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Jennifer Aniston Memes Pop Up After Brangelina Split


The Brangelina breakup shuttered President Barack Obama's final speech at the United Nations, at least on social media. 

As news spread that Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, her beau of 12 years, Twitter erupted with memes of ... Jennifer Aniston. 

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Revenge time for Pitt's ex-wife Aniston? Some tweeted so.

Comedian Jeff Dwoskin tweeted a gif of Aniston with a finger in the air with, "And that, my friend, is what they call closure. #brangelina."

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Pitt reportedly left Aniston for a relationship with Jolie and to build a family after Jolie and Pitt starred in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." 

Aniston went on to marry actor Justin Theroux in August 2015.

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen tweeted what many were thinking -- "Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" 

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Jolie and Pitt have six children and have been married since 2014. Jolie's attorney Robert Offer told The Associated Press the divorce filing was "for the health of the family." 

"Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children," her manager Geyer Kosinski told E! News.

Amid the flurry of reaction, Mr. and Mrs. Met of the New York Mets expressed their love for each other on Twitter. See more social media reaction to the split here:

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Foxwoods Patron Shot by PD Fell Off 4th Floor Parking Garage


Connecticut State police are assisting the Mashantucket Tribal Police after an officer-involved shooting at Foxwoods Resort Casino, state police said.

At around 11:30 a.m., state police were asked to assist Mashantucket Tribal Police who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, Duty Sgt. William Bohonowicz with Troop E said. 

While Mashantucket Tribal Police attempted to take the casino patron custody while they were in the Foxwoods parking garage. At that time, the suspect took out a gun and he did not comply when officers asked him to drop his weapon, Bohonwicz said. 

A Mashantucket Tribal Police officer shot at the suspect, who then fell off the fourth level of the parking lot onto the pavement. The man was pronounced dead at the scene but is not clear if he was killed from the gunshot or the fall, police said. 

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain Foxwoods' top priority," Foxwoods tweeted. "There is no current threat to anyone on the premises. All incoming and outgoing traffic from the Fox Tower Garage is presently restricted, but the rest of the property remains open and accessible to guests."

No other injuries were reported.

State police stressed that there was no active shooter and no threat to the general public. 

Visitors at Foxwoods said the resort was on lockdown and police officers were blocking the exits.

All areas have been reopened to the public with exception of restricted access to Fox Tower Garage. Security has opened access for patrons on levels 1 to 3 to access their cars but there is no access to floors 4 or 5. There is also no incoming traffic permitted to the Fox Tower Garage, police said at 5:30 p.m.

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State police are investigating.

NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

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Gary Johnson Makes Another Blunder on Live TV


Gary Johnson, the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, is facing backlash again, after saying "nobody got hurt" in recent attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, according to NBC News.

When CNN's "Reliable Sources'" Brian Stelter asked Johnson about his thoughts on the recent explosions and stabbings, Johnson responded, "Well, first of all, just grateful nobody got hurt."

Twenty-nine people were injured in the bombing in Manhattan, while nine people were stabbed in the Minnesota attack.

Although Johnson said he misspoke and clarified that he meant no casualties rather than no injuries, he received major backlash for the statements.

The mistake comes after Johnson was ridiculed for not knowing "what" Aleppo is.

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Trump Hits Back at Clinton's Islamic State Claim


Donald Trump is again pushing back on rival Hillary Clinton's assertion that his rhetoric serves as a recruiting tool for Islamic State militants. 

Trump told a rally crowd Tuesday: "I'm being tough. How is that a recruiting tool?" 

He was speaking at High Point University in North Carolina.

The Republican presidential nominee said it's Clinton whose policies as secretary of state allowed the militant group to rise. 

He says that ISIS "happened on Hillary Clinton's watch," and added: "the rise of ISIS is Hillary Clinton's foreign policy legacy." ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State group.

At a rally later Tuesday, in Kenansville, North Carolina, Trump predictfed Clinton will copy his language and policy on national security at next week's debate.

He said Clinton "is all of a sudden going to get tough."

The Republican nominee said Tuesday that his Democratic rival will call for "strong borders" and "extreme vetting," the term he uses for screening prospective immigrants.

