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8 Connecticut Residents Make Forbes 400 Wealthiest List


The annual Forbes 400 list of the 400 wealthiest people in the United States is out and eight live here in Connecticut.  

The combined net worth of all 400 people is $2.4 trillion and their average net worth is $6 billion, which are both record highs, according to Forbes. 

Ray Dalio, 67, of Greenwich, is the founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates and the wealthiest of the Connecticut residents. He comes in 25th with a net worth of 15.9 billion. The sources of his wealth are listed as self-made and hedge funds.  

Sixty-year-old Steve Cohen, of Greenwich, is the founder of Point72 Asset Management and comes in 31st, with a net worth of $13 billion. The sources of his wealth are also listed as self-made and hedge funds.  

The next wealthiest Connecticut resident is Paul Tudor Jones II, the founder of Tudor Investment Group. The 62-year-old Greenwich resident ties for 120th, with a net worth of $4.6 billion.  

Next is 58-year-old Karen Pritzker, who inherited some of the Chicago-based Pritzker family fortune and has invested with her husband in public, as well as private companies. She lives in Branford and comes in 131st, with a net worth of $4.3 billion.  

Stephen Mandel Jr., a 60-year-old Greenwich resident, is the founder of Lone Pine Capital, and the sources of his wealth are listed as self-made and hedge funds. He ties for 274th, with a net worth of $2.5 billion.  

Peter Buck, co-founder of Subway, is 290th on the top 400 list. The story of the 85-year-old Danbury man is famous in Connecticut. In 1965, the physicist lent $1,000 to Fred DeLuca to open a sandwich shop and that investment has grown into the Subway chain. His net worth is now $2.4 billion.  

Two Connecticut sisters tie for 374th. 

Alexandra Daitch, Lucy Stitzer and their two other sisters inherited stakes of Cargill from their father and the CEO of the company said they prefer to stay private. 

Daitch, 53, lives in Old Lyme. Her net worth is $1.77 billion. 

Stitzer, 56, lives in Greenwich, and chairs Waycrosse, the family investment company . Her net worth is $1.77 billion. 

See the full list.

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Abundant Sunshine Starting Wednesday


Clouds will continue to decrease across Connecticut heading into Wednesday as high pressure builds in.

An equal blend of clouds and sunshine is expected today with temperatures in the upper 60s.

High pressure takes control by midweek, resulting in sunny skies on Wednesday with highs rising into the 70s.

Thursday and Friday look glorious with full sunshine and highs in the lower 70s.

All eyes are on Hurricane Matthew, and its track will determine Connecticut's weather this weekend.

The most likely solution for New England takes the storm south of the state, bringing beneficial rain late in the weekend.

Hurricane Matthew in Photos: Storm Pounds Haiti


Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, as Category 4 storm and was expected to cause major damage. It was headed for southeastern Cuba and then into the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for South Florida.

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Creepy Clown Craze Puts People on Edge


Rumors of creepy clown sightings and a flood of related social media posts have several Connecticut communities on edge.

North Haven schools are adding police presence at all six schools and Supt. Robert Cronin said he called parents last night to let him know.

School officials in Newington said there is extra police presence at Martin Kellogg Middle School after a student forwarded an Instagram post about clowns. They said it's a hoax and they do not want to cause alarm,  but the extra police presence in a precaution.

In New Haven, the school district is prohibiting clown costumes during Halloween in response to several menacing social media posts.

“Unfortunately, clown-themed posturing has been a growing trend throughout the country, particularly on social media. At this time there is no indication this incident poses any real or substantial threat to New Haven Public Schools or Students. We do however take these incidents very seriously,” the district said in a statement.

Cronin said he is considering banning clown costumes in North Haven as well, but has not made the decision yet. 

In Naugatuck, authorities are also investigating social media posts that referenced the town’s school district and extra security was on hand at schools Tuesday as a precaution.

Rumors of sightings swirled around social media Monday night. Some claimed that the UConn campus was on lockdown Monday night after someone spotted an armed clown on campus but school officials stressed that campus was never on lockdown and there were no confirmed clown sightings.

Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury took to Twitter to assure residents that there have been no clown sightings in the city.

Quinnipiac University also took to twitter to assuage fears when social media began buzzing with reports of clowns on campus. The reports were false and QU was never on lockdown.

Sightings of clowns creeping in the woods were first reported in South Carolina back in August. Children reported that the clowns showed them money and tried to lure them in to the woods.

The reports spread to North Carolina and began to make rounds in other states. At least a dozen people have been arrested in various states for either participating in the menacing stunt or falsely reporting clown sightings.

Cronin said this has consumed his whole day and it's an example of how social media can be disruptive.  

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New Haven Welcomes New Police Recruits


Monday was the official first day of training for New Haven Police Academy recruits. For the next seven months they’ll train, then eventually be placed on the beat on the streets of New Haven.

There are 32 new recruits. Two are being trained for the Trumbull Police Department and the rest are New Haven hires and were sworn in by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp Monday.

“As you get started, I wish for you patience, persistence and perseverance as you launch your career in crime prevention and law enforcement,” she told them.

The recruits are the second 2016 recruiting class for the New Haven Police Academy.

The recruits have been vetted for months. They've had a background check, a polygraph test, a psychological evaluation and more.

