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Sorry, Twitter: Russian Diver Deserved a 0


You might have seen the video of Russian diver Nadezhda Bazhina doing a back flop in the 3m springboard preliminary at the Rio Games.

Bazhina, who has won medals in multiple European championships, received a zero for her dive in the Rio round on Friday which caused a stir on social media.

Many Twitter users felt she should have been given some points for the attempt.

But to those familiar with diving there was nothing shocking about the score. According to the judging rules, a zero score is defined as "completely failed." 

“If the correct dive is performed, even if it is deficient or unsatisfactory, a diver would receive a score," Jennifer Lowery, senior public relations director at USA Diving said in a statement. “If the correct dive is not performed, it is considered an incomplete or failed dive.”

Bazhina was unable to execute the three and a half summersaults she was supposed to. She landed in the pool on her back, her feet hitting the water before her hands.

While not an every day occurrence, scoring a zero is not rare or uncommon at national and international meets, Lowery said.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Germany's Stephan Feck scored a zero in the men's 3m springboard preliminary round after landing on his back.

Two Filipino divers, John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo, had back to back back-flops resulting in two zeros at the 2015 Southeast Asia Games in Singapore.

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Southington Man Accused of Attempted Sex Assault


Southington police have arrested a man on sex assault charges, police said Monday.

Southington police said Brandon Boudreau, 21, of Southington, turned himself in Monday around 6:42 a.m. after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He faces charges of criminal attempt to commit first-degree sex assault

According to police, the charge stems from an incident that occurred on February 2, 2015. The victim was an acquaintance of Boudreau.

Boudreau was held on a $250,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Bristol court Monday.

The warrant in this case is currently sealed and no other details are available.

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Hot Weather Increases Demand for Electricity


The recent string of hot and humid days pushed up consumer demand for electricity.

As temperatures soared to 98 degrees and the heat index reached 114 this weekend, many people flipped on the AC.

According to ISO New England, the corporation responsible for keeping electricity flowing across the six-state region, peak demand for power happened at 4 p.m. Friday. Customers used 25,466 megawatts of power. An ISO spokesperson says average use on a normal summer day ranges between 17,500 and 22,000 megawatts. The spokesperson said their total capacity is 31,000 megawatts.

Energy consumption is higher on weekdays, when more businesses and industries are operating.

Wallingford Municipal Power reports their peak load Friday was just 11 percent lower than their all-time peak usage at 127 megawatts.

According to ISO, summer peak demand is rising at almost 200 megawatts per year. That’s equivalent to about half the output of a medium-sized power plant, they say.

United Illuminating said these common sense measures not only reduce pressure on the power grid but can also save you money:

  • Delay using major appliances such as pool pumps, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers until after 8 p.m.
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you’re not in the room
  • Close curtains or shades to keep the sunlight from warming up a room.

An Eversource spokesperson said energy usage has been consistently high, but there have been no interruptions due to the heat and that all outages have been storm-related.

Phelps, Ledecky Recreate Famous Photo


There is an famous photo circulating of a young Katie Ledecky obtaining an autograph in 2006 from her swimming hero, Michael Phelps.

Now, 10 years later, the roles have been reversed.

The duo recreated the photo on Monday in Rio, but this time Phelps is getting the autograph from Ledecky.

The picture was posted to Ledecky’s Facebook page with the caption, "Recreating a 10-year-old photo...in reverse! Katie was more than happy to sign a poster for the Greatest Olympian of All-Time."

Phelps, now 31, is the most-decorated swimmer in Olympic history. But back in 2006 he was still fresh off of a stunning performance in the Athens Olympics, where he won his first six gold medals.

Ledecky, who was 9 when that original photo was taken, could only dream of where her abilities would eventually take her. She’s now considered alongside Phelps as one of the greatest swimmers in U.S. Olympic history after dominating the Rio Games.

On Saturday, Phelps discussed during a Facebook Live chat how he would do in a race in the pool against Ledecky.

"I think I could take her in a 400," Phelps said. "800 or above, she would whoop me and tear me to shreds."

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Gov. Malloy Following Trump's Visit: 'He's a Clown'


Governor Dannel Malloy didn't hold back Monday, in the same way Donald Trump didn't hold back during his campaign stop through Connecticut Saturday.

"He’s a fraud, that's what he is," Malloy said about the Republican presidential candidate. "He's also a clown, that's what he is."

Trump spent several minutes criticizing Malloy and Democrats for their policies, and even mocked Malloy's first name, Dannel, which is a family name.

"Dan? Daniel? Danny?" Trump asked the crowd in Fairfield.

Trump placed the blame for General Electric leaving Fairfield after forty years as its headquarters squarely on Malloy's shoulders.

"How do you lose General Electric?" Trump asked the crowd of about 5,000 people. He continued, saying, "(Connecticut) is the least fiscally healthy state in the union and you just lost General Electric! Lots of luck folks!"

Malloy said Trump can't talk when it comes to fiscal health. He mentioned how he has a bad track record as a businessman and how his campaign closely aligned itself with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

"(He's) 11 downgrades of his bond rating. Who's taxes are significantly higher than the state of Connecticut. Who has not seen the kind of achievement in education reform that we’ve seen in this state," Malloy said.

