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Rio Day 9: Bolt's a Blur and Other Top Moments


Usain Bolt stayed the Fastest Man in the World, doping bickering continued and tennis star Andy Murray made history. In case you missed them, here are some memorable moments from Day 9 of the Rio Games. 

The Fastest Man

Jamaica's Bolt, who has not lost an Olympic race since 2008, won the 100 meters on Sunday, the third time in three straight Olympics, in 9.81 seconds.

Bolt went up against his U.S. rival, Justin Gatlin, who finished second with a time of 9.89.

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Finishing third was Andre De Grasse of Canada in 9.91.

Bolt, 29, won gold in the the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 X 100-meter relay in both the Beijing and London games.

Gatlin, at 34 the oldest Olympic sprinter in U.S. history, returned to the Olympics after a four-year ban for doping. He won gold in 2004 and bronze in 2012.

Bolt ran his last two Olympic 100 meter races in 9.69 and 9.63 seconds.

Gatlin has the fastest 100 meter of the 2016 season at 9.80 seconds. Bolt’s fastest time this season had been 9.88 seconds.

Doping bickering continues

Russia's top Olympic official called U.S. swimmer Lilly King a "little girl" in a rebuke for her criticism of her Russian rival Yulia Efimova, after the two women clashed over Efimova's doping ban.

Efimova was suspended for 16 months for doping and more recently tested positive for the now-banned substance meldonium.

Their spat began with a finger wagging by Efimova, signaling that she was number one. King did not approve, which she made clear after she beat Efimova for the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday.

"It just proves you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the hard work you put in behind the scenes, behind the meet, at practice and weight sessions," she said. "There is a way to become the best and do it the right way."

Her comment prompted this retort from the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov:

"When athletes start looking like politicians, it's funny, especially when it's a 19-year-old little girl who hasn't achieved anything yet," the Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov said in comments reported by R-Sport. "When she grows up, she'll understand she behaved wrongly."

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King also criticized the American sprinter, Justin Gatlin, for his doping past when she was asked if it was fair that athletes like Gatlin be allowed to participate.

"Do I think people who have been caught doping should be on the team? They shouldn't. It is unfortunate we have to see that," King said.

Gatlin responded: "I don't even know who Lilly King is."

Gatlin was suspended twice for using performance-enhancing drugs. He was banned in 2001 for a year, and again in 2006 for four years, which kept him from competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"I've worked hard, all the way from the bottom when I had nothing," Gatlin told The Associated Press. "I worked hard to work back to where I'm at now. I don't understand. The system has worked. I think people need to stop looking at trying to be the judge, the jury and executioner and let the system do its job."

An Olympic Ring

Chinese diver He Zi had just received the silver medal for the 3-meter springboard when fellow diver Qin Kai approached her poolside in front the stadium and -- as the crowd cheered -- got down on one knee and offered an engagement ring. Wiping away tears, she said yes to his proposal and he slipped the ring on her finger.

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It was the second public proposal at the Rio Games.

Olympic volunteer Marjorie Edna proposed to her girlfriend -- Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo -- on the pitch last week after a game.

Robbed at Gunpoint

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday.

"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte told Today's Billy Bush. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground.

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"And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."

Lochte's comments came after conflicting reports about the robbery. The International Olympic Committee initially denied it took place while his mother was telling news organization that the robbery happened at a party.

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Lochte won a gold medal in the 4 X 200-meter freestyle relay.

Crime has been a worry at the Rio Games. The Portuguese sports minister and Australian coaches were robbed at knifepoint, a Brazilian security officer was shot in the head and killed when he took a wrong turn, and a stray bullet landed in an equestrian press conference.

Olympics Are a Family Affair

Sisters! Two sets ran the Olympic marathon -- twins Anna and Lisa Hahner of Germany, who finished the race holding hands and triplets Leila, Liina and Lily Luik of Estonia, who danced in celebration after the race. 

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Andy Murray Scores Another First

Britain’s Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro to become the first tennis player in Olympic history to win two singles gold medals.

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Murray outlasted del Potro of Argentina over four hours for the victory, taking his second gold in a row.

In 2013, Murray was the first British man to win the Wimbledon Championship in 77 years. He won his second Wimbledon title this year.


Simone Biles Continues to Dominate

The U.S. gymnast Simone Biles won her third Olympic gold medal on Sunday, besting her opponents on the vault.

Biles had already captured the Olympic all-around gold medal and led her team to another gold.

