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East Hartford Man Accused of Sex Trafficking of a Minor


A 26-year-old East Hartford man accused in the sex trafficking of a minor has been arrested on federal charges.

A federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Alexander Pedraza, 26, of East Hartford, with one count of sex trafficking of a minor. He pleaded not guilty. 

Pedraza is accused of recruiting, harboring and transported a minor to engage in commercial sex acts between approximately March 5 and March 12.

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Hartford Man, 76, Stabs Roommate With Steak Knife: Police


A 76-year-old Hartford man is accused of stabbing his roommate multiple times on Saturday, police said. 

Hartford Police were called to Blue Hills Avenue at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday after two roommates got into a heated argument that escalated to violence. 

Karl Walford stabbed his roommate with a steak knife three times, according to Hartford Police. 

When police found the victim outside of the residence on Blue Hill Avenue, he was alert and conscious. He cooperated with officers and detectives after being transported to St. Francis Hospital, police said. 

Walford was placed in custody a short time later. Police were able to recover the knife used to stab the victim.

A witness was located and interviewed, police said. 

No other injuries were reported.

Walford was charged with first-degree assault and disorderly conduct. 

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Mother of Newborn Found in Danbury Released From Hospital


The mother of a newborn baby boy found abandoned behind a Danbury grocery store last week was treated and released from the hospital.

Police said the mother was treated and released from the Danbury Hospital but could not confirm the dates.

Last Friday, the mother walked into the police station after police asked the public for assistance identifying the woman.

Officers had been looking for her since they received a 911 call on May 23 from someone who found the baby wrapped in women's clothing behind the grocery store at 397 Main St.

The newborn was taken to the hospital and police set out to find the mother, who they feared might need medical attention or could be the victim of a crime herself.

To help find her, authorities released photos of some of the articles of clothing found with the baby and police said markings on a blue T-shirt were integral in the investigation.

Police did not provide any further information on the condition of the child. He is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families, which will determine where the baby will end up.

It is not clear if the mother will face charges. The investigation is active and ongoing. 

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Burglars Smash Dealership Windows and Take Dirt Bikes


Police are investigating a burglary at Manchester Honda/KMT/Husqvarna after burglars smashed their way into the dealership and stole dirt bikes.

A Facebook post from an employee says the burglary happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and video shows two panes being smashed and several people remove three bikes by putting them through the openings, then fleeing from the scene.


No additional information was available.

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Bicyclist Struck by Car in Glastonbury


A bicyclist was struck by a car in Glastonbury on Tuesday night, police said.

Glastonbury police, fire officials and EMS responded to the intersection of Hubbard Street and Buttonball Lane at 7:50 p.m.

The bicyclist struck was part of a group of people riding their bikes north on Buttonball Lane, police said. 

The operator of the bicycle sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene before being transported to the hospital for further care, Glastonbury Police said. 

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

The accident is being investigated. Anyone who witnessed the incident or events prior to the accident is asked to call police at (860) 633-8301. 

Budget Talks Continue As Deadline Looms


Governor Dannel Malloy and lawmakers of both parties met behind closed doors for the first time in nearly two weeks Tuesday.

They meet as the June 7 adjournment deadline looms large and it doesn't appear the General Assembly is close to approving a new two-year spending plan.

Based on the timing alone, Senator Len Fasano, the top Republican in the State Senate, said he thinks lawmakers will be meeting into the summer to try to resolve the state's budget crisis.

"I think we’re going to be going into Special Session," Fasano said following the meeting that lasted just more than an hour.

Specifics from the meeting weren't mentioned, though tensions appear to be rising among the two Democrat and two Republican caucuses.

Democrats didn't say much of anything following the meeting, simply acknowledging that more talks are slated to continue. They noted that there is some difficulty in getting state labor unions to agree to both open their contracts for negotiation and then to approve the changes agreed to with the Malloy Administration.

Republicans criticized Democrats without directly mentioning them for not providing a new budget proposal with specific spending amounts and reductions.

"Our lines are line by line from the House and the Senate R’s. It’s very tough to compare budgets that are not line by line," Fasano said.

Malloy said there was some disagreement during the meeting Tuesday, but emerged from the discussion with a similar tone to that of several weeks ago, when the state's budget woes were made even worse by sagging income tax receipts.

The governor said his budget with controversial cuts to municipal aid and the union concessions deal is the best path forward.

On the union deal specifically, he said without it, the House and Senate would have to start at square one.

"We should assume those numbers or people should prepare additional cuts in the hundreds of millions to offset that in their own budget because we won’t have an answer. The only answer we have on a short term basis is one that involved labor," Malloy said. 