On the issue of General Electric, Malloy defended himself by arguing that GE's decision was a long time coming and there was writing on the wall. He didn't say whether particular policy choices could have kept GE in Connecticut.

"GE had twice as many employees in Massachusetts when they made that decision and let me point one other thing out, there are more GE employees working in Connecticut today than there were last year," Malloy said. 

Malloy also said that had he recommended a $162 million incentive package to keep GE, similar to the one offered by Massachusetts and Boston, then "the howling would not have stopped this many months later."

It has been discussed by numerous sources that Malloy is on a short list for a job within the administration of a President Hillary Clinton. Trump slammed Malloy on that point as well.

"Listen to this! Connecticut! Dannel! Hey Dannel, get back here from Washington trying to get a job but he won't be able to because I wouldn't ever hire him so why is he wasting his time? Dannel!" Trump said over the weekend. 

Directly responding to Trump's criticism of Connecticut's economic performance, Malloy said, "The reality is Donald Trump has gone state to state to state failing to recognize reality in trying to paint, I was going to say a rosy picture, but an orange picture when he’s president and that’s not going to happen."

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Extreme Heat, Humidity Leads to Increase in ER Visits


New Haven residents are taking the necessary precautions and limiting their time outside in the oppressive heat and humidity, Deputy Director of Emergency Operations Rick Fontana said.

Still, the extreme weather is taking a toll on people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma.

“I don’t recall seeing the weather this bad,” Fontana said about a week where New Haven has felt more like summertime in Florida.

With the heat index rising into the triple digits New Haven’s Emergency Operations Center fielded 18 difficulty breathing calls between Saturday morning and Sunday night, Fontana said.

“We saw a lot of people over the last week or so who were here for their asthma which was a little bit worse than normal because it was so difficult for them to breath in this kind of humidity more so than the heat,” said Dr. Andy Ulrich, operations director at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Emergency Department.

There has also been an uptick of patients struggling to stay hydrated, Ulrich said.

“By the fourth, fifth, sixth day in this kind of heat it gets really tough,” he said, “so we’ve got a little more volume the past couple of days.”

On Sunday, some patients had to be diverted to other emergency rooms.

“Sometimes, we have to sort of spread the volume out between our facilities,” Ulrich said. “So that not directly related to the heat, it was just a high volume day.”

While the hospital was busy over the weekend, so too were the city’s pools, splash pads and libraries designated as cooling centers.

“They were quite packed,” Fontana said. “Our senior centers, we saw more there than we have seen but again I think they heeded our advice.”

Even as the humidity drops and conditions gradually improve this week, Ulrich said it is important to check on elderly family members and neighbors who “can get into trouble quickly.”

Before grabbing a cold beer from the fridge, Ulrich said to remember too much alcohol in the heat can increase the risk of dehydration.

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Derby Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Distribution Charges


A Derby man was sentenced to 37 months in prison on federal charges of distributing drugs, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Frank Pecora, 55, was arrested on April 29, 2015 after a long-term investigation by the FBI, DEA and Homeland Security.

According to court documents, Pecora was involved with a group of people, including Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci, who were receiving shipments of steroid ingredients from China, then manufacturing and distributing steroids. The group was also accused of distributing prescription pills and cocaine.

Officials said Pecora plead guilty to one count of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone in January. In pleading guilty he also admitted to unlawfully possessing firearms.

He is a previously convicted felon and has been held since his arrest.

Santucci plead guilty to distributing and money laundering offenses in December 2015. He is awaiting sentencing.

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Weightlifter Wins Over Rio With Dancing, Smiles


David Katoatau is a three-time Olympian in weightlifting for the nation of Kiribati.

You’ve probably never heard of Katoatau. And you may not have any idea where Kiribati is, either.

But Katoatau, 32, is the pride and joy of the tiny island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. Not only has he represented Kiribati in the last three Olympic Games, but he’s been the flag bearer in each one.

You may have briefly spotted him during the Parade of Nations in the bright blue blazer spinning and dancing with a huge smile on his face for all the world to see.

And it’s that dancing and joyous demeanor that has made him stand out among all of his competitors in Rio.

Want proof? Watch this:

Dancing is Katoatau’s thing. It doesn’t matter if he wins a medal or fails on his lift, he always ends his competitions with a dance and a smile.

Watch the following videos to see a man thoroughly enjoying what he does for a living: 

But Katoatau also has a serious side. His country could be significantly impacted by sea-level rise, as some predict that Kiribati may only be about 30 years away from being wiped off the world map.

There are plans in place to relocate the entire population — which is currently at about 110,000 — when, not if, that happens. Kiribati has already purchased 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s second-biggest island, Vanua Levu, for relocation purposes.

Katoatau is trying to use his weightlifting fame to bring attention to the fate his country is preparing to experience. Last year he wrote a letter to plea for help.

“I beg the countries of the world to see what is happening to Kiribati,” he said in the letter. “The simple truth is that we do not have the resources to save ourselves. We will be the first to go. It will be the extinction of a race. Open your eyes and look to the other low-lying level islands around the Pacific — they will soon fall with us."

You can read the entire letter here.

