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Will signed week before heavy metal star Oliver Herbert’s death part of police probe
01/13/2019 11:34am

State police investigating the drowning death of heavy metal star Oliver Herbert in Stafford Springs have examined a will signed by Herbert a week before his death at a Hartford car dealership, multiple sources close to the probe said. The will was notarized by a person who was a friend of Herbert...

Five Hartford police officers, shot on duty, are posthumously honored
12/12/2018 4:00pm

Two years ago, while talking to a friend, retired Hartford Police Sgt. Thomas Elwood learned that a fellow officer who was shot on duty never received a citation for his valor. With a little digging, he discovered the officer wasnt alone. Nine members of the force who served prior to 1974 the...

State files rebuttal fighting Cheshire killer Joshua Komisarjevsky's claim for new trial
12/12/2018 2:50pm

Joshua Komisarjevsky doesnt deserve a new trial in the 2007 Cheshire murders, the states attorneys office said Wednesday in a legal brief with the Supreme Court arguing to reject his appeal, which is based in part on the failure of the state to turn over a series of police phone calls from the...

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark
12/12/2018 3:00pm

New Jerseys sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation. Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show New Jerseys casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330 million worth of bets in November....

National Enquirer owner admits it buried stories to help Trump's presidential run
12/12/2018 7:10pm

The parent company of magazines including the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and In Touch has admitted to engaging in a journalistically dubious practice known as catch-and-kill in order to help Donald Trump become president. Federal prosecutors revealed Wednesday they had agreed not to prosecute...

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EEUU: Joven quizo atacar la Casa Blanca
01/17/2019 12:41pm

ESTADOS UNIDOS: Joven de 21 aos fue arrestado por querer atacar la Casa BlancaUn hombre fue arrestado este mircoles tras ser acusado de querer atacar la Casa Blanca con un cohete antitanque.Las autoridades dijeron que era una operacin ...The post EEUU: Joven quizo atacar la Casa Blanca appeared first on Periodico Identidad Latina.

CT: Nuevo giro de ACLU para reformas de justicia
01/17/2019 11:58am

CONNECTICUT: El nuevo giro de ACLU en el cabildeo para reformas de justiciaSon cabilderos recin registrados, un tro empleado por la campaa Smart Justice de la ACLU para impulsar a un nuevo gobernador y Asamblea General a avanzar en ...The post CT: Nuevo giro de ACLU para reformas de justicia appeared first on Periodico Identidad Latina.

FÚTBOL: Pirlo volvera a las canchas…por una noche
01/17/2019 10:39am

Andrea Pirlo, volver a las canchas por una noche. El mediocampista italiano vestir la camiseta de Barcelona SC Ecuador en la Noche Amarilla 2019.El crack italiano, ex-futbolista del AC Milan y Juventus, ser l...The post FTBOL: Pirlo volvera a las canchaspor una noche appeared first on Periodico Identidad Latina.

COLOMBIA: Exploción de un carro-bomba deja cuatro muertos
01/17/2019 9:59am

Una explocin de una bomba en el interiorde una escuela en la Ciudad de Bogot dej cuatro muertos, asi lo afirm el alcalde de la ciudad Enrique Pealosa.Y cuando menos dez heridos, aadi Pealosa. Al parecer fue un ...The post COLOMBIA: Explocin de un carro-bomba deja cuatro muertos appeared first on Periodico Identidad Latina.

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Getting the roads ready for the storms
01/17/2019 5:51pm

HARTFORD Two winter storms are upon us. While one ishigher impact than the other, regardlessthe Department of Transportation says they are ready for winter weather. , With 830DOT trucks and contractors on standby, they areready for any type of weather. They have tree crews and equipment are ready to go if things get icy. The salt mixture that has been spread the last couple days will also help the road conditions on Sunday. It will act as apre-treatment in

DPH confirms 2 flu related deaths bringing total to 8 for the season
01/17/2019 5:37pm

HARTFORD The Department of Public Health said two more people have died from flu related causes in the state since the start of the flu season. Officials said the two flu-associated deaths last week makes a total of eight deaths reported in Connecticut during this flu season so far. Seven flu-associated deaths were associated with influenza A and one with influenza B. Of the eight total reported flu-associated deaths, five occurred in persons over 65 years of age, two

