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2 Missiles Fired at US Navy Ship From Yemeni Rebels


Two missiles were fired Sunday at a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea from territory occupied by Iran-allied Yemeni rebels, but they missed, the Pentagon said.

The attack began about 7 p.m. (noon ET) as the USS Mason was conducting routine operations in international waters, the Pentagon said in a brief statement shortly before midnight.

The two missiles were fired over the course of an hour and "impacted the water before reaching the ship," according to the statement. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

The Houthi rebels, who are Shiite, are currently fighting the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Trump Planned Debate 'Stunt' With Bill Clinton Accusers


Donald Trump's campaign wanted the women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse to sit close to the center of Sunday night's presidential debate, NBC News reported. 

The four women — Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton — were to walk in the debate hall at the same time as the former president and confront him in front of a live television audience, according to sources.

The plan was thwarted moments before the event went on-air when the Commission on Presidential Debates intervened to prevent it, even threatening to get security to block the women.

"We were going to put the four women in the VIP box," Trump supporter and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was quoted as saying by the Washington Post. "We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them."

Bill Clinton has denied all the allegations lobbed by his accusers and was never charged with any crimes.

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Melania Trump's Blouse Gets Attention


Melania Trump denounced her husband's crude comments about women in a statement, but it was a blouse she wore to the presidential debate Sunday night that left some wondering if she had more to say about Donald Trump's behavior.

Melania Trump donned a demure fuchsia top with a bow tied at the neck-- known as a pussy bow or pussycat bow. Gucci called its $1,100 item a "Pussy-bow silk crepe de chine shirt." 

In 11-year-old audio released on Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and grabbing women by their genitals. 

"And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the p****. You can do anything," Trump said in the recording published Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News.

In a statement published on the GOP presidential nominee's website, Melania Trump said her husband's words were "unacceptable and offensive to me" but that she accepted his apology.

Donald Trump has defended his comments as "locker room banter."

Some wondered on social media whether Melania Trump was making a statement with the shirt. 

"Melania Trump is wearing a fuchsia pussy bow blouse, which is either a fashion statement or an epic subtweet of her husband," one user wrote. 

"I really want to believe the Pussy Bow was an artful act of silent rebellion," another person said.

Melania Trump's fashion choice was not intentional, a Trump campaign spokeswoman told a reporter for CBS News.

NBC has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment. 

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Terror Suspect Tied Up by Fellow Syrian in Germany: Report


A 22-year-old terror suspect from Syria was nabbed after a nearly two-day manhunt in Germany after being found tied up by a fellow countryman, according to reports.

Jaber Albakr, 22, vanished Saturday morning as police moved in on an apartment in Chemnitz, where they found "several hundred grams of highly explosive materials," NBC News reported.

Germany's Spiegel Online reported that Albakr had approached another Syrian national at Leipzig train station on Sunday and asked him whether he could stay at his home for the night. The man later called police after hearing about the manhunt, Spiegel Online quoted police sources as saying.

Officials were trying to determine the target of the thwarted bomb plot, The Associated Press reported.

Albakr had entered the country last year as an asylum seeker. 

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Fact-Checking the 2nd Presidential Debate


In a sometimes nasty second presidential debate, there were again several calls by the candidates for fact-checkers to referee competing statements, which we are happy to oblige. But even when Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton weren’t calling out each other on the facts, we found many of their uncontested claims to be misleading or false.

  • Clinton exaggerated when she said the U.S. was now “energy independent.” The country imported 11 percent of total energy consumed in 2015.
  • Trump falsely said he never tweeted “check out a sex tape” in the wee hours of the morning a few days after the first presidential debate. He did.
  • Trump told Clinton “after getting the subpoena” to turn over documents related to the Benghazi investigation “you delete 33,000 emails.” A contractor managing Clinton’s server deleted the emails. There is no evidence Clinton knew when they were deleted.
  • Trump also said Clinton’s emails were “acid washed,” calling it a “very expensive process.” Neither statement is true. The emails were deleted using a free software program that does not involve the use of chemicals.
  • Clinton said there is “no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using.” That is true, but the FBI said it was “possible” that her email system was hacked because she sent and received emails in “the territory of sophisticated adversaries.”
  • Clinton said intelligence officials said this week that Russians were behind political hacking attacks in the U.S. Trump said, “She doesn’t know if Russia is doing the hacking.” Clinton is closer to the truth.
  • Clinton claimed she was holding up Abraham Lincoln as an example of leadership when she defended “back room” deals. Turns out, she did.
  • Trump distorted the facts about a rape case that Clinton was involved in as a legal aid lawyer in 1975, wrongly accusing Clinton of “laughing at” the victim.
  • Both candidates distorted the other’s tax plan. Trump said Clinton was “raising everybody’s taxes massively,” when two analyses concluded almost all of the tax increases she proposes would fall on the top 10 percent. And Clinton claimed Trump’s plan “would end up raising taxes on middle class families.” Some families would see increased taxes, but on average middle-income taxpayers would get a tax cut.
  • Trump wrongly claimed that Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager said on TV that the campaign had started the false rumor that Obama was not born in the U.S.
  • Trump wrongly claimed that Clinton wanted to implement a government-run, “single-payer,” health care system, like Canada’s, and he cherry-picked high proposed premium increases in the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
  • Clinton went too far in saying an ACA provision to allow young adults to stay on their parents plans until age 26 was “something that didn’t happen before.” At least 31 states had similar provisions before the law was enacted.
  • Trump said that “Ambassador [Chris] Stevens sent 600 requests for help” before he was killed in an attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. But not all 600 were requests for security upgrades, nor were they all from Stevens.
  • The candidates disagreed over Clinton’s role in a U.S. response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Both had a point. Clinton was in office when President Obama said Assad’s use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line for us,” but she was gone when Obama failed to back up his threat.
  • Clinton claimed that since the Great Recession the gains have all gone to the top, but a 2016 economic report said that in 2014 and 2015 “the incomes of bottom 99% families have finally started recovering in earnest.”
  • Trump again claimed without evidence that “many people saw the bombs all over the apartment” of the San Bernardino shooters.

