<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - National & International News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:30:30 -0500 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:30:30 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['We're on to Something': Kasich Stuns in NH]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:11:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509277622.jpg

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Wednesday he felt "gratified" by his surprise second place finish in the New Hampshire primary but knows that will make him a bigger target for attacks in South Carolina.

"We labored in obscurity for months," said Kasich, whose stunning second finish means no candidate left New Hampshire as the sole "establishment" alternative to Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. "I think we'll be one of the ... stories coming out of New Hampshire."

Republicans now will have to take a serious look at Kasich — who focused on positive messages and good governance in strong contrast to Trump.

Kasich said he's "prepared" for negative ads against him and needs to "raise more money" to counter them. 

"I know we can't just go through this like falling off the turnip truck and saying that everything is just going to be positive, because I'm going to have to respond to some of this stuff," he acknowledged. "But I'm starting to really think we're on to something."



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<![CDATA[Robert Kennedy's Assassin to Seek Parole Again]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:43:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sirhan-Sirhan-Booking-SanDiego.jpg

Robert F. Kennedy's assasin continues to seek parole and on Wednesday, Sirhan B. Sirhan will take his 14th try hearing. 

Sirhan, now 71, has said for many years that he doesn't remember shooting Kennedy, who was 42. But he shot Kennedy on June 5, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles just after he'd won the state's Democratic presidential primary. The younger brother of President John F. Kennedy died the next day.

Sirhan, a Christian-born Palestinian from Jordan, opposed Kennedy's support for Israel and killed him for this reason.

At his last parole hearing in 2011 — his 13th unsuccessful attempt to win his freedom — parole commissioners said Sirhan hadn't shown enough remorse for or understanding of the severity of his crime.

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<![CDATA[ICYMI: 5 Things to Know From the NH Primary]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:58:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_954787534399-FIveThingstoKnow.jpg Here's a quick summary of what happened on Tuesday night at the New Hampshire primary.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Gymnast's Dab, Nae Nae Routine Goes Viral]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:09:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/2-9_1Sophina+DeJesus+UCLA+Gymnastics.jpg

With an enthusiastic whip, nae nae and dab, Sophina DeJesus helped UCLA's women's gymnastics team secure not just a close win, but also national headlines.

After years of perfecting her floor tricks, DeJesus, a star on the uneven bars, found it was her time to shine on the mat last Saturday. Landing a front layout in the splits and nae nae-ing across the floor were just a few highlights from her performance.

"We've wanted to get her on floor for four years," Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field said.

Though DeJesus is not a naturally strong tumbler, her dancing skills, honed from an early career as a professional dancer, earned her the opportunity to compete for the team.

"The crowd deserves to see her perform," Field said. "It actually turned out better than I had hoped."

Competing on the floor for the first time ever, the UCLA senior rocked Pauley Pavilion with a hip-hop-inspired routine, earning herself and her team a score of 9.925 out of a maximum 10 points. By the end of the evening, DeJesus' team reached a season-high score on floor and won by the smallest margin possible in a collegiate competition.

"It's like winning by half of a dunk," Field said.

When the last event, floor, came around, she and the team didn't think they had a chance of winning. "0.025 is like a finger was out of place," she said.

DeJesus' unique choreography is symbolic of the spirit of the UCLA women's gymnastics team. Field, who choreographs the women's routines, incorporates moves with "entertainment value" into her team's floor routines.

"The six routines I put out there is a mini stage event," Field said. "I want the audience to see a different style from each one of our athletes."

Under her guidance, her athletes don't use traditional tactics like playing to the judges and using the floor's four corners to dictate their movement. Rather, they face the audience for their signature moves and make eye contact with their supporters.

"I choreograph the face as much as the whole body," Field said. "I think that's freaky to make eye contact with judges."

Her untraditional style, she hopes, gets students "as excited to see [floor routines] as a slam dunk in basketball."

When senior Danusia Francis does her best James Bond impression or junior Angi Cipra mimes pulling out her phone on the square mat, the student audience plays along with them.

"Every person in Pauley Pavilion is part of the show," Field said. "People have said it reminds them of Pauley when basketball was on a roll and it was standing room only."

The 7,500 people in attendance weren't the only ones that DeJesus wowed on Saturday. Clips of her moves have gone viral on social media, and a YouTube video of her whole routine has racked up more than a million views in three days.

"I knew that if we could bring Soph out there it would bring a level of entertainment that you don't usually see in floor routines," Kondos Field said.



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<![CDATA[See Photos of NH Primary Vote]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:18:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509278698-bernie-sanders-new-hampshire.jpg Voters in New Hampshire took to their polling places to cast their ballots on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Migrant Crisis]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:08:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-509148830_master-syria.jpg Migrants fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have encountered resistance in the summer of 2015 at European borders, where many face danger. The crisis drew more international attention when the body of a small child washed up on shore.

