<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:35:47 -0400Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:35:47 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Public Water Supply Emergency Declared for Waterbury]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/water-faucet-generic.jpg

The Connecticut Department of Public Health declared a public water supply emergency for the City of Waterbury. 

"As our drought conditions persist, we may face the reality of more systems needing emergency assistance to ensure adequate supplies of drinking water," DPH commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said.

On Thursday, Pino signed a temporary 30-deay public water supply emergency for Waterbury after the city informed state officials that its water supply reservoirs are approaching critically low levels. 

The declaration will allow the city to impose water restrictions on residents and businesses in Waterbury. 

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<![CDATA[2 UConn Football Players Suspended After Arrests]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:25:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nazir+Williams+and+Felton+Blackwell+mug+shots.jpg

Two 19-year-old UConn football players have been suspended from the team after police stopped the car they were in Wednesday night and found marijuana, a BB gun and an open container of vodka in the car, according to UConn police and school officials.

Police arrested 19-year-old Nazir Williams, of Bridgton, New Jersey,  a red-shirt freshman linebacker; and Felton Alfonzo Blackwell III, 19, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman, after stopping the silver Chevy Malibu Williams was driving, according to police.

Police made the traffic stop on Bolton Road, on the edge of campus, after police noticed it had only one working headlight and saw Williams cross the double line, according to reports from police.

When police approached the car, they smelled marijuana, according to a report from UConn police. 

When officers searched the car, they found four grams of marijuana and a loaded BB gun that looked like a real gun, police said. The report says it was within Williams’ reach and police also found an open container of vodka. 

Police said Blackwell was in possession of a loaded BB gun that looked real. 

“University of Connecticut Director of Athletics David Benedict and head football coach Bob Diaco are aware of the incident that took place Wednesday night and take these allegations very seriously," UConn Athletics said in a statement. "The safety of our student-athletes and University community is of the utmost concern for the UConn Division of Athletics. UConn football student-athletes Felton Blackwell and Nazir Williams have been immediately suspended. The UConn Division of Athletics will work with the University during the investigation process until the situation is resolved.”

Williams was arrested at 10:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree possession, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bond was set at $2,000 and he is due in court on Nov. 1. 

Blackwell was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle and bond was set at $1,500. He is due in court on Nov. 1.

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<![CDATA[Health and Wellness Festival 2016]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/92714+Health+and+Wellness+19+Edited.jpg

It's a day worth at least $250 in free giveaways and screenings for a family of four.

The date has been set for NBC Connecticut's 2016 Health & Wellness Festival! Join NBC Connecticut for the event on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the XL Center atrium.

This is a great event with fun for the whole family! You can meet many members of the NBC Connecticut team. There will be free giveaways and plenty of free health screenings.

You can also participate in the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Family 5K around the XL Center concourse.  There will be heats starting at 8am and 9am.  Walkers are welcome.  To sign up for the 5K, visit NBCCTfamily5K.com. There is still plenty of room to sign up for the run.  It is a great family activity.

Some of the free test available include women's heart health risk screenings and BMI calculations.  There will be instructional sessions on how to perform breast self-examinations.  A doctor will also be available to answer your questions.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this year's event, please contact NBC Connecticut at (860) 313-6320 or WVITHWFestival@nbcuni.com

Participating vendors confirmed for this year's event include:

The Hartford Wolfpack will be at the Festival donating free tickets for that night's 5pm game against the St. John's Icecaps for all #HW2016 attendees.  Sonar will also be on hand to take photos!
Live Nation will also be at the Kid's Pavilion at the event doing a ticket giveaway to the Octonauts show in Wallingford.
At the Health & Wellness Festival, you'll be able to receive hand massages and get a chair yoga demo.  We want you to leave feeling relaxed!
Please share your Health and Wellness photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #HW2016.

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<![CDATA['Day of Action' Marks Anniversary of Laquan McDonald Killing]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:32:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498665158.jpg

The two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald is expected to be met with protests and calls for change.

With some declaring Oct. 20 Laquan Day, protesters are expected to gather for a “day of action” to “commemorate his life.”

An event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Chicago Police Headquarters, where demonstrators are set to speak out at a Chicago Police Board Hearing, demanding the “termination of all police officers involved with falsifying police reports in efforts of covering up [McDonald’s] death.”

Seventeen-year-old McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014, by a Chicago officer. Police claimed at the time McDonald has lunged at them, but dashcam video released last year showed McDonald apparently walking away when he was shot.

Officers at the scene said McDonald was told numerous times to drop his knife, but the dashcam video of the shooting had no audio.

Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in McDonald's death; he had pleaded not guilty. Several other officers involved in the case face administrative charges, including making a false report.

Many have questioned the handling of the case over the last two years, with a grand jury set to consider whether or not police officers lied in connection with the shooting.

A woman who witnessed the fatal police shooting has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was detained by police and pressured to change her story shortly after the shooting.

“Two years ago Laquan McDonald lost his life tragically and unnecessarily," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "His death was a wake-up call for our city on an issue that has challenged the city for decades, and brought a renewed commitment to a public conversation about policing and community relations. But more than just breaking from the past, we will continue working together across the city to build a brighter future by restoring trust between residents and our officers, and implementing the reforms necessary to prevent this from happening again.”

More than 600 people have said on Facebook they plan to attend the Thursday evening event.

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<![CDATA[Torrington Employee Accused of Selling Drugs Near School]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/david-sarasin.jpg

A Torrington parks and recreation employee is being accused of selling drugs in a school zone, police said.

In August, police received complaints about a Department of Public Works members were stealing city-owned property. 

During the investigation, David Sarasin was found selling prescription drugs during his work hours at the Parks and Recreation town garage and the Besse Pool, which located near the Torrington High School, during swimming hours, police said.

Sarasin, 49, of Torrington, was charged with sale of narcotics and the sale of narcotics in a school zone. He was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 

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<![CDATA[Student Pilot Died of Smoke Inhalation, Thermal Injuries]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:51:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/feras+freitekh_plane+crash.jpg

The student pilot who died in a plane crash in East Hartford on Oct. 11 died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Federal investigators have called the crash an "intentional act."

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation previously told NBC News that the student pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, was arguing with his instructor and the crash appears to have been a case of suicide, not terrorism.

The manner of his death is pending further investigation of the circumstances, according to the office of the chief medical examiner.

Freitekh was killed and his instructor, Arian Prevalla -- the owner of American Flight Academy in Hartford -- was injured when the twin-engine Piper PA 34 they were in crashed on Main Street, near the Connecticut headquarters of military jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and burst into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board previously said the crash that killed Freitekh and seriously injured Prevalla appeared to have been the result of an intentional act.

A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NBC News, Prevalla told investigators that Freitekh, a Jordanian national, was at the controls at the time of the crash. Some kind of argument or struggle for the controls ensued, the official said, and the plane crashed. The instructor did not know why it happened.

Police searched Freitek's Hartford-area home but did not find anything to indicate any terrorist interests or sympathies, a senior federal official told NBC News' Pete Williams.

He was also not on any terrorism watch list, the official added.

Prevalla has undergone surgery and he is recovering in the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Niantic School Cancels Halloween Parade, Bans Costumes]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lillie+B+Haynes+elementary+school.jpg

A Niantic school is canceling its Halloween parade and banning students from wearing costumes in school this year. 

