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Man Stabs Woman For Smoking: Police


A 54-year-old San Diego woman was stabbed by a stranger Friday who became enraged because she was smoking, according to police. He has been arrested on an attempted murder charge.

Police say Terrance Behan, 70, confronted the victim on Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach at around 10:40 a.m. because she was smoking. He grabbed her and put a knife to her throat, according to police.

The pair struggled, and the woman broke free. Behan then stabbed the victim on the left side of her chest, police said.

The victim suffered a small laceration to her chest and abrasions on her throat. She was treated at the scene, while Behan was taken into custody.

Behan was booked into San Diego Central Jail on an attempted murder charge. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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Bicyclist Killed in Crash on Route 189 in Bloomfield


A bicyclist has died after being struck by a car on Route 189 southbound in Bloomfield on Friday, according to police.

Police said the crash happened around 5:15 p.m. in the area of the Tariffville Road. The bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was found unconscious in the street.

Bystanders were rendering medical aid when emergency responders arrived, according to police.

Police have only identified the victim as a man and said he was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital.

Route 189 was closed for several hours while authorities investigated. The offending pickup truck stayed at the scene and received front-end damage, police said. The driver was not hurt.

The road reopened around 9:30 p.m., according to police.

An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Bloomfield police at 860-242-5501 ex. 5424.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Closes Route 80 in East Haven


A fatal motorcycle crash has closed Route 80/Foxon Road and Circle Drive in East Haven, according to the East Haven fire chief.

Route 80 is closed from Route 100/North High Street to the North Branford town line, East Haven police said. Police expect the road to remain closed for several more hours Friday night into Saturday.

Residents believe two motorcycles were involved, along with one car. Witnesses said the motorcycles appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and were approaching a curve in the road that can be dangerous.

"I heard them come by," said Ed Corradino, of North Branford, who lives nearby. "They seemed to be moving along but that's not uncommon over here. You hear that a lot."

Corradino said cars and motorcycles often "come by pretty fast," and trucks speed through the area at night too.

The people involved have not been publicly identified.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Police Punished in Chokehold Death


Officials say an eight-year veteran of the NYPD has been stripped of his badge and gun because of his use of a chokehold while arresting a Staten Island man who later died in police custody.

Authorities said Saturday that Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been place on modified assignment pending further investigation into the arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner, which was captured on cellphone video showing the chokehold, a tactic prohibited by NYPD policy.


Officials said another officer involved in the arrest, a four-year veteran of the force who has not been identified, has been put on administrative duty but has not had to surrender his gun and shield.

Earlier on Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton rallied with supporters and the family of Garner, whose arrest was captured on a cellphone video that has sparked outrage among some community members. Garner's wife collapsed in tears on stage.

"The issue is not whether one was selling cigarettes. The issue was how an unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold, and the result is he is no longer with us," Sharpton said after leading the crowd in chants of "no justice, no peace."  

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement that the NYPD's decision regarding Officer Pantaleo was politically motivated.

"The department’s modification of this police officer under these circumstances is a completely unwarranted, kneejerk reaction for political reasons and nothing more," Lynch said. "It is a decision by the department that effectively pre-judges this case and denies the officer the very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job."

The Staten Island District Attorney is investigating the death of Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes on Victory Boulevard and Bay Street in Tompkinsville at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

While he was being handcuffed, he went into cardiac arrest, police said. He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Video of the arrest obtained by the Daily News shows Garner saying repeatedly "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," as officers hold him down and cuff him. The video shows one officer using a chokehold on Garner, a tactic prohibited by the NYPD.  

Mayor de Blasio said he was "very troubled" by the video and promised a thorough NYPD investigation in conjunction with the office of Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr.

"It is too early to jump to any conclusions about this case--we must wait for all the facts and details of the incident to emerge," de Blasio said.

The mayor recalled Garner as a beloved father and grandfather.  Witnesses said Garner was "gentle."

"He was a gentle giant. That man should not be dead," said the Rev. Lloyd Land. "He was as nice a person as you would ever want to meet."

Ramsey Orta, 22, who shot the video posted by the Daily News, told The Associated Press that Garner had just broken up a fight between two other men when the police approached him, claiming they'd observed him selling loose cigarettes.

"Before they even grabbed him, he told them he wasn't feeling good and that's why I pulled the camera out and started recording," said Orta, adding that Garner was asthmatic.

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Graffiti Targets Hipsters in SF


Police have launched an investigation in response to threatening graffiti targeting hipsters in San Francisco's Mission District.

