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Bristol Police Issue Silver Alert for Missing 18-Year-Old


Bristol police have issued a Silver Alert for an 18-year-old woman.

Police say Ashley Tanguay was reported missing by her father Sunday morning after she failed to arrive on a bus to Clarksville, Tennessee, to meet her mother.

According to police, Tanguay is autistic and suffers from mental health issues and a social skills disorder. Her father told police he believes these issues leave her vulnerable and that she has engaged in dangerous behavior in the past.

Multiple agencies along the bus’s scheduled route are working to find Ashley. Police believe she may be in the Bridgeport area.

Tanguay is described as female, 5'10 and 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a blue sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on Tanguay’s whereabouts should contact Bristol Police at (860) 584-3011.

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West Hartford Celebrates Despite Rain


The music played on for the final day of Celebrate West Hartford.

It’s the 30th year for this artisan expo that brings together 183 vendors from five states.

“A lot of artists, handmade jewelry, that kind of thing,” says Tricia Lawler of West Hartford.

Some vendors decided to pack up early on Sunday because of the rain and smaller crowds. Other stuck it out and made sure their craft and art pieces stayed dry under tents.

“It’s usually a pretty good show but the weather was pretty tough this weekend,” says Larry Reitz who displayed his Fine Art Photography.

Organizers say on a good year some 35,000 people stop here during the two day festival.

“We had a little weather on Sunday that diminished our crowds but we still had great community participation and it was a great event,” says Mary Alexander, the event volunteer chairperson.

“It didn’t rain for the road race so they got the runners off very well. We had close to 800 runners,” says Linda Geisler, the event director.

Besides the crafts, there was plenty of food to check out. People who spoke with NBC Connecticut say the weather did not stop them or their dogs from checking out this West Hartford favorite.

“We have her in her raincoat, our little pooch, brought an umbrella. We’ve been good,” says Tricia Lawler of West Hartford.

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Trump Flip-Flops Position on Intervention in Libya


Donald Trump flipped his position Sunday on the American-led coalition’s intervention in Libya, NBC News reports. 

Trump told CBS’ “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson he would have endorsed Moammar Gadhafi’s removal with “surgical” American strikes. 

"I was never for strong intervention. I could have seen surgical where you take out Gadhafi and his group," Trump said Sunday. 

This position contradicts the arguments he’s made in the past. In two separate interviews in October 2015, Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd and CNN that the Middle East would be better off if the Libyan leader was still in power.

During the primary race, Trump argued that Gadhafi should have stayed in power because his leadership benefited American interests — not that the methods to depose him were wrong.

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Plainfield Man Faces Multiple Drug, Traffic Charges


A Plainfield man faces multiple charges after he attempted to escape police during a traffic stop, according to police.

 Police say Christopher Danyow, 31 was driving the wrong direction on Humphrey Lane in Killingly around 7 p.m. Saturday. Troopers stopped the vehicle. When asked for identification, Danyow gave a false name and date of birth. Police say he then left the car and fled on foot. Troopers caught up with him and placed him under arrest.

 Danyow was found in possession of narcotics, several glassine baggies containing heroin and cocaine, marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia. Police also discovered he had three active failure to appear warrants.

 He was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, driving the wrong way on a road/highway, possession of narcotics not kept in the original container, possession of narcotics, possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana, interfering with a police officer, two counts of failure to appear in the second degree and one count of failure to appear in the first degree. He was held on a $27,500 bond and is expected to appear in Danielson Superior Court on Monday.

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Muslim Man Beaten: NYPD


A Muslim man is hospitalized with face and rib fractures after being attacked by three men outside a mosque in Queens, according to police and an Islamic advocacy group.

Mohamed Rasheed Khan, 59, was leaving the Center for Islamic Studies on Jamaica Avenue on Wednesday night when the attack occurred, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday.

Police are looking for three possible suspects and hate crime investigators have been notified, officials said.

Khan suffered a concussion, as well as fractures to his face and ribs, CAIR-NY said. He is scheduled for surgery Monday at Jamaica Hospital Center.

The three suspects didn't take Khan's wallet, watch or bicycle and were seen laughing as they left the scene.

"Because of the location of the attack outside a mosque, the Islamic attire of the victim, and because nothing was stolen by the alleged attackers, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.