The principal of Lillie B. Haynes in Niantic sent a letter to families on Wednesday with the decision and said school leaders made the decision with input from staff members. 

“This decision was based on many factors including safety and exclusion of students. With increasing societal safety concerns, the number of adults who attend this event, some in costumes, poses a potential safety threat,” Principal Melissa DeLoreto said in a statement. 


School officials said students in past years have been excluded from participating because of religion and cultural beliefs. 

“We believe school day activities must be inclusive for all students and we must be sensitive in regards to holidays and celebrations of religious, cultural or secular nature,” DeLoreto wrote. “Please know classroom celebrations will continue to take place however, they will be Fall themed, not Halloween.” 

The principal said classroom teachers will send home information about the celebration.

NBC Connecticut also reached out to the superintendent, but has not heard back.

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<![CDATA[No Injuries in Milford Rollover Crash on Route 15]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/route-15-exit-55--rollover.jpg

Police and fire officials responded to a rollover crash on Route 15 in Milford on Thursday. 

The car was flipped on to its roof on Route 15 going southbound near exit 55, state police said. 

No injuries were reported.

Police are asking drivers to reduce their speed approaching the area. 

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<![CDATA[Suspects in Georgia Homicide Found in Waterbury]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Kendra+Tillery+and+Malik+Golden+1200.jpg

Two people wanted for homicide in Georgia were taken into custody in Waterbury this morning. 

Hartford police said the Hartford Fugitive Task Force had received information that 29-year-old Kendra Tillery and 18-year-old Malik Golden might be in hiding in Hartford and driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Georgia license plate RC15118, so they started searching for them. 

After following up on leads in Hartford and East Hartford, police received information this morning that Tillery and Golden had relocated to Waterbury, police said, so the task force and Waterbury police responded to 918 Woodstock Road at 7 a.m. and found the two suspects sleeping in the Impala, police said. 

For the two nights before they were caught, Tillery and Golden had been sleeping in the car in various location in Hartford, police said. 

They were transported to the Waterbury police department and charged as fugitives from justice. 

They will soon be extradited to Georgia to face the homicide charges, according to Hartford Police.

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<![CDATA[5th Body Turns Up in Small NY Town in 6 Weeks; No Arrests]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:18:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/brentwood+body+found+9+21.jpg

Authorities have recovered another set of remains in a small Long Island town plagued by gang violence that has now seen five bodies turn up in a little more than a month. 

The body found in the woods behind a state-run psychiatric hospital in Brentwood Sunday has been identified as Jose Pena-Hernandez, an 18-year-old man who hadn't been seen since June, police said. 

Pena-Hernandez's remains were discovered as police scoured the grounds of the facility near Crooked Hill Road and the Long Island Expressway as part of the ongoing investigation into the series of murders. 

The discovery follows the unearthing of four bodies of Brentwood High School students over the last six weeks. Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were missing for several months before their bodies were found near Long Island Railroad tracks Sept. 26. 

Authorities said that the two were victims of gang violence.

Two young girls, best friends with a passion for basketball, were found dead two weeks before Acosta and Garcia-Moran. On Sept. 13, the day before her 16th birthday, Nisa Mickens' brutally beaten body was found on a tree-lined street in Brentwood. A day later, the beaten body of her lifelong friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, was discovered in the wooded backyard of a nearby home. Investigators suspect they too were victims of gang violence.

Police said Thursday that Pena-Hernandez was a known MS-13 gang member. An autopsy will be conducted to determine how he died, but police say they are investigating the case as a homicide. 

Suffolk Police said Thursday Pena-Hernandez's remains were not found by accident. They said they've been putting pressure on the more than 25 known MS-13 gang members previously in custody on various charges -- some felonies, some misdemeanors -- as part of a larger gang takedown. None of the dozens of gang members arrested were charged in the murders.  

Anyone with information on the killings of Pena-Hernandez, Garcia-Moran, Acosta, Mickens or Cuevas is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the deaths of Mickens and Cuevas.

Brentwood had a population of 60,664 as of 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

<![CDATA[Naugatuck Teen With Autism Found]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:48:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/matthew+costa_silver+alert.jpg

Naugatuck police have canceled a Silver Alert for a teen with autism who walked away from school this morning and said he's been found.

Matthew Costa, 17 left Naugatuck High School just after 9:30 a.m., according to police, and did not go home. 

Around 12:45 p.m., police said they found Matthew.

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Post Mall Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving ]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:31:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Save+a+suit.jpg

Connecticut Post Mall in Milford will be closed on Thanksgiving so families can spend the holiday together. 

“Not only does this allow for families to be together on Thanksgiving, but it brings back the excitement that has historically surrounded the busiest shopping day of the year. This decision is an example of our commitment to the communities we serve, and to offer shopping experiences centered on what uniquely matters to them.” Steven Levin, CEO of Centennial Real Estate, the parent company of Connecticut Post Mall, said in a statement. “Family and tradition matter to our customers, and we want to support those values by encouraging our shoppers, employees and communities to celebrate a traditional holiday. Thanksgiving is for sharing. Black Friday is for shopping.” 

The mall will be offering special Black Friday deals and give away a $2,500 Holiday Shopping Spree to one lucky shopper. 

“All holidays are special and each one should be cherished. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your family and close friends," Danielle Consiglio, marketing manager for Connecticut Post Mall said in a statement. "For our part, we will make sure to provide the most magical holiday shopping experience at our mall, so that you can bring some magic back home! This year, Black Friday will be a color-filled spectacle of great deals and limitless options that will make the holiday shopping season sparkle with excitement.” 

Connecticut Post Mall will officially open at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and will accommodate and support department stores, theater, fitness center and restaurants if they wish to open on Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Community Colleges Closer to Allowing Armed Police on Campus]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Board+of+Regents+community+college+police+guns.jpg

The Connecticut Board of Regents has approved the process to allow armed police at community colleges in Connecticut. 

The Board of Regents unanimously approved the formal process to allow community colleges to train and authorize their security officers to carry a gun and receive specialized training. 

Any community college interested in establishing an armed police force will have to submit a comprehensive plan to the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities that includes a campus security profile and officer requirements, as well as a use of force policy. 

“Providing community colleges the option to have special police forces on campus is driven by the desire consistently expressed by students, faculty and staff to feel safe. It is part of our larger approach including reviewing all of our support services and physical infrastructure to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect the learning environment on all of our campuses,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said in a statement.

The approval today comes nearly a year after the Board of Regents approved a resolution in December to have armed officers on campus. 

Then the General Assembly took up the bill to allow special police forces to patrol the state’s 12 community college campuses and passed the legislation in July. 

“Across the country this is happening. We do have issues on campuses often, that even though an armed police force may not avoid them, it certainly would be a deterrent to such activity on campuses,”

Merle Harris, chair of Student and Academic Affairs Committee, said. 

Once a college has submitted its plan, the president will have to approve it. 

Find more details online.

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<![CDATA[Boy Hit by Buckshot from Hunter’s Gun at Enfield Dog Park]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Enfield+dog+park.JPG

Police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was shot in the leg with buckshot at the dog park in Enfield on Saturday night. 

The boy sustained a small welt on his leg, but was not seriously injured and did not need to go to the hospital, according to police. They said they think the shot came from a hunter’s gun. 

The boy was with his mother at the dog park on Ecology Drive when they heard gunshots around 5 p.m. and the boy was struck in the leg, police said. 

Witnesses said they heard gunfire, then the boy moaning with pain.