The graffiti, which appeared on a wall Friday morning at 24th and Bryant streets, has since been painted over. The graffiti also warns hipsters they have six months to leave the area, and warns "if you don't my soldiers will gladly come gunnin. Kill hipster yuppies."

The graffiti appeared around the corner from the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, which Aaron Presbrey purchased recently with the goal of preserving it.

"Some of that could be directed toward me personally," Presbrey said of the graffiti.  "I'm also concerned about the affect on business and if people want to come to the neighborhood."

Presbrey is not the only one feeling uneasy. San Francisco-resident Sheerein Hosseini called the graffiti intimidating and wonders if those responsible are also vandalizing cars.

"Before my car got broken into yesterday someone tried to break the windshield wipers," Hosseini said.

Police said they are reviewing surveillance video and trying to match the signature to known taggers. Police also said they do not believe the graffiti is gang related.

Supervisor David Campos said a changing population is creating tension in the Mission District.

"There are issues of gentrification and displacement," he said. "But the way to deal with it is through dialogue."

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Man Who Fled Police Faces Weapons Charge: Cops


Police arrested four people Friday after a citizen called 911 with concern about a large crowd on Coleman Street in New London and reported that one of them had a handgun.

Michael Escobales, 19, New London, fled on foot toward Walden and Jefferson avenues when police arrived just after 6 p.m. at 195 Coleman Street, finding 15 males in a crowd. New London police and a K-9 unit apprehended Escobales and found a facsimile firearm nearby.

Meanwhile, Waterford and Groton City police officers also responded and helped New London police detain and search the other men.

Escobales was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, second-degree criminal trespass and possession of hallucinogenic marijuana.

Police arrested three other men at the scene, including Jesse Beck, 19, of Voluntown, who was also charged with carrying a dangerous weapon after police found brass knuckles in his car, Isaac Cabanas, 18, of New London, who was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, and Shakim Curry, 24, of New London, who was charged with interfering with police in the incident.

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Life Star Airlifts Driver After I-91 Rollover Crash


Life Star airlifted a Meriden woman to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford with life-threatening injuries after a one-car rollover crash on Interstate 91 South in Middletown late Friday night, State Police said.

Michelle Halverson, 26, was driving in the left southbound lane on I-91 one mile north of Exit 20 when her 2002 Nissan Altima left the roadway, continued onto a median and struck a state traffic control sign, according to State Police. The car continued moving southbound on the left shoulder, flipped numerous times and landed in the left lane, State Police said.

It is unknown why the car veered off the road and the crash remains under investigation.

State Police any witnesses to contact Troop H in Hartford at 860-534-1000.


Girl Killed by Stray Bullet


An 11-year-old girl has died after she was struck by a stray bullet in a West Side Chicago home Friday evening.

It happened in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in the Garfield Park neighborhood at about 9:30 p.m.

Community activist Andrew Holmes tells NBC 5 that the bullets came through a bedroom window and struck Shamiya Adams in the head while she was at a sleepover.

Police said the girl was in a first-floor bedroom at the time of the shooting, but could not confirm if she was at a friend's home at the time.

Police initially reported the girl was 10 years old, but said Saturday morning she was 11.

Adams was initially taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed Saturday morning that the girl had died.

"We do need these individuals and we need them in custody as soon as possible," Holmes said.

Aaron Hills said his daughter was the young girl's best friend and was in the room at the time of the shooting.

He said the girls were having a sleepover with friends and the group was about to make s'mores in the house when the shots were fired.

"They was in there making sandwiches with marshmallows with graham crackers and a bullet came through the window and hit Shamiya in the head," Hills said. "We have to put a stop to it. Get out and talk, don't be scared no matter who it is. If you know something, say something. It doesn't matter who you are."

Rosemarie Jones was in the home when Adams was shot.

"It's sad, just sad," she said. "They were just sitting there and I hear shots and I come in and she was laying on the floor. They were fixing to make s'mores in the backyard but I told them to come in the house because I didn't want them making a fire back there. I told them to come in and do it in the microwave so all the kids came in and sat in the room."

The shooting has sparked outrage in the community.

"You took a joyful, sweet innocent child," Hills said.

"Violence cannot be tolerated and it's not condoned," said David Pope, a minister in the area. "We are praying this traffic circumstance will turn into a triumphant one."

Jones said she was doing her best to keep children off the streets.

"I'm trying to get kids off the streets," she said. "They are in the house fixing to do something good and get together and this happens in the house."

Adams' grandmother said the young girl had a twin brother and an older brother.

"She was adorable," said Nanette Dailey. "Shamiya we love you baby."

