan, But Didn't Vote


A proposal for a casino near Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks was one of several items on the agenda for the Connecticut Airport Authority board meeting this afternoon, but no vote was taken. 

The agenda included a negotiating strategy for potential development of a casino during executive session and no action was taken before the meeting adjourned.

Officials from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos have received proposals from several towns willing to host a potentially $300 million facility that would house slots, table games, restaurants and bars and the Connecticut Airport Authority is interested in having a casino at Bradley Airport.

Man Races to Help When Truck Catches Fire on I-84 in Hartford


A pickup caught fire after a crash on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 in Hartford and video from the scene shows someone running across the highway and climbing into the burning truck.

The fire is in the area of exit 46.

No additional information was immediately available.

State police said there are no reports of injuries.

Check back for updates.

3 Dead After Boat Capsizes


A Palm Beach sheriff's deputy and his 9-year-old son are among three family members killed in a boating accident Sunday near Stuart, Florida, according to authorities and family.

Relatives said the missing boaters included Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Fernandas Jones and his son, 9-year-old Jaden. Jones served as a Miami-Dade police officer for 20 years before joining the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, where he worked for a year and half, his wife said.

Also on board were Jones' father-in-law, Wills Bell, and his cousin, 45-year-old Robert Stewart, the lone survivor.

Stewart is in the hospital, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Coast Guard officials announced Monday.

Stewart told investigators 71-year-old Bell drifted off first, then Fernandas.

"Our survivor said he did have the 9-year-old in a life jacket and held on to him as long as he could, but was eventually not able to do so and the child drowned," explained Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

The first body was found on a beach around 7 a.m. Monday near the House of Refuge at 301 SE MacArthur Blvd., NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach reports, citing Martin County Fire Rescue. The sheriff's office later tweeted that two other bodies were found.

WPTV's Chopper 5 spotted a capsized boat south of the St. Lucie Inlet at 8:20 a.m., and an MCSO helicopter picking up a man nearby.

Authorities said the boat got swamped and filled with water, but did not overturn. They said it appears to have stayed flat and below the surface.

The group left in a 24-foot Sea Ray boat around 8 a.m. Sunday for a fishing trip, according to Jones' wife, Michelle, who called authorities around 10 p.m. to report them missing. She said the men usually fished offshore near Stuart or the Intracoastal Waterway.

A small craft advisory was in effect Sunday, meaning strong winds were capable of producing dangerous wave conditions.

Search crews from Lake Worth and Fort Pierce were sent out to search for the missing boaters, according to the Coast Guard.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available. Keep refreshing for updates.

Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
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Pratt Street in Hartford Closed for Renovations


Pratt Street is Hartford is closed to cars from today until this fall for the Pratt Street Improvements project. 

The construction is expected to be finished this fall. 

Pedestrians will have access to the sidewalks and businesses along Pratt Street will be open during construction.

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Delegate System Has Given Trump 22 Percent Bonus


Republican front-runner Donald Trump is not happy with the GOP's delegate rules, saying they are "corrupt" and denying him delegates in states he won. But NBC's analysis shows Trump has actually benefited from the party's arcane rules for allocating delegates more than his rival Ted Cruz.

Trump now has 756 delegates — or 45 percent of all delegates awarded to date —yet he has won about 37 percent of all votes in the primaries, according to the NBC analysis. 

For each percentage point of total primary votes Trump has won, he has been awarded 1.22 percent of the total delegates. That means he has been awarded a delegate bonus of 22 percent above his raw support from voters. 

Meanwhile, Cruz has been awarded about 1.14 percent of the delegates for each percentage point of votes he has won — a delegate bonus of 14 percent above his raw support. The data show Trump has been awarded 8 percent more delegates than Cruz for the same rate of voter support.

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Police Release Images of Man Sought in Meriden Bar Shooting


Police continue to investigate the shooting outside a Meriden sports bar early Sunday morning and they have released photos and video of a man believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Police responded to the Noiise Sports Bar, at 149 Lewis Avenues, at 1:55 a.m. after receiving several 911 calls about gunshots and found two men and a woman had been shot.

An ambulance brought one man to a trauma hospital, while Lifestar transported the other man.

The female victim had been shot in the leg and was also taken to a hospital. Police said they also found another woman at the scene and initially thought she'd been shot, but determined she had injured her foot. 

The shooter was gone by the time police arrived and investigators do not believe this was a random act. 

He should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police and they also that anyone who sees him reach out to police but not approach him. 

Anyone with information should call Detective Wagner at 203-630-6334 or email jwagner@meridenct.gov with any information regarding the males identity or information on the incident. Do not approach this male and call the 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call detective John Wagner at (203) 630-6334.

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Women Scammed Elderly Resident Out of $800: Police


Police said two women scammed an elderly Norwalk resident out of $800 and authorities are hoping members of the public can help identify the people responsible. 

The two women convinced the victim to provide a debit card and pass code on Monday and took around $800 from the victim’s bank account, police said. 

