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Vladimir Putin's Complete Works to Be Published


Russian firm Novy Klyuch says it will publish every word Putin has spoken since his ascension in 2000, including his state-of-the-nation addresses — 15 so far — speeches, statements as well as articles penned by him.

"We realized that every Soviet leader — [Leonid] Brezhnev, [Nikita] Khrushchev — had their complete works out, but not Putin," publisher Vadim Rakhmanov said. "I think Russia is lucky to have a leader such as Putin." 

While all of Putin's public statements are already available on his official website, a print edition is longer-lasting, Rakhmanov added.

The first three volumes went on sale on June 3.

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Man Shot in Bristol Is in Critical Condition: Police


A man is in critical condition after he was shot early Saturday morning in Bristol, police said. 

Police responded to South Street Extension at 2:50 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired and a man down and found the victim, 27-year-old Timothy Norris, of Plymouth.

He sustained a single gunshot wound to his upper abdomen while he was sitting in a car parked on the street, police said.

Norris was transported to a local trauma center, where he underwent surgery and he is in critical but stable condition, according to Bristol Police. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Peter Dauphinais at 860-314-4566 or Bristol Police Dispatch at 860-584-3011.

Sunshine and Gusty Winds for Sunday


Rain is clearing for a much better second half of the weekend.

Check out the interactive radar here.

A cold front pushes through southern New England during Sunday morning, bringing drier air into the area. Behind the cold front come much stronger winds from the northwest sustained between 10-20mph, gusting up to 40mph.

A mix of clouds and sun is forecast, with highs in the upper 60s to upper 70s. This kicks off a great stretch of weather with a dry 7-day forecast, plenty of sunshine, and temperatures gradually warming up.

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Silver Alert Issued for 11-Year-Old West Haven Girl

Route 6 Closed Both Directions in Bolton

Suicide Blasts That Kill, Wound Dozens in Damascus


ISIS claimed responsibility for suicide blasts that left at least 20 people dead and many more wounded in a predominantly Shiite area of Syria’s capital, NBC News reported. 

The terror group released a statement claiming responsibility for killing and wounding more than 80 people in Damascus. Three suicide bombers denoted two explosive belts and one car bomb, according to global security firm Flashpoint Intelligence. 

The death toll, which included civilians and pro-government fighters, is expected to rise because many of those injured were in critical condition. 

Washington condemned the attack, State Department Secretary spokesman John Kirby said.

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Nebraska Police Hunt 'Dangerous' Escapee, One Caught


One of two "dangerous" inmates who escaped from a Lincoln, Nebraska, prison was caught Saturday, but the other one was still on the run, NBC News reported. 

Police took Armon Dixon, 37, into custody in Lincoln Saturday, but the man he escaped with, Timothy Clausen, 52, was still at large. 

The two were last seen Friday morning after fleeing from a stolen pickup truck they crashed during a police chase, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. 

Lincoln police said they believed the suspects were hiding in a home near the Nebraska State Capitol and warned residents to call police if they believed their homes were broken into. 

Police did not say how the two inmates escaped.

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73-Year-Old Missing From New Canaan


A 73-year-old man is missing from New Canaan, police said.

A Silver Alert was issued for Brian Skinner after he was last seen around noon on Friday, his family said. 

Skinner is described as a 6 foot 1 inch white man with gray hair and green eyes weighing 185 pounds, police said.

He has no known medical conditions and his family said this is "very uncharacteristic" of him. 

Anyone with information on Skinner's whereabouts is asked to call New Canaan Police at (203) 594-3500.

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Jesse Jackson Endorses Clinton


Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Saturday, calling her “the most qualified and best hope” for America.

Jackson announced the endorsement at the “Kids Off the Block” memorial in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, dedicated to children killed by gun violence. Clinton visited the memorial with Jackson in March before the Illinois primary election, where she met with several mothers who had lost their children in shootings.

“It is profoundly wrong,” Clinton said in March, “to see how many children’s lives are ended by senseless gun violence.”

He endorsed Clinton as a private citizen, according to a release, as the Rainbow PUSH Coalition does not endorse political candidates.

Jackson also tweeted his endorsement, saying: "On matters of human & voting rights,racial&gender equality& affordable healthcare you can trust her.@HillaryClinton."

Jackson intentionally declined to endorse earlier in the Democratic primary, calling both Clinton and Sanders “outstanding candidates” who were “going in the right progressive direction.”

Jackson is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. A video on Bernie Sanders’ campaign YouTube account shows Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, endorsing Jackson for President in 1988.

“Tonight we are here to support a man who, when elected president, will move boldly to end the growing disparity between the rich and the poor,” Sanders said in his 1988 endorsement. “It is not acceptable to him, to me, or to most Americans that 10 percent of the population of this nation is able to own 83 percent of the wealth, and the other 93 percent of us share 17 percent of the wealth.”

