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35,000 Protest Trade Deal in Germany Before Obama Visit


About 35,000 protestors have turned out in the German city of Hannover to protest a planned U.S.-Europe free trade agreement, a day ahead of President Barack Obama's visit, NBC News reported.

The protest was organized by the so called "anti-free-trade alliance," made up of numerous associations including trade unions, environmental activists and church group, who fear the proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could threaten Germany's environmental and legal standards.

The president will use the annual CEBIT international trade fair in Hannover to promote the deal, which would create the world's largest free trade area with approximately 800 million people.

Officials in Washington and Europe are trying to clinch key parts of the TTIP deal before the end of the year.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

65-Year-Old Woman Missing from Vernon Found Safe


A 65-year-old woman reported missing from a senior living facility in Vernon on Saturday morning has been found.

Vernon police say Hartford police found Elizabeth Breen after responding for a disoriented person. She was unharmed.

Vernon Police say Breen walked away from the Elm Hill Manor retirement, anassisted living facility on 37 Elm Street in Vernon. She was last seen around 8 a.m. and was missing for several hours. Authorities reported she was found safe just before 11 p.m. Saturday night.

More details were not immediately available.

Photo Credit: Vernon Police

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden Filled to Capacity


Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden has reached full parking lot capacity on Saturday.

The parking lot was filled just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection tweeted. It's closed to further vehicles.

Missing Fla. Teens' Boat Found


The boat carrying two missing teenagers, who disappeared off the Florida coast last year, was discovered near Bermuda nearly eight months after they vanished, authorities said Saturday.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, set out on a fishing trip off the Jupiter Ponce de Leon Inlet aboard the single-engine boat on July 24, 2015 and never returned.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said a Norwegian supply boat spotted the boys' Seacraft 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda on March 18 while on route to Norway. 

The commission notified the boys' families once they confirmed the boat belonged to Stephanos, NBC affiliate WPTV reported. According to NBC News, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Commission said the families were told they could come forward with the information "in their own time."

An iPhone belonging to Stephanos and a tackle box were found on the teens' recovered boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The boat is expected to return to the U.S. in mid-May, Fish and Wildlife Commission Spokesman Rob Klepper told NBC News.

Lengthy searches by the Coast Guard and private pilots turned up no clues.

The Coast Guard initially located the boat off New Smyrna Beach, two days after it went missing, but the company hired by the Coast Guard to bring the boat back couldn't find it.

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
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Kasich in Connecticut: Admits Winning the State Isn't Likely


Ohio Governor John Kasich sat down for a one on one interview shortly before his town hall event in Glastonbury and said he knows the odds are stacked against him winning Connecticut.

"People are really just beginning to find out who I am but we’re plugging ahead and we hope we’re going to have a decent finish here,” Kasich told NBC Connecticut.

Kasich is far behind both Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz in the delegate count. In the most recent Quinnipiac University Poll, Kasich trailed Donald Trump by double digits.

He says he tries not to look at polls much during the primary stage. Kasich said GOP voters should look at polls that show how well he fares against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

“In 15 straight national polls I beat Hillary Clinton because I can attract people who Republicans don’t always attract and we just have to keep going.”

Even though Kasich's tone is far less forceful than those of his GOP rivals, he tells voters to not mistake him for a moderate. He said he's still conservative.

He said with a GOP Congress he would repeal the Federal Healthcare Law, Obamacare, but said states like Connecticut that have seen success with the expansion of Medicaid for low income residents, could keep that segment. He views Medicaid as a separate element altogether.

“It won’t affect my decision. States that expanded can keep what they have and those that haven’t will live with what they’ve decided.”

When pressed on whether he will win in Connecticut, Kasich said his eyes are on Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. That's the only victory he's concerned with.

"If I can win delegates to me it will be considered a win and I think we’re going to get some delegates. I can’t predict what’s going to happen. You just move one foot in front of the other, with your eyes focused on Cleveland where we’re going to have an open convention and we’ll see what happens.”

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Stolen Primate Given as Tip to Prostitute: Police


An Oregon man is accused of tipping a prostitute with an exotic primate stolen from his own pet store along with stolen Girl Scout cookie money and a laptop computer, NBC News reported.

The prostitute identified the client as Nathan McClain, who owned Zany Zoo, where a missing Galago primate, money and laptop were missing from, the Eugene Police department said in a statement. 