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<![CDATA[What to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:11:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven. WHO has declared the crisis a global emergency.

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<![CDATA[Flight Diverted Over Threats]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:38:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Alaska-Airlines-Disruptive-Passenger.jpg

An Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to San Diego was diverted to Denver after an intoxicated passenger became disruptive and threatened crew members, according to airline spokeswoman Ann Zaninovich.

The male passenger was sitting in aisle 13 on Flight 769, Zaninovich said. Flight attendants told him to calm down, but he became agitated and verbally abusive. At one point, she said, he threatened the flight crew. 

Bridget Sullivan, a 17-year-old high school student from Wilmington, Massachusetts, told NBC the unruly passenger "would not stay seated during the flight and he kept his sunglasses on the whole time." According to Sullivan, "the word spread around the plane that the man was on drugs or something similar."

Sullivan said the beverage cart was placed next to his seat to prevent the man from getting up.

She said passengers were not informed they would be landing in Denver because the flight crew didn't want the disruptive man to know he would be escorted off.

There was a law enforcement officer on board, Zaninovich said, but it's unclear if he played a role. 

When the situation escalated, the flight captain decided to land at the closest airport, Denver International Airport, "out of an abundance of caution," according to Zaninovich. 

The plane landed safely around 8:30 p.m. MT, according to Denver Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery. Denver Airport Police met the flight at the gate and removed the passenger, Zaninovich said. 

The Transportation Safety Administration also responded but deemed the incident a "customer service issue," according to Montgomery.

Flight 769 continued on to San Diego after 45 minutes in Denver and was expected to land at 10:50 p.m. PT. 

Montgomery said no charges were filed in connection with the incident.



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<![CDATA[Backpackers Escape Alleged Kidnap, Murder Attempt in Australia]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:06:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566354117.jpg

Two female backpackers in rural Australia narrowly escaped with their lives after a man they were camping with held them captive and attempted to kill them, police and local media said.

Superintendent James Blandford told reporters the backpackers were rescued after one of the women managed to escape Tuesday and ran into a group of fishermen, who called police.

The women suffered serious injuries during the ordeal in the remote Coorong National Park, around 100 miles outside the southern city of Adelaide, South Australia Police said in a statement early Wednesday.

A 59-year-old man was arrested near the scene and charged with kidnapping and attempted murder, the police statement added. It did not identify the victims or the suspect. 



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<![CDATA[Obama Returns to Illinois]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/obama4.png

NBC 5 will carry President Barack Obama's address here live beginning at 1:30 p.m.

When President Obama touches down in Air Force One in Springfield Wednesday morning he will make history, becoming the fourth U.S. president to address the Illinois General Assembly.

It has been nearly four decades since another president did the same when Jimmy Carter spoke to the state’s lawmaking body in 1978. The difference in President Obama’s visit is that he will be the first president who has ever served in the General Assembly to also address them.

Nine years ago was Obama’s last time in Springfield for a frigid February announcement of his candidacy for president. Springfield will be just as bitter cold for his arrival Wednesday as it was then, but the welcome for the president is expected to be just as warm. With a rich history rooted in Illinois, most of Obama’s visit will be among old friends.

"Barack Obama will return to the place where his political career began by traveling to Springfield, Illinois," a White House official said of the historic address. 

President Obama will speak on unity and bipartisanship before, ironically, a body that exhibits neither in Illinois, nor does it in Congress in Washington.

As his 1:30 p.m. address begins, as does the farewell tour of his last year in office.

"Now, in the final year of his second term, the President looks forward to addressing the Illinois General Assembly on Feb. 10 about what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves," the White House statement read.

The address comes amid a historic state budget impasse in Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement he looks forward to "hearing (Obama) speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats."

"Despite our political differences, the President and I share a passion for improving education, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, a belief in the benefits of term limits and redistricting reform for restoring good government, and a strong desire to see more economic opportunity for all Illinoisans," Rauner said in a statement. "I know we can achieve great things for Illinois by having mutual respect for one another and focusing on bipartisan compromise to achieve what’s best for the long-term future of our great state.”

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin stood with Obama in Springfield when he announced his historic run for president. 

“Working together, we can accomplish great things," Durbin said in a statement. "The promise of hope and change that President Obama brought to Springfield back in 2007 can only become a reality if we are willing to compromise and find common ground.”



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<![CDATA[S. Korea to Suspend Joint Project With N. Korea ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:07:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457838989.jpg

South Korea said Wednesday it would suspend work at a joint industrial park with North Korea after the North launched a long-range rocket considered by other countries to be a banned missile technology test, The Associated Press reported.

