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Person Struck by Train in Danbury


A person was struck by a train in Danbury Friday night, according to the MTA.

MTA police responded around 11:40 p.m. to an area of track between East Liberty Street and Taylor Street. The male victim suffered serious trauma to his leg and was taken to Danbury Hospital, then airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

It is not clear why the victim was on the tracks.

The train was traveling from South Norwalk to Danbury and had 11 passengers on board, who were not injured.

The incident remains under investigation.

Troopers Seize Over 400 Bags of Heroin During Traffic Stop


Connecticut State Police arrested two men after finding over 400 bags of heroin during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 Friday, according to police.

Teddy Hanson, 40, and James Curtis, 46, both of Maine, both face narcotics charges.

Police said they pulled over a Hyundai sedan Hanson was driving because they spotted it tailgating another car near exit 69 in Tolland. During the traffic stop, troopers saw marijuana-laced brownies in the glove compartments and other signs of drugs in the car.

A K9 was called to the scene and found 230 bags of suspected heroin in a box in the car, police said. Police later found another 200 bags of heroin on Hanson.

Both men were arrested.

Hanson was charged with failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, possession of a narcotic, and possession of a narcotic with intent to sell. Curtis was charged with failure to wear a seatbelt, possession of a hallucinogen, possession of a narcotic, and possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.

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Vigil Held for Man Killed by Stray Bullet in New Haven


Friends and family gathered in New Haven Friday night to remember a young man who was killed inside his own home by a stray bullet that came through a window.

Friends and family are demanding justice for 27-year-old Joshua Rivera.

New Haven police said just after 10 p.m. Thursday, shots rang out on Greenwood Street, and one of those bullets traveled through the first-floor window, striking Rivera in the head as he played video games with a friend. Police said it appears Rivera was an innocent bystander, not the target.

Now his loved ones want to know who fired the show that blew through a window and struck him in the head.

“I don't think it's fair that someone can take someone's life, an innocent life and just be out there living in the world happily that nothing ever happened,” said Nyvia Cortes, Rivera’s aunt.

Friday many came to light candles and remember a man they said had a tremendous heart and the smile to match.

“He just wants to give love and spread joy, and that's what he did every day, every day,” said Mickey Arroyo.

Heartbroken, friends and family shared their fondest memories of Rivera.

“He was one of a kind. You never find a kid like Josh,” said Robyn Young-Ali, a neighbor.

“The kid would never hurt a fly, not a fly,” Arroyo added.

Nyvia Cortes, Rivera’s aunt said that 20 years ago Rivera’s older brother was shot in the head and killed in New Haven while sitting in a car – another innocent bystander.

“Unfortunately we live in a world that’s not safe anymore, not for me, not for you, not for anybody,” she said.

As the neighborhood struggles with their grief, residents worry there’s also fear that this could happen again.

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90-Year-Old Man Attacked With Cane in NYC: Police


A 90-year-old man was attacked with a cane as he walked on the sidewalk in Manhattan, police said Saturday. 

The victim suffered cuts to his ear and head in the attack late Friday afternoon in Inwood, police said. 

Video shows a young man holding a cane and walking down Broadway. When he reaches the elderly man, he kicks the victim's shopping cart and hits him on the side of the head with a cane, police said. 

Good Samaritans intervened to stop the attack, police said. 

The elderly man was taken to a hospital where he was in serious but stable condition, police said. 

Police are looking for the attacker. He was described as 20 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing headphones, a blue baseball cap, a black shirt, a gray long-sleeved shirt, blue pants with checker box print and black sneakers, police said. 

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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State Police Layoffs on Hold


Connecticut State Police layoffs have been put on hold pending the results of negotiations, according to the union that represents the state police.

In May sources confirmed to NBC Connecticut that around seven state troopers would be handed layoff notices, and a training class of about 80 recruits had been cut to save money in the state budget. 

The cuts were expected to save $3 million and take place by July.

However, Connecticut State Police Union president Andrew Matthews confirmed Saturday that those layoffs have been put on hold pending a State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreement.

The budget also has not been set in stone. State legislators still have not agreed on a final budget and anticipate missing the June 7 deadline for a final budget plan. A new deadline has been set at June 30 - the last day of the fiscal year.

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Trump Protesters 'March for Truth' in NYC


Hundreds of people marched Saturday through lower Manhattan to demand an impartial investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election. 

The "March for Truth" was one of many demonstrations held nationwide. The organizers were also calling for an investigation into ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates. 

People gathered in Foley Square and listened to speakers. Javier Munoz, who plays the lead in Broadway's "Hamilton," sang a patriotic song compilation. 