The mammal and money were reported missing in early March, but police would not say who made the report. Officers were led to a prostitute at a hotel, where she was in possession of the animal. She told authorities they were a tip from a client. 

McClain was arrested by Oregon State Police in one of their office building parking lots for driving under the influence, according to Eugene police. They determined he was the client after he was interviewed.

Photo Credit: Eugene Police Department

Hamden Police Investigate Homicide


Hamden police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday.

 Police say they responded to back of 886 Dixwell Avenue around 1:32 a.m. for reports of a shooting victim. Responding officers found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The Hamden Fire Department responded and declared the victim dead on scene. The victim has not been publically identified pending next of kin notification.

 Police believe the victim was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Arch Street and Dixwell Avenue when he was shot while driving his vehicle. The shots were fired from a dark-colored SUV that pulled up alongside the victim.

 The Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit are investigating, along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Anyone with information should contact Detective William Onofrio at (203) 230-4040.


Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws


Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. 

They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions to legally use products derived from marijuana that contain cannabidiol (CBD), with low traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces marijuana's "high." 

The law allows patients to orally ingest an oil derived from marijuana or hemp. But for patients who require whole-plant medical marijuana say they’re being forced to commit criminal acts to get relief for themselves or their loved ones. 

Seventeen Midwestern and Southern states started passing the laws two years ago. But some say they only help a small group of patients, and that the laws force residents to commit criminal acts to get relief for themselves or their loved ones.

"We're not lawbreakers and this shouldn't even be an issue," said Jennifer Conforti of Fayetteville, Georgia, who gives her 5-year-old autistic daughter, Abby, marijuana-derived oil with higher-than-allowed levels of THC to control dangerous biting episodes. "It should be a medicine that doctors go to when they need it."

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Ted Cruz Campaign Opens Connecticut Headquarters


The Ted Cruz campaign opened a Connecticut headquarters Saturday.

 The building is located at 4 West Road in Ellington and staffed by volunteers. They will be using phone banks and social media as well as distributing signs and literature to spread the word about their candidate.

The presidential hopeful has yet to make an in-person appearance in the state.

 Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Enfield Firefighters Knock Down Condo Fire


Dozens of firefighters responded to a condominium in Enfield Saturday for reports of a fire.

 Enfield Fire Distract PIO Mark Zarcaro confirms crews responded around 5:23 p.m. to a fire at 3H The Hamlet, off Orlando Drive. Nearly 50 firefighters responded to control the blaze, which started on the back deck of the unit. The scene was declared under control around 5:55 p.m. No injuries were reported.


Obama Calls Out BLM Activists for 'Yelling'


President Barack Obama criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, saying activists should discuss their concerns with leaders rather than yelling at them, NBC News reported.

Obama lauded the movement for bringing attention to police violence across the country, but called the harsh tone of activists troubling. 

"You can't just keep on yelling at them and you can't refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position," Obama said. 

Obama made the remarks at a youth town hall in London on Saturday, after BLM activists protested at presidential candidates’ rallies, including Hillary Clinton.

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Zookeeper Fatally Mauled Didn't Follow Protocol: Zoo


The Florida zookeeper who was fatally mauled by a tiger last week broke protocol by entering the animal’s enclosure, NBC News reported.

In a statement Friday, Palm Beach Zoo president Andrew Aiken said tiger expert Stacey Konwiser went against zoo policy and entered a portion of the tiger’s enclosure on April 15. He said “it was clearly designated as accessible by a tiger.” 

“Under Palm Beach Zoo policy, zoo employees are never allowed to enter a tiger enclosure to which the animal has access," Aiken said. 

Konwiser was left with fatal injuries to her neck after the animal attacked her. She was attending to the tigers alone, which is permitted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, according to the zoo.

Photo Credit: Palm Beach Zoo

Man Who 'Needs a Beer' Charged in DWI Crash


A New Hampshire man was wearing a shirt expressing his desire for alcohol when police arrested him in a drunk driving crash.

Police say 29-year-old Joshua Tackett of Seabrook drove his Chevrolet Cruze off Amesbury Road in Kensington just before 9 p.m. Friday.

Tackett was going south when police say he went across the northbound lane, off the road and through a stone wall and a granite post.