Russian Aliya Mustafina took the gold on the women’s uneven bars.

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ICYMI: Memorable Moments From Week 1 of Olympics


The 2016 Summer Olympics is already full of drama and historic moments after just the first week of competition, with plenty more to come.

Take a look back at some of the most memorable events (so far) that will forever be associated with the Rio Games.

Tongan flag bearer and taekwondo practitioner Pita Taufatofua garnered comment on social media when he walked in the Parade of Athletes shirtless and shining with oil.

Gisele Bündchen was cheered during the Opening Ceremony as she strode across the stadium stage to the classic Brazilian song, "Girl from Ipanema."

French gymnast Samir Aid Said, 27, broke his left leg below the knee in a horrific injury during his dismount on the vault at the Day 1 qualification round. (Warning: graphic content).

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suffered a severe concussion and three small fractures to her spine after flying over her handlebars and landing on the curb. She was leading the race at the time of the crash.

After winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, American swimmer Lilly King wagged her finger at Russian competitor Yulia Efimova, who had been allowed to compete despite being previously suspended for doping.

The U.S. women's gymnastics team won a second consecutive Olympics gold and branded themselves the "Final Five" to honor the great Martha Karolyi, who is retiring after the Games.

#Phelpsface -- the look all-world swimmer Phelps gives you before dominating you in the pool -- went viral.

Cupping became a phenomenon in Rio, as many athletes, including Phelps, were dotted with the evidence of the ancient healing practice.

The Rio's outdoor diving pool turned from a clear, light blue to a murky green. Olympic organizers announced that tests had shown the water posed no risk to athletes, and diving events continued as planned.

Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan's Olympic dreams came to a heartbreaking end Wednesday evening when his left elbow hyperextended while attempting to lift 195kg (429.9 lbs). (Warning: graphic content)

American gymnast Simone Biles, 19, won gold in the women's gymnastics individual all-around event. Teammate Aly Raisman gets silver.

American swimmer Simone Manuel tied Canada's Penny Oleksiak for gold in the 100m freestyle, becoming the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming.

Finnish weightlifter Milko Olavi Tokola was so pumped after one of his lifts that he literally fell off the platform while celebrating.

American swimmer Katie Ledecky dominated her swimming events.  She won gold after breaking her own world record in the 400m freestyle, and then won the 200m freestyle and was golden again in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Ledecky finished her Games by shattering her own world record in the 800m freestyle, finishing a whopping 11.38 seconds ahead of the silver medalist.

Michael Phelps won five more gold medals and a silver in Rio. The first four golds came in the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 200m butterfly, the 4x200m freestyle relay and the 200m IM.  Phelps couldn't help but finish off his Rio Games with just one more gold medal. He teamed up with Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian to secure gold in the 4x100m medley relay, giving him 23 gold medals in his illustrious career.

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State Police Investigate Death of Baby in Old Lyme


State police are investigating the death of a 6-month-old baby in Old Lyme.

State police and medical personnel responded to a home on Portland Avenue around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday for a report of an unresponsive child, according to police.

First respondeders attempted rescue measures, but the child was pronounced dead at Middlesex Shoreline Clinic.

Detectives from the Central District Major Crime Squad have taken over the investigation and the baby's cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner.

No other details were released.

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Guests' Data May Have Been Hacked at Hotels


Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia may have been targeted by hackers for months. 

According to the hotel operator HEI Hotels & Resorts, malware put into place in at least 20 locations may have collected names, card account numbers, card expiration dates and verification codes. 

Data from customers may have been collected from early December, through late June. At some properties, HEI said, data collection may have begun as early as March 2015 at hotel locations where people bought food or drinks. 

HEI said in a company release that "We are treating this matter as a top priority, and took steps to address and contain this incident promptly after it was discovered." 

HEI said that once it found out about the problem it transitioned payment card processing to a stand-alone system that's completely separate from the rest of its network. It disabled the malware and is in the process of reconfiguring various components of its network and payment systems to make them more secure. 

The company said it's continuing to cooperate with the law enforcement investigation and coordinating with banks and payment card companies. 

Anyone who used a card at HEI hotels in the given time frame should review their account statements and look for discrepancies or unusual activity, both over the past several months and going forward, the company said. Customers who notice anything out of place should contact their credit or debit card issuer.

