<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 28 May 2015 06:11:54 -0400 Thu, 28 May 2015 06:11:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stabbing is Hartford's 12th Homicide of 2015]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+liquor+store+stabbing.JPG
A person has died after he was stabbed in the chest at a Hartford liquor store, marking the city's 12th homicide of the year.

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Train Involved in Collision in Groton]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:41:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/amtrak+groton+crash.jpg
Authorities were called to an Amtrak crash off Depot Road in Groton on Wednesday night, according to Groton Town Police.

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<![CDATA[Elementary Student Faked Kidnapping Attempt in Vernon: Police]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 22:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lake+street+school+vernon.jpg
The elementary school student who told police and his parents a strange man had grabbed and tried to kidnap him while he was walking home from school Tuesday fabricated the story, according to police.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Dies After Jumping in Front of Metro-North Train]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/metro+north+pedestrian+struck+fairfield.jpg
A middle-aged man has died after jumping in front of a Metro-North train near the Fairfield Metro station late Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Truck Crashes Off Highway in Guilford ]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:57:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Guilford+crash+1200.jpg
A Bronx, New York man is dead and a Greenwich man is hospitalized with serious injuries after a pickup crashed off Interstate 95 in Guilford on Wednesday morning and landed in the woods below, off State Street...

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<![CDATA["American Idol" Winner Nick Fradiani Performs in Hartford]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:29:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/179*120/473224476.jpg
After traveling to Hollywood and winning "American Idol," Guilford native Nick Fradiani gave his first performance since his crowning moment on Wednesday night, playing at The Russian Lady in Hartford with...

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<![CDATA[New Law Targets Use of Seclusion Rooms]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/seclusion+rooms.jpg
State lawmakers approved a new bill Wednesday that limits the controversial practice of using seclusion rooms and restraining children in schools.]]>
<![CDATA[Teachers Union Alarmed Over Use of Student Data]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+public+schools.jpg
The Hamden school system turned over data to an education research group and leaders with one of Connecticut's largest teachers' unions say the group is worried about how it will be used.

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<![CDATA[Fire Forces 2 Families From Manchester Home]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:17:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manchester+eighth+district+fire.jpg
Two women and two children are without a home after flames ripped through their three-story house on Park Street in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon, according to the fire department.]]>
<![CDATA[Idaho Man Survives Lightning Strike]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:46:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A man escaped a brush with death in Idaho over Memorial Day weekend when he was hit by a bolt of lightning.

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<![CDATA[East Hartford Officer Settles With Town]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/officer+woodrow+tinsley.jpg
An East Hartford officer is cleared after a mother accused him of assaulting her 12-year-old son.

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<![CDATA[Man Found With Missing Teen Charged With Sex Assault]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 18:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wallingford+gregory+mooney.jpg
A 15-year-old reported missing from Massachusetts hitchhiked to Connecticut with a 20-year-old man, who has been charged with sexual assault, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Back at Mr. Sparkle Car Wash in Hartford]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 22:52:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hartford+car+wash+shooting.jpg
Police are investigating after a man was shot in the back at a Hartford car wash Wednesday afternoon.]]>
<![CDATA[Charging Cellphone Sets Bed on Fire at Hamden Home]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:35:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hamden+cellphone+fire.jpg
Fire officials are warning residents to be careful charging their devices after a cellphone ignited a bed and pillow in Hamden overnight Friday, according to the fire department.

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<![CDATA[Fairfield Teens Hurt, 1 Critically, in Crash After Leaving School]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:14:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fairfield+police+cruiser+generic.jpg
Two Fairfield teens were hurt, one critically, when their Jeep skidded out and struck a utility pole while they were leaving Fairfield Ward High School on Wednesday, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Break Into Bridgeport Home, Tie Up Residents]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:27:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bridgeport+police+cruiser+2.jpg
Police are searching for two men who forced their way into a Bridgeport home overnight, tied up the residents and stole $4,000 cash, according to a spokesperson for the mayor's office.

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<![CDATA[Broken Pole Causes Outages in East Hartford, Manchester]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 18:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eversource.jpg
More than 1,000 residents of East Hartford and Manchester are without power Wednesday evening while crews work to repair a broken utility pole in East Hartford, according to Eversource.

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<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in LA Fire]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:49:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP298796397152.jpg
Police have made an arrest in a suspected December 2014 arson that torched an under-construction apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles, law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Driver in Crash With Tractor-Trailer Fell Asleep: Cops]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:59:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Monroe+crash+with+injuries+1200.jpg
Three people suffered serious injuries when a Chevrolet Malibu and a tractor-trailer carrying heating fuel crashed in Monroe on Wednesday morning, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Man Charged With Sex Assault in Wallingford]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wallingford+gregory+mooney.jpg
A 20-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault in Wallingford.

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<![CDATA[Police Identify Man Killed in Crash With Newington Officer]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:29:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Newington+Police+Involved+Fatal+Crash.jpg
One person was killed in a crash involving a female police officer on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington on Monday morning, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Hostages Rescued at Gas Station]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 02:31:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ANTIOCH-HOSTAGE-CHOPPER-PART-2---02063110.jpg
SWAT teams officers handcuffed a suspect outside a Bay Area gas station Wednesday after he reportedly took two hostages. Police said officers pursued the suspect's vehicle to a shut-down highway off-ramp, where...

