<![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-usSun, 26 Mar 2017 23:11:41 -0400Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:11:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Video Reveals Voice of Girl Allegedly Kidnapped by Teacher]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:44:41 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/elizabeth-thomas-tad-cummins.jpg

Video of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who authorities believe was kidnapped by a former teacher was published Sunday in a new effort to help find the Tennessee girl.

The roughly one-minute video, which was posted by Wayne County Now, includes the first published recording of Elizabeth's voice since she vanished on March 13 with her former forensics teacher, Tad Cummins, 50.

"Please share this video in hopes that someone recognizes her voice," said a statement included with the video, which was provided by Elizabeth's family. "Appearances can be altered but voices are indistinguishable."

A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the search for Elizabeth, told NBC News that it appeared that Cummins was grooming Elizabeth before the abduction.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Broke Up Fight Between Teens in Viral Video Receives Honor in Atlantic City]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:54:10 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Ibn-Ali.jpg

Ibn Ali, the 27-year-old father of five who broke up a fight between two teens in a viral video, was honored for his actions in Atlantic City Wednesday. Ali was in tears as he described the impact his mother had on his life.

<![CDATA[1 Dead, 15 Injured in Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting: Police]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:41:29 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cincinnati+shooting+326.png

Gunfire erupted inside a crowded nightclub in Cincinnati early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others.

Just after 1 a.m., officers responded to calls of shots fired at Cameo NightLife, located in the 4600 block of Kellogg Avenue, according to police.

Sixteen people were shot, one fatally, officials said at a news conference Sunday morning.

Authorities identified the victim who died as 27-year-old Obryan Spikes. The other 15 victims were taken by ambulance or drove themselves to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious, police said.

One victim remained in "extremely critical condition," according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac.

Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate initially tweeted at 5:21 a.m. that only one shooter had been reported, though authorities later said they believed multiple people opened fire in what started as an argument.

“Several local men got into a dispute inside the bar and it escalated into shots being fired,” Isaac explained, adding that the club does “wand individuals and pat them down, however, what we know at this point, several firearms were able to be brought inside the bar.”

“The conflict is believed to have begun between specific groups of individuals earlier in the day, escalating to the nightclub tragedy,” the City of Cincinnati’s official account tweeted.

No one was in custody as authorities continued to investigate.

Police said there was no indication that the shooting was terrorism related, though Mayor John Cranley said that did not make the incident any less devastating.

"There is no evidence that this was a terrorist attack," Cranley said, "However, to the victims, what difference does it make?"

"This is a country where you should be able to go out and have a good time and not be in fear of getting shot," he added. "This is a tragedy that has struck other cities and now has hit Cincinnati."

Hundreds of people were in the nightclub when the shooting occurred, authorities said, many of whom fled the scene, making it difficult for investigators to identify witnesses.

"The biggest problem when you have a large crowd like this and the shots ring out, a lot of the witnesses disappear," Capt. Kim Williams said, adding that the scene became "just a lot of chaos, obviously, when shots were fired.”

"Saturday night, it is a very young crowd. We have had incidents here in the past, but this is by far the worst," she said.

Cameo's Facebook page says it caters to college students on Friday nights, when anyone over 18 is allowed in, while Saturdays are "grown and sexy night" for ages 21 and older.

Full parking lots added to the mayhem, Sgt. Eric Franz told the Cincinnati Enquirer, as first responders had problems initially reaching the victims.

Several off-duty officers were working security at the club; some performed first aid and tried to revive the person who died, police said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Twitter that he was "saddened to learn about last night's shooting" and offered assistance from the state.

Authorities asked anyone with information on the incident to contact police, while Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

“We need to identify the shooter or shooters in this case,” Cranley said. “We must bring the shooters to justice.”

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<![CDATA['Heaven's Gate' Mass Suicide in San Diego: 20 Years Later]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:10:02 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/3-26-17-Heavens+Gate+Rancho+Santa+Fe+Home.JPG

Exactly 20 years ago Sunday, 39 people died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California. "Heaven’s Gate" made headlines around the world.

On March 26, 1997, a 911 call came into the San Diego Command Center.