Investigators said they do not believe the child was targeted or that there was any foul play. 

Officers who responded Saturday were not able to find hunters and police are looking for the people who might have been involved.

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<![CDATA[Philippine President Announces 'Separation' From US]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:55:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615789956-Duterte.jpg

At a forum in Beijing on Thursday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared that his country will seek a military and economic “separation” from long-time ally America. The Philippines will instead foster relations with China, he said.

"In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States," Duterte said. "America has lost." 

Duterte is known for his inflammatory language toward the United States. He has denounced Barack Obama with expletives and derogatory terms, telling him to “go to hell.”

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<![CDATA[76-Year-Old Woman Dies After Newington Crash]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crash+at+Webster+Street+and+Webster+Court+in+Newington.JPG

A 76-year-old woman died after a crash in Newington on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. 

Theresa Castagna, 76, of Newington, was injured when a gray Subaru Impreza and a gray Honda Civic crashed head-on at Webster Street and Webster Court around 2:30 p.m. and she was later pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital according to police. 

Castagna was driving one vehicle and police identified the other driver as 25-year-old Rocky Hill resident, Jake Ciccaglione. He was seriously injured, police said. 

No passengers were in either vehicle at the time of the crash. 

The Mid-State Accident Reconstruction Squad is investigating the crash and police ask any witnesses to call Newington Detective Leroy Feeney at 860-594-6208.

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<![CDATA[Bao Bao to Move to China in Early 2017]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:17:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/2016-10-20_0918.png

You have just a few more months to visit Bao Bao at the National Zoo.

The 3-year-old giant panda is moving to China within the first few months of 2017 to enter the its panda breeding program, the National Zoo said Thursday.

All panda cubs born at the zoo move to China by the time they turn 4. Bao Bao will turn 4 Aug. 23, 2017. 

"We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population,” said Brandie Smith, associate director of animal care sciences at the zoo in Washington, D.C.

Bao Bao's keepers are already preparing her for the trip by getting her acclimated to a travel crate. While an exact date for her departure was not given, the zoo says Bao Bao will move in late winter.

The zoo says it's better for pandas to travel in the winter months when its cool. A team will travel with Bao Bao to ensure she's comfortable throughout the trip. 

The zoo is planning a farewell party for Bao Bao, but details about the public celebration have not been released. 

Bao Bao is the second of three surviving cubs born to Mei Xiang during her time at the zoo. She now weighs 180 pounds and is classified as a "sub-adult.'' Pandas can begin breeding between the ages of 4 and 6.

<![CDATA[Frequent Showers Friday]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Model+RPM4+Precip+Cloud+CT+%284%292.png

Frequent showers are expected Friday as an area of low pressure moves over the region.

Friday will be mild for the time of year, with temperatures in the lower 70s.

Rain totals will vary greatly across the state. Some areas may only get one quarter inch, while others could see over one inch of rain.

There is a small chance that tropical moisture gets drawn into the region. That would be the cause of greater rain totals, and signals are pointing to eastern Connecticut if it were to occur.

Gusts up to 40 mph are possible Saturday, when scattered showers remain in the forecast on the back of the storm system. Temperatures will be in the middle and upper 50s.

By Sunday, it will dry out, but turn noticeably cooler! High temperatures will only be in the middle 50s, and the wind will still be quite gusty.

<![CDATA[New Accuser Says Trump Groped Her at 1998 US Open]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:10:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-accuser_720.jpg

A New York yoga instructor came forward Thursday as Donald Trump's 10th accuser of sexual misconduct and said the Republican presidential nominee groped her in 1998, leaving her feeling "intimidated" and "powerless."

Karena Virginia said Trump touched her breast while she was waiting for a car after attending the US Open tennis tournament in Queens in 1998.

Nine women have previously come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump has denied those allegations.

A Trump campaign representative also rejected Virginia's account as "fictional" and alleged a "coordinated" attack between her lawyer and the Clinton campaign.

"Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump," said Jessica Ditto, the campaign's deputy communications director. "Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton." 

Allred, who is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, said earlier Thursday that she had not been in touch with Clinton's campaign about Virginia.

Virginia said she never met Trump before the incident occurred. She said she was waiting for her car when she saw Trump talking to other men and overheard Trump tell the men: “'Hey look at this one. We haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs.' As though I was an object, rather than a person.”

She said Trump approached her, grabbed her by the arm and touched her right breast. 

"I was in shock, I flinched," Virginia said. "'Don’t you know who I am?' That's what he said to me."

Virginia said she told her husband and others about the incident, which she said made her feel "intimidated" and "powerless."

She said Trump's actions made her ashamed that she wore a short dress and high heels and that for years afterward she struggled with what to wear so as not to attract unwanted attention from men. 

Virginia said she saw Trump about five years ago in a business setting with other people present and that he "looked her up and down" several times at that event. 

"I had come to the realization that I was the victim," she said. He had violated me when he groped me years earlier."

Trump has said that he's never met some of his accusers and claimed that Hillary Clinton campaign was involved in fabricating allegations against him. 

Virginia said no one has asked her to come forward and that many people advised her not to speak publicly fearing Trump would attack her for speaking out. 

"Perhaps you do not remember me or what you did to me so many years ago but I can assure you I remember you and what you did to me as though it was yesterday," Virginia said. "Your random moment of sexual pleasure came at my expense and affected me greatly."

Allred, Virginia's lawyer, said she was not considering a lawsuit against Trump. Allred said the celebrity businessman's statement at the debate Wednesday night that "nobody has more respect for women than I do" is "ludicrous."

Allred held a press conference with another one of Trump's accusers last week, who said he forcibly kissed her and thrusted his genitals at her. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" reality show, alleged Trump made the inappropriate sexual contact at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.

"Today’s victim is also noteworthy in that her allegations demonstrate how Mr. Trump selects his victims at random,” Allred said Thursday.

<![CDATA[Sotomayor on Scalia: I Wanted to Hit Him With Baseball Bat]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:22:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-609853068-Sotomayor.jpg

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor recalled working with her late colleague Antonin Scalia, including how she sometimes had the urge to hit him with a baseball bat, NBC News reported.

“I've told people there are things he said on the bench when if I had a baseball bat, I might have used it," Sotomayor said a the University of Minnesota on Monday. "But when you work so intimately with people, you get to know the really personal good side of them." 

Sotomayor also spoke to how the court has been handicapped by Congress’ refusal to confirm Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to replace Scalia.

"It's much more difficult for us to do our job if we are not what we are intended to be, a court of nine,” she said.

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<![CDATA[New President Chosen for CCSU]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:38:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Zulma+Toro.jpg

Dr. Zulma Toro will be the new president of Central Connecticut State University.

Dr. Toro is currently interim chancellor, executive vice chancellor, provost and professor of engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and she will succeed President John Miller, who retired in September.

Miller served as university president for 11 years.

Toro will begin her new position on Jan. 3, 2017 and her salary will be $289,500.

<![CDATA[Video: Cubs' Rizzo Apologizes to Umpire for Actions in Game 4]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:06:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rizzohat1019.jpg

The relationship between an umpire and a baseball player is usually seen as an adversarial one, but on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez gave us one of the more heartwarming moments of the postseason.

In the fifth inning of the Cubs’ 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, Rizzo thought he had drawn a walk on a pitch close to the strike zone and began to trot down to first base. Instead, Hernandez called the pitch a strike, and Rizzo had to trot back to home plate to continue his at-bat.

