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Police Investigate Burglary at Hebron Dunkin' Donuts


State police are investigating after a Dunkin’ Donuts in Hebron was burglarized overnight.

According to Connecticut State Police, an employee at the store at 109 Main Street arrived for work Friday morning around 2 a.m. and found the door unlocked. When the employee went inside they found damage to an inner door in the store and an ATM inside the business. Cash was missing from the ATM.

The Eastern District Major Crime Division responded to investigate. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Troop K at 860-465-5469 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. Tips will remain confidential.

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North Korea: Experts Warn Only Way Forward May Be Diplomacy


For all the talk of naval strike groups and pre-emptive military action, Donald Trump's only option to solve the North Korean crisis could be compromise, NBC News reported.

His presidency has seen tensions rising over the Korean peninsula, with dictator Kim Jong Un's missile testing met with a swift rebuke from Washington.

But beneath the rhetoric, a more balanced approach can be seen. Vice President Mi Pence said Tuesday that the U.S. was working with allies to "achieve a peaceable resolution" to the impasse.

Some analysts told NBC News this may be Trump's only realistic option for solving the crisis. 

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AMR Ambulance Involved in Accident in Bridgeport


The driver of an SUV was arrested after fleeing the scene of an accident involving an AMR ambulance in Bridgeport early Saturday morning.

Bridgeport police said the ambulance was traveling on North Avenue near Wood Avenue when it was involved in an accident with an SUV around 2:30 a.m. An AMR medic was trapped inside when the ambulance struck a tree. Details on the victim’s condition were not released.

The driver of the SUV, identified as 18-year-old Jose Gonzalez-Miranda, of Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with evading responsibility, operating without a license, and driving through a red traffic control signal.

Police said the ambulance was not transporting a patient when the crash occurred.

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Bristol Man Has Been Missing Since Tuesday: Family


Family members are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 18-year-old from Bristol.

Branden Michaud was last seen at his home in Bristol Tuesday evening. He is described as around 5-foot-7, 140 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black and red baseball cap, red hooded sweatshirt, and black and red sneakers.

Family members said Michaud has not been to school in Manchester. He has friends in New Britain.

A missing persons report has been filed with the Bristol Police Department.

Anyone with information on Michaud’s whereabouts is asked to contact Bristol police at 860 584-4800.

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1 Taken to Hospital After Fire at Middletown Restaurant


One person was taken to the hospital after a fire at Carlucce’s Bread and Water in Middletown Saturday, according to Middletown fire officials.

Firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to the business at 51 Warwick Street when kitchen staff noticed fire and called for help.

Deputy Fire Chief Albert Leary said that the owner of the restaurant was taken to the hospital because he was "experiencing difficulty" but did not elaborate on his condition.

The fire started on the second floor in the walls, fire officials said. The upper level of the building contains apartments, but the tenants were not home at the time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Charleston Shooter Moved to Death Row at Indiana Prison


Convicted church shooter Dylann Roof has been transferred to death row at Terre Haute Federal Prison in Indiana — the facility that houses male inmates awaiting execution under the federal government, NBC News reported. 

Roof, the first person to be convicted of a federal hate crime and sentenced to the death penalty, was removed from custody in Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday and transferred to Terre Haute, prison records show. 

Terre Haute, a medium-security prison where inmates are put to death by lethal injection, currently houses 1,338 inmates. 

In January, a jury sentenced the self-proclaimed white supremacist to death for killing nine black worshipers in June 2015 at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston during a Bible study. The 23-year-old told FBI agents that he was trying to start a race war.

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Comcast Cares Day at Sarah Rawson Elementary School


Saturday was Comcast Cares Day across the country, and thousands of people took part in the day of volunteering in Connecticut.

Comcast Cares Day is a year round commitment to volunteering and is the largest single day corporate volunteer event in the country.

“They get so much more out of it I think than the communities do, our people do. So it's a really special day,“ Watson said.

One of the many events held was at Sarah Rawson Elementary school in Hartford. Comcast Cable’s CEO and President, Dave Watson, surprised the students with a $25,000 check and more than 400 people spent the day fixing up the school.

“I am just so thankful and I feel that other people see what student potential we have and other people really believe in our school and that just makes my heart feel happy, because I know other people care about our students just as much as we do,” said Sarah Rawson Elementary School Principal, Tayarisha Stone.