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Fire at Vacant House in Bethany Result of Arson: Officials


Fire officials determined that a fire at a vacant home in Bethany was the result of arson. 

Crews responded to the house located at 229 Bear Hill Road at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Bethany Volunteer Fire Department said on Monday. 

Responding fire fighters said they observed heavy fire coming from the front door and roof of the house. 

A subsequent investigation by the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosions unit ruled the fire an arson and are looking for witnesses to come forward, officials said. 

The investigation remains open and active. 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Bethany Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 393-2100 ext. 119 or call the Arson Hot Line directly at (800) 842-7766.

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Fact Check: Looking at Trump's Terrorism Speech


FactCheck.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that will hold candidates and key figures accountable during the 2016 presidential campaign. FactCheck.org will check facts of speeches, advertisements and more for NBC.

In a speech in Ohio on terrorism, Donald Trump repeated several fact-twisting and bogus claims he has made before:

  • He again said that he opposed the Iraq War “from the beginning,” and this time pointed to two interviews as support. But he didn’t express an opinion in one interview on whether the U.S. should invade Iraq. And the other came more than a year after the war had started.
  • Trump blamed President Obama for saying, “here’s our time, here’s our date” for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, but that date had been set by an agreement signed by President George W. Bush.
  • Trump wrongly said that one of the San Bernardino shooters “very openly” supported jihad online. The FBI said the messages on jihad that it found were private messages — not public postings.
  • Trump again claimed with no evidence that a neighbor of the San Bernardino shooters “saw … bombs on the floor” of their home but didn’t report it because of racial profiling concerns. One neighbor reportedly saw the couple receiving several packages and doing work in their garage.
  • Trump said “Hillary Clinton’s plan” would allow 620,000 refugees from around the world to resettle in the U.S. during a first term as president. But Clinton didn’t say that. The number comes from a Republican-led subcommittee that made assumptions about what Clinton would do as president.

Still No Evidence for Iraq War Claim

Trump misrepresented a TV interview he gave in January 2003 to claim that he opposed the Iraq War “from the beginning.” In that interview, Trump said polling showed the economy is a “much bigger problem” for President Bush than Iraq, but he expressed no opinion on whether the U.S. should invade.

As we have written before, Trump on numerous occasions has made the claim without providing evidence that he was opposed to the Iraq War before it started. In this speech, he claims to have the evidence — but he doesn’t have the goods. Instead, he cherry-picks his quotes to twist the facts.

Trump, Aug. 15: I was an opponent of the Iraq War from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent. Though I was a private citizen, whose personal opinions on such matters were really not sought, I nonetheless publicly expressed my private doubts about the invasion. I was against it, believe me. Three months before the invasion I said, in an interview with Neil Cavuto, to whom I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery, that quote, perhaps we shouldn’t be doing it yet and that the economy is a much bigger problem.

Trump did not tell Cavuto that “we shouldn’t be doing it yet and that the economy is a much bigger problem.” Trump is conflating two separate statements and presenting them as a single sentence and thought.

A little background: The Jan. 28, 2003, interview with Cavuto on Fox Business was conducted prior to President Bush’s State of the Union address that would be delivered that night. Cavuto starts by asking Trump what advice he would give the president on how much time to devote to Iraq and how much to the economy. Trump said the American public is “much more focused now on the economy,” and he criticized the Bush administration for dragging out the decision on whether to invade Iraq.

“Either you attack or you don’t attack,” Trump said.

Trump softened his criticism when Cavuto asked Trump if what he was saying was that Bush’s indecision “could ultimately hurt us.”

“Well, he has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps [we] shouldn’t be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know,” Trump responds. “He’s under a lot of pressure. He’s — I think he’s doing a very good job.”

Trump switched to defending the administration and presented the alternative argument that the invasion should have the support of the United Nations. He didn’t say the U.S. shouldn’t invade Iraq.

Trump then went on to say, “But, of course, if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the Iraqi situation is a problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the president is concerned.”

Once again, Trump didn’t say the U.S. shouldn’t invade Iraq. He said public opinion polls show the economy is a “much bigger problem” for Bush.

Below is a fuller exchange with Cavuto. We marked in bold the passages that Trump highlighted in his speech. They are not part of the same sentence, or even the same thought.

Cavuto, Jan. 28, 2003: If you had to sort of breakdown for the president, if you were advising him, how much time do you commit [in the State of the Union] to Iraq versus how much time you commit to the economy, what would you say?

Trump: Well, I’m starting to think that people are much more focused now on the economy. They are getting a little bit tired of hearing, we’re going in, we’re not going in, the — you know, whatever happened to the days of the Douglas MacArthur. He would go and attack. He wouldn’t talk. We have to — you know, it’s sort like either do it or don’t do it. When I watch Dan Rather explaining how we are going to be attacking, where we’re going to attack, what routes we’re taking, what kind of planes we’re using, how to stop them, how to stop us, it is a little bit disconcerting. I’ve never seen this, where newscasters are telling you how — telling the enemy how we’re going about it, we have just found out this and that. It is ridiculous.

Cavuto: Well, the problem right there.

Trump: Either you attack or you don’t attack.

Cavuto: The problem there, Donald, is you’re watching Dan Rather. Maybe you should just be watching Fox.

