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Pence Warns North Korea About Missile Tests


Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to the perilous Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea Monday, warning the North not to test America's military strenth, NBC News reported.

"All options are on the table," the vice president said, reiterating that the U.S. or South Korea would not tolerate further nuclear or missile tests from the North.

Pence's remarks come after the North's failed missile launch on Sunday and continuing threats of its nuclear and defense capabilities.

Pence said that the U.S. would achieve its objectives when it comes to the North through "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary to protect South Korea and stabilize the region," adding that America stands with the South "100 percent."

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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Military Helicopter Crash


A military helicopter crashed onto a golf course in Leonardtown, Maryland, Monday afternoon, killing one crew member and injuring the two others on board.

The UH-60 Blackhawk based at Fort Belvoir, the Army installation in Northern Virginia, crashed about 1:40 p.m. Monday, U.S. Army Military District of Washington officials said in a statement. The crew was conducting a routine training flight. 

One of the crew members was pronounced dead, a second person is in critical condition, and a third person is in serious condition. Their names will be released once their families are notified, the Army said. 

"We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community," Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker said in a statement. "Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time."

A photo from TheBayNet.com shows firefighters appearing to peer into the wreckage at the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club, near Society Hill Road. 

A woman who lives near the golf course said she saw helicopters flying overhead. Then, one appeared to lose control.

"One of them just started to lower, and it started to spiral down, and it disappeared below the trees. It looked like it had flipped over, upside-down, and then we heard a big explosion sound," Bianca Melton said.

Kevin Bowen, who works in the golf course's pro shop, said he saw the helicopter "flying kind of low" and then "saw it spinning" before it went down between the third and fourth holes of course. 

Milt Hein said he and his brothers saw the helicopter plummet to the ground.

"We watched the helicopter come by, sitting very low, and my brother made a comment: 'Look how low it is.' Then I was like, 'Oh my God, it's going sideways. Then, it started to go backward, and I said, 'It's going down,'" he said, shaking his head.

Dorothy Harper, who lives across the street from the golf course, said she saw the helicopter just before it crashed.

"I was outside in my front yard when I saw the helicopter come over right across the street from my house. I saw pieces actually falling off the helicopter," she said.

Harper said she didn't see smoke or flames, "just pieces falling out of the sky."

Shortly after, emergency vehicles started rolling in, she said.

Many people who live in the area were concerned for their family members and friends, Joy Shrum, a reporter for TheBayNet.com, said.

"Being a military community, something like this hits home very hard. There's a lot of people very concerned for their loved ones," she said.

Leonardtown is about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

The Army is investigating the cause of the crash. Investigators were driving around the course in golf carts Monday evening, placing evidence markers near pieces of debris. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, in Fort Rucker, Alabama, will be on site Tuesday to conduct the investigation.  

Fort Belvoir is home to the major 12th Aviation Battalion, housed at the base’s Davison Army Airfield. The battalion has more than a dozen H-60 helicopters and helps serve senior leaders of the U.S. Army and Defense Department.  

The 12th Aviation Battalion lands at the Pentagon, provides support for military training, and participates in funeral flyovers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Congressional sources say there are plans to budget $1.1 billion this year to buy 61 new UH-60s. According to National Guard Bureau, the Army Guard’s H-60 fleet is the oldest in the Army; more than half of the aircraft are 30 years old.

The crash comes less than two weeks after another military aircraft accident in Maryland. A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C fighter jet crashed April 5 in a wooded area near Joint Base Andrews in Clinton, about 6 miles southwest of the military base that is home to Air Force One, base officials said.  

The pilot in that crash parachuted out of the F-16 after he had mechanical trouble and steered the aircraft away from a neighborhood. The pilot was on a routine training mission at the time. No one on the ground was hurt.

Hein, one of the witnesses, said seeing a crash in person was nothing like seeing one on television or in a movie. 

"You see it on TV all the time, and you think it's pretty cool. It's not. When you see it live, it's not," he said. 

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Middletown Man Accused of Stabbing 2 People


A Middletown man is accused of stabbing two people on Sunday night, police said. 

Police were called for a man and woman stabbed at 500 Washington Street at 3:35 p.m.

The woman had been stabbed in the stomach, while the man had stabbed wounds to his stomach and upper left chest, Middletown Police said. 