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Family of Pregnant Woman Fatally Stabbed Needs Your Help


The family of the pregnant woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband before their apartment was lit on fire is trying to raise funds for her funeral service.

"He never seemed suspicious, like he could do something like that," Frantzy Noze, the victim's cousin, told NBC Connecticut. “Seems like the guy just lost it."

Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to officals to admit he killed his wife, Margarette Mady, while crews responded to their apartment set ablaze on June 3, police said. 

Antoine told police he thought his wife was a Voodoo priestess who had cast several spells on him over the last couple of years.

“That was shocking to me because she’s not the type of person to believe in any type of evilness," Frantzy said about the Voodoo claims, saying his cousin was a Jehovah's Witness. "She's really religious." 

During the time Anotine was at the police station, firefighters found an unresponsive 8-months-pregnant 37-year-old with severe burns and several stab wounds at 283-285 Franklin Street, police said.

Now, her family is trying to pick up the pieces and pay for a proper burial. Frantzy said he created a GoFundMe account to help Mady's son pay for the service arrangements. 

"She's a family-oriented person," Frantzy said. "Always close with her sisters and cousins."

Relatives said she was expecting a baby girl next month. Family believes Antoine and Mady had been married for around five years. 

"She loved him very much," her cousin said. 

According to Frantzy, Mady left Haiti in 2005 with her two children -- now 23 and 22 years old -- to come to the United States. Mady had recently worked as a housekeeper at Foxwoods Casino.

"Coming from a third-world country she’s done a lot. She worked at Foxwoods and helped her family back home. She has a lot of her family back home like sisters and cousins. We all do that- Haitians. That’s what you’re meant to do when you come to America from a country like that," her cousin said. 

A family friend, Laurie Petrucci, told NBC Connecticut that Mady and her family were "the best people in the world."

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the victim's family to pay for funeral expenses. 

"She would have loved having her family attend," Frantzy said. 

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Gunman Opens Fire at Orlando Gay Club


Multiple people are wounded after a gunman opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday.

The incident at Pulse Nightclub appears to have taken place at around 2 a.m. local time Sunday. NBC affiliate WESH reported that a crisis negotiator was at the scene.

Video from outside the club shows dozens of first responders at the scene, and several victims on the ground. The video has not been verified by NBC News.

Orlando Police tweeted that there are "multiple injuries" and for people to stay away from the area.

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Woman Suffers Burns in New Britain Fire


A woman was transported to the hospital after suffering from burns sustained from a structure fire in New Britain on Saturday, the fire department said. 

New Britain Fire Department responded to a two-alarm house fire on 163 Miller Street at 1:28 p.m.

The apartment affected with smoke and water damage was on the first floor of the two-family building, officials said. 

Firefighters said they were able to rescue the woman they found in a burning room of the apartment. The victim sustained an undetermined amount of burns to her body and suffered smoke inhalation.

The woman was transported to a local hospital before being transferred to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, according to the fire department.

The other occupant of the building was no present during the incident but was displaced due to the fire, officials said.

The fire was declared under control at 1:43 PM.

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Mass Shooting at Pulse Orlando Florida Nightclub


The scene outside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Witness Account from Pulse Nightclub in Orlando


Christopher Hansen describes what he did to help save someone's life.

Condolences Pour in After Mass Shooting at Orlando Nightclub


Well-wishers from around the world are sending messages of love and support to the city of Orlando, Florida, where at least 50 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning at a nightclub.

President Barack Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday in honor of the victims, calling it "an especially heartbreaking day" for the LGBT community.

"Say a prayer for them, say a prayer for their families. May God give them the strength to bear the unbearable," he said. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, both presumptive presidential nominees, both Florida senators and many more elected officials and advocates have spoken or released statements about the shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history.

Americans from all over the country spoke up as well, expressing their solidarity on social media and by donating money or blood.

The owner of Pulse, the nightclub shuttered in the deadly attack, reached out with condolences. 

"Like everyone in the country, I am devastated about the horrific events that have taken place today. Pulse, and the men and women who work there, have been my family for nearly 15 years. From the beginning, Pulse has served as a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. I want to express my profound sadness and condolences to all who have lost loved ones. Please know that my grief and heart are with you," Barbara Poma said in a statement.

Statements from national figures
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this horrific tragedy. We are a strong and resilient state and we will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. 

"Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act," Hillary Clinton tweeted. 

"Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?" Donald Trump said on Twitter.

"It's horrific, it's unthinkable. And just hopes go out to all those who were shot that they can recover," Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted: Severely condemn the heinous & unforgivable crime in Orlando. It was a coward act of terror. Praying for all those affected by this tragedy."

The Vatican said Pope Francis expressed "the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation."