In Rizzo’s next plate appearance, he made it a point to apologize to the umpire, saying that he didn’t mean any disrespect by his actions.

“My fault on that,” Rizzo said to Hernandez as his conversation was picked up by on-field microphones.

“No worries. You’re competing. I understand,” Hernandez said in response. “You know what’s best there? You came back and you told me that. That’s how good of a guy you are.”

It was pretty clear that Rizzo didn’t let the incident affect his performance on the field. He ended up drilling a solo home run in the fifth inning at-bat where he began to trot down to first, and he hit a two-RBI single in the sixth inning to help the Cubs out to a big lead in the game.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Alone Encounters Intruder in Woodbury Home]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police+car+siren2.jpg

A 13-year-old girl was home alone in Woodbury when a man broke in on Wednesday afternoon, according to state police. 

State troopers reponded to the home on Good Hill Road at 1:20 p.m. to investigate reports of a home invasion and the girl told police that a man had gotten into the home through the back door and approached her, police said. 

After a brief exchange about who lived at the residence, the intruder left and the teen last saw him running west on Route 317, away from the house, according to police. 

Police are trying to identify the intruder and said he has dark hair and facial hair and appeared to be between 20 and 40.

Anyone with information about the home invasion or the intruder should call the Woodbury Resident State Trooper's Office at (203) 263-3400 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All calls will be kept confidential.

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<![CDATA[No One Injured in 3-Alarm Fire at Stamford Condos]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:03:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stamford-Fire-Frank-Blefari.jpg

Firefighters quickly contained a quickly moving three-alarm fire in Stamford Wednesday night that threatened a condominium complex and no one was injured.

Firefighters responded to calls of a brush fire outside a building in the Waterside Green complex at 1 Southfield Avenue around 7:30 p.m. and found fire on all three floors, as well as in the attic.

Because of the size of the fire and the building construction, the fire was escalated to three alarms to bring in resources from several companies, according to the Stamford Fire Department.

Captain Philip Hayes, of the Stamford Fire Department, said everyone made it out safely.

The Red Cross responded to help residents of two homes and the fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Students Allowed Back Into Naugatuck High School]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:53:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Myster_Odor_Closes_Naugatuck_High_1200x675_566540355806.jpg

Firefighters and police responded to Naugatuck High School this morning to investigate the odor of gas coming from the culinary department, and students are being allowed into the building after it was deemed safe.

Firefighters and police were called to the school at 7:18 a.m. and the school was cleared as a precaution while firefighters checked the school, according to police.

Eversource also responded and firefighters as well as utility companies workers used meters to test the building and determined it was safe.

Students and staff have been allowed back into the building.

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<![CDATA[Cases of MRSA Found at Fairfield School ]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:10:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-71205638+%281%29.jpg

Some students at a Fairfield high school have contracted MRSA, an infection caused by a staph bacteria that’s resistant to many antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. 

Fairfield Ludlowe High School learned about the first case two weeks ago and two student-athletes have contracted MRSA since then. 

School officials said there's no risk for a widespread problem at the school.

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<![CDATA[Trump Refuses to Say He'll Accept Result of Election]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:22:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16294050561462.jpg

Donald Trump is no longer saying he will accept the result of the presidential election in November, which would be a break from one of the oldest and most fundamental American political traditions.

One of Trump's main talking points at rallies in recent days has been his allegation that the election is being rigged — he has offered no evidence — and debate moderator Chris Wallace asked at Wednesday's debate if he would accept the result on Nov. 8.

"I will look at it at the time," Trump said, suggesting that the media's reporting on the current state of the election is distorted and that Clinton should be disqaulified for office. 

Wallace explained the political tradition that the losers of elections in the United States concede to the winner, keeping the peace, then asked again if Trump would accept the result. Trump said, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."

Hillary Clinton quickly replied to Trump's remark, saying "that's horrifying."

Clinton said that not accepting losses is common for Trump, saying he was even bothered by losing an Emmy — Trump interjected, "Should have gotten it."

"This is how Donald thinks," Clinton said, as some in the audience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas laughed. "It's funny but it's also really troubling."

Both Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence said earlier Wednesday they believed Trump would accept the result. 

"We'll certainly accept the outcome of this election," Pence said on CNN before the debate.

"I believe he'll accept the outcome either way," Ivanka Trump said at a summit on women in Southern California.

Trump has also said he'll accept the result of the election, but his new response — the culmination of days of complaints about the election being rigged — marked a major and possibly unprecedented change in American politics.

Immediately after the debate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's Hallie Jackson that Trump will accept the results of the election. He later released a statement that did not mention the controversy, but called Trump "the only candidate ready to shake up Washington and give a voice back to the American people."

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway reacted to the remark on MSNBC by saying Trump would accept the results because he will win. When Chris Matthews pressed her on what would happen if he lost, she pointed to Al Gore challenging the 2000 election results in Florida — though Gore sought a recount only when the vote totals showed a margin of less than 2,000 votes, and he never called the result into question beforehand.

The reaction online was swift, with many people, even Trump supporters, repudiating the comment. 

"Based on that answer alone, I hope Mr Trump loses all 50 states. He deserves to. He is attacking democracy itself," tweeted a scholar at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute.

Already not a fan of Trump, Jerry Springer, the former talk show host and mayor of Cincinnati, tweeted that he is "an outrage" for not saying he would accept the election. "Is he planning a coup?"

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Shooting in New Britain Apartment]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Farmington+Avenue+New+Britain+shooting.JPG

Police are investigating a shooting inside the apartment complex at 18 Farmington Ave. in New Britain on Wednesday night. 

One person was shot and police do not think it was random. They said they believe the shooter and the victim knew each other. 

The victim taken to the hospital to be treated for a single gunshot wound and is in stable condition, police said. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

No additional information was available.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking the Final Presidential Debate]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:53:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16294052406753.jpg

The third — and final — presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump was held Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. We found plenty of factual inaccuracies:

  • Trump defended his recent claims about rampant voter fraud by citing a Pew Charitable Trust report that found millions of errors in voter registration rolls but didn’t allege any actual voting violations.
  • Trump falsely claimed that allegations of sexual harassment against him “have been largely debunked.” Trump has eight female accusers. In one case, a man claiming to be an eyewitness offered a conflicting account without providing evidence.
  • Trump also denied calling any of his accusers unattractive. But he implied it when he told his supporters, “Yeah, I’m gonna go after her. Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”
  • Clinton accused Trump of threatening to deport “undocumented workers” during the Trump Tower project in 1980. There is no evidence that Trump made such threats.
  • Clinton claimed she opposed a 2008 Supreme Court decision striking the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, because the city was trying “to protect toddlers from guns.” But she didn’t make that distinction last year in speaking at a private fundraiser.
  • Trump wrongly said that $6 billion was “missing” from the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state. The State Department Office of the Inspector General said that department records of $6 billion in contracts — not the money — were missing or incomplete.
  • Trump said the federal debt had doubled to $20 trillion under Obama. Clinton said annual deficits had been cut by two-thirds. Both were straining the facts.
  • Clinton and Trump disagreed about what Trump had said about more countries getting nuclear weapons. Clinton was closer to the truth. Trump did say perhaps Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves.
  • Trump falsely claimed that billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a Clinton supporter, did “the same thing” Trump did to avoid paying federal income taxes. Buffett said that’s not true and that he has “paid federal income tax every year since 1944.”
  • Trump and Wallace disagreed over whether Trump used money from his own foundation to settle his lawsuits. Trump did.
  • Each candidate misrepresented the other’s position on abortion. Trump suggested Clinton supported abortions on the “final day” of pregnancy, when she’s open to some late-term restrictions. Clinton said Trump favored “some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions.” He quickly walked back that comment months ago.
  • Trump implied a link between Chicago’s tough gun laws and gun violence in the city. But the opposite correlation — fewer gun laws and higher rates of gun deaths — has been shown, and a causation between the two factors is impossible to prove.

