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Soap Actress at Center of 2005 Trump Tape Breaks Silence


Arianne Zucker, the soap opera actress in the video that has rocked the presidential campaign, says Donald Trump's comments toward her were offensive.

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But Zucker says she wasn't shocked by it, given "that type of personality." She says that's "probably why it doesn't mean a lot to me."

Zucker spoke in an interview broadcast Thursday on NBC's "Today."

Zucker is the actress who meets Trump and TV personality Billy Bush on a soap opera set in the 2005 video. In the video, Trump boasts of using his fame to kiss and grab women. Trump, before greeting Zucker, tells Bush he needs to use Tic Tacs in case he starts kissing her.

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Trump's Daughter, Running Mate Rally Pa. GOP


Donald Trump’s campaign sent two of its top surrogates to Pennsylvania Thursday to stump for the Republican presidential candidate.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is holding several "Coffee with Ivanka" events in the Philadelphia suburbs Thursday. The fashion mogul is trying to sway voters in the critical battleground state. 

She was delayed arriving at her first event in Chester County due to fog at Philadelphia International Airport and didn't start until nearly noon.

After apologizing for her tardiness, Trump spoke about playing a role in her father's campaign's family care initiatives.

"I got very excited when the campaign and I started to talk about some of these ideas... that hopefully would start to eliminate big systematic issues such as gender equality."

Trump's late arrival into the Philadelphia area delayed a planned noon event at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, for about 80 minutes. And, it could impact a planned 2:30 p.m. event at Spring Hill Manor in Ivyland, Bucks County.

At neither of the first two "coffee" events did Ivanka drink coffee while on stage, instead opting for a glass of water.

Women voters in Philadelphia’s suburbs could be critical in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The race to appeal to these voters even got its own "Weekend Update" sketch featuring Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon on "Saturday Night Live."

Ivanka Trump's suburban tour ends with her addressing the Montgomery County Republican Committee's dinner starting at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel along Mall Boulevard in Montgomery County. The event carries at $125-per-person or $200-per-couple cost.

Also Thursday night, Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, will speak to Lehigh Valley Republicans at two events. The Indiana governor first will speak at the 3rd annual RepublicanFest reception in Orefield at 6 p.m. He will then wrap up his visit by addressing the Northampton County Republican Committee’s Chairman’s Dinner at Hotel Bethlehem at 7 p.m.

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Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Valero in Plainfield


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Valero gas station in Plainfield last night. 

The robbery was at the Valero at 50 East Main St. in the Central Village section of Plainfield and it was reported at 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Store clerks told police the robber pulled what looked like a gun and demanded money. 

After getting some money, the robber ran western toward Interstate 395, police said. 

He is thin and has light hair. He is around 5-feet-9 and appeared to be between 18 and early 20s. He was wearing blue jeans, an orange hooded sweatshirt with black writing on the front and back and dark sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Plainfield Police Department can be reached at 860-564-0804 or on the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065.  

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MDC Warns About Imposters Posing as Water Company Employees


The Metropolitan District Commission is warning customers to use caution after someone posing as a water company employee tried to get into Windsor home.

A man claiming to be from the water company tried to get into a house in the Graham Road section of Windsor yesterday and told the resident he needed to check the water pressure, according to MDC. Then he said he’s come back the next day to check the water again.

The MDC is urging all residents, especially those who are home during the day, to be alert for imposters.

They offer the following tips:

MDC field employees wear clothing and drive vehicles clearly marked with the MDC logo.

The MDC encourages customers to stay secure within the home while asking for identification from anyone who comes to their door. All MDC employees have photo identification badges and will gladly display them upon request. The policy is “No Identification - No Entry.”

If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the water company and you do not have a previously scheduled appointment, don’t allow access to your home until calling the MDC Command Center at 860-278-7850 extension 3600 to verify who they are.

If you have any doubt about the individual’s identity or motives, or authenticity of their credentials, do not allow them entry into your home and call the police.

Few Showers Thursday Afternoon


A cold front will bring a few showers Thursday, but the rain won't add up to much.

Noticably warmer air surges ahead of a cold front, as temperatures will surge towards 70 degrees with an abundance of clouds.