And there were more claims that we’ve heard before on trade, foreign affairs and nuclear weapons.

Note to Readers: Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley was at the debate at Washington University. This story was written by Farley with the help of the entire staff, based in the Philadelphia region and Washington, D.C. An annotated transcript of the debate with our fact-checks can be found here.


The second of three presidential debates was held on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis. The much-anticipated town hall-style matchup came as both candidates were facing renewed scrutiny: Republican nominee Donald Trump for lewd comments about women made in 2005 but just released on Oct. 7; and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the public release of hacked emails from her campaign. As in the first debate, we found plenty of distortions of fact.

Energy Independence

Clinton exaggerated when she said the U.S. was now “energy independent.”

Clinton: You know that we are now for the first time ever energy independent. We are not dependent upon the Middle East, but the Middle East still controls a lot of the prices. …We’ve got to remain energy independent. It gives us much more power and freedom than to be worried about what goes on in the Middle East. We have enough worries over there without having to worry about that.

Actually, the U.S. imported 11 percent of the total energy it consumed in 2015, according to the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration, and that percentage increased to 12 percent in the first six months of this year.

While it’s correct to say that last year’s dependence on imported energy (from all sources, not just petroleum) was the lowest in a long time, it doesn’t represent total “independence,” and it’s not even the first time “ever” that the percentage has been so low. It was below 11 percent every single year from 1949 (the start of EIA’s figures) through 1971.

Judging by her repeated mention of the “Middle East,” we suspect Clinton was thinking specifically of oil imports and not total energy. But looking only at petroleum, she’s even further off base to claim “independence.”

In 2015, the U.S. imported 24 percent of the petroleum and refined products that it consumed. To be sure, that was the lowest annual level of dependency on imports since 1970. However, dependency on imports has begun creeping upward once again. For the first eight months of 2016, imports have accounted for an average of 27.5 percent of consumption.

Furthermore, the U.S. is still importing a fair amount of oil from Persian Gulf states, despite what Clinton said about being “not dependent upon the Middle East.”

The total imports of petroleum and petroleum products from Persian Gulf states averaged 1.5 million barrels per day last year. That’s 45 percent less than the U.S. imported from them in 2001, when the total hit an annual high. But it’s still a long way from zero.

Trump’s Sex Tape Tweet

Trump said he never tweeted “check out a sex tape” in the wee hours of the morning a few days after the first presidential debate. That’s false — he did.

Debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump whether he had the “discipline” to be president, given the fact that he sent out “a series of tweets between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., including one that told people to check out a sex tape” in the days after the first presidential debate.

Trump responded, “No, there wasn’t ‘check out a sex tape.’ It was just take a look at the person [former Miss Universe Alicia Machado] that [Clinton] built up to be this wonderful Girl Scout, who was no Girl Scout.”

But Trump did say exactly that.

On Sept. 30 at 5:30 a.m., Trump tweeted, “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”

As for the supposed sex tape, Trump may be referring to a grainy, night-vision scene in a Spanish reality TV show in which Machado could be having sex under covers.

Clinton Emails

There were several claims about Clinton’s emails that were either wrong, misleading or lacked context.

Trump twisted the facts when he directly addressed Clinton about her use of a private email system while secretary of state. “You get a subpoena and after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 emails. And then you acid wash them — or bleach them, as you would say — a very expensive process,” Trump said.

Trump is referring to 31,830 emails that Clinton’s lawyers had deemed personal and, as a result, did not have to be turned over to the government. As we have written, the department’s policy allows its employees to determine which emails are work-related and must be preserved. “Messages that are not records may be deleted when no longer needed,” according to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual (5 FAM 443.5). So Clinton was entitled to delete those nearly 32,000 emails.

It is true that the emails were deleted after Clinton received a subpoena from a Republican-controlled House committee investigation into the 2012 deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. But there is no evidence that Clinton knew that the emails were deleted after the subpoena was issued.

A quick recap of what happened, according to FBI notes of its investigation: In December 2014, a Clinton attorney told Platte River Networks – which at the time was managing Clinton’s private server – that Clinton had preserved her work-related emails and “decided she no longer needed access to any of her e-mails older than 60 days.” Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff, instructed the PRN employee — who was not identified — “to modify the e-mail retention policy” on Clinton’s server “to reflect this change,” FBI notes show.

On March 9, 2015, Clinton’s attorney informed PRN of the committee’s subpoena. The PRN employee who deleted the emails told the FBI that “he had an ‘oh shit’ moment” sometime between March 25 and March 31, 2015, and deleted the Clinton emails from the PRN server. Clinton told the FBI that she was not aware that they were deleted in late March 2015. (See pages 17-19 for the FBI’s notes on the deleted emails.) The FBI did not say when Clinton learned when the emails had been deleted.

Trump went too far when he said “after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 emails” since there is no evidence at this time that shows she had knowledge of when the emails were deleted.

Also, Trump said the emails were “acid washed,” calling it a “very expensive process.” Neither statement is true. As we wrote, the FBI said that PRN used BleachBit, which is a free software program that does not involve the use of chemicals.

As for Clinton, she glossed over the facts when she said that there is “no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using.” That is true, but FBI Director James Comey said it was “possible” that her email system was hacked because she sent and received emails while in “the territory of sophisticated adversaries.”

Comey, July 5: With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Hacking Attacks

Clinton claimed intelligence officials said this week that Russians were behind political hacking attacks, including of the Democratic National Committee. But Trump said, “She doesn’t know if Russia is doing the hacking.” Clinton is tilting closer toward the truth on this one.

Clinton: Our intelligence community just came out and said in the last few days, that the Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing the attacks, the hacking on American accounts to influence our election.

