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NBC News Projects Clinton Wins Connecticut


NBC News projects Democrat Hillary Clinton as the winner of the presidential race in Connecticut, but Republican Donald Trump defeated her for the presidency.


Clinton was awarded the state's seven electoral votes, but the result is no surprise for the safely Democratic state. 

The last figures the Secretary of the State issued listed the statewide average voter turnout at 50 percent, but that was two hours before polls closed.

Around 30,000 people had used same-day voter registration to cast ballots in the presidential election, according to the Secretary of the State's Office.

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Clinton Addresses Supporters


Acknowledging biting disappointment and a painful loss, Hillary Clinton urged supporters Wednesday to accept the outcome of the presidential election and continue working together toward a better America. 

"Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead," Clinton said at an emotional concession speech at the New Yorker hotel in midtown Manhattan. 

Echoing the slogan that propelled her campaign over the last year and a half, Clinton said when she spoke to president-elect Donald Trump early Wednesday, she offered to work with him on behalf of all Americans. And, shortly before noon, she asked her supporters to do the same. 

"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," Clinton said. "This is painful and it will be for a long time but I want you to remember this -- our campaign was never about one person or even about one election. It was about building a better America. We have seen that our country is more divided than we thought but I still believe in America and I always will."

Dressed in a purple and black suit that matched the colors her husband Bill Clinton wore as he stood on the stage beside her at the New Yorker hotel in midtown, Clinton acknowledged the disappointment her supporters feel. 

"This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country," Clinton said. 

The Democratic nominee for president entered the room to boisterous applause, where she was introduced by running mate Tim Kaine. She hugged supporters as senior aides were seen quietly sobbing; some had to leave the room.

In remarks that bore no ill will nor negativity to the president-elect or the often caustic campaign, Clinton spoke of the vibrant diversity and creativity that defined her electoral base and espoused the values of constitutional democracy that protect the rule of law and afford equal rights and opportunity to all. 

The former secretary of state expressed "pride and gratitude" for those who supported her campaign, and said she was proud to be a champion for young women across the country. 

"Never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it," Clinton said. "And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams." 

Clinton acknowledged that America has not "shattered that highest and hardest ceiling" with her failed bid for the White House. But, she said, "someday, somebody will." 

NBC News data showed Clinton was actually leading the Republican candidate in the nationwide popular vote by almost 200,000 votes, though he was ahead comfortably in the electoral college that ultimately decides the presidency. 

It would mark the second time in five elections that a Democrat won the popular vote but lost the electoral college, after the George W. Bush - Al Gore race in 2000. 

Exit polls showed that Clinton did best with women, blacks and Hispanics, while Trump dominated among men and white voters. 

"I'm proud of Hillary Clinton because she has been and is a great history-maker in everything she's done," Kaine said in introducing her. 

"We know that the work remains. We know that the dreams of empowering children and families remain," he added.

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Look: Trump's Victory on Front Pages Across the World


Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a stunner of a presidential race that was called around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Despite the race being called so late, newspapers were still able to spread the word of the winning candidate. Many shared their front pages on Twitter. 

See how they reported the news:

Here are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, Liberation, El Periodico, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, Noticia and Milenio.

The Seattle Times

Tampa Bay Times

Boston Herald

Star Tribune

The Detroit News

Dallas Morning News

The Birmingham News

Arizona Republic

For more historic front pages, check out the list compiled by the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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2000 All Over Again? Popular Vote Still Up in the Air


As the remaining ballots cast in Tuesday's presidential election are counted Wednesday, there's the possibility Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote after having lost the electoral college to Donald Trump.

As of 10:12 a.m. Wednesday, Clinton held a lead of more than 170,000 votes nationally, NBC News reported. She conceded the race, however, early Wednesday morning after Trump took Wisconsin, putting the electoral college out of her reach. 

If Clinton wins the popular vote after losing the electoral college, it would be the second time in 16 years a Democratic nominee has done so. 

In 2000, Al Gore lost the electoral college to George W. Bush, but won the popular vote by more than 500,000 votes.

