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Sanders Releases Statement on Trump


U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders opposes most of Donald Trump's views, but is prepared to work with him on "policies that improve the lives of working families" in order to move the country forward.

The former candidate for president, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, said in a statement on Trump's election released Wednesday that, "Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media."

He added, "People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids - all while the very rich become much richer."

While Sanders said progressives will work together with Trump to help struggling Americans, he warned that they will not tolerate bigotry.

"To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."

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Dow Hits Record High as Traders Digest Election Results


The Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new all-time high just after trading began Thursday morning, continuing its surge since the election.

The new all-time high is 18,712.55. The previous all-time high was 18,668.44.

U.S. stock index futures rose Thursday ahead of the opening bell, CNBC reported. It was widely expected that if Donald Trump won the presidency there would be chaos in the markets because Wall Street had expected a win by Hillary Clinton. But investors on Wednesday drove up industrials and infrastructure stocks after Trump talked about projects in those areas in his acceptance speech.

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Police Investigate Burglary at Bristol Jewelry Store


Police are investigating a burglary at Michael’s Jewelers in Bristol early Thursday morning.

Police responded to the shop at 99 Farmington Ave. just after 2:30 a.m.

No additional information was immediately available and police have not made any arrests.

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East Hampton Man Flown from Scene of Colchester Crash


An East Hampton man was seriously injured in a crash on Parum Road in Colchester on Wednesday night. 

State Police said the Nissan Altima 27-year-old Nicholas Gosselin, of East Hampton, was driving spun out of control on Parum Road around 10 p.m. and collided with a GMC Sierra. 

LifeStar medical transport helicopter flew Gosselin from the scene to Hartford Hospital and police said his injuries are potentially serious. 

The other driver, 32-year-old Nick Pasqualini, of Uncasville, was transported to William W. Backus Hospital and his injuries are believed to be minor. 

Parum Road was closed as police investigated.

Crash on Route 101 in Killingly is Fatal: Police


A crash that closed Route 101 in Killingly from Wednesday evening through the morning rush hour on Thursday was fatal, according to state police.

State police said the crash happened near Williamsville Road and a couple of poles that were knocked down need to be repaired.

Pedestrian Struck on Main Street in Middletown

Dry, Chilly Start to Weekend Expected


A dry weekend is expected, and Saturday will be chilly and breezy.

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

Later Friday, it will turn windy behind a cold front.

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

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.

The rainfall deficit (since 2015) will hit 20 inches in the Hartford area on Tuesday.

It's possible that some rain is nearby later Tuesday into Wednesday.

Drought Remains Severe in Much of Connecticut


Each Thursday, the National Drought Mitigation Center releases its updated Drought Monitor.

This week's update shows no change from last week.

Currently, most of the state is considered to be in a "severe drought," while eastern Connecticut is in a lesser, "moderate drought."

This is the worst drought since 2002.

The forecast into next week is quite dry, so the drought will likely get worse by the time next Thursday's update is released.

In fact, the rainfall deficit (since 2015) will be over 20 inches in the Hartford area come Tuesday.

Shoulder Getting By After Truck Fire on I-95 South in Clinton

Driver Rescued from Metro-North Tracks in West Haven


A driver who suffered a medical emergency was rescued from Metro-North train tracks in West Haven early Thursday morning. 

Police said the driver hit several parked cars around 1:20 a.m. at the train station on Railroad Avenue and landed on the tracks. 

The tracks were shut down as emergency crews rescued the driver, who police said suffered a medical issue. She was then taken to the hospital.

The cars the woman hit were parked and empty.

Metro-North police said there are no delays to train service. 

A small fence and a light were damaged and the driver’s car has been removed from the tracks.

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Navy Dad Surprises Sons With Homecoming at Colchester School


A Colchester dad gave his sons the best early Veterans Day surprise on Thursday morning when he showed up at Colchester Elementary School after being away for almost a year. 

Mikey Viggiani said he thought he was going to get books when he instead walked into a full auditorium for the annual Veterans Day ceremony and into the arms of his dad, Senior Chief Petty Officer Leonard Viggiani, who just returned from and eight-month U.S. Navy deployment in Africa. 

“I think it’s very exciting. They said we were going to get books for Mrs. Lang. No, we weren’t,” Mikey Viggiani said. “I was psyched. I was really excited to see him.” 

Senior Chief Petty Officer Viggiani wasn’t expecting the huge welcome when he arrived at school to see his sons, Mikey and Miles, and his wife, Karen. 

“I just wanted to surprise them. I didn’t know it was going to be anything this grand,” Leonard Viggiani said. 

Karen Viggiani was thrilled that they were able to surprise the boys. 

“I just can’t believe we pulled it off. We weren’t sure it was going to happen. With the military, you never know if you’ll be able to make it home in time or not. Trying to keep this town a secret is really hard. But I’m so thrilled we were able to do it. It’s been really hard for the family,” she said. 