The car then slammed into a utility pole in front of the Kensington Police Department.

When police arrested Tackett on a DWI charge, he was wearing a T-shirt reading "This guy needs a beer," with two thumbs pointed up at his face.

Tackett's car was badly damaged. He suffered what police are calling minor injuries and refused treatment.

Speed and alcohol are both believed to have been factors in the crash.

The suspect was released on $750 personal recognizance bail. He is due to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Brentwood.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Kensington Police
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Solar Plane to Land in Bay Area


The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California's Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night.

"Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries? But the plane doesn't make noise and doesn't pollute,'' Piccard said a live video feed on the website documenting the journey.

It's a priority to link the project we have with the pioneering spirit in Silicon Valley,'' he added.

The project's website says the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is 2 days and 4 hours into a three-day flight over the Pacific.

The aircraft started its around-the-world journey in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan. It's on the ninth leg of its circumnavigation. 

On Friday, Piccard exchanged pleasantries with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who hailed Piccard's pioneering spirit as "inspirational,'' telling him he was making history.

Piccard responded that Ban, too, was making history by having just presided over the signing of a climate agreement supported by representatives of 175 nations.

"What you are doing today in New York, signing the Paris agreement, is more than protecting the environment, it is the launch of the clean technology revolution,'' Piccard said.

The trans-Pacific leg of his journey is the riskiest part of the solar plane's global travels because of the lack of emergency landing sites.

After uncertainty about winds, the plane took off from Hawaii on Thursday morning. The crew that helped it take off was clearing out of its Hawaiian hangar and headed for the mainland for the weekend arrival.

At one point passengers on a Hawaiian Air jet caught a glimpse of the Solar Impulse 2 before the airliner sped past the slow-moving aircraft.

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in July and was forced to stay in the islands after the plane's battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan 

Piccard's co-pilot Andre Borschberg flew the leg from Japan to Hawaii 

The team was delayed in Asia, as well. When first attempting to fly from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, the crew had to divert to Japan because of unfavorable weather and a damaged wing.

A month later, when weather conditions were right, the plane departed from Nagoya in central Japan for Hawaii.

The plane's ideal flight speed is about 45 kph, or 28 mph, though that can double during the day when the sun's rays are strongest. The carbon-fiber aircraft weighs more than 5,000 pounds, or about as much as a midsize truck.

 The wings of Solar Impulse 2, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Firefighter Shot Returns Home


A 19-year-old firefighter who was shot four times last week while responding to a call for help in Temple Hills, Maryland, has been released from the hospital Saturday evening, News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

Kevin Swain, a volunteer firefighter in Prince George's County, was recovering at Shock Trauma in Baltimore since he was shot Friday, April 15.

"Thank you for all the support. The support has been phenomenal," Swain said with a smile as he left the hospital. "I couldn't ask for anything else. I'm ready to go home."

Another firefighter, John Ulmschneider, was fatally shot.

Swain and Ulmschneider were responding to a welfare check at a Temple Hills home that night.

The man inside the home opened fire on the two firefighters and his brother when they entered, police said. Police said he believed someone was breaking into his home. He has not been charged.

"It's gotta be the brightest point at the end of a very trying week for us as a fire department," said Battalion Chief Eric Reith, with Prince George's County Fire and Rescue.

Swain was surrounded by his fellow firefighters as he made his way to a fire engine for the ride home.

"For public safety, a line if duty death is a dark moment and trying moment for any organization. 
The sweet point is today, there's a little bit of a ray of light getting to see someone that was injured critically get to go home and complete their recovery."

"For public safety, a line of duty death is a dark moment and trying moment for any organization. The sweet point is today, there's a little bit of a ray of light getting to see someone that was injured critically get to go home and complete their recovery," Reith said.

Firefighters held a moment of radio silence Friday night, exactly one week after the shooting.

Swain's family has set up a donation site where people can give to a charity fund set up in his name.

An online fund has also been established to support Ulmschneider's family. He left behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

Man Threatened to Bomb Trump Rally: Police


Connecticut State Police arrested a man who threatened to bomb a political rally in Waterbury Saturday.

Police say the United States Secret Service contacted the CSP Office of Counter Terrorism around 12:46 p.m. regarding a post on Twitter that threatened a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

According to police, the initial tweet read "Is someone going to bomb the trump rally or am I going to have to?"