The project, a joint industrial park located in the border city of Kaesong, provided North Korea with $560 million of cash, according to South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo. He said suspending those operations will prevent North Korea from using such currency for nuclear and missile technology development.

The park is the last major shared initiative between the rival countries and has been seen as a test of reunification as the project utilized South Korean initiative, capital and technology with North Korea's cheap labor.

North Korea had had no immediate reaction the the move.  



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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:10:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509154164-floods.jpg View weekly updates on the very best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[FBI Gives Worship Houses Training]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:53:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fbi+dallas+field+office.jpg

About 165 faith leaders attended a new U.S. government program at Dallas FBI Headquarters Tuesday to provide security training for houses of worship.

In a rare interview, Dallas U.S. Attorney John Parker said churches, synagogues and mosques are uniquely vulnerable.

"They want to have a welcoming environment where people can come, and that's at the core of what they do. On the other hand, they have to be very careful about who they let in," Parker said.

Recent incidents highlight the challenge for religious leaders.

Protesters against Islam carrying rifles demonstrated in November outside an Irving mosque.

In June, nine people, including a pastor, were killed by a gunman at a Charleston, S.C., church. The 21-year-old suspect said he was starting a race war.

Faith leaders have to adopt a new kind of planning beyond traditional preparations for fire or weather, according to John Smith, risk management director with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

"The key is to be proactive and plan for it ahead of time and train for it ahead of time, so in the unlikely event something does happen, you're ready and prepared to deal with that situation," Smith said.

The Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas leads The Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, a church that welcomes people of all sexual preferences.

"When you realize that places of worship have become unsafe places for many, many people that the FBI reaches out to faith leaders, it's an important way in which we can prepare ourselves," said Cazares-Thomas.

The new Texas open carry law exempts houses of worship, but Cazares-Thomas said many gun owners may not know that. He said precautions for houses of worship include measures for buildings and people.

"We certainly have to prepare our ushers and the greeters on our doors to be extra vigilant, which is very sad, that we have to have that kind of vigilance," he said.

An active shooter drill was part of the training for religious leaders Tuesday. The event for religious leaders was closed to the media.

"We're asking them at this session today to talk about the vulnerabilities of their security plan, the things that keep them up at night. And we don't want anything to chill that conversation. We want them to speak openly and freely," Parker said.

The U.S. Attorney intends to repeat the program to expand the training to more religious leaders.

"This is to get them started. They'll go back to their places of worship and they'll develop security committees and protocols to, not fortify their places of worship necessarily, but make them more secure," Parker said.



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<![CDATA[Sikh NYC Actor Tells of Being Barred From Flight]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:19:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SIKH_GettyImages-501439732.jpg

The Sikh-American designer and actor who was barred from getting on a flight back home to New York City because he refused to remove his turban says he is still in Mexico. 

Waris Ahluwalia first related the experience over social media, saying attendants at the airport in Mexico City barred him from boarding his Aeroméxico flight Monday night. 

"They said, 'take off your turban,' just like they'd say, 'take off your shoes,'" Ahluwalia told NBC 4 New York via FaceTime from Mexico City Tuesday. 

Ahluwalia says that as a Sikh, "it's OK to take it off, but it would be out of respect to do it privacy so you're not embarrassing someone." 

The Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund said in a statement Monday: "The turban is an integral part of a Sikh's identity and removal in public is akin to a strip search."

Ahluwalia asked for a private room to remove his turban.

"They then talked amongst themselves and came back to me and said, 'You won't be flying Aeromexico. You'll have to book yourself on another airline,'" he told NBC 4. 

The airline has issued an apology saying in part: "We are a global airline that operates flights in different countries throughout the world and proudly embrace and recognize the diversity of our passengers... We apologize to Mr. Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had with one of our security guards. This incident inspires us to make sure that we strengthen the customer service protocols." 

Sikhism, a 500-year-old religion founded in India, requires its male followers to wear a turban and beard and keep their hair uncut. 

Ahluwalia said he's in touch with the airline and hopes to have a say and be part of the cultural and religious training. He said he doesn't want anyone else to be subjected to the experience." 

"That's not a great feeling. I'm an American citizen, a proud, patriotic American citizen," he said. 

There's no set date yet on when he'll return. 

A recent high-profile court battle involving a Sikh college student from New York City and his ability to wear a turban and keep his beard and hair while serving in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps at Hofstra University ended in the student's favor. 



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<![CDATA[NH Loss Reveals Underlying Weaknesses of Clinton Candidacy]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:01:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509278762.jpg

New Hampshire is no longer a Clinton family refuge. Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire, a state that in the past had salvaged the presidential dreams of both Hillary Clinton in 2008 and Bill Clinton in 1992. 

