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Putin Interview: Did Russia Interfere in the US Election?


In the exclusive inaugural episode of "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly", NBC News' Megyn Kelly posed questions to Russian President Vladimir Putin on whether the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election.

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes," Putin said.

Kelly pushed back at the assertion, saying it sounded like Putin's attempt to justify his government's attempts to influence elections. 

Putin claimed that Russia has a preference in an election but only reacts to the "political direction" that the United States seems to be heading in.

"It wouldn't make sense for us to interfere," he said.

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94-Year-Old Runner Becomes the Oldest Woman to Run Half-Marathon


Ninety four-year-old Harriette Thompson smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

"I guess it's unusual, but I don't know why people make such a big deal," Thompson said. "I feel just like I did when I was 16. But I just can’t move as fast."

She said for her, running is natural. 

"It feels great," she said. "I am so happy that I was able to do it."

In 2015, Thompson broke the world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon.

Thompson, a two-time cancer survivor, said she runs to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Through the years, she has raised $100,000 for the organization. She has raised $15,000 in 2017.

On Sunday, she ran with her family surrounding her. 

"I enjoyed running across the finish line," Thompson said. "That’s always the biggest thing. And I really enjoyed having my family with me."

She said her secret to a healthy life at her age is, of course, exercise on a regular basis and a balanced diet. Though, she said it is hard for her to resist sugar.

For those looking for words of advice, Thompson said she encourages everyone to challenge themselves. 

"It's never to late to do something that you're interested in doing," she said. "There’s no reason to not go after something you believe in."

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Local Authorities on Alert After London Attacks


Following the London attacks Saturday night, State Police say there’s no known threat to Connecticut.

Still, law enforcement here remains vigilant.

At least seven people were killed and 48 injured in a series of attacks in London Saturday.

Former FBI special agent Kenneth Gray – now a lecturer at the University of New Haven - says a suspect likely chooses a car or knife out of convenience, with little training needed.

“This is a new type of attack that is using unconventional weapons,” Gray said.

And Gray calls the locations that were struck easy, unprotected targets.

“There’s no way to detect it before it actually unfolds. So this makes it very difficult to defend against,” Gray said.

Still, police in the state are on guard.

Hartford police tweeted that the department’s “Crime Center detectives watching international events closely. Isolated to the UK at this time.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement on the attacks:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all those impacted by these senseless acts of violence – we mourn for those who lost loved ones and pray for those who are injured. While we do not yet know the full details of today’s event, it is an admonition that we must always remain vigilant and is a reminder that if you see something, say something.”

Malloy added that safety officials are monitoring the situation.

Saturday’s violence in England is the third in recent times.

In March on Westminster Bridge, several people were killed after an attacker in a car plowed into a crowd and then jumped out and stabbed others.

And then about two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

It’s a horrible trend that Gray says is not surprising.

“You normally see one act inspire another act, inspire another act,” Gray said.

While terrorism is rare, police remind you if you see something suspicious to alert authorities.

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New London Police Investigate Shooting at Public Park


New London police are investigating after gunfire rang out at a public park Sunday afternoon.

Police said they responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired at Riverside Park at 77 Grove Street around 2:45 p.m. When officers arrived witnesses said a fight escalated to the point that weapons were fired.

No one reported any injuries.

The investigation is underway. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269 ext. 0 or via the via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

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QU Students and Professors Studying in London Safe


Among those in London right now is a group of Quinnipiac University professors and students, who had to put an emergency plan into place to check in after the attacks Saturday night.

All six are safe.

After previous terror attacks in the U.K., the professors had come up with a plan for what to do if something happened.

Little did they know it would have to be used Saturday night.

“We feel a lot for the people who were victims in the attack,” Jaime Ullinger, an assistant anthropology professor, said.

Ullinger is in England with another professor and four students right now as part of an anthropology research project.

After finding out about the attacks Ullinger quickly reached out to everyone as part of their emergency plan.

