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Secretary of the Navy Visits General Dynamics Electric Boat


About 3,375 more people are working at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton than there were when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus started in his position.

It's a point he prides himself on as he plans to leave office.

The Secretary addressed shipyard employees and Navy personnel Thursday about the progress of General Dynamics Electric Boat and its growing fleet.

"American manufacturing jobs. Nobody does it like we do. Nobody can build these boats. Nobody can build our service ships. Nobody. Like you can," Mabus said.

Because of the work of Electric Boat employees, the Navy is unstoppable both on the sea and under the sea, according to Mabus. 

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Amazon Hiring for Local Popup Store and Holiday Season


Tech giant Amazon is set to bring a popup store to Westfarms in West Hartford.

The stores are essentially tech kiosks, where consumers can buy Kindles, Echos and other devices from Amazon’s line of electronic products. Amazon already has popup stores in 13 states.

Amazon customers who have taken their business away from brick-and-mortar shops might like the idea of getting to test the electronics ahead of time, and Prime members will get to take advantage of the same deals online, as in the store.

Amazon has not yet announced when the local popup store will open, but started taking job applications in September.

The company will also start hiring seasonal workers at the Wallingford and Windsor fulfillment centers. It will add 120,000 jobs nationwide during the holidays, up 20 percent from 2015.po

Ryan Seeks to Re-Frame Election as Left Versus Right


House Speaker Paul Ryan tried again Friday to recast the presidential election as an ideological choice between a Republican-led congress that will fight for limited government and Hillary Clinton's "liberal progressive" agenda.  

"Beneath all the ugliness lies a long-running debate between two governing philosophies: one that is in keeping with our nation's founding principles — like freedom and equality — and another that seeks to replace them," Ryan said in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ryan said Republicans would seek to bring every federal regulation to congress for review and to simplify the tax code.

He also called to repeal President Obama's signature health care law, which he said was part of Democrats' "liberal progressivism."   

“Liberal progressivism is not government for the people, it’s by them, the elites," he said. 

The speech was yet another attempt by Ryan to refocus an election that's gone wildly off the rails as Trump this week lashed out at both Democrats and Republicans — even Ryan himself — for what he says is a conspiracy against him.

Ryan did not mention the Republican nominee in his remarks. 

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CCSU Says Sexual Assault Did Not Take Place on Campus


Police at Central Connecticut State University said they were investigating a sexual assault report on campus, but the school has since said the incident did not happen at the school.

On Thursday, CCSU police were notified about a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Oct. 8 around 12:30 a.m. The victim was not a CCSU student, the school said. 

No description of the alleged attacker or clothing was released. 

CCSU will provide additional patrol coverage in the area where the assault happened and people are advised to use caution and report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Lieutenant Edward Dercole (860-832-2394), Detective Densil Samuda (860-832-2381) or the CCSU Police Dispatcher at 860-832-2375.

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3 Injured in Crash on Route 8 in Shelton

Accidental Shootings Kill a Child Every Two Days


An investigation by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network finds accidental shootings involving minors occur more often than government data show. The outlets reviewed every accidental shooting involving a minor in a 2½ year span and compared it against data from the CDC.

Trump Sees Dark 'Conspiracy' Behind Women Accusers


Donald Trump, who has peddled a variety of conspiracy theories throughout his campaign, is in the midst of building his most elaborate one yet around the recent flood of allegations that he groped, kissed, and grabbed women without their consent, NBC News reported.

At a Thursday rally in West Palm Beach, he lashed out at women accusing him of "fabricated" and "absolutely false" sexual misconduct, linking them to an ever-expanding plot orchestrated by Hillary Clinton and the press to undermine his campaign. 

U.S. intelligence officials have blamed a rash of hacking attacks against Democratic targets and distributed through Wikileaks on a Russian effort to influence the election — likely in Trump's favor. Trump, however is focusing on a supposed shadowy web of actors he claims are threatening to steal the election.

"This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen or continue," Trump said.