Trump: … I notice any time anything wrong happens they like to say, the Russians, the Russians—she doesn’t know it’s the Russians doing the hacking, maybe there is no hacking, but they always blame Russia.

On Oct. 7, the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issued a joint statement saying they were “confident” that recent hacks into the email systems of the Democratic Party were directed by the Russian government.

Joint Statement, Oct. 7: The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

Russia has denied any involvement. But NBC News reported that U.S. intelligence officials were able to determine Russia’s involvement based on the “signature” of the attacks, which “hackers may not have realized they left behind.”

Invoking Lincoln

Clinton invoked Abraham Lincoln in defending a comment she made in a paid speech to apartment building landlords about politicians needing “a public position and a private position.”

Q: [Y]ou say you need both a public and private position on certain issues. So … is it okay for politicians to be two-faced?

Clinton: [T]hat was something I said about Abraham Lincoln, and after having seen the wonderful Steven Spielberg movie called “Lincoln” [working to] get the congress to approve the 13th amendment [which prohibits slavery]. It was principled and it was strategic. … That was a great I thought a great display of presidential leadership.

The question referred to a private email message — posted by Wikileaks — outlining some possibly troublesome passages from Clinton’s paid speeches, the transcripts of which she has not made public. It included this passage, supposedly from a transcript of a speech Clinton made to the National Multi-Family Council (a trade group for the apartment industry) on April 24, 2013 (emphasis added):

Clinton (as quoted by Wikileaks): You just have to sort of figure out how to — getting back to that word, “balance” — how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today.

That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history, and if you saw the Spielberg movie, “Lincoln,” and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, and he called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York, ran against Lincoln for president, and he told Seward, I need your help to get this done. And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it.

I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.

So we find Clinton was correct to this extent: If the Wikileaks quote is accurate — and Clinton did not dispute it — she was indeed holding the Great Emancipator up as an example to justify taking one position in public and another in “back room discussions.” But she also was conceding that she sometimes feels it politically necessary to be “two faced,” to use the phrase posed by the questioner.

Clinton ‘Laughing’ at Rape Victim?

While talking about Bill Clinton being “abusive to women,” Trump distorted the facts about a rape case that Hillary Clinton was involved in as a legal aid lawyer in 1975.

Trump accused Hillary Clinton of “laughing at” a 12-year-old girl who was raped and claimed that Clinton “got [the accused rapist] off.” But Clinton did not laugh at the girl, and her client pleaded to a lesser offense.

Also, the rape case has nothing to do with Bill Clinton, although viewers may have been misled into thinking that it did because of how Trump discussed the case.

Trump: Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously. Four of them are here tonight. One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12 years-old, was raped at 12. Her client she represented got him off and she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions laughing at the girl who was raped. Kathy Shelton, that young woman, is here with us tonight.

As we have written before, Clinton defended an accused rapist in 1975 when she worked at the University of Arkansas School Legal Aid Clinic. In her book “Living History,” Clinton recalled that Mahlon Gibson, a Washington County prosecutor, told her that the accused rapist “wanted a woman lawyer” to defend him, and that Gibson had recommended Clinton to Judge Maupin Cummings.

In a taped interview in 1980, Clinton recalled the rape case, and she can be heard laughing three times, beginning with a joke she makes about the accuracy of polygraphs. She said, “He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”

At another point, Clinton said the prosecutor balked at turning over evidence, forcing her to go to the judge to obtain it. “So I got an order to see the evidence and the prosecutor didn’t want me to see the evidence. I had to go to Maupin Cummings and convince Maupin that yes indeed I had a right to see the evidence [Clinton laughs] before it was presented.”

Clinton did get the evidence, which turned out to be a pair of the accused’s underwear with a hole in it — which Clinton laughed about as she retold the story of taking the underwear to a forensic expert in New York. Clinton said that the expert told her that there wasn’t enough material on the underwear to test. In recalling the incident, Clinton said she told the judge that the forensic expert is “ready to come up from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice.” It was at this point that Clinton laughed.

We leave it for others to judge if her laughter was appropriate, but Clinton wasn’t laughing at the victim.

Clinton also didn’t “get him off.” The defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and served one year in county jail and four years of probation.

Competing Tax Claims

In dueling tax claims, the candidates distorted the effects of each other’s tax plans.

Trump said of Clinton’s plan, “She is raising everybody’s taxes massively.” Everybody? No. Analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the pro-business Tax Foundation both concluded that almost all of the tax increases proposed by Clinton would fall on the top 10 percent of taxpayers. Hardest hit would be the less than 0.1 percent of taxpayers who earn more than $5 million per year. “Nearly all of the tax increases would fall on the top 1 percent; the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers would see little or no change in their taxes,” the Tax Policy Center concluded.

Clinton, meanwhile, claimed Trump’s plan, “would end up raising taxes on middle class families, millions of middle class families.” An analysis by New York University School of Law professor Lily L. Batchelder found 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, the report estimated Trump’s plan would increase taxes for about 7.8 million families with children who are minors, or roughly 25 million individuals. But the Tax Foundation told us that while it was able to replicate those results, its full analysis of Trump’s plan found that, on average, middle income taxpayers would get a tax cut. “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. “Simply put, the middle class as a whole would see a tax reduction, but some middle class families would see a tax increase.”

The two also sparred over the so-called carried interest loophole. Trump, who proposes to close it, incorrectly said Clinton wants to keep it.

“Hillary Clinton has friends that want all of these provisions, including the carried interest provision, which is very important to Wall Street people,” Trump said. “But they really want the carried interest provision, which I believe Hillary Clinton is leaving and it’s very interesting why she is leaving carried interest.”

According to her tax plan, Clinton wants to close “the ‘carried interest’ loophole that allows hedge fund, private equity, and other Wall Street money managers to avoid paying ordinary income rates on their earnings.” Trump has also proposed this.

Clinton noted that she has been in favor of getting rid of this loophole since she was a senator from New York. While it is true that Clinton came out against carried interest during her tenure in the Senate, she was the last of the Democratic presidential candidates in 2007 to do so.