Members who pass the academy will be the first group to join the police department following the recent departure of former Chief Dean Esserman and i nterim Police Chief Anthony Campbell said a diverse class is important to have.

"It’s one of the emphases that we are placing -- that I’m particularly placing on the academy – is that the academy should reflect the city in which the police officers will work. So it’s important for us to have a high level of minorities," Campbell said.

Compared to previous classes, the members in this one have the most diversity in more than five years, with 63 percent of recruits being women and minorities.

The class and the most recent graduating class also have 17 city residents combined – the most the city has seen in years.

The hope is the recruits will be able to connect with residents more and that will help combat crime.

“When you have vested interest in the city, when you live in the city where you police, it makes all the difference in the world it adds to the ability to connect,” Campbell said.

He added that of the 452 officers currently in the New Haven Police Department, about 30 of them could retire right now so this class is especially important to keep up with the number of officers they have in the city.

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Sex Offender Sues Victim Over Facebook Post


Registered sex offender sues victim and her family for $4-million after he's labeled a "rapist" in Facebook post.

Police Identify Victim Killed in Crash on Route 6 in Bolton


State police have identified the person killed in a four-car crash on Route 6 in Bolton Tuesday. Police also identified a second victim who was seriously injured in the accident.

The crash was on Hop River Road, near Johnson Road at 5:05 p.m.

Police said the driver of one vehicle, identified as Anthony Casenelli, 63, of Danielson, was pronounced dead on scene.

Another driver, identified as Lynn Rookey, 54, of Simsbury was transported to Hartford Hospital via LifeStar for serious injuries.

The road was closed for several hours while police investigated but has since reopened

According to state police, two vehicles were traveling east and two were traveling west. Police are still investigating how the crash occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police Troop K at (860) 465-5400.

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Tips For Pre-Hurricane Prep


As Hurricane Matthew approaches, residents living along the East Coast are being reminded that it never hurts to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Water, canned food and batteries are just some of the items you'll need for a hurricane survival kit.

Bill Clinton Tries to Clarify Scathing Obamacare Comment


A day after Bill Clinton slammed the Affordable Care Act as the "craziest thing in the world," he the former president reversed course, NBC News reported, saying Tuesday that President Obama's signature legislation did a "world of good."

"Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the fifty-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have ... were a terrible mistake," Clinton said at an event in Athens, Ohio.

Clinton's initial remark came Monday, when he criticized the law for the effect flooding the health care market with new customers had on small businesses and people who didn't qualify for government subsidies.

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Tuesday that Bill Clinton's comments were "just delicious."

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Vice Presidential Debate Fact Check


Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine got their one chance to debate, and it was a fact-checking bonanza:

  • Pence said "that's nonsense" after Kaine claimed Trump was proposing a "deportation force" to "go house to house" and send away millions of immigrants who are here illegally. Trump did say that.
  • Kaine claimed Pence was "the chief cheerleader for privatization" of Social Security. That's misleading. Pence proposed voluntary private accounts, not a private-sector takeover.
  • Pence implied Clinton was wrong when she cited the fatal shooting of a black man by a black cop as a case of "implicit" bias. But research shows there can be implicit bias against members of the same racial group.
  • Kaine claimed that Trump's plan would "raise taxes on the middle class." That may be true for some middle-income taxpayers, but the Tax Foundation found that most would get a tax cut.
  • Pence said the Clinton Foundation gave less than 10 percent to "charitable organizations." That's misleading. One philanthropy watchdog said the foundation spent about 87 percent on charitable work.
  • Pence said, "The Trump Foundation is a private family foundation and they give virtually every cent to charitable causes." But that's far from true.
  • Kaine and Pence were both partly right and partly wrong in characterizing Donald Trump's statements on other countries, including Japan and South Korea, getting nuclear weapons.
  • Pence denied that he said, as Kaine claimed, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "better leader" than President Obama. But Pence did say that Putin has been a "stronger leader."
  • Kaine claimed that Trump said "we need to get rid of NATO." Trump did say NATO is obsolete or may be, but he hasn’t said that the international security alliance should be eliminated.
  • Pence disputed Kaine's statement that the FBI "concluded that not one reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information. Kaine was right.

We also flagged a host of repeated claims on job growth, Trump's tax returns, abortion and more.

Note to Readers: Our managing editor, Lori Robertson, was at the debate at Longwood University. This story was written with the help of the entire staff, based in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., areas.


The only 2016 debate between the vice presidential candidates was held at Longwood University on Oct. 4 and moderated by CBSN's Elaine Quijano.

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican nominee, spoke little about themselves. Instead, they focused their attacks largely at the two candidates at the top of the ticket, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Deportation Force

Pence said "that's nonsense" after Kaine claimed Trump was proposing a "deportation force" to "go house to house" and send away millions of immigrants who are here illegally. Trump did say that, although he has since backed away from it.

Kaine: These guys — and Donald Trump have said it — deportation force. They want to go house to house, school to school, business to business, and kick out 16 million people. And I cannot believe…

Pence: That's nonsense. That's nonsense. …Senator, we have a deportation force. It's called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Kaine: …So you like the 16 million deportations?

Pence: Senator, that's — that's nonsense.

Actually, Trump himself said last November in an interview on MSNBC, "You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely."