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Boy, 5, Pulls Brother From Burning Truck After Fatal Crash


Authorities in Houston said a 5-year-old boy pulled his 2-year-old brother from burning big rig Friday morning after the truck crashed, killing their father.

KPRC-TV reported the father was driving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 45 when he lost control of the truck, ran off the road and crashed into a pillar. The truck then tipped and burst in flames.

The 5-year-old boy, who was ejected in the collision, rescued his brother from the wreckage, according to Houston Police Department Sgt. James Roque.

"He's a trooper," Roque said.

A witness ran to the scene and stayed with the children until authorities arrived.

The 2-year-old boy was transported to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with severe burns. The boy's older brother was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Both children are expected to be survive, Roque said.

The 5-year-old boy told authorities the family was moving to Galveston, Texas, and that their mother was driving an RV ahead of the moving truck. Police haven't been able to contact the mother.

Police said they're not sure if the boys were wearing seatbelts or in car seats at the time of the crash.

"The wreckage is just so horrific. It's just hard to tell," Roque said.

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Big Changes on Horizon for Bradley Airport


Big changes are on the horizon at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks that will affect how travelers drive to the airport and where they pick up rental cars.

A $225 million transportation center that will rise from current surface parking lots northwest of the terminal, adding parking garages for about 800 cars.

"Building the transportation center is a major customer service improvement for us," said Kevin Dillon, the CEO of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

There is also enough room for the car rental companies to be based in the development and not scattered around the airport like they are currently.

That could mean the end of jumping on and off shuttles.

"If the car rentals were here, closer for people to use, I think that would be a lot better," said Rudy Liporada of Agawam, Massachusetts who was waiting for his flight at Bradley.

Before work on the garages even starts, Bradley is eyeing the connector highway from Interstate 91.

The end segment will be reconfigured in a roughly $10 million project.

After the road and garages are done, there are exciting plans for the future: a new bus link to the nearby passenger rail line and even a new terminal as the airport looks to expand.

"We have a lot of potential here. It’s really a matter of convincing the airline to continue to put assets into Bradley,” said Dillon.

Bids are out this fall for the road project.

Work could start on that in the spring and wrap up in about two years from now.

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Trump Jr. Suggested Women Who Can’t Handle Harassment Don’t Belong in Workforce


Donald Trump Jr. insinuated women who can’t handle sexual harassment in the workforce should "go maybe teach kindergarten," according to a 2013 radio interview unearthed by BuzzFeed News Thursday night.

The comments came as Trump Jr. discussed women joining male-only golf clubs on the "Opie and Anthony" radio show, according to the recording.

"If you have a guys’ place you have a guys’ place," Trump Jr. said about male-only courses. "I have a hard time letting go of that. Maybe I’m not going to have a choice."

A host then suggested women would "f--- it up" by complaining about sexual harassment.

After more banter, Trump Jr. hinted the same is true off the golf course.

"If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, then you don’t belong in the workforce," he said. "Like, you should go maybe teach kindergarten. I think it’s a respectable position."

The BuzzFeed report came the same day Trump Jr. said his father’s vulgar remarks to former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush in 2005, "makes him a human." "Access Hollywood" is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and this station.

Speaking on Charlotte Morning News on WBT radio Thursday, Trump Jr. said: "I've had conversations like that with plenty of people where people use language off color. They're talking, two guys, amongst themselves.

"I've seen it time and time again. I think it makes him a human. I think it makes him a normal person not a political robot," he said.

Donald Trump dismissed the lewd remarks as "locker room banter."

It's not the first time Trump Jr.'s comments have caused controversy.

In September, Trump Jr. tweeted a photo using the candy Skittles as an analogy for refugees.

"If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful," the image read.

Skittles parent company Wrigley Americas distanced itself from the image soon after Trump Jr. sent the tweet.

"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young told NBC News in a statement. "We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing."