For the last couple of Veterans Day celebrations, Leonard Viggiani sent in photos and mementoes from deployments. 

“This time, being gone for a year, I wanted to do something a little better so I sent them a video and just wanted to surprise them by coming home,” he said.

Several veterans were also at the ceremony and the students sang songs.

“Didn’t know it was going to be this crazy, but I’m glad we were able to do something special for them,” Senior Chief Petty Officer Viggiani said.

Viggiani, who has been in the Navy for 19 years, said he had butterflies and will be home for the weekend before going back to Norfolk, Virginia. Then, he will be home for a few years. 

“Absolutely insane. Huge butterflies. I haven’t seen these guys in about eight months. So it’s been a long time, way too long,” he said. ”Very happy to be home and back with my family.” 

Viggiani said Colchester always puts on an amazing Veterans Day celebration. 

“We love our veterans here. They honor every single one of us, every single one is very special and they make sure we know that,” he said.

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More Voters Chose Clinton but Got Trump


It appears more Americans chose Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, but got Donald Trump.

Votes are still being counted, but it looks almost certain that despite losing the presidency, Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote, NBC News reported. 

And likely by a million or more votes — a much larger margin than Al Gore enjoyed in 2000, when he too was denied by the Electoral College even though he had more votes.

If the candidate who got fewer votes wins the White House for the second time in five elections, it could put a new spotlight on the peculiar way that America picks its presidents — one not shared by any other democracy.

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Vandals Spray ‘Trump 2016’ Over Message of Unity


After learning the results of the polarizing presidential election, East Haddam resident Theresa Govert felt compelled to paint a sign with a powerful message she wanted to share with her town but someone vandalized it within a day and spray painted “Trump 2016” over it.

The sign says, “Dear Muslims, immigrants, women, disabled, LGBTQ and all people of color, we love you boldly and proudly. We will endure,” which was taken from a Tweet by writer and activist Shaun King.

Govert said she thought it was something people needed to see after the election.

“I just wanted to make sure that even in our small community that anyone who did feel marginalized felt supported and it’s about coming together,” she said.

Govert painted the sign and put it up at Wilmer F Palmer Road and Route 149 on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday morning, someone has spray painted over the message with “Trump 2016.”

Govert said she knew when she painted the sign that there was a chance someone might deface the sign, but she wasn’t expecting it to happen with the name of the President-elect.

“A sign that is encouraging love to use his name to do the opposite seems counterproductive,” she said.

Residents who were supportive of the sign’s original message were shocked by the vandalism.

“I hope that’s not the message that the Trump presidency has, to be racist and prejudiced,” George Hungerford, a lifelong East Haddam resident, said.

“Unless you have everyone together, you cannot make America great again,” Kate O’Boyle said.

Another longtime resident, Nancy Murray, was so shocked by the sign that she bought a bucket of paint and painted over the graffiti.

“They’re trying to divide us,” she said. “We just don’t want division here.”

Govert said she plans to paint another sign with the same message and post it once again.

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How Will President Trump Manage His Businesses?


President-elect Donald Trump controls more than 500 companies across many industries and will face many issues that will affect his private interests when conducting economic business in the Oval Office, NBC News reported. 

"The sheer scale and private nature of his business suggest it would be an unprecedented and potentially thorny situation for a president," said Ari Melber, MSNBC's chief legal correspondent.

Trump has said that he will hand his brand over to his children while he runs the country. He’s also promised to follow sanctions imposed on private businesses by the government.

Click through for analysis on how President Trump will handle his massive holdings.

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WATCH: Obama Welcomes Trump to the White House


President Barack Obama welcomed President-elect Donald Trump to the White House Thursday for a private meeting in the Oval Office. After spending roughly 90 minutes together the pair made a brief statement to reporters. Obama said he was "encouraged" by the wide-ranging conversation the pair had, adding that it's important "we call come together" to face the challenges America faces. Trump added that he "very much looks forward" to dealing with President Obama in the future and will rely on his "counsel"

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Trump's Win Sparks Fight-or-Flight Debate on Left


A Donald Trump presidency will soon be reality for America. Supporters have hailed it as the chance for much needed government reform, and protesters in cities across the U.S. have already taken to the streets about their worries and fears.

What was once a joke response among some Hillary Clinton supporters to a disappointing election, moving to Canada or somewhere else, is being taken more seriously. The election results have sparked a debate among liberals on whether to leave the country or remain and fight for progressive causes. 

In the early hours of Wednesday, searches for "move to Canada" peaked, relative to the last seven days, according to Google Trends. "Easiest countries to immigrate to" was a related search.

As the election returns were being counted, 200,000 people visited Canada's immigration website, with half being from U.S. IP addresses, a representative for the Canadian department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship told NBC in an email. And those figures don't account for users trying to access the site after it crashed. 

"The volume for this time period is significantly higher than the same time the previous week, when the website saw just over 17,000 users," the representative said.