Nearly every demographic group soundly rejected Clinton's candidacy in favor of the 74-year-old self-described democratic-socialist barely known to most Americans. Since 2008, when Clinton edged past Barack Obama to claim a win in the Granite State, the Democratic Party has moved to the left. But Clinton's defeat is also telling of her unresolved, underlying weaknesses. 

The campaign is planning to formalize a key role for Jen O'Malley Dillon, the former deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, a source confirmed to NBC News Wednesday.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have been concerned about campaign strategy and messaging, according to sources.



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<![CDATA[Baby Fatally Shot in Face Near LA]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:05:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/baby-shot-020916.jpg

The father of a baby girl was holding her Tuesday when the baby was shot in the face, prompting a search for two men seen fleeing the area in Compton.

The baby died later at the hospital, according to the LASD. She was six days past her first birthday.

Neighbors said 1-year-old Autumn Johnson was in her father's arms when the shooting occurred. They said one drove the getaway car, and the passenger fired shots at the home.

A witness said she saw the baby's father running with baby in his arms, and she wasn't moving at all. Many said they were simply heartbroken.

"I heard the shots maybe 10-12 shots," the Rev. Maurice Johnson, Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship Church, said. "I assumed it was firecrackers. On this side of Compton, we don't hear gunshots very often."

Loved ones said the father was not injured.

During the initial call, deputies responded to a report of gunfire in the 200 block of Holly Avenue at 7 p.m. When they arrived, they found the child with a gunshot wound to her face.

Deputies rushed the baby to the hospital in their patrol car. Autumn died at St. Francis Hospital.

Activists said after the horrific shooting, they were going to keep close watch, in case gangs are to blame.

"We're just going to make sure there's no retaliation, and more innocent people getting harmed as a result," Ben Owens of Southern California CeaseFire said.

Homicide detectives said the shooting was most likely gang-related.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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<![CDATA[Multiple People Injured in Shooting Outside Michigan High School]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:50:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/muskegon+heights+High+School.jpg

Multiple people were struck by gunfire Tuesday night in a deputy-involved shooting near a Michigan high school football field, police said, NBC New reported.

Two men and two women were shot at the Muskegon Heights school during the incident, which stemmed from a fight that happened last week in Grand Rapids, about 40 miles away, Muskegon Heights police told NBC affiliate WOOD-TV.

None of those hit suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said, with the violence erupting on the same night a basketball game was played at the school. 



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<![CDATA[Telemundo Unveils Plans for New HQ]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/211*120/021016+telemundo+artist+rendering.JPG

Florida Governor Rick Scott joined executives from Comcast, NBC Universal and Telemundo Enterprises to break ground and officially announced the building plans for Telemundo’s new global headquarters in northwest Miami-Dade.

“I am excited to announce that NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has chosen Miami as the best location to build their new global headquarters,” Scott said.

The new state-of-the-art broadcast center located at the Beacon Lakes Industrial park on 25th Street and the Turnpike will house all of the properties owned by NBCUniversal‘s Hispanic franchises including Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios, NBC Universo (formerly Mun2), Telemundo Digital, NBCU International and Telemundo Internacional.

Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group said this investment highlights the company’s commitment to the Hispanic market in the United States.

“Our new global headquarters will fold all of our division offices and production studio spaces into one state-of-the-art facility that will help us do business in a more collaborative way,” Conde said.

The new broadcast campus a first of its kind in South Florida is expected to create approximately 3,000 construction-related jobs and generate an estimated $400 million in sales for Florida businesses.

Telemundo Enterprises hopes to have the 450,000 sq-ft facility up and running by the start of the 2018 World Cup.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Knocks out Boxer]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:39:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/020916+sam+crossed+boxer.jpg

You've heard about the Washington, D.C.- area, contractor that got Mike Tyson to star in the company's Super Bowl 50 commercial. But have you heard about the guy shown knocked out by "Iron Mike"?

Sam Crossed, aka the Vanilla Gorilla, is a professional boxer who trains at Old School Boxing Gym in Fort Washington, Maryland. The 30-second ad for Michael & Son Services, which is a News4 advertiser, shows Crossed getting punched once by Tyson.

But he actually was hit 10 times in the making of the ad that aired Sunday. It was a fake punch, but it still stung, he said.

"It grazed my lip. He pulled up right at the last second, but he made contact with me," he said. "It hurt a little bit, honestly."

What also wasn't fake was his body slamming to the mat over and over again.

"The next couple weeks, my elbows and knees were scabbed up from falling so many times," he said.

Crossed, who lives in Prince George's County and works as a bartender, is training for a bout later this month at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He said being knocked out by Tyson has gotten him lots of attention.

"It's been awesome, man," he said. "People I haven't talked to in years have been calling my phone, texting me, saying they saw the commercial."

Asked why he's called the Vanilla Gorilla, here's what he said, lifting his shirt: "'Cause I'm a hairy white guy, that's why."