The young girl is the second juvenile girl to be shot in the neighborhood Friday and is among more than 20 people shot overnight in the city..

Earlier, a 12-year-old girl was among three shot in the same neighborhood around 3:30 p.m., police said.

The shooting happened in the 700 block of North Ridgeway Avenue.

The girl, along with a 33-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were shot when someone approached them on foot and opened fire.

Both the girl and the woman, who was shot in the face, were taken in stable condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

The man suffered a graze wound to the calf and was treated at the scene, police said.

Elderly Man Shoots at Driver: Cops


An 83-year-old man is facing an attempted murder charge in Miami after an apparent case of road rage led to shots being fired Friday afternoon.

According to Miami Police, Mario Perez-Tano, 83, was stopped at a traffic light in his red Volkswagen Beetle at the intersection of NW 12th Avenue and 7th Street in Miami. Another driver in a white Acura was going the same direction as Perez-Tano and tried to get in front of Perez-Tano’s car.

Police said Perez-Tano blocked the other car and then got out of his vehicle with a .38 caliber handgun and shot at the Acura. The bullet went through the driver’s side window and grazed the driver on the arm.

Miami Police said the Acura tried to drive away from the scene and Perez-Tano took several shots at the car. Police stopped Perez-Tano and found the gun on his waistband. He was taken to the Dade County Jail on one count of attempted murder.

Police Arrest Man Armed with Machete in Home


A Coventry man is in custody after police responded to his Mohegan Trail home early Saturday morning to investigate a report that an armed individual was holding someone against his or her will, police said.

Resident Richard Estell Jr., 48, was armed with a machete when Coventry officers and State Police arrived, police said. Coventry police received a call about the domestic incident at the home at 2:16 a.m.

The victim made it out of the home safely and was not injured, police said. .

Mohegan Trail remained closed during the investigation. The quiet, unpaved road is in a rural neighborhood. The Capitol Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) also responded to the scene

Police took Estell Jr. into custody "without further incident" and are holding him on a $10,000 bond, Coventry police said in a news release. Estell Jr. faces disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening charges.

He is scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on July 21.

Police are not releasing further information at this time.

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Milford's Gulf Beach Reopens Following High Bacteria Levels


Gulf Beach has reopened in Milford after closing Thursday due to high levels of bacteria discovered in the water during weekly water testing, according to the Milford Health Department.

The beach closed to swimmers Thursday. Health department officials reassessed water conditions and deemed it safe on Saturday, according to the health department.

Milford's Fort Trumbull Beach was closed last week due to high bacteria levels.

You can check the status of the beaches by calling hte Milford Health Department at 203-783-3285.

Elderly Man Charged in Shooting


Hialeah, Florida, homicide detectives have charged an elderly man with the shooting death of his sister-in-law.

Two bodies were found inside the home of 78-year-old Angel Dominguez on the 200 block of W 45th Street Friday afternoon. Police say Dominguez shot and killed his 80-year-old sister-in-law Hidelsia Echemendia, who was visiting from Cuba.

Dominguez's wife, 87-year-old Blesilda, was also found dead in the home. Police have not yet released her cause of death, but say there were no visible signs of trauma. A neighbor told NBC 6 that the woman had a heart attack after finding out about the shooting.

Several neighbors said they heard shots from the area of the home.

“I came out of the house. I was helping my grandpa load some things on the truck,” said neighbor Alexis Espinosa. “We heard a gunshot, but we didn’t hear nothing else.”

Police responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Friday after another family member called 911. Dominguez was home when police arrived and cooperated with the investigation.

Dominguez is being charged with second-degree murder. His motive remains unknown. It is unclear if Dominguez has an attorney.

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Family Escapes Burning Condo


A family in South Windsor awoke to thick smoke and flames outside their condo unit in South Windsor on Saturday morning.

The fire started outside a condo on Misty Meadow Lane in the Burr Meadow complex and also spread to a second unit, leaving both unihabitable. Firefighters received a call about the fire just before 6 a.m.

The family made it outside safely, also rescuing their cat. It's not clear whether people were in the second unit at the time of the fire, but fire officials said that everyone in the affected condo units escaped the blaze.

Two condo units were destroyed in the fire, according to fire officials. Residents of both units will need to find another place to live for the time being.

Connie Karpen, one of the residents forced out of her home after the blaze, told NBC Connecticut that she smelled something burning as early as 2:30 a.m., but thought it was due to someone upstairs cooking. But it eventually became clear that there was a fire outside, the person said.