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<![CDATA[Photo of Cops, Black Man Sparks Ire]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cops+antler+photo+with+blur.jpg
A photo of two white Chicago police officers posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his stomach with deer antlers on his head has sparked outrage. The photo, showing Officers Timothy...

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Slashing Wife Now in Milford Police Custody]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:25:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Amado+Rodriguez+1200.jpg
A man suspected of slashing the throat of his estranged wife, then stabbing an elderly man for whom she was caring in Milford is now in Milford police custody after being arrested in Philadelphia last month.

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<![CDATA[Man Assaulted Pregnant Woman in Front of Toddler: Police]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+department.JPG
Middletown police have arrested a 32-year-old local man who is accused of assaulting a pregnant woman in front of a toddler.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Tax Refund Scheme]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:57:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/IRS+Breach.jpg
A Waterbury man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a stolen identity tax refund scheme that federal officials said cost the U.S. Treasury $7.5 million.]]>
<![CDATA[Injuries Reported in Crash on I-95 in Norwalk]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:40:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Norwalk+crash+May+27+I+95+1200.jpg
Injuries have been reported in a crash on Interstate 95 northbound in Norwalk, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Fire on South Quaker Lane in West Hartford]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:55:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/South+Quaker+Fire+1200.jpg
Firefighters have responded to a fire at 198 South Quaker Lane in West Hartford and the intersection at Boulevard is closed to traffic.

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<![CDATA[Merriam-Webster Adds 1,700 Words, Including "Jeggings," "NSFW"]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:52:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/27167011.jpg
The Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary has included new words that will have some people saying “WTF.” The company announced Tuesday it has added 1,700 new terms, many of which are influenced by the internet...

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<![CDATA[Waterbury Church Leader Sentenced for Enticing Teen]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:30:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/miguel+torres.jpg
A Waterbury church leader has pleaded guilty to federal charges after persuading a 14-year-old to send him sexually explicit photos and videos, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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<![CDATA[Lucky Day! $2,000 Tip on $93 Bill]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:12:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20150526+Big+Tip.jpg
The staff at one D.C. restaurant received a big surprise this weekend -- a $2,000 tip on a $93 bill. A customer at Blue 44 in Chevy Chase visited the restaurant on Monday to pick up a few quarts of gumbo,...]]>
<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Move Through State]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 21:18:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thunderstorms+may+27+night.png
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are moving east across the state, but the threat of severe storms has passed and all warnings and watches have been canceled.
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<![CDATA[Three Connecticut Competitors Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:07:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/spellingbeecrop.jpg
Three Connecticut students are hoping to spell victory as they compete in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

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<![CDATA[Airline Calls in the Pizza Guy]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:31:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Delta+Plane+Pizza+Philly+Knoxville+Atlanta+Pizza+Delta.jpg
Call in the pizza guy! That’s what the crew of a Delta flight from Philadelphia did after the Atlanta-bound aircraft landed in Knoxville, Tennessee instead Tuesday afternoon. Bad weather in Atlanta caused...

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<![CDATA[2 Seriously Hurt When Car Smashes Into Wethersfield Home]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:23:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Car+into+house+in+Wethersfield+may+26+1200.jpg
Two people have been taken to the hospital after the car they were in crashed into a house at Maple and Prospect streets in Wethersfield, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Rescuers Remove Blade From Wounded Sea Lion]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/5-26-15+Injured+Sea+Lion.JPG
Volunteers and a professional rescue team from SeaWorld came to the aid of a sea lion that appeared Saturday on a dock in Channel Islands Harbor with the handle of a bladed weapon protruding from his body. "This

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<![CDATA[Task Force Aims to Improve Police-Community Relations]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:25:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nhpd05122015.jpg
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce a new task force designed to improve the relationship between city residents and the police department.

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<![CDATA[Author of "To Die For" Appeals for Pamela Smart's Release]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:56:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SmartAndCamerasCropped.jpg
The author of “To Die For,” a novel inspired by Pamela Smart and the murder of her husband by her teenage lover, is asking the governor of New Hampshire to consider parole for the former school media...

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<![CDATA[Person Shot in Torso on Asylum Avenue in Hartford]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 08:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Asylum+Avenue+Shooting+1200.jpg
A person was shot in the torso late Tuesday night on Asylum Avenue in Hartford, police said.

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<![CDATA[Rick Santorum Announces 2nd White House Run]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 18:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rick-Santorum-27-May-2015.jpg
Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on...

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<![CDATA[Kitten Escapes Hawk Attack]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:12:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/5-26-15-Kitten+Hawk+Rescue.jpg
A little white kitten narrowly missed having to dig into her nine lives on Tuesday after escaping the mouth of a hawk in a Southern California neighborhood. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said...

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<![CDATA[Missing Girl Safe, Uncle Killed ]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/caitlyn-uncle.jpg
A missing 9-year-old Benbrook, Texas, girl abducted by her uncle is safe in Bossier City, Louisiana, Benbrook police say, after her uncle was killed in a struggle with an FBI Task Force officer Tuesday...

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<![CDATA[East Haven Zoning Official Arrested on Federal Charges]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:44:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg
An East Haven zoning official accused of taking illegal payments in exchange for zoning decisions was arrested Wednesday morning on a federal criminal complaint, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.]]>