"People will leave, people will leave, they’re going to go back where they came from. That's the way it's supposed to be," Trump said. "They can come back, but they have to come back legally."

Trump was speaking of those now living here illegally, currently estimated at about 11 million.

Later Trump laid out a plan to target about half that number for quick deportation – but stuck by his ultimate goal of deporting all. "Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation," Trump said in a Sept. 1 speech in Arizona.

Trump also has said that the children of unauthorized immigrants would have to leave, even if they were born in the U.S. and are by law American citizens. On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Aug. 16, 2015, Trump told Chuck Todd that "they have to go."

Todd, Aug. 16, 2015: So you’re going to split up families? …

Trump: Chuck. No, no. We’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together.

Todd: But you’re going to keep them together out–

Trump: But they have to go. But they have to go. …We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country or we don’t have a country.

If the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are also deported, the total could conceivably reach 16 million. The Pew Research Center estimated that in 2012, 4 million unauthorized-immigrant adults lived with one or more U.S.-born children.

So, "nonsense" or not, Trump indeed has called for a "deportation force" and the expulsion of many millions of unauthorized immigrants and even their U.S.-born children.

‘Chief Cheerleader for Privatization’

Kaine claimed that Pence was "the chief cheerleader for privatization" of Social Security. That's misleading.

Kaine: When Congressman Pence was in Congress, he was the chief cheerleader for the privatization of social security, even after President Bush stopped pushing for it, congressman Pence kept pushing for it.

It would be correct to say that Pence, back in 2005, was willing to go further than President George W. Bush in establishing voluntary private accounts that would allow workers to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes in diversified stock mutual funds similar to those the federal government runs for its own employees and retirees.

Pence was then chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative lawmakers who called for allowing workers to invest 6 percent of salary in private accounts, rather than the 4 percent proposed by Bush.

But as we’ve written before, it is a deception to call such a plan "privatization," which implies turning the entire system over to the private sector. The private accounts then being proposed would have been purely voluntary, and would not have been available to anyone already retired or nearing retirement.

Implicit Bias

Pence implied Clinton was wrong when she cited the fatal shooting of an African-American man by an African-American cop as a case of "implicit," or unconscious, bias. But research shows African Americans are not immune to this form of bias against members of their own racial group.

In his criticism of Clinton, Pence was referring to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by officer Brentley Vinson on Sept. 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both men are African American.

When asked if "we ask too much of police officers in this country," Pence responded by criticizing what Clinton said about the issue of law enforcement and race relations during the first presidential debate.

Pence, Oct. 4: Hillary Clinton actually referred to that moment [the Charlotte shooting] as an example of implicit bias in the police force … when she was asked in the debate a week ago whether there was implicit bias in law enforcement, her only answer was that there's implicit bias in everyone in the United States. … Senator, when African-American police officers involved in a police action shooting involving an African-American, why would Hillary Clinton accuse that African-American police officer of implicit bias?

Pence was right that Clinton did say that she thinks "implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police." And she did refer to the shooting in Charlotte that took place on Sept. 20 in passing during the debate.

But she didn’t directly accuse Brentley Vinson, the African-American police officer involved in the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American man, of implicit bias.

Regardless, Pence was wrong when he implied that African Americans can’t be subject to implicit bias of other African Americans.

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "implicit bias" refers "to relatively unconscious and relatively automatic features of prejudiced judgment and social behavior." While implicit bias is a psychological mechanism that can influence judgments on a variety of topics, substantial research has concentrated on "implicit attitudes toward members of socially stigmatized groups, such as African-Americans, women, and the LGBTQ community."

"Implicit bias" is opposed to "explicit bias," or judgments a person consciously holds. In other words, it's possible for a person to explicitly believe that white and black Americans should be treated equally, for example, but implicitly judge situations counter to that explicit belief.

Scientists at Harvard have used what they call an "Implicit Association Test" to quantify implicit bias by measuring "the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy)."

The group has looked at a variety of biases, including those concerning racial issues, and found that "even numbers of Black respondents showing a pro-White bias as show a pro-Black bias." They hypothesize that this bias "might be understood as Black respondents experiencing the similar negative associations about their group from experience in their cultural environments."

So Pence was wrong when he implied that African Americans can’t experience implicit bias against members of their own racial group.

Trump's Tax Plan

Kaine claimed that Trump's plan would "raise taxes on the middle class." An analysis of the Trump plan by a New York University professor found that some middle-income taxpayers would see a tax increase, but the Tax Foundation found that most middle-income taxpayers would get a tax cut.

Pence: Donald Trump and I are going to cut taxes. We’re going to — we’re going to …

Kaine: You’re not going to cut taxes. You’re going to raise taxes on the middle class.

Asked for backup for Kaine's claim, the Clinton campaign pointed to a Vox article about an analysis of Trump's tax plan by Lily L. Batchelder of the New York University School of Law. Batchelder concluded that Trump's plan "would actually significantly raise taxes for millions of low- and middle-income families with children, with especially large tax increases for working single parents."

In all, Batchelder estimated Trump's plan would increase taxes for about 7.8 million families with minor children, or roughly 25 million individuals.

The business-backed Tax Foundation told us it was able to replicate a number of Batchelder's results. But its full analysis of Trump's plan — using the same assumptions as Batchelder — found Kaine's comment was too sweeping.