Starwood's Westin hotels in Minneapolis; Pasadena, California; Philadelphia; Snowmass, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were affected. Also breached were Starwood properties in Arlington, Virginia; Manchester Village, Vermont; San Francisco; Miami; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Customers may also visit www.heihotels.com/notice for additional information about the incident. 

The company says the breach has been contained and customers can safely use cards at all of its properties.

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Clinton Campaign Taps Into Voting Power of DREAMers


The Clinton campaign is turning to the power of young immigrants — those known as DREAMers — to help grow the number of voters for Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

The campaign began is national voter registration program "Mi Sueño, Tu Voto" (My Dream, Your Vote) Monday. The young immigrants have mobilized their communities previously, urging others to vote for the re-election of Obama.

They’ve become a strong force in rallying support for Bernie Sanders among young people in the Latino community. 

The campaign was to hold events around the country this week in connection with the voter registration drive, starting with an event Monday in front of the Trump hotel under construction near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Events also were planned for Florida, Nevada and North Carolina.

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Tree on Wires Causing Hundreds of Power Outages in Hartford


A tree on wires on Vine Street is causing hundreds of power outages in Hartford.

Eversource was reporting 793 outages, or 1 percent of the total population Eversource serves in the capital city, early Monday morning. 

As of 11:45 a.m., the number of power outages is 264.

The street was closed, but has since reopened.

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Clinton Rallies in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Biden


Vice President Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump's ability to lead America at home and abroad on Monday, branding him as indifferent to the needs of Americans in his first campaign appearance with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Biden, who decided not to make a third presidential bid last year, said in his native city of Scranton that Trump was "totally, thoroughly unqualified" to be president, calling him a dangerous voice on national security and foreign policy. 

On the economy, he said, Trump's reveling in his TV reality show tag-line, "You're fired," showed his true colors. 

"He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. It's such a bunch of malarkey," Biden told a crowd of about 3,000 at Riverfront Sports, adding: "He doesn't have a clue." 

Pennsylvania has not supported a Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but is among the most-contested battleground states between Clinton and Trump, who are both vying for white working-class voters here. 

Even as polls show her leading Trump, Clinton has faced lingering questions about her trustworthiness in the fallout of her use of a private email server as secretary of state and over her family's sprawling foundation. She has tried to make the case that working-class voters would fare better under her economic policies than Trump's and that her opponent would inject danger into an already unstable world. 

Offering himself as a powerful character witness for Clinton, Biden portrayed the former secretary of state as the most qualified person to lead the country, singling out her foreign policy experience and passion for improving people's lives. He cited his long history with Clinton, saying he's known her for three decades, since before she was first lady in the 1990s. 

And he cited Clinton's gender as a powerful asset, saying electing the first female president would change the lives of American women and girls. 

"Hillary Clinton is going to write the next chapter in American history," he said. 

Introducing Biden, Clinton sought to sow doubts about Trump's ability to bring jobs back to blue-collar communities like Scranton, where Biden lived for the first decade of his life before moving to Delaware. 

She acknowledged that many people in the audience might have friends considering voting for the Republican, but offered this advice: "Friends should not let friends vote for Trump." 

Clinton and Biden spoke ahead of Trump's national security address in Ohio, questioning the business mogul's ability to represent the nation overseas. 

In his speech, Trump accused Clinton of pushing policies that have opened the United States to foreign terrorists. 

"Hillary Clinton wants to be America's Angela Merkel," he said, arguing that Germany's immigration policy has weakened that country's national security. 

Clinton said Trump had been "all over the place" on foreign policy and had suggested sending in ground troops to fight the Islamic State group. "That is off the table as far as I'm concerned," she said. 

Biden warned that Trump was unprepared to oversee nuclear codes and cited Trump's praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. 

If Trump likes them, "He would have loved" Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union until his death in 1953. Scholars estimate that under Stalin, more than 1 million people were executed in political purges and millions more died as a result of harsh labor and cruel treatment in the vast gulag prison camp system.

Seeking a common bond, both Democrats pointed back to their family ties in northeastern Pennsylvania. Biden, a frequent visitor, recalled the street he grew up on and credited the city with helping to mold his values. Clinton noted her grandfather worked at a Scranton lace mill factory and that her father was raised here and later attended Penn State University. The family spent summers at a family cabin in nearby Lake Winola, she said. 

Biden and Clinton had been planned to campaign together here before last month's Democratic National Convention but their rally was postponed because of the deadly police shooting in Dallas. The vice president is expected to campaign for Clinton in several battleground states where he remains popular, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Florida. 

