<![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, 25 Jun 2017 20:24:45 -0400Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:24:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Trump Acknowledges Russian Election ‘Meddling’ in Tweet]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:11:52 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-face-wahhh.jpg

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge Russian meddling in the presidential election on Twitter Friday, attacking former President Barack Obama.

"Just out," Trump tweeted, "The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?"

Trump may have been referencing a Washington Post report that the CIA had confirmed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct influence on his government's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Trump on Saturday tried to shift the attention on the Obama administration for Russian interference. "Focus on them, not T!" the president tweeted.



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<![CDATA[Rainbows Shine as Cities Across the US Celebrate Pride]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:49:01 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pridefeuerherdVI.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

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<![CDATA[N.C. Teen Reported Missing a Year Ago Found Alive]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:16:08 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%295.jpg

FBI officials in Georgia located a teenager who had been reported missing from her North Carolina home more than a year ago, the agency announced Sunday. 

Hailey Burns, 17, was found in Duluth, Georgia, overnight after the FBI received a tip that she may be in the Atlanta area. Burns had been reported missing from her Charlotte home more than a year ago.

A 31-year-old man was taken into custody in connection to Burns' disappearance and will face a number of criminal charges, the FBI said in a press release. 

Burns was reunited with her parents, who've asked for privacy. 

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<![CDATA['Lets Not Rush This': Senators Urge Health Care Vote Delay]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:56:26 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ronjohnsonfeuerherd.jpg

Senators on both sides of the aisle can agree on at least one thing: rushing a vote on health care would be ill-advised, NBC News reported. 

Republican senators unveiled their version of the health bill on Thursday, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to see a vote before the end of this week. 

Both Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who each have expressed serious reservations with the bill for very different reasons, said during exclusive interviews on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that rushing a vote before the July 4th recess would be unwise. 

“There’s no way we should be voting on this next week,” Johnson told host Chuck Todd. “I have a hard time believing my Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to evaluate this for even a motion to proceed... let’s not rush this.”

Sanders added: "There is no way on God’s Earth that this bill should be passed this week. The people of Wisconsin don’t know what’s in it, the people of Vermont don’t know what’s in it. We need a serious discussion."



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<![CDATA[Poll: Dems, GOP Divided on Virginia Shooting Motivation]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:45:21 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/scalisesavedbypolice.jpg

Data from this month’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that partisan identity significantly affected how Americans viewed the shooting on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last Wednesday.

By a 20 point margin, 52 percent to 32 percent, more Republicans than Democrats called the shooting a result of political rhetoric. A majority of Democrats — 55 percent — called it an isolated incident, while 37 percent of Republicans said the same.

The public overall was closely divided. Forty-one percent cited political rhetoric, while 46 percent said the shooting was an isolated case.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.



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<![CDATA[San Francisco to Honor WWII Victims by Blowing Kisses From Pink Triangle]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:19:33 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478828198.jpg

The Pink Triangle may be a byproduct of the Holocaust, but San Francisco on Saturday will light up its iconic installation with 150 rainbow-colored kisses, effectively turning its symbolism on its head.

“We’ve totally flipped the meaning of the Pink Triangle – it’s about love and not death,” said co-founder Patrick Carney.

Obscura Digital, known for projecting lights on the Conservatory of Flowers for Summer of Love and on the Empire State Building to raise awareness about animal extinction, will help give San Francisco’s beloved homage to the LGBTQ community a real smacker during Pride 2017.

“We’ve photographed hundreds of people blowing kisses so it’s going to be kisses to the world from the Pink Triangle,” said Carney, visibly excited about the project known as “Kisses from San Francisco.”

The much-awaited light show on the Pink Triangle will be visible from nightfall through 2 a.m., said Obscura Digital.

A week that was marked by a record-breaking heat wave gave way to an overcast and gloomy Saturday, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 volunteers from flocking to the north hill of Twin Peaks.

Blanketed by Karl the Fog, they helped set up the iconic Pink Triangle, which every year honors gay people who were persecuted and slain in Nazi Germany during World War II.

“They had a series of triangles for their undesirables and pink was for the gays,” Carney said.

The Rainbow Flag was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker when then-San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk asked his friend to use his skills to make banners for gay and anti-war street protests.

The bright colors have since become synonymous with the gay rights movement. Carney described the Rainbow Flag as “entirely new and beautiful and wonderful.”

In contrast, he said, “The Pink Triangle has a tragic history and part of acknowledging and celebrating where we are for 2017 is remembering where we’ve been.”