“Texted them within minutes and heard back from them pretty immediately that they were all here in the flats and safe,” Ullinger said.

They’re staying a few miles from where the violence broke out in a busy and popular area around London Bridge.

“Some students had been on the bridge early (Saturday) and thankfully were not there later in the day,” Ullinger said.

Ullinger says it just happens the group’s schedule is now switching over to more research time, keeping them away from crowded tourist spots.

While they might make some changes, Ullinger says they will complete the work they traveled there to do.

“Up here in this neighborhood, again it’s still within the city, people are moving on with their daily lives,” Ullinger said.

The students are scheduled to return home at the end of this week, while the professor will stay on a bit longer.

Six other students who had been with them flew back to the U.S. on Friday.

1 Killed in Route 15 Crash


One person is dead after a vehicle hit a tree on the northbound side of the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) near the Woodbridge/New Haven line, according to state police.

The crash happened around 7 a.m.

The right lane is closed between exits 58 and 59 and drivers should expect delays on the area. Police said there will be periodic closures as the investigation continues.

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What London Attack Victim's Family Wants You to Do


The family of the first victim of Saturday's London Bridge attack to be publicly identified is urging people to honor her life by helping the homeless, NBC News reported.

Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, moved to London to be with her fiance and was one of seven people killed in a van-and-stabbing rampage on London Bridge and at nearby Borough Market. More than 21 others remain critical condition, officials said.

"We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister," a spokesperson for the Archibald family said Sunday. "She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death. Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "heartbroken" by Archibald's death.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Archibald family via AP

Students Get Harvard Offer Rescinded Over Facebook Posts


Harvard College has rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 prospective students after they posted offensive photos and messages on social media.

The Harvard Crimson reports a number students admitted to the Class of 2021 started a private Facebook messaging group for incoming Freshman titled "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens."

Students in the group allegedly posted and shared messages joking about the Holocaust, mocking sexual assault and the abuse of children. The messages also allegedly targeted racial and ethic groups, according to the Crimson. One alleged meme called the imaginary hanging of a Mexican child "piñata time."

After learning of the group's existence and its contents in April, at least 10 members of the group chat received letters informing them that their offers of admission had been reversed.  The decision to rescind a student's offer is final, university officials previously told the Crimson.

Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane told the Crimson Saturday that the school doesn't "comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants."

The chat was an offshoot of the official Harvard Class of 2021 Facebook group, a 100-member messaging group that admitted students launched to share memes about pop culture. 

According to one student, some members suggested forming a "more R-rated" meme chat. Cassandra Luca told the Crimson that founders of the "dark" group chat demanded that students post provocative memes in the original messaging group before allowing them to join the splinter group.

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Special Town Meeting on Farmington High School Project Tonight


Farmington residents will have a chance today to weigh in on a long-planned project to rebuild the town's high school. 

A special town meeting about the proposed $135 million Farmington High School project will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school.  

On May 23, the town council approved the project. 

After the town meeting today, the next step is a referendum on June 15.  

The plan is to demolish “substantially all” of the building at 10 Monteith Drive and build on the same parcel of land. Read more on the project online here.

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Waterbury Parishioners Hire Attorney to Fight Plan to Close Church


Parishioners of a Waterbury church have hired an attorney to fight a plan that will close the building as a place of worship.

Parishioners of St. Margaret of Scotland Church have hired an attorney from Nevada and have also appealed the deconsecration of the church.

The Archdiocese of Hartford has a plan to reorganize churches and close 26 of the 212 churches in the Archdiocese.

NBC Connecticut reached out to a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Hartford but we did not hear back.

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New Smart Speaker Expected as Apple Kicks Off Conference


Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes.

Tapping Apple's Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015. And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

An early glimpse at updates to iPhone and Mac software has become a tradition at Apple's annual conference for app developers, which begins Monday in San Jose, California. But Apple occasionally also uses the event to introduce new devices and services and upgrades to existing products.