A woman who lives in the first unit told NBC Connecticut that a she smelled smoke as early as 2 a.m., but thought it was due to something cooking. It eventually became clear that the smoke was due to a fire outside, possibly due to a cigarette thrown in a mulch pile, she said. The family ran outside and watched the fire quickly spread to the siding and soon the unit was engulfed in flames.

Karpen's husband told NBC Connecticut that a firefighter who lives in the condo complex stopped the family's neighbor from using a garden hose to put out the smoldering mulch bed before the fire department arrived.

The South Windsor fire marshal has not determined the cause of the fire at this time.

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Teen Driver Accused in Death of 4-Year-Old Arrested Again


The unlicensed teenage driver accused of fatally striking a 4-year-old girl on a Manhattan sidewalk last year has been arrested again in an apparently unrelated case.

Franklin Reyes, now 18, was arrested on a petit larceny charge along with his father, prosecutors said Saturday. Prosecutors say he and his father targeted the apartment of a dead resident in the Chelsea building where his father is a superintendent. They are accused of taking a camera, alcohol, jewelry and cash from the apartment.

Reyes' lawyer, Martin Schmukler, objected vehemently to prosecutors' claims.

"It is a groundless arrest, and the case will not survive in court," he said Saturday.

Reyes was released on bail in June 2013 over the objections of the family of Ariel Russo. Reyes has said he is not guilty of manslaughter in the little girl's death. 

Russo and her grandmother were hit on the Upper West Side on June 4, 2013. Prosecutors say the high school student struck them while trying to evade police after he was pulled over for reckless driving.

Russo's family expressed anger after the bail hearing last year. 

"My daughter's dead and this guy's going to be free," said Alan Russo, Ariel's father. "He's going to have the summer, he's going to be home, he is going to play video games, he is going to eat his mom's home-cooked food." 

"I'm never going to have my daughter back," he said. 

At the time, Schmukler said he told the judge: "He's not dangerous, he needs to go back to school. He's a kid. A terrible thing happened. It's just very, very unfortunate. Let him go."

Reyes, who only had a learners permit at the time of the crash, was ordered not to drive while he is out on bail.

Compounding the Russo family's grief, officials say "human error" within New York City's 911 system caused a more than four-minute delay in dispatching an ambulance to help Russo. The Department of Investigation found that the dispatcher may have been distracted.

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Moose Spotted in Cheshire


A moose was spotted Saturday morning in Cheshire, so the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection warns motorists to drive carefully on Interstate 84 near the Waterbury line and on local roads near Hall Drive.

DEEP received reports of a moose sighting shortly before 12:22 p.m. in the area of Hall Drive.

Environmental conservation police from DEEP are tracking the moose in an attempt to tranquilize and relocate it "because of the threat it can pose to highway safety," Dennis Schain, spokesperson for DEEP, said in a news release.

The height and weight of a moose poses a threat to drivers and crashing into one can have fatal consequences or result in serious injuries, according to DEEP.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Have you spotted the moose? Tell us where you saw it in the comments or on social media. If you snapped a photograph, please consider submitting it to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com or share it with us on Twitter (@NBCConnecticut) or Facebook.


Police Dog Major Killed in Line of Duty


The Orange Police Department is mourning the death of its police dog named Major after a truck struck and killed him in the line of duty on Saturday morning.

The K-9 and his handler Officer Chris Brown were responding to a disabled vehicle on Route 34 near Sodom Lane Saturday when a commercial truck ran into Major, killing him instantly.

Brown was not injured in the incident.

Major, nearly 2 years old, graduated from the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class a month ago in June. While his role as a police dog was short-lived, Major "assisted in several tracks" and served as "an integral part of the Patrol Division and the Orange Police family," the Orange Police Department said in a news release on Saturday.

"Our entire Department is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic accident," Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said in a statement. "Officer Brown and K-9 Major made a great team and we are all concentrating on giving Chris our full support at this difficult time.

Police said the truck driver stopped at the crash scene after hitting the police dog and that the department doesn't anticipate any charges. The name of the driver has not been released at this time. The accident remains under investigation, police said.

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Apollo 11 Crew Member Recalls Moon Landing


Forty-five years ago Sunday, Neil Armstrong announced that man had reached the moon with the words, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

Back in Houston, Charles M. Duke Jr. responded, "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again."

Duke was so excited he didn’t get "tranquility" quite right -- he later said it came out more like "twangquility."  But he stands by the part about turning blue.

"That is the truth," he said this week. "It was so tense. We had had a lot of problems on the descent and so we were very focused on this, the final stages of landing."