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SoCal Fire Evacuations Lifted


Evacuation orders were lifted Sunday afternoon in the 516-acre Calabasas, California, fire that damaged several structures and forced thousands to evacuate from their homes.

"One day it's there and the next day, it's smoldering like a wasteland," Pete Seltzer, a Calabasas resident, said.

The blaze, dubbed the Old Fire, went from 30 percent containment early Sunday morning to 80 percent as of 5 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Evacuation orders were lifted at 6 p.m., meaning residents could return home. Road closures were also lifted at that time.

Officials initially said two homes had minor damage, but later confirmed only one had been damaged by fire retardant. A commercial building was destroyed by the blaze, while four other structures were damaged, according to LA County Fire.

Three firefighters were also injured during the fight, including two who had knee injuries and one who suffered a cardiac event.

The massive blaze, which sparked just after 4 p.m. Saturday, forced the mandatory evacuations of 5,000 people in the Highlands, Eddingham and Adamsville neighborhoods, and voluntary evacuations in adjacent areas, fire officials said.

At a Sunday morning press conference, fire officials said Calabasas residents were allowed to return home but may experience power outages. Mandatory evacuations remained in place for Topanga-area residents, although Lower Topanga residents were only given an evacuation warning. Deputies and fire officials announced the orders would officially lift later Sunday at the final news conference at 5 p.m.

The fire was ignited after a driver lost control of a sport utility vehicle and crashed into power poles, downing lines in three different places, Captain Keith Mora said. The three fires broke out in the area near the 23000 block of Mulholland Highway and merged into one massive blaze which began edging closer to homes Saturday afternoon.

Up to 400 firefighters continued to fight the blaze Sunday morning, which was expected to flare up again. Fire officials said the head of the fire was moving east, towards a steep area of Topanga Canyon and firefighters may have to be airlifted to fight the blaze there.

A grateful homeowner delivered muffins to firefighters, thanking them for their tireless work as they ensured hot spots were under control.

The large fire came as NBC4 Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola warned of excessive heat warnings across SoCal, along with dry winds. Officials said they feared southwest winds could push the flames to the east Sunday, which could pose a challenge. Residents in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley were advised to avoid any vigorous outdoor activities as a smoke advisory was in effect through midnight. 

CHP officers had closed Topanga Canyon Boulevard to all traffic between Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Canyon Road, in the heart of the canyon village. The southern part of the unincorporated Topanga Canyon community was not evacuated, and a roadblock at Pacific Coast Highway prevented all but residents from approaching the village from the Malibu coast.

Residents were being evacuated to Agoura High School at 28545 West Driver Avenue. Anyone with large animals was asked to evacuate to Los Angeles Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills. Anyone with small animals should evacuate to the Agoura Animal Care Center at 29525 Agoura Road.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department compiled tips for what do if confronted with a fire. Experts advise to not stop to gather your belongings -- just get out of the house if mandatory evacuations are ordered. "Call the Fire Department from a neighbor's telephone after you are out of the house," a tip sheet read.

Calabasas is a city of about 24,000 residents in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to several affluent gated communities and numerous celebrities.

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David French Won't Run for President


Conservative writer and lawyer David French says he will not seek a White House bid, NBC News reported.

In an article posted on the National Review’s website Sunday night, French said he’s opposed to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but after “serious study,” determined he was not the right candidate for the job. 

"[G]iven the timing, the best chance for success goes to a person who either is extraordinarily wealthy (or has immediate access to extraordinary wealth) or is a transformational political talent. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I thank God for the successes I've had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I'm not the right person for this effort," he wrote. 

Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard hinted that anti-Trump forces were about to put a major candidate forward to run as an independent. News broke last week that Kristol was considering French.

Had he ventured with an independent run, French would have had the daunting task of raising massive funds while entering the arena with virtually no name recognition.


3rd Grader Can't Wear Trump Hat


A third grader wishing to sport his favorite hat at school is being denied, but he isn't going down without a fight.

Logan Autry loves Donald Trump and his signed "Make America Great Again" cap, but school officials at Powers-Ginsburg Elementary School in Fresno, Calif. told the young boy to take it off, according to NBC affiliate KSEE.

“It’s my favorite hat,” Autry said. “The First Amendment says I can wear my hat.”