Throughout the day children created art to decorate classrooms, an artist designed murals for the walls and people spent hours reorganizing the library books.

“I volunteered to do the murals for the community, it's all about connecting and you know doing things,” said the artist, Che’La’Mora from Hartford.

Volunteers also fixed up the Stem and Vex robotics rooms and turned the sensory room for special needs and autistic children into a soothing space. They also channeled Earth day and planted flowers while fixing up the garden around the school. A dedication ceremony of a tree near the playground ended the day.

“Volunteering is fun, to see the kids faces when you finish,” said Alex Lippman, who was on his sixth year of volunteering for Comcast Cares Day.

The kids in Hartford plan to carry on the mission and spread the message that their community cares.

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Recall: Chicken With Cheese Burritos, Due to Undeclared Allergens


More than 30,500 pounds of frozen Atkins Chicken with Cheese and Bean Burritos have been recalled due to mislabeling of allergens, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The product contains egg and soy, both known allergens, which are not declared on the product label, the USDA said.

The affected product is the 6 oz. packaged burritos labeled with a "Best By" date of Dec. 19, 2017. The packages bear establishment number “P-17644” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered after a customer complained. There are no known instances of illness. The frozen burritos were produced by Request Foods, Inc., and distributed nationwide. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Affairs at (844) 342-3400.

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Police Investigating Suspicious Untimely Death in Torrington


The Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit is investigating the suspicious untimely death of a person at a house in Torrington. 

Torrington police said they were called to a home on Cider Mill Crossing around 4:15 a.m. Saturday on a report of an unresponsive person.

According to authorities, detectives later requested State Police assist with the investigation. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing and will continue through the night and into tomorrow. 

No other details were made immediately available. 

This is a developing story. Check back for details. 

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One Dead After Head-On Crash on Route 44 in Canton


One person is dead after a head-on crash on Route 44 in Canton Saturday, according to Canton police.

Canton police confirmed that the crash happened on Route 44 at Breezy Hill Road, just before the New Hartford line around 1:45 p.m. One person was pronounced dead on scene, and a second was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

There were no passengers in either vehicle. Neither driver has been identified.

An accident reconstruction team has been called in to investigate. The road remains closed.

The Canton Police Department, Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, New Harford Volunteer Ambulance, Connecticut State Police, Lifestar and the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team all responded to the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the moments leading up to it is asked to contact Canton police at 860-693-0221.

More details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.



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Police Investigate Untimely Death of 3-Year-Old in Stafford


Connecticut State Police are investigating the untimely death of a 3-year-old boy in Stafford, police confirmed Saturday.

TFC Kelly Grant said that troopers responded to a home on Old Birch Road around 10:50 a.m. for a medical call. Grant confirmed that the 3-year-old victim died.

Police have not determined whether or not the situation is criminal in nature. Eastern District Major Crime detectives are investigating.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Most Americans Think Trump Off to Fair-Poor Start: Poll


About two-thirds of Americans give President Donald Trump poor or middling marks for his first 100 days in office, including a plurality who say he's off to a "poor start," according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents in the survey believe Trump is off to a poor start, with an additional 19 percent who say it's been "only a fair start," NBC News reported. That's compared with a combined 35 percent who think the president's first three months in office have been either "good" or "great."

Trump's overall job-approval rating stands at 40 percent—down four points from February. It's the lowest job-approval rating for a new president at this 100-day stage in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 17-20 of 900 adults, including more than 400 who were interviewed by cell phone. The poll's overall margin of error is plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.

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Connecticut Budget Battle to Heat up With Looming Votes


Connecticut lawmakers will make it clear this week how much of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget they're willing to accept.

Already, there's discontent with some of his proposals, including a plan to shift $400 million of the annual $1.2 billion cost of teacher pensions to cities and towns.

Both municipal leaders and teacher union officials say the shift would lead to higher local property taxes.

The General Assembly's two budget-writing committees are scheduled to vote on what will likely be Democratic-supported tax and spending plans. The Republicans are expected to release their own budget plan as well.

The respective budgets will be the basis for what are expected to be challenging negotiations on a final agreement. The legislative session ends June 7.

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Departments Open Doors for Volunteer Firefighter Day


Volunteer fire houses across Connecticut opened their doors to the public, Sunday. Their goal was to recruit more members.