The legislative session is scheduled to end June 7.

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Tribe Threatens Lawsuit if Legislature Doesn't Allow Bids for Third Casino


Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is threatening to sue the State of Connecticut if the General Assembly approves and Gov. Dannel Malloy signs a proposal that would block bidders from having a chance to run the state's first commercial casino.

The Kent-based tribe argues all suitors should have an opportunity to operate a gaming facility since the casino would be operated off tribal land.

"Once they leave the reservation and it becomes a commercial licensed gaming anybody, iit should be open to the citizens," said Richard Velky, the tribe's chief, during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol.

There are still far more questions than answers about whether the state will even authorize a third casino.

So far the State Senate has approved a proposal that would allow the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes to jointly operate a casino off of their reservations, though that bill's fate in the House is uncertain.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney said he thinks the House should follow suit with the Senate bill because it's a bill that would provide familiar circumstances for the state.

"I would hope they would see the merits of dealing with the group that we have a track record with and understanding that we’ve had a good relationship over the years and we have a compact. As the governor has pointed out that would be a more secure way to go without a leap into the unknown," Looney said during an interview.

Since the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is not recognized by the federal government, it couldn't use the otherwise expected path of the Indian Gaming Act to establish a casino, meaning it would have to use whatever the commercial channel would look like. That could cost potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, money the tribe says it has in the form of financial backers.

Another wrinkle is that the tribe says it would want to operate the tribe away from its reservation in Northwest Connecticut. Velky said his intention is that the tribe would help run the casino, even if it was controlled by a commercial operator, like MGM, Harrah's or another casino corporation.

"How would we not benefit?” Velky asked.

House and Senate Democrats each want to see a third casino opened in Connecticut as a way to raise revenue, though Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz says the Democrats in the chamber aren't yet united around a particular proposal.

"Every option is open," Aresimowicz said.

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Flynn to Hand Over Documents to Senate Intel Panel: Source


Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will hand over some personal and business documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee by June 6, a source close to Flynn told NBC News on Tuesday.

The Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on May 10 for documents that it said it believes to be relevant to its investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Flynn's lawyers haven't yet produced any documents, but they will start doing so on or before next Tuesday, said the source, adding Flynn wants to cooperate to the extent that he can while protecting his constitutional rights.

Two other former associates of Trump — Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — have complied with similar requests from the Intelligence Committee, NBC News reported last week.

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Body of Officer Killed in South Carolina Crash Returns to CT


The body of a New Haven police officer killed while motorcycling in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend is back home in the Elm City.

Officer Edward Douglas, 31, died Saturday morning in a crash in Myrtle Beach.

"We lost a good man, a really good man; not just a police officer, a good man," New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.

Douglas had been on vacation in Myrtle Beach over the holiday weekend and was riding a motorcycle when somehow he crashed.

"They notified us that one of our officers -- they found his identification on him -- had been involved in a serious motorcycle accident," Campbell said about receiving word about the incident.

Douglas had come up the ranks at the New Haven police department under Campbell's command. All of that promise, Campbell said, was suddenly taken away on Saturday morning.

"He had so many dreams and aspirations, so it was just really heart-wrenching to get that news," Campbell said.

Campbell, along with Mayor Toni Harp, went to police headquarters for the start of third shift on Saturday night, which was Douglas’ shift, to console fellow officers.

"Many of them were crying during line-up and we told them that we may have a difficult job when we have to put our emotions aside, but this is not one of those times. It's OK if you need to cry. It's OK if you need to grieve," Campbell said.

On Tuesday night, Officer Douglas’ body was flown from South Carolina to Bradley International Airport and then escorted by police motorcade back to New Haven.

The 31-year-old is survived by his mother, father, three brothers and his girlfriend, who Campbell said Douglas had planned to marry.

Campbell said a funeral for Officer Douglas will be held in New Haven on Monday. Details about the services will be made public soon.

"We have to lean on one another to get through this," Campbell said. "We have to support his family and we have to remember that we are a family."

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Health Insurance Rate Hikes Subject to Public Hearing


The Connecticut Department of Insurance announced it received 14 requests, including ones from ConnectiCare and Anthem, requesting higher rates for 2018 and officials want to hear how those changes would affect consumers.

The public hearing will vegin at 9 a.m. on June 14 at 153 Market Street in Hartford. Everyone attending will receive validated parking.

According to the CID, Anthem requested, on average, a 33.8 percent increase to policies sold both on and off the state’s exchange, Access Health.

ConnectiCare requested an average increase of 17.5 percent. That only applies to policies on the exchange.

