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Toddler Dies After Being Run Over in Bristol Driveway


A toddler was killed when the child’s father ran the child over while moving a vehicle in a driveway on Sycamore Street in Bristol, police said Sunday.

Police responded shortly before noon for a reported medical emergency. Police said the 21-month-old child was run over by the 45-year-old father while the man was moving a car in the driveway.

The child died on scene, according to police.

The child was not identified.

The Bristol Police Department’s Serious Traffic Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

No other information was immediately available.

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Thousands Expected at May Day Protests Across the Country


Monday is May 1, which marks International Workers Day and often prompts what have become known as “May Day” rallies to support workers' rights.

This year the protests have a different agenda. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country, including New Haven, are expected to take part in protests. Organizers say they’re rallying for a wide range of rights that they believe are “under attack” by the Trump Administration.

Organizers are asking people to stay home from work and school to protest as a show of strength and defense for groups they say have become marginalized since President Donald Trump took office. Those groups include minorities, Muslims and immigrants.

On Saturday, the City of Hartford held a May Day rally with a specific focus on those immigrant rights. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman joined hundreds of people speaking against the White House’s immigration agenda.

"We need permanent protection and relief for all of our families. It goes beyond paper. We need to have the ability to work. We need to have the ability to travel. But we know that's not the only thing our community faces," said Eric Cruz Lopez, a UConn student who attended Saturday’s event.

May Day events are set to take place in more than 200 cities today. The rally in New Haven kicks off on the green at noon and lasts until 7 p.m.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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Russia's Military Buildup in Arctic Has US Watching Closely


Russian soldiers fire their rifles as they zip by on skis, an RPG exploding into a ball of fire amid a landscape of ice, at Alakurtti base near the border with Finland, NBC News reported.

NBC News reporters were granted rare access to the recently refurbished base, where soldiers in Russia's 80th Motor Rifle Arctic Brigade — equipped with tanks, snowmobiles and even reindeer sleds — are trained to operate in temperatures that can drop to minus 40.

President Vladimir Putin is in the midst of the biggest military build-up in the Arctic since the fall of the USSR. U.S. geologists estimate the area may hold 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its natural gas.

As climate change makes access to the frozen land and ocean easier, Russia is tying to claim 460,000 square miles of the Arctic Ocean as its national territory — including the North Pole. And Washington is watching closely.

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25 Hurt When Jet Hits Clear Air Turbulence Near Bangkok


A Russian jetliner hit severe turbulence as it was preparing to land in Bangkok Monday, sending 25 people to the hospital, NBC News reported.

Airline Aeroflot confirmed later Monday that 14 of the 313 passengers aboard Flight SU270, from Moscow to the Thai capital, remained in the hospital, while 11 were discharged.

The plane was about 40 minutes from Bangkok when it hit "clear air turbulence," which isn't visible on weather radar, Aeroflot said.

The airline said it will pay for passengers' medical costs.

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Crews Battle Fire on Young Street in New Haven


Firefighters battled a fire at a home on Young Street in New Haven Monday morning.

New Haven firefighters responded to a home at 49 Young Street for a reported structure fire around 7 a.m. When crews arrived they found smoke coming from the back of the home.

As of 7:45 a.m. crews remained at the scene.

NBC Connecticut is on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

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Ohio Quadruplets Accepted to Ivies Will Attend Yale Together


A famous set of four brothers who all got into Harvard and Yale, and had offers from a combined 59 colleges, have decided to attend university together in the fall — at Yale, NBC News reported.

The Connecticut Ivy League school offered the four brothers from Liberty Township, Ohio, an "extraordinary" financial aid package, the boys told NBC News exclusively.

"The school treated us like family," Nigel Wade said, and it was an easy decision for him, Nick and Zach. But Aaron Wade felt torn between Yale and Stanford before ultimately deciding to head to the East Coast.

The boys consulted another pair of famous quadruplets who attended Yale, the Crouch quads, who joined in 2010. Aaron said, "Everywhere they went, they definitely found their own niches without the pressure of being quads."

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Choosing the Right Used Car for Your Teen


For many families with teenage drivers, a new car just isn't in the budget.

According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety survey, 83 percent of parents who bought cars for their teen drivers said they purchased a used vehicle.

The IIHS has compiled a list of the safest, affordable used cars for teenage drivers. The recommendations are based on four principles: young drivers should avoid high horsepower; bigger, heavier vehicles are safer; Electronic stability control (ESC) is a must; and vehicles should have the best National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety rating possible.

The IIHS also recommends looking at the Vehicle Identification Number to check for outstanding recalls before buying a used vehicle. 

Here are IIHS' best choice cars for your teenage driver under $20,000. 


