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Clinton and Allies Outpacing Trump in Fundraising


Donald Trump has picked up his fundraising game but not enough to catch up to challenger Hillary Clinton.

The Republican presidential candidate raised $36.6 million in July, according to newly released filings to the Federal Election Commission. But that is $16 million less than Clinton for the month.

When fundraising by national parties and the super PACs backing the respective candidates are added to the total, team Clinton far outpaces team Trump, NBC News reported.

The Democratic National Committee, Clinton and the super PAC backing Clinton, Priorities USA, raised a total of $94.5 million last month.

In comparison, the Republican National Committee, Trump and two super PACs backing Trump, brought in just two-thirds of the Democrats' total: $68.3 million in July.

After shunning fundraisers in the primary and boasting about funding his own campaign, Trump has begun hosting large-dollar fundraisers since he clinched the nomination. Much of his money has come from small donations, in line with his appeal to working-class voters.

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Jacksonville Pizza Delivery Driver Escapes Carjacking


A Florida pizza delivery driver said she was carjacked and abducted by a gunman who forced her into the trunk of her own vehicle Saturday, but was able to escape by pulling an emergency release handle while on a highway, authorities said.

The carjacking happened at around 8 p.m. in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. Police were called after the delivery driver was taken to a Maccleny hospital for injuries she suffered in the escape on Interstate 10, the sheriff's office said, NBC Nes reported.

The delivery driver was lured to an abandoned house where the gunman, armed with a rifle, told the driver he needed the car to kill someone in Lake City, about 60 miles west of Jacksonville, the sheriff's office said.

The woman escaped from the car on I-10 as the vehicle was driving westbound on the highway.

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5 Dead, Including Pregnant Woman, in Ala. Mass Killing


Five people, including a pregnant woman, are dead after a mass killing in Alabama on Saturday, NBC News reports. 

The Mobile Sheriff's Office has identified the five victims as Robert Lee Brown, 26; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; Shannon Melissa Randall, 35; and Chelsea Reed, 22, who was five months pregnant.

The victims were found Saturday afternoon inside a house in Citronelle — a city about 30 miles northwest of Mobile. Police said a four-month-old baby was found alive at the scene. 

Police told NBC News multiple instruments were used, including a firearm and possibly an ax. 

Derrick Ryan Dearman, 27, of Leakesville, Mississippi, surrendered himself to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Saturday and confessed, according to police.

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Woman Paralyzed by Tree Branch


A San Francisco woman is paralyzed after a nearly 100-pound tree limb landed on her head and lower back at Washington Square Park last week.

The giant branch collapsed nearly 60-feet and fell on Cui Zhou as she was watching her two children play in the park on Friday afternoon. Emergency crews rushed to the scene to provide assistance, and transferred the 36-year-old woman to San Francisco General Hospital.

"I can't move by myself," said a weakened Zhou, who told NBC Bay Area she is in a lot of pain and will never be able to walk again because the branch fractured her skull and severed her spinal cord.

Zhou said she was glad the branch hit her and not her children. The victim's children are now with their father as she struggles to recover.

Police said the 9- and 5-year-old children saw the branch fall. 

"It shouldn't happen to anybody in the park," Jian Cong Tan, Zhou's husband, said. "Nobody should suffer like this."

Arborists have determined the pines in the San Francisco park are in good condition, and say what happened to Zhou was a freak and tragic accident.

Tan says the doctors don't yet know when his wife will be released. Although aware of the doctor's prognosis, he is "hoping for the best."

"We will go to rehab," he said, to help his wife walk again.

Zhou remains concerned about her children. Her younger daughter was playing in the sand and the older girl was sitting next to her mother, but walked away with only a scratch.

"They saw pretty much what happened and they were really scared," Tan said. "They didn't know what to do at the moment."

He said the family is trying to remain strong and help the girls return to some sense of normalcy.

Although the children are "much better now," Tan said they "don't eat a lot" and are "always thinking of their mom." 

"They always ask, Where's Mom? I want to see Mom.'"

Day 16: Highlights From the Rio Olympics


On the final day of the Rio Olympics, Aug 21, men run it out in the marathon, U.S. takes on Serbia in men’s basketball, Claressa Shields goes for gold in boxing and the Carnival-themed closing ceremony caps off roughly two weeks of peak athletic performance with gymnast Simone Biles as the flag bearer for the U.S.

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East Haven Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect


East Haven police have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery earlier this month.

David Brockenberry, 26, of Dorman Street in New Haven, faces charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree larceny.

East Haven police said Brockenberry was one of two men who entered the AT&T store at 7 Foxon Boulevard on August 6, masked and armed with handguns. Witnesses said the men forced employees into a back room and then stole around $50,0000 worth of cellphones.