Then the group set off to march down Broadway. Some carried signs that read, "Alternative Facts Are Lies," "Facts Matter" and "Save Our Country."

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Car Smashes into Woman and Two Boys in Bridgeport


A woman and two boys are recovering after they were struck by a car Wednesday afternoon in Bridgeport.

It happened outside Junco’s Restaurant on Harral Avenue.

The car came up onto the sidewalk and smashed the woman and boys into a building. All three were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

News 12 Connecticut reports that police said one of the boys came close to having his legs amputated, but the doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital ultimately saved the legs.

The driver faces a number of charges including reckless driving and no insurance.

Police said the victims are lucky to be alive.

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Man Accused of Stealing Mail Truck in Waterbury


A man faces charges after stealing a mail truck, according to Waterbury police.

Police said that on May 30 they were called to assist the Postal Inspector with an investigation. A postal worker was delivering mail in the area of Houston Street at Unity when a man got into her truck and took off.

The suspect, later identified as Gerardo Retamar, 37, went around the corner in a truck then ran off on foot.

Detectives caught up with Retamar at Waterbury Hospital, where he admitted to taking the truck and taking ecstasy, police said.

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In US Exile, Kremlin Watcher Sees Russia Draw Closer


A Russian analyst and journalist scrutinizing her home country from thousands of miles away, Kseniya Kirillova works out of an impersonal Oakland apartment that she deliberately keeps bare of mementos, except for a stuffed teddy bear memorializing another Russian opposition journalist who died doing the same kind of work.

These days, the 34-year-old's work has drawn closer to her new home, the United States, where she awaits a decision on her application for asylum.

As Congress and a special counsel appointed by the U.S. Justice Department investigate alleged Russian interference in this country's 2016 presidential race, Russian state tactics such as amplifying "fake news" have moved to the center of U.S. political discussion.

Kirillova's work examining alleged Russian actions in other countries helps in understanding such events in the United States, according to several American analysts of Russia who often cite her work.

Americans can be "naive about foreign policy, about Russian propaganda," says Kirillova, who contributes to news outlets in Europe, including the U.S. government-funded Radio Liberty broadcast news organization, which also provides global news in the Middle East and Asia.

Kirillova says growing up in Russia, she saw the tactics used to undermine American society and government.

"They really tried to destroy American institutions. They really consider the United States as their main enemy," she said.

In the Cold War, the Soviets called the kind of tactics Kirillova monitors "active measures" — covert efforts by both Moscow and Washington, D.C., to exploit divisions, sway public opinion, and influence events in rival countries and blocs.

The FBI and CIA say Americans experienced those tactics in 2016 when hackers allegedly allied with Putin's administration obtained the emails of Democratic officials, and Russian state media outlets spread leaked and made-up news to influence the U.S. election.

Putin denies his government interfered, although he suggested last week that "patriotically minded" Russian hackers could be going after Russia's critics on their own.

Kirillova's network of Eastern and Western security sources and her grounding in Eastern European cultures, politics and languages make her unique among U.S.-based journalists, said John Sipher, a 28-year U.S. intelligence veteran who now works as a Russia analyst in Washington, D.C. Her ability to tease out clues and point to patterns "has added to the depth and breadth of what's going on," Sipher said.

For instance, he said, Kirillova tracked down photos showing Russian officials were acquainted with people and groups Interpol had sought as suspects in an alleged coup attempt last year in Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic that has angered Russia by becoming the newest member of the NATO Western military alliance. Russia denies involvement in the alleged plot.

"Nobody else that I've seen in the U.S. is doing that," Sipher said.

The kind of Russia-monitoring Kirillova is doing from the United States could be extremely important for Americans, says Alya Shandra, managing editor of Euromaidan Press, an English-language news site based in Ukraine. A war with Russia in Ukraine is blamed for the deaths of nearly 9,500 people, and the displacement of millions since 2014, the United Nations says.

Americans greatly underestimate the danger they face from Russia, and it's "very hard for us in Ukraine" getting that across, Shandra said.

Raised in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, Kirillova came to the United States in 2014 when her husband landed contracts with tech companies. She says Russian authorities began moving against the online news site and bank accounts of her-then colleague Alexander Shchetinin, who worked with her covering Russian actions in Ukraine.

The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists says it does not track the number of foreign journalists seeking asylum in the United States, which can be a yearslong process.

Recent instances that have come to public notice include a Mexican journalist who tangled with drug cartels in Mexico and sought asylum in the U.S. He returned home after losing his bid for parole while his case played out. A teenage blogger from Singapore sought asylum in the U.S. after mocking the government in his home country, and he is fighting with the federal government over his case.