And there were more claims that we have fact-checked before: on NAFTA, NATO, hacking, Iraq and more.

Note to Readers: Staff writer D’Angelo Gore was at the debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This story was written by Gore with the help of the entire staff, based in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., areas.


Voter Fraud

Trump defended his recent claims about rampant voter fraud by citing a Pew Charitable Trust report that found millions of people whose voter registrations contained errors. But that’s not evidence of voter fraud, nor does the report allege wrongdoing. Rather, the Pew report said that it is evidence of the need to upgrade voter registration systems.

In fact, numerous voting experts told us that in-person voter fraud is rare.

In light of Trump’s recent comments about a “rigged” election process, Wallace asked Trump if he would accept the results of the election. Trump responded that he would ” look at it at the time.” Trump then went on to cite the Pew report as evidence of voter fraud.

Trump: If you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people that are registered to vote, millions. This isn’t coming from me, it’s coming from Pew report and other places. Millions of people that are registered to vote, that shouldn’t be registered to vote.

In a speech in Wisconsin on Oct. 17, Trump cited the same report as evidence that “people that have died 10 years ago are still voting.” That’s not what the report says.

The report, “Inaccurate, Costly and Inefficient: Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade,” found that approximately 24 million voter registrations in the United States “are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.” It also found that “more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters” and “approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.” The report found that these inaccuracies could feed the “perception” that the system “could be susceptible to fraud.” But it did not allege that such voter fraud was occurring.

Indeed, researchers say voter fraud involving ballots cast on behalf of deceased voters is rare, as are instances of people voting in numerous states. In the case of “dead people” voting — typically determined by matching voting records to Social Security death records — a bit of digging almost always reveals these cases to be due to clerical errors or as a result of people who legally voted via absentee ballots or the early voting process but later died before Election Day, said Lorraine Minnite, a professor at Rutgers University and author of “The Myth of Voter Fraud.”

“There are a handful of known cases in which documentation shows that votes have been cast in the names of voters who have died before the vote was submitted,” wrote Justin Levitt in a 2007 report, “The Truth About Voter Fraud,” for the Brennan Center for Justice. “It is far more common, however, to see unfounded allegations of epidemic voting from beyond the grave.”

Many election experts say the kind of voter fraud Trump is talking about — voter impersonation — is extremely rare, and not enough to tip even a close presidential election. And there is plenty of research to back that up.

A December 2006 report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission interviewed more than two dozen researchers and experts on voter fraud and intimidation, including Minnite. That report concluded that “impersonation of voters is probably the least frequent type of fraud because it is the most likely type of fraud to be discovered, there are stiff penalties associated with this type of fraud, and it is an inefficient method of influencing an election.”

We took an in-depth look at this issue and others raised by Trump regarding voter fraud in our story “Trump’s Bogus Voter Fraud Claims.”

Trump’s Female Accusers

Trump has been accused by eight women of sexual harassment — all of them stepping forward after an Oct. 8 story in the Washington Post about a video that shows Trump boasting of groping women and forcing himself on them.

During the debate, Trump denied the allegations and claimed “those stories have been largely debunked.”

Trump: Well, first of all, those stories have been largely debunked. Those people — I don’t know those people.

First of all, Trump does know some of his accusers. They include Natasha Stoynoff, a People magazine writer who wrote that Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her on the mouth during a 2005 interview, and Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who claimed Trump “very aggressively” kissed her and “placed his hand on my breast” at a hotel in 2007. (CNN has compiled a list of his accusers.)

We asked the Trump campaign what evidence it has that the allegations made by the eight women “have been largely debunked.” But the campaign had a response for only two of the eight cases, including the allegations made by Zervos.

In Zervos’ case, the Trump campaign put out a statement by John Barry, who said he is a first cousin of Zervos. The statement does not debunk Zervos’ allegations; it merely questions them. Barry said he was “completely shocked and bewildered” by Zervos’ allegations, because in the past “she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump.”

The Trump campaign also pointed us to a man who challenged the story of Jessica Leeds, who claimed that Trump kissed and groped her on a plane more than three decades ago. In that case, the New York Post reported that the Trump campaign arranged an interview with Anthony Gilberthorpe, a 54-year-old British man who claimed to be on the plane with Trump and Leeds.

Gilberthorpe told the Post that he saw nothing inappropriate between the two during the flight and that Leeds “was the one being flirtatious.”

The New York Post also wrote, “Gilberthorpe has no evidence to back up his claim — just his self-described excellent memory.” It also noted that Gilberthorpe “made headlines in 2014, when he went public with a claim that as a 17-year-old he procured boys (some who “could have been” underage”) for sex parties with high-ranking British politicians.”

We also note that six people have stepped forward to corroborate Stoynoff’s story of Trump’s unwanted sexual advances and contact. One of those people — Stoynoff’s former journalism professor Paul McLaughlin — “says that the writer called him in tears looking for advice the very night of the harrowing encounter. However, he cautioned her to remain quiet in fear of how Trump may retaliate,” People wrote in a follow-up story.

The accusations by Leeds and Stoynoff also factored into another debate exchange when Trump denied that he ever described any of his accusers as “not attractive.”

Clinton: Well, he held a number of big rallies where he said that he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for them to be assaulted.

Trump: I did not say that. I did not say that.

Trump may not have used the words “not attractive,” but in denying their accounts he told supporters that Leeds “would not be my first choice” and urged them to visit Stoynoff’s Facebook page if they did not believe his denials. “Check out her Facebook page — you’ll understand,” he said.

Trump Tower Laborers

In a discussion about people who live and work illegally in the U.S., Clinton made the unsupported claim that Trump threatened to deport “undocumented workers” who complained about low wages during the construction of Trump Tower.

Clinton: Now, what I am also arguing is that bringing undocumented immigrants out from the shadows, putting them into the formal economy will be good, because then employers can’t exploit them and undercut Americans’ wages.

And Donald knows a lot about this. He used undocumented labor to build the Trump Tower. He underpaid undocumented workers, and when they complained, he basically said what a lot of employers do: “You complain, I’ll get you deported.”

Clinton gets her facts wrong.

As we have written before, Trump was sued in 1983 by union workers who accused him of shortchanging their welfare fund by hiring undocumented workers to help demolish a building in New York City as part of the Trump Tower project.

The New York Times wrote that Trump testified in 1990 that he did not know the workers were in the country illegally and he did not hire them. He said the demolition project and the hiring for it was handled by a subcontractor, Kaszycki & Sons Contractors.

The Times article said the subcontractor hired about 200 undocumented workers and paid them $4 to $5 per hour — far less than the $11 per hour minimum wage that should have been paid to union workers.