"I stand with the City of Orlando against hate and bigotry. My thoughts are with all the victims of this horrific attack #lovewins," tweeted London's newly-elected mayor, Sadiq Khan.  

Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement that "the violence is not normal, and the targeting of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is evil and abhorrent."

In a statement, French President Francois Hollande said he "condemns with horror" the mass killing in Florida and "expresses the full support of France and the French with America's authorities and its people in this difficult time."

Hundreds of people have written on the Facebook page of the club, called Pulse, in downtown Orlando. Many replied to two posts the club put online – a brief, frightening message around the time of the shooting saying "Everyone get out of pulse," and another, four hours later, that said it would provide more information when it was available and thanking for the messages that came in.

"Please keep everyone in your prayers as we work through this tragic event. Thank you for your thoughts and love," the club wrote around 6 a.m.

Equality Florida, the state's largest civil rights organization for the LGBT community, said in a statement Sunday it was "reeling from the tragic news."

"We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country," the organization said. 

People from the U.S. and abroad wrote in — the shooting occurred as many were asleep in America — like Carley Swan, who said "Sending Prayers from Australia, hearing this down here."

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer spoke at a press conference Sunday morning, thanking first responders, hospitals and law enforcement for their work and noting the need to support the victims.

"Tonight we had a crime that will have a lasting effect on our community. We need to stand strong, we need to be supportive of the victims and their families," Dyer said.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted: "Our prayers are with those injured and killed early this morning in horrifying act of terror in Orlando."

House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement after ordering that flags above the Capitol be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims:

"It is horrifying to see so many innocent lives cut short by such cowardice. Tonight, and in the long days ahead, we will grieve with the families. We will thank the heroes. We will hope for a swift recovery for the injured," Ryan said.

"Our security depends on our refusal to back down in the face of terror. We never will."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his condolences by saying, "it is appalling that as many as 50 lives may have been lost to this domestic terror attack."

Sports world reacts to shooting

At NASCAR's race in Michigan on Sunday, Father Geoff Rose of St Francis de Sales High School said, "We begin with our thoughts and prayers for the Orlando community and all of those affected by the tragic events this early morning."

Many prominent athletes took to social media in the wake of the incident.

Shaquille O'Neal, who began his storied career with the Orlando Magic and is the most prominent star to ever play in the city, tweeted "My thoughts & prayers go out to my Orlando LGBT community brothers and sister during this senseless act of violence. Love is Love!"

Current Magic guard Shabazz Napier tweeted, "What has to plague the mind of any person to commit such heinous crimes? Life is so beautiful but we always tear it apart. #PrayforOrlando."

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, wrote a short essay on Instagram, stating in part that "50 people lost their lives because of a hateful coward with a gun. Let this hateful act of terror of the #LGBTQ community be a wake up call for America. Men and women of all races, ages, and sexual orientation are being slaughtered because of hate crimes. How many more must die from a hate crime? We need to create awareness to ALL that hate is not the foundation of our nation. Friends DO NOT let this coward put fear into your hearts!!!"

WNBA star Brittney Griner, also using the hashtag #prayfororlando, posted a picture of five hearts in the colors of the LGBT flag, with a red heart split in half.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, asked about the suspension of Warriors forward Draymond Green for Game 5 of the NBA Finals because of a flagrant foul he committed against James in Game 4, began his answer by instead offering condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the shooting.

"I think it's another hit for us as Americans and what we have to deal with in our world today, and it definitely puts things in perspective on basketball. For myself, it's just a small matter of what reality really is.

Baseball teams across the country also held moments of silence.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Deadly Nightclub Shooting Leaves Orlando Reeling


A gunman opened fire and took hostages at an Orlando gay nightclub on Sunday morning before being killed in a gun battle with law enforcement, authorities said. At least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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Mass Shooting in Florida Nightclub Deadliest in US History


With authorities reporting that 50 people were killed and 53 people wounded early Sunday morning at an Orlando nightclub, the massacre becomes the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

It nearly doubles the previous most deadly incident, the 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech, in which Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus before killing himself, NBC News reports.

It also eclipses the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School committed by Adam Lanza in December 2012.

NBC News has reviewed the other deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

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What Motivated Orlando Nightclub Shooter?


While no one may ever know what was truly going through the head of the man who shot over 100 people at a gay Orlando nightclub on Sunday, his family says he may have been motivated by pure hate against the LGBT community, NBC News reports.

Various law enforcement officials have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, 29, who was born in New York and lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Because of his name and heritage, there were immediately questions about Islamic fundamentalism — but his father said it may have been a recent incident involving two men showing each other affection that set the gunman off.

"We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry," Mir Seddique, told NBC News on Sunday.

He also said the family was not aware he would take any action. "We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident," Seddique said.

