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Northwest Braces for Worse After Twisters Slam Oregon


The Pacific Northwest was bracing for more dangerous weather Saturday, a day after storms slammed the region and touched off two tornadoes, NBC News reported.

Forecasters warned residents from Northern California to British Columbia to prepare for the second blast powered by the remnants of a Pacific typhoon. What could be one of the top 10 strongest windstorms ever recorded in the region was set to bring blinding rain, floods and huge waves.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Greater Portland area from Saturday at 11 a.m. PT Saturday until 12 a.m. Sunday.

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Elderly California Ice Cream Vendor Beaten, Robbed


A 71-year-old grandfather, who sells paletas from his ice cream cart seven days a week, was left battered and bruised after being beaten and robbed of his money by two men armed with brass knuckles earlier this week.

Juan Martinez earns a living pushing an ice cream cart up and down Vanowen Street in North Hollywood for eight hours a day, seven days a week. He was working Tuesday when he says two young men beat him, knocked him to the ground and stole his money.

"They don't have a heart," said Martinez's daughter, Laura Rodriguez. "He's 71 years old. He doesn't deserve that."

Martinez, a father of seven and grandfather of seven, says no one stopped to help him and he doesn't have a cellphone to call for help, so he had no choice but to walk a mile back to his home, leaving behind a trail of blood from his fractured nose and cuts on his face.

"He makes maybe $30-40 a day so they stole $80, something that isn't worth his life," Rodriguez said. "They could've killed him."

On Thursday, Martinez spent the day cleaning the blood off his cart, but he wanted to be back on the street selling ice cream — something he has done ever since he came to the U.S. from Mexico 30 years ago. He said he needs to earn money to support himself and his family, including his wife, who also works as a street vendor.

Martinez says he will work until the day he dies or until he can no longer walk. His daughter-in-law started a gofundme page to help Martinez retire. Contributions can be made here.

The assailants are described as two men in their 20s.

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3 Killed, at Least 12 Wounded in Shooting at Los Angeles Party


Three people were killed and 12 were wounded in a shooting at a house party in the West Adams neighborhood early Saturday morning, and police said two people were brought in for questioning and another was being sought in connection to the crime.

When officers responded to the shooting at around 12:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Rimpau Boulevard, around 50 people were running from the scene that was described as "chaotic," said Sgt. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said an argument broke out at the party, where as many as three people left the residence, came back with firearms, and started shooting.

The home was being used as a "makeshift restaurant without permits," and was filled with people doing "everything from eating to playing dominos and listening to music," when the argument happened, Preciado said. 

"This is one of the most horrific crime scenes I've seen in a while," Preciado said, adding that the neighborhood is relatively quiet.

At least 12 other people were injured, police said. Some of them are in critical condition and some of them have minor injuries. The Los Angeles Fire Department treated victims at the scene.

Police are still looking for one other gunman. Descriptions of the shooters were not immediately available.

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Terror Investigators Sent Cops to Motel Weeks Before Crash


Police checked an East Hartford motel room five weeks ago at the request of the United States Joint Terrorism Task Force and found a computer, as well as several flight manuals, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have learned. 

There is no known connection between the plane crash on Tuesday and the search of the motel in September, according to the FBI.

The room was in the Madison Motor Inn on Main Street, less than a mile from the scene of the plane crash on Tuesday, according to police department records obtained by the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters. The NTSB said the plane crash Tuesday was intentional. 

Inside the room, rented by a 22-year-old Jordanian man, East Hartford officers found a computer and several flight manuals. 

The motel manager told police the guest told her he was a flight attendant and did not want his room checked on a daily basis, which was against motel policy. 

She said she had not seen the man in several days and he was late in paying for the room, and told officers she would keep all the materials left in the room for safe keeping. 

According to East Hartford Police documents, police were escorted into the room and found a computer, several flight manuals, some documents and, what the owner said, was wads of $100 bills. 

The owner said the man stayed for almost another week and told her he was "flying back to my country," NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters learned. 

"Young kid," the 22-year-old's family friend, Qusai Al-Qadumi, told NBC Connecticut. "He wanted to come here just to visit the states and go around." 

"If you heard he had a bunch of ID's or anything, don't believe it because I've seen the whole thing," Al-Qadumi said. "He doesn't have nothing. He just came like any other kid he want to go around visiting Los Angles, New York, all over the place."

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These 9 States Will Vote on Legalizing Pot in November


Nine states have marijuana measures on the ballot this November, and chances are good that many will pass — giving pot advocates high hopes that the federal government will eventually lift its nationwide ban, NBC News reported. 

In five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — voters will decide on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. 

In four others — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — voters will weigh in on medical marijuana, which is already legal in nearly half the country.