A second post warned the suspect’s friend to have family members leave the rally so they wouldn’t be harmed. The posts, which were open to public view, came from the area of Ardsley Road in Waterbury. Police tracked down the user of the account and located the suspect at his residence.

Once police located the suspect, identified as Sean Taylor Morkys, 20, of Waterbury, they determined there was no immediate threat to any protectees or the public.

Morkys was arrested and charged with first-degree threatening and inciting injury to a person or property. He was processed at Troop A-Southbury and was released on a $25,000 bond. He is expected in Waterbury Superior Court on May 4.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Clinton, Sanders Address Voters in New Haven


This weekend New Haven is at the crossroads of the campaign trails for the democrats running for president.

On Saturday Hillary Clinton stopped in the city and on Sunday it’s Bernie Sanders turn.

Sander’s Sunday night event on the New Haven Green is free and is expected to include an appearance by former R.E.M. lead singer, Michael Stipe.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Sanders has ground to catch up here as he trails Clinton with the state’s primary set for Tuesday.

Preparations were underway on The Green on Saturday night for the first campaign rally in the state for Sanders.

That included setting up the stage and security checks.

“It’s an opportunity for us to witness history,” says David Silva of New Haven who planned to go to the rally.

On Saturday the Vermont senator stumped in Baltimore, Maryland.

"We've got to raise the minimum wage not to the twelve dollars an hour Secretary Clinton talks about but fifteen bucks an hour," says Sanders.

On Saturday Hillary Clinton traveled to New Haven.

The former secretary of state stopped at Orangeside by Temple for a roundtable with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

“I do have a great affection for New Haven having spent four years here,” says Clinton.

Dubbed a conversation on how to improve the lives of working families, the democratic presidential frontrunner heard from those who say they are struggling to make ends meet.

Clinton laid out her ideas to improve the economy which include equal pay, a boost to the national minimum wage, and a focus on infrastructure jobs.

“We have great work to be done. These are jobs that can’t be exported and these are good union jobs, in most instances. And they’re good middle class jobs,” says Clinton.

Clinton holds an event in Bridgeport on Sunday and Sanders will head to Hartford for a rally on Monday.

The latest Quinnipiac Poll which came out Wednesday gave Clinton the upper hand in the state with a nine-percent lead over Sanders.

But nearly a quarter of those polled said they were either undecided or might change their mind.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

Sanders: 'Poor People Don't Vote'


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attributing his recent primary losses in states with the highest level of income inequality to the "fact" that "poor people don't vote," NBC News reported.

In a taped interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," moderator Chuck Todd told Sanders Saturday that "17 of the 25 states with the highest levels of income inequality have held primaries. Sixteen of those 17 states have been won by Hillary Clinton, not by you. Why?"

"Well, because poor people don't vote. I mean, that's just a fact," Sanders responded.

The Vermont senator, who has made addressing income inequality a cornerstone of his White House campaign, added that in the last 2014 midterm elections, "80 percent of poor people did not vote."

Photo Credit: AP
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Poll: Clinton, Trump Lead in Pennsylvania


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold double-digit leads in the April 26 primary contest of Pennsylvania, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

In the Republican race, Trump gets support from 45 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state — well ahead of Ted Cruz at 27 percent and John Kasich at 24 percent.

The poll shows Trump performs the best among men, those who strongly support a candidate, those without a college degree and those in the Northeast part of the state.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 15 points among likely Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, 55 percent to 40 percent.

Clinton leads among African Americans, those aged 45 and older, women, self-identified Democrats and those strongly supporting a candidate.

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Koch: 'Possible' Clinton Would Be Better Than GOP Rivals


Conservative billionaire Charles Koch suggested that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton may make a better president than the Republicans contenders, NBC News reported.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, the influential donor, who, along with his brother David has deployed their vast wealth to champion conservative causes, criticized the tone of the GOP presidential primary, citing it as the reason they have not contributed to any campaign, including efforts to derail Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Koch also said Bill Clinton's presidency was "in some ways" better than George W. Bush's, and when asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl if another Clinton — Hillary — could be preferable to another Republican.

"It's possible," Koch said. "It's possible."

Clinton responded in a tweet Sunday afternoon, saying she was "not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote."

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