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Nightclub Massacre Rekindles Gay Blood Donor Controversy


Even as blood donors waited on long lines to help victims of Sunday morning's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, gay men still face strict restrictions on giving blood — a twist not lost on commentators on social media.

Only gay and bisexual men who have not had sexual contact with another man for at least a year are eligible to donate, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"The awful irony that the blood banks of Orlando are not accepting gay donors is just awful," tweeted Nick Nazzaro, an illustrator in Boston. "Awful awful awful. Not funny irony, just awful."

Another tweet, from Brian Gerald Murphy, co-creator of activist group Legalize Trans, urged the FDA to change its policy on blood donations.

"Gay. Men. In. Orlando. Can't. Give. Blood. To. Their. Bleeding. Battered. Community. Dear @US_FDA, CHANGE THAT NOW," he tweeted.

The lifetime prohibition against gay and bisexual men donating blood — enacted in 1983 to protect those receiving blood transfusions from being infected with HIV — was lifted in December, when the FDA announced the new policy. But some activists say the new policy is still discriminatory.

Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m., exchanging shots with a police officer and taking club-goers hostage before being killed by a SWAT team, authorities said. Mateen was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, they said.

At least 50 people were killed in the massacre, the worst mass shooting U.S. history that occured as the country celebrated LGBT pride month.

OneBlood, a nonprofit clinic in Orlando, put out a call for blood early Sunday — especially for O negative, O positive and AB plasma donors. By early afternoon, it thanked donors on its website, said it was at capacity and asked donors to give over the next few days.

But on Twitter it also cautioned against false reports that FDA guidelines had been lifted. All FDA guidelines remain in effect, it said.

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Who Is the Florida Nightclub Gunman?


The gunman who opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday, killing at least 50 and wounding 53, called 911 shortly before the massacre to express allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, law enforcement sources told NBC News. 

The sources said the gunman, identified by authorities as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident who was born in New York City, also mentioned the brothers who planted bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon during the calls. An FBI spokesman confirmed that the calls were made, but did not discuss the content of the calls beyond the Islamic State.

With the investigation still in the early stages, indications are that Mateen wanted to be associated with the terrorist group ISIS and was upset by seeing a gay couple kiss, according to an NBC News investigation. But it wasn't clear what drove him to carry out the rampage at Pulse nightclub, the deadliest shooting in the United States.

Mateen died in a shootout with police.

Mateen's ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, said in a news conference in Boulder, Colorado Sunday, Mateen wanted to be a police officer and had a license to own a gun in Florida.

"There was no sign of any of this at all," said Yusufiy.  

Yusufiy's fiance, Macio Dias, said mental illness is to blame for Mateen's actions. 

"No one ever expected that he would do it. He was a man who was very confused and troubled," Dias said. 

A law enforcement official told NBC News Sunday there's no indication so far that Mateen was in touch with terrorists overseas and that it was a directed attack.

Several officials told NBC News there's no sign that anyone else was involved in the attack, either in providing assistance or egging him on. 

President Barack Obama delivered a somber address to the nation Sunday afternoon, saying of Mateen: "What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred."

Obama noted his administration has "reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer."

Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, in South Florida, made inflammatory comments in 2013 indicating he had possible terrorist ties, but they could not be substantiated, according to FBI official Ron Hopper.

He was investigated again in 2014, due to possible ties to an American suicide bomber, but a connection could not be substantiated.

The attack came during national LBGT pride month, and an NBC News interview with Mateen's father, Mir Seddique, indicated that a hatred of gay people may have contributed to the shooting.

Mateen was angered when he saw two men kissing in Miami several months ago, Seddique said. He suggested that might be related to the attack, which he said had nothing to do with religion.

"We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry," Seddique told NBC News on Sunday. "They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, 'Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.' And then we were in the men's bathroom and men were kissing each other."

Seddique also said Mateen was a husband and father to a 3-year-old boy. Mateen worked in security and attended Indian River State College, NBC News reported. A spokeswoman said he got an associate of science degree in criminal justice technology in 2006.

Police said he used a handgun and AR-15-type rifle in the rampage and ATF officials tweeted Sunday that he legally purchased the firearms within the last week.

Records show he had filed a petition for a name change in 2006 from Omar Mir Seddique to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, according to NBC News.

A man who picked up the phone at Mateen's listed address, Mustafa Abasin, told NBC News: "We are in shock and we are sad." He would not explain how he knew the gunman, but added that he was aiding investigators.

Eearlier on Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with a woman who said she was Mateen's ex-wife, who said he beat her repeatedly.

"He was not a stable person," she told the Post. She said his family was originally from Afghanistan and confirmed that photos posted online on Myspace were of Mateen, some in which he wore shirts with the NYPD logo.

She said their marriage lasted only a few months, but during that time she never noticed him becoming radicalized. The couple divorced in 2011.

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