‘A lack of respect’: Netflix hit ‘Bird Box’ used actual footage from disaster
01/17/2019 5:22pm

The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, says she was appalled to discover that footage of the most horrific day in her towns history was presented as fiction in two Netflix productions. Footage of the 2013runaway train disasterthat killed 47 people and destroyed most of the small towns downtown core appears in the Netflix filmBird Boxand in an episode of the science fiction seriesTravelers, theBBCreports. The clips were used to illustrate news coverage of fictional disasters. A lot of people are still

Dog finds home after 525 days in shelter: ‘She has patiently waited’
01/17/2019 5:16pm

DAYTON, Ohio A dog named Cassie has been adopted after nearly a year and a half in an Ohio shelter. Every day for 525 days she has patiently waited for that perfect person to walk through the doors and pick her and today was her day the Humane Society of Greater Dayton wrote on Facebook. Cassie was the shelters longest resident before her adoption. The nearly 5-year-old black and tan hound-shepherd mix came to the Dayton shelter from another facility

Amtrak announces service changes due to Saturday storm
01/17/2019 5:14pm

Amtrak service through the Northeast corridor will be modified due to the impending storm. Service Disruption: Amtrak Modifies Service in Advance of Winter Storm: amtrak.com/alert/modified https://t.co/S1fUeD1G0U Amtrak Northeast AmtrakNECAlerts January 17, 2019 Canceled service for Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, includes: Capitol Limited Chicago Washington, D.C.: Trains 29, 30 Lake Shore Limited Chicago New York/Boston: Trains 49, 449, 48, 448 Cardinal Chicago New York, Train 50 on Jan. 19 and Train 51 on Jan. 20

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Number of Flu Deaths in Connecticut Rises to 8
01/17/2019 2:14pm

There have been two additional deaths associated with the flu in Connecticut, which makes eight flu-related deaths reported this season.A report released today from the state Department of Health says there were two flu-associated deaths during the week that ended on Jan. 12. Shutdown May Upend State of the Union Speech Seven flu-associated deaths have been associated with influenza A and one with influenza B.Five of the deaths this season were people over 65 years old, two have been people between 50 and 64 years old and one was 25 to 49 years of age, according to the Department of Health. Mays UK Government Wins No-Confidence Vote, Battles On The Department of Health says flu remains widespread in Connecticut and there have been 1,248 influenza positive laboratory tests since Aug. 26.This is the breakdown of where they have been: Syria Attack Kills 4 Americans, Raising Questions on Pullout Hartford County: 381New Haven: 383Fairfield: 183Middlesex: 80New London: 65Litchfield: 45Tolland: 34Windham: 34Forty-three are in unknown counties.

Governor to Active Severe Cold Weather Protocol Sunday
01/17/2019 5:23pm

Gov. Ned Lamont plans to activate the states Severe Cold Weather Protocol Sunday as a storm moves through and leaves bitterly cold temperatures in its wake.Sundays storm is expected to bring heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain across the region. Behind Sundays storm, bitterly cold air and strong winds will result in wind chills as low as -20 on Monday, creating icy conditions. Those in need of shelter from the cold can contact 211. The protocol will run from noon on Sundaythrough noon Wednesday. Shutdown May Upend State of the Union Speech On Thursday the governor urged residents to prepare for the storm and use caution while traveling.We are urging everyone in Connecticut to make plans to stay in place Saturday night and into Sunday morning, and only travel if absolutely necessary. I am also activating the Severe Cold Weather Protocol on Sunday to help the most vulnerable in our communities access shelters during this stretch of brutal cold temperatures. If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, please call 2-1-1, Lamont wrote in a media release. Mays UK Government Wins No-Confidence Vote, Battles On 504491822, CThe Severe Cold Weather Protocol activates coordination between Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection DESPP, the Department of Social Services DSS, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services DMHAS, and the Department of Housing DOH to work across the states network of shelters to make sure everyone has a place to go in the cold. Syria Attack Kills 4 Americans, Raising Questions on Pullout The NBC Connecticut meteorologists continue to track the storm and will have updates as we move closer.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Road Safety: AAA Cites Speed As Cause For Dry Road Dangers
01/17/2019 5:33pm