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Happy Birthday and a Spot in the Semis for Walsh Jennings


Team USA's beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings kicked off her 38th birthday with a midnight win over Australia and a serenade Sunday night.

After Jennings and April Ross advanced to the Rio Olympics beach volleyball semifinals, defeating Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy 21-14, 21-16, fans at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue — which included NBA stars Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan and Jimmy Butler — sang "Happy Birthday" to the three-time gold medalist.

"I’ve had other birthdays during the Olympics, but I don’t think I’ve been serenaded before,” Walsh Jennings said after the match. “So that was a unique experience, and I loved it."

The U.S. basketball players were in the arena to cheer for their fellow Americans. They tried to get a wave going and started a "U-S-A!" chant when they were shown on the venue video board. They also squabbled with fans behind them — it's hard to see past a 6-foot-11 NBA forward — but engaged in some playful banter with Australia fans across the sand.

Ross said she has enjoyed the way athletes from different sports meet and root for each other.

"That's one of the biggest things I love about the Olympics," she said.

The Americans will play Brazil's Agatha and Barbara — the defending world champions — on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the gold medal match. The other women's semifinal match will feature Germany and the top-seeded Brazilian team of Larissa and Talita.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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West Hartford Seeking Injunction against Local Restaurant


The town of West Hartford has filed an injunction against Los Imperios restaurant for what the town calls “repeated noncompliance” with local zoning and liquor regulations.

The town filed the injunction on May 24 and will present evidence at a hearing Tuesday. The town alleges that Los Imperios Restaurant and Longue at 904 Farmington Avenue has been operating as a nightclub rather than a restaurant by imposing age restrictions, cover charges and offering bottle service. Town ordinances prohibit all three of these.

The town also said there have been a series of complaints by neighbors. The police department said they have officers assigned to monitor crowds in the area of Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Police also report that in the last two months they’ve received more than 20 complaints related to issues at Los Imperios.

According to police, the department has made multiple referrals to the state Liquor Commission for alcohol-related violations as well.

Currently violating the ordinance can be punished with a $150 fine. Town officials said filed the injunction in the hope that the court will allow them to raise the fine to $2,500.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the restaurant for a response. The employee who answered the phone declined to comment and management has yet to return our message.

Serious Crash Closes Route 83 in Vernon


Part of Route 83 in Vernon is closed because of a serious crash and two people have been injured, police said.

Vernon police said Route 83 is closed in both directions near Merline Road because of a serious two-vehicle head-on crash.

According to police, two people were involved in the crash.

Vernon EMS transported one person to Rockville Hospital and LifeStar transported an elderly woman to Hartford Hospital.

Neither victim was identified and their conditions are unknown.

Drivers should expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Major Traffic Shift on I-95 South in New Haven Starts Friday


Drivers traveling on Interstate 95 in the New Haven and West Haven area this weekend should expect delays as crews work on a major traffic shift.

The Department of Transportation said the work is part of a project to replace the I-95 Bridge over the West River. Starting Friday night, the southbound lanes will be shifted across the new bridge over Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and the new bridge over the West River.

The construction will eliminate the I-95 southbound split near exit 44. Crews will also restripe the road, replace advance warning and overhead signs and relocate concrete barriers. The work is scheduled to be completed by midnight Saturday, according to the DOT.

During the construction, traffic will be diverted from several ramps in the area. Drivers should plan in extra travel time or avoid the area if possible.

For more details on the project visit the DOT website.

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11 Dead After Airstrikes Hit Aid Hospital in Yemen


At least 11 people were killed and 19 injured Monday after airstrikes hit a hospital in northern Yemen that Doctors Without Borders was helping operate, the group said.

The international aid organization — also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF — said Abs Hospital in the northern Hajjeh province was hit by the strikes at 3:45 p.m. local time.

The explosion immediately killed nine people, including a Yemeni staff member, the group said in a statement. Two more people died while being transported to another local hospital, NBC News reported.

The conflict in Yemen pits the internationally-recognized government backed by a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who captured the capital nearly two years ago.

Despite a recent United Nations resolution calling for an end to such attacks, the statement added, Monday's airstrikes marked the fourth time an MSF facility had been targeted in less than a year.

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Woman Killed After Being Struck by Car in Southington


A 50-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by a car on Savage Street in Southington.

Southington police said they were called to the crash on Savage Street near Rockwood Drive around 9:55 a.m.