Autry was confronted by other students opposed to Trump, which triggered school officials to jump in and tell the young Trump fan to remove his cap in order to keep everyone safe, KSEE reported.

“They were saying they didn’t like Trump, they were saying he was stupid,” Autry said. “I had to explain to them what Donald Trump was actually doing.”

According to district rules, hats may be worn outside of the classroom, but must be taken off if they create a distraction, KSEE reported.

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Soldiers Killed in Tx. Floods ID'd


The U.S. Army has identified the ninth soldier who died, along with eight others, during a training accident a Central Texas Army post on June 2 as Spc. Yingming Sun.

The 25-year-old from Monterey Park, California, entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as a motor transport operator and has been stationed in Fort Hood, since August 2014.

The soldiers died when their tactical vehicle was washed away while crossing the rain-swollen Owl Creek on the Fort Hood Army post.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, Brooklyn, New York, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, Twentynine Palms, California, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, Milton, Florida, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, Palmetto, Florida, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, San Angelo, Texas, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, Dunn, North Carolina, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, Jersey City, New Jersey, Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, Valparaiso, Indiana, were also killed Thursday.

Three more soldiers were injured in but survived. They were released from Fort Hood's hospital Friday.

The mother of Pvt. Gates spoke with NBC affiliate WRAL-TV.

"I'm hoping that this is still a dream, that's what I'm really hoping for. She is always defending someone else," Gates said. "That has been her nature to defend someone else."

Photo Credit: James Family/West Point/Yolanda Armstrong

Dallas Signs: 'Gorilla Deserved It'


For the third night in eight days, someone altered electronic road signs placed on Dallas-area roadways.

Early Sunday morning, an NBC DFW viewer tweeted a photo of a portable sign located on Cedar Springs Road, between the Katy Trail and Carlisle Street in Dallas.

The sign read "Gorilla deserved it," an apparent reference to the fatal shooting of the gorilla named Harambe inside the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28.

Similar incidents were reported on Saturday, May 28 in Cockrell Hill and Tuesday, May 31 in West Dallas.

On Tuesday, two signs read political references while a third sign read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home."

TxDOT officials said those signs belonged to a contractor performing work along Interstate 30. Calls and emails to TxDOT regarding the sign on Cedar Springs remained unanswered Sunday morning.

Tampering with such signs is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

If you notice suspicious activity around portable signs, especially when there is no construction, contact TxDOT or local police.

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Nazi History Hunters Say Hitler's Secret Nuclear Bombs Lie Under Thuringian Forest


Hobby historians in Germany believe they have an urgent case of potentially catastrophic proportions — secret nuclear bombs leftover from the Nazis. 

Deep inside the Thuringian Forest, 70-year-old Peter Lohr and two friends have been scanning the surface with "earth radar" and "geomagnetic" technology after one of Lohr's companions found Allied aerial surveillance photos of what they believe is a Nazi storage facility.

"What did the Nazis really do here? There are so many unanswered questions," said 67-year-old Walter Boegenhold, a local resident interested in military history who has heard stories about Hitler's secret projects in the region since his teenage years.

The team's initial surface scans produced colorful images of what appears to be bomb-shaped metal housing, which led Lohr and Boegenhold to partner with explosive ordnance disposal expert Ralf Ehmann, 60.

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Clinton Projected Winner in PR Democratic Primary: NBC News


Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary Sunday, putting her even closer to the delegate majority needed to make her the Democratic presumptive nominee, NBC News projected. 

A total of 60 delegates were up for grabs in the island primary contest.

Long lines and confusion over polling stations clouded the day’s primary. The island is also in the midst of an economic crisis, after more than $70 billion of outstanding debt looms over the territory. 

Gov. Alejandro Padilla endorsed Clinton on Wednesday, calling her the best candidate to help the government of out of fiscal crisis. 

Clinton, who is widely expected to secure the Democratic nomination, also won Saturday’s caucuses in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Navy Bans Alcohol for All 18,600 U.S. Sailors in Japan After DUI Crash


The U.S. Navy slapped a drinking ban on sailors stationed in Japan on Monday and halted off-base liberty after police arrested a U.S. sailor on the southern island of Okinawa on suspicion of drunk driving following a car crash that injured two people.