Both victims were transported to Hartford Hospital and were "physically unable" to provide details on the incident. However, they were able to identify the attacker as the next door neighbor, Kevin Gerard Foster, according to Middletown Police. 

Witnesses told police an argument started when the woman alleged that Foster had been looking at her through a window. The two victims then left Foster to use the phone outside. When they returned moments later, they said, Foster stabbed them.

Foster told police that the man instigated the attack by kicking him in the groin and the woman came at him with a "hammer type instrument", police said.

The 62-year-old man said he was able to block the assault and stabbed her in the stomach. 

Foster is being charged with two counts of assault and his bond was set at $150,000.

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Woman Dies After Being Hit by Car in Wallingford


A woman has died after being hit by a car on Quinnipiac Street in Wallingford, police confirm.

The accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Monday on Quinnipiac Street at the intersection of North Cherry Street.

Wallingford police said that the victim, identified as Mary Stabile, 66, was crossing the street when she was hit by a male driver in a sedan. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time, police said.

Stabile was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Friends said Stabile was headed to the Renaissance Club, a sobriety community that holds daily meetings. Those who knew Stabile said the place was a big part of her life and she meant a lot to the community.

"She had 36 years-sober. 36 years she had. She was an inspiration," said Skip Cody of Wallingford.

Cody described Stabile as like family and said that she was a big part of helping him get sober.

"She always had a smile every morning. She’d walk around, she’d fist bump everybody and always had something nice to smile - a big old smile," Cody said.

Cody said he was running late to this morning's meeting and did not see the crash happen. He said while the news is hard to take, he will try to hold on to the good memories he has of Stabile.

"She struck a very good part of me...helped me out quite a bit."

The driver of the sedan is cooperating with the investigation, police said. While the investigation is ongoing, police said it did not appear that speed was an issue and the driver was in his proper lane. 

Police said they are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in this crash. No charges have been filed.

Quinnipiac Street was closed near North Cherry Street and the train station but has since reopened.

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Sean Spicer Speaks About China and North Korea


White House press secretary Sean Spicer says that the results of President Donald Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month "are paying off" with respect to North Korea. China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the U.S. has lost its patience with the regime.

Man Asked to Leave Torrington Restaurant Returns Shooting Shotgun: PD


A man asked to leave a Torrington restaurant allegedly came back later and shot at the locked front door to get back inside, police said. 

Scott Czapor was asked to leave Dawn's Getaway Cafe during the evening on Easter, the police investigation found. 

Czarpor left several threatening messages for a victim inside Dawn's and others at the restaurant. He allegedly said he had a firearm and was going to shoot someone, Torrington Police said. 

The 51-year-old came back to the resturant at 3 a.m. and started firing the locked front door while two people were cleaning up inside. When he was unable to gain entry, he left, according to police.

Police arrested Czarpor sometime later on Monday. 

The Torrington man faces chrages that include violating a protective order, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm, use of a firearm, attempt to commit burglary, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. 

His bond was set at $300,000.

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Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Steps Down


Connecticut's commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), Jonathan Harris, will step down from his position at the agency. 

"During his time leading the Department of Consumer Protection, Jonathan has been diligent and effective protecting Connecticut consumers and businesses from unfair trade practices and unsafe products, while enforcing the federal and state laws that ensure a fair and regulated marketplace for all,” Governor Dannel Malloy said. 

Harris was appointed as the commissioner for the DCP in December 2014. Before becoming commissioner, Harris was mayor of West Hartford, state senator for the fifth senatorial district and a member of the West Hartford Town Council. He served as the state's deputy treasurer and executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party.

In addition to public service, Harris practice law for 20 years. He also formed and operated a real estate and economic development business. 

DCP Deputy Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull will serve as acting DCP commissioner until a permanent replacement is named. 

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‘Still Under Audit’: Trump Returns Won’t be Seen on Tax Day


The IRS said last year that an audit does not prevent individuals from releasing their tax returns. Still, as NBC News reports, White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited an audit as the reason President Donald Trump's tax returns cannot be made public.

"It's the same thing that was discussed during the campaign: The president is under audit," Spicer said Monday when asked if Trump would release his 2016 returns.

Protest marches were held in cities across the U.S. over the weekend, with demonstrators calling for the president to make his returns public, as presidential candidates have customarily done for decades.

A reporter asked the press secretary Monday if the time had come to say that Trump would never release his returns. "We'll have to get back to you on that," Spicer responded.