Amazon introduced the Echo speaker, featuring its Alexa assistant, in 2015. Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year. Both speakers can respond to voice requests for the news, weather and tasks such as turning on the lights.

More than 35 million people in the U.S. are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

"There is so much momentum building around these speakers that it would be difficult for Apple not to come out with one," said industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

Amazon just unveiled a version of Echo with a camera, touch-screen display and video-calling capabilities. The new Echo Show goes on sale on June 28 for $230. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month. Microsoft also has announced its own speaker with Samsung's Harman business; it will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant.

That leaves Apple. Although it was the first smartphone maker to come out with a digital assistant when Siri debuted in 2011, it hasn't had a stand-alone assistant. For Apple, having one would further broaden the role that its software, services and gadgets play in people's lives.

It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor. For instance, Apple initially resisted enlarging the size of iPhone's screen despite strong sales for larger-display phones made by Samsung and other rivals. But the company relented, and Apple's larger phones have become hot commodities as more people have embraced having a bigger display to look at pictures and watch video on the devices.

Although Siri would likely be a centerpiece of a smart speaker from Apple, Moorhead said the device's design, colors and acoustics will also likely be focal points because the company has a long history of making elegantly designed products.

The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone and supported the theory that the company lost its knack for innovation when its co-founder Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad — at least until tablet sales started declining.

On the software front, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani expects the iOS 11 — the next operating system for Apple's iPhones and iPads — to get an overhaul that will accommodate the anticipated removal of the home button from the 10th anniversary model of the iPhone due out later this year. The next iOS may also have new features designed for artificial intelligence, the application of computers that learn and understand things like humans.

Apple also may introduce its next Mac computer, along with the next operating system powering the machine. Software updates are also expected for Apple's smartwatch and TV box for streaming online video. Daryanani said Apple may also announce an iPad Pro with a faster processor in an attempt to revive its long-slumping tablet sales.

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Funeral to Be Held Today for New Haven Officer Killed In South Carolina Crash


A funeral will be held today for a New Haven police officer who was killed while motorcycling in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend.

Officer Edward Douglas, 31, died 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.

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.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. at The New Trinity Temple at 285 Dixwell Ave. in New Haven. 

Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Shelton Bank


Police are investigating an armed bank robbery in Shelton last week. 

Police said they received a hold-up alarm from Peoples Bank inside Stop and Shop at 898 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton at 12:30 p.m. on May 30. 

A few moments later, they received a 911 call from the bank that there was an armed robbery. 

Police said a man with a scruffy beard and dirty blonde hair approached a female teller, showed a dark semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash from both tellers on duty. 

After the tellers complied, the robber left with cash, police said. 

As he left the building, he stayed very closed to it to stay out of view of exterior surveillance cameras. 

Police have released surveillance photos from Stop and Shop and Peoples Bank. 

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photographs or has any information is encouraged to contact the Shelton Police department at 203-924-1544. 

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Neighbor Kills Oklahoma Man Drowning Twin Babies: Police


A neighbor shot and killed an Oklahoma man who was trying to drown his 3-month-old twins in a bathtub at his estranged wife's home, police said Sunday, reported NBC News.

Investigators were reviewing whether, the neighbor, Cash Freemanm should face charges in the shooting death of Leland Foster, 27, a spokeswoman for Ada County police told NBC News.

Police said the babies are recovering well and were released from the hospital.

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Volunteers ‘Rescue’ Home With Redesign for Manchester Family


Its motto is helping families one home at a time.

A home makeover show you see on NBC Connecticut is doing just that for a Manchester couple and their two sons, one of whom is facing several medical issues.

Monday, "George to the Rescue" host George Oliphant started his latest demolition project.

"We came to do the rescue for the Stratton family. Their youngest son Nicholas has got epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The house, built in 1940, is just not suited for what they need. Because of the epilepsy he can go into a seizure at any second. They really need to be able to have eyes on them at all times. So, what we really want to do is open up the space for them," Oliphant explained.