Three other nominees have taken the presidency without winning the national vote, all in the 19th century.

In 1888, Benjamin Harrison defeated Grover Cleveland without carrying the popular vote. Just 11 years prior, Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Samuel J. Tilden by one electoral vote, but lost the popular vote, according to factcheck.org

And in the 1824 election, John Quincy Adams defeated Andrew Jackson without winning the electoral college or the popular vote. Jackson carried a majority of the popular vote in the election, but neither he nor Adams won a majority of electoral votes. 

The election was sent to the House of Representatives, which chose Adams as president. 

The electoral college was established in the Constitution. In the system, electors appointed by the winning party cast votes for their nominee based on the popular vote in the state. Each elector is granted one vote for president and one vote for vice president. 

Most states require all electoral votes go to the winner of the popular vote, except for Maine and Nebraska, which use a "district system." 

In the district system, two electors vote based on the popular vote, and another elector casts a ballot based on each congressional district's popular vote. 

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Ansonia Police Seek Missing 16-Year-Old


Ansonia police are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 16-year-old girl who may be a danger to herself.

Maria Breanna Romero is described as 5-foot-3, 130 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police said Romero left a note saying she intended to harm herself before leaving her home.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885.

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A Few Showers Today, Another Dry Period Begins Thursday


Very little rain is in the extended forecast.

A cold front sweeps through on Wednesday and with it will come a few showers.

Recent trends have been for less rain. Most areas won't even pick up a quarter inch of new rain.

Temperatures will rise into the middle 50s.

Thursday and Friday both look dry with abundant sunshine. Temperatures will be seasonable, in the middle 50s.

It will be breezy and chilly on Saturday with a blend of clouds and sunshine. Highs will only be in the 40s.

The Great Lakes are still quite warm, so even the smallest amount of relative cold over the lakes results in lake-effect clouds.

More sunshine is expected Sunday, when it will be warmer, with temperatures in the middle 50s.

Early next week, Monday and Tuesday should be dry with highs in the middle and upper 50s.

If less than 0.12 inches of rain fall before next Tuesday, the rainfall deficit will hit 20 inches in the Hartford area.

Undocumented Immigrants Tell Trump They're #HereToStay


Donald Trump has vowed to deport undocumented immigrants from the United States, but after his victory was announced early Wednesday, undocumented immigrants answered back on Twitter, NBC News reported.

They expressed solidarity against the president-elect's deportation promise, with #HereToStay beginning to trend on Twitter.

"I'm 18.. I've lived here for 17 years... This is my home.. #HereToStay," one user wrote.

Trump announced his candidacy last year by vowing to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to keep out “rapists and murderers.” His proposed deportation policy would impact as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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5 Portland Students Report Feeling Dizzy


The Portland High School and Middle School were evacuated Wednesday morning after five students reported feeling sick or dizzy.

School officials said they evacuated the campus on High Street  around 10 a.m. and EMTs evaluated the students.

Firefighters checked the school out and deemed safe, but officials are not sure what caused the students to become ill, and the incident left some students shaken.

"My friend started hyperventilating she was getting like really, really hot and scared and so we just laid her down and she passed out right then and there," said student Shelby Penoit.

Those who reported feeling sick either went home or were eventually taken back to class, officials said.

No one was taken to the hospital and school is back in session.

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Governor 'Disappointed,' But 'We Are Resilient'


Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference this morning, the day after the presidential election that brought 75 to 80 percent of registered Connecticut voters out to the polls, and the Democrat said he's disappointed in the results of the presidential election, but the state will not be weakened. 

"We are blessed to live in not just the best country -- greatest country -- on earth, but the most magnificent democracy in the history of the world. While I am disappointed in the results of last night’s presidential election, I know that we are not weakened as a country or a state. We are resilient," Malloy said.

Republican Donald Trump won the election to become president-elect. 

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, NBC News projects that 42 percent of Connecticut voters voted for Trump, while 54 percent voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Clinton called Trump early this morning to concede. 

Malloy then cites reasons the people of the United States are resilient. 

