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Signal From EgyptAir Flight Could Pinpoint Location of Wreckage


Investigators said signals have been picked up from an emergency transmitter on EgyptAir Flight MS804, NBC News reported. 

The Egyptian investigative team said at a news conference in Cairo that signals from one of the three pieces of locator equipment on the plane allowed them to narrow the primary search to about a three-mile area. 

The head of the investigation team said a French ship was moved to that location to search for the plane’s black box data recorders. He said search teams are racing to find the black boxes, whose batteries last for only 30 days.

Officials still don’t know what caused the flight to disappear. It was flying from Paris to Cairo when it fell off the radar on the night of May 19.

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Va. Taxi Driver Helped ISIS: Feds


A 26-year-old taxi driver from Virginia was indicted Thursday on charges he tried to help a friend join ISIS fighters, the U.S. attorney's office said.  

Prosecutors said Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, conspired with Joseph Hassan Farrokh to provide material support or resources to ISIS. Elhassan's attorney, however, has accused the FBI of creating cases against young Muslim men.

Both men were arrested earlier this year after Farrokh tried to board a flight to Chicago at Richmond International Airport, investigators said. Officials said Farrokh intended to board a flight to the Middle East once he reached Chicago.

Elhassan drove Farrokh to Richmond and later lied about where Farrokh was going, court documents said.

But Elhassan's lawyer, Ashraf Nubani, has claimed his client is a victim of prejudice against Islam or Muslims.

"The issue is the way the government goes about these cases," Nubani said. "They had three informants in this case who were looking for people that they can get in trouble. They thought that they found someone, and my client is only charged with aiding and abetting that someone."

Elhassan has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, aiding and abetting the provision of material support to ISIS, and false statements. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 48 years in prison.

According to criminal complaints, Farrokh had been trying to leave the U.S. and join ISIS in Syria since Nov. 20, 2015. Elhassan allegedly introduced Farrokh to a person whom Elhassan believed had connections to individuals engaged in jihad overseas.

That person was an FBI informant cooperating with law enforcement as part of a plea deal for a reduced sentence in a criminal case, according to the complaint. 

Elhassan's next court appearance is scheduled for June 3. 

Farrokh pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS and admitted he had planned for months to join the terror group in Syria, The Washington Post reports.

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Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study


A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead to cancer, NBC News reported.

The report is not finished yet, but advocates pushing for more research learned of the partial findings and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has released them early.

The partial findings suggest that male rats exposed to constant, heavy doses of certain types of cellphone radiation develop brain and heart tumors. But female rats didn't, and even the rats that developed tumors lived longer than rats not exposed to the radiation.

Dr. Michael Lauer of the NIH said there's just not enough information to say whether the experiment shows the radiation caused the tumors. 

The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, is still analyzing the findings. 

What they do not show is whether humans are at any risk from using cellphones, or whether using a headset or keeping phones away from the head and body might make a difference.

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'Death Fell From the Sky': Obama at Hiroshima


Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday, using the moment to call for a world without nuclear weapons, NBC News reported.

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama spent a short time at the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Museum and then placed a wreath at the arched monument at the memorial park.

Obama reflected on the day "death fell from the sky and the world was changed," telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a "wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."

Obama did not apologize for the U.S. actions and instead paid tribute to "all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war," saying that "their souls speak to us" and "mere words cannot give voice to such suffering."

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Teen Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Cos Cob Man


Police have charged a 17-year-old Greenwich boy in connection with the hit-and-run that killed a 43-year-old Cos Cob man just after 11 p.m. on April 17.

The victim, Edward Setterberg, 43, was hit on East Putnam Avenue by Hillside Road, police said, and they have identified the suspect as Andrew Schmidt, 17, of Greenwich.

He has been charged as an adult.

After Setterberg was hit, police said they were looking for a Mercedes Benz ML350 -- model year of 2006 or later -- with damage to the right side of the grill, which was described as a silver honeycomb style with a Mercedes Benz logo in the center of it.

After seizing the vehicle, police obtained 38 search warrants and charged Schmidt with evading responsibility following involvement in an accident that resulted in a fatality.

Schmidt was released after posted a court-set $100,000 bond and he is due in Stamford Superior Court on June 2.

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Police Investigate Double Shooting in New Haven


Two men were injured in a shooting in New Haven just after 12:30 a.m. on Friday that shut down several blocks of Whalley Avenue.

