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Sanders Insists He Can Still Win the Dem. Nomination


Facing a large delegate deficit, tough odds and just 10 remaining state contests, Senator Bernie Sanders made it clear Sunday that he intends to fight on to become the Democratic presidential nominee, NBC News reports.

Sanders' stated path relies on primary opponent Hillary Clinton not reaching a majority of pledged delegates and on superdelegates' switching their allegiances.

"It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach a majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone," Sanders, a senator from Vermont, said at a news conference at the National Press Club, indicating he would fight to persuade superdelegates to flip their support.

"In other words, the convention will be a contested contest," he said of the Democratic National Convention to take place in Philadelphia in July.

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Syrian Archbishop Pleas for an End to Violence


Please help stop the fighting in Syria. That was the plea as a church leader from that war-torn country stops in Connecticut.

And it came the same day the governor picked up a prestigious prize for his work to defend Syrian refugees.

The Knights of Columbus pushed for the U.S. to call what’s happening in Syria and nearby countries a “genocide.” Secretary of State John Kerry finally did that back in March.

Now the question is what do next and that’s part of why the Knights of Columbus helped bring an important figure to the state on Sunday.

At a place usually seen as a safe haven the talk turned to a dangerous part of the world.

“I fear for the good people,” says Father Edward Kakaty of the Melkite Catholic Church of Waterford.

Hundreds of people filled the pews at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven for a discussion called “Witness to Genocide.”

An archbishop from Syria, Jean Clement Jeanbart, described the killings and brutal treatment of Christians and other religious groups at the hands of ISIS.

“It’s getting much worse than it was before, much worse,” says Father Kakaty.

The archbishop delivered a similar message to the United Nations last week. We sat down with him to talk about his message there.

“To do what they can to stop this war,” says Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart.

Many people have fled Syria. Some who tried to find safety in the United States were blocked.

After the terror attacks in Paris, many U.S. governors stopped Syrian refugees from resettling in their state last fall.

"Suddenly in the middle of darkness there emerged a light," says Fatema, a refugee from Syria.

Fatema and her family, who did not want their last name released to protect family in Syria, was prevented from going to Indiana.

In their moment of need, Governor Dan Malloy offered them a new start in New Haven.

For that he was awarded the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston on Sunday.

"And to raise my voice when people would subjugate other individuals... Would bar them at the door because of the land they came from or the religion they practice. We, as Americans, can not tolerate that,” says Malloy.

 The governor joins previous award recipients including former President George H.W. Bush and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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A Look at Clinton's Promise of a Cabinet Full of Women


Hillary Clinton last week pledged that, if elected, she would appoint a presidential cabinet in which at least half of the members are women, a move that would profoundly shift the look of the people who govern America, according to NBC News.

Clinton, in an interview on Monday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, said, "I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?" 

Only 30 women have ever held Cabinet posts. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama appointed a number of women to key posts, but women held just four of the 16 official Cabinet posts during most of their tenures. Clinton is pledging to double that number.

"No hint of quotas or numeric targets — other than 'more than my predecessor' — has ever been part of cabinet head discussions before," said Heather Hurlburt, who served as a senior adviser at the State Department and National Security Council from 1995-2001. "So it's an enormous deal."

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Forklift Moved His SUV, Owner Says


A Brooklyn man was surprised to find that his parked SUV had been moved and even more stunned when shown a video of how it was relocated: with a forklift.

Henry Nahrwold says the unauthorized forklift ride, which occurred two weeks ago, caused about $2,600 in damage to his small SUV.

"I felt violated," he said. "You just can't touch someone else's property."

His vehicle was moved from a parking spot on South 3rd Street in Williamsburg and placed on the sidewalk next to a tree. Nahrwold said he had received no request to move his vehicle.

A neighbor showed him a video of the forklift picking the SUV about two feet off the ground and moving it to the sidewalk.

A company working on the redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar refinery site blames a subcontractor for damaging Nahrwold's SUV and told NBC 4 New York that Nahrwold will be compensated.

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Bodies of Elite Climber, Cameraman Found in Glacier


The bodies of Alex Lowe, considered the top mountain climber in the world during the 1990s, and his cameraman have been found in a melting glacier in Tibet 16 years after they were buried in an avalanche, NBC New reported. 

