<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.pngNBC Connecticuthttp://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 17 Aug 2017 23:18:02 -0400Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:18:02 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Charlottesville Victim's Mother: 'I've Had Death Threats']]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:13:19 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17226511112426.jpg

A day after burying her daughter, the mother of a woman killed during Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville said she has received death threats. She also criticized President Donald Trump’s claim that violence on "both sides" lead to her daughter's death.

"Whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant," Bro told MSNBC's Katy Tur. "The guy mowed my daughter down and, sorry, that’s not excusable."

In the exclusive interview, Bro said that the White House has reached out to her three times since her daughter’s death, but that she hasn’t had a chance to speak to President Trump.

Despite the threats, Bro said she refuses to live in fear and has vowed to continue to carry on her daughter’s legacy by establishing a foundation in her name.

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<![CDATA[Pets and Car Safety: How to Choose the Right Restraints]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:25:18 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dog+car+restraint.jpg

Clear the Shelters is Saturday, and if you're planning on adopting a shelter pet, you may want to consider a safe way to get them home.

With summer closing to a close, and fall and winter holidays right around the corner, you might be planning a trip — family pets included. But before you hit the road with your pooch in tow, you'll want to consider a few safety measures.

During a crash, or if you slam on the brakes, pets can act as projectiles if they are not properly secured. And they can also distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road.

The market is full of pet restraining products, everything from harnesses to carriers, however many labeled "crash tested" are based only on manufacturers' claims.

In 2015, the Center for Pet Safety — along with Subaru — rigorously tested carriers and crates to find which devices keep four-legged travel companions safest in the event of a crash. They tested harnesses, crates for bigger dogs, and carriers for small dogs and cats and concluded among the top performing pet restraints are the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate crate ($500), the Sleepypod Mobile Pet bed carrier (starting at $170), and the Pet Ego Jet Set Forma Frame with Latch Connection (about $150).

The CPS said the Gunner Kennels crate withstood the most significant force generated in the crash study and the two leading carriers fully contained test dogs.

Subaru recommends pet owners choose a crate or carrier appropriately sized for their dog - usually about six inches longer than the dog’s body. Owners should secure crates using strength-rated cargo area anchor straps, not elastic or rubber bungee cords.

"We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Michael McHale, Subaru's director of corporate communications, in a press release.

There are currently no performance standards or test protocols to verify manufacturers’ claims that their crates and carriers are safe. CPS hopes to establish such standards with data found through their studies.

Traveling safely with pets takes some extra planning, but in the end Consumer Reports says, it's worth it.

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<![CDATA[Trump Cites 'Pants on Fire' Claim in Barcelona Response]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:05:05 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-genpershing-split.jpg

After a van plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores more, President Donald Trump tweeted a reference to a discredited story about Gen. John Pershing halting Muslim attacks in the Philippines by shooting rebels with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump wrote on his personal account. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years.”

It was at least Trump's second reference to a story already labeled false last year, this time coming days after the president justified his equivocal response in assigning blame for violence in Charlottesville by saying that before he makes a statement, "I need the facts." 

The Pershing story, which Trump also recounted at the end of a rally in South Carolina in February 2016, has been debunked by several fact-checking organizations, including Politifact and Snopes. Politfact labeled it Pants on Fire! false on its Truth-O-Meter and Snopes called it “false.”

The story — which according to Trump’s telling had Pershing shooting 50 Muslim terrorists with 50 bullets dipped in pigs blood — grew out of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. The United States had obtained the islands from Spain but faced armed opposition that continued after the war, when Pershing served as governor of the heavily Muslim Moro Province. Politifact found references to Muslim insurgents being buried with dead pigs but not being killed with bloodied bullets and not by Pershing.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork. 

“This story is a fabrication and has long been discredited,” Brian McAllister Linn, a Texas A&M University historian and author of Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940, told Politifact. “I am amazed it is still making the rounds.”

Even if the tale were true, Politifact wrote, it had no pacifying effect. The region remains in unrest today.

Snopes noted that Pershing thought the best approach was not to encourage religious fanaticism.

“Nonetheless, the ‘discouraging Muslim terrorists by burying them with pigs’ concept is still invoked in the modern era, even if the evidence of its use (or success) remains nebulous,” Snopes wrote.

Trump’s tweet Thursday came after Catalan officials had confirmed a terrorist attack but were still trying to identify the suspect they arrested.