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Trump Insinuates Clinton Was on Drug During Debate


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insinuated that his Democratic rival was on some kind of drug during the last debate and said both candidates should be tested for substances ahead of the next one.

Trump was mocking Clinton for prepping for their third and final debate on Oct. 19 at an outdoor rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, when he made the suggestion that she might have been on some kind of performance-enhancing drug during their last face-off.

"I don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate she was all pumped at the debate, and at the end it was like 'uh, take me down.' She could barely reach her car," he said and proposed that they should take a drug test prior to the next debate.

"I'm willing to do it," he added.

The event at the Toyota of Portsmouth, his first of two campaign events on Saturday, comes a day after a new poll showed the GOP candidate closing the gap Clinton's lead in the Granite state. 

Trump will address supporters in Bangor, Maine, a congressional district where polls indicate he has the strongest support in the state. The event at Cross Insurance Center is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.

Maine splits its electoral votes by congressional district, so he could win one electoral vote even if he lost the 1st Congressional District and the statewide vote. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage believes Trump has a shot at winning the entire state.

It’s Trump’s fourth visit to Maine. He headed to Maine ahead of its presidential caucuses in March and has visited both Bangor and Portland since then.

Trump appears to have gone on the offensive this weekened, going after the media and Clinton, and claiming that the presidential election is "rigged."

"Our media is indeed sick and it's making our country sick. And we're going to stop it," Trump said at a rally in North Carolina Friday, at the same time that the latest accuser, a former "Apprentice" contestant, held a news conference to allege he made unwanted sexual advances on her nearly a decade ago.

Later Saturday, he will head south to New Jersey to speak at the Republican Hindu Coalition, according to the group's website.

Founder Shalabh Kumar says Trump will attend the event at the Edison Expo Center to speak out against terrorism and to help raise money for terror victims in India.

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One Dead in Orange After Being Struck By A Car


Orange Police say they are investigating a car accident which has left one pedestrian dead.

According to Police, the crash occurred in front of 205 Boston Post Road at around 9:45 p.m. on Friday.

Police say the victim was walking east on the south side of Boston Post Road and attempting to cross over to the north side of the street when they were struck by a car.

Police say the vehicle that struck the victim did not flee the scene and the driver is cooperating with the investigation.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released by the Police Department.

Anyone who may have seen this accident is being urged to call Detective Harry Burke at (860) 891-2131.

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Hundreds Turn Out For Annual Heart Walk in East Hartford


Saturday, hundreds of walkers in East Hartford took steps to end heart disease in the American Heart Association’s annual Hartford Heart Walk.

The organization says heart disease is the number one killer in this country and in Connecticut. Many of those participating in Saturday’s walk had a personal connection to heart disease.

“Heart disease hits every one of us. We all know somebody’s who’s got some issue with heart disease or stroke,” said Corliss Montesi of Cheshire.

Montes’s own diagnosis came on vacation. She said she broke her elbow and woke up in the hospital after a near-fatal reaction to her medication.

“My heart rate drops so low that I pass out and my heart stops,” Montesi explained.

Last year, Montesi rallied her coworkers at Stanley Black and Decker to sponsor the walk. One-hundred of them donned bright yellow t-shirts on Saturday to participate in the walk for the second year in a row.

Survivors like Montesi led the walk around Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Saturday, which drew more than 1,000 people. Organizers expected the three-mile walk to raise a quarter-of-a-million-dollars.

The Hartford Heart Walk is one of the American Heart Association’s largest local fundraisers.

“The money goes to a lot of efforts here locally; one research. So, we want to support a lot of the scientific efforts that are going to tackle heart disease, but also a lot of the community based outreach efforts,” said Walk Chairperson Garth Graham.

Bob Hoffman is living proof that those dollars save lives. He says participating in the walk, after open heart surgery, is his way of saying thank you. He also visits with other heart patients in the hospital with the Mending Hearts organization.

“We go in there, we tell them we’re the real thing. I say, “here I am, 20 years later and I’m still in one piece,” said Hoffman.

He also walks every day. The American Heart Association says exercise is key to becoming heart healthy.

“Just get moving and be active. We shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. You can do simple things like take the stairs or park further away. It doesn’t mean you’re running a marathon,” said Judy Campisi, Executive Director of the Connecticut chapter of the American Heart Association.

The organization also says that one hour of brisk walking or similar physical activity can add two hours to your life. It’s advice Campisi hopes people take to heart.

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Colin Kaepernick Gets Starting Nod at Quarterback for 49ers


San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick has been handed the reins to the team's offense, taking over for Blaine Gabbert at starting quarterback.

The decision comes amid the squad's four-game slump and less-than-stellar 1-4 start to the season.