The Clinton campaign refers on its website to a story last year by the Daily Beast that says some undocumented workers complained to Trump about not being paid. But the story also said that Trump testified that he did not recall speaking to the demolition workers, and it does not support Clinton’s claim that Trump threatened to deport the workers.

“During the 16-day non-jury trial, a number of the Polish workers testified that Trump underlings had threatened them with deportation if they caused trouble,” the Daily Beast wrote.

The website did not explain the term “Trump underlings” and whether they were Trump employees or subcontractors. Either way, there is no evidence that Trump himself told workers, “You complain, I’ll get you deported.”

Footnote: A federal judge in 1991 ruled against the Trump Organization and its partner in the project, the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. The judge ordered the plaintiffs to be paid $325,415 plus interest. Trump appealed that decision, and the case was settled in 1999 for an undisclosed sum.

Not Just Toddlers

Clinton claimed she was just sticking up for “toddlers” when she said in 2015 that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”

Clinton: [W]hat I was saying … was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case, because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many others.

The core holding in the court’s landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was that the city’s total ban on possession of handguns violated the Second Amendment, and that the amendment conferred on individuals a right to bear arms for self-defense.

“In sum, we hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment,” then-Chief Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the 5-4 majority.

As a secondary matter, the decision also struck down a D.C. requirement than any lawful firearms kept at home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock at all times. Scalia wrote that this prohibition rendered any lawful firearm in the home inoperable for the purpose of immediate self-defense, and also violated the Second Amendment.

But Clinton made no such fine distinction when she spoke in 2015 at a small, private fundraising event in New York City, when she simply said the Supreme Court was “wrong on the Second Amendment.”

Audio of her remarks later was made public. In that private event, she said, “I’m going to speak out, I’m going to do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA [National Rifle Association] and we’re going to do whatever we can.”

That was when she was facing an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the left by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom she criticized for voting against gun legislation opposed by the NRA.

State Department ‘Missing’ $6 Billion?

Trump said that $6 billion was “missing” from the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state. That’s inaccurate.

Trump: The problem is you talk, but you don’t get anything done, Hillary. You don’t. Just like when you ran the State Department. $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen — they don’t know, it’s gone — $6 billion! If you become president, this country is going to be in some mess. Believe me.

We reached out to the Trump campaign to get the source of his claim, but we did not hear back.

Trump may be referring to reports about a management alert issued by the State Department Office of the Inspector General in March 2014. The alert said that the OIG found that, in the previous six years, the State Department had failed to maintain the complete records of more than $6 billion in government contracts.

Office of Inspector General, March 20, 2014: The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in recent audits, investigations, and inspections, has identified significant vulnerabilities in the management of contract file documentation that could expose the Department to substantial financial losses. Specifically, over the past 6 years, OIG has identified Department of State (Department) contracts with a total value of more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all. The failure to maintain contract files adequately creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions.

But State Department Inspector General Steve Linick said that his office’s report did not say that $6 billion was “missing.”

In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in April 2014, Linick wrote:

Linick, April 13, 2014: The April 3 news article “State Department’s IG issues rare alert” reported on the management alert issued recently by my office. In the alert, we identified State Department contracts with a total value of more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located. The Post stated, “The State Department’s inspector general has warned the department that $6 billion in contracting money over the past six years cannot be properly accounted for . . . .

Some have concluded based on this that $6 billion is missing. The alert, however, did not draw that conclusion. Instead, it found that the failure to adequately maintain contract files — documents necessary to ensure the full accounting of U.S. tax dollars — “creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions.”

So it was the records of the $6 billion that were either incomplete or missing, not the money.

Furthermore, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that most of the faulty paperwork concerned contracts that were issued when George W. Bush was president.

Debt and Deficit

Trump said the federal debt had doubled to $20 trillion under Obama. Clinton said annual deficits had been cut by two-thirds. Both were straining the facts.

Trump: [D]uring President Obama’s regime, we’ve doubled our national debt. We’re up to $20 trillion.

Clinton: When President Obama came into office, he inherited the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. He has cut the deficit by two-thirds.

First, the debt. Total federal debt hasn’t quite yet reached $20 trillion, and it hasn’t doubled.

It was just under $19.77 trillion as of Oct. 18. That is 86 percent higher than it was when Obama took office. That figure includes money the government essentially owes to itself.

The figure that has doubled — but only to $14.3 trillion — is the more economically important sum that the federal government owes to the public. It’s up 126 percent.

Clinton’s claim is also inflated. The deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 went onto the Treasury Department’s books officially at $587.4 billion.

And that’s a reduction of less than 59 percent — not 66 percent — from the fiscal year 2009 deficit of $1.417 trillion

Furthermore, as we’ve documented elsewhere, Obama didn’t inherit all of that FY 2009 deficit from his predecessor. During his first months in office, he signed spending measures that contributed as much as $203 billion to FY 2009’s red ink. Adjusting for that, we calculate that the deficit last fiscal year was down only 51 percent from the amount Obama inherited.

Nuclear Quotes

Clinton claimed that Trump “advocated more countries getting” nuclear weapons, including “Japan, Korea, even Saudi Arabia.” Trump countered that “all I said is, we have to renegotiate these agreements, because our country cannot afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and many other places.” But Trump did say that perhaps Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

Here’s that exchange, edited:

Clinton: I find it ironic that he’s raising nuclear weapons. This is a person who has been very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons. He’s …

Trump: Wrong.

Clinton: … advocated more countries getting them, Japan, Korea, even Saudi Arabia. He said, well, if we have them, why don’t we use them, which I think is terrifying. …

Trump: All I said is, we have to renegotiate these agreements, because our country cannot afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and many other places. We cannot continue to afford — she took that as saying nuclear weapons. …

Look, she’s been proven to be a liar on so many different ways. This is just another lie.

Clinton: Well, I’m just quoting you when you were asked …

Trump: There’s no quote. You’re not going to find a quote from me.

Clinton: … about a potential nuclear — nuclear competition in Asia, you said, you know, go ahead, enjoy yourselves, folks. That kind…

Trump: And defend yourselves.

Clinton: … of language — well…

Trump: And defend yourselves. I didn’t say nuclear. And defend yourself.

Let’s start with what Trump did say about Japan and South Korea and nuclear weapons. He’s wrong to claim that “there’s no quote” from him on that topic, and he has gone beyond saying only “we have to renegotiate these agreements.” Clinton “took that as saying nuclear weapons,” as Trump says, because Trump in fact mentioned nuclear weapons.

In an April 3 interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Trump said:

Trump, April 3: So, North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that. I mean, they have a big problem with that. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea.

Wallace: With nukes?

Trump: Maybe they would be better off — including with nukes, yes, including with nukes.

The New York Times had reported about a week prior that Trump had told the newspaper that “he would be open to allowing Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenals rather than depend on the American nuclear umbrella for their protection against North Korea and China.”

On March 29, Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “I don’t want more nuclear weapons,” but also said, “wouldn’t you rather in a certain sense have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” Here’s more of that exchange:

Trump, March 29: At some point we have to say, you know what, we’re better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we’re better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have…

Cooper: Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?

Trump: Saudi Arabia, absolutely.

Cooper: You would be fine with them having nuclear weapons?

Trump: No, not nuclear weapons, but they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us.

Here’s the thing, with Japan, they have to pay us or we have to let them protect themselves.

Cooper: So if you said, Japan, yes, it’s fine, you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, and Saudi Arabia says we want them, too?

