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2 Students Injured After Projectiles Hit Buses in Madison


Two students have been injured after projectiles hit four school buses leaving Daniel Hand High School on Friday. 

Police said the buses were hit by what appears to be projectiles from a pellet gun around 2:20 p.m.

One window on one of the buses was damaged. Two students sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention, the school said.

Students were brought home on a different bus, the school said. 

The incident is being investigated by the Madison Police Department. 

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US Election Will Be 'Brexit Times Five,' Predicts Trump


Donald Trump held three rallies in North Carolina and Pennsylvania on Friday in which he compared the inaccurate early predictions of Britain's "Brexit" to his own presidential campaign.

The Republican nominee, down in the polls, told crowds the U.S. presidential election would be "beyond Brexit," "Brexit plus" and even “Brexit times five." In June, voters in the U.K. elected to leave the European Union in a result that defied predictions.

Trump over the summer and in early fall has been fond of telling crowds he correctly predicted the outcome of that referendum, NBC News reports.

Trump also took aim at the media again Friday, calling them out for perpetuating a "rigged system" designed to keep him from the White House. "They're the most dishonest people," Trump said of the media. The crowds’ boos turned to chants of "CNN sucks."

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Who Shut Down Much of the US Internet Friday?


It is too early to determine who was responsible for the digital attacks that darkened much of the internet in the United States Friday, cyber experts and intelligence officials told NBC News.

Some said evidence points to Russia, others proposed it was "internet vandalism." One clue could be a similar attack mounted against the Republic of Georgia eight years ago by Russian cybercriminals enlisted by a Russian intelligence agency.

Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are some of the sites that were knocked out in the three "denial of service," or DDoS, attacks at about 7 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The attacks came largely via "smart" household appliances linked to the web, hit websites with more than 150,000 requests for information per second and were largely aimed at one company's internet infrastructure rather than specific websites.

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Job Losses Reveal Struggling State Economy


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Connecticut has lost more than 5,000 jobs over the past three months. Overall, the state has seen gains of more than 12,000 jobs over the past twelve months, but those don’t provide much confidence that Connecticut’s economy is growing at a healthy rate.

Such gains reflect a "slow growing economy" according to Ron Van Winkle, West Hartford’s Town Manager since 2008, but is also an economist.

Worst of all, Van Winkle said, is that the jobs that have been created aren’t providing the same dividends as the jobs that were lost during the Great Recession and beyond.

"Today, the jobs that are being created are at lower wages and lower levels," Van Winkle said. "From a budgeting standpoint, it’s difficult to replace a hundred thousand dollar a year job with an eighty thousand dollar job."

Even though September and August saw major announcements that Electric Boat and Pratt and Whitney planned to hire thousands over the next decade, and that Sikorsky secured a deal to keep its headquarters in Connecticut through 2032, those have now been tempered by other sobering news.

The credit ratings agency Standard and Poors provided a "negative" outlook for Connecticut, saying the state’s budget and unfunded pension liabilities make the future look uncertain for the state’s economic future.

Van Winkle said such a declaration should have Connecticut taxpayers take notice.

"They're looking at the strength of the economy and saying, it’s not so strong this year. There may be a problem and they're not downgrading but they're saying this may be an economy that is faltering to some degree."

Hartford Police Arrest 8 During Drug Bust


Hartford police executing a search warrant arrested eight people on drug-related charges during an operation on Zion Street Friday.

Police said detectives learned of illegal drug sales out of an apartment at 535/537 Zion Street and obtained a search warrant. According to police, the apartment had a surveillance system and when officers arrived to execute the warrant the occupants of the apartment saw police on surveillance and fled through the back door.

In the apartment, police found 470 bags of heroin, 270 bags of crack and a .22 caliber firearm. They also located 13 fentanyl patches, $300 in cash and more heroin outside the apartment, police said.

Eight people were ultimately located and arrested.

Luis Rivera 38, of Hartford, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and interfering with a search warrant.

Armando Colon, 47, of Hartford, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal trespass.

Eduardo Ortiz, 33, of Hartford, was charged with possession of narcotics and criminal trespass.

Frank White, 58, of Hartford, was charged with possession of narcotics and criminal trespass.

Ramon Benitez, 33, of Hartford, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates and insufficient insurance.

Hipolito Aldana, 21, of Hartford, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.