‘Birther’ Repeats

Trump again pushed the idea that Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign had started the false rumor that Obama was not born in the U.S. and was ineligible to be president. Trump wrongly claimed that Clinton’s campaign manager said “exactly that” on television recently.

Trump: Well, you owe the president an apology, because as you know very well, your campaign, Sidney Blumenthal — he’s another real winner that you have — and he’s the one that got this started, along with your campaign manager, and they were on television just two weeks ago, she was saying exactly that.

Trump is wrong about Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager. Solis Doyle has said that a “rogue volunteer coordinator” in Iowa was immediately fired when the campaign found out that the aide forwarded an email promoting the birther conspiracy.

And Solis Doyle said that she did apologize to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe for the incident. “This was not the kind of campaign we wanted to run,” she said she told Plouffe.

As for Blumenthal, he has denied a claim made by McClatchy’s former bureau chief James Asher that Blumenthal, a senior adviser to Clinton’s 2008 campaign, encouraged McClatchy to chase the story of Obama’s birth.

Shashank Bengali, who now works at the Los Angeles Times, said Asher told him to “look into everything about Obama’s family in Kenya,” according to Politico. Asher gave Politico an email that he received from Bengali that said, “I can’t recall if we specifically discussed the birther claim, but I’m sure that was part of what I researched.”

Other than that, there is no clear evidence to support Asher’s account.

Obamacare Claims

Trump used an old GOP scare tactic, wrongly claiming that Clinton wanted to implement a government-run, “single-payer,” health care system, like Canada’s. He also cherry-picked high proposed premium increases in the exchanges, and he said that the law should be replaced with “something absolutely much less expensive,” when repealing the law is expected to increase federal deficits.

We’ll start with the single-payer claim.

Trump: She wants to go to a single-payer plan … somewhat similar to Canada. … But she wants to go to single payer, which means the government basically rules everything.

Clinton supports making Medicare available to those over age 55, and creating a “public option,” or a federal insurance plan, that would compete with private plans on the ACA exchanges. She hasn’t called for a single-payer system.

Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, Republicans repeatedly warned of a government takeover of health care. But the ACA didn’t do that — instead, it built upon, and expanded, private insurance as well as Medicaid.

Earlier versions of the legislation contained a “public option,” or a federal insurance plan that would be offered, along with private insurance, on the ACA exchanges, where people who buy their own insurance can get coverage. Republicans claimed this public option would eventually lead to a Canadian- or British-style system of complete government-funded, universal health care. As we wrote at the time, the impact of the public option would depend on how it was structured. But one of the final versions of the House bill would have led to about 6 million Americans joining the public plan, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The public option wasn’t included in the final bill that President Obama signed into law.

But what had been proposed before still wasn’t anywhere near “single-payer,” a system in which everyone would have health coverage provided by the government.

During the Democratic primary campaign, it was Sen. Bernie Sanders, not Clinton, who called for a single-payer system. Clinton criticized that idea, saying early this year, “I don’t believe number one we should be starting over. We had enough of a fight to get to the Affordable Care Act.”

Trump also cherry-picked high proposed premium increases on the ACA exchanges, as he has done before, saying “your health insurance … is going up by numbers that are astronomical, 68 percent, 59 percent, 71 percent.”

It’s true that some insurers have requested high rate increases for 2017 premiums on the exchanges. Any increase above 10 percent has to be submitted and approved by government regulators for the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1. But other plans have proposed decreases.

The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed preliminary rates in cities in 16 states and Washington, D.C., and found the second-lowest cost silver plan would increase by a weighted average of 9 percent from this year if the rates hold. The change in premiums would vary widely — from a drop of 13 percent in Providence, Rhode Island, to a hike of 25 percent in Nashville. That’s higher than the increase for 2016, which was only 2 percent for those areas.

Also, 80 percent of those buying exchange plans get federal subsidies, which lower premium contributions to a percentage of their income.

As for employer-based insurance plans, where most insured Americans get their coverage, those premiums have been rising at historical low rates for the past several years.

Finally, Trump said that the ACA is “unbelievably expensive for our country. … We have to repeal it and replace it with something absolutely much less expensive.” But the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation’s latest estimates on the impact of repealing the law find doing away with it would likely increase federal deficits over the 2016-2025 time period. While there is uncertainty in such estimates, CBO and JCT say, their “best estimate is that repealing the ACA would increase federal budget deficits by $137 billion over that 10-year period.”

Obamacare Boast

Clinton went too far in touting the benefits of the ACA, saying that a provision to allow young adults to stay on their parents plans until age 26 was “something that didn’t happen before.” In fact, at least 31 states already had similar provisions before the law was enacted.

Clinton: But everybody else, the 170 million of us who get health insurance through our employers got big benefits. Number one, insurance companies can’t deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition. Number two, no lifetime limits, which is a big deal if you have serious health problems.

Number three, women can’t be charged more than men for our health insurance, which is the way it used to be before the Affordable Care Act. Number four, if you’re under 26, and your parents have a policy, you can be on that policy until the age of 26, something that didn’t happen before.

All of the provisions she rattled off were indeed part of the ACA. And it’s true that the law extended policies nationwide allowing young adults under age 26 to remain on their parents’ plans. That provision took effect in September 2010. But 31 states had similar measures in effect before then, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“Before implementation of the ACA, at least 31 states required carriers to extend coverage to young adults,” the NCSL states. “The age at which insurers were no longer required to provide coverage to young adults under their guardians’ plans varied by state. Additionally, some states required certain conditions to be met by young adults in order to be eligible for coverage under their guardians’ plans. For example, a number of states required that young adults be unmarried in order to qualify.”

Some states went beyond age 26. In New York and Pennsylvania, unmarried young adults could remain on their parents’ policies until age 30, and New Jersey extended that to age 31.