Trump: Well, no, I watch Dan Rather, but not necessarily fondly. But I happened to see it the other night. And I must tell you it was rather amazing as they were explaining the different — I don’t know if it is fact or if it is fiction, but the concept of a newscaster talking about the routes is — just seems ridiculous. So the point is either you do it or you don’t do it, or you — but I just — or if you don’t do it, just don’t talk about it. When you do it, you start talking about it.

Cavuto: So you’re saying the leash on this is getting kind of short here, that the president has got to do something presumably sooner rather than later and stringing this along could ultimately hurt us.

Trump: Well, he has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps [we] shouldn’t be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know. He’s under a lot of pressure. He’s — I think he’s doing a very good job. But, of course, if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the Iraqi situation is a problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the president is concerned.

Trump also offered as evidence an interview with Esquire that ran in the August 2004 edition — 17 months after the Iraq War started. As we have written, Trump was an early critic of the war after it started, but we can find no clear evidence that he was opposed to it before it started.

Withdrawal from Iraq

Trump blamed President Obama for setting a date for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, but that date had been set by an agreement signed by President George W. Bush.

Trump: But I have been just as clear in saying what a catastrophic mistake Hillary Clinton and President Obama made with the reckless way in which they pulled out. After we had made those hard-fought sacrifices and gains, we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal – on a timetable advertised to our enemies. They said we’re moving out, here’s our time, here’s our date. Who would do this but an incompetent president?

As we recently explained, some have argued that Obama could have done more to renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement signed by Bush in 2008. But Trump blames the wrong president for, in his words, saying, “here’s our time, here’s our date.”

Bush signed the SOFA on Dec. 14, 2008. It said: “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.” Then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in a book published in 2011 that Bush didn’t want to set a deadline and wanted an agreement for a residual force — but Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki objected. Bush reluctantly signed the agreement.

Obama had three years to renegotiate, and, indeed, Obama sought to leave a residual force of 5,000 to 10,000 troops. But Maliki wouldn’t agree to shield U.S. troops from criminal prosecution by Iraqi authorities, and the negotiations ended in October 2011 over that issue.

Then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later wrote in his 2014 book that Obama didn’t press hard enough for a deal. But some experts say Maliki wasn’t going to agree to a residual force. Iraq was more closely aligned with Iran at that point.

Maliki “wanted the Americans out of there — and the Iranians wanted the same thing,” Princeton University professor Bernard Haykel, who heads the university’s Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, told us. “I don’t think there was a deal to be had — not one in which the Americans would have had immunity.”

As for Clinton — who was secretary of state at the time — she publicly supported Obama. In 2014, she blamed the Iraqi government for not coming to an agreement to protect American troops. In a recent interview with the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker, Joby Warrick, a Post reporter and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” said that “[w]ithin the administration, Clinton was one of the loudest forces for keeping a residual force in Iraq.”

And as for Trump’s views on leaving Iraq, he strongly supported withdrawing in March 2007, telling CNN. “You know how they get out? They get out. That’s how they get out. Declare victory and leave, because I’ll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down.”

Missed Signs?

Trump cited two bogus examples to back up his point that “warning signs were totally ignored” in recent terrorist shootings.

  • He claimed one of the San Bernardino shooters “very openly” supported jihad online. It was incorrectly reported that the shooter had posted public messages supporting jihad on social media, but the FBI later clarified that those were private messages.
  • Trump wrongly claimed that “a neighbor [of the San Bernardino shooters] saw suspicious behavior — bombs on the floor and other things – but didn’t warn authorities because they said they didn’t want to be accused of racial profiling.” The neighbor in question only reportedly saw the couple receiving a large number of packages, and observed that they were working a lot in their garage.

Stop us if you’ve heard these before, because we have written about these claims several times. But it bears repeating: Neither of these claims has been substantiated.

Here’s what Trump said in his Aug. 15 speech on “Understanding The Threat: Radical Islam And The Age Of Terror.”

Trump: Another common feature of the past attacks that have occurred on our soil is that warning signs were totally ignored. …

The female San Bernardino shooter on her … statements and everything that she said. She was here on a fiancee visa, which most people have never even heard of. From Saudi Arabia. And she wanted to support very openly jihad, online. These are the people we’re taking in.

A neighbor saw suspicious behavior — bombs on the floor and other things – but didn’t warn authorities because they said they didn’t want to be accused of racial profiling. Now, many are dead, and many more are gravely wounded.

We wrote about the first claim back in March when then Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz claimed that the woman involved in the San Bernardino, California, shooting had “publicly posted on social media calls to jihad.”

The Dec. 2, 2015, shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead was carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was born in the United States, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who came to the U.S. from Pakistan in July 2014 on a K-1 fiancee visa. Farook and Malik were killed in a police shootout.

Support material for Trump’s speech provided by his campaign links to two articles, one by CNN and the other in the Los Angeles Times, both on Dec. 14. Both stories cited unnamed law enforcement officials saying that the woman sent messages advocating jihad on social media, but both noted the messages were private and written under a pseudonym.