"For decades we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan. It is imperative that each sailor understand how our actions affect that relationship and the U.S.-Japan alliance as a whole," Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander of U.S. naval forces in Japan, said in a statement Monday.

The United States has 18,600 sailors stationed in Japan.

The ban follows the arrest late Saturday of Petty Officer 2nd Class Aimee Mejia, 21, who is assigned to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. Mejia drove the wrong way on a freeway and crashed into two vehicles late Saturday, a police spokesman said.

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Mayflower II Departs Mystic Seaport


It’s common to see boats leaving the Mystic Seaport under the Mystic River Bridge, but you might have done a double take when you saw the Mayflower II, a replica of the original vessel that brought pilgrims to American, sailing out toward the open sea today.

The ship, which has lost its ability to sail over the years, was pushed and pulled out of the Mystic Seaport dock by two tugboats.

Electrician Pete Procko worked on the ship, which has undergone restoration work at the Mystic shipyard over the last six months.

“It’s kind of ironic because back 400 years ago there was no such thing as electricity,” Procko laughed.

Still, being part of the restoration work has been a point of passion for Procko.

“I’m a boat fanatic any ways and it’s like a kid in a candy store,” he added.

Great effort went into keeping the Mayflower II as historically accurate as possible.

“These are very very time consuming, careful restoration projects,” said Dan McFadden, the spokesperson for the Mystic Seaport.

It will spend Sunday night in New Bedford, before completing the 109 nautical mile journey to Plymouth, where it’s expected to land Monday afternoon, in time for the summer tourist season.

The ship is now 60 years old. The years have taken their toll. It’s spent the last two winters in Mystic for the start of a stem to stern restoration.

“Mayflower’s old enough now that she has become a historical ship in her own right,” McFadden said.

This time, the half-deck and mast rigging were replaced. The full restoration costs an estimated $12-million. So far, the Plymouth Plantation has raised 25%, putting a return trip to Mystic in jeopardy if more funds aren’t raised by the fall.

“The ship will be no longer. She will not be able to serve her educational mission, she will not be able to sail,” explained Plymouth Plantation Spokesperson Kate Sheehan. “It’s very important as a cultural, economic, and educational anchor Mayflower II is fully restored.”

“America’s a maritime nation, and if you don’t have the ships to tell the stories, that’s part of the American story that will be forgotten,” added McFadden.

The Plymouth Plantation’s goal is to have the ship fully restored and able to set sail by the year 2020, in time for the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower’s Atlantic voyage.

State Police Seek ID of Man Found Lying Along Route 8 in Bridgeport



Police said the man was found along Route 8 at 5:08 a.m. and he was brought to Bridgeport Hospital. 

It does not appear he was hit by a car. 

The man did not have and identification. 

He is described as a black male with “salt and pepper” balding hair, and a gray mustache and beard. 

He is around 5-feet-10 and between 45 and 60 years old and weighs 220 to 240 pounds. 

He was wearing a flannel shirt, work pants and black sneakers and had no other identifiable marks. 

Anyone with information about the man should call Troop G, 203-696-2500 or text TIP711 with the information to 236748. 

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Silver Alert Canceled for East Hartford Teen


A Silver Alert issued for an East Hartford teenager has been canceled. 

Kelly Caldwell, 14, had been missing since Thursday and police posted a missing person alert on the Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.

The Silver Alert was canceled around 1:15 a.m. on Monday.

No additional information was immediately available.

Chaos Over Kanye in NYC


Hundreds of people packed the streets outside Webster Hall in Manhattan's East Village after Kanye West teased a surprise concert there early Monday — but the concert was ultimately canceled as the crowd grew and grew, leading to a frenzied scene that left behind smashed cars and piles of trash. 

Despite high energy at the unplanned event and a heavy police presence, no one was arrested, according to the NYPD.

Photos and video posted online show hundreds, possibly thousands, of people gathered outside the concert venue. Some fans climbed on top of cars and others scaled poles and light posts. East 11th Street was jam-packed end to end down the block as people clapped and cheered. 

A police car and a taxi cab could be seen trying to make their way through the throng of people. East 11th Street was ultimately closed between Third and Fourth avenues as more fans streamed in. 

Concertgoers said other rappers and West's management gave clues something would happen at Webster Hall around 2 a.m. Within minutes, the streets were packed with fans and police. 