One woman is around 5-feet-5, in her mid-20s to early-30s and appeared to be around 150 pounds. She was wearing black clothing. 

The other has braided hair, is 5-feet-2 and in her 40s or 50s, police said. 

Both were in dark vehicle, possibly a Jeep. 

Anyone with information about the women police are looking for should call the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111 , send an anonymous tips through the Norwalk Police website or submit a tip by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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Coyotes Spotted in Prospect


Coyotes have been spotted near houses in Prospect and police are urging residents to be aware, especially while jogging or walking in the early morning or late evening. 

In a Facebook post, Prospect police also warn people with pets to be on the lookout. 

Police also remind residents that bears, bobcats and even occasional moose are other animals, are part of life here in Connecticut. 

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has put together a fact sheet on what to do if you see a coyote.

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West Haven Man Admitted to Killing Wife: Police Report


The West Haven man charged with killing his wife admitted to strangling her and waited several hours before calling 911, according to a police report.

Carlos Pinedo called 911 around 3:45 p.m. Sunday and told a dispatcher his wife had fallen and was on the floor. According to police, Pinedo then told the dispatcher he had strangled his wife and that she was not breathing.

Police and EMS arrived at Pinedo's home at 1014 Campbell Avenue and found the victim, 38-year-old Catherine Pinedo, on the floor of a bedroom. Paramedics told police it appeared the victim had been dead for several hours.

Detective spoke with Pinedo, 44, who told them he got into an argument with his wife Sunday morning, got a knife and planned to stab her to death, according to police. He said his wife was able to stop him and he eventually turned the knife over to her, but then grabbed her neck and forced her to the floor, the police report stated. He told detectives he strangled his wife until she fell unconscious, police said.

Pinedo said he tried to perform CPR his wife, but was unsuccessful. He admitted he waited several hours before calling 911, according to the police report.

Pinedo faced a judge on Monday and was held on $2 million bond.

The couple had two children together, but they were not home at the time of the incident, police said.

Clinton, Trump Still Lead NY: Poll


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold double-digit leads over their closest challengers ahead of their home state's presidential primaries, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll has found.

More than half of likely voters in New York's upcoming Republican and Democratic party presidential primaries said they would vote for the Manhattan businessman or former secretary of state and U.S. senator representing the Empire State, respectively. 

Trump leads his closest challenger, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, by 33 points, while Clinton holds a 14-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Brooklyn native.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points for Democrats and 6.1 for Republicans.

"The road to the conventions goes through New York for both the Democrats and Republicans," said Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Right now, the front-runners look like they will erase recent setbacks and add significantly to their delegate margins. New York is not likely to enhance the hopes of those trying to close the gap in the delegate hunt."

Monday found all of the candidates but Cruz stumping in New York, which could be pivotal if underdogs manage to wrest delegates from the front-runners. Clinton was in Long Island, while Sanders, Trump and Kasich were upstate. Two of Trump's children were found to have missed the deadline to register as Republicans, meaning they won't be able to vote for their father next week.

Fifty-five percent of polled Democrats said they were planning on voting for Clinton, while 41 percent of voters said they planned to vote for Sanders. Three percent of likely voters were still undecided ahead of the April 19 primaries.

On the Republican side, Trump was the favored candidate of 54 percent of polled voters. Twenty-one percent told pollsters they’d be voting for Kasich, and another 18 percent said they were planning to cast ballots for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

If Trump wins the state but goes to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this year without enough delegates to win the party’s nomination on the first ballot, about 64 percent of likely Republican primary voters in New York said that Trump should still get the nomination. Another 28 percent said that the party should nominate someone else.

Regardless of whom the GOP selects as its nominee, pollsters found they’d have trouble beating the Democratic nominee. Sanders and Clinton both hold large margins over each of the Republican candidates. Kasich performs better than Cruz or Trump, but still would trail either Democratic candidate by at least 15 points.

The poll comes the same day as a Monmouth University poll of likely Democratic voters that found Clinton would likely beat Sanders by about 12 points if the primary were held today.

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Hay Being Stolen from Horse Rescue


Locket's Meadow Farm animal rescue wants to know why hay continues to disappear.

Kathleen Schuman owns the Bethany farm. She said at least once a week for the last three years some of her hay goes missing.

After seeing a suspicious person come onto her property in the early morning hours, Schuman said she saw a man steal some of the hay.

“So he came in at 5:40 AM, got the hay loaded up his trunk and drove past my other driveway.”

She said there were nine hay stacks and five of them went stolen.

Schurman said times are hard and every hay stack counts. She buys bales of hay day-by-day at about $150 because it costs too much to fill up the farm’s hay mount, which costs about $4,000.

“We’re a rescue! We’re a non-profit! We go penny, to penny to penny to penny. So when somebody takes those bales of hay we have to scramble to go get more.”

Schuman said she's reported the incident to state police, although state police tell NBC Connecticut they have not received a formal complaint.

The rescue has been caring for animals for the past 15 years.

Man Found Dead in Waterbury Driveway

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