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Chelsea Clinton to Campaign for Hillary in Hartford


Chelsea Clinton is expected to campaign for her mother Hillary Clinton in Connecticut later this month.

The Clinton campaign announced that Chelsea will hold an event at Dunns River at 2996 Main St. in Hartford on Wednesday, April 20, ahead of the Connecticut primary. She expected to discuss the issue of gun violence in America. She will be joined by local leaders.

Doors to the event will open at 1 p.m. and the event itself starts at 1:45 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP online through the Clinton campaign website.

Hillary Clinton herself has not made a public appearance in the state yet.

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University of Hartford Student Held at Gunpoint on Campus


Police and public safety are looking for two men who held a University of Hartford student and his girlfriend at gunpoint in an attack facilitated by two other University of Hartford students.

At around 4 a.m., Hartford police received a call about an assault with a firearm at the University of Hartford campus.

The victim told police that two men knocked on his dorm room door while he was there with his girlfriend. The suspects pushed open the door when the victim opened it and held the two victims at gunpoint.

The suspects asked the victims where the "weed" was and punched the male student in the face several times when he denied having any cannabis. The student did not suffer serious injuries and denied medical attention.

University of Hartford officials say two students are facing charges in connection with the home invasion. A first-year student from New York City has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit home invasion, according to school officials. It is believed the student knowingly gave the suspects access to the dorm where the incident took place, then helped them find their way across campus and back to their car as they fled.

A second student is also expected to face charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit home invasion. School officials say it is believed that student initiated the attack because of a previous situation with another occupant of the room that was targeted. That occupant was not present during the incident.

School officials say this was an isolated incident and there is no imminent danger to the public. The suspects who conducted the attack are not believed to be students at the university.

Public Safety and Hartford Police ask anyone with information to call Public Safety at 860-768-7985.

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NC Gov. Defends Controversial 'Bathroom Law'


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory continued Sunday to defend a key provision of the state's controversial HB2 law — which some consider discriminatory toward members of the LGBT community — that restricts transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify as.

"I do believe in our high schools, in our middle schools, in our universities, we should continue to have the tradition that we've been having in this country for years. And we have a women's facility and a men's facility," McCrory said on "Meet the Press," noting that "it's worked out pretty well."

The governor has tried to undo some of the damage caused by the new law by signing an executive order that expands equal opportunity protection for LGBT employees of the state.

But when moderator Chuck Todd asked why he didn't expand that same executive order to protect LGBT North Carolinians in the private sector, he responded, "Because I'm not the private sector's H.R. director."

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Republican With Most Votes Should Be Nominee: Poll


A majority of Republican voters, some 62 percent, believe if no GOP presidential candidate wins a majority of delegates before the GOP convention in July, the hopeful with the most votes should be the party's nominee, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Republican voters also overwhelmingly reject the idea of GOP convention delegates choosing a presidential nominee who hasn’t run in the 2016 primaries.

The latest poll illustrates the dilemma the RNC faces as the possibility remains high that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump won't secure a majority of delegates once primary voting concludes on June 7, despite having won more votes, states and delegates than his Republican rivals.

Asked about the poll result on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, RNC head Reince Priebus noted that Trump has won a plurality - not a majority - of votes.

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IRS: Come Clean Now Before We Read Panama Papers


IRS and Treasury officials have taken part in two global meetings on the Panama Papers to plan how to use the huge trove of leaked documents to catch criminals, U.S. officials revealed to NBC News.

In a statement to NBC News, the IRS acknowledged participating in a "special project meeting" of JITSIC, the Joint International Tax Shelter Information and Collaboration network, with their counterparts from around the world in Paris last week.

The IRS also encouraged any U.S. citizens and companies that may have money in offshore accounts to contact the agency now before any possible illegal activity on their part is identified.

According to media reports, the data about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by Panamanian law firm contain information on potentially thousands of U.S. citizens and firms that have at least an indirect connection to offshore accounts affiliated with Mossack Fonseca.

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Cicadas Set To Plague Northeast


The air in parts of Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia is about to get very noisy this spring as a 17-year cycle comes to a close for cicadas.

Billions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground as part of Brood V, seeking a mate before they die. The current cycle began in 1999 as those bugs burrowed into the ground, according to Cicada Mania.

Cicadas aren’t like locusts. They can’t chew so they don’t destroy plants or trees. However, the males do sing – constantly – in an effort to find a mate.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the insects live above ground for about a month when the ground temperature reaches at least 64 degrees and are only interested in one thing – sex. It is the only time they can mate and lay eggs.

The eggs will hatch in about six weeks and the nymphs will burrow into the ground, feeding on plant roots for another 17 years. At that time, they emerge to start the cycle all over again.