"As our distributional tables show, the typical middle class family would get a net tax cut of several hundred dollars," Alan Cole, an economist with the Tax Foundation, told us via email. "Simply put, the middle class as a whole would see a tax reduction, but some middle class families would see a tax increase."

Batchelder's analysis was about specific examples, Cole said, not the middle-income group at large.

Cole said Batchelder's estimate of about 7.8 million households (with a total of 25 million individuals) "sounds about right to me," but he noted that "the U.S. as a whole has about 319 million people." That comes to a little less than 8 percent of the population.

"All in all we’re talking about a single-digit percentage of households," Cole said. "Absolutely worth mentioning, but not ‘the middle class’ as a whole."

Overall, the Tax Foundation concluded that Trump's plan would cut taxes by between $4.4 trillion and $5.9 trillion over 10 years. It found that, on average, taxpayers would see a tax cut at every income level, but that the amount and percentage of tax cuts would be greatest for those with the highest incomes.

Clinton Foundation

Pence claimed that "less than 10 cents on the dollar in the Clinton Foundation has gone to charitable organizations." That's misleading.

Pence is referring only to the amount donated by the Clinton Foundation to outside charities, ignoring the fact that most of the Clinton Foundation's charitable work is performed in-house.

One independent philanthropy watchdog did an analysis of Clinton Foundation funding and concluded that about 87 percent of its funding went to charity.

Carly Fiorina made a similar comment during the Republican primary, and as we wrote at the time: "Simply put, despite its name, the Clinton Foundation is not a private foundation — which typically acts as a pass-through for private donations to other charitable organizations. Rather, it is a public charity. It conducts most of its charitable activities directly."

Among its charitable activities: training rural farmers in Africa and helping them get access to seeds, equipment and markets for their crops; helping reforestation efforts in Africa and the Caribbean region; lowering the cost of HIV/AIDS medicine in nations around the world; and working with local governments and businesses in the United States to develop wellness and physical activity plans.

The Clinton Foundation's latest IRS Form 990 shows total revenue of nearly $178 million in 2014, and total outside charitable grant disbursements of about $5.1 million (see Part IX). That comes to less than 3 percent of the budget going to grants. It came to about 6 percent in 2013.

Katherina Rosqueta, the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, described the Clinton Foundation as an "operating foundation."

"There is an important distinction between an operating foundation vs. a non-operating foundation," Rosqueta told us back in June. "An operating foundation implements programs so money it raises is not designed to be used exclusively for grant-making purposes. When most people hear ‘foundation’, they think exclusively of a grant-making entity. In either case, the key is to understand how well the foundation uses money — whether to implement programs or to grant out to nonprofits — [to achieve] the intended social impact (e.g., improving education, creating livelihoods, improving health, etc.)."

According to Charity Navigator, the Clinton Foundation spends about 87 percent of its expenses on "programs and services it delivers." It gives the Clinton Foundation an overall rating of Four Stars. Charity Watch gave the Clinton Foundation an "A" rating.

"The Clinton Foundation spends 87 percent of its budget on charitable work, as affirmed by independent charity watchdogs," Brian Cookstra, a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation, told us in an email after the debate. "The Clinton Foundation is an operating foundation, which means our programs do the charitable work on the ground themselves. We are not a grant-making organization."

Pence said the Clinton Foundation "has been a platform for the Clintons to travel the world, to have staff." As we wrote in June, the Clinton Foundation spent 12 percent of its revenue on travel and conferences and 20 percent of its revenue on salaries in 2013.

But the Form 990 specifically breaks out those travel, conference and salary expenses that are used for "program service expenses" versus those that are used for management or fundraising purposes. For example, nearly 77 percent of the $8.4 million spent on travel in 2013 went toward program services; 3.4 percent went to "management and general expenses"; and about 20 percent went to fundraising.

Trump Foundation

Pence said, "The Trump Foundation is a private family foundation and they give virtually every cent to charitable causes." But that's far from true.

There have been several examples of the Donald J. Trump Foundation making expenditures on items and groups that are not charitable causes:

  • In 2013, the foundation gave $25,000 to a political group connected to Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi. This year Trump paid a $2,500 penalty to the IRS because of the improper gift, according to Jeffrey McConney, a senior vice president and controller at the Trump Organization.
  • The foundation also paid $258,000 to settle various legal problems, including a 2007 dispute with the town of Palm Beach over the height of a flagpole.
  • The foundation also famously paid $10,000 for a portrait of Trump, which ended up on the wall of a Florida golf course he owns outside Miami. (A spokesman said Trump was doing the foundation a favor by "storing" it there.)
  • The foundation also paid $20,000 for another, six-foot-tall portrait of Trump reportedly shipped to another of Trump's golf courses in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

And unlike typical family foundations, the Trump Foundation's money has since 2008 come from others, not from Trump's own pocket.

The Washington Post reported Sept. 10: "In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people's money — an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation."

In all but four of its first 28 years of operation, the Trump Foundation took in well under $1 million. By far its biggest year was 2007, when it took in just over $4 million (of which only $35,000 came from Trump himself), according to the Washington Post.

Trump and Nuclear Weapons

Kaine and Pence were both partly right and partly wrong in characterizing Trump's statements on other countries, including Japan and South Korea, getting nuclear weapons.