An AAA study says the most deadly weather is not when it snows or rains, but when conditions are clear and dry.The agency cited speeding as a major factor for fatal accidents. According to AAA, deadly collisions on Connecticuts roadways are making headlines just days into 2019. Shutdown May Upend State of the Union Speech State police have responded to a tractor-trailer wreck in Milford and a rollover accident in Suffield.While we dont know the exact cause of these fatal crashes, the agency stressed that drivers may be at an even greater risk on dry roads. Mays UK Government Wins No-Confidence Vote, Battles On People drive faster when the roads are dry and when the weather is clear, said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.In 2018, the State Medical Examiners office reported that more than 300 people died in fatal crashes. Syria Attack Kills 4 Americans, Raising Questions on Pullout Parmenter pointed out that it doesnt have to be snowing for a road to be dangerous.Thats a pretty staggering number. Thats someone dying on Connecticut roads, you know, more than one person in two days, said Parmenter.AAA analyzed crash data released by police departments across the country. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,Researchers found that over a five year period, nearly 90 percent of fatal crashes occurred when the weather was clear, and about 80 percent of all fatal accidents happened on dry roads.Which is why Parmenter is pushing for motorists to practice safe driving habits.We really want to get the message out there, that just because its not snowing doesnt mean that the roads are dangerous, said Parmenter.AAA encourages drivers to pay attention to the following rules if youre on dry or wet roads: Slow down, drive defensively, limit distractions and never get behind the wheel if youre under the influence of drugs or alcohol or tired. And always adjust driving behaviors for the conditions around you.