Clinton has called for an increase in the number of refugees the Obama administration currently allows to seek asylum in the United States from war-torn countries like Syria. She supports a strong vetting program.

Trump wants to stop the refugee program. He called it "a Trojan horse" for terrorists.

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Armed Thief Robs Couple at Newington Motel: Police


Newington police have released surveillance photos of two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a Newington motel on Thursday Sept. 8.

Police responded to the Siesta Motel on Berlin Turnpike around 3 a.m. for reports of an armed robbery. 

A man and woman were approached by the suspect when as they were going into their motel room, police said. 

The suspect tried to force the man into the room but the victim resisted. When the suspect exposed a handgun that was in his waistband, he demanded the male victim hand over his duffel bag, Newington Police said. 

After taking the bag, the suspect fled on foot. 

Police said the victim described the thief as being in his 20s, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 tall with a slender build, medium-length braided hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. 

Police released surveillance photos of two possible suspects.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer W. Kornbrath at (860) 666-8445 or wkornbrath@newingtonct.gov, reference case # I20163313.

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Route 9 North Reopens in Middletown After TT Crash


Route 9 north has opened in Middletown after an accident involving a tractor trailer closed it down earlier, according to the Department of Transportation.

Traffic cameras showed the truck blocking all lanes of travel. State police confirmed injuries were reported but did not elaborate.

The highway was shut down between exits 11 and 12 but were open again around 4 p.m., according to the DOT.

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Bristol Issues Mandatory Water Restrictions


The city of Bristol issued mandatory water restrictions Tuesday.

In a press release, the city announced that reservoirs have declined to below 60 percent from a lack of rain this season.

The Bristol Water Department is requiring residents to limit any outside water use and to follow the department’s policy on odd/even watering – meaning properties with even number water on even days of the month, and properties with odd numbers water on odd days of the month. These restrictions also apply to washing cars, watering flowers, and any other non-essential outdoor water use.

The water department has the right to discontinue service to any customer that refuses to acknowledge the restrictions and is “jeopardizing the safety and integrity of the water supply.”

Anyone with questions can contact the Bristol Water Department at (860) 582-7431 or visit the Water Department website.

Much of Connecticut is experiencing a drought. Earlier this month, Aquarion issued a mandatory water ban for Mystic, Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Stonington.

The state's rain deficit has been hurting local farmers and threatening their crops, including Christmas tree and pumpkin farms.

Suffield Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect


Suffield police are searching for a suspect accused of robbing the First National Bank of Suffield Tuesday afternoon.

Suffield police said they responded to a bank robbery at the First National Bank of Suffield on Bridge Street around 1:54 p.m. The suspect reportedly approached one of the tellers and showed a firearm. The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Suffield schools were placed on lockdown during the initial investigation as a precaution. The lockdown was lifted when police determined the suspect fled the area and there was no threat to the public. Though the lockdown was brief, buses were delayed as a result.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect pictured above or has information on this crime is asked to contact Detective Justin Fuller at (860) 668-3870.

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West Haven Man Arrested on Gun Charges in New Haven


New Haven police arrested a man on gun charges after an off-duty New Haven police officer reported hearing gunshots.

Anthony Martinez, 20, of West Haven was charged with criminal possession of a pistol and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Officers responded to the area of 353 Sherman Avenue just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday after Officer Chad Curry, who was off duty at the time, called in a report of gunshots. Curry said he got out of his car to investigate and a man in a window told him he’d seen someone shooting from a yard, police said.

When Curry entered the yard he was approached by a suspect, later identified as Martinez, with a gun in his hand. Martinez demanded to know what Curry was doing. Curry claimed he was looking for his lost dog and left the yard to call police.

Officers Elvin Rivera and Joshua Smereczynsky responded. PWhen they took Martinez into custody they found two guns, a Rohm R638 .38 caliber revolver and an ERA Armentina 20 gauge shotgun, police said. Martinez did not have proper permits for the firearms. He also had an outstanding warrant for drug charges out of West Haven.