Kaine: Donald Trump believes that the world will be safer if more nations have nuclear weapons. He said Saudi Arabia should get them, Japan should get them, Korea should get them. And when he was confronted with this, and told wait a minute, terrorists could get those, proliferation could lead to nuclear war, here's what Donald Trump said and I quote, "Go ahead folks, enjoy yourselves."

Later in the debate, Kaine asked Pence to defend Trump's positions, starting with "more nations should get nuclear weapons." Pence responded: "Well, he never said that, senator."

Trump didn’t make a blanket statement about "more nations" getting nuclear weapons, but he has indicated that perhaps Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

For instance, here's Trump in an April 3 interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace:

Trump, April 3: So, North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that. I mean, they have a big problem with that. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea.

Wallace: With nukes?

Trump: Maybe they would be better off — including with nukes, yes, including with nukes.

About a week earlier, the New York Times reported that Trump had said in interviews with the newspaper that "he would be open to allowing Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenals rather than depend on the American nuclear umbrella for their protection against North Korea and China." The Times quoted Trump as saying if the U.S. "keeps on its path, its current path of weakness, they’re going to want to have that anyway, with or without me discussing it."

On March 29, CNN's Anderson Cooper tried to pin down Trump on those comments. In the back-and-forth, Trump said, "I don’t want more nuclear weapons," but also said, "wouldn’t you rather in a certain sense have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?"

Trump, March 29: At some point we have to say, you know what, we’re better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we’re better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have…

Cooper: Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?

Trump: Saudi Arabia, absolutely.

Cooper: You would be fine with them having nuclear weapons?

Trump: No, not nuclear weapons, but they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us.

Here's the thing, with Japan, they have to pay us or we have to let them protect themselves.

Cooper: So if you said, Japan, yes, it's fine, you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, and Saudi Arabia says we want them, too?

Trump: Can I be honest with you? It's going to happen, anyway. It's going to happen anyway. It's only a question of time. They’re going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely.

But you have so many countries already, China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia, you have so many countries right now that have them.

Now, wouldn’t you rather in a certain sense have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons? And they do have them. They absolutely have them. They can’t – they have no carrier system yet but they will very soon.

Wouldn’t you rather have Japan, perhaps, they’re over there, they’re very close, they’re very fearful of North Korea, and we’re supposed to protect.

Cooper: So you’re saying you don’t want more nuclear weapons in the world but you’re OK with Japan and South Korea having nuclear weapons?

Trump: I don’t want more nuclear weapons.

As for the "go ahead folks, enjoy yourselves" quote that Kaine mentions, that wasn’t directly in response to Trump being told that terrorists could get hold of nuclear weapons, or that proliferation could lead to nuclear war, as Kaine suggested.

Instead, Trump said that in an April 2 campaign appearance in Wausau, Wisconsin, in talking about Japan protecting itself against North Korea and the two countries potentially fighting.

Here's that quote:

Trump, April 2: We’re protecting Japan from North Korea. … I would say to Japan you gotta help us out. … And I would rather have them not arm. But I’m not going to continue to lose this tremendous amount of money. And frankly, the case could be made, that let them protect themselves against North Korea. They’d probably wipe them out pretty quick. And if they fight, you know what, that would be a terrible thing, terrible. "Good luck folks, enjoy yourself." If they fight, that would be terrible, right? But if they do, they do.

Putin a ‘Better Leader’?

Pence said that he did not say, as Kaine claimed, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "better leader" than President Obama. Technically, Pence didn’t say "better leader." He said that Putin has been a "stronger leader" in Russia than President Obama has been in the U.S.

Kaine: Governor Pence said, "Inarguably, Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama."

Pence: That is absolutely inaccurate. I said he has been stronger on the world stage.

In a CNN interview on Sept.8, Pence said: "I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country. And that's going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America."

Two days later, Pence told a crowd at the Liberty Farm Festival that his comment was meant as an indictment of Obama and not an endorsement of Putin.

"When Donald Trump and I said that the small and bullying president of Russia was a strong leader on the world stage, that wasn’t an endorsement of Vladimir Putin, that was an indictment of the weak and feckless leadership of this president and [Hillary Clinton]," Pence said.

Trump and NATO

Kaine claimed that Trump said that "NATO is obsolete" and that he wants to "get rid of NATO." Trump did say NATO is obsolete or may be, but he hasn’t said that the international security alliance should be eliminated.

Kaine: That's why Donald Trump's claim that he wants to — that NATO is obsolete and that we need to get rid of NATO is so dangerous.

Pence: That's not his plan.

Kaine: Well, he said NATO is obsolete.

There is no question that Trump has said, more than once, that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization either is obsolete or may be obsolete. He also previously suggested in an interview with the New York Times in July that he would not automatically defend NATO allies that do not pay their share of defense costs.

However, as we wrote in May, Trump has said that he doesn’t want the U.S. to leave the NATO alliance even though he once said that he would "certainly look at" doing so.

Then, during the first presidential debate with Clinton, Trump said that he is "all for NATO."

Trump, Sept. 26: I said, and very strongly, NATO could be obsolete, because … they do not focus on terror. And I was very strong. And I said it numerous times. … But I’m all for NATO. But I said they have to focus on terror, also.

And Trump has since said, "When I am president, we will strengthen NATO."