A shower is possible as the front moves through. The best chance will be during the afternoon.

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

A hard freeze is possible Saturday morning as a large high pressure center moves overhead.

Scattered showers are expected Monday and some of those showers may linger into Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures soar to near 70 degrees.

Michelle Obama Blasts 'Cruel' Trump


First lady Michelle Obama slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a campaign speech for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Thursday, saying Trump's controversial comments about women were "cruel" and should not be dismissed as "locker room behavior."

"This is not something we can ignore, not something we can sweep under the rug," Obama said, referring to a vulgar conversation Trump had with former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005. 

"This has shaken me to my core in a way I could not have predicted," the first lady said of Trump's words. 

"The idea you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel," she said. "It is frightening." 

Obama also made passing reference to a number of women who came forward Wednesday night and accused Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior. Trump has fervently denied he acted inappropriately toward any of the women who came forward. 

"To make matters worse, this is not an isolated incident," Obama said. 

"Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough,” she said. “This has got to stop right now." 

She was speaking at a Clinton campaign event at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett.

Clinton's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is also campaigning for her mother in Maine and Massachusetts on Thursday.

"Access Hollywood" is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and this station.

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Burglars Smash Door of Krauszer’s in Hamden


Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at Krauszer’s Food Store in Hamden after burglars smashed the front door with a brick to get in. 

Police responded to the store at 1959 State St. around 12:30 a.m. to investigate a burglary and found that two people in dark clothing forced their way in and stole a cash register and two drawers, then fled in a pickup. 

Anyone with information should call Hamden Police at (203) 230-4040.

Popular High-Protein Bar Recalled Over Listeria Concerns


Nutrisystem is recalling one of its popular high-protein bars over concerns about possible listeria contamination, which can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children and the elderly.

The company's Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar, manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc., contains an ingredient that may be contaminated with the bacteria, Nutrisystem said. 

Only 455 cases of the affected product were shipped to ShopRite and Hannaford stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and nine other states; it was also sold online through Amazon.com and Walmart.com. The product, sold in a box of five, can be identified by the UPC 6 32674 85579 4, Enjoy by Aug 22 2017 and Lot Code NF082216A. 

No other Nutrisystem product is affected by the recall, which the company said it is initiating out of an abundance of caution. 

No illnesses have been reported to date. 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 Nutrisystem's customer service at 1-866-293-8118.

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    4 Women Accuse Trump of Inappropriately Touching Them


    Four women accused Donald Trump in articles published Wednesday of having touched them in an inappropriate manner, adding to the growing list of women who say Trump has insensitively treated them as objects over several decades. 

    The New York Times quoted two women as describing public encounters during which Trump grabbed or kissed them inappropriately. Separately, the Palm Beach Post quoted a Palm Springs, Florida, woman as saying Trump groped her 13 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate. And a People magazine staff writer reported Wednesday that at Mar-a-Lago in 2005, Trump pushed her against a wall and was soon "forcing his tongue down my throat."

    Meanwhile, five former contestants in the Miss Teen USA pageant were quoted Wednesday as saying Trump deliberately walked in to dressing rooms while teenage contestants were naked in 1997 and 2001, when Trump owned the pageant. And Temple Taggart McDowell, a former Miss USA contestant from Utah, detailed to NBC News a "super awkward" encounter in 1997 when she said Trump kissed her on the lips.

    NBC News has confirmed none of the allegations. Trump and his campaign have denied that he has ever behaved toward women in a way reflected in a 2005 video in which he was recorded bragging about having made sexually inappropriate advances to married women.

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    Teen Accused of Weaponizing Drone Charged With Attempted Sex Assault


    A Clinton, Connecticut teenager who posted online videos of flying drones shooting a gun and a flamethrower in his backyard has been arrested, accused of enticing a minor and attempted sex assault.

    Austin Haughwout, 19, of Clinton, turned himself in to police at 5:45 a.m. on an outstanding warrant and has been charged with enticing a minor, fourth-degree attempted sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

    Police said the warrant was issued after a lengthy investigation by police in Clinton, as well as other law enforcement agencies.