Clinton also said that insurance companies “can’t deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition.” To be clear, before the ACA, employer-provided plans could exclude coverage of the preexisting condition temporarily, for up to a year. If a new employee had continuous coverage previously, with a gap in coverage no longer than 63 days, that employee was granted a waiver for that exclusion period, equal to the time spent on the previous plan.

‘600 Requests for Help’?

Trump said that “Ambassador [Chris] Stevens sent 600 requests for help” before he was killed in an attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. But as the Washington Post Fact Checker reported, not all 600 came from Stevens, nor were they all requests for security upgrades, as it may have appeared to those watching or listening to the debate.

The total refers to the “cumulative number of security requests/concerns from Benghazi – 2012,” according to a chart the House Select Committee on Benghazi showed during a congressional hearing in October 2015. And “requests” and “concerns” are not the same thing, the Fact Checker said.

From its report:

Washington Post Fact Checker, Jan. 26: “A request is made via email or cable for physical security, equipment, or something related to the compound itself (lighting, barriers, wire, etc),” a GOP congressional staff member explained. “Weeks or months later, the same unresolved issue is brought up again in a discussion. That’s a request and a concern. In general, concerns followed requests. However, some concerns are independent of a request. Such concerns could, for example, be expressed about the delay of issuing visas to DS agents kept out of Libya. Concerns could be expressed about security personnel needing to provide their own holsters or protective gear, etc.”

Requests, meanwhile, were about any specific security-related need in Benghazi. A request for hundreds of sandbags would count as one request.

However, officials could not say how many of the 600 were security requests and how many were concerns.

Also, the State Department Accountability Review Board, which did call U.S. security in Benghazi “inadequate” prior to the attack, noted in its report that the agency made several security upgrades in 2012. So at least some of the security issues raised by officials were addressed, which may not have been clear from Trump’s statement.

The Red Line

Trump and Clinton had a disagreement over President Obama’s failure to back up his threat to use military force if Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.

Trump said Clinton “was there as secretary of state with the so-called line in the sand,” referring to Obama’s threat that Assad’s use of chemical weapons would cross “a red line for us.” Obama made that remark in August 2012 in response to a question about whether he “envision[ed] using U.S. military” in Syria.

Clinton interrupted Trump and claimed that she was not in office.

Trump: First of all, she was there as secretary of state with the so-called line in the sand, which …

Clinton: No, I wasn’t. I was gone. I hate to interrupt you, but at some point …

Trump: OK. But you were in contact — excuse me. You were …

Clinton: At some point, we need to do some fact-checking here.

Trump: You were in total contact with the White House, and perhaps, sadly, Obama probably still listened to you. I don’t think he would be listening to you very much anymore.

It’s not really clear if Trump was criticizing Obama for making the threat or not following through on it, because Clinton interrupted him. But the fact is, Clinton was in office when Obama made his threat in August 2012, but not when the president defended his failure to back it up in September 2013. Clinton was secretary of state from January 2009 to February 2013.

Obama has been criticized for not following through on his threat, so perhaps Clinton quickly interrupted Trump to distance herself from Obama’s decision not to take action. However, she did publicly support that decision even though she was no longer in office.

On Sept. 9, 2013, Clinton said a “political solution” is in the best interests of the U.S. “I will continue to support his efforts and I hope that the Congress will as well,” she said.

Income Exaggeration

Clinton repeated a campaign talking point that overstates income inequality.

Clinton: It’s been unfortunate, but it’s happened, that since the Great Recession the gains have all gone to the top and we need to reverse that.

“All” of the income gains since the Great Recession haven’t gone to the top.

Clinton usually says that 90 percent of the income gains have gone to the top 1 percent. And that was the case, at least according to the work of economist Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, based on preliminary 2013 data. But that talking point is now outdated.

Saez’s most recent figures show that the top 1 percent of families captured 52 percent of the income growth from 2009 to 2015. That’s also the case for 1993-2015.

He wrote in his June 30, 2016, report: “In 2014 and especially in 2015, the incomes of bottom 99% families have finally started recovering in earnest from the losses of the Great Recession. By 2015, real incomes of bottom 99% have now recovered about two thirds of the losses experienced during the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009. Top 1% families still capture 52% of total real income growth per family from 2009-2015 (Table 1) but the recovery from the Great Recession now looks much less lopsided than in previous years.”

Reporting Terrorists

In stressing that Muslims need to notify the police of wrongdoing in their communities, Trump claimed without evidence that “many people saw the bombs all over the apartment of the two people that killed 14 and wounded many, many people” in San Bernardino last year.

As we have written, a neighbor reportedly had noticed packages being delivered to the San Bernardino home of the shooters, and told a friend that the couple was doing a lot of work in their garage. The friend said the neighbor did not want to racially profile the couple, so she did not report it. Another worker in the neighborhood reported seeing well-dressed Middle Eastern men walking from the house to lunch several times, which the worker said he thought was unusual but also did not report.

But in neither case did anyone report that they had seen “bombs all over the floor” of the couple’s home, and failed to report it to authorities.

Trump made the same claim about the San Bernardino case after a mass shooting in June at a gay night club in Orlando. At that time, Trump said “Muslims are the ones that have to report him,” referring to the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen. However, Mohammed A. Malik contacted the FBI in 2014 after he learned that Mateen had been watching videotapes of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemen-based imam. The FBI confirmed Malik’s story, the Washington Post wrote.

Still More Repeats

And it was Groundhog Day for fact-checkers on several other topics:

Nuclear weapons: Clinton exaggerated when she said she was responsible for getting “a treaty with Russia to lower nuclear weapons.” The New START agreement, which Clinton helped negotiate, caps the number of nuclear weapons that Russia and the U.S. can deploy on long-range (or strategic) launchers at 1,550. But, as we wrote, it does not require either side to destroy any nuclear weapons or reduce their nuclear stockpile, and it doesn’t place limits on shorter-range nuclear weapons. Also, Russia was below the limit for deployed strategic nuclear warheads when the treaty took effect in 2011, and it has increased them since then. As of Sept. 1, Russia had 1,796 deployed strategic nuclear warheads — up from 1,537 deployed warheads in February 2011, according to the Department of State.