"We're going to make a move at quarterback, and we're going to start Colin this week," Kelly told reporters during a morning news conference. "(We're) going to give him an opportunity to run with the ones. I believe you've got to do it at the beginning of the week just because of how reps are distributed."

Gabbert, who took over for Kaepernick midway through last season, had struggled to generate much offensive momentum and find sustained consistency with his receivers through five contests in 2016. Gabbert's 69.6 quarterback rating ranks 30th in the league, and the team is second-to-last in passing yards per game.

"We've had a couple of days to digest everything from where we are, and I think offensively we need to be better and just make a move," Kelly said. "It's not Blaine's fault. I think as a group, offensively, we need to be better in a lot of ways."

Kaepernick, who hasn't started under center since Nov. 1, 2015, against the then-St. Louis Rams, will get his first crack at resurrecting San Francisco's season this Sunday in Buffalo.

No. 7 burst onto the football scene in 2012, utilizing his dynamic run-and-pass skill set to pilot the 49ers to the Super Bowl. But the quarterback's efficiency slowly trailed off, and nagging injuries eventually landed Kaepernick on the bench.

However in August, Kaepernick recaptured national headlines after choosing to take a seat on the bench while the national anthem played before a preseason game. He has been sitting or taking a knee as a sign of civil protest over what he sees as police brutality and the unfair treatment of people of color.

Despite the protests and the recently reported contract extension talks surrounding Kaepernick, Kelly told reporters that Tuesday's announcement was not political. It was simply a  "a football decision," Kelly said.


That decision did not sit too well with Gabbert.

"It sucks," he told reporters. "I don't like it. I don't like not playing. I'm very forward about that. But, at the same time, I'm going to work the same way I've always worked the three years I've been here. Put my best foot forward. Still continue to prepare. I'm not going to slack on the film work just because I'm not playing."

The quarterback swap has generated a range of opinions and responses from social media users. Some are cheering the decision to bring their favorite QB back. Others wish he'd remain seated.

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Women Arrested After Fatal DUI Crash in Windsor Locks


A Newington woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after causing a fatal accident in Windsor Locks

According to state police, Katell Gunning, 34, was driving a Volkswagen Tigua on I-91 North in Windsor prior to exit 44 when she rear ended a Ford F350 driven by Kevin Dutra, 46 of Colchester.

Dutra then lost control of the vehicle, swerved across the highway and struck a metal guardrail. The car overturned and came to a rest against some trees.

Dutra died as a result of his injuries.

Gunning fled the scene of the accident and was later located off exit 44 in East Windsor.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. She is being held on a $150,000 bond.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Gustafson with the Connecticut State Police Troop H at 860-534-1000.

US Navy Destroyer Fired On Again Off Yemen Coast: Officials


At least one missile was fired on U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason in international waters off Yemen’s coast, but the ship deployed countermeasures and was not struck, U.S. officials told NBC News Saturday.

The incident, which occurred late Saturday or early Sunday local time, is the latest in a string of recent missile attacks on the destroyer from rebel-held areas of Yemen.

Two attacks earlier in the week prompted the U.S. military to launch cruise missiles, which destroyed three radar sites. A Defense Department official said this week that those who fire on U.S. vessels do so at their peril.

The two-year-long conflict in Yemen has resulted in more than 4,000 civilian deaths, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Monday.

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China Amps Up Space Program in Race to Challenge US


China is set to launch a Shenzhou-11 into orbit on Monday in the latest volley of an intensifying U.S.-China space rivalry.

The two-man vessel will rendezvous with a space lab launched September 15, where the crew will conduct experiments for a month — China's sixth and longest manned mission so far.

With the current U.S.-led International Space Station expected to retire in 2024, China could be the only nation left with a permanent presence in space. 

Beijing is pouring money into funding the nation's ambitions — which include being the first to explore the dark side of the moon and sending a probe to Mars in 2020, the latter in direct challenge to U.S. and European space agencies.


Saudi Coalition Blames Funeral Carnage on Bad Information


A Saudi-led coalition has blamed an airstrike that killed more than 140 people at a funeral ceremony in Yemen on "erroneous information" received from a "party" affiliated with the country's embattled government.

The airstrike, which struck the capital of Sanaa Oct. 8., was one of the deadliest single attacks in the country's civil war, a U.N. official said, and was condemned by the U.N. and others.

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team, set up by the coalition, said "a party affiliated with the Yemeni Presidency of the General Chief of Staff passed on erroneous information that there was a gathering of armed Houthi leaders in a known location in Sana'a, and insisted that the location be targeted immediately as a legitimate military target."

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Syria Rebels Capture Dabiq, Where ISIS Promised Final Battle


Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from ISIS Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West. 