“We have a shortage of volunteers across the state,” says South Windsor Volunteer Fire Chief Kevin Cooney.

Cooney also serves as president of the Connecticut Association of Fire Chiefs. He says, if you live in Connecticut there’s a good chance the firefighter coming to save your home is a volunteer.

“Eighty-three percent of the firefighters in Connecticut are volunteers.”

Cooney says family and career commitments are leading to a drop in volunteers at departments across the state.

During Sunday’s open houses, potential recruits got to witness demonstrations, try on gear, and ask members why they give back their time to the department.

“I love running into a fire,” says Captain Greg Roberts, who also heads up the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire & Life Safety Program.

Since not everyone shares Captain Greg Roberts’ feelings for running into a burning building there are other volunteer rolls as well.

Dorothy McDonald doesn’t go to any fires; she goes into the classroom to teach kids to stop, drop, and roll.

“We really feel like we’re accomplishing something when we’re teaching everybody about fire safety,” says McDonald.

When it was time for Roger Hildebrand to hang up his hose, he found another way to give back, by taking pictures at emergency calls.

“I can participate in all the activities, plus I get to go to the fires,” says Hildebrand, who serves as the volunteer department’s chief photographer.

From keeping crews hydrated at the scene as a relief volunteer, to helping with computers back at the fire house in IT, the Chief says the rolls are as varied as you would find in a business setting.

Roberts, who has served as a volunteer firefighter for a decade says it’s important that more people find ways to give back to their communities.

“So many times people don’t make the time because they say they don’t have it, but we all have it,” Roberts says.

If you weren’t able to make it out to an open house near you, you can still contact the volunteer fire house in your community to learn about signing up.

The fire houses will be open from 10-2 all across Connecticut. See the full list below:

Hartford County (alphabetical by town)

Bloomfield Center Fire Department

18 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield

Broad Brook Fire Department

125 Main Street, Broad Brook

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS

Canton Station: 14 Canton Springs Road, Canton

Collinsville Station: 51 River Road, Canton

East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department

34 South Road, East Hartland

Warehouse Point Fire Department

Station 138: 89 Bridge Street, East Windsor

Manchester 8th District Fire Department

138 Main Street, Manchester

Newington Volunteer Fire Department

1485 Main Street, Newington

Rocky Hill Fire Department

Company 1: 739 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill

Company 2: 52 New Britain Avenue, Rocky Hill

Company 3: 3050 Main Street, Rocky Hill

Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company

Weatogue Station: 251 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

South Windsor Fire Department

Station 3, 232 West Road, South Windsor

Suffield Fire Department

Station #1: 78 Mountain Road, Suffield

Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department

Company 1: 171 Main Street, Wethersfield

Litchfield County (alphabetical by town)

Canaan Fire Company

4 East Main Street, Canaan

Harwinton West Side Fire Department

199 Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton

Kent Volunteer Fire Department

28 Maple Street, Kent

Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department

20 Shepard Road, Norfolk

Northville Volunteer Fire Department

359 Litchfield Road, New Milford

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Station 1: 44 Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley

Winchester Volunteer Fire Department

Newfield Road, Winchester

Winsted Fire Department

Station 1: 27 Elm Street, Winsted

Middlesex County (alphabetical by town)

Cromwell Fire Department

106 Coles Road, Cromwell

Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company

406 Jackson Hill Road, Middlefield

Portland Volunteer Fire Company

595 Main Street, Portland

New Haven County (alphabetical by town)

Branford Fire Department

45 North Main Street, Branford

Guilford Fire Department

Washington Engine Company: 4 Graves Avenue, Guilford

Eagle Hose Company: 120 Whitfield Street, Guilford

North Guilford Fire Company: 3087 Durham Road, Guilford

Hamden Volunteer Fire Companies

Station 7: 905 Shepard Avenue, Hamden

Station 8: 420 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden

Town of North Branford Fire Department

Station 1: 1531 Foxon Road, North Branford

Station 2: 1370 Middletown Avenue, North Branford

Station 3: 1958 Middletown Avenue, North Branford

North Haven Fire Department

Montowese: 282 Quinnipiac Avenue, North Haven

Northeast: 366 Washington Avenue, North Haven

West Ridge: 1331 Ridge Road, North Haven

Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Station 2: 355 Boston Post Road, Orange