The New York Times — which wrote on Dec. 12 that Malik had “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad” — later added an editor’s note explaining that that wasn’t correct, and that FBI Director James B. Comey said on Dec. 16, 2015, that the online communication the FBI had found from late 2013 between the two San Bernardino shooters was in “private, direct messages, not social media messages.”

Comey went on to say: “So far in this investigation we have found no evidence of the posting on social media by either of them at that period of time and thereafter reflecting their commitment to jihad or to martyrdom.”

The Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, wrote about the Times’ “faulty” original report, which relied on anonymous sources. Sullivan quoted Executive Editor Dean Baquet as saying, “This was a really big mistake.”

Sullivan wrote that Comey’s statements, in addition to further reporting by the Times, found “Ms. Malik had not posted ‘openly’ on social media. She had written emails; she had written private messages, not visible to the public; and she had written on a dating site. … In other words, the story’s clear implication that those who vetted Ms. Malik’s visa had missed the boat – a clearly visible ocean liner – was based on a false premise.”

Trump was also off-base with his claim that “a neighbor saw suspicious behavior — bombs on the floor and other things – but didn’t warn authorities because they said they didn’t want to be accused of racial profiling.”

Despite Trump’s repeated claims, there is no evidence that any neighbor saw “bombs on the floor” of the San Bernardino shooters’ home but declined to report it because of racial profiling concerns.

Authorities did find what the Los Angeles Times described as “an armory of weapons and explosives … including a dozen pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition” in the Redlands home of the couple responsible for the shooting rampage. But there is no evidence so far that any neighbors knew about that cache of explosives.

On Dec. 3, 2015, Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 aired an interview with a man, Aaron Elswick, who is a friend of one of the neighbors. Elswick said the neighbor told him she noticed, “They were receiving quite a number of packages and they were also working a lot in their garage.”

“And it sounds like she didn’t do anything about it,” Elswick said. “She didn’t want to do any kind of racial profiling.”

On the day of the shooting on Dec. 2, 2015, CBS Los Angeles also aired an interview with a “man who worked in the neighborhood the past three months” who “said he noticed unusual activity.” But the extent of the “unusual activity” reported by the man — who was not identified in the news report — was that he noticed six well-dressed “Middle Eastern guys” walk from the home to a nearby lunch spot on several occasions. The man said he and his co-workers wondered, “What are those guys doing in this neighborhood?”

Neither of those reported cases includes someone who saw the inside of the home, let alone “bombs on the floor,” as Trump claims.

Clinton on Refugees

Trump, citing a Senate subcommittee report, said that “Hillary Clinton’s plan” would allow 620,000 refugees to resettle in the U.S. during her first term as president. But Clinton didn’t say that’s how many refugees she would allow into the country. The Republican-led subcommittee made assumptions about what Clinton would do as president.

Trump: The United States Senate subcommittee on immigration estimates that Hillary Clinton’s plan would mean roughly 620,000 refugees from all current refugee-sending nations in her first term, assuming no cuts to other refugee programs. So it could get worse.

Last year, Clinton proposed that the U.S. accept 65,000 refugees from Syria. That was 55,000 more than the 10,000 President Obama authorized for admission from that country for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. In all, Obama authorized the admission of 85,000 refugees from all nations in fiscal 2016, and Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the administration would aim to admit at least 100,000 global refugees in fiscal 2017.

To get to 620,000 refugees, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest assumed that Clinton would do something she has not explicitly said that she would — allow 155,000 refugees into the U.S. each year during her first term as president.

Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, June 27, 2016: Assuming Clinton’s desire to bring in 65,000 Syrian refugees is in addition to the Obama Administration’s current goal of admitting 10,000 this fiscal year (out of 85,000 total refugees), that would amount to an increase of 55,000 refugees. ‎55,000 on top of 85,000 totals 140,000 refugees. The Obama Administration’s target for FY 2017 is actually 100,000 refugees, meaning that adding 55,000 refugees to that would result in 155,000 refugees each year. Due to statutory flaws in our Refugee Admissions Program, the number could be as high as Hillary Clinton desires. Assuming her goal is to admit 155,000 refugees each year during a hypothetical first term in office, a Clinton Administration would admit at least 620,000 refugees in just four years – a population roughly the size of Baltimore.

So, it’s not “Clinton’s plan” to admit 620,000 refugees as president. The subcommittee assumed she wanted to do that, even though Clinton has not specified a figure for all refugees over four years.

Trump went on to say that the Republican subcommittee “estimates her plan would impose a lifetime cost of roughly $400 billion when you include the costs of health care, welfare, housing, schooling, and all other entitlement benefits that are excluded from the State Department’s placement figures.” So, that “lifetime” estimate is also based on an assumption about the number of admitted refugees that Clinton has not yet addressed. It relies on other assumptions as well, such as that most of the refugees would be low-skilled workers.

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Fifteen Guantanamo Bay Detainees Released to UAE


Fifteen detainees will be transferred from Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the United Arab Emirates, the Defense Department said Monday.

In a statement, the department said that a prison task force unanimously approved the transfer of six of the detainees.

"Periodic review boards" determined that keeping the other nine prisoners was not "necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat," the department said.