Libya, Iraq and ISIS: Trump once again criticized Clinton for “bad judgments on Libya, on Syria, on Iraq. I mean, her and Obama, whether you like it or not, the way they got out of Iraq, the vacuum they’ve left, that’s why ISIS formed in the first place.” Trump conveniently leaves out that he posted a YouTube video in February 2011 voicing support for U.S. intervention in Libya to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, and that he told CNN in a 2007 interview that the U.S. should “declare victory [in Iraq] and leave … [T]his is a total catastrophe and you might as well get out now, because you just are wasting time.” And finally Trump pins too much blame for the rise in ISIS — whose origin dates back to the Bush administration — on the troop withdrawal (an issue we explored in length in our story, “Trump’s False Obama-ISIS Link.”)

Libyan oil: It’s been half a year, and Trump is still making the false claim that “ISIS has a good chunk” of Libyan oil fields. We first flagged this statement in April, when an expert on Libya’s oil operations told us there’s no evidence that the Islamic State has control of any oil fields in that country.

Trade deficit: As he did during the first presidential debate, Trump wrongly claimed that last year the U.S. had “an almost $800 billion trade deficit.” Trump is referring to the trade deficit for goods, which was $762.6 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the U.S. had a $262.2 billion trade surplus in services, including intellectual property such as software, for a net trade deficit in goods and services of $500.4 billion last year.

NAFTA: Trump said that the North American Free Trade Agreement was “signed by her husband,” referring to President Bill Clinton. As we have written, NAFTA was negotiated and signed by President George H.W. Bush. Clinton signed the implementing legislation. Trump also said the trade agreement had “stripped us” of manufacturing jobs. A 2015 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service called the net impact “relatively modest,” saying “NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics or the large economic gains predicted by supporters.”

Iraq War: Trump repeated that he “was against the war in Iraq” and claimed that this “has not been debunked.” But we have found no evidence that he was against the Iraq War before it began. At the first debate, Trump cited as evidence “numerous conversations” that he privately had with Sean Hannity of Fox News. He also has cited a January 2003 TV interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. In the TV interview, Trump told Cavuto that President Bush needed to make a decision on Iraq. “Either you attack or you don’t attack,” he says. But he offered no opinion on what Bush should do. There is simply no public record of Trump opposing the war before it started.

Clinton on coal: Trump claimed that “Clinton wants to put all the [coal] miners out of business.” At a CNN town hall forum in March, Clinton said she wants to “move away from coal,” and that in the shift to renewable energy production “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” But she added, “We don’t want to forget those people.” And she promised to bring renewable energy jobs to coal country to replace lost coal jobs. Clinton reiterated that position in the debate, saying she “supports moving toward more clean, renewable energy as quickly as we can. … But I also want to be sure we do not leave people behind. That is why I am the only candidate, from the very beginning of this campaign, who had a plan to help us revitalize coal country.”


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Crash Closes High Top Circle in Hamden


High Top Circle in Hamden is closed after a tractor hit a utility pole and snapped it, according to police.

Police responded to Pine Rock Avenue and High Top Circle around 7:30 a.m. and said it appears a man started his tractor and it rolled down the hill and hit a pole, snapping the pole. 

No injuries are reported, but High Top Circle is blocked and the road is expected to be closed until around 11:30 a.m. 

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Quinnipiac University Students Weigh In on Presidential Debate


Millions of people watched the much-anticipated presidential debate Sunday night, including students of all political backgrounds at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Before the debate even started, there was a surprise as Republican nominee Donald Trump held a news conference with three women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual impropriety.

“I thought for him it was a good strategy because of all the criticism he’s receiving over his video from 11 years ago,” Scott Pitz, a sophomore, said.

Videotape from 2005 surfaced Friday in which Trump had a crude conversation about women

“You can’t make this up, right? We’re talking about the people who want to lead our country,” Murphy Siegel, a junior, said.

Those were just some of the students who watched the second presidential debate from Quinnipiac University’s student center on Sunday.

Many were still talking about the video released on Friday.

“I don’t think it’s fair to judge him based on something he said when you actually look at Bill Clinton, he actually did those things,” John Tyler Castellanete, a sophomore, said.

“I just thought it was awful he would say those things about those women, especially because we have just as much rights as he does,” Celina Carreiro, a sophomore, said.

Supports of Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton intensely watched as the candidates explained their views on the campaign, taxes and foreign affairs.

Some students said they hope their favorite can sway enough voters to win with just about a month to election day.

“I’d definitely like to see Donald Trump just keep being honest and keep being who he is because I know Hillary Clinton is a liar,” Ashley Pronovost, a freshman, said.

“I’m looking at a lot of Trump redeeming his mistakes and Hillary just keep defending herself, just keep pushing and getting those votes she needs,” Ashlee Baldwin, a freshman, said.

The student-run watch party also provided attendees a chance to register to vote.

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Man Flashed Gun at Chuck E Cheese Staff: Police


A New Haven man is accused of flashing a gun at staff members of the Chuck E Cheese in Orange last month when they tried to stop him from leaving because they were concerned he was drunk, according to police.

Officers responded to the Chuck E Cheese restaurant on Boston Post Road at 10:10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 after a disturbance was reported and staff members said the man showed a gun when they went to check on him after finding empty bottles of liquor.

Restaurant employees told police they were cleaning tables in the dining area and discovered several empty liquor bottles left on one of them, so they tried to stop the man who was sitting there from driving away because they were concerned he was intoxicated, police said.

When restaurant staff members approached 38-year-old Stephen Soares, of New Haven, he pulled up his shirt, revealing a handgun in a holster and asked, “Who is going to do something?,” staff members told police.