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Casino Battle Continues at State Capitol


There is little certainty about what a casino bill may look like by the end of the legislative session.

The dueling ideas, one of which was before the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Monday, have pitted commercial casino operator MGM against the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, that operate Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, respectively.

The proposal before lawmakers Monday would lay out parameters and requirements for a Request for Proposals for a third casino, in Connecticut, though it would be commercial and not on tribal lands. The bill would create a competitive process that would allow bids from possible suitors.

"This is a process that we would support," said Richard Velky, the chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. The tribe has been fighting for federal recognition for years, and has always had the intent to open a casino. Velky said private investors and operators have maintained interest in a partnership to operate a casino.

“They have reached out to me to let me know that they are still very interested and they would support us if necessary if we go ahead on the bid,” Velky said.

The bill before lawmakers laid out a taxing structure, more than the current 25 percent agreement between the state and the current federally recognized tribes and a requirement that any casino have a minimum of a $500 million investment in a facility.

MGM's legal counsel, Uri Clinton, said a process that requires bids, rather than allowing the tribes to open a third casino outright, is more fair.

Clinton, also acknowledged that MGM is in a position to benefit from any outcome, since it will open a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, next year.

“From our standpoint, our win is whether or not we can find an economically feasible path to the New York market which, by the way, also helps the citizens of Connecticut and that’s a win-win,” Clinton said.

Clyde Barrow, a gaming economist for the two tribes, said the best outcome is for the state to maintain its relationship with them and allow for a third casino to open in East Windsor, the site selected by the tribes earlier this year.

Barrow said without another facility, job and tax revenue losses will follow.

“If Connecticut does nothing, it loses unquestionably. You’re going to see over $200 million every year leave Connecticut for MGM,” Barrow said. 

Hartford Mayor Proposes Bare 2018 Budget


For another year, spending in Hartford will be lean and heavily dependent on state support. 

In addition, key costs like debt service, healthcare and legal settlements are on the rise.

Overall, Mayor Luke Bronin proposed a budget that spends more than $560 million but doesn't raise taxes. Hartford's mill rate of more than 72 is already the highest in the state. The mayor also makes cuts to some programs, where he hopes private investors would step in to fill the gap.

“There are no frills in this budget," Bronin said during a press conference Monday.

The city will have to pay $14 million more for debt service that was refinanced during previous administrations, $8 million more for healthcare, and nearly $7 million to settle lawsuits, one of which dates back to 2010.

However, the mayor is also able to tout more than $4 million in labor savings from firefighters announced last year and he said $4 million more in labor savings is a reasonable target for the next fiscal year.

"We're almost there," said Hartford City Council President TJ Clarke. Clarke doesn't agree with everything in Bronin's budget, but said more difficult choices need to be made when the city doesn't have reliable sources to fund city services.

"We need new ways to raise revenue," Clarke said.

To that end, Bronin once again focused on the property tax burden the city has. He remarked how Hartford has less taxable property than nearby West Hartford, and just barely has more than neighboring Glastonbury, Farmington and Manchester.

Bronin called on the state to fill a hole of about $40 million and have corporate partners cover another $10 million, which was previously announced.

"My hope is that the state will work with us to close that gap and the corporate community will be part of that comprehensive solution," Bronin said.

Last month Aetna, The Hartford and Travelers announced the three companies would send $10 million combined each year for five years to Hartford, so long as it was part of a solution for the city's financial woes. Bronin's plan has the state bearing the largest burden, but said there's no other choice. Further, he says the city has done its part, eliminating 100 jobs in the last year, and cutting spending.

"The budget we’re putting forward is a bare-bones, essential services only budget."

Clarke views the situation in the same way as Bronin. If Hartford is going get back on its feet, he said, then state lawmakers will have to help make that happen.

Clarke said, "Hopefully the folks at the capitol are going to see that we’re doing the best that we can with limited resources, but at the end of the day we’re going to need state assistance.”

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CT Vets With PTSD Sue to Have Discharge Statuses Upgraded


A U.S. Army veteran from Connecticut is one of the lead plaintiffs on a class-action federal lawsuit on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder that are seeking to have their general discharges upgraded.

“I spent 14 months in Iraq expecting that I was going to be blown up,” said Stephen Kennedy, of Fairfield, who developed PTSD while serving overseas. “And eventually when that explosion I was expecting still never came, I started to plan to take matters into my own hands.”

