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Crowd Calls for Trump's Impeachment at March in SF


Scores of people on Sunday flocked to San Francisco demanding that Congress boot President Donald Trump from the White House.

Local independent activists organized the "Impeachment March," which began at Justin Herman Plaza and continued through city streets, with eyes set on furthering the anti-Trump movement.

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"He's got to go," march participant Gary Shaller said. "I'm raising daughters. I work in health care. I have a lot of patients to take care of. It's an unhealthy presidency for a very sick country and we need somebody to make it better."

During the march, a continually-growing crowd of people, including those flashing "Impeach Trump" signs pinned to their T-shirts or backpacks, could be heard chanting, "What do we want? Impeachment. When do we want it? Now." Echoes of "No ban, no wall, no way, no fascist USA" also rang out among the demonstrators.

Week after week, anti-Trump demonstrations of varying degrees continue to pop up across the country as people voice heated opposition to the policies and behavior flowing from the Trump administration. Those speaking out say they won't be silenced.

"Every single thing that comes out of this president's mouth, every action he takes is contrary to what I believe, and frankly I've had enough," San Francisco march attendee Mark Ransdell said.

The march comes on the same day President Trump tweeted a mock video of himself beating up World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, but in the video a CNN logo replaces McMahon's face.

The tweet did not sit well with many of the marchers taking action in the city by the bay.

"It's appalling," Kristen Cato said. "Our freedom of speech, our freedom of press is seriously being jeopardized right now."

Roughly 1,100 people noted on Facebook that they would participate in the San Francisco march, which appeared to stay peaceful during its duration. An official count of event attendees is not yet known at this time.

Photo Credit: Thom Jensen/NBC Bay Area

Police Investigate Suspicious Death At Berlin Hotel


State police along with local departments are investigating a suspicious death at a Berlin hotel Sunday morning.

Authorities say that early Sunday morning they were called to the Days Inn, 2387 Berlin Turnpike to investigate a death.

Connecticut State Police have taken over the investigation. Berlin and New Britain police initially responded to the scene.

Sara Kammerman of New Britain, who was staying at the inn, said she was woken up by police at 2:30 a.m.

“We got woken up to SWAT banging on the door. A police officer with a gun to my face telling me to stay in my room, that everything was ok,” Kammerman said.

Police said SWAT team was called in after the victim was discovered to sweep the hotel and ensure there was no danger to the public.

“The officers when they arrived they located the deceased party, in order to make sure the scene was safe, in that it is a large structure with a lot of rooms, the SWAT team was called to do a protective sweep just to rule out any other safety issues,” said Sgt. Eric Haglund of the Connecticut State Police.

The victim is male, according to police. State police are further identifying him at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Minimum Wages Increase in Many Cities With New Fiscal Year


Higher minimum wages are going into effect this week in cities across the country as the new fiscal year gets under way, NBC News reported.

In California, for example, the statewide minimum wage is $10 per hour. Los Angeles increased its minimum wage to $10.50 for small businesses and from $10.50 to $12 for businesses with 26 or more employees.

"We still have a long way to go before all workers can get a fair day's pay," Alexandra Suh, executive director of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance in Los Angeles, told NBC Los Angeles.

In Chicago, workers will get at least $1.75 above the Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 per hour.

Meanwhile, St. Louis' minimum wage could actually drop by as much as $2.30 to the state minimum wage of $7.70, as Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said he wouldn't stop a bill repealing St. Louis' $10-an-hour minimum.

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Texas Teen Kidnapped, Killed Over Stolen Drugs: Police


Four people have been arrested and are now behind bars as police investigate the kidnapping and death of 13-year-old Shavon Randle. The body of another man, 19-year-old Michael Titus, was found in the same abandoned Dallas home.

In an arrest affidavit, investigators say a family member of Shavon Randle was dating a man who stole drugs from two people.

The affidavit goes on to detail that those two people were Devontae Owens and Darius Fields, and they kidnapped Randle in retaliation for the drug theft.

Cellphone analysis placed Owens near Shavon's home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

Owens' and Shavon's phones had traveled in the same direction until Shavon's phone was shut off, the affidavit said.

Devontae Owens, 24, is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on aggravated kidnapping charges. He was named as a person of interest on Friday.

Laquon Wilkerson, 30, was moved from the Tri Cities Jail in Desoto to the Dallas County Jail. He's being held on aggravated kidnapping charges. He was identified as a person of interest as well, and arrested by the FBI on Saturday.

Darius Fields, 26, is currently being held in the City of Irving Jail. He was identified as a person of interest on Friday, but is being held on charges unrelated to the kidnapping of Shavon Randle.