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Sikorsky Headquarters to Stay in Connecticut: Gov. Malloy


Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lockheed Martin, parent company of Sikorsky, have reached a deal to keep the company's headquarters in Connecticut until 2032. 

The agreement promises to retain and grow approximately 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford over the next 16 years, the governor said. 

Under the deal, Sikorsky will build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion Helicopters in Connecticut for the United States Navy, after Lockheed Martin had considered a number of other states to produce the helicopter. 

A special session for state legislative to approve the agreement will happen in the next few months, the governor's office said. 

Lockheed Martin, under the agreement, will not only keep the headquarters in state and produce 8,000 jobs, but also, double its spending of $350 million a year with local Connecticut suppliers and increase its capital spending for machinery and equipment by 22 percent. 

In exchange, the state will provide financial incentives totaling up to $220 million over the term of the agreement.  The company will earn grants of up to $8.57 million on an annual basis, sales and use of taxes will be exempted up to $5.7 million per year and if Lockheed Martin exceeds the target level employment by 100 to 550 jobs in any given year, the company will be eligible for a performance incentive grant of up to $1.9 million. 

500K Replacement Samsung Phones to Hit Stores Wed.


Half a million replacement Galaxy Note 7 cell phones are arriving in stores around the United States and will be available for exchange Wednesday, the company has announced. 

That represents roughly half the phones recalled due to a fire hazard that were sold in the U.S. Two-and-a-half million of the phones were recalled worldwide.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall last week, following a voluntary recall from Samsung. The department's chairman urged consumers to replace the phones — labeled a flight hazard by the FAA — as soon as possible due to the "serious fire hazard" presented by the product.

Dozens of people in the U.S. reported their batteries overheating, and 26 reported burns, according to the commission's website.

Consumers can either replace the phone or get a refund, and Samsung also released a stopgap software update that limits the phone's battery to 60 percent capacity, in a bid to prevent them from overheating. 

"New devices will be in stores no later than tomorrow and we will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure users are powering down and immediately exchanging recalled devices," said Samsung Electronics America President Tim Baxter in a statement.

Read more about the recall at Samsung's recall web page.

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Friends Found NJ Train Station Bomb


The two men who found the backpack full of explosives near a New Jersey Transit station in Elizabeth early Monday recall the terrifying moment they opened the bag and saw metal cylinders with wires sticking out. 

Ivan White and his friend Lee Parker were walking to the store Saturday night on South Broad Street when they spotted the backpack on top of a garbage can, they told NBC 4 New York Tuesday. Parker, who is homeless and trying to earn money for an apartment, had a job interview the next day and the backpack was just what he needed. 

They knew it felt heavy when they picked it up, but assumed there were textbooks inside — so they carried it a block away before opening it. 

That's when they found the explosives inside. 

White remembers telling Parker, "'We need to go to the police station right now.' He said, 'Why?' I said, 'That's a bomb." 

Federal investigators said Tuesday the backpack was planted there by Ahmad Khan Rahami, who's also accused in the Chelsea and Seaside Park bombings. The Elizabeth location, so close to the train station and bus depot, may have been chosen to inflict mass casualties during rush hour.

But because of White and Parker, police detonated the explosives early Monday morning without anyone getting hurt. 

"I am glad I was at the right place at the right time," said White, who volunteers at a food bank. 

White's and Parker's actions are being recognized by the Elizabeth community, and a GoFundMe page titled "Hometown Heroes" has already raised more than $11,000 from hundreds of people. The goal was $10,000. 

"Hero — no, I wouldn't go that far. But doing the right thing, and 'everyday dude doing the right thing,' yeah, I'll take that over the hero stuff," said Parker. 

"I thank God that it was found and no one was hurt, that's the most important thing," added White. 

Parker did have the interview for the forklift operator job Monday. His prospective employer knew he was the man who found the bomb before it went off -- so perhaps that will give him an edge in landing the job and getting him back on his feet. 

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Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study


Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News.

The researchers examined 16,000 people who'd given blood samples before, and found that most damage faded by about five years after a person quit smoking. But smoking-related changes in 19 genes lasted 30 years, and may persist forever.