Earlier in September, Trump Jr. posted an image on Instagram that included "Pepe the Frog," an internet meme used by white supremacists that was later declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

Trump Jr. said he had "never heard of the Pepe the Frog" after the Instagram post drew criticism.

The Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Southbury Daycare Suddenly Closing Leaves Parents Scrambling


Parents who send children to Clockwork Learning Center in Southbury said the daycare owner sent them a letter to let them know this week would be the center's last and now they are trying to figure out what to do next week.

Holly Sullivan, whose 2-year-old daughter is one of 20 children who attend the center, said they love the center and the staff and cannot believe it is all coming to an end.

"Absolute panic. I'm a single-working parent, so I need daycare for Monday," Sullivan said. "This is a big shock for everybody, and it's a true hardship for these families."

David Lyme, the president and CEO of Clockwork Learning, wrote in part, that enrollment has been down for the past year, costs have increased and it finally caught up to them.

“We have tried very hard to prevent this from happening but the business is in a position that is totally unsustainable and can no longer exist," the statement also says.

Sullivan said the staff was notified that there were no funds to pay them.

A staff member said the owner told them he doesn't know if he'll be able to pay them for October, and several other parents spoke to NBC Connecticut off camera and said they've been told there is no money to give them refunds but that they'll all eventually be paid back.

"Many families have paid through the end of October and put down deposits," Sullivan said.

Sullivan said despite the uncertainty of payment, the staff is still working through today to take care of the kids.

"God bless them for being here because it's allowing us to make arrangements elsewhere, to get to work, do what we have to do," Sullivan said.

Lyme told NBC Connecticut that the business became unsustainable due to low enrollment in the last year.

"We have tried to make this as easy as possible for everyone but it’s been very hard and is difficult when young children need to be uprooted, I just wish the circumstances where different," Lyme said.

Lyme also said the building's landlords gave him a final date to vacate the property.

"I have never said that the parents would not be refunded there money," Lyme said. "I have been emailing parents to notify them that they certainly will receive any money due, and this will need to be paid over a period of time as the company does not have any money."

Parents and staff said they've already reached out to state agencies for help.

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Ben Carson Asks Female Reporter's Mic Be Turned Off


Ben Carson demanded a female journalist's microphone be turned off when she continued to press him for an answer on whether he thought women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault were lying. 

Trump's former GOP rival and current adviser said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday that he uses "common sense" when looking at the accusations, echoing Trump's defense that the allegations have been fabricated. He said Trump couldn’t have assaulted one of the women on an airplane in the '70s because the armrest wouldn’t have been able to move and there were flight attendants present in first class.

"The real reason women who have been sexually abused don’t come forward is precisely this, all too much they’re accused of being liars," BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay told Carson. "Are you saying these women are lying?"

"That's your characterization because you need to characterize it that way to try to make it the bad guy," Carson said. 

When Kay began to press him for a clearer answer, Carson kept interrupting: "Stop, stop stop. Hey, can you turn her microphone off please."

"No, it's a simple question," MSNBC host Joe Scarborough told him.

"It doesn't matter whether they are lying or not," Carson replied.  

After Carson left, Scarborough discussed the interview with Kay.

"I don’t think I’ve ever had anybody tell me to turn my microphone off before. That’s censorship," she said. "A form of censorship in response to a very simple question…which he never answered."

Carson said last week he didn't condone Trump's behavior in the extremely lewd 2005 video clip. Carson called Trump's vulgar comments about women "unacceptable, especially by someone who aspires to higher office."

He said Trump "did the right thing in immediately and unequivocally apologizing." Carson blamed Trump's adversaries for the video's release.

But then earlier this week, Carson went on to excuse Trump's vulgar comments as normal banter between men.

"That kind of banter goes around all the time," Carson said during an exchange with CNN host Brianna Keilar. "Is it the right kind of thing to do? Absolutely not. Is it something that I've ever done? Absolutely not."

Following the clip's release, at least four women have detailed accounts that Trump groped or kissed them without their consent. Trump has denied all accounts of sexual assault. 