The army kicked the 30-year-old out after he went AWOL to attend his own wedding, he said Monday morning at a press conference at the Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.

“Already dealing with depression and then undiagnosed PTSD,” Kennedy recalled. “I was told my service was less than fully honorable.”

The complaint filed against the Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer argues that despite a 2014 Department of Defense order for the Army Discharge Review Board to give “liberal consideration” to veterans claiming their discharges were connected to PTSD or mental health, the ADRB is systematically failing veterans like Kennedy.

“Instead, the ADRB routinely and callously denies the upgrades to veterans who raise mental health as a factor in their applications,” said Jonathan Petkun, a veteran and law student in the Yale Veterans Legal Services Clinic representing the plaintiffs in this lawsuit.

Kennedy filed an application to have his discharge upgraded in 2015, but his request was denied.

Conley Monk is one of the many Vietnam War veterans to suffer from PTSD. After waiting almost 45 years, his less than honorable discharge from the Marines was finally upgraded after the Yale Law School won a legal battle on behalf of Vietnam War veterans in 2014.

“It stigmatized me,” Monk said at the press conference. “It prevented me from getting housing, jobs and also services that I needed for my PTSD and I pray that everything works out for Steve.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Senate Committee on Armed Services, pointed out that Kennedy and the plaintiffs are not seeking monetary compensation.

“This cause is a matter of justice, plain and simple,” Blumenthal said. “I strongly support this legal action to assure that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress receive the medical care and recognition they deserve. A lawsuit is necessary because the Pentagon is failing to adequately review bad paper discharges resulting from post-traumatic stress and other invisible wounds of war.‎ Having worked on this cause for years-- helping lead legislation-- I am proud to stand with these brave veterans.”

A Department of Defense spokesperson said she could not comment on the pending litigation or Kennedy’s specific case. She said in an email that not providing sufficient evidence of a mental health diagnosis is one of the most common reason the ADRB denies a discharge upgrade.

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Hackers Steal Payment Card Data from IHG Locations in CT


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is warning guests that hackers may have accessed their payment card information at locations across the country, including 10 in Connecticut.

IHG said it received several reports from credit card companies of unauthorized charges appearing on accounts used at IHG locations. When IHG investigated, it discovered malware used to steal payment card information from cards used at front desks at certain franchise hotel locations. The theft took place between September 29, 2016 and December 29, 2016.

IHG has 12 brands including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Hotel Indigo, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, and Staybridge Suites.

There were 10 Connecticut locations affected by the breach – the Holiday Inn locations in East Hartford, New London, and Norwich, and the Holiday Inn Express locations in Branford, Meriden, Milford, Mystic, Newington, Southington, and Vernon.

IHG said it believes the malware accessed only payment data and that other guest information was not affected. IHG is working with the payment card networks and a cyber-security firm to ensure the malware was properly removed, and to evaluate and enhance security measures. The company has also informed law enforcement.

Anyone who stayed at an affected location is encouraged to review statements for any unauthorized activity and report it immediately to your bank or credit card company. For a full list of affected locations across the country, click here. 

United States residents who want more information can contact IHG at 855-330-6367 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday. Anyone from outside the United States can call 800-290-9989 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday. 

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East Lyme First Selectman Takes Voluntary $16,000 Pay Cut


The First Selectman in East Lyme is volunteering to take a $16,000 reduction in salary as the town makes tough financial decisions in tough financial times.

“I think it’s just time to have some skin in the game," First Selectman Mark Nickerson said. Nickerson said his office has been in the midst of making budget reductions throughout the town.

“I’m cutting positions in this town," said Nickerson. "We’re cutting the budget down to the bare bone and we needed to feel it at the First Selectman’s office too.”

Nickerson received approval from the town's Finance Committee on Monday evening, to drop his current $115,459 salary to about $99,000 per year.

“There was no place else to cut and it felt like the right thing to do," he said.

With fewer state dollars coming to East Lyme - and many communities in Connecticut - Nickerson acknowledges that his $16,000 pay cut will not be enough to solve all of the problems associated with the town's $70 million budget.

“Compared to $70 million, $16,000 is not that much," said East Lyme resident Mike Dreyfus. Still, Dreyfus applauds the symbolic statement Nickerson is making. “Anytime he’s willing to cut his own salary to benefit the town, I think that’s a good thing," he said.