That was in stark contrast to Trump's actions in the hours and days after an alleged white nationalist, James Allen Fields Jr., was accused of driving a car through a crowd in Charlottesville, North Carolina, over the weekend, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer.

Trump defended his delayed response in calling out white supremacists by name until two days after the attack by saying he didn’t “know all the facts.” 

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump went on to say this week, doubling down on his initial take that “many sides" were to blame for violence in Charlottesville.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized Trump for tweeting false information soon after the Barcelona attack, while claiming he needed “facts” before responding to the white nationalists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville.

“We condemn the terror attack in Barcelona, and we condemn President Trump's irresponsible and Islamophobic response to that attack,” said the group's executive director, Nihad Awad.

Trump's Pershing tweet Thursday followed an earlier, more restrained one, expressing sympathy for the people of Barcelona.

“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help,” Trump wrote. “Be tough & strong, we love you!”

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<![CDATA['Fear on Their Faces': Witnesses Describe Barcelona Attack]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:46:27 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17229692406811.jpg

Witnesses to the Barcelona terror attack described terrified people screaming and running for their lives after a van plowed through a bustling pedestrian plaza.

The attack in the tourist district of Las Ramblas sparked mass panic, NBC News reported.

"There was this tidal wave of people screaming and running towards us," said Susan McLean, a cybersecurity expert from Australia who was in the area on vacation. "People just heaved around the corner, screaming in Spanish. We had no idea what was going on."

McLean, a former police officer, said she instantly knew what had happened: terrorism.

"The fear on their faces — I just knew," she told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Why Cat Memes Flooded Twitter After the Barcelona Attack]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:30 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17229609068919.jpg

Authorities in Barcelona turned to social media in the wake of a terror attack in the northeastern Spanish city to request residents refrain from sharing images of the wounded out of respect for their families.

At least 13 people were killed and about 100 injured after a white van jumped onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, authorities said. 

As the appeal went unheeded by some, social media users took it upon themselves to flood Twitter with cat memes urging restraint under the hashtag #Barcelona.

The move was reminiscent of a public appeal made by police in November 2015 as Brussels authorities asked for a social media blackout while they conducted a series of terror raids across the city.

As the raids were conducted and 16 were ultimately arrested, the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown began trending as police cast a net around the city. Instead of foiling police movements, residents instead posted photos of cats across the internet.

Following the Belgian raid police thanked those who helped out on social media, posting a tweet reading: "For the cats who helped us last night ... Help yourself!"

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<![CDATA[Who Are the Fascist-Fighting Coalition 'Antifa'?]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:53:17 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/antifaactivistsfeuerherd.jpg

During a combative press conference Tuesday, President Donald Trump dubbed the anti-racist protest groups the "alt-left" and blamed "both sides" for the violent clashes that resulted one death, and injured more than a dozen others, NBC News reported.

Who exactly are the protesters that violently clashed with white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia?

What is 'Antifa?'
Antifa is short for "anti-fascist." It is a loosely organized coalition of protesters, left-wing activists, and self-described anarchists who vow to physically confront "fascists" — meaning anyone who espouses bigoted or totalitarian views, NBC News reported.

How long have they been around?
Anti-government and anti-fascist protesters have disrupted protest movements in Europe for decades. Today, they are most frequently seen clashing with riot police during summits of major world leaders, as in last month's "Welcome to Hell" protest against G-20 leaders in Berlin.

What are they protesting?
In the wake of President Trump's election, Antifa organizations across the country issued rallying cries on social media to rise up and fight back against the wave of hate crimes and white nationalism that's spiked across the nation.

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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Snorted Cocaine in Parent Pick-Up Line: Police]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:05:37 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/81617COCAINE.jpg

A Fort Myers woman was arrested Wednesday after snorting cocaine in the parent pick-up line of a local middle school, an arrest report stated.

Deputy Christopher Dought was on uninformed patrol at Lexington Middle School when he noticed Christina Hester, 39, take a straw and snort a white, powdery substance off her iPhone screen, the officer said. Hester allegedly used a credit card to "chop up" the drug, which was determined to be cocaine after Dought tested the substance.

When Dought asked if she had anything illegal in her car, Hester said she had "a little bit of drugs," the report said. A bag of cocaine and two straws were discovered in the vehicle, weighing a total of 0.5 grams.