Teresita Castro-Luna, 52, of Hartford, was charged with criminal trespass.

The Vice and Narcotics Unit, members of the South CSOs and the Hartford Emergency Response team all had a part in the operation.

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Police Identify Driver Killed in Crash on I-91 in Meriden


One person died following a crash on I-91 in Meriden Friday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as Thomas Diaz, 54, of New Haven.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened near exit 16 just before 4 p.m.

According to police, Diaz was driving a Mitsubishi Galant E in the right lane on I-91 south, then traveled across the highway, striking a Chevy Express G2500 traveling in the left lane. Diaz’s vehicle then went across the median into the northbound lanes and collided with a Ford F350 driving in the left lane of northbound traffic.

Diaz was ejected from his car during the accident. He transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

The occupants of the Chevrolet reported no injuries. The occupants of the Ford reported minor injuries but refused medical attention on scene.

Police said the highway going northbound was completely closed, while only the left lane going southbound was closed, but both directions have been reopened.

Some drivers told NBC Connecticut that they were stuck in their car for up to four hours.

State police are investigating the accident. Anyone with information should contact TFC Bastura at Troop C at (203) 393-3001 or (203) 393-4200.

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Bristol Police Investigating Deadly Friday Evening Shooting


Bristol police are investigating a fatal Friday evening shooting that resulted in the death of a 63-year-old man.

According to police, officers responded to Woodland Street at around 5:22 p.m. on a report of a shooting incident with a victim on the ground

Police said Daniel J. Caron, with a last known address of Bristol, CT, was shot once in the chest while in the driveway of 240 Woodland Street.

According to police, Caron was transported to Bristol Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

Police said a suspect, Chad Couture, 35, of Bristol, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the first-degree with a firearm as well as criminal possession of a firearm.

According to police, Couture is being held on $500,000 bond.

Investigators said they recovered multiple pieces of evidence from the scene, including a handgun.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Mexican Model Vanishes After Leaving Brooklyn Apartment: NYPD


A model from Mexico last seen leaving her Brooklyn apartment has been missing since Sunday, sparking a desperate search by family and friends in New York City. 

Geraldine Mendez, 20, arrived in New York City in August to do some fashion shows, according to her father, who flew in from Mexico to help find her. She was last seen leaving her Bushwick apartment Sunday morning. 

"I don't think there could be greater pain than knowing your daughter is in a city alone, in a fragile situation," Hugo Mendez told NBC 4 New York in Spanish. 

Geraldine's social media show pictures and videos of her traveling the world and discovering New York. There has been no update since she disappeared. 

"Geraldine is what I call a happy hippie," said friend Kris Kemp. "She's creative like most of the people here, so she was just kind of hanging out with different people here." 

Friends and family were knocking on doors through the neighborhood, seeking any leads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy Mendez Family

Halloween Mask Robber Kills Calif. Jack in the Box Worker


A Jack in the Box employee died after he was shot Friday night by a masked man who attempted to rob the fast-food restaurant in El Monte, California.

The attempted robbery and shooting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the 9200 block of Flair Drive, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A man wearing a Halloween mask -- it was unclear what kind -- entered the restaurant, jumped the counter and shot a male employee before he ran off empty handed and fled in a car.

It was unknown how many times the robber fired his gun. Employees and patrons ran away when he started shooting.

The employee was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was withheld pending family notification.

Detailed descriptions of the shooter and his vehicle were not immediately available.

Authorities plan to look through surveillance video, Rosson said.

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Baby Survives 'Second Birth' After Emergency Surgery


A baby in Texas with a rare birth defect who was removed from the womb at 23 weeks to undergo surgery and then put back in her mother's uterus is nothing short of a miracle.

Early in her pregnancy, Margaret Boemer got some scary news about her baby.

"At 16 weeks, being pregnant I found out that our baby had Sacrococcygeal Teratoma," Boehmer recalled.

Surgeon Darrell Cass at Texas Children's Hospital says when babies are born with SCT it is almost always fixable, but when they see it on a fetus there are far fewer successes. So when Boemer's checkup revealed baby Lynlee was going into heart failure, she had no option but to try fetal surgery.

"We knew that if we didn't choose the option of emergency surgery that night, that within a day or so she would pass."