Police responded to Whalley Avenue, between Dwight and Orchard streets, at 12:38 a.m. after the shotspotter went off and found 20-year-old Marquis Freeman, of New Haven, who was critically injured.

Police said he'd been shot in the buttocks and head and was rushed to Yale–New Haven Hospital, where he is in grave condition.

A other victim, 25-year-old Terrance Lee, was shot in the hand, police said. He ran from the scene to a nearby supermarket, where he asked someone to drive him to the hospital.

Lee told investigators he and Freeman had been walking west on Whalley Avenue at Sperry Street and greeted a man who was walking toward them, but that man started shooting, police said.

Police have not released a description of the shooter.

Detectives spent hours searching for witnesses and surveillance from the area.

“It’s expansive in the sense that there’s a lot of physical evidence throughout this area of Whalley,” Lt. Tony Reyes, of the New Haven Police Department, said.

The parking lot of Stop and Shop was also taped off, but has reopened.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 203-946-6304.

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Fire Forced Evacuations at Motel 6 in Southington


Dozens of guests were evacuated from their rooms at Motel 6 on Queen Street in Southington when fire broke out around 4 a.m. on Friday outside the first-floor laundry room.

Firefighters said the fire spread up through the ceiling and ductwork to the second-floor laundry room.

Lt. James Paul, of the Southington Fire Department, said they evacuated rooms immediately around the laundry room.

One of the doors firefighters opened was to Sanjoy Desai's room.

"I just yelled at them, ‘What the heck is going on here? Why did you unlock my door?’,” she said. “But they said there was something wrong, a fire or something, so we need you to come out of the room right away. I want you to come out right away, he told me a couple of times.”

No guests or firefighters were hurt and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Firefighters Respond to Leak in Southington School HVAC System


Firefighters responded to John F. Kennedy Middle School in Southington on Friday morning after a glycol leak from the heating ventilation and air conditioning system.

Officials said a line of glycol in a second-floor science room came apart, sending glycol into a few rooms and down the drains to the first floor.

In all, about 100 gallons of glycol spilled. Officials said it is not toxic or hazardous, but the main issue was the odor.

Two classrooms on the second floor were impacted, as well the entrance to cafeteria on first floor and part of hallway.

"Unfortunately we have experienced this problem previously, but as a result we do know exactly how to deal with the situation and we know that it presents no danger to students or staff," Supt. Timothy F. Connellan said in an email to parents.

He said clean up has been underway since earlier this morning and classes will be proceeding normally. 

Students are being kept away from the area impacted and were allowed into the school.

Firefighters set up fans to air out the school.

Because one of the clean up areas is near the cafeteria, the breakfast program was disrupted and students were sent to the auditorium instead of the cafeteria, according to the superintendent, but they do not believe that the lunch schedule will need to be modified.

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Smoke Ring Forms After Explosion


A smoke ring formed in the sky after a transformer explosion in Branford on Thursday and the mysterious looking formation is called smoke vortex ring.

Smoke vortices form when there is a blast through a circular structure, according to a report from NBC News.

NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan explained smoke vortex rings on his Facebook page, saying you can see these after explosions in volcanoes or a smoke stack and you saw them in Branford because a transformer is shaped like a cylinder.

For more videos of smoke vortex rings, check out NBC News’ page.

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World's 1st Surviving Septuplets Heading to College


The world's first surviving septuplets are now high school graduates.

The McCaughey septuplets — Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan — graduated from Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Iowa, on Sunday.

Kelsey, Nathan, Natalie and Joel will be attending Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, which offered full scholarships to all the McCaugheys in 1997, the year they were born.

Kenny and Alexis will live at home and attend Des Moines Area Community College, where Alexis will major in early childhood education and Kenny will work toward a degree in building trades/construction.

"We have been around each other the past 18 years," Kenny told NBC News. "I am ready to be on my way, and I think everyone else is, too."

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Trump to Rubio on Senate Re-Election: 'Run Marco!'


Donald Trump is encouraging "Little Marco" to run for re-election in Florida. 

After weeks of aggressive attacks and name calling during the GOP primary, Trump and Marco Rubio have called a truce, of sorts, NBC News reported. 

Rubio recently came to Trump's defense on Twitter, saying the protesters at Trump's rallies are "professional" and not violent, as he claims the media puts it. And now, Trump, who once said Rubio couldn't get elected "dogcatcher" in Florida and called him "Little Marco," is urging his former rival to keep his Senate seat.