West took to Twitter at 1 a.m. to announce that the 2 a.m. pop-up concert had sold out. But by 1:45 a.m., Webster Hall tweeted, "There is no late show at Webster Hall tonight. Please get home safely." 

A Webster Hall employee said the concert was never officially scheduled. One employee was seen with a bullhorn telling the crowd: "Go home! Go home!" 

No official announcement was made about what led to the show's cancellation, but it was likely the enormous crowd, which ballooned quickly after word of the concert got out.

"It was an energy. It wasn't that people were bugging out, but it wasn't that people were calm. People just saw their idol, so it was almost like excitement," said Dante Moreno, from New Rochelle.

As the energy grew, West appeared on top of a car that was quickly surrounded by fans. The musician could be seen driving by amid a wave of cellphones as fans tried to get a photo of the Grammy Award-winning musician. 

By 3:30 a.m., East 11th Street had cleared out and re-opened to traffic — but smashed cars were left behind. Some of the vehicles had shattered windows and others had dented roofs. The crowd also left heaps of trash.

Nareem Rigaud, of Brooklyn, said despite some destruction, a positive atmosphere surrounded the event.

"It wasn't a crazy riot or anything. People was just eager to see Kanye. The energy was high but there wasn't fighting or anything like that," Rigaud said.

But East Village resident Michael Gomez saw it differently. He said that both of his cars were vandalized during the chaos. Now, he said, he's stuck paying his insurance deductibles. 

"They are animals," Gomez said. "No reason to do something like that. No reason at all."

It's unlikely West or Webster Hall will be culpable for any of the damages, however. Attorney Michael Bachner said that he could have let police know he was going to announce the performance, but there was know way he could have predicted the crowd's behavior.

"The only way to hold Kanye West liable would be to prove he had knowledge or intention or at least acted negligently," he said. 

Later on Monday, Mayor de Blasio tweeted to West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, urging them to plan future events with the city.

".@kanyewest @kimkardashian Great block parties are planned. @Chirlane & I can throw one w/ you to benefit NYC kids," he tweeted.

West's surprise announcement came after the third day of the Governors Ball Music Festival was canceled due to stormy weather. West was scheduled to perform at the Randall's Island event before it was rained out. 

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Muhammad Ali’s Daughter: He’s ‘Not Suffering Anymore’


Muhammad Ali' daughter Laila Ali said Monday "the whole world is sad" over the death of her father, who fought with Parkinson's disease nearly half his life and died Friday at the age of 74.  

"It wasn't easy to watch him suffer, so knowing that he's not suffering anymore is what gives me comfort," Laila Ali said of the boxing legend on NBC's "Today" show. "I prepared mentally for many years that one day I was going to lose my father and that time has come."

Asked if her father has grown weary of his fight with Parkinson's, Laila Ali said "it was never to the point where he wanted to move on. One of the things he was afraid of was death."

"I know he's in a better place now," added Laila Ali, herself a former boxing champion. "He's talking again and moving again and doing all the things he couldn't do with his body. I'm happy for that even though I'm going to miss him deeply." 

Muhammad Ali will be buried Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. A private funeral ceremony will be held Thursday, The Associated Press reported. 

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SCOTUS: Immigration, Abortion Cases Pending


The U.S. Supreme Court heads into the final month of its term with decisions yet to come on such divisive issues as immigration, abortion, and affirmative action.

Those cases could produce major rulings affecting millions of people. But with just eight justices now on the bench, some could end in a modest decision or fizzle out in a four-four tie. 

A tie vote would change nothing. It would leave lower court rulings in place, and it would not set any precedent. As a legal matter, it would be as though the Supreme Court never took the case.

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Home Health Care Aide Assisted in Stealing $22,000 from Client: Police


Milford, Connecticut, police have arrested a home health care aide who is accused of assisting in the theft of $22,000 from a client in Milford.

Elisia Brett, 31, of Bridgeport, was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and second-degree failure to appear.

Police said they took her into custody on two warrants for her arrest.

Brett is accused of assisting in fraudulently taking $22,000 from a Milford resident’s checking account she had access to while working as an in-home health care aide.

Brett also is accused of failing to appear in court on Nov. 3, after a motor vehicle arrest in Monroe on Sept. 19.

Bold was set at $50,500 and she is due in court later this month.

It’s not clear if she has an attorney.

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