If Crossed and Tyson really competed, who would win?

"I think I'd knock him out," Crossed said.

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<![CDATA[Transgender Woman Attacked in NYC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:42:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/transgender+woman+attacked+subway.jpg

New York City police are searching for a woman who allegedly attacked a 38-year-old transgender woman on the subway and they say the incident is being investigated as a bias attack.

Video captured the exchange on an uptown D train at 125th Street on Jan. 30, according to police. It began with a verbal argument when the suspect asked the victim if she was male or female. Other passengers tried to subdue the attacker. 

The victim, Jennifer Louise Lopez, is a transgender advocate. She told NBC 4 New York her attacker punched her in the face, sending her to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery on her eye. 

"Jennifer is probably afraid for her life," said friend Tanya Asapansa-Johnson of Harlem, also a transgender woman. 

Lopez took a photo of her alleged attacker and posted it on a transgender community website. 

"It's pretty scary when you're attacked for your gender identity," she said. 

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[How Donald Trump Won N.H.: Exit Poll Analysis]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:32:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/nh-GettyImages-509213664.jpg

Donald Trump won nearly every voting bloc in New Hampshire Tuesday, according to the NBC News Exit Poll.

Trump did particularly well among a few groups. His best showing came from voters who wanted a candidate who "tells it like it is" (63 percent) and those who want a president from outside the political establishment (57 percent), NBC News reported.

Trump took support from half of Republicans who named immigration as their top issue. He also won 42 percent of the vote among those who support banning non-U.S. Muslims from entering the country, as the billionaire real-estate mogul has called for.

But New Hampshire Republicans are divided on the prospects of Trump as the party's nominee. Overall, 48 percent say they would be satisfied if he won the GOP nomination, but a nearly identical 49 percent would be dissatisfied.



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<![CDATA[Scenes From N.H.: Sanders Shoots Hoops, 'Robot' Tails Rubio]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:03:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-509201848_master.jpg

New Hampshire residents at long last headed to the polls on Tuesday for the first-in-the-country primary. Here as some notable moments from the final day in the Granite State.

Bringing home the bacon?

Now this was an unexpected bit of political pork.

A 600-pound pig on the loose found its way to a primary polling place in Pelham about 9 a.m. and wandered about as voters headed in.

Police were able contact a nearby farmer, who retrieved the pig from the high school parking lot.

Robo Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t being allowed to forget a debate performance that's been widely mocked as "robotic."

Men dressed as robots have been following him ever since and they were there at a polling place in Manchester.

Rubio supporters used their signs to try to block “Rubio Robot” and “Rubio Talking Points 3000” from view.

Rubio appeared rattled during the debate when Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey made fun of his scripted manner and “30-second speech.”

That could have been awkward

Wouldn't you know that Hillary Clinton would run into Carly Fiorina’s husband, Frank, at a polling place at a middle school in Derry. 

“Isn’t it amazing?” Clinton asked Fiorina.

He agreed that the people at the polls were amazing but joked that he was not crazy about the snow.

“Give my best to Carly,” Clinton told him.

Waiting to vote

Long lines of people and cars were still snaking their way to the polls in Merrimack after the 7 p.m. scheduled closing. People already on line were being allowed to vote, including those in their cars. Police were marking the end of the lines of vehicles.

New Hampshire's secretary of state, Bill Gardner, predicted that voter turnout would likely be slightly higher than in 2008.

Gardner said several days ago that there would be roughly 282,000 Republican ballots cast and 268,000 Democratic ballots cast.

His visits to various polling places Tuesday led him to believe his predictions were on par, he said.

Shooting hoops

As the New Hampshire primary polls closed, and Sen. Bernie Sanders waited to hear the results, he took some time out to play basketball with his grandchildren in Concord.



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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Empties Colorado Capitol After Broncos Parade]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:26:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BRONCO_GettyImages-509216806.jpg

An unfounded bomb threat led to the evacuation of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver Tuesday afternoon — after hundreds of thousands of people packed the area to celebrate the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory, authorities told NBC News.

State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid confirmed that a bomb threat had been received Tuesday afternoon. He said authorities swept the Capitol before determining after about three hours that the threat wasn't credible.

More than 1 million people rallied at nearby Civic Park and in the downtown area earlier Tuesday afternoon for the Broncos' Super Bowl parade, but KUSA reported that many of them had already left by the time the Capitol was evacuated.



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<![CDATA[Moderate Views Helped Kasich Nab Second]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:34:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509278346-john-kasich-new-hampshire.jpg

 There is room, after all, for moderates in this presidential race. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's moderate views and positive message helped him gather enough votes to emerge as the second place finisher Tuesday in New Hampshire's Republican primary. Kasich's approach is to avoid the negative tone of his opponents, he remarked. 