  • Volvo S80
    2007 and newer
  • Toyota Avalon
    2015 and newer
  • Infiniti M37/M56/Q70
    2013 and newer


  • Dodge Avenger
  • Chrysler 200 sedan
    2011 and newer
  • Kia Optima
    2011 and newer
  • Volkswagen Passat
    2013 and newer; built after October 2012
  • Volkswagen Jetta
    2015 and newer
  • Nissan Altima sedan
    2013 and newer; built after November 2012
  • Ford Fusion
    2013 and newer; built after December 2012
  • Volvo S60
    2011 and newer
  • Subaru Legacy
    2013 and newer; built after August 2012
  • Chevrolet Malibu
    2014 and newer
  • Honda Accord sedan and coupe
    2013 and newer
  • Toyota Camry
    2014 and newer; built after December 2013
  • Mazda 6
    2014 and newer
  • Hyundai Sonata
    2015 and newer
  • Acura TL
    2012-14; built after April 2012
  • Lincoln MKZ
    2013 and newer
  • Subaru Outback
    2013 and newer; built after August 2012
  • Chevrolet Malibu Limited
  • Toyota Prius v
    2015 and newer
  • Volvo V60
    2015 and newer
  • Audi A3
    2015 and newer
  • Infiniti Q50


  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
    2011 and newer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
    2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Trax
    2015 and newer
  • Fiat 500X
    2016 and newer; built after July 2015
  • Nissan Rogue
     2014 and newer
  • Buick Encore
    2015 and newer
  • Subaru Forester
    2014 and newer
  • Honda CR-V
    2015 and newer
  • Hyundai Tucson
    2016 and newer
  • Toyota RAV4
    2015 and newer
  • Mazda CX-3
    2016 and newer


  • Volvo XC90
    2005 and newer
  • Ford Flex
    2010 and newer; built after January 2010
  • Chevrolet Equinox
    2014 and newer
  • GMC Terrain
    2014 and newer
  • Nissan Pathfinder
    2015 and newer
  • Kia Sorento
    2016 and newer
  • Volvo XC60
    2013 and newer
  • Ford Edge
    2015 and newer; built after May 2015
  • Nissan Murano
    2015 and newer


  • Kia Sedona
    2015 and newer
  • Honda Odyssey
    2014 and newer
  • Toyota Sienna
    2015 and newer


  • Toyota Tundra extended cab
    2014 and newer

The IIHS has also compiled a list of "Good Choices" vehicles for teens starting under $10,000. You can see that list here.

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Get Tickets to Some of Summer’s Biggest Concerts for $20


Today is National Concert Day and Live Nation is celebrating by offering more than a million $20 tickets to some summer tours coming to Xfinity Theater in Hartford and the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford. 

It’s a limited-time offer and Live Nation’s “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” is one week long. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday and continue through Tuesday, May 9.

You can get tickets a day early through AT&T priority presale ticket access beginning today at 10 a.m. Get presale details online.

Following are the concerts in Connecticut that will be on sale for $20:

Xfinity Theater (select seats and lawn)

  • Luke Bryan: May 13
  • Dierks Bentley: June 2
  • Sam Hunt: June 24
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ Joe Walsh: June 14
  • Zac Brown Band: July 6
  • Chris Stapleton: July 15
  • Lady Antebellum: July 22
  • KORN w/ Stone Sour: July 23
  • OneRepublic: Aug. 2
  • Brad Paisley: Aug. 6
  • Florida Georgia Line:  Aug. 18
  • John Mayer: Aug. 20
  • Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows: Sept. 2
  • Brantley Gilbert: Sept. 9

Toyota Oakdale Theater: (select seats)

  • Seether: May 11 at the Dome at Oakdale
  • Chevelle: May 24 at the Dome at Oakdale
  • The Illusionists: June 3
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Dave East & PnB Rock: June 8
  • Rick Ross: June 16 at the Dome at Oakdale
  • R. Kelly: June 23
  • Kidz Bop Kids: June 24
  • Australian Pink Floyd: July 27
  • Third Eye Blind: July 2
  • Straight No Chaser & Postmodern Jukebox: July 23
  • Chicago: Aug. 6
  • Retro 80’s Dance Party w/ Howard Jones, Paul Young, Modern English, & More!: Aug 12
  • 2Cellos: Sept 15 and Peppa Pig (two Shows) Oct 7

If you plan to travel to see shows this summer, see which nationally touring artists are included in Live Nation’s $20 “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion.”

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International May Day Protesters March for Workers Rights


Protesters in cities around the world marked May Day by marching and rallying for workers' rights on May 1.

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Volunteer Accused of Downloading Child Porn on Ballet's Computers


Orange police have arrested a man accused of downloading child pornography while volunteering at the New England Ballet in Orange.