Nickerson, meanwhile, said he will work just as hard - if not harder - with his new, smaller paycheck.

“We all have to pitch in," Nickerson said. "We all have to do our share and this is my share.”

In addition to being paid as the First Selectman of East Lyme, Nickerson said he also receives a paycheck from an insurance business that he runs. The reduced pay as First Selectman would begin in July.

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New Haven Woman Killed in Crash on I-95 in Guilford


A New Haven woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 95 in Guilford overnight.

According to state police, 38-year-old Kelly Reynolds was driving south on I-95 near exit 57 shortly after midnight Tuesday when for some reason she drifted off the road and into the shoulder. The car struck the guide rail and a sign before crashing into several trees.

Police said the damage was “catastrophic,” and Reynolds suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead on scene.

I-95 south was closed in the area for several hours while crews investigated and cleared a tree that fell across the road during the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Tpr. Fennessy of Troop F in Westbrook at 860-399-2100.

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Alert Officer Foils Carjacking in Stamford: Police


An alert Stamford police officer is being credited with stopping an attempted carjacking Monday afternoon.

According to police, Officer Anna Edwards was in the Stillwater Road and Long Ridge Road area when she noticed a man trying to get out of a vehicle with a woman crying in the driver’s seat.

Edwards, originally thinking the situation may have been domestic, approached the man, who was identified as 26-year-old Christopher Evans. However, the woman driving the car explained that it was an attempted carjacking.

The victim told police that she was waiting in traffic at the intersection of Long Ridge Road and the Merritt Parkway when she saw a man run across the road, almost getting hit by a car in the process. The man then approached her car and ordered her to stop. When she did, he got into her car and ordered her to drive off. During the ride the man told her he was going to take her car. When she pulled over and ordered him out, he verbally threatened her and tried to steal her backpack, she reported to police.

The victim declined medical attention and was referred to the Stamford Police Department Victim Services Division.

Evans was arrested and charged with criminal attempt of a robbery of an occupied motor vehicle, criminal attempt at first-degree larceny, and criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $50,000 bond.

Officials praised Edwards and Officer Felix Martinez, who responded to assist.

"This is an example of great Police work by Officers Edwards and Martinez. By their quick actions and acute awareness, they were able to put an end to this possible dangerous situation that will have emotional implications to this innocent victim," department officials wrote in a Facebook post.

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East Haven Man Charged with Sexual Assault


East Haven police have arrested a man accused of sexual assault.

Brian Mcinerney, 31, faces charges of first-degree sexual assault.

Police said that a victim came to police to report that she had been sexually assaulted by Mcinerney. The victim told police she went to Mcinerney’s house on April 10 because he invited her to a party. When she arrived, Mcinerney told her no one else was coming and he put on a movie instead.

The victim claimed that while they were watching the movie, Mcinerney tried making sexual advances but she stopped him. A short time later Mcinerney allegedly took off her bottoms and forced her to have sex, despite her protests. The victim said that afterward they got into a verbal argument and she left.

Mcinerney was arrested and held on a $75,000 bond. He was arraigned on Monday and is next due to appear in court on May 2.

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How to File for an Extension on Tax Day


The tax day deadline is here but don't worry if you're not ready to file your taxes. 

You may file an extension with the IRS that gives you up to six more months to file your taxes — but you gotta do it today and still have to pay. Filing an extension will spare you from late filing penalties — 5 percent of the amount of tax you owe for each month or partial month past the April 18 deadline. The extension is automatic — you do not have to send any justification or reasoning like "I have 5,000 wadded-up receipts crammed in a shoebox." 

To file an extension, fill out IRS Form 4868, “Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Tax Return” and submit it before the April 18 filing deadline. The form and instructions are available at your local IRS office, online here, or through any e-filing service. 

The form is quite simple, requiring your Social Security Number for identification (and your spouse’s if you are married and filing jointly) along with your best estimate of your tax liability and the amount you are paying. Note the important distinction: an extension to file does not mean an extension to pay. You are still expected to pay the amount of taxes that you owe even though the exact amount is unknown. You still have to pay interest on any underpayment, and potential penalties apply if you pay less than 90 percent of your tax bill. 