Michael Titus, 19, was identified as a person of interest in the kidnapping of Shavon Randle on Friday. His body was found inside the abandoned home in Dallas where Randle's body was found Sunday morning.

Laporshya Polley, 25, is currently being held in the City of Irving Jail. She was also identified as a person of interest on Friday, but is also being held on charges unrelated to the kidnapping of Shavon Randle.

It's not immediately clear if the four being held had attorneys.

Arrest Affidavit for Devontae Owens:

Arrest Affidavit for Darius Fields:

Arrest Affidavit for Laporshya Polley:

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Message of Peace After Hate Crime in New Britain


After a New Britain man and his family fell victim to what police are calling a possible hate crime, city and state officials gathered to send the message that hate crimes will not be tolerated.

NBC Connecticut interviewed Omer Abdelgader on Thursday, a day after a shirt with references to September 11 and ISIS was found hanging outside of his Arch Street home.

On the shirt were messages asking the Sudan native and president of the Islamic Association of Central Connecticut: “what is your plan?” “are you supporting or possible terrorism?” And questions of extremism.

In the center, it says “9/11 was not a joke.”

The back on of it says “ISIS or ISOL.”

“What is really hurting me and making me feel sad (is) that my message of love and peace and doing good by my community hasn’t got through to everybody yet,” Abdelgader said during an interview Thursday.

In less than 24 hours since that story aired, the Islamic Association of Central Connecticut arranged a news conference denouncing the possible hate crime.

“Since your report, I’ve been showered with calls,” Abdelgader said during the news conference. “To be honest, I felt that my message is getting though.”

That message is one of peace, regardless of race or religion.

“We want to say that New Britain has no place for hate!” said Mongi Dhaouadi of the Connecticut Council on American Islamic Relations.

CAIR-CT was one of the many organizations and agencies that stood with Abdelgader, along with city, state, and faith leaders.

New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said the police department will continue to investigate the incident, which they are calling a possible hate crime.

“For something like this to happen is so rare, but I will tell you it absolutely will not be tolerated,” Wardwell said.

The incident happened Wednesday on Arch Street between 1 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Police are asking for anyone with information to call them, even if it is an anonymous tip.

Abdelgader said he forgives the person who wrote the messages on this shirt.

“I just want them to come, step in and see the amount of good we’re doing by our community,” he said.

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Several Departments Battling Fire at Store in Norwich


At least eight fire departments responded to a structure fire at a mixed-used building in the Taftville section of Norwich Monday morning.

Fire broke out in the lower floor of 1 South Second Ave., a building that includes two apartments and a convenience store that has not yet opened.

Residents were able to get out of the building and were not injured. The Red Cross is assisting them.

Firefighters were ordered out of the building and fought the fire defensively.

Crews will remain at the scene for awhile.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Maliszewski

Beautiful Weather from Inland Connecticut to the Beaches


Another day of gorgeous weather is expected with mostly sunny skies and temperatures rising into the middle to upper 80s.

Take a look at our high temperature forecast for today. High temperatures ranging from the middle 80s along the water to the upper 80s for inland parts of the state.

The weather will be spectacular if you're hitting the beaches or heading out on the boat. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen as the sun index is forecasted at an 8 out of 10.

Here's a look at the beach and boating forecast which features a light wind out of the west, current water temperature of 66 degrees, and waves less than a foot.

The weather will remain quite for Independence Day and right through the end of the week.

Let us know how you're enjoying the beautiful weather. Tweet at us or Facebook us using the hash-tag #NBCCT. 

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39 Charged With DUI Over Holiday Weekend


State police are patrolling highways and roads in Connecticut over the Independence Day weekend and they have charged 39 people with driving under the influence since Friday morning. 

State police said troopers are focusing on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding. 

There are also sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Police said there have been 881 speeding violations and 1,895 moving violations, including unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using a cell phone, texting, not wearing a seatbelt and more.  

State police have investigated 304 crashes, including 40 with injuries. 

Over the holiday weekend in 2016, police cited 1,227 for speeding and made 39 DUI arrests. 

Troopers investigated 315 crashes, including two crashes that caused three fatalities.  

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Police Investigating 2 Unrelated Fatal Shootings in Bridgeport


Police are investigating two unconnected fatal shootings in Bridgeport early this morning. 

Police responded to State Street at 2:14 to investigate a neighbor dispute that escalated into a shooting and found the victim, 44-year-old Ronald Simmons, at Norman and Fremont streets. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to police. 

As police were investigating the shooting of Simmons, there was another fatal shooting. 

Police said it happened in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Alice Street and the victim, 44-year-old Reginald May, lived in the building. 

It’s not clear what the motive to the second fatal shooting is, but police said the two incidents are not connected. They called the shootings isolated and said there does not appear to be any threat to the general public. 