The victim, identified as Amal Abouchakra of Southington, was struck by a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Jarred Korab, 37, of Wallingford, according to police.

Abouchakra was transported to Bradley Memorial Hospital where she died of her injuries.

Police continue to investigate. There is no word on charges at this time.

Savage Street was closed for several hours while the Accident Investigation team investigated. It has since reopened.

Check back for updates.

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Woman from Qatar Missing in West Hartford


A woman from Qatar has been reported missing in West Hartford and police are asking anyone who has seen her in the last week to call them.

Mame Alemu Zegeye was visiting from overseas and has been missing since last Monday, police said.

She was born in Ethiopia and has lived in the country of Qatar, according to police.

Zegeye is 5-feet-5 and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a brown blouse, black leggings and brown shoes.

Anyone who is in contact with Zegeye or sees her should call West Hartford Police at (860) 523-5203.

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New Details in Pa. Murder-Suicide


A Pennsylvania mother shot to death by her husband, who also killed the couple's three young children, told police in the weeks before her death that she feared her husband, authorities said Monday.

Megan Short, 33, called police to her family's Sinking Spring, Berks County home July 18 — just shy of three weeks before the murder-suicide — after she had a dispute with her husband, Mark, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Monday. Adams said officers advised her that she could file a protection-from-abuse order — something she told them she planned to do, but never did, he added.

Megan Short told responding officers that day that she feared her husband would harm her.

She had reason to: The next day, Adams said, Mark Short went to a gun shop in Lancaster County and purchased a .38-caliber handgun and bullets. He would later use that gun, Adams said, to shoot his wife and three children — 2-year-old Willow, 5-year-old Mark Jr. and 8-year-old Liana — and the family's dog to death before turning the gun and killing himself with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Mark Short, who had lost his job as a loan officer not long before the murder-suicide, hand-wrote a note after he killed his wife and children, before killing himself, investigators said. They would not reveal what the note said, but said that it did not show any remorse or reasoning for the killings. Each child, Adams said, died of a single gunshot wound, and investigators found six spent .38-caliber shell casings in the home.

Megan Short had posted on Facebook in the months leading up to the murder-suicide that her husband was abusive and that she planned to leave, friends said after the killings. Authorities said she rented an apartment in Yardley, Bucks County July 25 and planned to move there the day of her and her children's deaths. She posted on Facebook asking for help moving the day before, Adams said, though Mark Short also allegedly planned to help his wife move.

Mark Short took the three children to Hersheypark the day before the killings, Adams said.

Police found the bodies of the 40-year-old father, his wife, the three children and the dog Saturday, Aug. 6 after Megan Short's mother called them concerned when her daughter never showed up for a lunch they planned. The mother told police then that her daughter and son-in-law had been having problems in their marriage.

When police arrived at the home, there was no answer, so they had to force their way in through a kitchen window, Adams said. They found the bodies in the living room, the children still dressed in their pajamas.

Authorities said they don't know why the Shorts' marriage disintegrated, but small insights into their lives came from posts by Megan Short on Facebook alleging abuse by her husband and detailing her plans to leave the marriage, as well as from Mark Short's relatives, who spoke with NBC10 last week.

Mark Short's aunt said Megan was young when they began dating and eventually married. Mark was seven years her senior.

The couple struggled with Willow's, the youngest child, illness — a severe congenital heart defect that required her to have a heart transplant when she was just days old.

In April, Megan Short wrote about the post-traumatic stress she continued to suffer as a result of Willow's sickness on a blog, Philly at Heart. News stories in the New York Times and the Reading Eagle detailed the family's difficulties obtaining medication the little girl needed to survive and grappling with the after effects of her heart transplant.

Hundreds of people attended funerals for Megan Short and the children held in Northeast Philadelphia late last week.

Megan Short's family has not spoken out about her death, but Mark Short's relatives in Folcroft, Delaware County, described him as a family man.

"You wouldn't think he would do this kind of thing," Mark Short's cousin, James Short, said. "But in the situation he's in right now, you never can tell with people."

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Swimming Areas at Lake McDonough Closed for Season


The swimming areas at Lake McDonough in Barkhamsted closed for the season Monday, according to the Metropolitan District.

The MDC said the lake will remain operational for boaters through Labor Day. The entire facility will closed for the season on September 6.

The early closure is partially due to a lack of qualified lifeguards available. MDC said in a statement earlier in the month that the “action is necessary to ensure the safety and security of all our recreational users.” They also said they regretted any inconvenience.