Brockenberry was arrested at his home in New Haven Friday and is being held on a $300,000 bond.

Shoppers Take Advantage of Tax-Free Holiday


Connecticut’s tax-free holiday started Sunday and shoppers didn’t waste any time taking advantage of the savings. The program eliminates the state's six percent sales tax on clothing and shoes under $100.

With two kids in tow, Jennifer Makula of Bristol went back to school shopping as soon as the stores opened.

“I think it's a big savings. I mean if you're spending a couple hundred dollars each child it just ends up costing so much money and I think anything where you could save something, take advantage of it,” she said.

Visiting Connecticut on business, Mary Stevens got a double dose of the savings having already taken advantage of a similar tax break in her home state of Florida.

"I think it's a good time of the year anyways, where a lot of people are going back to school shopping and just shopping in general,” said Stevens.

Many stores also plan sales at the same time, to give shoppers even more bang for their buck.

"I see especially a lot of online shops as well do a lot of different sales just to bring people in,” Stevens said.

Our neighbors to the north, Massachusetts, ended their tax-free holiday this year, and with a billion dollar budget shortfall looming, and argument has been made that Connecticut should do the same.

"The state gets all of their money from the consumer so the consumer should get a break wherever they can,” said Makula.

Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services estimates the total tax savings, or money that won't be collected into state coffers this week, to be around $4.5 million.

"A lot of people are struggling and if they need the break, if they have more than one or two kids it's worthwhile for them to have that. It's one week that can benefit a lot of people that could use it,” said David Engel of Avon.

The tax free holiday runs through next Saturday.

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Twin Suicide Bombs Claimed by al Shabaab Kill 20 in Somalia


Suicide bombers from the militant al Shabaab group detonated two car bombs, killing more than 20 people on Sunday, NBC News reports. 

The group, which has carried out deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country as it tries to topple the Western-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

Residents in the north central Somalian town of Galkayo said they heard two loud blasts followed by heavy gunfire. The bombs went off at a local government headquarters in the country’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, officials and witnesses said. 

Al Shabaab has become more active in Puntland since moving more forces there after being pushed out of strongholds farther south by an African Union force and the Somali National Army, experts and officials say.

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Syrian Refugee Adjusts to Life in America


A Syrian refugee who resettled in Kansas City as part of the White House’s “surge operation” is adjusting to his new life and his new job, NBC News reports. 

Ahmad al-Abboud is working five days a week, six hours a day at a local restaurant. He started his new job last Tuesday.

With the help of an interpreter, al-Abboud said he's still learning English. He also said life in the United States can be lonely, as he often gets homesick. 

The 45-year-old fled his hometown of Homs, Syria, four years ago, after a bomb dropped by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force almost killed him, riddling his body with shrapnel. The married father of five then found himself living in a refugee camp in Jordan. 

Despite the backlash from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other GOP lawmakers about the Syrian refugee resettlement program, al-Abboud said his family has been overwhelmed by the kindness of the people of Kansas City since they arrived four months ago.

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Colman Street in New London Closed After Crash


Colman Street in New London remains closed after a car struck a utility pole early Sunday morning.

New London police said they responded to a crash in the area of 239 Jefferson Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived they found a car had struck a police, causing serious damage. There were wires down and across the roadway in three places on nearby Colman Street.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Eversource was called to repair the damage. Colman Street between Jefferson Avenue and Garfield Avenue has been closed for hours and police anticipate it will reopen late Sunday afternoon.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

1 Injured in New London Shooting


New London police are investigating after a man was injured in a shooting on Hawthorne Drive Saturday night.

Police said they responded to the parking lot at 158 Hawthorne Drive around 8:36 p.m. for a report of man shot. When they arrived they found a male victim, identified as Jerimy Escalera, 29, of New London, suffering from a possible gunshot wound to his side. First responders reported the victim was lying in a lot of blood.

Escalera was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital by the New London fire department for treatment, then transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital by LifeStar for emergency surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.

New London detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (860) 447-1481 or the New London Tips 411 system.

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Wrestling Coaches Strip in Protest of Penalty Point


A controversial penalty point at the 65kg bronze wrestling bout resulted in two coaches stripping down to their underwear on the mat.

Seconds away from a victory, Mongolia’s Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran started celebrating his assumed victory in front of his opponent, Iktiyhor Navruzov of Uzbekistan.

When the match ended, judges gave a penalty point to Navruzov because Mandakhnaran didn't engage with his opponent in the final moments of the bout. That resulted in Navruzov winning the bronze on criteria as the last wrestler to score, The Associated Press reported. 

In protest of the controversial point, Mongolian coaches stripped on the mat. The audience booed the decision and chanted "Mongolia, Mongolia."

USA Wreslting, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, reacted to the point on social media with astonishment.