Data on Cicada Mania’s page shows the area where the cicadas will emerge is very limited and patchy. Far western Maryland, northwest Virginia and the northern two-thirds of West Virginia will see Brood V emerge. The eastern half of Ohio and a very specific area of New York are also included.

Brood V is not expected to emerge in Washington. The last time the Metro area was saturated with the noisy insects was in 2013 with Brood II, which is not expected to emerge again until 2030.

Brood X, which is scheduled to emerge in 2021, is the next big cycle for the area.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said there are 15 different brood cycles, which work on 13 or 17 year cycles. Scientists have wondered why these cycles exist but have no real answers.

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Tx. Man Shoots Girl With Real Gun at Water Fight


A Texas man who struck a 15-year-old girl after firing a real gun at a weekend water gun fight was in custody Sunday, according to authorities, NBC News reported.

The incident happened Saturday in Spring, a small suburb north of Houston. A neighbor said he believed the man shot the girl accidentally. 

Harris County Constable Lt. Charles Hoover said the girl, who was struck in the shoulder near her neck, suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

The man, who was in his 40s, was not related to the victim. He was charged with deadly conduct, Hoover said. Police did not identify him.

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Bear Scales Tree in West Hartford


West Hartford Police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to relocate a black bear found wandering a West Hartford neighborhood Sunday.

DEEP officials confirm that Environmental Conservation Police responded around 3:15 p.m. for a bear in a tree at 20 Lilley Road. When they arrived the animal had wandered to the area of 19 Vanderbilt Road.

Police say the bear is male believed to weigh around 250 pounds. The neighborhood he was found in is a busy, congested area, according to police. They tranquilized the bear and are relocating him to a more suitable forested area.

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Man Lit on Fire


San Diego police are looking for an attempted murder suspect who they say lured a man into his truck, doused him in a flammable liquid and lit him on fire. 

The incident happened at noon Sunday on the 1700 block of Pentecost Way in San Diego's Oak Park neighborhood near a Rite Aid, just north of State Route 94, San Diego Police (SDPD) confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The man, who is around 40 years old, is well known and loved in the homeless community. He is in the hospital but is not expected to survive. 

"He'd give the shirt off his back. He'd do anything he could for you," friend Tiffany Rogness said. 

Misti Cardenas, a witness and friend of the victim, said a man got out of his truck, leaving the driver's door open, and walked up to her and the victim. 

The man asked her for water, Cardenas said, and when she told him she didn't have any, he stared at her with a "weird expression." 

Cardenas said he told the victim to get in the car and he did. 

She said it was immediate: from head to toe, he was engulfed in flames. 

"I don't know what to say. I just watched him burn," she cried. 

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to UC San Diego's Burn Center, police said. Police know the victim's name but are not releasing it at this time. 

"They says it's pretty bad," Rogness said. "His chest and head, hair, face."

The suspect is still at large. Police do not have a clear description for him, but said he was last seen driving a two-door pickup truck. Cardenas described the suspect as 6-foot, 160 to 180 pounds with a dark beard last seen wearing a red hat and red shirt. 

"The expression on his face was that he's either hurt somebody before or he's going to do it again, because there was nothing there, no emotion," Cardenas said. "He'll hurt someone."

Muslim Families Find Safe Haven With Vatican


The Syrian families brought back to Italy with Pope Francis say they can’t believe they were chosen, including the Essas, who were added in a “last minute addition”, according to NBC News.

"What's happening with us, it's like a dream," Nour Essa, a microbiologist, told NBC News on Sunday. "It's like a beautiful dream."

Hasan and Nour Essa joined two other Syrian families on the pope’s flight to start new lives in Rome.

The three families — all of them Muslim — told NBC News Sunday, that the pope's passion supersedes his religious doctrine. 

Francis spent Saturday on Lesbos with Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and Ieronymos II, the archbishop of Athens and Greece. The three leaders heard stories of some of the migrants who fled ISIS tyranny in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cousin of Slain HS Football Star Killed in Tennessee


The 12-year-old cousin of a Tennessee high school football star shot dead in December was killed Saturday, NBC News reported. 

Jajuan Hubert Latham was shot in the head in Knoxville just hours after an event that honored his slain cousin, Zaevion Dobson, NBC station WBIR reported. 

Police believe the young boy was killed Saturday night while sitting in the back seat of his father’s SUV, which was at Knoxville park. Gunfire erupted between two vehicles that drove by the park. Jajuan’s father rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

The incident took place hours after an event that honored his slain cousin.

President Obama used Dobson’s death to call for tighter gun control. Dobson, 15, died while shielding three friends from gunfire.

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Foul-Smelling Water Leak Frustrates Hartford Neighbors


A horrible stench in one Hartford neighborhood has neighbors fed up.

Neighbors say foul smelling water is leaking out from a home on Brookfield Street. It’s near their backyards and they want it stopped.