"Poll data shows that @marcorubio does by far the best in holding onto his Senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the MAJORITY. Run Marco!" Trump tweeted. 

On CNN Thursday afternoon, Rubio said he wants "to be helpful" to the GOP presumptive nominee and will release his delegates to vote for Trump. Rubio also said he would be willing to speak on Trump's behalf. 

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I-84 East in Tolland Reopens


Interstate 84 East was shut down in Tolland in the area of exit 68 after a two-vehicle crash, but traffic is moving again.

Traffic cameras showed several emergency vehicles at the scene and minor injuries are reported.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Statue of Liberty at Risk From Climate Change: UN


Just as tourists are expected to flock to the Statue of Liberty over the Memorial Day weekend, a new report warns of the threat from climate change to the symbol of freedom and other landmarks across the world.

The report focuses on the risks to 31 World Heritage sites, such as rising seas, drought, wildfires, coastal erosion and other results of a changing climate. Among the sites at risk: Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, which are both facing more frequent and more severe wildfires.

"From Venice and its lagoon to the Galápagos Islands, some of the world’s most iconic World Heritage sites are vulnerable to climate change," cautions the report "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate."

It was written by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, the United Nations Environmental Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and covers 29 countries.

More than 1,000 properties have been designated World Heritage sites, many of them important tourism destinations, according to the report. Earlier studies evaluated the danger to other World Heritage sites.

The Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors after Hurricane Sandy flooded 75 percent of Liberty Island in October 2012, the report noted. It did not reopen until July 4, 2013. Nearby Ellis Island was also damaged — for a total of $77 million in costs at both sites — and Ellis Island remained shut until October of last year.

A later analysis by the U.S. Park Service found that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were at high risk because of their vulnerability to storms. The report warned that "the intangible cost of future damage to this international symbol of freedom and democracy is incalculable."

Other places highlighted are among the world's most iconic places, such as Venice and its lagoon, Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, Komodo National Park in Indonesia, the only place where the Komodo dragon is found, and Rapa Nui or Easter Island, Chile, famous for its enormous moai statues. Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economic areas, providing one in 11 jobs, the report noted.

Missing from the report was a section on damage to the Great Barrier Reef after the Australian government asked that it be removed so as not to drive away tourists, Australian and other media reported. Terry Hughes, the director of the Center for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Australian Research Council, told The New York Times that it was astonishing that the reef had been excluded.

“There is an unprecedented bleaching event underway,” Hughes said. “Climate change and coral bleaching is the single biggest threat to the tourism industry, and the reef itself.”

An historic accord reached in Paris in December by 195 countries commits them to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

"The need to act is both urgent and clear," the report said. "We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement while providing the financial resources, support and expertise necessary to ensure the resilience of World Heritage properties over the long term."

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Man Performed Lewd Act in Front of Children at Beach: Police


A sex offender is accused of exposing himself to teenage girls in the Anchor Beach area of Milford this week.

Police said Dylan DeRosa, 25, of Milford drove by a group of middle school aged girls on Tuesday, then came back and drove by them again.

This time his driver’s side door was open and he was masturbating, police said.

Based on descriptions of the man and his car, police arrested DeRosa and charged him with risk of injury, breach of peace and public indecency.

DeRosa posted a $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in Milford Superior Court on June 21.

DeRosa is on the state’s sex offender registry for a 2013 conviction of a sexual assault of a minor.

In March, Milford police arrested him because she was accused of rolling his window down as he fondled himself near a park at Beach Avenue and Wall Street and asking someone to "give him a hand."

He pleaded not guilty to public indecency and breach of peace in that case.

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Hartford Calls Bond on Ballpark Project


The mayor of Hartford has called the $47 million bond for the ballpark being built in Hartford and said the DoNo baseball stadium developer, Centerplan Construction Company, has defaulted on its agreement with the city.

The ballpark was supposed to be “substantially complete” by May 17, but that did not happen and the latest estimates were that the park could open at the beginning of July at the earliest.

The baseball team has been playing in Norwich rather than in Hartford because the stadium is not done.

Mayor Bronin has sent a letter to Arch Insurance Company in Philadelphia on behalf of the city of Hartford and Hartford Stadium Authority, saying the developers are in default for not reaching the substantial completion date of May 17.

One of the items he mentioned is that the developer has failed to adhere to the requirement of an agreement reached in January to pay $50,000 if they missed the deadline and an additional $15,000 per day, up to $250,000, until reaching the “substantial completion” date. He said they have not paid.