Officers seized the handgun and took Soares into custody. He has been charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond and is due in court today.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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Ken Bone Talks Twitter Fame After Presidential Debate


In a debate filled with accusations and insults, America found hope in one man: Ken Bone.

With the help of a red "Christmas" sweater, black-framed glasses and a disposable camera, Ken was propelled to social media fame during the second presidential debate Sunday night.

"It was a surreal experience," he told NBC DFW Monday morning by phone.

Bone was one of eight audience members who posed questions to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the town hall debate. His question focused on energy policy, an issue close to his community.

"I work in coal fired electricity and it's a big concern where I live in southern Illinois, the St. Louis metro area," he said. We have a lot of coal workers in power and coal mining and the perception is we're putting money ahead of the environment, and that's not true."

And when it was his turn to speak in front of the candidates, America noticed.

A parody account soon surfaced alongside a Facebook fan group, which quickly earned thousands of likes.

"I take it all in stride," Bone told NBC DFW of the attention. "I'm just glad many people are paying attention to the political process, even if their favorite part of the political process is a ridiculous Christmas sweater."

Bone said that he planned to reserve his decision on who to vote for until after the final debate on Oct. 19 "because anything will happen." 

"Secretary Clinton I thought had a very impressive performance," he said. "I was leaning more towards Trump before but the whole experience has left me I think with more of an open mind."

So, what's next for Bone? A photo shoot with that red power sweater, apparently.

"I am sure that I will have it back on at some point today," he said. "Even if its just for my grandmother to take my picture."

Snap away, sir.

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I-84 West Reopens in Plainville


Interstate 84 West was closed in Plainville because of a car fire, but traffic is started to get by.

The fire was in the area of exit 33 and crews extingushed the fire.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Abundant Sunshine This Week


High pressure will crest overhead Tuesday morning, supporting clear sky and the potential for the first widespread frost.

Under full sunshine, temperatures will rise into the lower 60s on Monday.

The clear sky and calm wind will allow temperatures to tumble into the lower and middle 30s tonight.

Tuesday brings much of the same, except high temperatures will be a few degrees higher than Monday.

Partly cloudy conditions are expected Wednesday, and it will be noticably warmer by Thursday when temperatures surge towards 70 degrees.

An early look at Friday and the weekend shows dry weather coupled with seasonable high temperatures, in the lower and middle 60s.

Clinton's Lead Up to Double Digits After Trump Tape: Poll


Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by double digits among likely voters, following revelations about his sexually aggressive comments about women in a 2005 recording, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Conducted on Saturday and Sunday but before the second presidential debate, the poll shows Clinton with 46 percent support among likely voters in a four-way matchup, compared to 35 percent for Trump.

Libertarian Gary Johnson's support stands at nine percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein garners two percent. In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton's lead over Trump grows to 14 percentage points (52 percent to Trump's 38 percent.)

Clinton's lead among all registered voters is 13 points, her largest over Trump since the poll began testing the pair last September.

The poll of 500 registered voters has a margin of error of 4.4 percent for all registered voters and 4.6 percent for likely voters.

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Nestle Recalls Popular Treat Over Listeria Concerns


Nestle USA, Inc., is recalling a slew of its popular Drumstick ice cream cone desserts over concerns about possible Listeria contamination, which can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children and the elderly.

There have been no positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes in the Drumstick cones themselves, but the company did get positive results for the bacteria from equipment contact surfaces at a location on the production line, it said. The products impacted by the voluntary recall were put into national distribution inadvertently, according to Nestle.

The Nestle recall is limited to the Drumstick Club 16 Count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack, made at the company’s Bakersfield, California, ice cream production facility. The product identification codes can be found on the back of the packages and on the individually marked vanilla cones from the 24 count pack. The two packs being recalled carry distinct UPC codes, as well as a “best before” date and production code.

The following products are subject to recall:


Production Code


Best Before Date

DSTK Club CP 16x4.6floz US



Between June 2 - June 15, 2017














DSTK Vanilla 24x4.6floz US



Between June 16 - June 19, 2017




No illnesses have been reported to date, and the company initiated the recall as a precaution. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infection.

Anyone who purchased the affected products can return them to the place of purchase or call Nestle's customer service for replacement at 1-800-681-1676.

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    Red Sox Search for ALDS Game 3 Win


    The best of five games in the American League Division Series has made its way back to Boston with the Red Sox in a position fans didn't expect or want to see.

    The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to weather.
    Fans are eager to finally see their team get a chance to come back in Game 3 at home tonight.
    Both teams plan to stick with their scheduled starting pitchers from Sunday's lineup.
    Clay Buchholz will take the mount for the Sox and Josh Tomlin will be pitching for the Indians.
    The Sox are back at home for the big game, with two losses so far this series.
    Game 3 will take place at Fenway tonight, fans with tickets for Sunday's game can attend tonight's game and those with tickets for the originally scheduled Game 4 on Monday-night will attend a rescheduled game Tuesday.
    Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, ALDS

    The best of five games in the American League Division Series has made its way back to Boston with the Red Sox in a position fans didn't expect or want to see.

    The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to weather.

    Fans are eager to finally see their team get a chance to come back in Game 3 at home tonight.

    Both teams plan to stick with their scheduled starting pitchers from Sunday's lineup.

    Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Sox and Josh Tomlin will be pitching for the Indians.

    The Sox are back at home for the big game, with two losses so far this series.

    Game 3 will take place at Fenway tonight, fans with tickets for Sunday's game can attend tonight's game and those with tickets for the originally scheduled Game 4 on Monday-night will attend a rescheduled game Tuesday.

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    Warren Buffett Fires Back: Trump Hasn't Seen My Tax Returns


    Warren Buffett says Donald Trump is no oracle on his taxes.

    In Sunday night's presidential debate in St. Louis, Trump defended not paying federal income taxes in some years as a result of a $916 million loss in 1995 by saying that Buffett was among other wealthy people who also took a "massive deduction."

    But the Oracle of Omaha, who is supporting Hillary Clinton, countered that Trump "has not seen my income tax returns."