Before the rates take effect, they’ll need approval from Commissioner Katharine Wade. She hopes the public hearing will help her make that decision.

“Anyone from the public can come in and express their views on the proposed rate increases,” said Wade. “We want to know how people feel about what’s going on in the marketplace and understand the impact on consumers.”

Anyone who cannot make it to the June 14 event but wants their voice heard can submit comments through the CID. That portal will remain open until July 1.

NBC Connecticut reached out to Anthem and ConnectiCare for a comment. Anthem’s spokesperson sent a statement saying:

“For eight decades Anthem has served consumers in the individual market and today Anthem is pleased to provide access to care for more than 55,000 Individual members on and off the exchanges.

Recognizing the dynamics and volatility in the Individual ACA-compliant product offerings, our most recent rate filings reflect increases in the cost of delivering medical services coupled with pharmacy expenses and overall increased use of health care services by members in ACA-compliant plans.

The rates we have filed assume Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies will be funded. However, the future funding of CSRs remains uncertain. Without CSR funding we will need to evaluate appropriate adjustments to our filings such as requesting additional rate increases, eliminating certain product offerings or exiting certain Individual ACA compliant markets altogether.

While we are pleased that some steps have been taken to address the sustainability of the marketplace, the individual market remains volatile with significant uncertainty. Anthem remains committed to working to find solutions so that it can continue to participate in the Individual market.”

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JCC of Greater New Haven Plans to Rebuild After Fire


After a devastating fire in December, the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven plans to rebuild and reopen at its home on Amity Road in Woodbridge.

“This is place where people gather and they’ve missed that, and I’m really looking forward to seeing that come back,” Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven CEO Judy Alperin said.

Woodbridge Fire Department investigators determined the Dec. 5 fire that started in the sauna in the men’s locker room was accidental. Since then, the JCC had to move its recreation activities, programs and pre-school to other locations.

“We hemorrhaged quite a number of members and we’re hopeful that those people will return as soon as we can reconstruct their home away from home here,” Alperin said.

The JCC will spend more than $2 million from the insurance settlement to fix what the fire, smoke and water destroyed or damaged, Alperin said.

“Brand new basketball gym floors, new locker facilities, new flooring in our zumba studio and then our entire fitness center is going to be reworked and redesigned,” she said.

In the months since the fire, the Jewish community has discussed other possibilities outside of staying in the Woodbridge building.

“People felt very strongly about wanting the JCC to reopen,” Betty Levy of New Haven said.

Levy and her husband have been JCC members for more than forty years. They attended a forum in April about the facility’s future.

“I didn’t have any idea that so many people were involved and interested in the center and it wasn’t just Jewish people,” she said. “It was lots of people from our community.”

At the nearby Westville Kosher Market, the owners are eager to see the JCC reopen.

“It’s very good for the business,” Rachel Hamenachem said. “When they have an event we always get the spillover the people stop by they buy some stuff and we have events there.”

Part of the renovations will be to build a new pathway and entrance to the indoor pool, Alperin said. The pool and racquetball courts should open on June 19 and the JCC summer camp will begin as planned at the end of the month.

Alperin said a New Haven based architecture firm has been selected and the goal is for all for the construction to be finished in December.

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Silver Sands Construction May Be Halted


State lawmakers are one step closer to temporarily halting proposed construction at Silver Sands State Park.

The Silver Sands beach in Milford is natural, peaceful and free to the public.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants to start charging the same seasonal parking fees as other state parks, along with building new bathrooms, space for lifeguards and environmental conversation police, a concession stand and storage facility.

DEEP said the upgrades are needed because of the park's growing popularity and estimated 250,000 visitors annually.

“I’ve been to other state parks in Connecticut and it’s really nice to have the bath houses and the facilities and everything,” said Linda Rizzo, who moved back to Milford in September. “Why not develop this for the rest of the public and charge to get in like they do at the other parks””

Some Silver Sands neighbors have raised several concerns to Mayor Ben Blake.

“It’s going to increase traffic in the surrounding abutting neighborhoods,” Blake said. “It’s going to increase parking issues and congestion and public safety issues.”

The $10 million project could be put on hold after the state senate passed a bill to not start any construction for two years without city leader approval.

“People are also concerned about the cost,” State Senator Gayle Slossberg said.

Slossberg said she cannot support the renovations while the state has a huge budget deficit and Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed cutting millions of dollars in education funding for Milford.

“As my mother always said to me, don’t build something or buy something new if you can’t take care of what you already have,” Slossberg said. “We’re struggling with that in our state already so why would we go down this path.”