    Haughwout made headlines when he built a drone with a semi-automatic gun attached and posted a video of it on YouTube with the title "flying gun." The video showed a gun affixed to a drone discharging several times while hovering several feet off the ground in a wooded area.

    The teen's father said his son, an engineering student, custom-built the drone device with a gun that Haughwout owns.

    The FAA immediately launched an investigation, but at the time the device didn't appear to break any laws. However, the video sparked a national debate about the weaponziation of drones. 

    In July, a federal judge ordered Haughwout and his father to testify under oath at depositions and hand over documents about the drones shown online. 

    Haughwout is due in court for arraignment today.

    Haughwout also has several other pending cases and is due in court on Oct. 22.

    On June 29, 2016, he was arrested on child pornography and attempted sexual assault charges. 

    In July 2015, he was charged with attacking police officers in the lobby of the Clinton Police Department. 

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    Clown Sighting Prompts Precautionary Lockdown at NBHS


    New Britain High School was put on precautionary lockdown on Thursday after a teacher spotted someone wearing a clown mask lingering by school grounds.

    When a teacher supervising outdoor class activity noticed two people in a car on Mill Street, the administration was immediately notified when the teacher noticed one of the occupants had on a clown mask, superintendent Nancy Sarra said. 

    To ensure students' safety amid the threatening clown craze sweeping the nation, the school was put on lockdown and police were notified, the superintendent said. 

    The school's security cameras were able to take pictures of the car and its passengers and New Britain Police later apprehended Mary Vega, 35, and Johnston Cox, 40, Sarra said. 

    The pair was charged with second-degree breach of peace and their bond was set at $10,000 each. 

    After Vega and Cox were apprehended, the school was placed on a "soft" lockdown, which allowed students to walk throughout the school building but no one was allowed to enter or exit. Campus safety officers were standing by all entrances and exits, according to Sarra.

    By 11 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and parents were notified. 

    Last week, school officials in New Britain were in contact with police over creepy clown social media posts and said there would be an extra police presence in all neighborhoods to ensure students feel safe walking to and from school.

    “Our staff is responding quickly to all possible threats that are brought forward,” Sarra said in a statement.

    She urged that students intending to bring weapons to school to protect themselves need to understand that it is a violation of the school district’s rules to bringing weapons to school.

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    Middletown Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Porn


    A Middletown man was sentenced to federal prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images, in addition to hundreds of videos. 

    Paul Hubbard, 27, was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.

    According to court documents, an investigation into Playpen, a global online forum where users distribute and access child porn, led to Hubbard's arrest in July 2015.

    Police searched Hubbard's residence and his electronics had approximately 354 videos and 6,851 images of child pornography, including some content that had prepubescent minors portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

    In July 2016, Hubbard pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession.

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    AAA Northeast, Connecticut Strike Deal to Keep Serving Non-Members


    AAA Northeast and the State of Connecticut have struck a deal to continue serving non-members after the company announced that it would terminate services to residents who were not registered members. 

    The company, which operates stores in New Haven and Fairfield counties, stopped serving non-members a few weeks ago because doing so took up too much time and too many resources. 

    On Thursday, the governor's office announced that an agreement was made between the state and AAA Northeast. 

    "We appreciate AAA Northeast’s willingness to join us at the table and discuss how to continue to serve the best interest of Connecticut drivers. As a result of our recent discussion, AAA Northeast has committed to continuing to service to divers until the end of its current contract. The continuation of this working partnership between AAA and the DMV will benefit both AAA members and non-members alike. I look forward to our ongoing, future conversations regarding a longer-term arrangement," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement.

    At the beginning of October, Connecticut DMV commissioner said AAA Northeast -who announced that it will no longer offer driver licensing services for non-members- was violating its contract with the state.

    According to a new release from the governor’s office, AAA Northeast has offered licensing services to all Connecticut residents since 2001, regardless of membership. 

    Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said the contract, which was executed in 2011, states that AAA Northeast "may terminate this agreement upon 60 days written notice to the DMV contract representative."

    In a letter written to AAA Northeast, Bzdyra said the company failed to provide 60 days' notice prior to terminating these services.

    "This will serve as formal notification that you are in default of the contract and must take corrective action immediately," Bzdyra wrote in the letter. 