Lowe, 40, and cameraman David Bridges, 29, were part of an expedition that set out to film a documentary series for NBC Sports when they were buried under cascades of snow on the 26,335-foot-tall Shishapangma mountain — the 14th-highest in the world — on Oct. 5, 1999.

The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation said their remains were found last week by German climber David Göttler and Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who were acclimatizing for their own ascent on the mountain's south face.

Lowe and other climbers were seeking to become the first Americans to ski down from the summit of Shishapangma for an episode of an NBC Sports documentary series called "The North Face Expeditions," hosted by the musician Sting.

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5 Years After Bin Laden's Death: What's Changed?


President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden's death shortly before midnight on May 1, 2011 during a televised appearance in the East Room of the White House.

"The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda," Obama said. 

Yet five years later, militant Islamic extremism has hardly receded, according to NBC News' analysis. There have been three important developments since bin Laden's death.

ISIS has surged onto the international stage two years ago with a series of mass executions, beheadings and enslavement. Al Qaeda's core may have lost significant ground in Pakistan, but experts worry that the group's affiliates in Yemen and Syria are poised for a comeback. Obama meanwhile, is still trying to close the prison facility at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba since before Bin Laden's death, arguing that it's "one of the key magnets for jihadi recruitment."

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Student Killed During Robbery at NJ Fraternity House: Police


A New Jersey Institute of Technology student was fatally shot at a Newark fraternity house during a robbery early Monday morning, police say.

Shots were fired in a robbery attempt at about 3:30 a.m. at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, police said.

The victim, 23-year-old Joseph Micalizzi, was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"I am saddened to inform you that the student shot early this morning during a burglary has died," NJIT wrote in a statement posted to their Facebook page. "This is a tragic time for the student's family, friends and the entire NJIT campus and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all affected." 

In a statement, the international chapter of the fraternity identified the victim as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

"We are saddened to hear about the shooting of a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon that happened at NJIT. We are still working to learn the details of what occurred and both the men at the Kappa-Eta chapter and International Headquarters will fully cooperate with the police investigation," the statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the member's friends and family."

Streets surrounding the fraternity house were cordoned off Monday morning as police investigated.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the TKE chapter at NJIT for comment.

NJIT is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting. 

Anyone with information should call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office at 1-877-TIPS-4-EC.

1 Dead, 1 in Critical Condition After Southington Crash


One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a crash in Southington early Saturday morning.

Police said Krista Pikora, 26, of Southington, was driving a 2014 Jeep Compass west on Center Street and Brandon Caron, 30, of Bristol, was heading east in a 2009 Kia Spectra when the vehicles collided at 12:19 a.m.

Caron was in critical condition when he was brought to Waterbury Hospital and later died, according to police.

Pikora sustained serious injuries and was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Kelly Brennan, 26, of Southington, was a passenger in Caron’s vehicle and was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The Southington Accident Investigations Team in investigating and witnesses are asked to call Sergeant Jason Plourde at 860-621-0101.

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Woman Followed Into Texas Restroom By Man, Gender Questioned


A North Texas woman said she was followed into a public restroom at a hospital by a man who didn't believe she was female.

Jessica Rush said it happened last Thursday while she was being treated for an injured arm at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco. Rush, who is from The Colony, said she was about to enter a stall when she noticed a man following her into the restroom.

"It scared me at first," said Rush. "My first thought was I'm about to be attacked because I am a 5 foot, 3 [inch tall] female."

Rush then flipped on her smart phone and recorded a quick conversation with the man:

MAN: "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought it was..."
RUSH: "A boy?"
MAN: "Yeah."

Rush said she wore athletic clothing and a baseball cap. She said the incident angered Rush and her wife.

"I understand one thing if you're a cop of the Dallas Police Department but some random guy coming in I think is absolutely absurd and inappropriate," said Rush.

NBC DFW reached out to Baylor Medical Center's Media Relations Department. A spokesperson said they could not verify if the incident happened at one of their facilities and had no other comments.

The encounter comes as the intersection of bathrooms and gender has become a flashpoint across the country since North Carolina passed a law that requires people use bathrooms that correspond to their genders at birth.

Several state legislatures are considering similar bills, according The Associated Press.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he would support legislation for a so-called "bathroom bill" in Texas.

Equality Texas, the state's largest LGBT lobbying organization, has said such policing is akin to "searching for a problem" and transgender people are more likely to be victims of assault than perpetrators.