"(N)ationally we will have a peaceful transition of power from one leader to another, no matter how strongly any of us felt about the electio results, we have that" Malloy said. 

"We should not for one second take this transition for granted, or fail to recognize just how important it is, and how special it makes us and really separates us from other governments around the world. At the end of any election – federal, state or municipal – the peaceful transition of power is at the very heart of what it makes America great," he added.

He went on to say everyone can say what they want about the election results, ask questions of one another and demand answers.

Connecticut Republicans gained seats in the state House of Representatives during the election, with Democrats going from an 87 to 64 majority to a 79 to 72 majority.

In the Senate, there is an 18 to 18 split. 

When he was asked about the split in the state Senate, Malloy said, “We have the Lieutenant Governor who will play a role. On the other hand, we came very close to having a truly bipartisan or non-partisan budget last year and it fell apart over relatively tiny things that shouldn’t have separated people.”

In the event of a tie in the state Senate, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman can break it.

“The Constitution is clear that the Lieutenant Governor breaks a tie in the Senate. That said, we are committed to working with our Republican colleagues in the hopes of reaching bipartisan solutions to Connecticut’s challenges. The Senate Democratic Caucus will continue to pursue an aggressive agenda to grow jobs, strengthen our economy and help middle class families get ahead," Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said in a statement.

Malloy said there will be new leadership in the House and a different “vibe to the Senate.”

“Let’s try to work together,” Malloy said. 

Malloy said he plans to invite legislative leaders from both parties to begin speaking about how to move forward together. 

"Connecticut can show the country that we can continue to make progress, even when we feel divided. We can demonstrate that it is possible to fight hard throughout a tough election, and then get back to work on behalf of our constituents," Malloy said.

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3 Firefighters Suffer Minor Injuries Battling Hamden Fire


Three firefighters were injured while responding to a fire on Choate Avenue in Hamden on Wednesday.

Officials said flames broke out at 787 Choate Avenue around 11 a.m. and the fire is now under control. Three firefighters, who were first on the scene, were evaluated for minor burns and injuries.

The couple who lives in the home was home at the time of the fire but heard the smoke detector and escaped unharmed.

The fire appears to have started on the lower level of the home and spread upstairs, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Police Investigating Bank Robbery in New London


Police are investigating a bank robbery at Chelsea Groton Bank on Montauk Avenue in New London. 

A man went into the bank around 9:40 a.m., passed a note to an employee and left with cash, police said. 

No one was hurt during the robbery and police are investigating. 

The robber is around 6-foot-3, has a scruffy beard and was wearing a black winter jacket with a hood, light colored jeans and black shoes, police said.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Election Results


Donald Trump is now the U.S. president-elect, and after a polarizing and rancorous campaign many parents who supported Hillary Clinton are wondering: "What do I say to my kids?"

"Today" child development expert and mother of four Dr. Deborah Gilboa recommends parents should keep these things in mind:

1. Teach your kids about how the government works, especially about the system of checks and balances.

2. Read stories with them that align with your values.

3. Get your kids involved in spreading messages of love.

4. Don't lie about what happened. 

5. If your daughter was excited for the first female president, remind her the fight is not over.

6. Don't make unnecessary jokes, such as saying you are moving to Canada.

7. If your child is worried about friends or family who are immigrants, be honest but optimistic about the future.

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Hillary Clinton: 'I Still Believe in America'


Hillary Clinton said she felt "pride and gratitude" for her campaign on Wednesday morning, hours after her shocking defeat at the hands of Donald Trump.

Clinton to Little Girls: 'Never Doubt That You Are Valuable'


Hillary Clinton, in her concession speech, assured that a woman would ascend to the presidency one day, and encouraged young women to remain hopeful and strong.

Ryan: Trump Win Was 'Most Incredible Political Feat'


House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at a press conference in Wisconsin Wednesday, calling Donald Trump's win "the most incredible political feat I've seen in my lifetime.'

West Haven Homeowner Interrupts Burglary in Progress: Police


West Haven police are investigating after a resident interrupted a home burglary.