It wasn't the only eyebrow raising moment on the wrestling mats Sunday in the 65k division. 

American Frank Molinaro, of Barnegat, New Jersey, faced Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine in a toothy repecharge bout.

He won that match 8-5 to advance to the next bout -- after weathering what appeared to be a bite by his opponent on the arm.

"There is the chomp," an announcer said on NBCSN.

Despite a protest mid-match, Kvyatkovskyy was not disqualified.

Molinaro went on to compete against 2015 world champion Frank Chamizo, of Italy, who won the bronze medal 5-3.

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Trump's Deportation Force 'To Be Determined': Conway


Donald Trump’s new campaign manager said Sunday that the creation of a new “deportation force” for undocumented immigrants under a Trump administration was yet “to be determined,” NBC News reported. 

Trump supported the forcible removal of the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S.

Last November, he called for a deportation force to do the job. 

When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, manager Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s new campaign manager, avoided the question, but responded “To be determined.”

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'Maybe They Will Kill Me': Runner Stages Protest in Rio


When Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa raised his hands at the marathon finish line in Rio on Sunday, he wasn't just celebrating his silver medal in the grueling race.

The long-distance runner crossed his wrists high above his head as a sign of protest against the killings and arrests that have been carried out by Ethiopia's government. 

The gesture, he said, could get him killed.

"If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison," Lilesa said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "[If] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport." 

"I have got a decision," he added. "Maybe I move to another country."

According to Human Rights Watch, the Ethiopian government has killed an estimated 400 people, and injured thousands more since November 2015 for participating in protests in the Oromo region. The demonstrators protested plans by the capital, Addis Ababa, to expand its territory into adjacent Oromia lands, which would displace farmers. The Oromo people are the country's largest ethnic group.

The government's proposal has since been retracted, but the protesters have remained jailed. 

Earlier in August, hundreds took the streets to demanded the release of those detained during the Oromo protests earlier this year.

In a statement, Amnesty International said at least 67 people were killed in the Oromia region alone when security forces fired on protesters, and that another at least 30 were shot and killed in the northern city of Bahir Dar in early August. The rights group cited "credible sources" and said hundreds of people were detained.

An opposition politician, Mulatu Gemechu of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, told The Associated Press that more than 70 people were killed across Oromia. "Many others were injured, and we have lost count of the number of those who were arrested," he said.

The Obama administration's top official promoting democracy and human rights, Tom Malinowski, said in a column published by AllAfrica.com that the Ethiopian government's tactics in response to protests are "self-defeating." 

He said "security forces have continued to use excessive force to prevent Ethiopians from congregating peacefully, killing and injuring many people and arresting thousands. We believe thousands of Ethiopians remain in detention for alleged involvement in the protests - in most cases without having been brought before a court, provided access to legal counsel, or formally charged with a crime."

Lilesa told The Sydney Morning Herald that the government had removed people from their land and then jailed or killed them for protesting.

A video posted to YouTube in June showed protesters making the same gesture as Lilesa did on Sunday before some of them were gunned down.  

He said he wanted to express support for his family members who were illegally jailed.

"I was protesting for my people," Lilesa said.

He repeated his protest again on the medal podium. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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15 Injured When Roof Collapses During Concert in Norway


Fifteen people were injured at a concert in Norway on Sunday where an American DJ was scheduled to perform, NBC News reports. 

Police in Oslo told NBC News that part of the venue’s roof collapsed just before 5:30 p.m. None of the injuries at the venue, Sentrum Scene, were serious, according to police. 

Among the injured were 13 Norwegians, one French and one German national. 

American DJ Steve Aoki tweeted that he was “saddened and shocked that a piece of the roof collapsed in an accident at the venue in Oslo tonight."

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Most Painful Moments of Rio Olympics


There were plenty thrills of victory at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but there were also many agonies of defeat (and a few slips and stumbles thrown in for good measure). Here are some of the moments we will always remember, but a few images we'd really like to forget.

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Rio's Goodbye Party: Images from the Closing Ceremony


After 2 weeks of intense competition, one last celebration in Rio.

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Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics


There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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Simone Selfies Dominate Rio Closing Ceremony


Being the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony has its privileges. But it also makes you stick out in the crowd.

Simone Biles knows this firsthand after carrying the American flag during the Rio finale Sunday night. While it was an honor to carry the flag, it also meant that selfie seekers could track her down pretty easily.

Many fellow Olympians wanted to take a picture with Biles after her outstanding gymnastics performance during the 2016 Olympics. Seems like she won over as many fans outside of the U.S. as she did stateside.

Here's a sampling of the pictures that showed up on social media:

And while Biles dominated the selfie lines, don't count out our little Tongan friend:

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Trailblazers, Record-Setters and More: Rio's Top Moments


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