“This is regarding a mass suicide. I can give you the address,” the caller said.

Shortly after, San Diego Sheriff’s arrived to find a grisly scene: 21 men and 18 women were found dead in the residence. They were all covered in a purple blankets and all wearing the name black Nike shoes. None of the bodies had any noticeable signs of trauma. Toxicology results showed the victims had drunk a lethal cocktail of phenobarbital mixed with apple sauce and vodka.

“As they went in they kept finding more bodies and more bodies,” retired San Diego County homicide detective Chuck Curtis tells NBC 7. Curtis was the first officer to the scene. “It was an astonishing thing to them that they thought ‘is this ever going to end?’”

“They’re about to leave and they’re excited to leave,” Marshall Applewhite, the leader of Heaven’s Gate said of his followers in an ominous video at the time. Heaven’s Gate preached that suicide would allow the followers’ souls to be taken to Heaven by a UFO hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

The Heaven’s Gate mansion in Rancho Santa Fe has been demolished and even the street name has been changed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and haven’t seen anything like it since,” Curtis remembers.

Today, Heaven’s Gate lives on with a replica display at the San Diego Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town.

“The locals who come in remember the case,” Curtis says. “They’re all very interested in the case and sometimes express shock or sadness about how people could do this to themselves.”

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<![CDATA[Internet Erupts After Airline Boots Girls Wearing Leggings]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:08:40 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+avion.jpg

United Airlines is facing backlash from customers after two girls wearing leggings were denied entry onto a flight because a gate agent deemed their attire improper, NBC News reported.

Shannon Watts said she was waiting to board a plane to Mexico for vacation when she overheard a female gate agent deny entry to a young girl wearing gray leggings and saying "I don't make the rules, I just enforce them."

The girl, who Watts said was about 10 or 11-years-old, had a dress in her backpack to put over leggings and was eventually allowed onto the flight. Two other female passengers who did not have a change of clothes were also denied entry, she said.

Defending the decision on Twitter, United Airlines initially cited a rule in the company's Contract of Carriage which states the company can refuse transport to "passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed" and that it is "left to the discretion of the agents."

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<![CDATA[Top News: Russia Protest, Mexico Missing Students]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:28:27 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17085588205463.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[DC's 'A Lot More Broken' Than Trump Thought: Mulvaney]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:54:50 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MickMulvaney.jpg

The unpopular health care proposal supported by President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan could not get enough Republican votes to pass through the House this week, but Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sunday chalked it up to Washington being "broken" — and questioned the GOP's ability to govern, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:34:36 -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[Police Stop Man from Raping Girl a 3rd Time: Officials]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:06:46 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%295.jpg

A New York City man is in custody after Pennsylvania State police thwarted his plan to meet and rape an 11-year-old girl for the third time in Lehigh Valley, according to investigators.

Sandro Zhinin was arrested in Hanover Township Saturday. Police say they received a tip that the 33-year-old was traveling to Pennsylvania Saturday to meet the child before taking her to a hotel. Investigators then set up surveillance at the playground and Zhinin was taken into custody once he arrived, police said.

According to police, Zhinin had executed this plan twice before.

Police say that after Zhinin connected with the girl online, he met her at a playground on March 4, drove her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her. He then sexually assaulted her again one week later on March 11, police said.

Zhinin is being held on $500,000 bond. He will be charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, and criminal use of a cellphone, according to state police.

<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:38:49 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who are closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Lead Poisoning in Some California Areas Higher Than Flint]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:06:11 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water-tower1.jpg

Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows, NBC News reported.

The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry.

In one Fresno zip code, 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old came back high for lead. 

In all, Reuters found at least 29 Golden State neighborhoods where children had elevated lead tests at rates at least as high as in Flint.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Empire State Building Dims for Earth Hour]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:00:37 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/empire-state-building-earth.jpg

The lights of the Empire State Building went dim Saturday for Earth Hour. 

New York City's iconic skyscraper went dark from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to bring attention to climate change. 

Landmarks across the globe, including the Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis, are dimmed at 8:30 p.m. local time. 

Earth Hour began in Syndey in 2007 and spread worldwide under WWF. 