Police said the incident happened in the area of Washington Avenue and Brown Street.

Police responded with a K9 team to track the suspect but were unsuccessful. Officers were posted inside the nearby Washington and Saint Lawrence Schools while the search was underway and the students are safe.

The suspect is being described as a heavy-set male wearing a dark red or maroon hoodie and green backpack.

No other information was available.

Anyone with information should contact the West Haven Police Department.

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Hassan Declares Victory Over Ayotte in NH Senate Race


New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has declared victory over incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte in the New Hampshire Senate race.

Hassan announced the results Wednesday morning. She said there are a few votes left to count, but that she is confident she maintains the lead.

NBC News' decision desk says the race is too close to call. With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Hassan had 353,978 votes to Ayotte's 353,262.

Kelly for New Hampshire spokeswoman Liz Johnson released the following statement: "This has been a closely contested race from the beginning and we look forward to results being announced by the secretary of state, and ensuring that every vote is counted in this race that has received an historic level of interest."

Hassan said, "I believe we are stronger when we listen to all voices and all perspectives. We are stronger when we are working to ensure that every person has the opportunity to share in our nation's success."

She said she had not yet heard from Ayotte.

She added that she is excited to get to work.

"In the United States Senate, I will always put the people of New Hampshire first," she said.

Ayotte said she did not expect to know whether she won or lost the U.S. Senate race on Tuesday night. But she said she felt "really upbeat" about her chances.

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Dating App Helps Americans Connect With Single Canadians


Americans looking to move to Canada now that Donald Trump clinched the presidency have a new social dating app that might help with the process. 

Maple Match connects Americans and Canadians looking for romance with an added bonus: a chance for a PR card, Canada's version of a green card.

Maple Match profiles offer an option to list citizenship status and which citizenship you might be interested in obtaining.

"Tens of thousands of you have told us that they want to use Maple Match for dating, so we look forward to building the best experience out there for meeting quality matches online," the site says. 

The app surveys users for their political preferences and asks what their ideal partner’s political leaning should be. Unlike other dating apps, there is no “swipe” option on Maple Match. The app picks a set number of potential partners based on user’s preferences. 

Maple Match was actively tweeting throughout Election Day, reminding Americans of the possibility of obtaining Canadian citizenship. Meanwhile, Canada's immigration website crashed as election results came in. Google trends also reported the highest spike in the "move to Canada" search since 2004.

Founder and CEO Joe Goldman told NBC that the iOS app officially launched on Saturday, Nov. 5. It has been an iOS beta app since May.

As of Wednesday morning, Maple Match was ranked the 61st social networking app in the Apple App Store.

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Little Chance for Beneficial Rain in Next Seven Days


Multiple areas of high pressure will dominate Connecticut's weather over the next several days.

First Alert forecasters study ensemble forecasts to gauge the probability of certain weather events.

The European model is run 51 different times, and clearly depicts the slim chance for rain through early next week.

The image above shows the chance for at least a tenth of an inch of rainfall between today and next Tuesday, when you average the 51 different iterations of the model.

Notice the very low probability over a large portion of southern New England, between zero and 10 percent.

By next Tuesday, the rainfall deficit in the Hartford area will be over 20 inches since January 1, 2015.

Students Hold Protests, Sit-Ins Over Trump Presidential Win


Students at UConn are marching in protest after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election and students at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury are holding a sit-in.

UConn students are marching in mass, chanting “Donald Trump has to go” along with the school “UConn! Huskies”” chant, according to a Tweet from a staff member.

Connecticut was one of the states that Hillary Clinton won, 54 percent to 42 percent, over Trump.

Ethel Walker School is a middle and high school for girls from throughout the United States and abroad and a senior organized the sit-in.

"Our goal today is to convey the message that the result of the election is more than politics and news headlines. For many, the results of this election threaten safety, peace, and survival,” Eshita Rahman, said in a statement the school released. “At an all girls school, we have been taught that if women are well-prepared and hardworking, we can rise above systematic sexism - however, last night's results prove this to still be wrong today."

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