<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usWed, 29 Jun 2016 00:19:31 -0400Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:19:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Panic After Explosions at Istanbul Airport: Witnesses]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:17:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/543492792-ataturk-airport-bombing.jpg

Hundreds of panicked people scrambled for safety Tuesday night as gunfire and at least two explosions echoed through one of Turkey's main airports, NBC News reported, citing witnesses.

A man who works for a contractor at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul told NBC News he saw three suicide bombers.

The man, who identified himself as Omar, said he heard an explosion and then saw police dive onto a man who then blew himself up.

People then tried to stop another person who appeared to be wearing explosives.



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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

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<![CDATA[Turkish Security Hailed for Saving Many Lives in Airport Attack]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:04:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SECURITY_GettyImages-543490678.jpg

Witnesses and experts praised Turkish security forces — and one still-unidentified officer who gave his own life — for their composed, professional handling of Tuesday's terrorist attack on the main airport in Istanbul, which killed at least 36 people.

Authorities at Ataturk International Airport, the third busiest in Europe and the 11th busiest in the world, quickly converged on the attackers while shepherding thousands of passengers, staff and visitors to safety Tuesday night.

Mohamed Ali, who told national broadcaster TRT that he was traveling from Zurich, Switzerland, to Aqaba, Jordan, said authorities calmly and swiftly conducted him and about 200 other people out of the airport from the area of their gate.

"Everything was under control," he said. "They were very polite."

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<![CDATA[Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:06:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/543492792-ataturk-airport-bombing.jpg At least 10 people were killed and dozens were injured in explosions at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:53:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics. Click here for the visualization.
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<![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Child Porn]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:25:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

Former "Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year. He must also register as a sex offender in New York. 

Alexander, 52, was arrested last summer in Westchester County after officials found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at his Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than 16 years of age engaged in child pornography, authorities have said. 

Alexander pleaded guilty in January to one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

Alexander has directed nearly three dozen episodes of "Law and Order" since the mid-1990s. He is also known for his work on "Rescue Me" and "Carry Me Home." He and his wife have three children.



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<![CDATA[Pat Summitt's Storied Coaching Career in Photos]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73800271.jpg

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<![CDATA[Istanbul-Miami Flight After Attack]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/062816+turkish+airlines+miami+international+airport.jpg

Passengers aboard a Turkish Airways flight from Istanbul to Miami described the moments of shock once they realized the airport they departed from was the scene of yet another deadly attack Tuesday.

"We had live TV on the flight so I was able to watch CNN and BBC," Turkish traveler Corey Erman said. "So really the last three hours of the flight we were just watching to see what was going on. It's terrible."

At least three dozen people were killed in explosions at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, in what officials said appeared to be a coordinated terror attack.

"Seeing it and realizing we just left that airport eight hours ago, it was a little unnerving," Harry Rogge said.

Travelers say when they landed at Miami International Airport, security was tight before even stepping off of the aircraft.

"Just to get off the plane onto the ramp we had to show passports and they must of had about 8 or 10 officers, a bomb sniffing dog, they were checking everybody," Rogge said.

At the departures terminal, people waited in line hoping for an answer to make it safely to their final destination. Others, however, changed their travel plans altogether.

"We were meant to visit family members in Istanbul, but we have changed our plans. I have family in Hungary so we'll just head on over to Budapest," traveler Shari Little said.

"It does make me very nervous, very nervous," David Williams said. "I'm not sure if I want to travel today."

"I'm really speechless, I'm really worried, and I don't know why anything is happening and I don't know when it's all going to end," Ceylan Duru Can said.



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<![CDATA['Emaciated' Child Leads to Arrest of Parents]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:50:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

An Indiana couple was arrested Tuesday — two years after police removed their "extremely emaciated" 12-year-old from their home, NBC News Reported.

The child weighed just 23 pounds at the time and was disabled, said Sheriff Terry Risner of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

"This was their child," Risner told NBC News. "We're staying gender neutral for the sake of the victim. This is a small community."

Jay Rupert, 50, and his wife Tabitha, 41, were each charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, Risner said.