David Kent, 43, of West Haven, is charged with first-degree possession of child pornography. According to police, Kent downloaded the child porn using devices that traced back to the IP address at the New England Ballet School and Company, on Boston Post Road, where he volunteered.

Officials at the ballet did not know what Kent was doing and are cooperating with police, police said.

The ballet school posted a statement on its front door on Monday.

"We are shocked that an IT person an volunteer that had access to our computers would ever commit such an act to our organizations," the statement read.  "It is an eye opener to us and we are a victim of his crime."

The statement went on to say that no students of faculty was aware of Kent's acts and that no students were affected.

Kent was held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment Monday.

Photo Credit: Orange Police Department

Malia, Sasha Obama's Last Night in White House Revealed


Former first lady Michelle Obama revealed Thursday behind-the-scene moments of how her two daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, spent their night inside the White House the night before the inauguration.

Obama recalled the night as remarkably typical for a pair of teenagers. Malia and Sasha Obama, 18 and 15 respectively, said farewell to their previous home with a slumber party and pizza with friends.

"They had a sleepover, because of course on Inauguration Day, because my girls are so normal, they're like, 'Well, eight girls are gonna be sleeping here because it's our last time, and we want pizza and we want nuggets.' And it's like, really?" Michelle Obama said.

The disclosure came during a wide-ranging, but relatively politics-free, question-and-answer session at the annual American Institute of Architecture conference in Florida.

Obama said it was difficult for the girls to leave the only home they had known for the past eight years.

"So that moment of transition, right before the doors opened and we welcomed in the new family, our kids were leaving out the back door in tears, saying goodbye to people," she said.

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Board Adopts New Policies for Transgender for CSCU Students


Students at all 17 schools in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system are now allowed access to bathrooms, locker rooms and identification cards consistent with their gender identity.

“I believe strongly that people that identify as whatever they want to should be treated the same as others,” Kate Hoinoski, a CSCU freshman, said.

Students may start using bathrooms aligning with their gender identify and they may also use their preferred first name on all unofficial documents and records, including student ID cards. 

“This is just a first step, right? It’s not only about the bathroom. It’s about making them feel safe, making them feel part of the greater community,” Mark Ojakian, CSCU president, said.

A statement from the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities said the Connecticut Board of Regents approved new policies in response to an executive order Gov. Dannel Malloy issued in February about access to bathroom facilities for transgender students.

“Our focus is and always will be on developing successful, engaged students and to do that we must continue to provide a learning environment that encourages personal growth for everyone,” Ojakian said in a statement. “Transgender students are part of the CSCU community and we want to make sure they feel valued and empowered to pursue their education. These policies are aligned with our core values and our history as an institution.”

See the letter President Ojakian issued to all 17 campuses on this topic earlier this year. 

"Discrimination, harassment, and bullying have no place in our classrooms or at our schools. I applaud the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities for taking this important step," Malloy said in a statement. “Every student, no matter their gender identity or expression, should be treated equally and fairly in a safe, supportive environment. Connecticut will remain a state of inclusiveness because we firmly believe that diversity makes us stronger.”

Students will be allowed to use their “preferred name” on all documents that are not legal, including course rosters, student ID cards, email addresses and any honors or awards. 

Students will not need to use bathroom facilities that are gender neutral or separate in any way, the statement says.

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Cybercriminals Hacked 1.1 Billion Accounts Last Year: Study


Digital bandits breached 1.1 billion identities in 2016, nearly doubling their haul from the year before, according to a new study on cybercrime.

NBC News reports that the year brought more ransomware attacks and higher extortion demands, plus some of the biggest distributed denial of service attacks ever seen, causing "unprecedented levels of disruption" to internet traffic, according to the 2017 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec.

"The bad guys made a lot of money last year," said Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response. "They keep getting better and more efficient at what they do; they managed to fool us in new and different ways."

Cybercriminals are moving away from making money by stealing a little bit from a lot of people at a time, and toward attacking banks themselves, the reported noted. 

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Milford Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography


Milford police have arrested a man accused of uploading child pornography from a Milford home.

David Guernsey, 51, of Milford, faces a charge of possession of child pornography.

Milford police said the investigation began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted their department and said they were investigating videos and photos of child porn were traced back to a Milford home.

Police obtained a search warrant and confirmed the pornography was uploaded from the residence.

Guernsey was arrested on April 24 and released on a $50,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on May 23.

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Places to Celebrate National Burger Month in Connecticut


May is National Burger Month and there are several places to celebrate across Connecticut. 

Louis' Lunch

Louis' Lunch in New Haven is the birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, so it's an ideal place to visit for National Burger Month. Get the original burger and a side of potato salad or potato chips. Just don't ask for anything on your burger other than cheese, tomato and onion.

