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Carlson Settles Fox Lawsuit Against Ailes for $20 Million


21st Century Fox has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with former news anchor Gretchen Carlson, who charged she was sexually harassed by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

"21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit," the company said in a statement. "During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve."

Citing sources familiar with the details of the settlement, Vanity Fair reported Carlson would receive $20 million along with the public apology. A source familiar with the confidential settlement also confirmed that amount to The Associated Press.

According to a document filed today in the United States District Court District of New Jersey, Carlson voluntarily dismissed her case against Roger Ailes with prejudice on Tuesday.

"I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint," Carlson said in a statement. "I'm ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded."

Ailes was ousted as chief executive at Fox News Channel in July after running the network he built from scratch for nearly 20 years. Carlson alleged Ailes sabotaged her career after she refused his suggestions for sex and complained about a pervasive atmosphere of sexual harassment at Fox.

Ailes has steadfastly denied the allegations. 

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Man Saves Woman from Burning Car After Branford Crash


A Guilford man saved a woman after she hit a tree in Branford on Monday night and her car burst into flames. 

Branford police officers and firefighters responded to reports of a fiery crash just after 6:30 p.m. and learned a Guilford man had pulled a woman from her vehicle after she struck a tree, police said. 

The 69-year-old driver told investigators she was going south on Blackstone Avenue when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed, police said. 

Paramedics treated her for a leg injury and she was transported to a medical facility. 

Branford Animal Control Officers also responded to the scene to take three dogs who were also in the vehicle and said one dog was treated for minor injuries. 

The driver was cited for failure to drive right.

Photo Credit: Branford Police

State Police Release Labor Day Traffic Enforcement Stats


State police wrote thousands of tickets and made dozens of arrests as part of their Labor Day weekend traffic enforcement.

From midnight on Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, police investigated 283 accidents, 43 with injuries, but none fatal. This is an improvement from Labor Day weekend 2015 when there were 336 accidents, 58 of which had injuries and 3 were fatal.

Police said they ticketed 1,699 people for speeding, 165 for seatbelt violations, and 3,552 for other moving violations.

State police also arrested 51 people on DUI charges.

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Giant Panda Gives Birth to Twins in Atlanta


Zoo Atlanta said that a giant panda named Lun Lun delivered the twin cubs at 7:20 a.m. and 8:07 a.m. Saturday morning. It's Lun Lun's second pair of twins. Lun Lun and 18-year-old male panda Yang Yang have seven offspring together, all resulting from artificial insemination.

Man Threw Heroin from Car, Hit Police Cruiser: Police


Police arrested a New Haven man who is accused of hitting a Hamden police cruiser and throwing heroin from his car. 

Police tried to stop 56-year-old Victor Dewindt, of New Haven, around 9 p.m. on Saturday when they saw him speeding without the lights on, police said, but Dewindt refused to stop and threw a bag up and over his vehicle. 

Police later determined the bag held 600 wax folds of heroin with an estimated street value of around $12,600, police said. 

Dewindt eventually stopped his car on Prospect Street, but backed up and hit a Hamden police vehicle, police said. 

Officers then took him into custody and said they found him with $9,887. 

Dewindt was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, interfering with a police officer, reckless driving, failure to obey officer’s signal, operating under suspension and failure to have headlights lit. 

He was held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Sept 16. 

Photo Credit: Hamden Police

Police Seek Car Believed Connected to Shooting Investigation


West Hartford police have released a photo of a car believe to be involved in a shooting incident Saturday on Farmington Avenue.

Police responded early Saturday morning to the area of 869 Farmington Ave for reports of multiple shots fired. Witnesses told police a group of six to eight people began arguing inside the Los Imperios Club. Police believe the situation escalated and shots were fired as the two groups left the club.

No injuries were reported, but two vehicles were found damaged by bullets, and police found more than a dozen shell casings at the scene.

Police believe the silver or tan Cadillac pictured above may have been involved and are looking to speak to the owner of the car. The car probably has bullet holes in it, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or who witnessed the incident Saturday is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Anthony Anderle at (860) 570-8873.