    The DMV was requiring AAA Northeast to offer services to members and non-members before submitting a written termination notification 60 days before the effective date. 

    Failure to take actions by Oct. 14 would have resulted in legal action as a result of AAA Northeast's breach of contract, the commissioner said. 

    AAA Allied, which services Hartford, Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham counties, will continue to service all residents.

    Witness Describes Police Shooting


    The roommate of the man suspected of shooting two police officers before being shot and killed by other officers Wednesday night in East Boston is speaking out about the moments leading up to the firefight.

    Diego, an necn employee who moved to Boston just four months ago, said he was sleeping in his room upstairs on Wednesday night when he heard his two roommates arguing.

    The suspect, 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa, was a sworn constable and former Army reservist.

    "The way he put it, he was trying to revolutionize the policing world," Diego said. 

    Additionally, Diego recalls, Figueroa seemed to be racist against white people.

    "Race played a big part in Kirk's life. He would constantly talk down on 'white people,'" Diego said. "When he first moved in, he told me, 'Good thing you're Latino ... I would have a problem if you were a white guy.' He tells me, 'I refuse to have a white person sleeping over my head.'"

    What ended in chaos, with three people lying shot on the floor of his apartment, at first didn't seem like a major incident to Diego.

    "I woke up to them screaming and cursing," he told necn Investigates. "I didn't really think much of it."

    Eventually, he said, the screaming died down and he assumed the argument had ended.

    "Maybe 10 minutes later, I heard knocking on the front door. I opened my room door and police busted down the front door, guns drawn, saying, 'Hands up! Who are you? What are you doing here?'"

    Police said they responded to a 911 call just before 11 p.m. The caller said his roommate, later identified as Figueroa, was threatening him with a knife. 

    Diego said he was taken outside in his underwear, barefoot, and had no idea what was going on.

    Two minutes later, the shooting started.

    Two officers had entered the home and were shot by Figueroa, who was then shot and killed by other officers.

    "It's hard to describe," Diego said. "It all kind of happened so fast. It took a while to sink in. I see they're lying on the floor. You hear all these gun shots, people screaming, 'Shots fired, shots fired.' The radio is going crazy. You see the helicopter.

    "It wasn't until later that I really noticed, I just heard my roommate die. To hear his screams, it's chilling."

    Diego told necn investigates that he believes his roommate "snapped" and might have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Figuero served as an Army reservist from 2003 to 2011 and told his roomates he had an extensive weapons collection.

    The two officers he allegedly shot — Richard Cintolo and Matthew Morris — remain in stable but critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, but they are expetected to survive.

    Diego said he's still shaken by what happened, but is just grateful that no one else was killed.

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    Absentee Ballots Available for November Election


    Absentee ballots are now available for the Nov. 8 presidential and state elections in Connecticut.

    The ballots are for anyone who will not be able to make it to their polling place during voting hours on election day.

    Connecticut is one of several states that mandates a reason for someone requesting an absentee ballot.

    Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said if there are voters who commute out of state for work and know they won't be able to vote in-person then that person is eligible. Voters with disabilities who can't make it to polling places are also eligible.

    Voter registration has increased over the past year, especially in the month of September when more than 30,000 new voters signed up in Connecticut. The Secretary of the State credited Facebook for its registration push on users' timelines.

    Merrill, a Democrat, wouldn't speculate on whether the boost in registrations helps one party or another.

    "We’ve had a huge surge in registration. I don’t know what that means. Does that mean all of these people are going to come out and vote? Maybe," Merrill said.

    She did say she hopes the increased turnout means that will translate down to the ballot and not just with the highly publicized presidential contest.

    "I’m hoping that voters aren’t just paying attention to the presidential race. I’m hoping that they also realize that there are state senators, state representative, U.S. Senator and all of the Congresspeople are also on the ballot," she said.

    You can obtain an application for an absentee ballot through the secretary of the state's office or through your local town's website. You can also contact your local town clerk's office about an application.

    Absentee ballots must be signed and can be returned through the mail or in-person. To be counted for the general election, absentee ballots must be received by town clerks no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8.