On Sunday, a crew from NBC Connecticut witnessed what neighbors say is part of the problem: water spurting out of a hose which snakes out of a basement window in a townhome on Brookfield Street.

The water smells and neighbors say it’s been a constant problem for the past couple months.

“I was really smelling it and it was like bad.” Says Scott Hart of Hartford.

The foul smelling water is collecting outside one home and further down the group of townhomes. Neighbors are concerned sewage might be in the water and its effect on their health and quality of life.

“You can’t open up your windows or, and when you’re walking in and out of your home you smell it,” says one neighbor who did not want her name used.

Neighbors say no one lives in the townhome with the hose right now.

They say they’ve contacted the City of Hartford and MDC to look into what might be the source of the problem. But so far they haven’t had any luck stopping the water from pumping out.

“There is an issue somewhere and we just want to know where the issue is and how to fix it,” says Hart.

NBC Connecticut spoke briefly to Michelle Simon who is listed in city records as the owner of the unit where the water originates.

Simon blames the problem on a sewer line issue that the City of Hartford and MDC need to address.

However MDC spokeswoman Kerry Martin confirms a crew was there on Wednesday for reports of a possible sewage issue, and found no problem with the main sewer line.

Martin says it may be an issue with the lateral line, which attaches individual systems to the main line. Any problems with lateral lines is the responsibility of the property’s owner or owners. Martin says MDC crews did leave paperwork for the property’s owner, as is standard procedure.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the City of Hartford but the city has yet to comment.

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Multiple Departments Battle Portland Brush Fire


Multiple departments spent hours battling a brush fire at Meshomasic State Forest in Portland Sunday.

The Portland Fire Department says crews responded around 5 p.m. to multiple calls for smoke coming from the state forest. The smoke was seen as far away as Farmington. It took crews about three hours to contain the blaze, and crews were on scene extinguishing hot spots until around 10 p.m.

About 15 acres were burned. The Forestry Division of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will remain on scene overnight to monitor.

Crews from the Portland Fire Department, Middletown Fire Department, Westfield Fire Department, Glastonbury Fire Department, and East Hampton Fire Department were all called to the scene. No injuries were reported.

This was one of several brush fires that cropped up throughout the weekend. DEEP declared fire danger high for both Saturday and Sunday and prohibited opening burning.

Record-Breaking Crowd at Sanders NY Rally


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a record-breaking crowd to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Sunday, NBC News reported.

More than 28,300 people attended a rally, according to the campaign and a production company that helped plan the event.

"In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here this afternoon!" Sanders bellowed to cheers as he took the stage after actor Danny DeVito glowingly introduced him. 

Sanders has drawn big crowds during his campaign, with 28,000 people at his Portland, Oregon, rally in August and 18,000 people in South Bronx in March. 

Another large crowd is expected in Long Island City on Monday, the night before the all-important New York primary.

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New Fairfield Home Destroyed by Fire


A New Fairfield family is displaced after a house fire Sunday night.

 Emergency dispatchers confirm crews responded around 8 p.m. to Jewel Lane for reports of a structure fire. Viewer video shows the house completely engulfed in flames. Dispatchers say the single-family home was completely destroyed. No injuries were reported.

 Crews from New Fairfield, Patterson, Sherman and Danbury all responded.


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Residents React to Deadly Earthquake in Ecuador


Many families in Connecticut are still trying to reach loved ones in Ecuador after an earthquake devastated areas along the central coast.

 It’s been difficult if not impossible to find out how they’re doing because of the damage done by the earthquake.

 ABC Pizza in the Collinsville section of Canton always displays a few tributes to the owners’ home country. But on Sunday it was the images broadcast on an Ecuadorian TV channel that made it hard for the staff here to work.

 “Oh yeah because our mind is always there,” says Wagner Hurtado, owner of ABC Pizza.

 Wagner Hurtado runs the shop with his wife and brother-in-law. They left Ecuador more than twenty years ago. It remains close to their hearts, especially following the devastating earthquake.

 “Everybody was scared because we have whole family over there, friends. We don’t know really what happened,” says Hurtado.

 Hundreds of people are dead, thousands hurt, and then there is significant damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure.

 Paul Martel, president and founder of a non-profit called FIBUSPAM, is already looking for ways his organization can assist.

 “We can help and we’d like to do that,” says Paul Martel.

 FIBUSPAM already had up to 50 medical professionals in Ecuador as part of its regular humanitarian mission. Now they’re ready to help quake victims.

 “Down there in this situation, you don’t have anything – nothing; literally nothing,” says Martel.

 Back at ABC Pizza, Hurtado planned to close the restaurant early on Sunday. His hope was then to connect with his loved ones in Ecuador.

 “It’s hard when you are far away and you can do nothing,” says Hurtado.

