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CT Residents Head to DC for Trump Inauguration


Many people from Connecticut are heading to Washington, DC to be there for Donald Trump’s inauguration today as he is sworn in as the 45th president while others are making the trip to protest. 

George Noujain, of Waterbury, said he met the president-elect when Trump came to Connecticut during his campaign and is looking forward to being in Washington to welcome the new administration. 

“It’s still surreal to me, especially knowing in 24 hours I’m going to be standing there with millions of people,” Noujain, who has amassed a large collection of Trump memorabilia, said Thursday. 

Iv Staklo is a member of a group of about 50 people who headed from New Haven with the Answer Coalition to be part of a massive demonstration in Washington, DC today. 

“We are prepared to organize nationally, locally, in our communities against any attacks that might come from the Trump administration,” Staklo said. 

Many will be watching here in Connecticut too.

The state Republican Party is holding an inauguration watch party at the Hartford headquarters at 31 Pratt St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Melania Channels Jackie Kennedy on Inauguration


First lady to-be Melania Trump donned a powder blue Ralph Lauren dress on Inauguration Day, similar in style to those made famous by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Melania stepped out in the dress on her way into St. John's Church where she, the president-elect and the future first family attended a service Friday morning. 

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Her style drew praise on Twitter, with many comparing her outfit to Kennedy's. 

"Yasss to Melania Trump's blue inaugural dress!!! So Jackie O!!" wrote Michelle Beaman. 

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Michelle Obama sported Ralph Lauren during her time as first lady, including during a 2011 dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in London, Us Magazine reported.

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Protesters Smash Windows, Clash With 100 Officers Downtown


Protests turned violent less than two hours before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Friday.

Demonstrators smashed windows and the glass of at least one bus shelter, and at least 100 police officers dressed in riot gear surrounded a large group near Franklin Square downtown. Officers used tear gas to try to quell the disturbance.

Some of the protesters -- a crowd of 100 to 200, mostly dressed in black -- threw newspaper boxes in an attempt to block police and smashed windows of cars, police cruisers and businesses in the area, including along K Street NW. 

As officers tried to surround them, protesters hurled rocks and bottles at them.

By about 11:30 a.m., police had successfully surrounded about 20 to 30 protesters at the corner of 12th and L streets NW. Police brought in several transport vans and appeared to be preparing to make the first mass arrests of the day.

Flash bangs could be heard, but it was not immediately clear whether protesters or officers set them off.

Earlier Friday, dozens of protesters lined up at the entrance to a seating area on the West Front of the Capitol, holding signs that said "Free Palestine" and "Let Freedom ring." 

Some protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces - showing their disapproval of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Another group of about 10 protesters tied themselves together to block an entrance for ticket holders at 10th and E streets NW. As they sat on the ground, a larger group cheered them on, chanting phrases like, "We won't be silent." 

Eventually, police used pepper spray after things got physical between protesters and supporters. News4's Mark Segraves said "you can taste the pepper spray in the air." 

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Ticketholders were allowed to make their way through the gate despite the protests. On the other side of the Capitol, things were quiet and orderly at a second gate.

No arrests were made in those incidents, Segraves reported.

Meanwhile, at Union Station, supporters and protesters arriving in the District were able to find some common ground.  

Linwood Yarborough, a Trump supporter from South Carolina, spent some time Friday chatting with a man who traveled from California to protest the inauguration. 

"I just think it is wonderful to see people pro and con. Freedom is great and we are so fortunate in this country that we can have freedom of speech and we can have a difference of opinion," Yarborough said. "But we should all come together as a nation and move forward, and I hope to see some of that." 

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In another exchange, a group of Trump supporters from Tennessee asked a protester from New York to take a picture with them. The group laughed and talked as the supporters gave a thumbs-up and the protester gave a thumbs-down. 

Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will attend Inauguration Day festivities, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads and taxing the city's Metro transit system.

The ceremony began at about 11:30 a.m. ET with a musical prelude.

Just after noon, Trump will take the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump will then deliver his inaugural address.

Trump and Pence are slated to participate in the traditional inaugural parade at 3 p.m. ET, with forecasts showing cloudy skies and showers.

More than 60 House Democrats planned to boycott Trump's inauguration ceremony, an unprecedented break with the bipartisan tradition of celebrating the peaceful transfer of power. Among their reasons were Trump's treatment of women, minorities and the disabled during the campaign and alleged links between his team and Russia. 

Stay with NBC Washington for more.

Daniel Barnes contributed to this report.

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Man Led Police Chase in Stolen Truck, Rammed Cruiser: Police


A man was arrested after a police chase in a stolen box truck from Norwich to Sterling Friday morning and police said the man intentionally rammed a police cruiser.

A resident of Talman Street in Norwich called police to report a stolen vehicle and police tried to stop the truck on East Main Street, but the driver kept going, police said.

Norwich police reached out to state police, who help in the pursuit of 44-year-old Peter Smith, of Norwich, on Interstate 395 into Norwich, according to police.