Earlier this year the MDC announced West Beach at Lake McDonough would not open because of a lack of qualified lifeguard applicants. East Beach remained open for most of the season.

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Retired NYPD Cop Shots Sons


A retired NYPD officer grabbed a handgun and shot his two sons before turning the weapon on himself in his Long Island home late Sunday, authorities say. 

Police say Irvin Noak, 61, got into an argument with family members during a party at his Bellport home around 11 p.m. His two sons, 22-year-old Aaron Noak and 30-year-old Irvin Noak III, intervened. Noak went and got a gun from his bedroom and shot them, police said. He then shot himself.

Both sons lived at the home and were taken to a hospital in critical condition. No one else was hurt. 

Noak was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was an NYPD officer for more than 20 years, joining the force in 1989 and retiring in 2009. 

The nature of the argument wasn't immediately clear.

Family friend Dequan Wilson who dropped off a tent for the party said when he last saw the family, everyone seemed happy. He added that he was shocked the party devolved into violence. 

"Everything just seemed good yesterday. I talked to the dad, the dad was happy yesterday, everyone just seemed happy," he said.

Others in the neighborhood were surprised to hear gunfire. 

"I'm still shaking from it," said Dilek Falco. "You know, my family lives here."

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Police ID man Killed in Oxford Crash


A 23-year-old Ridgefield man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Oxford Road in Oxford early Monday morning. 

State police said the 2006 Toyota Highlander Noah Benjamin Lubitz was driving went off the road and into a ditch just before 12:30 a.m. 

An ambulance transported him to Waterbury Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to state police.

The accident reconstruction team responded to the scene and is investigating.

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Possible Human Remains Found in East Lyme


A jogger found what could be human remains near a new development off Sleepy Hollow Road in East Lyme on Monday morning and state police have taken over the investigation.

The jogger contacted police at 6:52 a.m. to report a suspicious item found in the area of Sleepy Hollow Road and Van Winkle Way.

Police are investigating the case as possible human remains.

The Eastern District Major Crime Scene unit is on the way and will take over the investigation.

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Giuliani: No Attacks Before Obama


Rudolph Giuliani, promoting Donald Trump's national security plan, said Monday that in the "eight years before (President Barack) Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States." That's an apparent omission of the largest terror attack in United States history.

Giuliani was mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the hours after the World Trade Center fell, while then-President George W. Bush was largely unseen, he became the face of American grief and determination.

His brave and graceful performance in the weeks after the towers' collapse earned him the nickname "America's mayor" and he was soon launched into national political stardom, his name synonymous with the response to the attacks. That made his comments Monday all the more puzzling.

"Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office," Giuliani said ahead of Trump's speech on national security.

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The eyebrow-raising comments, which were immediately lampooned on social media, were a far cry from Giuliani's usual speeches, which are often peppered with references to the resolve New Yorkers displayed after the attacks. In fact, his discussions of the attacks were so common that Vice President Joe Biden once said of him there were "only three things he mentions in a sentence: A noun, a verb and 9/11."

Jake Menges, a spokesman for the former mayor, told The Associated Press on Monday evening that Giuliani was referring to a lack of major attacks during the remainder of Bush's term.

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Earlier in his speech the former mayor made several mentions to the 2001 attack.

"Remember: We didn't start this war; they did. We don't want this war; they do. And they didn't start it even in 2001. They attacked the World Trade Center in 1993," Giuliani said minutes before his apparent gaffe.

Though Giuliani governed the nation's largest city as a moderate Republican, who moved much further to the right when he welcomed Bush to New York for the 2004 Republican National Convention and as he mounted an ill-fated 2008 presidential bid. He has fashioned himself as a sharp critic of Obama as well as Hillary Clinton, whom Giuliani was to run against for the U.S. Senate in 2000 before bowing out after a cancer diagnosis.

But while Giuliani has never publicly blamed Bush for the 2001 attacks, Donald Trump on several occasions during this year's Republican primary made a point of saying that the attacks happened "during the reign of George Bush."

"You always have to look to the person at the top," Trump said in October. "Do I blame George Bush? I only say that he was the president at the time, and you know, you could say the buck stops here."

Giuliani has often spoken about his experiences on and after the attacks. The Los Angeles Times reports that Vice President Joe Biden once said of the former mayor, "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun and a verb and 9/11."

It wasn't the only time the mayor misspoke at the rally. He also said that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence served the people of Ohio well. 

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