"Our study has found compelling evidence that smoking has a long-lasting impact on our molecular machinery, an impact that can last more than 30 years," said Roby Joehanes, of Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard Medical School.

The researchers said those 19 genes could be used to see who is at risk of smoking-related diseases or as targets for drugs to treat cigarette smoke damage.

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Angelina Jolie Files to Divorce Brad Pitt


Brangelina is history. 

Citing irreconcilable differences, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt after two years.

Jolie's lawyer Robert Offer told The Associated Press the decision was made "for the health of the family." 

In a statement released to People Magazine, Pitt also said his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."

"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

The couple have six children together and married on August. 14, 2014, after a 12-year relationship. They first worked together on the 2004 set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

The stars separated on Sept. 15, according to court documents, less than a month after their two-year wedding anniversary. The documents listed the date of the filing as Monday.

In a statement released to E! News, Jolie's manager Geyer Kosinski said her focus was now on the children. "Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

Pitt was previously married to actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000, divorcing in 2005. This was the third marriage for Jolie, having previously been wed to Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 and Billy Bob Thornton in 2000.

The divorce was first reported by TMZ.

In 2014 the couple wed privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals.

The pair adopted children from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. And they sought to direct the glare of their celebrity toward other causes. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, became an outspoken voice for refugees and various causes in Africa, as well as for breast cancer treatment after undergoing a double mastectomy in 2013.

Jolie is asking for physical custody of their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Viviennne.

The couple most recently worked together on the 2015 film "By The Sea," on which Jolie also served as writer and director.

A year ago, the couple talked about growing old together.

"As much as we can argue and fight, and we all have our challenges, at the end I say, 'My job is to love him,'" Jolie told People magazine.

"I'm more interested in his 50-year-old self than his 40-year-old-self,” she said. "And then you look forward to even more years together."

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Telegraph, Pitt said, "And I'm surprised how much our history – Angie's and mine – means to me. That we have this story together. That we know each other. That we watch each other getting older, through amazing moments, joys, pains."

"You know, nowadays I really can't wait to get home," he said. "More than at any time in my life, I've got purpose – real purpose. It feels like I've found my place."

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Norwich Man Beat, Sexually Assaulted 19-Year-Old Woman: Police


A Norwich man is accused of beating and sexually assaulting a teenager, police said. 

On Monday night, Norwich Police arrested Edward J. Simpson, 34, after an extensive sexual assault investigation conducted by detectives. 

The 19-year-old victim told police she was beaten and sexually assaulted by a man on West Thames Street. The suspect was identified as Simpson. 

Simpson was charged for first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal attempt at sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault. 

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Quinnipiac University Has 'Zero Tolerance' For Controversial Photo


Quinnipiac University is condemning a controversial photo shared on social media. 

"The university takes this matter very seriously and acted swiftly to discipline those responsible for the offensive photo," the university said in a statement.  "This incident does not reflect the true nature of our university, where we have a long history of zero tolerance for any acts of racism, hatred or bigotry."

On Monday, someone who identified themselves as a Quinnipiac student shared a photo of a girl with a black substance smeared on her face, captioned with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

"I'm livid, I'm hurt and more importantly, I'm empowered to do something," the student wrote about the posted photo. "I am a black student and I should feel comfortable on my own campus."

A source with knowledge of the incident says the person in the photo's roommate took the picture, wrote the caption and posted the photo to social media. NBC Connecticut was told the roommate is facing disciplinary action and the girl seen in the photo is not. 

The provost met with the students on Tuesday night to discuss the incident. 

An email sent to Quinnipiac students read: 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am deeply troubled to learn of a recent incident in which a racially offensive photo of one of our students was posted on social media. This incident is clearly not reflective of our values as a university community. Please know the university has acted swiftly to discipline the individual responsible for this action.

I believe this is an opportunity for all of us to reaffirm our long standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and creating an environment that is supportive and respectful of all of its members.

I want to thank the students, faculty and staff for continuing to support and participate in our various efforts around diversity and inclusion on our three campuses.