While Donald Trump tended to win most voter groups, Kasich did better than the rest of the field among Republicans who are dissatisfied but not necessarily angry with Washington (21 percent); among Republicans who are somewhat rather than very worried about the economy (27 percent); and among GOP voters who are somewhat rather than very worried about a terrorist attack (24 percent).

Kasich also did well among self-described moderates (28 percent), voters who have a post-graduate degree (22 percent) and voters who don't own a gun (21 percent).



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<![CDATA[Minnie Mouse and Others Arrested]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:47:37 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/COSTUME+ARRESTS.jpg

Minnie Mouse, Cookie Monster and Olaf from the film “Frozen” became the latest costumed characters to be arrested in Times Square after a cop allegedly saw them harassing a man for money.

The three colorful characters posed with the man on Sunday, but things turned south quickly when they allegedly started following him and demanding cash.

At one point the characters even blocked the man’s path and insisted that he pay them $20. The intimidated tourist handed over $10, according to police.

That’s when an NYPD officer stepped in and arrested the three characters for harassment.

The characters are popular with tourists, who flock to them for photos all year round. 

“They’re so cute. Yeah, I love the costume,” Chinese tourist Tristy Huang said.

But they’ve been involved in numerous squabbles over the years. Minnie Mouse, Cookie Monster and Olaf are just the latest masked characters to be arrested for behaving badly.

“That’s kind of shocking,” NYC resident Lauren Stegland said.

Spider-Man duked it out with an ice cream truck vendor last August after the vendor warned tourists that he had hassled others for money. The brawl outside Toys "R" Us was caught on camera.

Woody, Minnie Mouse, the Statue of Liberty, Batman and Elmo are just a few of the characters that have been arrested in Times Square over the last couple of years.

Last August, Mayor de Blasio assigned a multiagency city task force to address what he called the "growing problem" of topless, painted women and costumed characters in Times Square and said that one option under consideration is removing the famed intersection's pedestrian plazas. In the meantime, plainclothes NYPD officers have been patrolling the square to combat aggressive characters.

Lisette Gill, of Manhattan, said she has felt pressured by the characters before, but that people just have to stand their ground when approached. 

“They wanted $5 each, and he was like, ‘Come on, give me more.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t have any more, sorry.’”

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<![CDATA[Christie Heads Home to Ponder Next Step in WH Bid]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_813214976550-christie.jpg

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading home to New Jersey Wednesday morning to "take a deep breath" and make a decision on his next step forward.

Christie, who finished back in the pack in New Hampshire, said Tuesday he would wait until the final votes were counted before deciding whether he would continue his presidential run.

"We leave New Hampshire without an ounce of regret," he said.

Christie, 53, a former prosecutor, was not able to emerge from a crowded field of candidates.

He congratulated Trump for his victory in New Hampshire, and said he had won elections he was supposed to lose and had lost elections he was supposed to win: "It's both the magic and mystery of politics."

Christie was elected in 2009 as New Jersey governor and easily won a second term.

"We can actually get a change of clothes," he joked, referring to a rumor last week about candidate Ben Carson's future that nearly scuppered the neurosurgeon's campaign.

Carson's campaign had told reporters during the Iowa caucuses that he would be heading home to get a change of clothes, which many took to mean he was dropping out, and may have affected the caucus vote.



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<![CDATA[Woman Never Delivered on Puppy Adoptions: Police]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:05:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Suzanne+Bristol+1200.jpg

Police in Torrington, Connecticut, have arrested a woman who is accused of posing as a dog adoption business and taking money from people, but never actually providing the dogs.

Police started investigating Suzanne Bristol 49, of Torrington, after receiving several complaints from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey between September and December.

The victims said Bristol was running a dog rescue called “Just For Labs Rescue” out of her home on Berry Street, according to police. She also used the website “Adopt a Pet” to post pictures and advertise dogs that were supposed to be available for rescue upon request.

According to Bristol's case information, she is being represented by Lawerence Peck but NBC Connecticut was not able to reach the attorney as of Tuesday night. 

Five different victims gave Bristol adoption fees, which were to include a veterinary exam, and were told they would have their new dog shipped to them, according to police, but Bristol never had the dogs at her rescue.

The dogs were in shelters in other states, the photos of the dogs were from other websites, Bristol never paid the veterinary exam bills and she never shipped the victims their dogs, police allege. 

The victims made several attempts to get their money back or get the dog they had paid for, but never received anything in return, police said.

Bristol was charged with third-degree larceny and was held on a court-set $1,000 cash bond.

Bristol was set to appear in Bantam Superior Court Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Flint Dogs Getting Lead Poisoning, Too]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:37:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-506499186_master-flint.jpg

Two dogs in the Flint, Michigan, area have tested positive for lead poisoning, NBC News reported.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said they had no reports of lead toxicity in household pets in the last five years until Flint's water was contaminated — sickening an unknown number of children.