Trump: Can I be honest with you? It’s going to happen, anyway. It’s going to happen anyway. It’s only a question of time. They’re going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely.

But you have so many countries already, China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia, you have so many countries right now that have them.

Now, wouldn’t you rather in a certain sense have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons? And they do have them. They absolutely have them. They can’t – they have no carrier system yet but they will very soon.

Wouldn’t you rather have Japan, perhaps, they’re over there, they’re very close, they’re very fearful of North Korea, and we’re supposed to protect.

Cooper: So you’re saying you don’t want more nuclear weapons in the world but you’re OK with Japan and South Korea having nuclear weapons?

Trump: I don’t want more nuclear weapons.

So, yes, there are plenty of quotes from Trump suggesting that he would be OK with other countries, specifically Japan and South Korea, having nuclear weapons.

But the one quote that Clinton mentions in this exchange isn’t as clear. She said that Trump said of “nuclear competition in Asia”: “Go ahead, enjoy yourselves, folks.”

Trump said that in an April 2 campaign appearance in Wausau, Wisconsin, in talking about Japan and North Korea potentially fighting.

Trump, April 2: We’re protecting Japan from North Korea. … I would say to Japan you gotta help us out. … And I would rather have them not arm. But I’m not going to continue to lose this tremendous amount of money. And frankly, the case could be made, that let them protect themselves against North Korea. They’d probably wipe them out pretty quick. And if they fight, you know what, that would be a terrible thing, terrible. “Good luck folks, enjoy yourself.” If they fight, that would be terrible, right? But if they do, they do.

Clinton also said that Trump said of nuclear weapons, “Well, if we have them, why don’t we use them.” That’s according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and based on an anonymous source, not a verified quote from Trump. Scarborough said in early August that an anonymous source, “a foreign policy expert” who “went to advise Donald Trump” several months earlier, had said that Trump three times asked “if we had them why can’t we use them.” The Trump campaign denied that account.

Trump’s and Buffett’s Taxes

Trump falsely claimed that billionaire investor Warren Buffett — who supports Clinton — did the same thing Trump did to avoid paying federal income taxes.

Clinton first said Trump “has not paid a penny in federal income tax,” a statement Trump did not deny during the debate. Instead he tried shifting the blame to Clinton:

Trump: So let me just tell you very quickly, we’re entitled because of the laws that people like her passed to take massive amounts of depreciation on other charges, and we do it. And all of her donors — just about all of them — I know Buffett took hundreds of millions of dollars. … Most of her donors have done the same thing as I do.

What Trump did of course, as recently reported, was to claim a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns, which could erase any federal income-tax liability for as many as 18 years through what are called loss carryforwards. Trump refuses to release his own federal income-tax returns, but he hasn’t denied that he was able to pay zero federal income taxes for many years while amassing a net worth he claims to be over $10 billion.

But he’s wrong to accuse Buffett of doing “the same thing.” Buffett has said publicly that’s not true, and that he has never claimed a loss carryforward like Trump’s in any of his tax returns since the first one he filed as a teenager in 1944. He also said he’s never reduced his tax bill to zero.

Buffett, Oct. 10: I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13. (Though, being a slow starter, I owed only $7 in tax that year.) I have copies of all 72 of my returns and none uses a carryforward.

Trump Foundation

Trump and Wallace disagreed over whether Trump used money from his own foundation to settle his lawsuits. Trump did.

Trump claimed that the money from his foundation “goes 100 percent — 100 percent goes to different charities.” Wallace responded, “Wasn’t some of the money used to settle your lawsuits, sir?”

Wallace went on to explain that Trump settled a lawsuit with Palm Beach with money from his foundation. Trump replied that “the money that you’re talking about went to Fisher House, where they build houses for veterans and disabled vets.”

In fact, the lawsuit Trump faced from Palm Beach is one example of him using foundation money to settle his business legal issues. In 2007, he paid $258,000 from his foundation to settle various lawsuits, one of which was a settlement with the town of Palm Beach, Florida, over the height of a flagpole at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, the Washington Post reported.

Here are other ways that Trump spent his foundation’s money on noncharitable causes and groups, according to the Post‘s reporting:

  • In 2013, the foundation gave $25,000 to a political group connected to Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi. This year Trump paid a $2,500 penalty to the IRS because of the improper gift, according to Jeffrey McConney, a senior vice president and controller at the Trump Organization.
  • The foundation also famously paid $10,000 for a portrait of Trump, which ended up on the wall of a Florida golf course he owns outside Miami. (A spokesman said Trump was doing the foundation a favor by “storing” it there.)
  • The foundation also paid $20,000 for another, six-foot-tall portrait of Trump reportedly shipped to another of Trump’s golf courses in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Positions on Abortion

Each candidate misrepresented the other’s position on abortion.

Trump claimed that “based on what [Clinton’s] saying … you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day.” But Clinton has said she’s open to restrictions on late-term abortions, with exceptions for cases involving the mother’s health issues. Clinton claimed Trump said “there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions.” He said that, but quickly walked back the comment.

We’ll start with the issue of late-term abortions. First off, they are rare. As we wrote in September 2015, 1.2 percent of all the abortions in the United States occur after 20 weeks gestation, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which conducts research on reproductive health.

Second, Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco told our fact-checking colleagues at Politifact: “Nobody would talk about abortion on the woman’s due date. If the mother’s life was at risk, the treatment for that is delivery, and the baby survives.” He added, “Medically, it does not compute.”

Trump repeated his claim during the debate three times, first claiming, “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”

But as we wrote during the eighth GOP debate in February, “It is certainly true that Clinton has been a staunch defender of abortion rights. But Clinton has said she’s open to restrictions on late-term abortions, provided exceptions would be given when the health and life of the mother are an issue.”

So Trump skewed Clinton’s position on late-term abortions.

But Clinton also misrepresented Trump’s current position. She claimed that Trump said “there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions.”

He did say that, but he also walked back that statement only hours later.

On March 30, Trump told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that women who get abortions should receive “some form of punishment” if the procedure is banned in the United States. He also added that the man who impregnates the woman should not be responsible under the law for the abortion.

But on the same day, he put out a statement recanting the punishment claim.

Trump, March 30: If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.

Gun Laws and Gun Violence

When asked about his opposition to gun control measures, Trump said that Chicago “has the toughest gun laws in the United States” and yet “more gun violence than any other city.” That implies a causation between gun laws and gun violence that’s impossible to prove. And even such a correlation is disputed by statistics showing the opposite: that states with fewer gun laws have more gun deaths.

The relationship between gun laws and gun crimes isn’t clear-cut, as Trump suggests.

Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump about his opposition to measures such as limits on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines. Trump responded:

Trump: Well let me just tell you before we go any further, in Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States — probably you could say by far — they have more gun violence than any other city. So we have the toughest laws and you have tremendous gun violence.

We looked at this issue of gun laws and gun violence last year, when GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina also singled out Chicago, saying: “That is why you see in state after state after state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation also having the highest gun crime rates in the nation. Chicago would be an example.” And we looked at the research again when Sen. Ted Cruz claimed that most “jurisdictions with the worst murder rates” have “the very strictest gun control laws.”

We found both were wrong in stating there was such a clear correlation.

Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on firearm death rates for 2013, we found nine of the 10 states with the highest firearm death rates got an “F” for their gun laws, and one got a “D-” from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. And seven of the 10 states with the lowest gun death rates got a “B” or higher.