Among those to be released were Obaidullah, an Afghan who has said the Taliban forced him to learn about land mines, according to Reuters, and Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari, who was described in Pentagon documents published by Wikileaks as a former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden ?— a claim which has not been independently verified by NBC News.

The release comes six months after President Barack Obama announced his long-awaited and much criticized plan to shutter the prison.

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U.S. Women's Basketball Team Wants Leslie Jones


Comedian Leslie Jones is in Rio, and the U.S. women's basketball team has a message for her.

"We hear you're in Rio, we hear you're traveling around seeing a lot of events," guard Sue Bird said in a video posted to the USA Basketball Instagram while teammate Lindsay Whalen incessantly dabbed left and right. "We want you to come check us out, so please come check us out."

Guard Diana Taurasi then led the spirited team to chant Jones' name.

Jones, an Olympic super fan, was invited to Rio as a commentator for NBC. Over the past week she has been all over the city live tweeting events and taking pictures with athletes. She even hung out with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who is also in Rio to root for Team USA.

Now the U.S. women's basketball team wants their turn to hang out with the Saturday Night Live comedian. 

The team plays Japan Tuesday evening in the women's basketball quarterfinals.

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Dive? Stumble? Miller's 400m Lunge at Finish Stunned Many


Some say it was a dive. Others say it was a stumble. And some say it was a stumble that turned into a dive.

Or was it a lunge that turned into a stumble?

No matter what you call it, the move was effective for the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, who won the 400m final Monday night in Rio by .07 seconds over American Allyson Felix.

• WATCH: Shaunae Miller Edges Out Allyson Felix at Finish Line

The dive/stumble/fall kept Felix, the world champion, from capturing her fifth Olympic gold medal.

It also stirred up plenty of debate on social media about the legality of such a move and the effectiveness of “diving” over the finish line. 

To be clear, thrusting oneself headfirst over the finish line isn’t necessarily a good thing, as a runner’s hands don’t stop the clock. It is the torso that signifies that someone crosses the finish line.

Former Team USA Summer Olympian Lolo Jones was asked on Twitter if it’s better to dive or run through the finish line. Her response, and a few more thoughts below:

Something similar happened during the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012, when Jeffrey Porter rocketed himself headfirst at the finish line of the 110m hurdles. After that race, Runner’s World asked an expert if the move was the right one. Ralph Reiff, then the executive director of St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, said running through is the right call.

“Speed, from a mechanical standpoint, is how much force you can put into the ground from your torso to your glutes to your upper leg, all the way to your big toe,” Reiff told Runner’s World. “If you put your force into the ground and follow that up by flying through the air and don’t drop your other foot, you start to decelerate.”

Those who watched the race had plenty of thoughts on if the dive/stumble/lunge was the right thing for Miller to do:

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Rio Day 10: Felix Gets Silver, Biles Stumbles, Other Moments


U.S. all-around gymnastic champion Simone Biles slipped on the balance beam, American sprinter Allyson Felix missed one record but set another and a dramatic ocean finish gave Brazil its first swimming medal. Memorable moments on Day 10 of the Rio Games -- in case you missed them.

Tripped Up on the Balance Beam

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles had hoped to become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at one Olympics. Then she stumbled on the balance beam.

And with that, the all-around champion had to settle for the bronze, behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands and American Laurie Hernandez, who took the silver.

Biles had already won gold in the individual all-around competition, on the vault and in the team competition, and she has a chance to win a fourth in the floor exercise on Tuesday. But on the balance beam, she put her hand down after a front flip and lost her shot at gold. Wevers became the first gymnast to beat Biles at any event at the Rio Games.

If Biles does win four medals, she will tie Ecaterina Szabo, who competed in 1984, Vera Caslavska in 1968 and Larisa Latynina, 1956.

Allyson Felix Wins Seventh Medal

U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix ran the 400 meter for a chance at a record-breaking fifth gold medal on Monday but came in second to Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller fell over the finish line to win.

With her silver medal, Felix becomes the most decorated U.S. woman in Olympic track-and-field history with seven, breaking a tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Collision on the High Seas

Brazil won its first swimming medal of the Rio Games, thanks to a disqualification right at the finish line in the open water 10-kilometer marathon.

Aurelie Muller of France touched the timing board second, but was disqualified in a down-to-the-wire finish after she collided with Rachele Bruni of Italy to avoid swimming into a white buoy.

"She pushed down my arm," Bruni told The Associated Press.

Winning the gold was Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, with Bruni taking the silver and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto moving up to the bronze spot. Her medal was the first won by a Brazilian woman, in the open water or in the pool.  

Egyptian Judoka Sent Home

On Friday, Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, Or Sasson, after El Shehaby lost his first-round heavyweight bout.

By Monday he was gone.

The International Olympic Committee said El Shehaby had received a severe reprimand for his behavior and had been sent home from the Rio Games.

After Sasson’s win, Sasson extended his hand, but El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. The referee insisted that he return to the mat and bow, and when he gave a quick nod and left, the crowd booed.

Falling Camera Injures Three

Seven people including an 11-year-old were injured when an aerial camera suspended on steel cables collapsed more than 60 feet outside Rio’s Olympic Park on Monday.

Two women could be seen in images posted to social media sitting on the ground bloodied after the large camera fell. They were struck by the camera’s cables, according to the husband of one.