Clinton's Emails

One of the many factual disagreements between the two vice presidential candidates came during a discussion of the FBI investigation into the private email system Clinton used as secretary of state.

Kaine: The investigation concluded that not one reasonable prosecutor would take any additional steps. You do not get to decide that the rights and wrongs of this. We have a justice system that does that. A Republican FBI director did an investigation and concluded —

Pence: That is absolutely false.

Actually, Kaine is right — with one small caveat that we will get to at the end.

At his July 5 press conference, FBI Director James Comey unveiled the results of the agency's investigation. Comey said he would not recommend charges against Clinton or her aides — even though the FBI found "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information."

"[O]ur judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said. "Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person's actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

"In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts," he said. "All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here."

So Kaine is right that the FBI "investigation concluded that not one reasonable prosecutor would take any additional steps." He was wrong, however, that Comey is a Republican.

Comey was a Republican, but not any longer. "I have been a registered Republican for most of my adult life, not registered any longer," Comey told Congress.

More We’ve Heard Before

And there were more claims from the candidates that we’ve fact-checked before:

Unemployment: Pence compared apples to oranges in talking about the two candidates’ records as governors, when he said: "In the state of Indiana, we’ve cut unemployment in half; unemployment doubled when he was governor."

As we wrote in August, Kaine was governor during the Great Recession, when every state saw unemployment rates rise significantly, and Pence, who took office in 2013, has served during the subsequent economic expansion, when every state but one saw job gains.

Job Growth: Kaine cited a Moody's Analytics report on the impact of Clinton's plans on job growth, but he left out important caveats.

Kaine said, "Independent analysts say the Clinton plan would grow the economy by 10.5 million jobs. The Trump plan would cost 3.5 million jobs." First, most of those 10 million jobs would occur under current law; only 3.2 million would happen as a result of Clinton's plans. Plus, Moody's said the figures cited by Kaine were unlikely to happen. In the most likely scenario, job growth under Clinton was "a bit higher" than under current law and jobs would be added under Trump, but not as many as current law.

Trump's Tax Returns: In criticizing Trump for refusing to release his tax returns, Kaine made a misleading comparison to Richard Nixon, claiming that Nixon "released tax returns when he was under audit" and chiding Trump for failing to "meet Nixon's standard." Nixon never publicly released his tax returns as a candidate, though he did amid a swirling tax controversy during his second term in 1973.

Abortion: Pence criticized Clinton for supporting "a practice like partial-birth abortion," adding that "the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. " As we have written before, Clinton has said she's "open" to restrictions on late-term abortions if there are exceptions for endangerment of the life and health of the mother.

Border Security: Pence wrongly claimed that Clinton and Kaine have "a plan for open borders." Clinton supported a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, but it also would have increased border security.

On her campaign website, Clinton says she would "focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety." But the site also states that she will "uphold the rule of law" and "protect our borders and national security."

Minimum Wage: Kaine repeated the misleading claim that Trump said "wages are too high." Trump has not said that overall wages are too high. At a Nov. 10, 2015, GOP debate, Trump was asked about raising the federal minimum wage to $15, and he said he was opposed to that.

New Jobs: Pence criticized Kaine's economic policy by saying the policies of the Obama administration, "which Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kaine want to continue, have run this economy into a ditch." In response, Kaine claimed "Fifteen million new jobs" were created under the Obama administration. Actually, the number of new jobs created is 10.5 million.

Kaine's count, which Clinton also has used, excludes public-sector job losses and starts at February 2010, the low point of employment during the Great Recession. A total of 15.1 million private-sector jobs were created between February 2010 and August 2016. However, overall employment, including government jobs, has increased by 10.5 million since Obama took office in January 2009.


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Extra Police Presence at CT Schools Following 'Clown' Threat


There will be increased police presence at several Connecticut schools on Wednesday following threatening social media posts involving clowns-- a trend spooking the nation within the last month.

Police from various towns said they are aware of the postings that threaten violence towards the school districts with a clown account.

Police do not believe the threats are credible but they will continue to investigate.

Wallingford's Lyman Hall High School and Sheehan High School, along with Cheshire and Ansonia schools, will all have extra police presence on Wednesday. 

This morning, Ansonia police announced that they arrested two 13-year-old girls in connection with the threat.

On Tuesday, two other teenage girls were arrested for allegedly posting threatening clown messages towards Naugatuck schools on social media. In addition to Naugatuck increasing safety measures, North Haven also had extra police presence at its schools.

New Haven Schools said they are prohibiting any clown costumes of "symbols of terror" during this year's Halloween season because of the frenzy. 

Various U.S. towns have been stepping up patrols as the creepy clown craze stays steady. In August, children in South Carolina reported seeing multiple clowns lurking in the woods and showing them money.

Twelve people were arrested across Georgia, Alabama and Virginia in the past two weeks for making false reports of clown threats or chasing people while costumed, authorities said on various county police Facebook posts, NBC News reports.

In Connecticut, new laws make it a class C felony to make threats with the intent to cause an evacuation of a school and a conviction could lead to a prison sentence of one to 10 years and a $10,000 fine. 

Sightings and hoaxes have spread to more than a dozen states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania in September and have led to elementary, middle schools and high schools being shut down in Ohio and added police patrols in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, according to NBC News.