"George to the Rescue" found South Glastonbury designer Kimberly Levin, owner of Verve Design, to donate her time to designing the makeover for Bill and Kristy Stratton’s home.

"I love doing these types of things. I think it’s important to have the balance with all the luxury that I’m afforded and working with some of my other clients, to be able to give back to others who are facing hardship I think that balance is important," said Levin.

Levin was able to find contractor Larry Newquist of Newquist Building along with manufacturers to donate their manpower and supplies to the effort as well. Oliphant said one of the challenges is the lead paint.

"It’s just been layers and layers of people just painting over it," he explained.

To create an open concept on the first floor, the bathroom is going to be moved.

"We are going to try to plow right through here and kind of take all of these walls down, which means we’ll have to put in new supports as well," said Oliphant gesturing toward the walls of the bathroom, kitchen, and neighboring bedroom.

The Stratton family has no idea what Levin and Oliphant are planning. The show surprised Bill, Kristy, Nicholas, and his older brother Nathan in April with the announcement that they’d been chosen for this free makeover. Now that demolition has started, the family will be sequestered until it’s time to move back in.

"Everyone has their plates full with everything life has to offer. We try to take the home renovation side off the plates of people who are really dealing with a lot. We can’t cure disease we can’t bring people back, but we can fix houses and we’re just trying to do go through the power of renovation," Oliphant explained about the show’s concept.

Newquist Building will be working around the clock into July to get this project completed. You can see the full episode of George to the Rescue on NBC Connecticut in September.

Temps 20 Degrees Below Normal by Tomorrow Afternoon


Unsettled weather will continue over the next couple of days with scattered rain showers and temperatures well below normal.

The good news is that most of today will be dry. Scattered showers and thunderstorms hold off until later this evening.

Take a look at First Alert Future Radar for 9 p.m. tonight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are moving into the state.

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We're not anticipating any severe thunderstorms. It looks like the stronger storms will stay to our northwest in the Albany, NY area. 

In addition to the showers we're also experiencing temperatures well below normal. 

If you thought today was cool just wait until tomorrow. High temperatures are only expected to reach the low to middle 50s with some towns in the northwest corner of the state struggling to get out of the 40s. 

Temperatures this time of year are supposed to be into the middle 70s. The average high temperature for the Hartford area is 77 degrees. This means that temperatures will be a good 20 degrees below normal.

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There is some light at the end of the tunnel. The extended forecast features much warmer temperatures. We're forecasting temperatures will reach the upper 70s and low 80s by next weekend. 

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Card Skimmer Found on ATM at Granby Cumberland Farms


Police have issued a warning about ATM skimmers after one of the devices was found at a Cumberland Farms in Granby.

Granby police said on Friday that a skimming device was found on an ATM at the Cumberland Farms at 19 Hartford Avenue.

Simsbury police posted information about skimmers and tips to avoid becoming a victim on Facebook.

Skimmers are devices that record bank and credit card information. They are often placed on ATMs and gas pumps but can be placed on most credit card readers. The device is placed over the actual reader are often undetectable to the average user. A hidden camera is often placed with it to capture PIN numbers, or a keypad overlay that records what buttons are pressed.

Police encourage everyone to inspect card readers before inserting a credit card and check for anything that appears loose, crooked or damaged. When entering a PIN number, you should block the keypad with your free hand to reduce the risk of a possible hidden camera from recording your information.

People should monitor their accounts for any unusual activity. If you think you may be the victim of a skimmer, contact your financial institution right away.

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Driver Collides With Deer on I-91


A driver was shaken, but was not hurt, during a run-in with a deer on Interstate 91 North, according to Connecticut State Police.

Police said the crash happened around exit 10 in North Haven.

They urge drivers to safely move to the shoulder if possible if you get into a collision with a deer.

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