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Man Charged in "Indescribable" Death of 3-Year-Old Heads to Court


A man charged in the 2013 death of a 3-year-old girl at 11 Potter Street, a two-family home in Willimantic is due to go on trial on Monday.

When the case first went to court, the state's attorney called this one of the worst cases of child abuse she has ever seen.

Carroll L. Bumgarner-Ramos, who was living in the home with the child's mother, was charged with manslaughter, first-degree assault, first-degree sexual assaut and risk of injury and remains in custody on $1 million bond.

The arrest warrant said the little girl had injuries consistent with sexual assault and cuts all over her body. Both of her eyes were swollen shut and she had possible burn marks on her feet.

"Those photos demonstrate indescribable atrocities to that child. The words in the affidavit couldn't even describe," State's Attorney, Patricia Froehlich, said in 2013. She said in court that the little girl had "multiple traumatic injuries."

Police responded to the house at 10:38 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013 after receiving a report of unresponsive girl and emergency responders transported the child to Windham County Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to state police.

Officials said it appeared she died of a skull fracture.

"I know he's devastated and we have to let the court and the system take its course," Defense Attorney Ron Johnson said in 2013.

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Pole and Wires Down Across Route 189 in Granby


Route 189 in Granby, North Granby Road, is closed and police said it could be closed for four hours.

The road is closed at Wells Road because a utility pole is down across roadway with live wires.

The road could be closed until around 3 p.m.

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School Employee Accused of Attacking Boss Ordered to Stay Away from Him


A school employee who is accused of punching her boss in the face at a Southington school and throwing a cup of coffee at him after she was approached for being late to work has been ordered to stay away from the victim. 

Melinda Chantea Fisher, 29, of Wallingford, has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace after police said she assaulted her boss. 

On Thursday, April 19, Fisher, a district-wide technology assistant, allegedly attacked her supervisor after she was approached about being late to work at the South End Elementary School on Noble Drive just after 8:30 a.m. 

Police said Fisher punched the victim in the face, threw coffee at him, chased him, kicked him on the ground and tried banging his head against a wall. 

Staff members who saw what was happening intervened and pulled Fisher off the supervisor. The victim was transported to the hospital and officials said in court that Fisher has been suspended.

"I'm not the story," she said as she was leaving court, but did not stop and speak with reporters.

When Fisher was arrested, bond was set at $1,500 and she was released. She is due back in court on June 3.

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Ted Cruz Says Young Heckler Deserves a Spanking


Ted Cruz responded to a young heckler who yelled out "you suck" during a campaign event in Indiana by telling the child that such an outburst would land him a spanking in the Cruz household.

The heckler, described by an NBC reporter as a boy who appeared to be 10 years old, interrupted Cruz as he was speaking in La Porte on Sunday.

"Apparently there is a young man who is having some problems," Cruz said.

The person could then be heard yelling, "You suck!"

"Thank you son. You know I appreciate you sharing your views," Cruz responded. "You know, one of the things that hopefully someone has told you is that children should actually speak with respect."

The audience roared its approval as Cruz, a father of two, continued to riff on his parenting views.

"Imagine what a different world it would be if someone had told Donald Trump that years ago," he said. "You know, in my household, when a child behaved that way, they’d get a spanking."

Cruz faces a key vote in Tuesday's key Indiana primary against front-runner Trump, who has a 15-point lead in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

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Police Pleased with ECSU Spring Weekend Behavior


Willimantic police arrested eight people during Eastern Connecticut State University spring weekend, but said they are pleased with the way the weekend turned out. 

“We are very pleased with how the weekend turned out.  The fireworks display at the ECSU ball field was well received by all including city residents who were on hand to view them.  The bar crawl Saturday night also went smoothly with a couple of hundred students participating.  City police would like to thank all of the students for their fine behavior and to wish the out-going seniors all of the best with the next chapter in the lives,” Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Jr. said in a statement. 

Eight people were charged with breach of peace and released on promises to appear in court.

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Crews Investigate Garage Fire in Bridgeport


A raging fire destroyed a garage in Bridgeport and spread to three multi-family houses, as well as another garage.

The fire started a little after 1 a.m. Monday on Cottage Street, near Norman Street and no one was injured.

Officials said flames melted several electrical wires and only one of the homes that is damaged is habitable.

It is uncertain how many people are displaced and the cause of this fire remains unclear.

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1 Injured in Crash That Sent Vehicle Into River


One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after his car landed in a river in Plainfield on Sunday morning.