Veterinarians have reported two cases of dogs in Genesee County with high levels of the heavy metal, which can be fatal in animals. Both dogs are still alive.

Officials are reminding pet owners that their animals shouldn't drink unfiltered tap water until it's deemed safe.



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<![CDATA[N.H.'s Undeclared: Less Independent Than You Might Think]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/24907310025_d9d6fcc234_o.jpg

New Hampshire voters have a reputation of being free thinkers, but truly independent voters could be hard to find in the Granite State.

Undeclared voters in the state are allowed to vote in Tuesday's Democratic or Republican primary, which has made them a valuable get for candidates in both parties. 

But just because a voter is Undeclared does not mean they’re undecided or don’t identify with the standard parties, according to a professor at the University of New Hampshire who has studied voter patterns and interviews with several voters days before the primary. 

“I think you’d have a hard time finding a true independent voter in New Hampshire,” said Peter Soreff, 73, an attendee of the New Hampshire Democratic National Convention’s McIntyre Shaheen dinner in Manchester on Friday. “Voters are really either liberal or conservative and they’re basically Republican or Democrat.”

Soreff, of Nottingham, has called voters and canvassed homes for the past month and a half as a volunteer with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Most people didn't answer their phones and of the roughly 20 people with whom he spoke, none were interested in being swayed, he said. Soreff said the idea that independents have enough weight in the primary to determine a candidate’s outcome is “oversimplified” as voters have usually made up their minds, at least over which party they most identify.

“I know we’re supposed to say ‘we choose the person not the party,’ but that’s garbage. If you go and see how people vote, they usually vote a straight ticket,” Soreff said.

A recent WBUR poll found that 44 percent of the state’s voters are Undeclared, a population that pollster and University of New Hampshire Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Smith says should be viewed as “Democrat lites” and “Republican lites.”

His center's analysis of polling data since 1999 found just one-third were true independents.

While much attention is placed on obtaining these independents’ votes, such voters are actually the least likely to show up on Election Day, Smith said.

“People out of the state, the press, and locals as well, are guilty of calling them Independents,” Smith said. “That’s fine if you understand that they’re not truly independent. If you say ‘Independent’ for a long enough time, you get the impression that they’re not partisan and not locked in with one party. The truth is, they’re very much locked into one party. They’re quite partisan with their positions.”

People often wonder which way independent voters will swing in an election, but that’s the wrong way to look at them, Smith said.

“We should ask ourselves which of the races is exciting those people that are less likely to vote more, the Republican or the Democratic race? The race that is more exciting, especially if it’s close, pulls out more of those Undeclared voters,” Smith said.

An exciting race can pull out voters of all parties, though, and may even prompt voters to reconsider where they stand.

Crystal Berberich, 41 of Manchester, is a registered Republican, but said she considered becoming Undeclared.

“I share a lot of views of the Republicans, but I also have a lot of very liberal views as well,” said Berberich during her post-run coffee stop in downtown Manchester on Saturday. “I’m going to vote Republican in the primary because I don’t want Trump to get any further and I may vote for a Democrat in the general election. I’m so anti-Donald Trump I think that if he was to make it to the final election, I'm hoping you would see some people switch parties.”

Peter Noonen, of Manchester, is also straddling party lines. Noonen, 44, is the type of open-to-influence voter candidates search for when campaigning in New Hampshire. He has campaigned for George W. Bush, but voted for President Barack Obama. This year his top two candidates are Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I’m a registered Republican, but we have the ability in New Hampshire to go back and forth," Noones said. "It takes an extra five minutes to undeclare yourself and then, if you really feel passionately about someone on the other side of the ticket, you can say, ‘Yes, I want to vote for that person.’ I've done it before for governor, even for mayor for Manchester.” 

Although Berberich and Noonen are registered Republicans, their open-mindedness suggests a certain independent spirit.

Megan Doyle, a political reporter at the Concord Monitor, said that the common theme she has noticed when interviewing voters in New Hampshire is not their partisanship, but their passion.

“They want someone authentic. They want someone they feel like they connect to,” Doyle said. “They can’t always articulate why they like that person, or what puts them over the edge to support them, but when you get to a primary like this where candidates can line up similarly on issues, I’ve noticed voters will talk a lot about passion and character. That’s one of the hallmarks of the New Hampshire primary. Voters are very much putting candidates to a character test here, in addition to grilling them on the issues that they care about.”



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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:32:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-509147910-po.jpg See photos of candidates running for president for the 2016 election.

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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Found Trapped Inside Newspaper Stand]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:18:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/02.09.16_Newspaper-Box-Homeless-Struck02.JPG

A homeless man in his mid-70s was found “disoriented and lethargic” trapped inside a Los Angeles newspaper stand Monday afternoon after apparently trying to use the box as shelter more than a day ago.