Before any work is done, Blake said he first wants there to be a new environmental impact study. He said DEEP is working off a study that is two decades old and does not take into account the impact of Sandy and Irene on the coast.

The bill to halt construction for two years now heads to the State House of Representatives.

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Transgender Wis. Student Can Use Boys' Bathroom: Court


A federal appeals court in Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that a transgender high school student who identifies as male can use the boys' bathroom, NBC News reported.

Asthon Whitaker, 17, is a senior at George Nelson Tremper High School in Kenosha. Though the unanimous decision came the same week he graduates, he said he is still happy.

"I hope my case will help other transgender students in Kenosha and elsewhere to just be treated the same as everyone else without facing discrimination and harassment from school administrators," he said.

The high school had insisted Ashton use the girls' bathroom or a gender-neutral bathroom in the school's office. The court argued Ashton's presence in the boy's bathroom posed no more of a risk to privacy than an "overly curious student."

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80 Dead, Scores Wounded in Bombing of Kabul Diplomatic Area


A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350, an attack that left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital.

The target of the attack — which officials said was a suicide car bombing — was not immediately known, but Ismail Kawasi, spokesman of the public health ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children.

It was one of the worst attacks Kabul has seen since the drawdown of foreign forces at the end of 2014.

Associated Press images from the scene showed the German Embassy and several other embassies located in the area heavily damaged in the explosion. It wasn't known if any foreign diplomats were among the casualties but Germany and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees and staff were hurt in the explosion.

In the immediate aftermath of the blast, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told NBC News it occurred close to a gate to the presidential palace. But the site of the bombing is much nearer to the German embassy.

The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul's rush hour when roads are packed with worktime commuters. It went off close to a busy intersection in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

The neighborhood is considered Kabul's safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 10-foot-high blast walls and government offices, guarded by police and national security forces. The German Embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area, as are the British and the Canadian embassies. The Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies are also located there.

Local TV footage showed shocked residents soaked in blood stumbling about, then being ferried away to hospitals. Passers-by stopped and helped the wounded into their private cars, others congregated outside the nearby Italian-run Emergency Hospital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have staged large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past.

The Afghan Taliban later issued a statement denying any involvement in the bombing and condemning all attacks against civilians. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, said Wednesday's explosion had "nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of Islamic Emirate," as the Taliban call themselves.

But even though the Taliban claim they are only waging war against the Kabul government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, most of the casualties of their attacks have been civilians.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior Affairs said it "condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack" that killed so many, including women and children. "These heinous acts go against the values of humanity as well values of peaceful Afghans," it added.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the attack, which came just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A statement from his office quoted Ghani as saying that "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people."

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said an unspecified number of German Embassy employees in Kabul were hurt in the blast and an Afghan security guard outside the building was killed. Gabriel said all embassy workers were safe and offered his condolences to the family of the slain guard.

Pakistan also denounced the "terrorist attack in Kabul" and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it "caused damage to the residences of some Pakistani diplomats and staff, living in the close vicinity, and inflicted minor injuries to some."

China's foreign ministry said its Kabul embassy in Kabul was partly damaged but that all embassy staff were "safe and sound" and that there had been no reports of injured Chinese citizens.

Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily concentrated in the north in and around Mazar-E-Sharif. They're currently one of the biggest contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission with around 980 soldiers on the ground to support and train Afghan security forces.

Wednesday's explosion was so heavy that more than 50 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged at the site of the attack. "We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack," said Danish.

Residents described a mushroom cloud over Kabul and windows were shattered in shops, restaurants and other buildings up to a kilometer (half mile) from the blast site.

"There are a large number of casualties, but I don't know how many people are killed or wounded," said an eyewitness, Gul Rahim.

Kawasi, the health official, said the wounded were admitted to different Kabul hospitals.

Shortly after the explosion, all roads in Wazir Akbar Khan were blocked off by Afghan security forces and helicopters were deployed over the neighborhood.

Last month, the Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces.

U.S. and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban insurgency for more than 15 years. The United States now has more than 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations. In the past year, they have largely concentrated on thwarting a surge of attacks by the Taliban, who have captured key districts, such as Helmand province, which U.S. and British troops had fought bitterly to return to the government.

Associated Press writer David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.

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5 Months in, GOP Congressional Agenda Lags: Analysis


After beginning the year with a long and ambitious list of priorities, the GOP is lagging far behind its expectations for its policy agenda, NBC News reported.

Republicans are pushing to get the American Health Care Act passed in the Senate, which they say is what will allow them to switch focus to tax reform. They also need to address infrastructure, which was a top agenda item for the president.