Smith ended up in a culvert and intentionally hit the state police cruiser, police said.

Police took Smith into custody at 4:40 a.m. after a brief struggle and he has been charged with third-degree larceny, engaging in a pursuit, reckless driving and operation with a suspended license.

Conway Dons 'Trump Revolutionary Wear' for Inauguration


Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway sported a "Trump revolutionary wear" outfit for the inauguration ceremony on Friday, she told NBC. 

"It's just Gucci," an elated Conway told NBC about the red, white and blue outfit prior to the ceremony Friday morning. 

"It's revolutionary wear!" the former Trump campaign manager then said. "Trump revolutionary wear!" 

Conway then danced and playfully saluted after explaining her outfit. 

Conway's style drew some ribbing on Twitter, with users pointing out how colonial the outfit looks. 

"@KellyannePolls goes 4 #revolutionary look at the #Inauguration Auditioning 4 @Hamiltonthemusical? #nutcracker?" wrote Karyn Miller-Medzon. 

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Police Investigating Burglary at Goldberg’s Bagels in West Hartford

Man Taken to Hospital After House Fire in Suffield


A man was taken to the hospital after fire broke out at a house on Boston Neck Road in Suffield Friday morning. 

Officials responded to reports of a structure fire around 7 a.m., found a man in the kitchen and rescued him and took him to the hospital. 

No additional information was available on his condition. 

The fire chief said the fire started in a back bedroom on the first floor and was contained to that area. 

The house sustained some minimal smoke and water damage, officials said. 

The man, who lives alone, has a disability and his caretaker wasn't at the house when the fire broke out, officials said.

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Full Text: President Donald Trump's Inaugural Address


The full text of President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address, as delivered:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you. We the citizens of America are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships. But we will ge the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent, thank you.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories, their triumphs have not been your triumphs.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment is your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment if your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today. And everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government. But whether the government is controlled by the people.

January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by tens of millions to become a part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children. Safe neighborhoods for their families. And good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens this is not a reality that exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities. Rusted out factories scattered like tomb stones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of such much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world, but that is past and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward it's going to be only America first, America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breathe in my body and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again. Winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways, all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules - buy American, and hire American.

We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. But rather, to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones. And unite the civilized world against Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.When you open your heart to patriotism,  there is no room for prejudice. .

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly debate our disagreements honestly but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear we are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and woman of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America we understand the nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action. Constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom, our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all salute the same great American flag — and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind swept planes of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breathe of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again, and yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.

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Police Search for Shooter After Homicide in Hartford


A 37-year-old man was shot and killed in Hartford on Friday and police are investigating the case as a homicide and searching for the shooter.

The shooting happened at Albany Avenue and Garden Street and the major crimes division is investigating.

No additional information is available.

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Inauguration Mosaic: Social Posts from the National Mall


People from across the country gathered at the National Mall to watch the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United Stated. The above mosiac shows social posts from people watching the mosaic, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

Inaugural Words: America, Country, People, Carnage


America. Country. People. These were the most commonly used words by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday. 

Trump used either "America" or "American" 33 times in his speech, in which he spoke of the problems that have plagued the country in recent years, and promised to fix them. He said "country" 11 times and "people" 10 times. 

Those three words have been used in nearly every inaugural speech in the country's history, according to a database of the speeches compiled by the Washington Post. But Trump also had at least one unusual word choice: "Carnage." 

"But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump added.

According to the Post, this was the first time "carnage" was used in an inaugural address.

Showers Tonight Followed by a Powerful Nor'easter on Monday


Connecticut is in for an active weather pattern over the next seven days. A mild weekend will be followed by a powerful Nor'easter that moves in on Monday.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers this evening. Temperatures tonight fall into the low to middle 30s inland and upper 30s at the shore. 

The mild January temperatures will continue over the next several days. We're forecasting high temperatures on Saturday near 50 degrees statewide. While these temperatures are well above normal it doesn't come close to the record high temperature of 61 set back in 1951. 

Conditions stay quiet for Sunday with temperatures in the middle to upper 40s statewide. 

A significant Nor'easter moves into the state on Monday. This storm will pack a punch with heavy rain, a wintry mix in the northwest hills, and a strong wind. Some of our computer models are estimating wind gusts in excess of 50 mph. 

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Temperatures on Monday will struggle to make it out of the middle 30s inland. Therefor we continue to monitor the threat for snow and sleet in the northwest hills. Right now, it looks like enough warm air will be in place that it will be primarily heavy rain and sleet for northern Litchfield county. The rest of the state will be dealing with all rain. Of course we will continue to review the latest information and change our forecast accordingly. 

The remnants of the storm will continue right into Tuesday. Heavy rain showers with a strong southerly wind can be expected for most of the day. 

Conditions improve drastically on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies and temperatures once again flirting with 50 degrees. 