On Monday, two teens in New Jersey were arrested for allegedly making threatening social media posts about clown attacks at students and residents in the town. Another 13-year-old girl, on the same day, was posting threatening comment with a clown account.

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2 Teens Arrested for Threatening Naugatuck 'Clown' Postings


Naugatuck police said have arrested two teenagers who were allegedly responsible for posting threatening "clown" postings on social media. 

As a precautionary measure, Naugatuck schools added security and police presence on Tuesday because of the posts. 

Two girls, under the age of 14, one from Stratford and one from Naugatuck, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. 

The arrests stem from a social media profile the girls created with a clown photo, accompanied by the description: “Will be in Naugatuck / Be careful / Lock your doors / which school wanna go first?”

Police said they do not believe the threats were credible, however, the investigation is ongoing. 

The Naugatuck PD is asking anyone that might have information or questions regarding these posts to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-5221 or the NPD Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.

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#VPDebate: Top Tweets From the Vice Presidential Debate


The American public got to know Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence during their first and only vice presidential debate at Longwood University Tuesday night.

The candidates are largely unknown to voters, according to the NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, and they went head-to-head on taxes, Homeland Security, education, healthcare, Syria and the economy.

At the top of the debate, Pence incorrectly thanked Norwood University for hosting the debate — it was held at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The gaffe began trending on Twitter. 

Kaine, the Democratic candidate, spent a good deal of his time knocking Pence and the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, for the positions they've staked in the long campaign.

"If you don't know the difference between dictatorship and leadership, you've got to go back to fifth grade civics class," Kaine said, referring to Pence unfavorably comparing President Baracak Obama with Vladimir Putin.

Pence hit back hard, saying that Kaine and his running mate, Hillary Clinton, have made their campaign "an avalanche of insults." 

Trump was live-tweeting throughout the debate; Clinton's account was active as well, though the candidate herself wasn't tweeting.

Here's some of the top tweets in reaction to the vice presidential debate.  

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Plane Passengers Spring Into Action When Woman Gets Sick


When Tracy Dubois's parents boarded a JetBlue flight from Connecticut to Florida, it never crossed her mind that her mother's life could be at risk once again.

"I just had coffee with my mom that morning. You just never know. You never know what's in store for you," said Tracy. 

Tracy's mom, Cheryl, has had some close calls; three years ago the Bristol-native had complications following a surgery.

What should have been a typical flight from Bradley Airport turned into a medical emergency. Tracy said Cheryl wasn't feeling well on Monday but thought it might be a cold. Once in the air, the pain only worsened. About twenty minutes from their destination, Cheryl began feeling intense chest pain, had difficulty breathing, and her lips turned blue.

"It was so excruciating, she told my father to let a stewardess know she's going to need an ambulance waiting for her," said Tracy, a Bristol resident.

The stewardess let the pilot know about the medical emergency and then asked over the speaker system if there was a doctor or nurse aboard.

That's when a male doctor, a male RN and a female RN jumped into action.

"They were by her side. They checked her vitals. Her lips were actually turning purple, a purple-blue. Her oxygen levels were really low. As soon as they knew her symptoms and saw her vitals, they immediately administered Aspirin and nitro and put her on an oxygen mask," said Tracy.

Upon landing in Florida, an ambulance rushed Cheryl to the hospital.

"JetBlue was fantastic and everybody at the Tampa airport. They had an ambulance ready, a team of EMTs waiting for her. They were able to taxi it first and get her off the plane as quick as possible," said Tracy.

Tracy said her mom has been released from the hospital and is doing okay. She said the doctors are still doing tests to determine exactly what went wrong. Tracy said she, her mom, and the entire family want to connect with the three people who rushed to her mom's side.

"I thank God for those three angels because I don't know what it could have turned to," said Tracy. "I want to find these people. I want to thank them. I want to hug them for giving me more time with my mom”.

We reached out to JetBlue but did not hear back by publication.

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Democrats Claim Credit For Electric Boat Expansion


Last winter, Electric Boat announced it would add 4,000 jobs over 15 years. This afternoon, Democrats running for the state legislature called for credit for helping the submarine maker become what their leader calls the epicenter of job growth.

Electric Boat will have a work force of 18,000 if its plans for making submarines pan out. The Democrats said Electric Boat's supply chain will be hiring too.

"We see the ripple effect of this, the real ripple," said Joe De La Cruz, "really small companies doing really well as a result of these contracts that were won."

He sees new interest in building housing in Groton because of Electric Boat's growth. The top House Democrat running for re-election said there'll be enough economic expansion to afford state income tax breaks for social security income for the elderly and student loan debt for students who stay.

Rep. Joe Aresimowicz,  majority leader, said, "What we'll see in the added economy and the added value to the economy, the investments in the towns, the purchases of homes, we're pretty confident will offset any losses we may see in the tax base."

Specifically for manufacturing, the Democrats said they want to see more programs in the technical schools that meet employer's specific needs, the way Electric Boat wanted welding in the local technical school. Republicans who showed up at the Democrats' presentation said they have manufacturing in their blood.

"I actually had a manufacturing company for 20 years here in Connecticut so I understand it fully - I worked for Electric Boat, I had a security clearance," said Heather Somers.

The Republican candidates said the Democrats have mishandled apprenticeship tax credits for small manufacturing.