The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, also took neighboring Soran, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the clashes on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

An Islamic prophesy names Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday, a message used extensively in Islamic State's propaganda.

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Man, 65, Goes on Shooting 'Rampage' After Served Eviction Notice


A 65-year-old man who was served an eviction notice went on a shooting rampage Tuesday afternoon, wounding a neighbor and opening fire on a Florida deputy, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Larry Dennis Hoad shot and wounded a resident in his St. Petersburg triplex, then fired several gunshots at another neighbor's home, the Sheriff's Office said. The rampage was captured on surveillance video released Friday.

Deputies served Hoad with eviction papers Tuesday morning. A few hours later, the sheriff's office received reports of shots fired in the same area.

A sergeant arrived at the scene and Hoad fired two shots at the sergeant, who returned fire and hit Hoad twice. Hoad was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition.

The injured resident, 30-year-old Shawn Smith, was hospitalized in critical condition for "several" gunshot wounds, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Hoad was on "a violent rampage looking for more victims. We are very fortunate that Hoad did not kill a deputy sheriff."

He faces three counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Nevada Wildfire Destroys Bunny Ranch Brothel Owner's Home


A wind-driven, 3,400-acre wildfire raging in western Nevada has destroyed 22 properties and is still threatening about 500 others, NBC News reported.

Almost 900 firefighters have been tackling the Little Valley Fire, between Reno and Carson City, which authorities said was only 20 percent contained by Saturday night.

Residents east of Washoe Lake have been allowed to return home. Other neighborhoods have been permitted but told they might have to evacuate again Sunday.

"It's absolutely devastating," Dennis Hof, owner of the state's famous Bunny Ranch brothel, who said there was "nothing left" of his home.

"The only thing you see is the foundation and a washer and dryer than didn't burn up. That's it," he told the station.

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Poll: Clinton Holds 11-Pt National Lead Over Trump


Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by double digits with just more than three weeks until Election Day, making her the clear favorite in the 2016 presidential contest, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street poll conducted after the second presidential debate.

In a four-way horserace, the Democratic nominee holds an 11-point lead over the GOP candidate among likely voters, 48 percent to 37 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 2 percent.

In a two-way contest without Johnson and Stein, Clinton is ahead by 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent.

"Donald Trump's chances of winning this election have faded," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his firm Public Opinion Strategies.

"This poll is showing the writing on the wall," Yang adds.

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Second Man Charged In 2006 Murder in Ledyard


A second man has been arrested in the 2006 murder of a man found dead in a field in Ledyard.

State police arrested Christopher Vincenti, 32, of New London, on Friday.

He is charged with the decade-old murder of 41-year-old Anthony Hamlin, of Groton.

A driver traveling on Shewville Road in Ledyard called 911 around 8:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2006 to report that there was a body in the field next to 448 Shewville Road, according to police. Investigators responded and found Hamlin’s naked body in a vacant field.

The last time anyone had seen Hamlin alive was around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2006 in the area of the New London Transportation Center, police said.

Hamlin, a father of five and member of the Eastern Pequot Tribe, told his family he was grabbing dinner from Subway before getting on a train to head to Virginia for a new job, but his body was discovered the next morning.

Police said they developed information over the past decade that linked Vincenti and another man, Timothy Johnson, to Hamlin's death.

Johnson was arrested last week.

Vincenti is facing a felony murder charge and is being held on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

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Police Investigating Suspicious Death in New London


Police in New London are investigating a suspcious death after they were called to a home on Saturday morning.

Police said they were dispatched to the area of 177 Nautilus Drive around 8:30 a.m. to investigate the report of a deceased person.

After officers arrived at the residence and surveyed the scene, the State's Attorney's Office and Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Unit were called in to assist with the investigation, according to authorities. 

Police said they will remain on scene during the investigation. 

At this time, the event is considered an isolated incident with no threat to the public. 

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area during late evening hours on Friday night or early morning hours on Saturday to contact the New London Police Department at (860) 447-1481 or (860) 447-5269.

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UConn Student Struck By UConn Fire Dept. Vehicle, Killed


A UConn student has died after being struck by a university fire department vehicle early Sunday morning.

According to state police, Jeffny Pally, 19 of West Hartford, was seated on the ground with her back against a garage bay door at the UConn Public Safety Complex at 126 North Eagleville Road in Storrs.

Around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning the fire department received a call for service and the bay door that Pally was leaning against was opened , causing her to fall back onto the ground.

The fire department vehicle then exited the bay, driving over Pally causing fatal injuries.

The firefighter who was driving the vehicle has been placed on administrative duty and will not respond to calls while the incident is investigated. 

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has knowledge of Pally’s activities prior to the accident is asked to contact Trooper Mark Dicocco at 203-630-8079.

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