Kirillova says contacts warned her and Shchetinin that Russian security agencies were scrutinizing them. At least 36 journalists have been killed in Russia in retaliation for their reporting since 1992, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

The teddy bear Kirillova keeps with her was Shchetinin's. It wears a cheerful red sweater bearing a Ukrainian flag, a token of their work covering Ukraine, she said.

At one point, he sent her and her husband a selfie from Moscow, cheekily posed with the Ukrainian teddy bear in front of Russia's old KGB headquarters. To show "we shouldn't fear them," she says.

In August, after Russia succeeded in stifling his news operation, Shchetinin was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment in Ukraine's capital, a gun beside him. Authorities said they were investigating the possibilities of both murder and suicide.

A friend retrieved the teddy bear from his apartment and sent it to Kirillova in the United States.

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Londoners Ran, Hid and Fought Attackers Amid Terror Rampage


Bar and restaurant patrons used what they could to block door in order to repel knife-wielding attackers at London's Borough Market after what police called terrorist incidents that began with a vehicle ramming into pedestrians on London Bridge, witnesses told NBC News.

Fabio Lamas, 20, was working at the Wheatsheaf Pub when he heard someone shout "knives, knives, knives" and he said someone inside used a barrel to block the door, and staff locked the doors and gates. Gunfire, believed to be from police, then rang out, he said.

At another restaurant in Borough Market, witnesses said that an attacker entered and stabbed a woman in the neck, and a manager threw bottles at the man and staff used a bar stool to push him outside.

At least 30 people have been taken to hospitals throughout London after two terror attacks Saturday night. Six people have died and police shot and killed three suspects. Police are investigating. 

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'Resolute Solidarity': World Leaders React to London Attack


Leaders around the world were quick to condemn the terror attacks that left seven people dead and dozens injured Saturday night in the heart of London. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for "resolute solidarity" with Britain in the face of the "shocking" attacks. 

Social media quickly filled with reactions from celebrities, politicians and public figures. 

European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was monitoring the situation "with horror" and sent condolences to victims and their families. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that "France is more than ever at the side of the United Kingdom." 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a statement that said, "We are united beyond all borders in horror and sorrow, but also in determination." She also reaffirmed her support for Britain and fighting "every form of terrorism."

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims during Sunday Mass, that "grants peace to the whole world and heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which also last night, in London, struck innocent victims."

See what other leaders had to say on Twitter:

British police called the attacks at the London Bridge and the Borough Market "terrorist incidents." Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that while they believe all the attackers were killed, the investigation continues.

This is this third terrorist attack in England in three months. 

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90 Percent of UK Police Don’t Carry Guns: Here's Why


The London Bridge attack and a similar one in March may have been shocking, but authorities have known for years that such incidents were coming, NBC News reported. 

Last year London's police chief warned it was a case of "when, not if" the U.K. joined the other countries to be hit by terrorists. 

Despite that, more than 90 percent of the capital's police officers carry out their daily duties without a gun. Most rely on other tools to keep their city safe: canisters of mace, handcuffs, batons and stun-guns.

The Metropolitan Police, which covers most of London, was founded in 1829 on the principle of "policing by consent" rather than by force. They believe police officers with guns sends the wrong message to communities and can actually cause more problems than it solves.

The Metropolitan Police carried out some 3,300 deployments involving firearms in 2016. They didn't fire a single shot at a suspect.

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London Mayor: 'We Will Never Let These Cowards Win'


London's mayor boldly declared that the city is open after a terror attack in the heart of the British capital killed seven people and injured dozens.

"We are all shocked and angry today, but this is our city," Sadiq Khan told NBC News on Sunday. "We will never let these cowards win, and we will never be cowed by terrorism."

Khan doesn't think the general elections scheduled for Thursday should be postponed or moved because of the attacks.

Khan said the attacks were motived to stop people from "enjoying the democracy that we have."

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21 Kittens Found Outside Vet's Office in Canton


Someone left 21 kittens outside an emergency veterinarian's office in Canton early Sunday morning. Now animal rescuers are checking the babies out and hoping to them find forever homes.

Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, employees at Canton Emergency Vet found two crates full of 21 young kittens outside their building. Experts estimate the kittens range between 3 week and 12 weeks old.

The Animal Friends of Connecticut shelter in New Britain will provide for the kittens, which will be placed in foster homes in hope that they will eventually be adopted.

Jean B. Blackman, the shelter manager, said the kittens were probably taken from a feral cat colony and will need to be checked out by veterinarians and socialized before they are ready for adoption.