Hester was charged with posession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the Lee County jail for booking. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Abandons Plans for Infrastructure Advisory Council]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:27:16 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17227767777003.jpg

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a plan to form an advisory council on infrastructure, NBC News reported.

"The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum. In addition, the President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward," a White House official said Thursday.

Infrastructure was one of the major priorities the White House hoped Congress would tackle after the August break.

The announcement comes just one day after his Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum ended following a spate of CEO resignations in the wake of Trump's response to a white nationalist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, that occurred last Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Most Embarrassing School Memories]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:37:26 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+EMBARRASSING+SCHOOL+THUMB2.jpg

From bad school pictures to awkward first day wardrobes, Team USA members can now look back on some of their most embarrassing school moments and laugh.

<![CDATA[Ben Carson Talks About Vandalism of Home, Charlottesville]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:41:36 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/081717+ben+carson+interview.jpg

The only African-American member of President Donald Trump's cabinet says his home in Northern Virginia was recently the target of anti-Trump vandals.

Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, told News4 in an exclusive interview inside his home Wednesday night that he believes dialogue can help overcome hate and bigotry.

He pointed out that many Confederate statues were erected "during the civil rights movement, to make a statement," and resisted "pointing fingers" at Trump's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Carson said his home was vandalized earlier this summer while he was away.

"We were out of town and our house was toilet papered," Carson told News4's Meagan Fitzgerald. "They had painted 'F Trump' on it as well."

He said neighbors cleaned up the mess, and he responded with grace. 

"That really is the message that I try to get out to people. You can't necessarily control the animosity and the hatred of someone else, but you can control how you react," he said.

A representative for the local police department said they did not receive a report of the incident. Carson said he did not report it because he believes in ignoring hate and "taking the high road." 

When asked about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend and the removal of Confederate monuments, Carson said he believed education is key.

"We need to explain to people that many of the Confederate monuments that were put up were put up specifically during the Jim Crow era, specifically during the civil rights movement, to make a statement," he said.

Fitzgerald asked him several times if Trump's response to the deadly violence displayed the leadership the country needs.

"I want to push back and say it's not about pointing fingers about who should have done what and when they should have done it and when they should have said it," Carson said.

He added that strong leaders, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have the power to bring a nation together. But, he said, it's not up to Trump to bring the country together; it's up to the American people.

Carson first spoke about the vandalism of his home in a Facebook post published Wednesday afternoon. He said that several years ago, after he and his family bought a farm in rural Maryland, a neighbor immediately put up a Confederate flag. Other neighbors put up American flags to shame him, Carson said.

"Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let's use the right tools," he wrote. "By the way, that neighbor who put up the Confederate flag subsequently became friendly. That is the likely outcome if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other."

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in the Trump-Russia Investigation]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:29:15 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/russiathumb2.jpg

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<![CDATA[Man Who Burned Retina During Eclipse Warns Others]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:11:41 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_eclipserisk0817_1500x845.jpg

An Oregon man who burned his retina while looking at a partial solar eclipse more than 50 years ago has some words of advice for people tempted to look at the sun without using protective glasses: Don’t do it.

Lou Tomososki was a high school teen in 1962 when his science teacher told the class about a solar eclipse that was going to take place that afternoon, NBC affiliate KGW reported.

Tomososki and a friend viewed the partial eclipse outside Marshall High School in Portland.

"The sun at that time, at 3:30 p.m., was in the one o’clock position," said Tomososki. "I said to Roger, 'If you stare at it long enough the brightness goes away.'"

By that night, both Tomososki and Roger were having vision problems. He said the vision problems never got any worse — but they also never got any better. A doctor later him that he had burned his retina during the eclipse.

Now, at 70, he says he and his friend both still have vision problems to this day.

"You know how the news people blur a license plate out," said Tomososki. "That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that."

Dr. Brandon Lujan of the Casey Eye Institute in Oregon tells KGW that looking at the solar eclipse for "even an instant" can damage the eyes.

As for Tomososki, he says he’s excited about the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21, but this time, he’s not going to be looking at the sky.

"I’m going to go out and enjoy it. But I’ll stand and watch it get dark," he said.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Deadly Barcelona Van Terror Attack]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:42:09 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-833867692.jpgAt least 13 people were killed and 100 injured in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a white van jumped a curb and slammed into people on a busy sidewalk, police said.