Medical officials described all of the injuries as minor and said all of the people who had been hurt had been treated by Monday night, according to the Olympic Broadcasting Service.

The camera was one of several suspended on cables to provide aerial views of the main Olympic Park. The Olympic Broadcasting Service said two guide cables on its camera snapped, plunging it onto a lower concourse that feeds into the basketball stadium.

"There was quite a lot of screaming and a bit of commotion," Chris Adams, a gymnastics fan from Britain told The Associated Press. "People were running to the situation to make sure these two ladies were OK."

Brazil’s O Globo caught the camera plummeting to the ground.

Water Polo Team Sets Record

The U.S. women's water polo team continued to defend its champion status Monday, defeating Brazil 13-3, the highest ever margin for an Olympic knockout women's water polo game.

Greece had put up the previous largest winning margin, beating Australia 6-2 in the Athens 2004 semifinals.

The U.S. team will move on to play Hungary on Wednesday for the semifinals.

Steeplechase First 

American runner Emma Coburn won bronze in the Olympic 3000-meter steeplechase, becoming the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic steeplechase medal since the event debuted in 2008.

Bahrain's Ruth Jebet took gold and Kenya's Hyvin Jepkemoi won silver.

Coburn broke her own American record, clocking in at 9:07.63 and coming in less than a second after Jepkemoi.

She came in ninth in the event at the 2012 Olympics.

Not Smooth Enough

Winning the dressage competition was Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, her second successive gold dressage medal.

She rode to samba music to beat the record she set in London in 2012, also on Valegro.

The top four scores were turned in by women in an event in which they compete against men. Spain's Severo Jurado Lopez was the highest placed man at fifth.

Jurado Lopez performed to a musical medley centered on Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas' "Smooth," and though he did not win a medal, he quickly became a fan favorite.

Jurado Lopez, riding Lorenzo, drew cheers from the normally quiet audience on Monday. The judges got booed when they awarded him a score that put him in fifth place.

He told SB Nation that the music "felt good" to his horse.

"You just have to concentrate, listen, and let the horse follow," Jurado Lopez said.

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Voter Data Becoming Election Issue for Senate Republicans


Senate Republicans have used the company VoterTrove for several years, as a way to aggregate the names, addresses and information about people who sign petitions and interact with them online.

The information, according to both VoterTrove and Senate Republicans, isn't mined or distributed elsewhere.

Where Republicans have run into issues is the fact that GOP campaigns in Connecticut have previously used VoterTrove, while it was contracted with the state-funded senate GOP caucus.

The Meriden Record Journal previously reported that State Senate Candidate Len Suzio had previously purchased a voter list from VoterTrove in 2014.

Suzio confirmed the purchase of the list to NBC Connecticut, but maintained that in the grand scheme of a campaign, it wasn't a major expense.

He said he purchased the list from VoterTrove because had he purchased a list of voters that's publicly available from the Secretary of the State, it wouldn't have been broken down by Senate District.

"It was very simple, very straightforward and easy for our campaign. It saved us time by not having to go through every record that wasn’t in the district," Suzio said Monday.

Justin Gargiulo, the CEO of VoterTrove and former Republican staffer in Connecticut said there was no connection between the list Suzio obtained and the service provided to Senate Republicans paid for with taxpayer money.

"The publicly available file provided did not contain any enhancements, emails, or other data collected by users of the VoterTrove platform. The voter file contained only records of voters in the 13th district as provided by the Secretary of the State’s Office."

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo, who is facing a re-election fight from Suzio, has a question she says is a simple one.

"If it’s truly the same information from the Secretary of State it would be free. Why put the money there? It’s throwing it away, right?"

Bartolomeo is concerned that she could see a similar use of taxpayers money if and when Suzio qualifies for the Citizens Elections Program that would provide his campaign state funding.

"My opponent is trying to put a spin on it that it’s information readily available from the Secretary of the State," she said.

Suzio said of the list he obtained, "There was nothing wrong with it as far as I’m concerned.”

Sen. Len Fasano, the top member of the Senate GOP Caucus also said the issue has been overblown because all of the names came from the Secretary of the State there is no problem.

"There is no issue with him or anyone else obtaining this list or any list that’s available through our state’s transparency laws."

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New Haven Police Chief Continues Time Off After Suspension


The mayor of New Haven said that Police Chief Dean Esserman will not be returning to work immediately following his suspension.

Mayor Toni Harp said Esserman's disciplinary leave, which started on July 25, will end on Monday as planned, but he will now be on temporary sick leave. 

“I am eager for residents, property owners, and those visiting and doing business in New Haven to be assured their public safety requirements are being effectively met by the very capable command staff and officers of the New Haven Police Department,” Harper said.

On Friday questions surrounded Esserman's status after sources said a meeting between the mayor and the police chief was about his resignation. 

Laurance Grotheer, the city's spokesman, said that Esserman did not resign nor was he asked to resign by the mayor.

Earlier this year, Esserman allegedly berated a waitress at a New Haven restaurant, an employee told NBC Connecticut. The accusations of the incident surfaced during his paid absence.

It was the second time the mayor punished the chief since he was appointed to the top job in the police department. In 2014, he was reprimanded after a confrontation with an usher at Yale Bowl.

Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell has been acting chief during Esserman's absence.

West Nile Found in Mosquitoes in Stratford


Mosquitoes trapped at Beacon Point in Stratford have tested positive for West Nile Virus and it appears this is the second time this summer the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the state. 

According to the Stratford Health Department, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station reported Culex pipiens mosquitoes trapped at Beacon Point on Aug. 4 tested positive for West Nile Virus. 

“This has been a particularly bad season with a larger than normal crop of mosquitos. With positive WNV-carrying mosquitos, residents should double-down on taking pre-cautions,” Andrea Boissevain, director of health in Stratford, said in a statement. “Take quick and easy steps to prevent exposure and bites like wearing long sleeves, especially at dawn and dusk and use insect repellent.” 

Boissevain said the good news is that there is no local transmission of Zika in Connecticut. 

Christina Batoh, Stratford’s Environmental Conservation Administrator said the town started treating for mosquitos earlier in July using a biological larvicide and the town will likely treat again in mid-August. 

Mosquitoes trapped in Stamford on July 6 also tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the state Department of Health

To avoid mosquito bites and to decrease mosquito activity around your home include: 

  • Tip over items in your recycle bin that can collect water.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used, including pool covers.
  • Clear clogged gutters.
  • Drill holes in bottom of recycling containers.
  • For commercial properties with flat roofs, check for standing water to reduce mosquito-breeding sites.
  • Minimize time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Be sure door and windows screens are tight fighting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider using DEET-containing mosquito repellent, as directed, when outdoors.

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Man Found Unresponsive in Darien Pool: Police


An elderly man is in critical condition after being pulled from a pool in Darien Monday, police said.

Darien police said they responded to a home on Meadowbrook Road around 4:30 p.m. for reports of an unresponsive man at the bottom of a pool. When officers arrived they pulled the victim from 6 feet of water. It was unclear how long the man had been under.

The victim was not breathing and had no pulse so officers began CPR until Darien EMS arrived. The victim was taken to Norwalk Hopsital. Police said as of Tuesday morning he remains in critical condition.

The victim has not been publicly identified at this time.

DC Chief Retires; Joins NFL


D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced she will retire from the department after 26 years of service. But her work with law enforcement is not over; she is joining the NFL.  

Lanier's last day will be Sept. 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Bowser said she will name an interim police chief in the coming days.

Lanier accepted a position as senior vice president of security for the NFL. She will begin work at the league's New York office next month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday. 

"It is an honor for me to move to the next stage of my career knowing that I can use the experience and education that I have gained over the past 26 years to protect and serve all of the NFL, its fans, players and employees,'' Lanier said in a letter to the department's 3,700 officers.

In her new job, Lanier will oversee the security of all 32 NFL teams and their venues, working with federal, state and local law enforcement and handling security for the Super Bowl.

"Cathy joins us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder,'' Goodell said. 

Lanier, a Maryland native who dropped out of high school in 9th grade and became a mother at age 15, came from a family of police officers and joined the department in 1990 after earning a high-school equivalency diploma. 

In 2006, she was tapped to be the commanding officer of the department's Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism (OHSCT). A year later, she was named chief of police, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

"Your attitude and your effort will get you where you want to go," Lanier said when asked what advice she would give to a young person. 

The number of violent crimes reported in the District had already decreased significantly by the time Lanier became chief. Homicides continued to drop to a low of 88 in 2012, but by 2015, slayings increased by more than 50 percent. Killings this year are continuing at 2015's pace.

Her retirement leaves Bowser with two important positions to fill. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down this fall, Bowser announced in June. Her last day is Sept. 30.

Battles With Police Union

During her tenure as police chief, Lanier has had many public battles with the Fraternal Order of Police. 

Last year, more than 1,000 police officers in D.C. said they had "no confidence" in her ability to manage the Metropolitan Police Department and keep the public safe.

The union said the "no-confidence" vote was a symbolic gesture.

Both Lanier and Bowser dismissed the survey, noting fewer than a third of the of the officers participated.

The vote follwed 2015's spike in violent crimes and an an "All Hands On Deck" initiative instituted by Lanier. The initiative, which Lanier started in 2007, aimed to limit spikes in crime by flooding the streets of D.C. with officers. 

On Tuesday, Matt Mahl, the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police, thanked Lanier for her service and cooperation. 

"Her cooperation has been felt by our membership at large," Mahl said. "We are curious to meet her replacement and we look forward to continuing our current relationship with the next chief."

But Greg Pemberton, the treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police, had a different opinion of Lanier's departure, calling it the "greatest day in his career" on Twitter

"Lanier should be ashamed that she's leaving the department in such disarray. 994 officers have fled in just two and a half years, and morale has never been worse," Pemberton said.

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Driver Taken to Hospital After Crashing Into Medical Building


One person was taken to the hospital after crashing into a medical building in Portland on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to 270 Main St. at 1216 p.m. and found one person in a car that had crashed through an exterior wall.

Firefighters removed the person from the vehicle and a Hunter's Ambulance crew transported the driver.

No one inside the building was injured.

The fire marshal's office and building official were called to evaluate the building damage.

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