 Several groups in the state are looking to fundraise to help quake victims.

 People can click here to donate to FIBUSPAM.

 The Ecuadorian Civic Center of Greater Danbury met on Sunday to also look at ways to help victims.

 Also the Ecuadorian Consulate in Connecticut has planned a meeting for Monday at 6:00pm to talk about the emergency situation and figure out ways to help.

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WWII Marine Celebrates 100th B-Day


One of the first female World War II Marines celebrated her 100th birthday. 

Family, friends and fellow Marine veterans held a tea party for centenarian Glady Ruth Gallivan at the Veteran’s Village of San Diego.

"I cannot believe it," she told NBC 7 Saturday. "It's amazing to think someone would do this just for me."

Gallivan decided to enlist in the service in 1943, saying there was little chance of advancing in her job at Nordberg Manufacturing. 

“I was just tired of my job,"  she said. “Other than that it was just my idea.”

Gallivan joined during the “Free a Man to Fight” campaign when she was just 26. She served at Cherry Point in North Carolina before being transferred to Miramar. 

During the war, female Marines didn’t get the opportunities men did. Instead, they served in motor transport, repair and as telephone operators among other jobs. 

“We couldn’t go overseas,” Gallivan explained. “Wherever they could put us, they put us. Going into the Marine Corps today is entirely different.” 

She was honorably discharged in 1946 and went into civil service. Gallivan also settled into civilian life, getting married and having two boys. 

But duty called again, and she eventually returned to her job after her children had grown. 

Gallivan retired in 1985 after a lifetime in government service. 

The Women Marines Association created a Facebook event asking people to send her birthday card — some coming from as far away as Japan. 

Gallivan said her secret to a long life is to “forget about getting older.” 

She now lives in Mission Village where she helps the community paper and appears at local schools on Veteran's Day.

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Leaked ISIS Documents Reveal Information on Terror Recruits


Experts at West Point analyzed a collection of ISIS personnel records obtained by NBC News provide a new insight into the group's ambition and the people who make up the group.

The files reveal that the jihadists who joined the Islamic State in 2013 and 2014 were largely uninterested in suicide missions, better educated than expected and, to the alarm of those trying to stop the export of terror, very well-traveled.

NBC News received the dossiers from a Syrian man who said he stole the information, stored on a flash drive, from a senior ISIS commander. Over the last month, NBC News has worked with the Combating Terrorism Center at the elite military academy to transform them into a database of more than 4,000 foreign fighters from 71 countries.

"The largest takeaway from these documents is the massive diversity of the population," Brian Dodwell, deputy director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, told NBC News.

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Popular Candidates Trail in Favorability Ratings: Poll


Only two White House hopefuls are enjoying a net positive rating among registered voters, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who trails the other two Republican candidates, has the highest net positive rating at 31 percent, while Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders enjoys a 45 percent positive rating.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump remains very unpopular with Americans as a whole, with almost two-thirds of voters giving him a thumbs down. Trump scored with a net 41 percent negative rating. 

Rival Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are also rating negatively when it comes to their overall favorability — with a negative score of 49 and 56 percent respectively. 

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House Fire in Ansonia


Two Ansonia families were awakened by a house fire in the middle of the night, Sunday.  Authorities say the fire started on the back deck and quickly spread to the the second floor and through the roof.

 “We had heavy fire in the back of the building, on the back stairway.  We knocked it down quick with an aggressive attack," said Michael Eheman, Ansonia's Assistant Fire Chief.

The home’s owner, Lucy Lopez said she hosted a barbecue on that deck the day before. As the fire marshal worked to determine the fire's cause, Lopez said she believed the fire was started by ashes from the grill.

When family members alerted her to the fire at 2:15 in the morning Lopez screamed to neighbors, who called 911, then ran downstairs to warn her tenants.

"We were sleeping and the next thing neighbor upstairs, they were knocking on our door like, 'get out get out there's fire.'  So, we got out with the kids and we see the stairs and the roof with fire, and we wait for the firemen to come," said Jesus Garcia who lives on the first floor with his wife Daisy and three children.

The second floor apartment suffered heavy flame and smoke damage.  Because the Garcia's apartment only had water damage, they were allowed back inside to get some of their belongings.  Garcia's eldest son carried stacks of books to the car.  The fire marshal said the home is unlivable right now.

"We have three kids and the most important thing is getting out of the house.  We had no shoes or anything," said Garcia.

The fire department called in mutual aid from Derby to get the fire under control.  The flames melted the siding off a neighboring home.

"Because of the close proximity two homes, one on Hodge and the other side of Platt Street they were very tight there was only two to three feet between them.  We evacuated them just in case," said Eheman.

Eheman said several of the firefighters were cut by broken glass while trying to put the fire out.  Two were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.  The rest were treated at the scene. 

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