The state Department of Children and Family Services removed the child in June 2014 from the couple's residence in Rensselaer, Indiana.

According to Risner the child was diagnosed with a non-curable brain disorder that requires constant care. The child also never received formal schooling by enrollment or home school, Risner said.



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<![CDATA[Student 3-D Prints Hand for Brother]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:09:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3D+printed+hand.jpg

A Virginia high school student's bold request to use the school's 3-D printer soon became a life-changing milestone for his little brother in need of a prosthetic hand.

Gabriel Fillippini, a junior at Park View High School in Loudoun County, Virginia, was inspired to help his 6-year-old brother, Lucas, who was born with no left hand, as soon as he discovered the school had obtained a 3-D printer for its career and technical education classroom.

"Gabriel came to me and kind of asked if we could print out a prosthetic hand, and I was kind of taken aback by it," said Kurt O'Connor, a teacher at Park View. "I said, 'I don't know, I guess we could try.'"

Fillippini, 16, and his teacher gathered help from the community in their pursuit to print a new hand for Lucas. An organization called Enabling the Future, which supports "3-D printable, open-source prothsetics," gave them free designs for the hand. A group of local hobbyists helped them perfect the knuckle joints.

But even with this assistance, the first hand they printed was a little bit too big, so they had to scale down the design and try again.

On his 6th birthday, earlier this month, Lucas received an unforgettable present — a new hand that fit him perfectly.

"It's nice to do things with my both hands," Lucas said, adding that he is grateful that kids can no longer ask about his "little hand."

"It makes me think my brother loves me a lot," he said.

Fillippini said this success makes him want to continue making prosthetics for kids in need.

"I know there are other kids who would love to have another hand," Fillippini said.

The boys' mother, Romina Barrera, credits Fillippini's teacher for inspiring and encouraging his selfless idea.

"This planet needs more people like Mr. O'Connor," Barrera said. "He's willing to help a stranger even though he didn't know us."

O'Connor said he, too, is interested in using the school's printer to continue to change lives. He said he plans to incorporate new projects, such as the one he and Fillippini took on this year, into his engineering classes.

"This is what we do as educators," O'Connor said. "I was just fortunate enough to have a tool and end up using it for something spectacular."



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<![CDATA[Sky Lantern Lands on FD Chief's Roo]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:06:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/MEFireChief.png

Firefighters are often heading toward the danger, but sometimes it comes to them. For York Beach Fire Chief David Bridges, danger landed right on his roof.

"I pulled up and saw something hanging off the corner of my roof," he said, remembering his drive home Sunday. "I knew instantly what it was."

It was a sky lantern, also known as a Chinese lantern — floating paper globes with burning candles inside that are often released at weddings, holiday parties, vigils and memorials. They may be beautiful, but they are illegal in Maine. 

"These things have a mind of their own and they go where the winds take them to go," Chief Bridges said.

For years, he has been trying to educate the public about the lantern law and the fire dangers they pose. Bridges believes it is a common misconception that Maine legalized the lanterns after legalizing fireworks in 2012.

But according to state statutes mentioned by the York Beach Fire Department on its Facebook page, there are many restrictions that ban the possession, use, sale and purchase of the sky lanterns.

Bridges said they have been known to land on roofs and in trees, causing fires.

"It's just ironic that one landed on my roof," he said. "Of all places for it to land."



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<![CDATA[Gruesome Train Safety PSAs]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Metro+PSA.JPG

Metro officials have a bold new plan to encourage safety at train stops across Los Angeles County — cartoon videos showing stick figures impaled, dismembered and otherwise dispatched by passing trains.

In a series of public service announcements released on its YouTube channel last week, Metro takes viewers on a trip to "Safetyville," demonstrating safety issues.

Each of the six clips features an animated stick figure in close proximity to a train. There's Mike taking his new car out for a test drive; Joan checks out her friend's social media posts.

Then they make a mistake, leaving them the victim of a passing train. The avoidable deaths are graphic, though the characters' blood isn't shown. 

"Is it too much? I don't think so," said Jennifer Arndt, interim director of Metro's Safety Department. "It hits home and makes an impact. We want you to think twice."