Seeking to add a pop of color to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, Carney remembered looking up at Twin Peaks over 22 years ago and seeing a “big, blank canvas.”

So Carney and a friend went out and bought tarp and paint. With the help of eight others, they painted it bright pink “in the dark of the night so we wouldn’t be arrested.”

Fast forward to 2017 and San Francisco police officers and elected officials were on hand to help construct the one-acre Pink Triangle, which features 175 pink tarps that are held in place with 5,000 12-inch long steel spikes.

Carney said that he didn’t expect his “renegade project” to last more than a year or two. However, after ealizing that people didn’t know the meaning or importance of the Pink Triangle, Carney came up with the idea of a yearly ceremony.

Educating people enabled the movement to pick up steam. Decades later, the Pink Triangle continues to resonate.

“Especially in this administration, we’re not sure what’s going to happen with our rights,” Carney admitted. “We’ve had a lot of gains in recent years, but in some states they’re trying to roll back or ignore those gains.”

This year, he said, the Pink Triangle symbolizes resistance from its perch on the highest point of San Francisco, which can be seen for 20 miles away on a clear day, according to Carney.

It’s “barrels of fun,” Carney said.

The Pink Triangle will overlook downtown San Francisco and the Castro district through Sunday evening. Volunteers are needed to break it down between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information is available online.




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<![CDATA[Trump Versus the World: An Overview]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:03:08 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654571120.jpg

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump's administration has been associated with one foreign country in particular, Russia. U.S. intelligence officials say President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, to denigrate Hillary Clinton and then to help Trump's chances. Trump denies any wrongdoing, while the FBI and Congress investigate his administration's contacts with Russia.

Meanwhile Trump has flirted with upending U.S. foreign policy, threatening to declare China a currency manipulator and to pull out of NAFTA, for example, questioning the one-China policy under which the United States recognizes China and not Taiwan and backing off a U.S. commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In the end, though, Trump has often reverted to traditional policies. His supporters say he is scrutinizing foreign agreements with the goal of benefitting Americans, but critics say the uncertainty is unsettling to allies and unproductive.

Here are some of the more significant interactions between the Trump administration and world leaders over international issues.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Plane Crashes Into Fla. Day Care Building]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:09:36 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/19399006_1598925693453449_1920677633345009367_n.jpg

A plane carrying two people crashed into a day care building in Fort Myers, Florida, and killed one of the passengers, police said.

A Piper PA-28 aircraft went down during an attempted takeoff at Page Field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Chico's Early Education Center campus, directly across from the Metro Commerce Center along Metro Parkway.

Port Authority spokesperson Victoria Moreland told NBC affiliate WBBH that no one was inside the building when the plane crashed into it.

Witnesses told WBBH that the plane clipped some trees before crashing into the daycare building. Smoke billowed up from the plane.

The surviving passenger of the plane was injured, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. No other information was immediately available about the person's condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said they plan to investigate the incident. 



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<![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[Frozen Chicken Bites for Toddlers Recalled After Bones Found]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:42:50 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/178*120/Screen+Shot+2017-06-24+at+11.18.14+PM.png

Chicken bites intended for toddlers are being recalled from stores nationwide after bones were found, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a statement Saturday.

More than 54,000 pounds of chicken bites of California-based Overhill Farms are being recalled for the potential threat. There are no reports of illness or injury, but it is Class I recall with a "high" health risk.

The affected frozen chicken bites were produced on Aug. 30, 2016, Feb. 1, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017 and April 25, 2017. It involves 3-ounce, "yummy spoonful" boxes intended for young kids and 30-pound bulk cases of chicken bites that come with broccoli, carrot or sweet potato.

The FSIS is urging consumers who have the affected products not to consume them. They should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase. 

The full list of affected Overhill Farms products in this recall can be viewed here



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<![CDATA[Police Searches Drop in States That Legalized Marijuana]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:36:17 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/generic-pot-smoke-weed-marijuana-smoke.jpg

Traffic searches by highway patrols in Colorado and Washington dropped by nearly half after the two states legalized marijuana in 2012, NBC News reported.

In Colorado, the change occurred gradually, with searches dropping initially by 30 percent, and then flatting out to a more than 50-percent drop within a year.

In Washington, there was a drop of more than 50 percent in searches within three months of legalization. The search rate remained low thereafter. The 12 states in the Stanford study that did not pass marijuana decriminalization legislation during the period did not experience significant drops.