These are the 15th and 16th homicides in Bridgeport this year. 

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No Swimming at Burr Pond State Park Until Friday


The swimming area at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington will be closed until Friday, July 7 after tests for water quality.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is retesting the water on July 6.

All other swimming areas at state parks and beaches that DEEP tests are open.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Originator Back in Hospital


The originator of the famous Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates, is back in the hospital and still alive despite a false report otherwise. 

Frates, who has raised millions for Lou Gehrig's disease research, tweeted a video Monday showing himself in a hospital bed as the Pearl Jam song "Alive" plays in the background. 

"In the words of my friend ed," he tweeted, in a reference to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.

The tweet came after journalist and commentator Mike Barnicle had incorrectly tweeted that Frates had died. He later said a family friend had given him bad information and he was "doubly wrong to tweet it." 

On Sunday, Frates' mother Nancy shared a post on the Team FrateTrain Facebook page asking that supporters keep Frates in their prayers while he battles "this ALS like a Superhero."

On Monday morning, she shared another Facebook post saying Frates was resting comfortably.

Frates, 32, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012, at the age of 27. Since his diagnosis, the entire Frates family has taken an active role in raising awareness and funds for ALS research.

There is no known cure for ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and weakens muscles. The disease affects about 20,000 Americans. 

Frates' Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise $220 million to fight the disease since the campaign took off on social media in 2014, The Associated Press reported.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was among those tweeting a show of support for Frates.

Photo Credit: Mike Gambino
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East Hampton Man Charged With Possession of Child Porn


Southington police have arrested an East Hampton man after receiving a complaint about boxes containing child pornography. 

Police said 52-year-old Gary Termine, of East Hampton, turned himself in to police on Friday after learning that there was an active warrant signed for his arrest. 

Police said officers were called to a home on Woodruff Street on April 26 after someone reported finding 48 images of suspected child pornography in boxes in a detached garage. 

Police said they traced the photographs back to Termine, who used to live in the house. He was charged with second-degree illegal possession of child pornography. 

He posted a court-set $100,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 10.

Photo Credit: Southington Police

Pols Blast Christie Beach Day as 'Disgraceful' Amid Shutdown


While many are forced to celebrate the holiday weekend by traveling to other public beaches, Gov. Chris Christie is catching some rays at a state beach that's closed to everyone else due to the government shutdown.

On the second day of the shutdown that Christie ordered, which affects state courts, parks and beaches, he was found sunbathing with his family Sunday at Island Beach State Park at Berkeley Township, according to a report by NJ.com.

Christie was staying at a summer beach house there provided by the state, and said so during a press conference Saturday.

As people took to social media to vent about the unfairness of the entitlement, Christie told reporters Saturday, "Run for governor, and you can have a residence there," said the report.

His lieutenant governor -- who is the Republican nominee for governor in this year's election -- blasted him Monday morning.

"If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches. It's beyond words," Kim Guadagno said in a Facebook post. She called on Christie and legislative leaders to stop playing "political games" and pass a budget. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop called the photo of Christie at the beach "disgraceful" and said it shows he's a "lame duck." 

The governor ordered a special session Monday as the shutdown stretched into a third day. Fulop said even if lawmakers managed to reach an agreement on the health insurance bill in the budget, it would be too late to resurrect Fourth of July plans that had to be canned because of the impasse. 

In a TV interview Monday, Christie mocked the Star-Ledger newspaper for the beach photos and its splashy front-page follow-up story.

"They actually caught a politician being where he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with, his wife and his children and their friends. So I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer Prize for this one because they actually proved they caught me doing what I said to do with the people I said I was going to be with," Christie said, according to a transcript of the interview distributed by his office. 

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I-95 Bridge Replacement Project 3 Months Ahead of Schedule


Work on the replacement bridge that is being built over the West River along Interstate 95, connecting New Haven and West Haven, is three months ahead of schedule, according to the governor’s office. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker said the DOT has been able to shave off three months from the construction schedule for the new bridge. 

“Now three months ahead of schedule, the DOT – along with its contractors and construction crews – continue to make progress,” Malloy said in a statement. “ 

State officials said a method of incremental launching of the steel girders is being used on the project. 

Rather than erecting the steel one piece at a time during nighttime lane closures, the girders are being assembled in the median and incrementally “pushed” from east to west, along the entire length of the new bridge, state officials said. 

All construction will be completed in the current work zone during the daytime, requiring only three days of interference to existing traffic flow. 

The project, which was originally scheduled to be completed on Dec. 1, 2018, is now expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2018. 

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Room Where Jefferson’s Mistress Sally Hemings Lived Is Found


Archeologists have excavated an area of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mansion that is believed to be the living quarters of Sally Hemings, the enslaved mistress of the nation's third president who gave birth to six of Jefferson's children, NBCBLK reported.