During the surgery, a tumor was taken off Lynlee's spine and she was then put back into her mother's womb. From there, blood flow from mom to baby encouraged growth, healing and mom gave a healthy delivery at 36 weeks.

"It was her second birth basically. It was a relief to finally see her and to see that she had made it through after the open fetal surgery her heart had time to heal while I was still pregnant with her so she has no heart issues now and is just doing amazing," beamed Boemer.

Lynlee is now 4 months old.

Stafford Intersection Closed After Car Strikes Pole


A Stafford intersection was closed for hours after an accident on Route 190.

Connecticut state police said a car struck a pole near the intersection of Route 190 and Church Street early Saturday morning. The road was closed through Saturday afternoon while crews worked to repair the pole.

Details on injuries were not immediately available.

Brother and Sister Killed During Georgia Home Invasion


Two children were killed Saturday during an apparent home invasion in Clayton County, Georgia, while their parents were out, police said. No suspects were caught.

Authorities received a call from someone inside the home at about 5 a.m. ET who said an intruder had broken in and was shooting, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury told NBC News.

Officers arrived to find signs of a forced entry and two siblings — 15-year-old Daveon Coates and his 11-year-old sister, Tatiyana Coates — shot to death. They were "shot at least once," Marbury said.

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11th Woman Accuses Trump of Inappropriate Sexual Conduct


An adult film performer came forward Saturday alleging Donald Trump kissed her without permission 10 years ago and offered her money and the use of his private jet, becoming the 11th woman to accuse the Republican presidential candidate of inappropriate sexual behavior since the leaked footage of Trump making inappropriate comments. 

Jessica Drake appeared with prominent attorney Gloria Allred, who warned Trump at the start of a press conference that if he sued all of the accusers as he pledged hours earlier, the women involved would have the option to file cross complaints. 

"Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Trump," Allred said. "If you sue the accusers, the lawyers who represent these woman will have the opportunity to depose you." 

Drake who worked for Wicked Pictures as an adult performer and director, accused Trump of grabbing her and kissing her without permission in a California hotel room in 2006. She showed a photo of herself with Trump at the time they met.

"I understand I may be called a liar or an opportunist but I will risk that in order to stand in solidarity with women who share similar accounts that span many, many years," Drake said. 

She said she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and alleged that he flirted with her, asked her for her number and invited her to his penthouse suite. She said she "didn't feel right going alone" so she took two colleagues with her. 

Trump grabbed all of the women "tightly in a hug" and kissed them without their permission when they entered the room, she said. 

Drake said after she left, several invitations that night to meet with Trump followed that she declined. First a man called her then the businessman did, she said.  

"Donald then asked me, 'What do you want? How much?'" Drake said of a phone conversation. 

After that, Drake claims another call came from "either Donald" or someone on Trump's behalf offering her $10,000 which she also declined. 

She also claimed that Trump even offered her the use of his private jet so she could return to work in Los Angeles afterward. 

Drake said she told some friends afterward what happened and that she might be a "tiny grain of sand but clearly this is an enormous beach." 

"I am choosing to share my personal exchange in light of the recently released tapes in order to lend my voice, my strength and my support to the other women who are coming forward," Drake said. 

Trump, who has has denied all past claims of sexual misconduct, said Drake's story "is totally false and ridiculous."

"The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump," Trump's campaign said in a statement. "Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls."

The statement went on to reference Trump's claims that Hillary Clinton was allegedly involved in paying people to cause fights at a Trump rallies. An Associated Press fact check found that a selectively edited video released by conservative activist James O'Keefe showed a Democratic operative appearing to boast about provoking a violent reaction. But the activist was not directly employed by the Clinton campaign or Democratic National Committee and both have denounced the comments.

"Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing," Trump's statement said. "Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election."

Allred, who previously held news conferences with two other Trump accusers, served as an elected delegate during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for Clinton in July. 

A Trump campaign representative last week alleged a "coordinated" attack between Allred and the Clinton campaign, which Allred denies. 

Earlier on Saturday, Trump threatened legal action against every woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. 

"All of these liars will be sued once the election is over," Trump vowed during a speech in in Gettysburg, adding, "I look so forward to doing that." 

Allred in return vowed an "army of lawyers" would come forward to defend the women should he file a lawsuit and predicted members of the public would fund a campaign on the women's behalf.