Gov't Shutdown Wreaks More Havoc the Longer It Continues
01/17/2019 6:02pm

Southwest Airlines yearlong effort to launch affordable flights to Hawaii is stalled. Craft brewers havent been able to ship their seasonal beers. Hundreds of federal rental assistance contracts with private landlords have expired, putting low-income families and seniors at risk of eviction. Across the country, thousands of unpaid government employees and contractors struggling to make ends meet are turning to food banks for assistance.As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week with no end in sight, the economic blow is hitting not only federal workers but also business people, households and travelers across the country.And experts warn that if the shutdown drags into February or beyond, as the president has suggested it could, the devastating impact would be widespread. High Drama, Few Results as Trump Warns of Long Shutdown Well be in no mans land, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodys Analytics, told NBC News.Here is how the worsening damage could unfold: IRS Recalling 46,000 Workers to Handle Taxes Amid Shutdown Food InsecurityThe U.S. Department of Agriculture said it can fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, also known as food stamps, through February. The agency announced last week that it would bankroll the $4.8 billion in benefits for 39 million people enrolled in SNAP, but with a catch: States must issue those payments on or before Jan. 20 and families must make those funds about $250 per household last through February, whether the government reopens or not.If the shutdown lasts until March,the USDA could be forced to dip into its reserves to help fund the program, and its $3 billion SNAP contingency fund wont cover a full month of benefits. Super Bowl Planners: Shutdown Brings Uncharted Territory If the shutdown continues and USDA determines it does not have the authority to extend SNAP in March without congressional action, many low-income households would be at risk of serious hunger and hardship, said Dottie Rosenbaum, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Emergency food assistance providers such as food banks and food pantries, as well as other local community service providers, would likely see dramatic increases in demand as families and individuals scrambled to fill the hole in their monthly food budgets.Its not just families enrolled in the program that would take a blow.Should SNAP benefits cease, Rosenbaum said the more than 250,000 supermarkets, grocery stores, and other retailers that participate in the programwould see a substantial drop in SNAP redemptions, which in many cases constitute a significant share of their sales.Eventually, non-food retailers will also feel the pinch. Thats because SNAP frees up cash for low-income households to buy other basic essentials like diapers and clothing, boosting economic stimulus.A 2010 USDA study found that every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.Threats of EvictionSince the shutdown began on Dec. 22, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been unable to renew almost 700 rental assistance contracts, placing low-income seniors and families at risk of eviction, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition NLIHC.Another 450Project-Based Rental Assistance contracts are slated to expire over the next two weeks, and an additional 550 wont be renewed should the shutdown continue through February, NLIHC President Diane Yentel said.Under the Section 8 housing voucher program, tenants pay 30 percent of their household income for rent and utilities while the federal government makes up the rest of the rent.The average annual income for these households is $13,000.The Washington Post reported HUD sent a letter to landlords earlier this month, instructing property owners to dip into their reserve accounts to cover funding shortfalls and keep tenants in their homes.But not all property owners have sufficient savings to dip into and need the rental revenue to pay their mortgages, insurance, property taxes and other operating expenses.A landlord in Arkansas came under fire this week over a letter sent to more than 1,200 tenants across her 50 apartment complexes throughout the state. The letter said that because of the government shutdown, tenants had until Jan. 20 to either pay their rents in full or leave.If the people cant pay their rent, I cant pay bills. If I dont get paid, I cant pay my people, Annette Cowen, a property manager in Arkansas, told KFSM-TV.Arkansas Online reportedthat after media attention and calls to lawmakers to intervene, the USDA told Cowen the agency would finance the rental contracts through at least February and maybe longer.People are really scared about what will happen to them, Yentel told NBC in a phone interview. Landlords of Americas poorest tenants wont be the only property owners concerned about whether theyll get the next rent payment.The General Services Administration, which leases more than 187 million square feet of space around the country on behalf of federal government agencies, could miss its January rent payments at thousands of properties if the shutdown continues into February.Joe Brennan, managing director ofGovernment Investor Services at JLL, said in a phone interview it is unclear how widespread the ripple effect of a delinquent federal tenant would be. Investors in commercial real estate properties are not just developers, but include pension funds, collateralized debt obligation bonds and capital stocks.This is uncharted territory, Brennan said. The government has never missed rent payments before.The faith and credit of the U.S. government has historically made the investment low risk with competitive leases. If the once-reliable tenant misses several rent payments over the course of the shutdown, Brennan warned investors may label them high risk, leading to higher rent prices paid for by American taxpayers. Private landlords leasing space to the government cant evict their federal tenants over nonpayment. They also cant fine the government over late payments without approval from their tenant. Their only recourse is fight it out in court, a long and expensive process, Brennan said.Justice Delayed Is Justice DeniedThe government shutdown, meanwhile, is threatening to grind federal court cases to a halt after it runs out of money on Jan. 25.The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which initially projectedthat funding would be exhausted by Jan. 18,revised its estimated outlook on Tuesday. The office said in a statement that the additional week of funding was mainly attributed to aggressiveefforts to reduce expenditures. Since the shutdown began, federal courts have continued to operate by using court fee balances and other no-year funds. Courts and federal public defender offices have delayed or deferred non-mission critical expenses, such as new hires, non-case related travel, and certain contracts as part of their cost-cutting efforts. Judiciary employees are reporting to work and currently are in full-pay status.But once existing funding runs out the courts will operate on an essential work basis. Individual courts are allowed to determine which staffers are deemed necessary. Some courts have already issued orders suspending or postponing civil cases in which the government is a party.And while President Donald Trump claims the fight over funding for a wall is necessary to address border security, the shutdown is having an unintended consequence on his efforts to curbillegal immigration.Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 11, 42,726 immigration court hearings were canceled due to the shutdown, congesting an already backlogged system, according to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Another 20,000 scheduled cases will be canceled by the end of this week and as many as 100,000 hearings will be pushed back indefinitely by the end of the month if the shutdown continues.Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said in an interview with NPR that she now has around 2,000 immigration cases before her court in Los Angeles. And some judges, according to Tabaddor, have upwards of 4,000. The cases are booked years in advance and rescheduling them will be a logistical nightmare. We dont have time to adequately consider the cases that we do have, much less have to spend extra time to think about what were going to do with all the cases that have to be rescheduled, she told NPR.Safety RisksThe Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it would resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula as early as Tuesday. The routine inspections had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottliebtold NBC News his staff put calls out to furloughed workers to gauge whether they would come back to work despite not getting paychecks.We got an overwhelming response from our very dedicated and mission-driven field force who are coming back to work unpaid, he said.Riskier foods account for about a third of the agencys roughly 8,400 routine inspections each year.Meanwhile, applications for new drugs have been halted. The FDA review of a life-saving peanut allergy treatment for children ages 4 to 17 is on hold due to the government shutdown. The California-based biotech company Aimmune Therapeutics said in an SEC regulatory filing that the FDA is unable to begin review of AR101, its experimental treatment for peanut allergies, due to the shutdown. A spokeswoman for the company told NBC that the FDA will initiate review of AR10 once the lapse in appropriations has ended.However, Aimmune could see further delays even after the government has re-opened. Gottlieb warned in a tweet on Jan. 5 that the FDA is running out of user fees, which are paid by the companies and used to fund the regulatory review of drugs. The money was diverted to fund safety inspections during the shutdown. He wrote on Twitter that review program will run out of money in early February.The shutdown has halted inspection of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and thousands of other industrial sites for pollution violations, The New York Times reported.It has alsosuspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the countrys factories and mines.Houston, We Have a ProblemThe effects of the shutdown are already rippling through aviation, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.Transportation Security Administration TSA screeners who staff security checkpoints and air-traffic controllers are among the essential federal employees required to work through the shutdown without pay.I still have a mortgage to pay, I still have financial obligations students loans and those dont stop, Gerald Quaye, an air-traffic controller at New Yorks JFK airport, told NBC New York. So, to come to work and not get paid and not know when Im going to get my next paycheck, its unsettling. It also has security repercussions.Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union, said its hard for TSA and FAA employees to keep their head in the game when theyre worried about bills not getting paid.Many employees tell local media they cant afford to miss another paycheck. Industry officials worry that if the shutdown lingers and TSA employees quit en masse, with training for new highers on hold, the lack of staffing will lead to longer security lines, closed checkpoints, extended flight delays and even the grounding of flights.TSA only has what it has, said Christopher Bidwell, the vice president for security at the trade group Airports Council International-North AmericaEconomic Damage RipplesOn Tuesday, Kevin Hassett, a top economist in the White House, acknowledged that the shutdown was weighing on the economy more than he had previously estimated. Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said the White House now calculates that annual growth is slowing by about 0.1 percentage point a week.Some companies are pointing to specific problems: Delta said Tuesday that the shutdown is costing it $25 million a month in government travel. Its CEO, Edward Bastian, said that with the FAA partially closed, Delta will also likely delay the start date of eight new aircraft.Southwest Airlines told eager customers on social media that their long-awaited flights to Hawaii are on hold because they have not been able to complete the FAAs certification process for extended over-water flights. The Dallas-based carrier had hoped to start selling tickets for service to service to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on the Big Island, Lihue Airport on Kauai, Kahului Airport on Maui and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu by late 2018, with flights debuting in early 2019, according the AP.Bloomberg reportsFiat ChryslerChief Executive Officer Mike Manley told attendees at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the new Dodge Ram 3500, which was unveiled Monday, could be delayed reaching the market because of the shutdown. Manley saidthe company is waiting on an emissions certificate from the EPAs Office of Transportation and Air quality, and cannot sell the truck until that is approved.The Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees public stock offerings, is mostly closed because of the shutdown. As a result, some companies that had been planning initial public offerings in coming months, including Uber and Lyft, are likely facing delays. Marianne Lake, chief financial officer for JPMorgan Chase, said the bank could lose out on fees from IPOs and merger and acquisition deals that would be delayed if other shuttered agencies cant approve them.The nations craft beer taps are also being squeezed.The federal shutdown halted operations at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which regulates alcohol production and distribution, preventing new breweries from opening and stopping shipments of some suds across state lines.Brewers are increasingly nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer.The end of the shutdown wont bring an immediate end to the delays. The longer the shutdown continues, the bigger the backlog the bureau will have to sort through when work resumes. That means it could still be months before labels and permits are approved.A big part of it will be all the plans that brewers have for 2019 will get thrown out the window, said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Photo Credit: AP This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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