"Some of Sally’s children may have been born in this room,” said Gardiner Hallock, director of restoration for Jefferson’s Virginia mountaintop plantation. “It’s important because it shows Sally as a human being — a mother, daughter, and sister — and brings out the relationships in her life.”

Hemings' room — 14 feet, 8 inches wide and 13 feet long — went unnoticed for decades. The space was converted into a men’s bathroom in 1941, considered by some as the final insult to Hemings’ legacy.

Physical evidence shows that Hemings probably lived a higher-level lifestyle than other enslaved people on Jefferson’s plantation. Still, her room had no windows and would have been dark, damp and uncomfortable.

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10 Injured After Cab Hits Pedestrians at Logan Airport


A taxi crashed into a group of pedestrians Monday at Logan International Airport in East Boston, injuring 10 other cab drivers, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The cab hit the victims, who were in a sitting area by the airport's taxi pools on Porter Street at Tomahawk Drive.

According to state police, one victim is in serious condition. Three other victims suffered injuries that are considered less serious, but still significant, while six more sustained more minor injuries.

Two of the more seriously injured victims were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Four victims were taken to Tufts Medical Center and four others were taken to Boston Medical Center.

The driver, a 56-year-old Cambridge man employed by Metro Cab, remained on the scene and is cooperating with police. That man's identity has not been released.

According to a police source, the incident was "definitely" not an act of terrorism and appeared to be an accident caused by operator error.

No further information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston

30 Connecticut Air National Guard Members to Return on Fourth of July


Members of the Connecticut Air National Guard's 103rd Airlift Wing who have been deployed in Southwest Asia are coming home and 30 will be arriving on the Fourth of July. 

Approximately 100 members of the unit are returning this week and the first group will come in to the Bradley Air National Guard Base on Tuesday. 

The Airmen were deployed to several locations in Southwest Asia and supported Expeditionary Combat Support operations that included tactical airlift, maintenance, security and logistics support, according to the Connecticut National Guard. 

"As we celebrate the nation's independence this week, we also celebrate the return of over 100 Connecticut Air Guard members from overseas deployment in support of C-130 flight operations," Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, the Adjutant General and commanding officer of the Connecticut National Guard, said in a statement.. "These Airmen have much to be proud of as they have successfully completed the 103rd Air Wing's first overseas deployment flying the C-130 aircraft." 

Of the nearly 300 Airmen who began to deploy in late 2016, more than 200 have returned safely and those still deployed will return throughout the summer, according to the Connecticut National Guard. 

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City of Bridgeport Announces Freeze on Spending and Hiring


The City of Bridgeport announced a freeze on spending and hiring amid uncertainty around the governor's interim state budget proposal. 

Mayor Joe Ganim said his administration is anticipating that Governor Dannel Malloy's short-term budget will fall short up to $27 million in municipal funds for Bridgeport. 

"After discussions with other cities and towns and their OPM Finance Directors, the financial forecast for all municipalities is grim," Ganim's office said in a statement.

The mayor and his administration is reviewing all of the city's departments, all city spending and possible budget cuts to support expenditure savings, including municipal projects, holds on personnel increases and request for furloughs to offset various contractual salary increases.

"Regardless of what measures the city takes, it would be impossible to make up for this level of impact. It is my hope that the state is able to pass a budget that will continue to support the needs of Connecticut’s cities and towns," Ganim said.

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Man Arrested For Plot to Kill French President


A man was arrested and charged for "threatening to kill" newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, French officials told NBC News on Monday.

The 23-year-old suspect was arrested last Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil and charged on Saturday with "individual terrorist activity," said Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office.

The suspect allegedly plan to assassinate Macron on July 14, during Paris' Bastille Day military parade. It's the same parade that Donald Trump is expected to attend alongside Macron.

Without giving specific details on the arrest or the threat made against Macron, Thibault-Lecuivre told the AP on Monday that the 23-year-old suspect's plans were vague and not yet finalized, and that he appeared to be acting alone.

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Democrats Put Forth Bill to Remove Trump


A bill to remove President Donald Trump from office has gained momentum in the last week after a series of ill-received tweets by Trump over the past week, NBC News reports.

The bill would create a bipartisan commission to medically examine Trump and ensure that he is physically and mentally fit to hold office. It was originally put forth by House Democrats back in April. 

"Given Donald Trump's continued erratic and baffling behavior, is it any wonder why we need to pursue this legislation?" asked one of the bill’s co-signers, Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.

The idea behind the bill is backed by Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which allows the Vice President to replace the president if the majority of the cabinet or “such other body as Congress” believes he cannot “discharge the powers and duties of the office.”

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