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<![CDATA[Lost In Woods: Naked, Alone and Afraid]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:44:28 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_womaninwoods0817a_1500x845.jpg

It sounds just like the plot line of a television show: a woman naked and afraid, lost in remote woods. But Lisa Theris' journey back to civilization was a real struggle that lasted a month. "I'm just so happy to be home and recuperating. I just thank everybody for the prayers and support. It means a lot," Theris says now. "Just being out of those woods is just the most amazing thing."

<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:14 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Barcelona Attack: District Typically Packed With Tourists ]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:53:07 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lasramblastourists_1200x675.jpg

The Barcelona district where a vehicle fatally struck and injured dozens Thursday, La Ramblas, is always crowded with tourists from all across the world. 

Ramblas, which derives from the Arabic word for sand, caters to thousands of tourists with restaurants, shops and street performers. 

The district houses former monasteries and convents, art museums, the opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu and an indoor market.

Barcelona has began the first day for La Festa Major de Gracia, a public holiday that coincides with the Christian holy day, "Assumption Day."

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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Fall From LA Crane After Police Pursuit, Standoff]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:31:30 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/170816-port-of-la-standoff.JPG

The Port of Los Angeles said Thursday it is reviewing security measures after a man fell from a crane and died following a high-speed chase and an hourslong standoff that was caught on camera.

The man led officers on a chase in what police said was a stolen SUV. The driver ditched the vehicle at the Port of Los Angeles and climbed high up a structure, danced on a catwalk and did a headstand before falling to his death.

"At the direction of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Los Angeles Port Police, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department, have launched a full investigation into all circumstances regarding Wednesday evening’s incident, including the security breach at the container terminal," Port of Los Angeles officials said in a statement released Thursday. "This thorough review, including protocols necessary to address improvements, will be completed as soon as possible."

The coroner's office on Thursday identified the man as 23-year-old James Lllamas. Officials did not know his city of residence.

The pursuit began at 3:11 p.m. and went from Carson to San Pedro. It included four different police departments as Llamas weaved into opposite lanes and reached speeds of 90 mph on surface streets. Police even lost track of the vehicle at one point.

Llamas also stuck his head out the window momentarily, apparently exchanging words with sheriff's deputies.

As he continued evading police, Llamas entered a dock at the Port of Los Angeles, driving erratically as he went around in circles trying to make his way out.

Llamas, wearing a Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey, got out of the moving vehicle and climbed up a tower, making his way to the catwalk of a crane. He walked around and even danced and hung his head over the edge, as officers below tried to figure out a way to get him down.

The hourslong standoff took a deadly turn around 9:30 p.m. when he fell 160 feet off the crane. It was not immediately clear if the fall was accidental or intentional. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

The driver allegedly stole the SUV around 9:30 a.m. from the Subaru Dealership of San Bernardino.

A salesman who helped him said he was acting erratically and hesitant.

"I kind of let him be because he seemed on edge," said Eric Nosser, the salesman.

He was able to take the car since employees were going to wash the vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition.

Authorities said the man had a criminal past that included non-violent and violent offenses. 

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<![CDATA[Top News Pics: Deadly Van Attack in Barcelona]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:16:51 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17229692406811.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Fatalities Confirmed After Van Hits People in Barcelona]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:12:56 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_BARCELONA_CAR_081717_2-150298531139200001.jpg

A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district on Aug. 17, 2017. Police say 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in this terrorist attack. The area is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. Later, police shot and killed five terror suspects in Cambrils, Spain.

<![CDATA['The Moment I Hoped Would Never Come': Oakland Nurse Says Goodbye to Daughters, US]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:46:02 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/0816-2017-MariaSanchez.jpg

It has been an emotional journey this week for the family of Oakland nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez and her husband Eusebio, whose battle to legally remain with their children in the United States ended with the couple's deportation. 

The Sanchezes late Wednesday said goodbye to their three daughters. The couple, following an immigration deportation order, checked in at San Francisco International Airport with their young son — an American citizen — for a flight to Mexico.

"This is the moment I hoped would never come," Sanchez said before boarding her flight.

Sanchez, who served as a nurse at Highland Hospital providing care to cancer and heart patients, spent 15 years trying to get U.S. legal status, but was unsuccessful. 

Twenty-three years ago, Sanchez illegally crossed the border with her husband, a truck driver, and one of her daughters. They had two more girls and a boy. 

The 23-year-old daughter she brought with her to the U.S. can stay because of DACA. The 12-year-old son and two other daughters -- ages 16 and 21 -- are citizens, with one just a year away from graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in human biology, the San Jose Mercury News reported. 