This year, people are also encouraged to "go dark" on their Facebook page

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<![CDATA[Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Program After Crash]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:24:21 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16349000708921-Uber-Self-Driving-Cars.jpg

Uber Technologies Inc. suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.

As Reuters reports, the accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said.

Even so, the company said it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco pending the outcome of investigation into the crash on Friday evening in Tempe.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Lindsey Graham Fights Back at Rowdy Town Hall]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:00:44 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lindsey-graham-rowdy-townhall.jpg

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham defended his conservative values and voting record at a raucous town hall on Saturday, hitting back at what he described as the "double standard" among his more liberal-minded constituents.

Speaking to an auditorium of largely Democratic voters in Columbia, the three-term Republican senator had to shout at times to be heard over the crowd, as NBC News reports.

As constituents chanted "your last term," Graham fired back.

"Good! Bring it on — we're going to have an election in 2020," he said, referring to when his seat is up. "Here's what I'm going to do: Between now and 2020, I'm not (gonna) worry about losing my job. I'm not worried about you not voting for me. You know what I am worried about? Our country."

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<![CDATA[Dems Take Aim at Trump Transparency With 'MAR-A-LAGO' Act]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:26:06 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16327026097462-mar-a-lago.jpg

Democrats want to give President Donald Trump a transparency check in the form of a new bill with a mouthful of a name — and an acronym that takes an unsubtle dig at the president, NBC News reported. 

The "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act" — or MAR-A-LAGO Act — would require the Trump administration to disclose the names of anyone who visits the White House or "any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business." 

The legislation, introduced in the House and Senate on Friday, calls for the creation of a publicly available database to be updated every 90 days.

Democrats said the move is necessary after visitor access records on the official White House website have not been updated since Trump took office, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Woman Makes Up Child Kidnapping, Says She Was Drinking]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:42:58 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Maria+Irias.jpg

The Palm Beach woman who reported her 6-year-old daughter missing was arrested Sunday after admitting to police she had been drinking and couldn't remember where her child was.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officer issued an Amber Alert on Saturday for 6-year-old Nataly Irias. Her mother, Maria Irias, told police a man gave the pair a ride home, but when they arrived he drove off with the child in the car.

Deputies say Irias later admitted that her daughter wasn't kidnapped, but she had been drinking and was too inebriated to remember where she was.

PBSO reported Nataly was found early Sunday morning.

Irias has been charged with child neglect and making a false report of a non-existent crime.

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<![CDATA[Survey: Foreign Students Not Applying to American Colleges]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:02:27 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496556750.jpg

Application and acceptance season is underway at America's colleges and universities. But this year, some institutions of higher learning may see a noticeable dip in attendance from one group purposely choosing to stay home: foreign students.

Applications from international students from countries such as China, India and in particular, the Middle East, are down this year at nearly 40 percent of schools that answered a recent survey by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

The number of foreign students topped 1 million for the first time in 2016. They generated some $32 billion dollars in revenue, which supported more than 400,000 jobs, according to the Association of International Educators.

Some education professionals warn a drop in international students could lead to faculty cuts, higher tuition and the loss of programs.

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<![CDATA[Nunes Backs Down From Assertion Trump Was Monitored]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:51:15 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored" by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists.

As NBC News reports, Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.

A spokesman for Nunes, Jack Langer, asserted that the Congressman did not explicitly say Trump was spied on when he briefed reporters Wednesday that he was "very concerned," that "the intelligence community incidentally collected information about American citizens involved in the Trump transition."

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<![CDATA[How Can You Keep Your Internet Searches Private?]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:08:44 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/google+%281%29.png

The Senate passed a joint resolution on Thursday, barring the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules passed last year that would ban internet, cable, and mobile providers from selling your data without your consent, NBC News reported.

Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com told NBC News the best way to protect yourself is by installing a VPN — that's a virtual private network. This piece of software will encrypt your data on the internet. 

You'll also want to start paying attention to cookies — those little pieces of data sent by a website and stored on your browser.

Kate Tummarello, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that if enacted, the new rule would be a "crushing loss for online privacy," essentially prioritizing profits over privacy.

NBC News is a division of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable provider.

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