Searching for immigration information doesn't take very long, but actually moving to Canada would take a lot longer. The wait time to achieve permanent residency in the country could be months or years, according to immigration attorney David Clarke. He said Trump may not even be president by the time current U.S. citizens finally become Canadian citizens.

Celebrities took to Twitter on election night to sound off on the idea of an exodus.


However, others are arguing against fleeing, saying it is not what will keep America together.

"The social solution is to stay and put up a fight," wrote the writer and activist Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a non-profit organization that helps spread "progressive perspectives" on social issues.

Solomon added that America needs a "united front ... to understand clearly and organize effectively against the Trump regime. Failure to put up a fight should be unthinkable."

Michael Krikorian, the author of the novel “Southside,” wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled "Don’t move to Canada. Stay and fight."

Filmmaker Michael Moore also urged people to stay and face the election results. In a Facebook post Wednesday that has since been shared more than 180,000 times, the prominent liberal wrote a "Morning After To-Do List" for the American people. First on the list: "Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people."

"Any Democratic member of Congress who didn't wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct," Moore added, "must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that's about to begin."

On Thursday, Moore posted a second to-do list, since shared more than 20,000 times. It included forming an opposition movement, as well as impeaching Trump. Moore and other protesters on the left are calling for action that is difficult and time-consuming, but it's clear that they are not backing down. The list concluded, "More to-do tomorrow."

Trump has pledged to serve as president for all Americans in a speech that President Barack Obama said left him feeling "heartened."

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Vandals Strike Again at Historic Cemetery in Wallingford


Vandals have struck over and over again at Center Street Cemetery in Wallingford, a more than 300-year-old burial ground that includes remains of many people prominent in Connecticut history, including Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

Now police are investigating and town officials are considering actions to prevent further damage to the land that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

“It's actually one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in town.” Tom Laffin, vice chairman of the Wallingford Town Council, said. “It's frustrating because it is part of Wallingford's heart.” 

The caretaker of the cemetery found around $1,000 worth of damage on Sunday, when a headstone was knocked over, two Grand Army Of The Republic markers were broken and four others were knocked down. 

“It seems like every several months or so it happens. The police last year increased their patrols. They actually go through the cemetery,” Laffin said. 

The caretaker is grateful for everything Wallingford police are doing and said they told him they have a suspect, but he just wants the vandalism to stop. 

The councilman said they hope to install cameras to prevent vandalism in the future.

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State Rep. Accused of Assaulting Father


State Rep. David Alexander was arrested in Enfield early this morning after police said he was drunk and punched his father in the face. 

Police responded to Alexander’s Pearl Street home in Thompsonville at 1:10 a.m. Thursday after receiving report of an intoxicated male acting violently and were told that the state representative had been drinking heavily, became violent and punched his father in the left side of his face several times. 

Alexander’s father had red marks and an ice pack on his face when officers arrived and David Alexander claimed his father punched him, but police said that was unfounded. 

The victim declined medical treatment and David Alexander told officers to “just charge me with battery,” police said. 

Alexander, who serves Enfield, lost a re-election bid on Tuesday. He issued an apology in 2015 after he was charged with operating under the influence in Windsor Locks. After the Windsor Locks charges, he was removed from his leadership roles in the General Assembly

He was charged Thursday morning with assault on an elderly person and breach of peace and held on a $2,500 bond, but posted bond and is due in court this afternoon.

Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey released a statement after Alexander's arrest.

“I am very concerned that David gets the help he needs before another tragedy occurs. I have reached out to express my concern and to offer my help in whatever way that I can, and I wish the best possible outcome for him and his family,” Sharkey said.

NBC Connecticut reached out to Alexander's media representative, but did not immediately hear back. 

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CT Suspect in 2 Carjackings and Stabbing Arrested in Mass.


A 21-year-old Dayville, Connecticut man who has been arrested in Massachusetts is accused of two carjackings and a stabbing n Connecticut and a police chase into Massachusetts, where police say he tried to ram police cruisers. 

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Christopher Harding and said his female passenger is also under investigation, but has not been charged. 

The investigation started with a carjacking in Putnam that ended in a crash Church Street and West Thompson Road in Thompson around 10:06 a.m.

After that crash, Harding carjacked a Nissan Rogue and two people were stabbed during it, police said. At least one victim of the carjacking and stabbing has serious injuries, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Harding then drove off in the car and fled into Massachusetts, leading police on a chase along Route 395 to Route 20 in Auburn, police said. 

As a Massachusetts state trooper pulled up to the vehicle, Harding tried to ram one cruiser with the Rogue, then went into a parking lot and tried to ram another cruiser before getting back on Route 20 toward Worcester, police said. 

The chase ended on Papagin Terrace in Worcester, a cul de sac, when Harding  tried to turn around in a driveway and get away and hit a cruiser and a parked car, police said.

Police then took Harding and his passenger into custody.

Connecticut State Police said West Thompson Road is closed due to the ongoing investigation and state police detectives from Eastern District Major Crime responded to the scene.

Worcester Police are also assisting in the investigation.

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