Southbury Volunteer Fire Department

461 Main Street, Southbury

North Farms Volunteer Fire Department

Station #7: 864 North Farms Road, Wallingford

Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association

20 Admiral Street, West Haven

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department

Company 1: 395 Central Avenue, Wolcott

Company 2: 58 North Street, Wolcott

New London County (alphabetical by town)

Franklin Volunteer Fire Department

5 Tyler Drive, Franklin

Old Mystic Fire Department

Station #1: 21 North Stonington Road, Mystic

East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company

488 New London Turnpike, Norwich

Oakdale Fire Company

444 Chapel Hill Road, Oakdale

Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company

429 Old Colchester Road, Salem

Salem Volunteer Fire Company

Salem Station 21: 424 Hartford Road, Salem

Stonington Borough Fire Department

100 Main Street, Stonington

Taftville Volunteer Fire Department

134 Providence Street, Taftville

Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5

53 Dayton Road, Waterford

Tolland County (alphabetical by town)

Ellington Volunteer Fire Department

Station 243: 6 Nutmeg Drive, Ellington

Hebron Fire Department

44 Main Street, Hebron

North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department

Station 11: 3427 Main Street, North Coventry

Somers Fire Department

400 Main Street, Somers

Tolland Fire Department

Station 240: 3 Rhodes Road, Tolland

Town of Vernon Fire Department

724 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon

Windham County

Atwood Hose Fire Company

24 Wauregan Road, Wauregan

Fairfield County

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company

92 Pocono Road, Brookfield

Easton Volunteer Fire Company

1 Center Road, Easton

Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

400 Jackman Avenue, Fairfield

Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

34 Hawleyville Road, Newtown

Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Department

55 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown

West Redding Volunteer Fire Department

306 Umpawaug Road, Redding

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1

379 Coram Avenue, Shelton

Long Ridge Fire Company

366 Old Long Ridge Road, Stamford

Turn of River Fire Department

268 Turn of River Road, Stamford

Long Hill Volunteer Fire Company

Station 1, 6315 Main Street, Trumbull

Station 2, 5400 Main Street, Trumbull

Station 3, 4229 Madison Avenue, Trumbull

Nichols Fire Department

Station 1, 100 Shelton Road, Trumbull

Station 2, 582 Booth Hill Road, Trumbull

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company

Station 1, 860 White Plains Road, Trumbull

Station 2, 100 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull

Weston Volunteer Fire Department

52 Norfield Road, Weston

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Pelosi: Border Wall Is ‘Immoral, Expensive, Unwise’


A deal to fund the federal government this week won't necessarily include all the funds needed for a border wall, but White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday said there will be "enough to get going" — even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it "immoral," NBC News reported.

Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview whether the Trump administration would push a government shutdown if border wall funding is not included in a bill to fund the government this week, Priebus said, "it will be enough in the negotiation for us to either move forward with either the construction or the planning or enough to get going with the border wall."

Pelosi said she and the Democrats will stand firmly against construction of a border wall. 

"The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise, and when the president says, 'Well, I promised a wall during my campaign.' I don't think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall on to the taxpayer," she said.

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'A Terrible, Sad Time': 3 Kids, 2 Adults Die in NYC Fire: Officials


A fire at a house in Queens killed five people on Sunday, including three children, officials said. The youngest victim was about 2 years old. 

One adult tumbled out of a second-floor window and onto a porch of the house in Queens Village, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. He was the only survivor. 

"This is a terrible, sad time for this block, for this community, and for this city," Nigro said. 

The house was reported on fire shortly after 2:30 p.m. and firefighters arrived 4 minutes later. Witnesses said they saw flames on the first floor, climbing to the second floor. 

Only a blackened and charred structure remained of the on 208th Street in Queens Village.

The youngest child and another person were in the attic, which Nigro said was a very difficult place for firefighters to reach in the burning inferno. 

Video shows firefighters carrying two bodies out of the house. One of them appeared to be a child. 

"It's an incredibly difficult moment to see a family literally destroyed before their very eyes," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "This is a very very painful day."

The names of those killed have not been released. Firefighters said the youngest appeared to be about 2 and the oldest about 21. 

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Obama to Make 1st Post-Presidency Appearance at U of Chicago


Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, with plans to hold a conversation at the University of Chicago.

Obama will discuss community organizing and civic engagement with “young leaders from area schools,” according to a release announcing the event.

Beginning at 11 a.m. at the school’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the discussion is invitation-only, but a television feed will be provided.