    "I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13. (Though, being a slow starter, I owed only $7 in tax that year.) I have copies of all 72 of my returns and none uses a carryforward," Buffett said in a statement to CNBC.

    Buffett said he is now under audit and has "no problem in releasing tax information while under audit."

    He added: "Neither would Mr. Trump — at least he would have no legal problem."

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    Pence Holds Town Hall in North Carolina


    Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence emerged Monday after a weekend out of the public eye reaffirming his relationship — awkward as it seemed — with Donald Trump. 

    After canceling a weekend campaign appearance and leaving Trump alone to deal with a video of sexually predatory remarks, Pence trumpeted the GOP nominee's debate performance and hit the road for swing-state North Carolina.

    "Donald Trump stepped up and won a debate last night that seemed against all odds," Pence said in an interview on Fox News Channel. "He stepped up, he showed humility and showed strength."

    In that way, Pence was answering any doubts he would remain with Trump, after a 48-hour stretch in which scores of Republican candidates and leaders abandoned the presidential nominee over the 2005 remarks.

    Addressing a town hall event in North Carolina, Pence said, "You have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down. He is a fighter. He is a winner.” Pence added that Trump showed those qualities at the debate when he apologized for his remarks about women. 

    "It takes a big man to know when he’s wrong…and Donald Trump showed that he’s a big man," Pence said, later adding that he's proud to stand with Trump. 

    Pence and Trump spoke Sunday evening after the GOP nominee faced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in their second debate, where Trump apologized but also dismissed the vivid and degrading sexual comments as "locker room talk" and blasted former President Bill Clinton as having been "far worse."

    After the publication of the video and story about the comments by The Washington Post, Pence issued a statement saying he was "offended by them" and did "not condone his remarks and cannot defend them."

    Pence, who is married and has two daughters, also canceled what was to be a joint appearance with Trump Saturday in Wisconsin with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

    A Pence aide said he had spoken with Trump after Sunday's debate. Pence also posted a Tweet Sunday evening praising Trump's debate performance.

    Pence was en route to North Carolina for public events in Charlotte and Fletcher, and had stops in Iowa and Virginia planned for later in week.

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    Connecticut Voters Find Presidential Race Too Negative


    No matter where they’re from or how long they’ve been going to the polls, voters who talked with NBC Connecticut reporter Leslie Mayes Monday all seemed to feel the same way about the 2016 presidential election season. They said it’s gotten way too negative. 

    The morning after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump faced off in a heated second debate, NBC Connecticut talked to voters in downtown New Haven to get a sense of what Connecticut residents think about the back and forth between the reality star businessman and First Lady turned secretary of state. 

    None of the reactions were good. 

    “I’m trying to find something positive in it and struggling,” Ken Carlson, of New Haven, said. 

    “I think both of them are a joke, completely,” Stephen Dest, of New Haven, said. 

    “I don’t like the candidates,” said Willie Davis, of New Haven, who added that his distaste for the candidates might force him to stay home on Nov. 8. 

    Sunday’s debate only reinforced the negative views of Elm City residents we talked to, including Generosa Joyner. 

    “Hillary and her husband, I don’t want to hear no more about that,” she said. 

    Joyner said she plans to vote for Clinton. 

    With less than a month to go before the election, some people said the negativity and their overall views about each of the candidates still have them undecided about which candidate to support -- if either. 

    “This is the first election where I can’t find a candidate that in good conscience I can vote for. I can’t vote for Trump because I’m an intelligent man. I can’t vote for Hillary because I’m a moral man,” Eric Stockman, of Monroe, said. 

    Voters said they never expected to see a day where lewd language about women and the past indiscretions of a president would be the main talking points of a presidential campaign and an entire debate, especially this close to Election Day. 

    “What can you say about it? It was just vitriol on both sides” said Debra Simon of Guilford.

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    Turkey Hill Recalls Ice Cream


    Pennsylvania-based Turkey Hill Dairy is recalling a bunch of ice cream that had been labeled as Dutch Chocolate but is actually Rocky Road, which has almond and egg ingredients that could be dangerous to people allergic to those items.

    The dairy is recalling all 48-ounce packages of Dutch Chocolate ice cream that have Rocky Road lids and have a sell-by date of May 23, 2017. The mislabeled ice cream was sent to stores in 25 states, including New York, New Jersey.

    All stores have been told to remove the affected products from shelves, Turkey Hill said.

    The company said it has not received any reports of illness related to the mislabeled ice cream. Anyone who purchased one of the recalled products can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

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      Reward Offered for Tips in Norwalk Fatal Hit-and-Run


      The state is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in a hit-and-run in Norwalk in May that killed a female victim and injured a male victim.

      The hit-and-run happened on Van Buren Avenue, near Bedford Avenue, around 9:30 p.m. on May 11 and police said the driver was behind the wheel of a gray BMW.

      The two people the driver hit were transported to Norwalk Hospital and the female victim, Jaime Lane, later died from her injuries, police said.

      The BMW was last seen fleeing south on Van Buren Avenue and police believe it has front and right side damage. Officers found the right side mirror at the scene.

      The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of Jaime Lane.

      Anyone with any information is asked to call Officer Wasilewski at 203-854-3035 or email cwasilewski@norwalkct.org. Anonymous tips can be left through the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111, online or by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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      Frost Advisory Issued for Tonight, Tuesday Morning


      A frost advisory is in effect for Tuesday morning for all of the state, except for the immediate shoreline, as winds go calm and temperatures dip into the 30s late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

      Scattered frost is possible and some outdoor plants that are not protected or brought indoors could be damaged by frost.

      While the actual air temperature may only fall into the middle 30s, frost is still possible.

      Air temperature is measured two meters off the ground.

      Given that the air cools from the ground up at night, the temperatures at the surface near the blades of grass could be closer to 32 degrees.

      The average first frost in the Hartford area is this week, so the timing of this frost potential is right on par with what is typical.

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