Clinton, speaking on her campaign plane on Saturday, called it "not accurate" that her campaign or Democrats were encouraging women to come forward with accusations, The Associated Press reported. 

"I saw where our opponent Donald Trump went to Gettysburg, one of the most extraordinary places in American history, and basically said if he's president he'll spend his time suing women who have made charges against him based on his behavior," Clinton said.

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Family of Bristol Man Killed in Shooting Speaks Out


Saturday Dan Caron was remembered as a man who would do anything for his family and friends. It was a friend, that Caron’s family says killed the 63-year-old father of four Friday evening.

“They were just good friends. They were good buddies. They hung out all the time, I think. They were together a lot,” said his 20-year-old daughter Nicole Caron.

Caron said her father knew 35-year-old suspect Chad Couture through the tool manufacturing industry they both worked in. Now, Couture is behind bars on charges of first degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a firearm for allegedly shooting Caron in the chest, in the driveway of his parents’ home.

“I’ve met him on multiple occasions. He’s been here before. He lived right down the street,” Caron recalled.

Bristol Police wouldn’t comment on the pair’s relationship or a motive. Investigators said they recovered a handgun at the crime scene, 240 Woodland Street.

“It doesn’t seem real. You know, my dad, I don’t know how this could happen to him,” said Caron.

Shelly Krpata was married to Caron for 18 years. Despite their divorce two-years-ago she said he remained present her life.

“He was also there to help out when he was needed. He would drop everything and help the kids,” Krpata said.

Described as an outgoing, social man who loved his family, Caron spent most of his life in Bristol before moving in with his sister in Harwinton, recently.

"My dad was just a very charismatic just kind friendly, just friendly man. He had a very good spirit,” said Caron.

As she looked at pictures of her father when she was first born she’s left wondering why her father was killed.

“I love him. I love him so much and I just want people to know he was a good person, he was,” she added.

Couture’s bond was set at $500,000. 

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Water Main Break Closes Dyer Avenue in Canton for Hours


Dozens of residents in Canton woke up without water Saturday morning after a water main break on Dyer Avenue.

An ambulance company spotted water leaking out onto the street near a fire hydrant around 4 a.m. Saturday. The water had begun to undermine the road by the time crews arrived.

Connecticut Water was called in to repair the break. Dyer Avenue was closed near Gildersleeve Avenue while crews worked. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the water company and the Canton fire department were still on scene trying to repair the break.

It is unclear exactly how many customers are affected.

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Seymour Police Seek Liquor Store Burglary Suspect


Seymour police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in a burglary at a local liquor store.

Police said the suspect pictured above robbed the Crown Liquors Package Store on New Haven Road Saturday.

Anyone with information on this crime, or who recognizes the subject in the photo, is asked to contact Inspector Joe DeNigris at (203) 881-7624.

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History Made! Cubs Advance to the World Series


For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Kyle Hendricks allowed a lead-off single to Andrew Toles to start the game, but he was quickly erased on another stellar defensive play by Javier Baez. Corey Seager hit a soft grounder to the Cubs' second baseman, and he started a 4-3 double play to get the Cubs out of trouble.

The Cubs' offense immediately took advantage in the bottom of the first as they got back-to-back hits off of Clayton Kershaw. Dexter Fowler hit a ground rule double down the right field line, and he was chased home by a Kris Bryant RBI single to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

After an error by Toles allowed runners to get to second and third, Ben Zobrist lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Bryant and putting the Cubs ahead by a 2-0 margin.

Outside Wrigley Field, the City of Chicago's Office Emergency Management & Communications announced just before 8 p.m. that because of the crowd size, no additional pedestrians would be allowed on Clark Street between Newport and Addison.

Back inside the ballpark, the Cubs extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning. Addison Russell socked a double into left field, and he later scored on an RBI single by Fowler to make it a three run game.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Hendricks, the Cubs had another chance to score in the third inning but couldn't convert. Rizzo socked a double into the gap, but he was stranded as Zobrist flew out and Baez struck out to end the frame and keep the Dodgers within shouting distance.

Willson Contreras made his presence felt in a big way in the fourth inning, cracking a solo home run over the left field wall to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Hendricks' domination continued with another perfect inning in the fifth, and he was picked up again by his offense in the bottom of the inning. This time it was Rizzo doing the honors, blasting a home run to the right field bleachers to make it a 5-0 game.