“We’ll probably get them all adopted again. At least that certainly is our hope,” Blackman said.

Some of the kittens were very young and should never have been separated from their nursing mother so early. Blackman said it is illegal to take kittens away from their mother before they are 8 weeks old, and some of these kittens were as young as 3 to 4 weeks old.

“Especially these really little ones, and there are some, as you can see that are probably only about four weeks old, and they still need their mama,” Blackman said.

State law does state that "no person, firm or corporation shall import or export for the purposes of sale, adoption or transfer or offering for sale, adoption or transfer any dog or cat under the age of eight weeks unless such dog or cat is transported with its dam and no person, firm or corporation shall sell or offer for adoption or transfer within the state any dog or cat under the age of eight weeks."

She suggested that if you ever find a group of kittens with their mother and are unsure of what to do, call experts before taking the kittens from their mother.

“Realize that what this person did is illegal and cruel,” Blackman said.

These kittens, while young, appear healthy and will be placed in foster homes until they can be put up for adoption.

When they are ready for adoption, they will be posted on the AFOC website. 

Those interested in adopting one of the kittens should contact AFOC. Blackman stressed that adopting a kitten is a commitment to take care of it for up to 20 years.

“Yes, kittens are adorable. They’re so cute. But they grow into cats. And guess what – cats are just as adorable and just as fun, but they’re not the same as a kitten. So you’re committing yourself to probably 18 to 20 years. You have medical bills, you have spaying and neutering.”

She also encouraged cat owners and potential cat owners to neuter or spay their pets so you don't wind up with a litter of your own. If you think these guys are adorable but aren't up for the commitment, you can help by donating. AFOC is a registered public charity and always in need of supplies.

For more information on pet adoption, visit our Clear the Shelters page here. Nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 that helps find loving homes for animals in need. Almost 54,000 pets found their forever homes through the program in 2016.

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Putin on Flynn: 'I Didn't Even Really Talk to Him'


In an exclusive interview with NBC New’s Megyn Kelly, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that he had limited personal interaction with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, despite a widely circulated December, 2015 photo that shows the two sitting next to each other at dinner during an event to celebrate a Russian TV network.

"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side," Putin said. "I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. He was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services' ... that's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn."

Flynn served as President Donald Trump's national security adviser in the White House for less than a month before he was fired for what the administration said was lying about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence.

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Truck Carrying 78K Pounds of Chicken Rolls Over on I-91


A tractor trailer carrying 78,000 pounds of chicken rolled over on Interstate 91 at the Middletown/Meriden line Sunday.

Connecticut state police said the accident happened on I-91 north near exit 19. Minor injuries were reported.

Police said the truck was carrying 78,000 pounds of chicken at the time of the crash. The left lane is closed while crews work to clean up the chicken and a fuel spill.

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Rain Pops in On and Off to Start the Week


An unsettled weather pattern will begin to take over Sunday, bringing with it rain and cooler temperatures.

The rain moved into Connecticut around 2 p.m. and will continue through the evening. It will clear up into the evening, but more returns late Monday morning.

The Monday morning commute looks dry but rain moves back in late morning and on and off showers will pop up throughout the state.

Temperatures will hover in the 50s and 60s.

The gloomy weather continues through Tuesday but the sun should peek through starting on Wednesday.

Get the latest forecast from the NBC Connecticut meteorologists anytime here.

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John Kerry Blasts Trump Over Paris Accord Exit


Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord and mocked the president's claims about negotiating a different agreement, NBC News reported. 

"When Donald Trump says, well, we're going to negotiate a better deal, you know, he's going to go out and find a better deal? That's like O.J. Simpson saying he's going to go out and find the real killer," Kerry said during an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet The Press." 

"Everybody knows he isn't going to do that because he doesn't believe in it," Kerry continued. "If he did believe in it, he wouldn't have pulled out of Paris. America has unilaterally ceded global leadership on this issue, which for years, even Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush pushed in this direction." 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, also on Sunday's "Meet The Press," firmly defended the president's decision, repeating his assertion that other nations around the world applauded the U.S. previously signing on because "it put us at an economic disadvantage."

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Massive Water Main Break Closes Street in Milford


Milford Police are advising people to avoid the area of Helwig Street between Factory Lane and High Street after what they describe as a massive water main break Sunday night. 

Milford Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi said crews responded to the break around 5:45 p.m. 

Police are on scene along with the fire department and other agencies working to repair the break. 

This story is developing and we will update it with more information as it becomes available. 

Check back for updates. 

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