Photo Credit: West Hartford Police

3 Arrested in 'Elaborate' Credit Card Fraud Scheme: Police


Connecticut State police have arrested three people who they said were involved in an “elaborate” credit card fraud scheme.

According to police Oscar Grant, 20, Amanda Lopez, 26, and Marquis Simpson, 23, were all arrested after troopers found 30 fake credit cards in their vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday morning.

Police said the cards had various names on them. They also found multiple gift cards and about $800 in cash.

Grant and Lopez were charged with credit card theft, unlawful completion/reproduction of a credit card, conspiracy and illegal use of a credit card. Simpson was charged with unlawful completion/reproduction of a credit card, conspiracy, and illegal use of a credit card. Simpson was also charged with interfering with an officer because he gave troopers a false name, police said.

Each suspect was held on a $15,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior court Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Cellphone Video Shows Group Knocking Over 'Duckbill' Rock


Cellphone video shows the moments when a group of people seem to knock over an iconic rock formation known as the “Duckbill” on Aug. 29 at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area in Oregon. The formation was roughly 7 to 10 feet across and sat behind a fenced area on the outer edge of the sandstone bluff.

Brock Turner Registers as Sex Offen


Ex-Stanford University student Brock Turner registered as a sex offender on Tuesday in his hometown of  Bellbrook, Ohio, four days after he left a San Jose, California, jail after serving three months for felony sexual assault.

Carleen Turner tried to shield her son's face with her white sweater, as the 21-year-old walked into the Greene County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning to sign the paperwork — with a bank of reporters trailing his move. Turner took his sunglasses off to sit down and fill out the necessary forms on a clipboard. He did not speak publicly, driving off in a white SUV, refusing to answer questions about whether he wanted to apologize or what he would do about work.

He will remain on the sex offender's list for the rest of his life.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said all of Turner's neighbors will receive a notification letter informing them that a sex offender is moving in nearby.

"We’re required to check in on him, and we exceed our requirements sometimes, so we will check on him and make sure he’s living where he’s supposed to," Fischer said.

Before sentencing, Turner's mother had written the court asking the judge not to send her son to prison or jail, saying that would be a "death sentence."

"This is his future life," she wrote. "I beg of you, please don't send him to jail/prison. Look at him. He won't survive it. He will be damaged forever and I fear he would be a major target. Stanford boy, college kid, college athlete - all the publicity.... this would be a death sentence for him. Having lost everything he has ever worked for his entire life and knowing the registry is a requirement for the rest of his life certainly is more than harsh.... Your honor, please be kind and merciful to my beautiful son. He is suffering and will continue to pay for this for his entire lifetime."

Since Turner returned to his hometown in Ohio, his neighbors have been anything but welcoming. Some of them brandished rifles, carrying the guns under the state's open carry laws to send the message that Turner's actions will not be forgotten. The armed protesters stress they are not threatening to harm Turner, unless they catch him committing another crime. They say it's their form of justice and a way to keep Turner on edge.

Turner walked out of the jail in San Jose Friday morning after serving three months of a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a fraternity party at Stanford in January 2015.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky handed out the sentence in June after a probation officer recommended that prison would have a severe impact on the former Stanford swimmer. Persky has since been under fire for being too easy on Turner, who could have received a 14-year prison term for his crimes. Many rallies have been held in Silicon Valley against both the judge and Turner.

Meanwhile, the committee of Bay Area organizers working to recall Persky say they don't agree with the armed protesters in Ohio but believe Persky is responsible for creating a more vigilante environment.

In her letter to the court, Carleen Turner noted that her son "is suffering" and "will continue to pay for this for his entire lifetime."

Wire services and NBC Bay Area's Rick Boone and Stephen Ellison contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area/NBC News
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MMA Fighter to Donate Son's Organs


A professional mixed martial arts fighter plans to donate his son's organs after he was pronounced brain dead Sunday as a result of his injuries after an alleged drunken driver crashed into the baby and his teenage aunt in Los Angeles County. 

The 15-month-old, Liam Kowal, was taken off life support Tuesday.

The baby's father Marcus Kowal told NBC4 that he and his wife plan on donating his organs to another child who may need them. 