Hendricks continued to cruise into the eighth inning when he gave up a one-out single to Josh Reddick. Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Aroldis Chapman, and the decision paid off as Joc Pederson grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Cubs ahead.

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Make-A-Wish Builds 'Fantasy Fenway' in Windsor Family’s Yard


Hundreds of people came together to grant the wish of a 10-year-old baseball fan in Connecticut.

When Make-a-Wish approached Thomas Hastings, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Thomas knew he wanted a ball park in his backyard. What he didn’t know was that hundreds of people in his Windsor community would come together to create a scale replica of Fenway Park in the Hastings family’s backyard.

"At first when I wished for the baseball field I didn’t expect to get a mini-Fenway park. I just thought I was just gonna get a little flattened area and some bases and not Fenway grass, I didn’t expect that was going to happen," Thomas Hastings said.

Thomas created artwork and wrote down aspects of Fenway Park he wanted included in the field, and the community did the rest. It took 34 days to transform Thomas’s hilly backyard into a mini-Fenway Park, complete with all the bells and whistles including a wheelchair-accessible Green Monster.

On Saturday, dozens of people turned out for opening ceremonies at the park. Thomas’s parents say the community support has been overwhelming.

"So many people donating their time, you know, more important than writing a check, showing Thomas that people really do care and people want to do something to make him have a great experience," Thomas’s mother Mary Hastings said.

"It started off as Thomas’s wish for a baseball field in the town, in his backyard, and the town of Windsor came together, local contractors, everybody, and just made it so much more," said father Brad Hastings.

Thomas visits Fenway often and has even thrown out the first pitch at a game. But now he has a place all his own to play baseball with friends and family anytime he wants.

"Thomas faces many challenges," Brad Hastings said. "He’s had 14 surgeries. Dealing with the muscular dystrophy can be tough. Here it all disappears. Here’s Fenway Park in his backyard, where the magic is. Where he can forget about everything."

On Saturday, they celebrated with the community over Wiffle ball and refreshments. Thomas threw the first pitch to Keith Herzig, chairman of the board for Make-a-Wish Connecticut.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Michael Dominick said Thomas’s wish exceeded all expectations.

"We dream big at Make-a-Wish, this is a bigger than even we had dreamed," Dominick said.

Dominick said Thomas is an inspiration because he never lets his condition slow him down.

"He doesn’t let it confine him or define him at all," Dominick said.

Pam Keough, the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut, described Saturday as one of the most exciting days she’s had as part of the organization.

"We do a lot of things for the community and for folks out there but nothing like Thomas’s wish I’ve ever seen since I’ve been a part of this," Keough said.

Thomas said he looks forward to having his friends over to play ball, including his teammates on the University of Hartford Hawks baseball team.

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Toxic Fire Sickens More Than 1,000 in Iraq; ISIS Suspected


Nearly 1,000 people south of the Iraqi city of Mosul have been treated for breathing problems after a sulfur plant caught fire earlier this week, Reuters reports.

ISIS militants are suspected to have started the fire earlier this week as Iraqi forces moved in on ISIS fighters lodged in the area of Mishraq, according to U.S. military officials.

The Iraqi government is currently working on extinguishing the fires, along with oil well fires also set earlier in the week. Officials estimate it could take up to three days.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the toxic fumes, say sources at a hospital in the town of Qayyara, which is south of Mosul. Iraqi troops are in the midst of moving in on the ISIS-held city to reclaim it from the violent radical extremist group.

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Mega-Merger: AT&T to Buy Time Warner in $85.4B Deal


It's official. AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion and form a new company, in a blockbuster deal that carries with it the potential to reshape the media industry.

AT&T will pay $107.50 a share per Time Warner share in cash and stock, the company said in a formal announcement. 

The deal means AT&T will acquire HBO, Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros., which would give the telecom company ownership of television channels, publications and websites. The properties include Cinemax, The CW, Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT and TBS, which has deals to carry MLB and NBA games, DC Comics, Bleacher Report, SI.com and NASCAR.com.

AT&T's purchase of Time Warner includes small $500 million reverse break-up fee, in a sign of confidence it will pass anti-trust review, NBC News reported.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that under a potential GOP White House, his administration would not approve the deal. 

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