Ted's Restaurant

If you like steamed cheeseburgers, head to Ted's. They've been serving the famous burgers up for more than 50 years. The original location is in Meriden, but there is also a location in Cromwell.

Plan b burger

Plan b burger will be celebrating National Burger Month by hosting a “Burger and Beer Community Combo-tition.”

From April 26 to May 7, 10 percent of each b restaurant locations’ burger and beer pairing proceeds will be donated to their chosen charity. You can find b restaurants in West Hartford, Glastonbury, Milford, Simsbury, Stamford, and Fairfield.

The restaurants have created burger and beer pairings that will be rated on their performance in total sales, highest percentage of celebrity burger to total burgers sold, social media engagement, and a “no purchase necessary” vote. The winning burger and beer pair will be announced on May 8.

Shady Glen

At Shady Glen in Manchester, you can grab a Big Cheese Burger to kick off National Burger Month.

Max Burger

Max Burger in West Hartford offers a wide selection of burgers, such as the Sgt. Peppercorn, an 8-ounce peppercorn crusted, Applewood smoked bacon, mushroom, blue cheese-gruyere fondue, buffalo ranch aioli, arugula, and artisan roll burger.


GoldBurgers in Newington is another favorite in Connecticut, with more than 20 specialty burgers. You can celebrate National Burger month with a classic or one of many others. 


Try the special Jalapeno Burger on Cinco De Mayo at Wood’N’Tap — a steak burger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, fried sliced jalapenos, pickled red onion and Mexi-cali aioli.

Five Guys

You cannot go wrong at Five Guys and there are more than two dozen locations in Connecticut to get one of the handcrafted burgers and fries.

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Where to Get a McDonald’s Frork in Connecticut


There is no reason that you would need a device that turns your French fries into a dipping device, but McDonald's came up with one for a new sandwich promotion and it's called a "Frork."

McDonald’s calls the Frork an “Unnecessarily Superfluous Utensil” for the new Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon or Maple Bacon Dijon sandwiches.

Starting April 30, customers can call 1-844-MCD-FRORK (1-844-623-3767) to learn how to get the Frork and coupons to try all three Signature Crafted Recipes.

On May 5 only, Frorks will be given away at select McDonald's locations nationwide when you buy a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, while supplies last. These are the participating restaurants in Connecticut:

  • 185 New Britain St., Berlin
  • 108 West Main St., Clinton
  • 44 Division St, Derby
  • 19 Chesterfield Rd; Flanders 4 Corners, East Lyme
  • 28 Hazard Ave., Enfield
  • 1835 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield
  • 2915 Main St., Glastonbury
  • 2320 Dixwell Ave., Hamden
  • 244 Prospect Ave., Hartford
  • 783 East Main St., Meriden
  • 611 S. Main St., Middletown
  • 439 Bridgeport Ave., Milford
  • 40 Martin Luther King Drive, New Britain
  • 2375 Berlin Turnpike, Newington
  • 129 Washington Avenue, North Haven
  • 26 Belden Avenue, Norwalk
  • 79 Town Street, Norwich
  • 465 Liberty St, Pawcatuck
  • 22 Albany Turnpike, Simsbury
  • 1103 E. Main Street, Stamford
  • 89 Talcottville Rd., Vernon
  • 881 Wolcott Street, Waterbury
  • Brass Mill Commons, 325 Union St., Waterbury

From May 4 to May 8, with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, customers will receive a free medium fry and soft drink at participating McDonald's.

Photo Credit: McDonald's

System Upgrades Will Affect Filing of Initial Unemployment Claims Online


Residents will not be able to file initial claims through the state Labor Department’s online DirectBenefits from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday afternoon as the department installs upgrades to the online unemployment insurance benefits system.

A statement from the state Department of Labor says DirectBenefits will be unavailable for initial claims from 3 p.m., May 2 to early afternoon on May 3, but you can still file continued claims through www.FileCTUI.com, by selecting the green message box, or you can use the TeleBenefits phone system.

“As we enhance the online initial claims system to better serve our customers, we appreciate their understanding,” State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson said in a statement. “Should the upgrade be completed any sooner, updates will be posted to our website.” 

“This upgrade is designed to help our staff process unemployment insurance claims more efficiently and with fewer keystrokes,” Jackson said in a statement. “While the majority of our customers – those filing a continued claim – will not be affected by this upgrade, we are making every effort to minimize the downtime to our online site for initial claims.” 

While first-time filers can use the TeleBenefits phone system to file, it might be difficult to reach a representative because of increased usage, the department warns. 

Get progress updates to the upgrade timeframe on to the Labor Department’s website. 

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