"This event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world," his office said in a statement.

Former advisors said the 44th commander in chief is not expected to criticize current President Donald Trump, who has tried to dismantle several of Obama's chief accomplishments, including the Affordable Care Act.

Instead, Obama will focus on supporting activism in the “next generation of leaders.”

“His mission is going to be to inspire these young people and there’ll be a diverse group, including Republicans as well as Democrats, but to inspire them to take ownership of this political process and really get involved,” said former White House advisor David Axelrod, who now serves as the director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Several students at the South Side campus said they were eager to hear from Obama, who has been seen attending various events since leaving office, but has yet to make a public appearance in any official capacity.

“I’d like to see if he has anything in store for Chicago as a city, because I think there are a lot of things going on right now that I’d like to hear his opinion about,” said U of C student Zoe Dervin.

“I’d just be interested to hear sort of how he is going to be involved now that he’s in a different role,” another student added.

Monday’s event will serve as another homecoming of sorts in several ways, as the former president taught constitutional law at the Hyde Park institution for several years before entering politics.

The University of Chicago will also house his future presidential library, to be built in nearby Jackson Park – both conveniently located near the Obama family’s home in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Obama was last in Chicago in February for meetings on his library, according to a source. That visit marked his first hometown trip since delivering his final address in office from McCormick Place in January.

“I’m immensely proud that his last speech as president was here in the city of Chicago and his first major address in his post-presidency is here in the city of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.

Obama was expected to arrive in Chicago on Sunday. While details of his schedule outside Monday’s event were not immediately available, former first lady and Chicago native Michelle Obama was not expected to accompany him.

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Video Captures Feasting Killer Whales off California's Central Coast


A rare sighting in the animal kingdom continues to mesmerize marine biologists and whale watchers in the Monterey Bay.

For the fourth day in a row, whale watchers on Sunday spotted an abnormally large pod of killer whales feasting on the carcasses of two gray whales, according to Nancy Black from Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

Killer whales are famous for their violent attacks and relentless feeding practices, but to see this type of behavior and this amount of mammal-eating creatures just off the coast of Monterey is "pretty rare," Black said.

"This won't happen everyday," she said.

The first gray whale's carcass was originally discovered last Thursday followed by another carcass appearing Friday, according to Black.

Ever since Thursday, throngs of killer whale mothers and calves have taken turns taking bites out of the dead whales' blubber.

An array of whale species typically migrate to Monterey Bay during the spring months for feeding season, according to Black. Killer whales tend to hunt in groups of six to ten, but Black said the group this year is a "very large number."

Not to be outdone, Humpback whales also joined the mix. Black said Humpback whales tend to barge into the fold when killer whales feed.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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Hartford Fire Victim Describes Her Rescue by Firefighters


Hartford firefighters jumped into action to save people trapped inside a Wethersfield Avenue apartment building during a fire that sent six people, including police officers and a firefighter, to the hospital Sunday.

Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Darren Hudson said that when firefighters arrived at the building on Wethersfield Avenue there were people hanging out of windows.

“I was just sitting down on my bed playing and then my mom busted in the room saying get up, get up,” described resident Jevon Moody.

Many of the occupants had escaped on their own, but Lori Navarro could not.

“When I opened the door I couldn’t get out because it was pitch black. So I had to call out the window, help!” Navarro said.

Navarro told NBC Connecticut she moved into this building after losing everything she owned in another fire recently. This time she was saved after firefighters extended a ladder up to her window.

“I was terrified. But the fireman was amazing. He guided me all the way down,” she explained.

Three occupants and two Hartford police officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, and one firefighter was transported for minor burns to the hand.

Fire officials said the worst damage appears to have hit the third floor.

“We’re hopeful that some residents will be able to get back into the building this evening," Hudson said.

People who live here thanking the police officers and firefighters who quickly responded to help them out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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L.L. Bean Coming to Shops at Yale


L.L. Bean will be coming to The Shops at Yale and the two-level store is expected to open this summer. 

Yale says a lease was signed to open at the development at 272 Elm St., a development project under construction, which will be home to new graduate student apartments as well as two retail suites.

This will be the fourth L.L. Bean in Connecticut and it's expected to create 60 jobs.

There are currently retail stores at Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury and at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor and there is an outlet at the Orange Meadows Shopping Center in Orange.

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