A round 3 p.m., a woman approached police officers in Harvard Heights near the corner of Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue and expressed concern about a man who hadn’t been seen for a few days.

She led them to the green wooden stand, where Officer Lucy Bermudez found him stuck, unable to get out. It was about 90 degrees outside and around 100 degrees inside the box when he was found, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was given water by the officers and removed from the box by firefighters. The man, who was not identified by name, had been inside the box for at least a day or two, LAPD Officer Dikran Melkonian said.

It's not exactly clear how the man became stuck inside the newspaper stand.



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<![CDATA[Amazon Survey: Virginia Has Most Romantic City in U.S.]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Virginia-Romance-GettyImages-454771527.jpg

Turns out Paris isn't the only city where love is in the air. Amazon is out with its list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities right here in the U.S., and some of them may surprise you, NBC News reported.

The online retailer's list rolled out every year around Valentine's Day, calls Alexandria, Virginia the most romantic city in the country. This is the third time the city has claimed the top spot — it was also listed as number one in 2010 and 2011.

Amazon bases its romantic city rankings on sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents. It includes purchases per capita of romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy movies and downloads of romantic music by artists like Barry White and Luther Vandross. It also includes sales per capita of sexual wellness products.

Here's the top five: 1) Alexandria, Virginia, 2) Miami, Florida, 3) Knoxville, Tennessee, 4) Orlando, Florida and 5) Vancouver, Washington.



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<![CDATA[Iowa vs. New Hampshire: Who Better Predicts GOP Nominee]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:04:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GOP-Primary.jpg

"Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu famously said.

Among Republicans, New Hampshire's primary results over the last few decades have been better than Iowa's caucus results at predicting who would go on to become the presidential nominee.

In the last 10 elections in years without an unopposed candidate, the winner of the New Hampshire GOP primary won the nomination half the time. The winner of the Iowa caucus earned the party nomination a quarter of the time, according to InsideGov.

We'll have to see how 2016 shakes out for Republicans in a lively race for the party's nomination after voters in the Granite State make their choice on Feb. 9. 

 



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<![CDATA[San Bernardino Shooters' Phone Remains Locked: FBI]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tashfeen-Farook-Split.jpg

Investigators still have not been able to access the contents of one of the cellphones used by the San Bernardino shooters two months ago, the director of the FBI said Tuesday, NBC News reported.

James Comey cited that problem as an illustration of authorities' frustration with technology that allows cell phones to lock with no apparent means to override that default position, from terror investigations to more ordinary criminal investigations — and even with a judge's ruling that the phone contained useful data.

The killers, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, gunned down 14 people at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2. Before dying in a shootout with police, they tried to destroy their cell phones, investigators say. Getting into those cell phones, to figure out how and why they attacked, has been difficult.

Cell phone and tech companies commonly use encryption to protect customers' data, features that terrorists have used to communicate secretly

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<![CDATA[Mistaken Free Burrito Texts]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:44:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/raincheck-chipotle-split.jpg

Hundreds of burrito-seeking people have mistakenly inundated the cell phone of a D.C.-area lawyer after a Chipotle giveaway listed a phone number only one digit different from his.

On Monday, Chipotle announced a free burrito promotion as they opened their restaurants late for a safety meeting. Entrants simply had to text the word "raincheck" to 888-222. Yes, that's a six-digit number.

But lawyer Hank Levine -- who, ironically, specializes in telecommunications -- has a seven-digit number very similar to the one that the burrito chain publicized.

And so the texts started coming.

"I got the first text and it was just the text with the words 'rain check,'" Levine said. "I texted back with a question mark. And the person texted back, 'I want my burrito.'"

The Chipotle fan explained what was going on, and Levine soon realized it wasn't going to end there.

"I said 'Gee, this could be a problem maybe,'" said Levine, a resident of Bethesda.

He soon began getting about 15 texts an hour, then a text was coming in every minute or two -- all in all, he's gotten more than 350 of them.

Levine has tried to respond to the senders. 

"Mostly they've been sympathetic or polite or funny," he said. He said Chipotle has been apologetic for his inconvenience and are sending him free coupons. In the meantime, although the promotion has ended, he's continuing to respond to most of the texts he's gotten.

"I've learned a lot of things about Chipotle," he said, "and the most interesting thing by far is that people really hate being charged for guacamole."



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<![CDATA[Hawaii's Big Island Declares Emergency Over Dengue]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:36:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hawaii-Big-Island-GettyImages-504676543.jpg

The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months, NBC News reported.

As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.

There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.

Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii but has occasionally spread after being imported by infected travelers. The outbreak on the Big Island is the first cluster of locally acquired dengue fever since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health said.



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