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#MAGA: Twitter Reacts to Donald Trump's Inauguration


A mix of emotions streamed down Twitter timelines as President Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday. 

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you the people," Trump said in his inaugural address. 

"This American carnage ends right here and ends right now."

Trump was sworn in by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts with his hand on two Bibles: his own and one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. He campaigned on the #MAGA promise or on making America great again. 

"January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again," Trump tweeted following the inauguration ceremony.

Social reaction to the inaugural pomp and circumstance was swift.

White supremacist David Duke tweeted, "Hail Prez Trump!" as protesters formed along Washington streets, later clashing with police. 

See social media reaction to the inauguration here: 

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LGBTQ, Climate and Other Pages Scrubbed From Whitehouse.gov


Web pages for LGBTQ rights, climate change and the Affordable Care Act have been scrubbed from Whitehouse.gov, just hours after Donald Trump assumed the presidency. 

The White House's page for climate change appears to have been deleted and a new page calling for an "America first energy plan" went live.  

"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," the new page reads

Additionally, the Department of Labor's page on advancing LGBTQ rights in the work place appears to have been scrubbed from whitehouse.gov. 

And the many pages that were once devoted to explaining and helping Americans sign up for the Affordable Care Act appear to have taken down. 

Meanwhile, the first online petition of Trump's presidency appeared on whitehouse.gov shortly after his inauguration. 

The petition calls for the White House to "Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance." 

It had received more than 2,000 signatures hours after the inauguration. 

NBC has reached out for comment to President Trump's team. 

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Guilford Police Arrest Suspects in ID Theft Along I-95 Corridor


Guilford police arrested three people suspected in a credit card skimming and identity theft operation and said they are suspected of similar crimes along the Interstate 95 corridor. 

The investigation started Thursday as a report that stolen credit cards were used at a Guilford Wal-Mart. 

Police said Devin Lee Rhames, Maurice Pringle and Tyshaun Landells, all of Brooklyn, New York, used stolen cards or cards made with stolen material to buy gift cards and left the store. 

After being alerted about what happened, police started searching for the people involved and took Landells into custody, but said Rhames and Pringle fled. They were later taken into custody in a thick marsh and officers recovered evidence and said it includes stolen and manufactured credit cards, gift cards, a laptop computer connected to a credit card skimming device and several other electronics and media storage devices, according to police. 

The three suspects were arrested on several charges, including trafficking in personal identifying information, third-degree identity theft, receiving goods from illegal use of a credit card and additional charges. 

They were held on $25,000 bond.

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Man Pleads Guilty in 2013 Robbery and Kidnapping


Another man charged in a violent kidnapping in Meriden and jewelry store robbery in Fairfield in 2013 has pleaded guilty.

Timothy Forbes, 35, of Allentown, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in the crime.

Authorities said Kasam Hennix, William Davis, Christopher Gay and Jeffrey Houston, were wearing masks and gloves and two of them had handguns when they broke into an apartment on Gravel Street in Meriden around 9 p.m. on April 11, 2013, bound four victims with tape and covered their heads with pillowcases, towels and jackets.

Hennix, Davis, and Houston then forced two of the victims into one of the victim’s vehicles and drove to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, where the two victims worked, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Forbes then traveled to Fairfield in a separate vehicle, while Gay remained in the Meriden apartment to guard the two other victims, federal officials said.

While at the jewelry store, Hennix, Davis and Houston stole jewelry, watches and loose diamonds worth more than $3 million and fled in the victim’s car, leaving the two victims bound inside the store, federal officials said. 

Hennix, Davis and Houston then abandoned the victim’s vehicle and got into Forbes vehicle and one of them called Gay to say they carried out the robbery and should leave the apartment. Then they fled the state. 

In May 2013, all five defendants were arrested. 

Investigators said Forbes, Houston and Gay had traveled from Pennsylvania to Connecticut on several occasions in the weeks before the robbery to track the victims’ movements and Forbes and Gay placed a GPS on one of the victim’s vehicles. 

Forbes pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and is scheduled to be sentenced in Hartford on April 13. 

Hennix, of Easton, Pennsylvania; Davis, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Houston, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Gay, of the Bronx, New York also pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Davis was sentenced to 176 months in prison on April 17.On Jan. 27, 2016, Gay was sentenced to 102 months in prison, and on Feb. 8, 2016, Hennix was sentenced to 171 months of imprisonment. Houston awaits sentencing. 

The men have been ordered to pay restitution of more than $3.1 million, and have forfeited gemstones, jewelry, watches, a vehicle and more than $127,000 in cash seized from them at the time of their arrests. 

U.S. officials said Forbes has been involved in at least three other similar jewelry store robberies, including one that occurred in York, Pennsylvania in July 2012

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Protests Worldwide as Trump Takes Office


Protests broke out in countries around the world as Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.

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RAW: Limo Engulfed in Flames Near Inauguration Parade


A limousine at 13th and K streets NW became engulfed in flames as demonstrators protested in the area near President Trump's inauguration parade.
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