Mark Thompson

Executive Vice President and Provost

Kaepernick Reports Death Threats


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats amid his growing protest movement against racial injustices and police brutality.

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem at 49ers games. Since he started the demonstration last month, the protest became a national story, and other NFL players, along with U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe, have joined in.

“One of the things I’ve noticed throughout this is there’s a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “And people want to take everything back to the flag, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that are happening across the nation.”

The quarterback has slowly amassed support from colleagues, veterans and President Barack Obama, who said Kaepernick has a right to protest.

Kaepernick, who spoke to reporters Tuesday from the 49ers' locker room, referred to the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40, an unarmed black man killed Friday by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred during the fatal shooting.

“You have a situation like Terence Crutcher, where his car was broken down and he was looking for help and got murdered,” Kaepernick said. “That’s a perfect example of what this is about. I think it’ll be very telling what happens with the officer that killed him."

Kaepernick on Tuesday also said he will donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequaly. He said a website will also be set up to track where the money is donated, and how it is being spent.

Kaepernick has already promised to donate the first $1 million he earns this season to charity. Kaepernick is slated to make at least $12.3 million this season.

Support for Kaepernick's movement has been challenged by critics who believe the protest is unpatriotic and disrespectful to law enforcement officials.

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US Gymnasts' Doctor, Accused of Abuse, Fired From Univ.


A doctor who for 20 years treated some of America's Olympic gymnasts has been terminated from his post at Michigan State University amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, NBC News reported.

Dr. Larry Nassar was terminated Tuesday after the school said it learned he was violating "certain employment requirements" brought about after a recent graduate in 2014 lodged a misconduct complaint, which did not result in any charges.

Two more gymnasts, one of them an Olympic medalist who has not been named, recently accused Nassar of having molested them, prompting an undisclosed number of other women to make complaints against Nassar, prosecutors said.

Nassar, the team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, has denied any abuse through his legal team and has not been charged with a crime. His new attorney, Matt Newburg, had no comment on his firing.

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New Surveillance Techniques Provide New Challenges


Some of the worries from civil rights groups when it comes to the use of surveillance video is possible abuse.

They want to see mandates for what they describe as basics like when and how the cameras can be used, and how long a department can store footage for.

"The biggest thing we feel is that the technology has outpaced regulation” said David McGuire, the interim Executive Director of the Connecticut ACLU. “A lot of cities and towns who use closed circuit television don't have safeguards against abuse of that technology."

Hartford has kept pace with the most recent trends better than any city or town in the state. The city’s Real Time Crime Center monitors cameras placed all over the city that can pan and zoom, and in some cases they can automatically track individuals who are moving through their view.

The city uses the technology with neighboring cities and towns to assist with investigations.

“In the last ten years the technology has exploded and they're all around the city,” said Deputy Chief Brian Foley, who helps to oversee the Real Time Crime Center. "Some of them are able to move and control on their own and some of those that we have move and control will actually track movement on their own.”

McGuire with the ACLU supports advances in law enforcement, but said policies have to be adjusted to ensure that such technology gets used in the right way.

McGuire also said there is little supporting evidence that the more cameras that are out there, the more they deter crime.

"A lot of these crimes are crimes of opportunity where they're not going to think there's a camera here, I ought not to do that. That is a myth that towns often use to justify these cameras and expanding them."

Foley with the City of Hartford said they try their best to train officers and staff as much as possible, to ensure proper use.

"We're not here to track people. We're only using this for when there's a major incident, wen something major happens and there's an emergency. We just don't have the time, resources or money to be watching people in that regard where the ACLU is going to be upset."

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'Burnt Toast' Forces Evacuation of Granby Middle School


Granby Middle School was evacuated after some burnt toast caused smoke in the building, school officials said.

Granby Police said the building, located at 321 Salmon Brook Avenue, was evacuated after a “cooking mishap” caused smoke in part of the building.

In a note sent to families, Principal Sue Henneberry confirmed that some burnt toast set the fire alarm off. The building was evacuated and polcie and fire arrived on scene to assess the situation.

No one was injured and after the fire department ventilated the building students were able to return to class, Henneberry said.

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