Police responded to the area of Black Hill and Pickett roads in the Central Village section of Plainfield at 3:21 a.m. and found a utility pole and wires were down, one vehicle overturned in the road and another overturned in a river.

Police said it appeared Bryan Field, 19, of Central Village, was traveling east on Black Hill Road, lost control of his vehicle, went off the road, hit a utility pole and overturned into a river. His vehicle, a 1996 Ford F350, has extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

Another driver was traveling west and hit a piece of broken pole in the road, which caused 2006 Ford F150 to flip onto its side. It had extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

An ambulance brought Field to the Plainfield Backus ER to be treated for minor injuries.

The other driver was not injured.

Police are investigating.

Barbie Unveils Misty Copeland Doll


Misty Copeland, the first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, now has her very own Barbie doll.

The doll is a part of the Barbie "Sheroes" program, which creates dolls in the likeness of women "who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere," according to Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

Copeland, who joined ABT in 2001 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2015, was intimately involved with the design of the doll.


"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a statement. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland's Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role. She will be reprising that role on May 18 and 19 as part of the company's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president at Barbie. "As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring women to live out their dreams."


Copeland joins other Barbie "Sheroes" like Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, and Trisha Yearwood, among others.

"The Accidental Feminist" author M.G. Lord has said the Barbie doll was "the most potent icon of American popular culture in the late twentieth century."

The dolls have gone through constant adjustments and iterations to keep up with contemporary views.

The Copeland doll will join an expanded Barbie offering that now includes tall, curvy and petite body types, 22 different eye colors and seven different skin tones. There are also versions of Barbie as an entrepreneur, reflecting the growing number of women in that role.

Mattel said the Copeland Barbie will retail for $29.95 and is available for purchase now.

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Video Captures Large Crash at NYC Bike Race


A stalled motorcycle caused a large crash and pile-up near the start of the last event of the Red Hook Criterium bike race in Brooklyn Saturday night, according to video of the crash.

The video shows a pacer motorcycle stall in the path of the race soon after the bikers took off. The motorcyclist looks back, but does not dismount from his bike while cyclists swerve to avoid him.

One of the racers then hits the motorcyclist, crashing to the ground and causing what appears to be dozens of cyclists to hit the pavement.

According to Gothamist, seven riders were taken to an area hospital after the crash. The worst injury was reportedly a broken arm. 

The Red Hook Criterium has been raced in Brooklyn since 2008. Bikers in the race pedal fixed-gear bikes around a brakeless track, according to the race's website. 

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CoCo Key Resort in Waterbury Closes


CoCo Key Resort on East Main Street in Waterbury permanently closed on Sunday.

The business was open for eight years offered an indoor water park, more than 280-hotel rooms and event space, according to the Waterbury Regional Chamber and employed close to 300 people during peak season.

“It is never a good thing to lose a business, especially a business that can actually attract people to the city. CoCo Key was a fun place to go. You could stay there and go other places in the city,” David Krechevsky, public policy and economic development director of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, said.

Krechevsky said many conferences were held there, including the chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing and Stem Expo every November. The chamber now has to look for a new venue for this year’s event.

Some people in the community said CoCo Key is a lost asset.

“I work in the community. I think a lot of the families I work with utilized the park. I think it will be missed in Waterbury.” Rob Sarmadi-Fard, of Prospect, said.

Others said it was overpriced and over-crowded.

“I have always thought it was expensive, to be honest with you. I mean for a family of four, I know it was kind of a lot. The one time we went on Groupon and we stayed overnight,” Regina Schiavi, of Cheshire, said.

Krechevsky said CoCo Key will be torn down and replaced with a new warehouse that will house Restaurant Depot.

About 150 jobs will be available there. There might also be space available for additional businesses.

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More Rain Tonight, Pattern Remains Unsettled


An unsettled weather pattern will grip Connecticut through the upcoming weekend.

Rain and some thunder moved through this morning, but much of the rest of daylight hours will be dry.

High temperatures will be more than 20 degrees below average this afternoon!

Another round of rain arrives around midnight and lasts through the night.

The rain will wind down during the morning commute tomorrow, so it will be another soggy drive.

However, tomorrow is more murky than it is wet. While there can be drizzle at any point, there shouldn't be any organized rain. High temperatures will be near 60.

Wednesday will be cloudy with a chance for showers, with temperatures again in the lower 60s.

The chance for showers continues again on Thursday.

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