Rep. John Scott, (R) Mystic, said, "The bill passed on a bipartisan basis in both the House and the Senate, the governor vetoed it, then when we went to bring it back during the veto session, they wouldn't bring it back up."

Republican or Democrat, they said they're all for skilled labor.

Haitian Health Foundation Gears Up


Since 3 a.m. Marilyn Lowney was awake, waiting for word from Jeremie in Haiti, where the Haitian Health Foundation has been caring for locals for decades.

"People are gonna be coming out of destroyed houses," she said, forecasting a "storm after the storm."

"They're not gonna have any more possessions at all. They're not going to have food," she said.

For 34 years the Haitian Health Foundation has sent relief supplies to Haiti, for one tragedy after another. It's set up a health clinic in Jeremie, in the part of the country closest to the path of the storm, home to 250,000 Haitians.

Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, who founded the Haitian Health Foundation and is now 80 years old, said, "If we can't help our fellow man who's suffering or in the gutter, then how do we dare claim any affinity to the Divine?

"You go to church and say a prayer. That's a prayer, picking somebody up. That's a prayer, in action."

"The best thing that people could do right now is to send money," said Marilyn Lowney.

She said 90 percent of donations to the Haitian Health Foundation goes right through where it's needed. In the office basement salt for water purification and cases of canned tuna will get there but it'll take three months. Money works right away.

"This can also help us to buy locally, within Haiti, and help the local business people, the local farmers. This is assuming that anything is left," she said.

Texas Inmate Not Challenging His Execution


Executions in the United States are generally accompanied by an element of uncertainty, with the condemned prisoner filing 11th hour appeals all the way to the highest court in the land and sometimes winning a reprieve at the last minute, NBC News reported.

That's unlikely to be the case when Barney Fuller's date with death arrives Wednesday evening.

The 58-year-old Texas inmate — who admitted murdering neighbors Nathan and Annette Copeland in front of their kids after a long-running dispute — ordered his lawyer not to file challenges to his lethal injection.

In a letter to his attorney last year, Fuller, who has been on death row since 2004, said he he wasn't keeping track of the status of any proceedings.

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Cat Killer Faces 16 Years in Prison


A 25-year-old man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to torturing and killing nearly two dozen cats that he stole from the streets of a San Jose neighborhood.

Having pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty, Robert Farmer, if convicted, faces more than 16 years in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis. 

Farmer and his attorney made the last minute decision in court, just before new evidence was set to be added in the cases again him. Details of Farmer's plea agreement weren't immediately known.

"As this sad case comes to a close, our thoughts are with the families who lost their beloved pets," Ellis said in a statement. "We intend to hold Mr. Farmer accountable for his perverse and violent acts.”

In court on Tuesday, Farmer displayed no emotion and didn't speak or apologize to the victims.

However, the victims' owners are not relieved.

They do not plan to let Farmer off the hook just because he admitted he's guilty. In fact, they have taken to Facebook to urge the judge to sentence Farmer to life in prison, asking supporters to sign onto "Justice for our CATZ." So far, the group has 232 members. 

"Farmer just took our sense of safety because he took it from our front yard," said Miriam Petrova. 

Petrova's 17-year-old cat, named Go-Go, was one of Farmer's first victims.

"We never found Go-Go's body," she said.

Investigators said Farmer rounded up the cats, that were sometimes mutilated and abused, from Cambrian Park over two months last fall. Surveillance video captured Farmer in the act as he chased and picked up Go-Go, leading police to him. 

When police arrested Farmer as he slept in his car on Oct. 8, 2015, they also found a dead orange tabby in the car. Police also discovered other cat collars in the vehicle.

A year later, however, only four of the animal's bodies have been recovered.

Farmer was hit with additional charges in July.

The new charges stemmed from missing cats, and DNA of those cats allegedly found in Famer's car and clothing. The prosecutor called it the Jane Doe approach, where a body has not been found, but DNA links a suspect to a missing person who is presumed dead.

Farmer is expected back in court on Dec. 8.

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Big Y Warning Customers of Credit Card Skimmers


The Big Y is warning customers about credit card skimmers found at some of its Connecticut locations. 

Within the last week, skimmers were removed from five single payment terminals in Avon, Connecticut; Wilbraham, Massachusetts; Rocky Hill, Connecticut; Northampton, Massachusetts, and at the Cooley Street store in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The chain said it is actively investigating the incidents with law enforcement. Terminals are being inspected daily, along with over security protocols. 

At this time, the Big Y said they don't believe any customer data has been compromised, but impacted individuals will be notified if this changes.

Customers with questions or concerns about this matter may call (877) 914-2449, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Trump's Foundation Wrote Many Checks on Path to Nomination


Donald Trump's charitable foundation made many financial contributions to several conservative nonprofits that are important to winning the GOP nomination, NBC News reported.

The foundation, which Trump initially financed with his own money but has been funded by outside donors since 2008, gave $286,000 to these prominent groups, according to tax filings first reported by RealClearPolitics. The groups included Iowa's Family Leader, South Carolina Palmetto Family Council, the American Conservatives Union and Citizens United.

Together, the donations paint a picture of the wealthy businessman using charity-earmarked money to build relationships with conservative activists in early voting states.

The donations are the latest window into a foundation that is already being investigated for possible wrongdoing: The New York Attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter to the foundation last week, saying it didn't have the proper certification to solicit donations in the state.

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