Each PSA is titled with a catchy phrase presenting a choice to the viewer: "Present or Pulverized?" or "Mindful or Mangled?" And each ends with the motto, "Safety begins with you."

Metro officials were inspired by Melbourne Metro's "Dumb Ways to Die" PSA, which received international recognition in 2012.

Watch all six of Metro's videos here:



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<![CDATA[Airport Attack Is Another Strike on a 'Soft Target']]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:10:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/turkGetty-543491412.jpg

It's the type of scenario security experts dread: attackers blending in with the crowd at public places to carry out acts of mass murder.

That scenario appears to have played out again Tuesday, this time at an Istanbul airport. 

The ability to defend "soft targets" — places where it's relatively easy for a small group of terrorists to cause widespread and deadly devastation — remains elusive.

In the U.S., security officials and experts have long worried that these types of places are extremely vulnerable.

"If you have a determined terrorist who is willing to give up their life … it's almost impossible to prevent that across the board," John Pistole, a former administrator with the Transportation Security Administration, told NBC News in March.



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<![CDATA[Turkey's Recent History of Violence]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:31:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TurkeyGoogleMaps.png

The deadly attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday was just the latest in the last year, with bombs ripping through central Istanbul’s tourist areas and in the capital, Ankara. Kurdish militants were blamed for some of the attacks and the Islamic State for others. Here is a list of recent attacks:

June 7, 2016: Explosives were detonated in a parked car in a central Instabul tourist district on June 7, killing 11 people and wounding others. The bomb exploded as a police shuttle bus drove through an historic district during rush hour and police officers were among those killed.

March 19, 2016: A suicide bomber killed four people, including two Americans, on a street in Istanbul. The Islamic State was responsible, according to Turkey.

March 13, 2016: More than 30 people were killed when a car blew up in a square in Ankara. A Kurdish militant group claimed it had carried out that attack.

Feb. 17, 2016: An explosion in Ankara targeted a military convoy at a traffic light. Twenty-eight soldiers were killed and 60 others were wounded. A Kurdish militant group took responsibility.

Jan. 12, 2016: A member of ISIS from Syria detonated a suicide bomb in Istanbul’s historic district, outside the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum, authorities said. The bomb killed at least 10 tourists including a group of Germans.

Dec. 23, 2015: A cleaner was killed in an overnight explosion at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport. Kurdish militants later claimed they had carried out a mortar attack.

Oct. 10, 2015: Suicide bombers hit a peace rally in Ankara. At least 95 people were killed. Kurds and leftists were marching to protest the renewal of armed conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants.



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<![CDATA[Orlando Club Massacre: 911 Logs Tell Story of Horror]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:59:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539631606.jpg

Police released logs from the Orlando massacre on Tuesday, providing a narrative of the horror inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12.

The document includes the notes that 911 dispatchers took on what callers were telling them and what officers were saying over their radios over the course of three hours, NBC News reported. The timeline begins with "Shots fired" entry at 2:02 a.m.

Note after note laid bare the fear, panic and carnage that filled the club where 49 victims were killed before gunman Omar Mateen was shot dead by police. In the first few minutes, dispatchers could hear gunfire, cries for help, and heartbreaking silence. As clubgoers ran for their lives to various corners of the building, calls came in from restrooms, the kitchen, an office. 

The entry at 5:15 a.m. ET, "Subj down" marks the end of the bloodshed.



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<![CDATA[The Healers: Afghan Hospital Labors Amid Civil War]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_Hospital.jpg

A pregnant woman shot in the face by errant gunfire. An elderly man riddled with rifle rounds. Boys and girls ripped apart by rocket propelled grenades.

Afghanistan’s civilians are being injured and killed in greater numbers now than any time since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in late 2001. It's the result of fighting between the Taliban and government security forces, which has escalated since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. 

The Emergency Surgical Center in Kabul is where many of wounded come to heal, often from villages and towns across the provinces surrounding the capital. Their injuries are often similar: a bullet or shard of hot metal has torn through the bodies, piercing internal organs, breaking bones, destroying limbs.