The drop in searches also reduced the racial disparities in the stops, according to a new analysis of police data, but not by much. Latino and Black Americans are still searched at higher rates than whites.



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<![CDATA[Trump WH Has Taken Little Action to Stop Next Election Hack]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:31:09 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632915364.jpg

The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.

Former FBI Director James Comey recently told senators during Congressional testimony that Trump never asked him about how to stop a future Russian election cyberattack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who sits on the National Security Council, testified that he has not received a classified briefing on Russian election interference.

Dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week he had never addressed the matter with Trump.

That apparent indifference, coupled with a failure to fill key federal agency jobs, has resulted in a government paralyzed by inaction when it comes to protecting the next election, experts and government officials told NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Top News: China's Floating Solar Farm Project]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:15:24 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800065492.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Texas Mom Charged in Deaths of Children Found in Hot Car]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:17:40 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/parker-county-cynthia-rudolph.jpg

A North Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of her two children from extreme heat exposure after they were found locked inside a car last month, the Parker County Sheriff's Office says.

Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was charged Friday with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.


The children, 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez and 16-month-old Cavanaugh Ramirez, were found deceased May 26 inside a vehicle on the 200 block of Rambling Loop, near Lake Weatherford.

In Randolph's initial statements, the sheriff's office told NBC 5, she said the two children had been playing and when she couldn't find them in the house, she started searching the property, eventually locating them in the car.

However, investigators said Randolph in subsequent interviews "created several variations of the events which lead to the death of her children," and in an interview on Friday she implicated herself.

The sheriff's office said Randolph told them she found her children playing inside her car at about 12:15 p.m. and ordered her daughter out of the car using profanity. When the 2-year-old refused to get out of the car, Randolph said she shut the car door to teach the girl a lesson and believed "she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready," according to a sheriff's office statement.

Randolph allegedly then went inside the house, smoked marijuana and fell asleep for two to three hours.

She said she later broke the car window to make it look like an accident, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities were called to the home at about 4 p.m. when the mother said she had discovered them unresponsive in the car.

At the time, the temperature outside was hovering around 96 degrees. The children were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

Randolph was later interviewed by a Texas Ranger, and confessed to the crime.

No bond has been set yet for Randolph, and it is not clear whether she has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:55 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dgaf-2.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[DA Files Appeal to Reinstate Hernandez's Murder Conviction]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:05:03 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/aaronhernandezfeuerherdIB.jpg

Prosecutors have filed an appeal seeking to reinstate former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's 2015 murder conviction after it was thrown out following his prison suicide.

Hernandez was convicted in April 2015 for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and sentenced to life in prison. But Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, 2017 while his appeal was still pending.

Under a long-standing Massachusetts doctrine, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. A Fall River Superior Court judge abated his conviction on May 9.

"Abatement has been practiced in federal and state courts for more than a century," Judge E. Susan Garsh said in issuing her ruling, adding that there is no proof that Hernandez killed himself knowing it could lead to his conviction being tossed.

His suicide came just five days after he was acquitted in a separate double slaying in 2012.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III's office filed an appeal of the judge's ruling on Friday.

"This is an archaic rule not based on the Constitution, and it should be changed," Quinn said in a statement. "A defendant who commits suicide should not be able to manipulate the outcome of his post-conviction proceedings to achieve in death what he would not be able to achieve in life."

Hernandez's appellate lawyers have argued that his conviction in the Lloyd case was not considered final because the automatic appeal he was entitled to had not been heard at the time of his death.

Since Hernandez's death, a bill has been filed with the Massachusetts Legislature seeking to end the practice of automatically dismissing convictions when a defendant dies before appeal.



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<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg

Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.

NBC News reported that pediatrician, cancer specialist, cardiologist and family doctor groups were denouncing the Senate version of the bill within hours of its release Thursday.

"The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Among the reasons so many medical professionals oppose the changes Republicans have proposed to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is that it reduces funding for Medicaid, the state-federal health plan that covers many low-income, disabled and pregnant people, as well as a large portion of American children.



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<![CDATA[National Llama Competition]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:16:35 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NATIONAL+LLAMA+COMP+THUMB.jpg

Hundreds of llamas and alpacas will gather in Waterloo, Iowa, this weekend to take part in The Gathering of Friends and Champions, a national llama competition. The llamas will be judged on their fleece, agility and halter or gait. Llamas can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 440 pounds.

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