You can file Form 4868 electronically or as a paper form. E-filings must be submitted by midnight local time on April 18; paper forms must be postmarked by April 18. The instructions for Form 4868 will tell you where to mail your paper copies, as well as outlining your payment options if you expect to owe. You will receive a confirmation when your e-filed extension is approved, but with a paper filing, you are only notified if the extension is rejected.

How can an automatic extension be rejected? That generally happens when the basic information does not match up, although your extension may be rejected if you grossly underestimate the amount of tax that you owe. A simple error like transposing numbers on your SSN or a mismatching address that was not updated with the IRS will keep your extension from being accepted. Notification in either case makes e-filing a safer option for extensions. 

Extensions may also be granted under special circumstances such as military service in a combat zone (See IRS Publication 3, “Armed Forces’ Tax Guide”), or if you are a U.S. citizen living abroad and meet certain criteria (see IRS Publication 54, “Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad”). 

Unless you live in one of the seven states that have no state income tax, you will also need to file a state tax extension. The procedure for filing state tax extensions varies by state, so contact your state tax agency to verify the rules. Some states grant a six-month extension automatically, others require that you file a request. 

Just as with your federal return, you still have to pay your best estimate of the state taxes that you owe. If you can do so, it is best to err on the overpayment side. You will avoid any underpayment penalties and can receive a refund when you do file your state taxes. 

Filing an extension can bring you peace of mind and keep you from making potentially costly tax mistakes. However, if possible you should plan to file your taxes on time next year and avoid the guesswork of how much you owe in taxes. Modify your filing and tracking system so that next year it consists of more than a shoebox full of wadded-up receipts.

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UN Worker Behind String of Manhattan Bank Robberies: Sources


A man who works for a press agency that covers the United Nations was arrested in connection with a string of bank robberies in Midtown over the past month and a half, law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York.

The NYPD’s Major Case Squad arrested Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, of Queens, on Monday at his office at the Foreign Press Centers across from the United Nations building. Police believe he robbed banks while on work breaks. 

Law enforcement sources say Shuaibu robbed a HSBC bank at 40th Street and Third Avenue on Monday and then returned to work shortly before he was arrested. They say he’s wanted in at least three other bank robberies.

Shuaibu once worked as a communication specialist at the United Nations, spending two months there in 2013, according to a U.N. spokesperson. He was no longer employed there, however, and was apparently working for the Nigerian Press, which covers the United Nations. A photo on Facebook shows him shaking hands with a U.N. official inside the General Assembly. 

Police believe he’s the man who robbed a Santander Bank on Madison Avenue on Feb. 27, a Bank of America on Third Avenue on March 13, and a Santander Bank on Third Avenue on March 27. In each of the robberies, the suspect passed a note to a clerk demanding money.

Police charged Shuaibu with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery. 

Surveillance videos from the banks show a man carrying out the robberies while on a cell phone and wearing white-tipped gloves. 

Editor's Note: A previous version of the story Monday characterized Shuaibu as an employee for the United Nations, per sources. A message left with the U.N. was returned Tuesday stating that he was no longer employed there.

School Bus Involved in Minor Accident in West Hartford


A school bus taking students to Bloomfield High School was involved in a minor accident on Edgewood Drive in West Hartford Tuesday morning.

Police on scene said that the bus was involved in a minor accident at a stop sign at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Portage Road. No one was injured.

An NBC Connecticut crew on scene reported there was no visible damage to the bus and what appeared to be minor front-end damage to the car.

Police did not say what caused the accident.

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April the Giraffe YouTube Channel Almost Sets Record


The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history.

April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012, YouTube said on Monday.

The channel had its biggest day on Saturday, with more than 14 million live views. More than 1.2 million viewers were watching the livestream simultaneously on YouTube when April gave birth Saturday morning, making it one of the Top 5 most-watched moments.

The not-yet-named male baby giraffe was running around with its mother within three hours of birth at the private zoo in Harpursville, a village 130 miles northwest of New York City.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the baby was healthy and April was recovering "perfectly."

April and the baby will be introduced to the public when the park opens for the season next month.

"We're going to see that baby and mom really develop a beautiful bond," Patch said.

The zoo is holding a contest to name the baby, charging $1 per vote, with proceeds being split among wild giraffe conservation efforts, zoo upgrades and support for families of children experiencing unexpected medical expenses.

April's fans can continue to watch mother and baby on livestream now. But eventually, after the baby is weaned, it will move on to be paired with young females at another zoo, where it will produce calves of its own, Patch said.

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