Trump claimed Thursday that Hillary Clinton and the press are involved in a "concerted, coordinated" effort to find the women and publish their stories in order to distract from apparent hacked emails from Clinton aides posted on WikiLeaks. 

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Firefighters Respond to Fire at Modern Pastry in Hartford


Firefighters responded to a fire at Modern Pastry in Hartford this morning and the fire is now out. 

Officials from the fire department said crews responded to 422 Franklin Ave., no one was injured and the fire is out. 

No additional information was immediately available.

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Trump Accepted Thanks for Donations 9/11 Charities Didn't Receive: Audit


A city audit has found Donald Trump apparently did not donate to the two main 9/11 charities in the months after the terror attacks, despite accepting public thanks for doing so - though the comptroller's office says it could not conclude the presidential candidate definitely never gave to one of the funds.

On Oct. 10, 2001, Trump was thanked for a $10,000 donation by Howard Stern, who was directing people to donate to New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc. in the aftermath of the attacks, and Stern's radio co-host Robin Quivers. Trump did not deny that he made the pledge.

But City Comptroller Scott Stringer's office said it has no record of such a donation from Trump, at least not in the months immediately following the attacks. The comptroller's office reviewed previously sealed records of the Twin Towers Fund and New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc. and found no indication Trump or his charity made contributions, the Daily News first reported

Stringer's office confirmed the report in an email to NBC 4 New York. The office said the audit only covers the period from September 2001 through mid-2002. 

In confirming the report, Stringer's office wrote it "found no evidence that Donald Trump or any entity [associated with him] donated to the two 9/11 charities during the period covered by the audits in the NYDN story." 

However, Stringer's office told the Daily News it is "unable to conclude definitively that Trump never gave to either of these two funds." 

The Daily News said the Trump campaign did not respond to multiple requests for more information bearing out his claims of charitable donations to 9/11-related causes. 

The campaign also did not respond to multiple requests from NBC 4 New York for comment on the story and Trump's donation record.

Stringer is a Democrat who has endorsed Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, for president.

The Daily News reports the only major recorded donation to 9/11 causes that Trump has made was $100,000 given by his foundation to the 9/11 Museum in April 2016, after he entered the presidential race.

The newspaper said it reviewed every Form 990, which provides financial information for nonprofit companies or charities, for the Donald J. Trump Foundation from 2001 through 2014, and found no donations to either of the two main 9/11 charities. 

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Frost Advisory in Effect for Saturday Morning


Temperatures will dip into the 20s and 30s tonight and a frost advisory is in effect for parts of the state for Saturday morning. The coldest temperatures will occur where the growing season has already ended. 

A frost advisory has been issued for Saturday, from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

The frost can be detrimental to plants, so bring the mums in overnight or cover them until later in the day, when temperatures rise into the lower 60s. 

The forecast for Sunday is temperatures in the mid-60s.

Doctor: Delta Discriminated, Barred Me From Sick Passenger


A black doctor has accused Delta Air Lines of discrimination after a flight attendant allegedly shooed her away from a passenger in need of medical attention and said "actual physicians" were needed, NBC News reported.

Dr. Tamika Cross, an OBGYN resident at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, wrote in a Facebook post that she was on a flight from Detroit last week when someone two rows ahead her of starting screaming for help.

"I naturally jumped into Doctor mode as no one else was getting up," she wrote on Sunday in the account that has been shared more than 35,000 times.

But as she was about to stand, Cross said a flight attendant told everyone to stay calm — the man was just suffering from a night terror. Minutes later, the flight attendant yelled for a physician on board, Cross said.

Cross raised her hand to get the flight attendant's attention, but her help was rejected, she said.

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Search Underway for Simsbury Bank Robber


A man robbed a bank in Simsbury on Friday morning and police are searching for him. 

The bank robbery happened at TD Bank, at 714 Hopmeadow St., and it was reported at 10:19 a.m. Friday. 