For two months last fall, photographer Victor J. Blue documented the latest fighting season’s toll. Click through to see those images (WARNING: Some images are graphic).



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<![CDATA[Stocks Rise for 1st Time Since Brexit Vote]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:32:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wall-street1.jpg

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday following gains overseas, rebounding after a sharp two-day sell-off on the surprise U.K. "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded up about 140 points in the early afternoon after opening more than 200 points higher. 

"We're still very much in reaction mode right now for U.S. equities," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities.

U.S. crude oil futures held more than 1.5 percent higher, just above $47 a barrel.

In the last two trading days, global markets have lost a record $3.0 trillion, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.



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<![CDATA[Group in Florida Help Homeless Fight Zika]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:31:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_zika0628_1920x1080.jpg In Florida's fight against Zika, a Tampa organization is making sure the homeless get the help they need. A group called Metropolitan Ministries will be giving anti-mosquito kits to the homeless in hopes of preventing the Zika virus. ]]> <![CDATA[EgyptAir Jet's Flight Data Recorders Repaired: Officials]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:53:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/EGYPTAIR_AP_16160278845501.jpg

Egyptian investigators said the flight data recorder of crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804 has been repaired, NBC News reported. 

This will allow for the analysis of data that may explain why the jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

The recorders arrived in Paris from Cairo on Monday to remove salt deposits. They are due to be sent back to a lab in Cairo to analyze the data.

The flight was flying from Paris to Cairo when it plunged into the ocean, killing all 66 people on board. The pilots did not send a distress call and no group has claimed responsibility for bringing down the plane.



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<![CDATA[Ikea Recalls Line of Dressers]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:34:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/52072472-ikea-generic.jpg

Updated information about the recall can be found here.

Ikea will recall a line of chests and dressers after the deaths of three toddlers in two years, the company confirmed Monday.

The company will offer full refunds or store credit to anyone who ever bought one of its MALM line dressers, and it will also stop selling them, Philly.com reported. The company told NBC News Monday night that it was issuing a recall.

"We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do," Ikea representative Christina Kaiser said in a statement Monday.

The recall will extend to millions of dressers, according to Philly.com, some of which were bought more than 10 years ago. The recall applies to the 27 million products addressed by a 2015 repair program, plus additional units. 

Ikea has confirmed the deaths of three toddlers since 2014 after the furniture maker's Malm dressers tipped over and crushed them — a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy, a 23-month-old Washington state child and a 22-month-old Minnesota boy. It has also said it received more than a dozen reports of incidents, four of which resulted in injury — and both the furniture maker and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have acknowledged the dressers are dangerous if not properly anchored to a wall.  

Last year, Ikea announced a repair program that offered a free kit to help secure the dressers to the wall. The kit included tip-over restraints, wall anchoring hardware and warning labels to be attached to the furniture. It has distributed 300,000 already, according to a news release.

The recall agreement was expected to be officially announced Tuesday by Ikea and the CPSC, Philly.com reported, citing a source from a federal agency. The CPSC did not comment.

Ikea told NBC News it was no longer selling Malm chests and drawers, and urged families who already own one to anchor them to a wall.

"If they're not, please take them out of a room that children can access because it could be a danger, and make sure that you contact Ikea to (have) a free repair kit sent to your home," Ikea USA president Lars Peterson said.



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<![CDATA[Majority in GOP Prefer Someone Else to Trump: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

Just 45 percent of Republican voters say they are satisfied with Donald Trump as their party's presumptive presidential nominee, while 52 percent say they would have preferred someone else, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By comparison, the numbers are reversed for Hillary Clinton among Democrats — 52 percent of Democratic voters are satisfied with Clinton, and 45 percent prefer someone else, NBC News reported.

GOP attitudes about Trump break along ideological and educational lines. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans with a high school education or less are satisfied with Trump as the party's presumptive nominee, versus 60 percent of Republicans with a college degree who want someone else.

The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted June 19-23 — comes after Clinton became her party's presumptive nominee and the nightclub rampage in Orlando.



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