What has dragged on the party's momentum was the slower-than-anticipated confirmations of President Donald Trump's nominees, as well as the ongoing controversy over investigations into Russia meddling in last year's election.

Congress has just seven weeks left before the beginning of August, when lawmakers take five weeks off. Then the fall agenda will be filled wth funding the government before the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

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Ledyard Residents Continue to Struggle with Gypsy Moths


Masses of the unwelcome gypsy month caterpillars have hatched in the southeastern part of the state. The spring rains can activate a fungus that can kill the caterpillar. But some residents are concerned it's not working fast enough to save their trees.

Crews cut down one of Lorraine Healy’s trees at her Ledyard home Tuesday. This time, a power company footed the bill since it was close to the electrical line.

Healy is responsible for the rest of the trees the gypsy moth caterpillars defoliated and killed. She said it will cost around $6,000 to remove the rest of the destroyed trees.

Healy lives in one of the most heavily infested areas in Ledyard. Her yard and house was covered with caterpillars last spring and summer.

So earlier this month, she and some other Ledyard homeowners paid for a ground spray.

“My daughter saw one as opposed to the thousands we saw last year at this time. So that’s great," Healy said.

But elsewhere in town, the gypsy moth caterpillars are still out and about, and hungry.

They've left holes in the leaves of John Simlick, Jr.'s maple tree -- which is not even the caterpillar's first choice for food.

Simlick left a piece of plywood out overnight.

"When I came out this morning, the plywood was almost black with just gypsy moth stuff. They just keep eating and dropping," he said.

This wet spring is ideal to trigger a fungus that kills the gypsy moth caterpillars.

That fungus starts to kill the caterpillars as they get larger toward the middle or end of May, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Since there are so many egg masses, people should expect to see a large number of caterpillars now, said State Entomologist Kirby Stafford III. But his staff is still working to figure out if there is enough fungus to kill them in the coming weeks.

Simlick sprayed his rental property and said it worked. While he saw no defoliation at his home in another section of Ledyard, he’s considering spraying there too, if the fungus doesn't work quickly enough.

“Tough call. It really is a tough call," Simlick said.

According to Stafford, the dead gypsy moth caterpillars killed by the fungus will look different since they’ll be much younger. They can be found in trees and under leaves.

His staff is gathering samples and will also test samples sent into his office.

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'Covfefe': Trump Lights Up Internet With Late-Night Tweet


"Covfefe." It was the word that rocked the Twitter world just after midnight on the East Coast. 

President Donald Trump wrote the word in a late-night message from his personal account that mystified much of the rest of Twitter: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

It wasn't clear what he meant, though some suspected the word was supposed to read "coverage." But many others had fun with the tweet, as the hashtag #covfefe quickly began to trend.

Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got in on the debate. "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe," Kimmel tweeted.

Many people turned the word into a meme and some users started their own "Covfefe" Twitter accounts.

Even Merriam-Webster sounded off, though its tweet didn't specifically mention "covfefe" or Trump.

The ambiguous tweet stayed online for more than five hours, gaining thousands more retweets than Trump's other recent messages before being removed shortly after 5:30 a.m. 

Trump then sent another message to address what many people thought was a typo.

"Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" the president wrote.

The White House has not responded to a request for comment.

The incident came the day White House communications director Michael Dubke announced he was resigning from his position.

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Police Seek Vehicle Involved in Waterbury Shooting: CSP


Connecticut State Police are searching along Route 8 for a pickup that may have been involved in a shooting in Waterbury.

State police said the suspect vehicle was a dark blue pickup last seen heading down Route 8 south after a shooting on West Main Street in Waterbury.

More details were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Middletown Father to be Sentenced for Son's Murder


A Middletown father found guilty of murder in the death of his 7-month-old son will learn his sentence Wednesday.

Prosecutors said 23-year-old Tony Moreno threw his son Aaden off the Arrigoni Bridge in 2015.

Moreno maintained through the trial that he never intended to kill his son and that the child slipped from his arms and into the Connecticut River 90 feet below. 

On the stand during the trial, Moreno held a baby doll in his arms that he said represented his son, and he spoke about what happened on the night of Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Two days passed before a canoeist found Aaden's body in the water, near the East Haddam Swing Bridge.

Moreno claimed that his intention was to take his own life on the bridge, not his child’s, and that Aaden slipped from his hands into the water.

Moreno jumped from the bridge, but survived after emergency crews received a call from Aaden’s mother, who that Moreno was suicidal, and responded to the scene.

In February, jurors found Moreno guilty of murder. He was also found guilty of risk of injury to a minor. He faces up to 70 years in prison.

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