Editors, news directors:

Good morning. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. Forecasters predict that record-breaking cold air and strong winds will set people's teeth chattering like castanets from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Friday and that the frigid weather will hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICKENS KILLED: Milford police say a man killed 20 chickens and ripped their heads from their bodies in a drunken, jealous rage on Christmas. SENT: 130 words.

— BODY FOUND IN SNOW: Hartford police are investigating the city's first homicide of 2018 after a fatally wounded man was found lying in the snow. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fairfield at Rider, 7 p.m.

Canisius at Quinnipiac, 8 p.m.

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