But homicide rate statistics — with 70 percent of homicides by firearm — didn’t show the same pattern. Eight of the 10 states with the highest homicide rates and eight of the 10 states with the lowest homicide rates all got “D” or “F” grades from the Brady Campaign analysis.

Some research has found a correlation between more gun laws and lower gun fatalities —#8212; but not a causation. For instance, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health looked at all 50 states from 2007 to 2010, concluding: “A higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state, overall and for suicides and homicides individually.” But the study said that it couldn’t determine cause-and-effect.

In fact, it’s likely impossible to determine causation, as we’ve also written before. A scientific random study, in which one group of people had guns or permissive gun laws, and another group didn’t, can’t be done.

As for a correlation between gun laws and gun deaths in cities, an August 2013 CDC report found that for 2009-2010, the top gun murder rate areas, among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas, were: New Orleans, Memphis, Detroit, Birmingham, St. Louis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Chicago. Six of those cities are in states with poor scores for their gun laws, while the other four get a “C” or better. Chicago — the last among the top 10 at the time — had a ban on handguns then, so its gun laws were even tougher then than they are now.

In other words, there’s no discernible pattern among those cities.

Also, while Chicago is often noted for a high number of murders, other cities have a higher murder rate — adjusted for population. The city ranked 35th in 2014 in terms of its murder rate among cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

And There Were Repeats — Again

As in all the other general election debates, the candidates repeated claims we’ve checked before:

NAFTA: Trump repeated again, like in the last debate, that the North American Free Trade Agreement was “signed by her husband,” referring to President Bill Clinton. NAFTA was negotiated and signed by President George H.W. Bush. Clinton signed the implementing legislation. Trump also said “jobs are being sucked out of our economy” because of the trade agreement, but a 2015 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service called the net impact “relatively modest,” saying “NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics or the large economic gains predicted by supporters.”

Father’s loans to Trump: Trump and Clinton disagreed on the size of the loan Trump took from his father to start his business. Trump said, “I started with a $1 million loan,” while Clinton claimed he borrowed “$14 million from his father to start his business.” As we noted when this was brought up during the first debate, Clinton is right and Trump is wrong. According to the Wall Street Journal, “a casino-license disclosure in 1985 … shows Mr. Trump taking out numerous loans from his father and his father’s properties near the start of his career in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” which totaled around $14 million. As Politico points out, that’s $31 million in today’s dollars. And as we wrote during the 11th GOP debate, these loans included more than $3 million illegally transferred to the Trump Castle Casino in Atlantic City in poker chips in 1990. To top it off, Trump’s father also co-guaranteed the construction loan on his first Manhattan project, the Grand Hyatt. So Trump sells his father’s contributions short by a long shot.

Iraq War: As he did in the first and second debates, Trump denied that he supported the invasion of Iraq before it began — interjecting “Wrong!” — when confronted by Clinton. Trump indicated his support for war in a radio interview with Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002 — a little more than six months before the war started. Stern asked Trump directly if he supported going to war with Iraq, and Trump hesitantly responded, “Yeah, I guess so.” Trump has in the past cited a January 2003 TV interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. In the TV interview, Trump told Cavuto that President Bush needed to make a decision on Iraq. “Either you attack or you don’t attack,” he says. But he offered no opinion on what Bush should do. We have found no evidence that Trump was publicly against the Iraq War before it began.

Hacked emails: As she did in the second presidential debate, Clinton claimed that “cyberattacks” on email systems, including that of the Democratic National Committee “come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election.” And Trump again contested her assessment, saying, “She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else” and that “our country has no idea.” As we wrote after the second debate, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security issued a joint statement on Oct. 7 saying they were “confident” that recent hacks into the email systems of the Democratic Party were directed by the Russian government. And, they wrote, “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.” A senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that both Clinton and Trump have been briefed extensively about the U.S. intelligence community’s evidence pointing to culpability by the Russian government. “To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation,” the official said.

Clinton’s tax plan: Trump said there would be a “massive, massive tax increase” under Clinton’s tax plan that would “raise taxes and even double your taxes.” But the tax increases Clinton has proposed would fall almost entirely on the top 10 percent of taxpayers, according to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the pro-business Tax Foundation. Hardest hit would be the less than 0.1 percent of taxpayers who earn more than $5 million per year. “Nearly all of the tax increases would fall on the highest-income 1 percent; on average, low- and middle-income households would see small increases in after-tax income,” the Tax Policy Center concluded.

Trump on health care premiums: Trump said that Obamacare “premiums are going up 60, 70, 80 percent,” predicting that they would “go up over 100 percent” next year. These are cherry-picked facts. Some insurers have requested high 2017 premium rates, but the rates vary across states. The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed preliminary rates in cities in 16 states and Washington, D.C., and found the second-lowest cost silver plan would increase by a weighted average of 9 percent from this year if the rates hold. Additionally, 80 percent of people buying exchange plans receive government subsidies that lower their premium costs.

Open borders: Trump repeatedly claimed Clinton “wants to have open borders,” which Clinton called “a rank mischaracterization.” Wallace asked Clinton to explain comments she made to a Brazilian bank — revealed via WikiLeaks — that “My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” But as Clinton noted, that wasn’t the whole quote. It continues: “… some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.” Clinton said she was “talking about energy. … And I do want us to have an electric grid, an energy system that crosses borders.” In fact, Clinton said at the debate, “I have been for border security for years. I voted for border security in the United States Senate. And my comprehensive immigration reform plan of course includes border security.” We have found all of that to be true. Her campaign website says she supports “humane, targeted immigration enforcement,” and that she would “focus enforcement resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety.”

NATO: Clinton claimed that Trump is “willing to … break up NATO.” Trump did say NATO is obsolete or may be, because it does not focus enough on terrorism. He also previously suggested in an interview with the New York Times in July that he would not automatically defend NATO allies that do not pay their share of defense costs. But he hasn’t said that the international security alliance should be eliminated, even though he once said that he would “certainly look at” leaving NATO. More recently, during the first presidential debate, Trump said that he is “all for NATO.” And Trump has since said, “When I am president, we will strengthen NATO.”

ISIS: Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton “gave us ISIS” — referring to the terrorist Islamic State. He claimed Clinton and President Obama “created this huge vacuum” when the U.S. left Iraq in 2011. That may be a contributing factor, but as we have written the origin of ISIS dates to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the decision to immediately disband the Iraqi army and ban the Baath Party. Experts also cite the rule of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who alienated and radicalized the Sunnis, and the Syrian civil war that provided the space for ISIS to grow in 2011.

Clinton emails: Trump repeated his claim from the second debate that Clinton “destroyed 33,000 emails criminally, criminally, after getting a subpoena from the United States Congress.” Trump is referring to 31,830 emails that Clinton’s lawyers had deemed personal and, as a result, did not have to be turned over to the government. As we have written, the department’s policy allows its employees to determine which emails are work-related and must be preserved. It is true that the emails were deleted after Clinton received a subpoena on March 4, 2015, from a Republican-controlled House committee investigation into the 2012 deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. But there is no evidence that Clinton knew that the emails were deleted after the subpoena was issued. According to FBI notes of its investigation, an employee of Platte River Networks – which at the time was managing Clinton’s private server – deleted the emails in March. Clinton told the FBI that she was not aware that they were deleted in late March 2015. The FBI did not say when Clinton learned when the emails had been deleted.


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