Centerplan and DoNo have pledged to fight the claim in court because they say the city has some culpability in the park being late.

The letter also says “numerous construction deficiencies and code violations” remain on the project and Centerplan threatened to walk off the jobsite and would be in serious default if it does so.

“This afternoon, the City formally notified the surety, Arch Insurance Company, that the developer has failed to perform their obligations, and that the surety has a duty to make sure the project is completed at no further cost to the taxpayer of Hartford,” Bronin said in a statement.

In January, all the parties came together when it became clear that the developers were far behind schedule, to finance the gap, according to the mayor.

“That was the right thing to do to keep things moving. At this point, however, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark,” Bronin said in a statement. “The developer has threatened to abandon the job if we call the bond, but to do that would be another breach of contract. They have a clear obligation to keep working, and if they believe that calling the bond wash¹t necessary, they can prove it by finishing the job as soon as possible with the resources they’ve been given.”

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Bomb Threat Prompted Evacuation of Manchester School


Illing Middle School in Manchester was temporarily evacuated after a bomb threat was called in around 11 a.m. on Friday.

After the school was searched, students were allowed back in and the school day continued on its regular schedule.

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Elderly Man in Wheelchair Hit By Car in Stonington Dies


An elderly man died after he was hit by a car while in his motorized wheelchair in Stonington.

Raymond A. Lanphere, 77, was in serious condition when he was hit on Route 1 in the Pawcatuck area of Stonington on Wednesday morning.

The impact caused the wheels and seat of his wheelchair to break apart. 

Lanphere succumbed to his injuries on Thursday evening. 

Stonington Police said the accident is currently under investigation. 

State Provides CT Zika Statistics Online


Seven people in Connecticut have contracted the Zika virus and the state Department of Health has put is sharing information with the public online to provide local statistics and other information about the virus.

The website, which will be updated every Wednesday, includes testing results for the Zika tests and Flaviviruses, including Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, as well as where the patients traveled.

Health officials said patients who test positive for a Flavivirus could have been exposed to Zika, but the test results were unable to distinguish between Zika and the other Flaviviruses.

As of May 24, one person who traveled to Colombia, four people who traveled to the Dominican Republic, one person who traveled to Honduras and one person who traveled to Puerto Rico have tested positive for Zika virus. Two of the patients are pregnant.

One person who traveled to Aruba, one person who traveled to Brazil, one person who traveled to Colombia, one person who traveled to El Salvador, two people who traveled to Haiti and one person who traveled to Mexico tested positivefor possible flavivirus. Five of the seven people who tested positive are pregnant.

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Ansonia High School Bus Hit by Air Gun Pellets: Police


An Ansonia High School bus was hit by what appears to be a pellet gun on Friday afternoon, police said.

Police were called to assess damage done to two windows on a school bus driving on North State Street around 2 p.m.

There were no injuries reported and police were able to determine that the windows were shot with pellet guns, Ansonia Police said.

NBC Connecticut spoke exclusively to a student on board the bus when it happened.

“As soon as the kids got off the bus, a pellet gun hit the window I was sitting across from,” Kevin Jeanpaul, a junior at Ansonia High School said.

Jeanpaul said he ducked for cover as soon as he saw the window was shattered.

“They were cracked,” Jeanpaul said. “It was pretty bead because the pellet gun went through both sides.”

The incident on the bus happened just days after a school threat on social media in Ansonia shut down schools across the district. There has been heightened security at the schools ever since.

“Here we go again,” parent Elizabeth Harris said. “Before it’s threatening a school and now it’s a pellet gun. Come on, these kids do not deserve this.”

The bus was heading towards the intersection of State Street when the incident occurred, police said. The high school students were put onto another bus following the incident.

Officers were unable to locate the suspects and they ask anyone with information to call (203) 735-1885.

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Here's Why Doctors Are So Worried About the Superbug


The superbug gene found for the first time in the United States has health officials very worried, NBC News reported.

The gene, called mcr-1, was found in a woman from Pennsylvania who had a bad infection last month.

In her case, it was an E. coli bacteria. But scientists say this particular gene can turn up in any bacteria, including strains that are already hard to treat.  

Public health experts have been warning about antibiotic resistance for years. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are infected by drug-resistant germs each year, and 23,000 die of their infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What the CDC fears is a return to the "pre-antibiotic era," when people died by the millions from infections such as pneumonia or strep throat, from infected cuts and scrapes and after childbirth.

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