Duke, 78, served as Apollo 11's capsule communicator or capcom, as the lunar module descended to the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, known as Buzz, were aboard the Eagle, while Michael Collins remained in orbit.

"We'd had communications problems," Duke recalled. "We had computer overload problems, that gave computer warnings. We had a trajectory that wasn’t correct. Our targeting was wrong and so Neil had to fly over some very rough terrain to get to a suitable landing site, which took a lot more fuel. And so now we're down to the final minute of fuel remaining and so it got very tense as you can imagine at mission control."

Regulations required that the landing be aborted if the fuel went below a certain level, though Duke said he did not believe Armstrong, the mission's commander, would have turned back.

Duke was born in North Carolina, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received a Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in preparation for becoming an astronaut. He later traveled aboard Apollo 16 and was the tenth man to walk on the moon.

Walking on the moon was a ball, he said for a NASA oral history in 1999.

"I found that either the hop or the skip was the best for me," he said. "I put my right foot out front and I just sort of skipped along like that, with one foot out front." 

The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday will be celebrating the anniversary with special videos and a chance to hear from one of Duke's fellow capsule communicators, Bruce McCandless II. Aldrin has organized a social media campaign, #Apollo45, for the occasion.

Duke, who now lives in New Braunfels, Texas, remembers being intent on making no mistakes during the Eagle's landing.

"Everybody had the attitude, 'if this thing fails, it's not going to be my fault,'" he told NBC.

His team went off duty shortly afterward and he headed home to watch Armstrong's first step on the moon and share his most famous line,"That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

"So I was home like everybody else watching on TV," Duke said.



Hartford Gun Buyback Event Collects 58 Weapons


Over 50 guns are off the streets after Hartford’s latest gun buyback event.

The event took place at the Stewart-Johnson Center at 127 Martin Street on Saturday. Residents were invited to turn in their weapons in exchange for grocery gift cards valued between $50 and $200, depending on the type of gun. Police and community activists say this event is the first to take place in a residential community where gun violence is a serious issue.

Police collected 50 handguns, five shot guns and three rifles at the event, according to Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

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Immigration Protests in San Diego


San Diegans gathered Saturday morning to take part in a nationwide protest against immigration reform amid the border crisis.

With American flags and opposition signs in hand, dozens of protesters united along the Interstate 8 overpass in La Mesa near Severin Drive to voice their opinions on illegal immigration.

“We think our border needs to be better protected,” said Ocean Beach resident Lucy Ingalls.

“Crime is coming in, we have disease coming in, we have mothers sending their kids off by themselves to get sick and die on their own and I think that’s a huge crime. I think we need to care about these children,” she continued. 

Melanie Kortlang, also opposed to illegal immigration, said that for her, the issue really hits close to home.

“I have suffered the cost of illegal immigration. My daughter was hit and killed by an illegal alien and I made a promise to her that I will not let her be forgotten,” she told NBC 7.

“It’s time that this country takes a stand and says enough is enough. Let’s start taking care of our own kids. We have hungry, homeless children on our streets here. We have our veterans who are dying on the streets,” Kortlang added. “We’ve had enough. It’s time to secure our borders and enforce the laws. Let’s take care of our own first.”

San Diego has been directly impacted by the immigration crisis over the last several weeks after hundreds of undocumented immigrant mothers and children were transferred to San Diego from Texas as part of the federal government’s plan to address the influx of immigrants illegally crossing the U.S. border.

The border crisis continues to divide the nation with people on both sides of the debate.

Patricia Peck who was visiting downtown San Diego Saturday said she supports undocumented immigrants crossing the border, especially if they’re mothers and children. However, Peck pointed out that immigration is a complex problem that can’t be easily resolved.

“This isn’t a real simple issue. You can’t blame the immigrant for thinking that America is the place to come. There’s not a simple answer. These people are scared, they’re hurting and they need to go somewhere,” said Peck.

“Yes, it’s tough for us because we have budget issues in the United States and I totally understand that. But if I was living in Honduras and worried about my kids [illegal immigration] might be something that I’d think about doing,” she added.

Across the U.S. on Saturday, at least 11 organizations opposed to illegal immigration planned to partake in what organizers called the “National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty and Border Surge.” The hundreds of nationwide protests were expected to last through Sunday.


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One Giant Leap: The First Moon Landing 45 Years Later


Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago on July 20, 1969. Six hours after landing, on July 21, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the lunar surface. Armstrong and the other astronauts aboard Apollo 11 received a hero's welcome upon their return to Earth.

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