"The man we would have raised him to be ... he would want to do that anyway," Kowal said, fighting back tears.

The boy's body was kept alive several days after the crash in preparation for organ donation.

"I've lost my son but he wasn't in pain," Kowal said. "That's the one thing out of this. He was never in pain. It happened so quickly." 

Liam's 15-year-old aunt was pushing the baby in a stroller inside a Hawthorne crosswalk when they were both struck by an SUV on Saturday

The crash occurred on 133rd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard around 4:20 p.m., police said. 

The driver, Donna Marie Higgins, fled the scene of the crash, but witnesses followed her. They used their cars to block Higgins in until police arrived. 

Higgins, 72, was arrested for felony hit and run and felony drunken driving. She is now out after posting $100,000 bail.

The LA County district attorney's office will likely update Higgins charges to homicide or murder charges, officials said. 

"There's no greater loss than the loss of your child," Liam's uncle said. 

Kowal, Liam's father, is a decorated MMA fighter. 

The support we have received from the Martial Arts world is unreal. From #BJJ to #KravMaga to MMA. Tears are running down my cheeks as I look at this picture of my little boy and read the message from @bashboxing and @cxf_mma #Repost @bashboxing with @repostapp ・・・ Our event #Sept10th will be dedicated entirely to the memory of Liam Kowal. If you have been to one of our fights chances are you know Marcus Kowal. To know the man, is to love the man. As the owner of @systemstrainingcenter and @systemstcencino Marcus is a huge part of our family. Fewer men posses a better attitude or general love of life than Mac. Today we received the worst news imaginable. His 15 month old son, Liam, was tragically killed when he was hit by a drunk driver yesterday afternoon. While in his stroller, Liam and his Aunt were in the crosswalk when an SUV barreled through them before fleeing the scene. Liam bravely, and valiantly fought for his life, but ended up succumbing to his injuries. At this time, all we can do is support Marcus, his wife Mishel and Liam's Aunt who was also injured in the accident. In order to do so, we will be donating a portion of every ticket sold to a fund in Liam's memory, that will be set aside for the family....We will also be holding a silent auction of some very high quality signed boxing and #MMA merchandise with the proceeds also being collected for the family. Please continue to pray for Marcus, Mishel and their family.....CXF4 Crossroads is now CXF "For Liam" #prayersforliamkowal #CXFForLiam #weareone @mrlightsout21 @bashboxing @lightsout_promotion @theclinchreport @custom_t_shirt_printing

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"The support we have received from the Martial Arts world is unreal," Kowal posted on his Instagram. "Tears are running down my cheeks as I look at this picture of my little boy." 

The MMA organization California Xtreme Fighting is holding an event on Sept. 10 along with a silent auction of autographed boxing and MMA merchandise to benefit the Kowal family. 

A GoFundMe page has also been started in Liam's honor to help with the family's medical expenses and funeral costs. 

Photo Credit: The Kowal Family

Westport Police Warn Businesses of Utility Scams


Westport police are warning business owners about a recent utility company scams.

Police said scammers are targeting businesses through phone calls and emails. The scammers typically claim to be from the electric company and tellbusinesses their bill payment is overdue. The caller will say that if payment isn’t provided within 30 minutes, utilities will be shut off. The scammers then request the payment be made through prepared money cards or money wiring services.

Scammers may also sent emails with similar claims and provide a phone number to call.

Police said if you receive such a communication, check monthly statements or call your utility company directly to check the legitimacy of it before sending any money.

Watch: Democrats Go Nuclear in New Anti-Trump Ad


With a mushroom cloud and at least $5 million worth of TV airtime behind it, the new ad from the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is sure to stand out in a crowded political landscape.

The spot, "I Love War," which was shared first with NBC News, will run widely in North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Nevada and Iowa starting Friday. It includes no narration, opting instead for images of war juxtaposed with Trump's own words.

It opens with bodies of soldiers being loaded onto a helicopter during the Vietnam War as Trump says, "I'm really good at war, I love war, in a certain way."

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Man Run Over By His Own Truck at Bristol Hospital


A 50-year-old man sustained serious hip and leg injuries when he fell out of his truck at Bristol Hospital and was run over by it. 