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    Brain Chips Help Paralyzed Man Fist-Bump President Obama


    A man who's been paralyzed for more than a decade got to show off how much progress he's made by fist-bumping President Barack Obama Thursday with a robotic hand, NBC News reported. 

    Nathan Copeland can feel his fingers for the first time since a 2004 car crash left him paralyzed from the chest down, thanks to chips implanted in his brain that also control the hand.

    When he met Obama at a science event organized by the White House in Pittsburgh, the president told Copeland, "Let's see what you got." Then the robotic hand moved with input from Copeland's brain.

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is behind the brain interface, which is letting Copeland once again "feel just about every finger."

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    Bridgeport Police Investigate After 1 Person Shot


    Police in Bridgeport are investigating after one person was shot around 7:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Price Street. 

    The victim, who has only been identified as a male, was transported to Bridgeport Hospital by car, according to authorities. 

    The extent of his injuries are unknown. 

    The investigation is on going and anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgeport Police. 

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    Comptroller: Budget Confusion 'Unnecessary' as Deficit is Projected


    Connecticut's Comptroller, Kevin Lembo, formally responded Thursday to recent confusion over whether the state is facing a renewed fiscal crisis.

    Lembo told Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, who handles budget matters for the Malloy administration, that sending one projection to Lembo and another to agency heads, "can undermine confidence in the state's financial statements."

    Barnes sent a letter to all state department heads on Sept. 6, urging them to provide budget options for their specific agencies as a way to prepare for a probably $133 million budget shortfall.

    On Sept. 20, the administration sent a letter to the comptroller, telling his office the budget was in balance and revenues were coming in as expected.

    Lembo said he's not accusing the governor's administration of hiding poor budget figures, but said such letters don't do much to help the discussion about the state's finances.

    “It’s not so much a question of 'is that revenue number right as of this moment?' The question is, why put that other number out so it just seemed unnecessary and added confusion.”

    In response to Lembo's letter, Barnes with OPM told NBC Connecticut that telling departments to prepare for both predictable and unpredictable budget factors is "consistent practice." He also said the two letters are meant for entirely different purposes.

    "It is essential that the governor have a variety of significant budget reduction options to consider as he develops a budget recommendation for the coming biennium. The forecast we used was appropriate to that goal.” he said.

    On Thursday, nonpartisan analysts released their most recent projection that shows the state's budget is running $78 million in the red, but is considered to be even worse because expected legal settlement funds will disappear in the next fiscal year.

    Lembo said he trusts the estimates coming from OFA.

    One group that doesn't trust them is Senate Republicans.

    Minority Leader Len Fasano, who also raised questions about the dueling letters earlier this week, accused the governor's administration of hiding bad news.

    "The only logical reason for withholding the true numbers would be to prevent the public from finding out just how bad our state finances are until after November," Sen. Fasano said in a statement.

    Mayor Working to Fill Empty Storefronts in Downtown New London


    Amongst the restaurants and shops in downtown New London there are several empty storefronts.

    Some of the buildings are padlocked and others are boarded up.

    In his four years on State Street, Michael Whitney, who co-owns Spindrift Guitars, said he's seen business after business come and go.

    “We see them come in, in the summer and they don't make it through the winter,” Whitney said, unsure of why they fail.

    “It’s kind of rough to come down and not see things that you grew up with,” said Roderick Hunt about the empty storefronts. He has a studio downtown.

    While the city didn’t know exactly how many storefronts are currently vacant, Mayor Michael Passero said there’s a lot of development in the works.

    "There's probably at least a half a dozen, if not more, that are either under renovation, or have completed renovation, or just in the planning stages,” Passero said.

    The buildings are old. That’s why some have been vacant for years, according to Ned Hammond, New London’s economic development coordinator. They are expensive to renovate and bring up to code.

    Many developers were waiting for the price of the property to go down before buying, Hammond added.

    "It's going to be mostly boutiques and unique shop,” said Passero, recognizing the city needs to differ from suburban malls.

    He said he’s even working to offer incentives to ensure the city is a go-to destination.

    Some of the buildings can also accommodate housing. Developer Eric Hamburg said he’s working to create high-quality apartments to attract a different kind of demographic to downtown who will hopefully invest money into the city.

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