"What scares me the most — I don't know when they're gonna be back," daughter Melin Sanchez said. "I want us to be together."

Maria said that her children "will always have my support even if I'm not here for them." 

She said she'll be available at all times for a phone call and "my heart is always here for them."

The Sanchezes case drew national headlines and was championed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Maria's co-workers, among others. 

"Maria and Eusebio Sanchez have lived in this country for more than 20 years. They are hardworking parents raising four children, three citizens and one protected by DACA," Feinstein said before the deportation. "They have no criminal records. They pay taxes, own their home and contribute to this country. These are the kind of people we should welcome into the United States with open arms." 

The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement last week saying in part the courts long ago deemed the couple was in the U.S. illegally, and their case is not exempt from the law. 

In August, the Justice Department announced that 57,069 people have been ordered for removal from the country in the first six months of Trump’s presidency. That’s up nearly 31 percent since the same period in 2016 under former President Barack Obama. 

Sanchez does not blame President Donald Trump for the immigration laws that have been on the books for years. However, she said the president is "taking it personally against Mexicans. This law is affecting all immigrants, but I feel somehow Mexicans -- we've been targeted. I don't know why." 

Sanchez has said she will not be allowed to return to the U.S. for 10 years. They will continue to try to pursue efforts to try to be reunited with their family legally in the country. 

In the meantime, her three daughters will take care of each other in the family's home, the San Jose Mercury News reported. 

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<![CDATA[Can Collectors Find Human Head Inside Shopping Cart: NYPD]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:22:03 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/body+found+bx.jpg

The remains of young man were found inside a folding shopping cart in the Bronx Wednesday night, police said. 

The unidentified remains were discovered by two men collecting cans around 9 p.m. on East 182nd Street in University Heights. The victim's head was sticking out of a cardboard box inside a trash bag in the shopping cart, police said. 

One of the men who found the remains told News 4 Thursday he at first thought it was a cantaloupe inside the trash bag.

"I knocked on it with my two fingers and I told him, it has to be a cantaloupe," said Manuel Vega, recalling his conversation with his friend Terry Frazier as the two went through the trash bags in the shopping cart.

"He right away said, 'That is a body. That's a body,'" Vega recalled Frazier telling him. "I said it's not a body, it's a bunch of meat they threw away, and vegetables." 

They started opening the plastic bags. 

"When he ripped the last one open, we saw the black hair, and when we saw the black hair, that's when I started believing this is a body, he isn't going crazy," said Vega. 

"It was a few bags, big plastic bags, and inside that, there were more bags," he said. "The head was in separate bags." 

"He comes to me, 'The ear, the ear, I can see the ear!' And I'm like 'you're playing,' and I go to the bag and can see the ear myself," said Vega. 

Frazier said, "I touched it, it felt mushy, like carpeting, wet carpet, and I left it alone." 

Video shows how the cart got to that intersection of the Bronx: in one clip from Tuesday night, a man pushes the cart down Walton Avenue, leaves it by a pile of trash and walks away. A half-hour later, a woman, who's an apartment maintenance worker, struggles to move it and eventually pushes it onto East 182nd Street, where it ended up sitting by a tree for a day before Vega and his friend stumbled upon it. 

Police say they're investigating the video and whether the people seen pushing the cart have any involvement in the death of the person in the cart. 

Authorities said the victim appears to be in his late teens or early 20s. 

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how the person died and also try to identify him. 

It's not clear if other body parts were in the shopping cart. 

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<![CDATA[Watch: Photographer Hit in Groin After Ceremonial 1st Pitch]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:06:30 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

The ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park missed its target Wednesday night and gave a nearby photographer something to remember.

Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre’s pitch went off course and struck photographer Tony Capobianco in the groin.

The photographer took the hit in stride and had a laugh about it on Twitter that night.

Leandre was also in good humor after the humiliating pitch seen all over the world.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:03:32 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8255876241.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Dems, GOP Condemn Trump for 'Both Sides' Blame Game]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:20:08 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LV50RWEB08172017_MP4-150297018349200001.jpg

Lawmakers and business leaders from both sides of the aisle are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, with three dead and dozens more injured. This, as hundreds gathered to mourn at the University of Virginia Wednesday night.

<![CDATA[Teen Overdose Death Rate Doubles]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:21:35 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_teenoverdoses0816_1500x845.jpg

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses doubled, with most cases stemming from opioid use.