Police responded to the entrance of the hospital at 41 Brewster Road at 11:23 a.m. and found the man. 

He was treated at in the  emergency room at Bristol Hospital, but was them brought to Saint Francis Hospital. 

Alert Neighbor Helps Hartford Police Nab Burglary Suspects


Hartford police have arrested two men accused of breaking into a home while the owner was on vacation.

Police said George Ashline, 48, of West Hartford and Jose Gonzalez, 40, of Hartford, allegedly broke into a home on Brown Street by removing a piece of glass on a back door.

A neighbor spotted two suspects entering the house and, knowing that the homeowner was on vacation, called police, who responded and found Ashline and Gonzalez inside the home. Police contacted the homeowner who confirmed that no one should have been in the house.

Both men were charged with third-degree burglary. Detectives are also working to see if the suspects are connected to other recent burglaries in West Hartford.

Photo Credit: Hartford Police Department

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition After Milford Crash


A motorcyclist is in critical condition after a crash on Monday morning in Milford.

Police responded to Woodruff Road and Burnt Plains roads at 11:50 a.m. and said it appears that 19-year-old Alexander Mizzoni, of Milford, lost control of his motorcycle, fell off and hit a vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign.

Mizzoni was brought to a local hospital and is in critical but stable condition, police said.

Officers are investigating and ask anyone with information to call the Milford Police Department, Traffic Division (203) 878-5244.

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Boy Saves Sister's Life Weeks After Taking Free CPR Class


A 12-year-old Missouri boy is being credited with saving his sisters life. Thanks to a free 20 minute CPR class, Kyle Prater was able to save his sister's life in a matter of seconds.

Goat Played Role in Setting 2 Clydesdales Free


A pair of Clydesdales have been reunited with their owner after a billy goat opened a gate and set them free from their Santa Cruz, California farm. Sir Lancelot, or Lance as the little goat is known, banged his head against the gate just enough to loosen the latch and set the pair, Harry and Buddy, free. It only took a day to track down Harry, but Buddy's owner spent five says searching and worrying about her other horse.

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Police Take Willimantic Home Invasion Suspect Into Custody


Police took a suspect into custody late Tuesday afternoon after a home invasion in Willimantic turned into a brief police pursuit, according to state police.

A woman called Willimantic police officers around 2 p.m. to report a man trying to break into her home.

The suspect, Ordro Fletcher, 56, fled the home as police got to the scene and led officers on a short car pursuit.

Sources close to the investigation say that pursuit started on Ashland Street.

The suspect eventually ditched his car on Spring Street and then fled the scene on foot, but police were able to bring Fletcher into custody without incident about two hours later.

Fletcher is known by police for having an extensive criminal history. 

As detectives approached Fletcher, he attempted to run over a Willimantic detective, police said. The officer discharged his department issued gun on Maple Avenue. 

Police said Fletcher also rammed a car so hard, it flipped onto its side. 

After the crash, the suspect ditched his car on Spring Stree and then fled the scene on foot, but police were able to bring Fletcher into custody without incident about two hours later.

The incident prompted a lockdown at all Willimantic schools.  The lockdown was lifted about an hour later.

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Deal Reached to Complete Hartford Ballpark for 2017 Season


The mayor of Hartford said there is an agreement with Arch Insurance to complete Dunkin’ Donuts Park in time for the beginning of the Hartford Yard Goats' next season in April 2017.

The park was supposed to be finished by the beginning of the 2016 baseball stadium, in time for the beginning of the Yard Goats inaugural season, but there were delays and the city ultimately fired the developer.  

In a statement, Arch Insurance said it has already begun to reach out to subcontractors and work is expected to begin at the park within the next 30 days. Arch said they still need to work out a specific deadline with the city. 

The agreement announced Tuesday afternoon comes weeks after the Eastern League, which the team belongs to, directed the Yard Goats to come up with an alternate plan if the Hartford stadium were not done in time for the next season.  

The city of Hartford's investment in the stadium to date is $102 million, according to an internal audit, but the city had not paid the former developer's final invoice at that point and auditors said they could not estimate what the final cost to finish the project will be.

This is a developing story.

Check back for updates.

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