The robber showed a note demanding money and left on foot after getting some, according to police, who said he made no threats of a weapon. 

The man police are looking for appears to be in his 30s. He is around 5-feet-6 tall, and has a salt and pepper beard. 

Simsbury Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Sergeant Tom Sheehan at 860-658-3145.

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Judge to Decided Whether Hastert Victim's Hush-Money Suit May Proceed


James Doe's quest to collect the remainder of his $3.5 million hush-money from disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could face a major decision in court Friday. 

A judge will consider whether or not to toss the man's breach-of-contract lawsuit after Hastert's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case last month.   

In his lawsuit, one of Hastert's victim's, known as James Doe, said that it was not his fault that a hush-money deal fell apart when Hastert’s bank withdrawals caught the attention of the FBI.

“Hastert did not deny the abuse,” the man’s attorney, Kristi Browne wrote in the motion, filed earlier this week in Kendall County Court. “Hastert admitted his wrongdoing and agreed to compensate Plaintiff.”

The former Speaker and his now-adult victim had entered into a verbal pact where Hastert was to pay the man $3.5 million dollars. But the payments stopped after $1.7 million, when banking officials became alarmed at the frequency of the former Speaker’s withdrawals. Hastert pled guilty to a crime known as “structuring”, making withdrawals of less than $10,000 to avoid being detected by federal regulators.

“The plaintiff requested that Hastert consult an attorney, to ensure their agreement could be legally executed, but Hastert declined, promising to pay every last dollar of their agreed monetary settlement,” Browne wrote. “The banking issue was brought to Hastert’s attention, but to preclude further scrutiny, Hastert chose to make more overt violations of the banking laws he was warned about.”

In a motion seeking dismissal of the case, Hastert’s lawyer has argued that the man has no further claim, because the statue of limitation had expired. But Doe, known previously in Hastert’s criminal case as “Individual A”, rejected that argument, at one point comparing the case to a parent who must make good on paternity to an illegitimate child.

“Hastert has an ongoing moral obligation to any child victim for any harm his conduct caused,” the motion states. “Was the confidentiality provision of the parties’ agreement worth $3.5 million? Hastert certainly thought so.”

Hastert's attorney also argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed because Doe violated the confidentiality agreement when he spoke to federal authorities, citing a breach-of-contract.

The parties return to court again Friday. Hastert is serving a 15-month sentence at a Federal prison in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Hard Freeze Expected Saturday Morning


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

The balance of Friday will be completely clear, with highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday will also feature unlimited sunshine, with temperatures again rising into the lower 60s.

Sunday will still be bright, with mostly sunny skies early and then increasing clouds late. Temperatures will come close to 70 degrees.

Scattered showers are expected Monday and some of those showers may linger into Tuesday and Wednesday as a front will be in the area.

It will turn warmer next week, with temperatures perhaps soaring into the middle 70s by Wednesday.

Late next week, say Friday or Saturday, a rain storm is possible.

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds


Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed.

The report released on Thursday found that black and white women now have roughly similar incidences of breast cancer. For black women, this is bad news; for the past 40 years, they have had the lowest prevalence of breast cancer. That health advantage has disappeared, with increased incidences of cancer.

In addition to increased frequency of breast cancer, the death rate is higher for black women than white women by about 40 percent. White women are seeing a faster decrease in mortality.

The CDC report noted that the prevalence of cancer for white women has steadily decreased, and increased for black women, especially for those 60-79 years old. These trends are unique to black women; overall, the trends for the last few decades have shown less incidence and mortality from breast cancer.

While the relationship between obesity and breast cancer is unknown, the incidence of both have increased in black populations, according to the report. Increased physical activity and healthy diet to maintain a healthy weight may help in subsiding the incidence of breast cancer, the report says.

But above all, the report suggested that if care for all women was equal, there might be less exaggerated differences between black and white women.

“Measures to ensure access to quality care and the best-available treatments for all women diagnosed with breast cancer can help address these racial disparities,” it said.

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