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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

November 19, 2018

Editors, news directors:

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-WHITAKER

WASHINGTON — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him. The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, argues that Whitaker’s appointment violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate. By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

1987 KIDNAPPING

HARTFORD — A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in 1987 and disappearing for 31 years before being arrested in Connecticut last month has been arraigned. UPCOMING: 250 words.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

The long wait is over and the first legal sales of recreational marijuana are about to be made in Massachusetts starting Tuesday. A look at what to expect when the first pot shops open on Tuesday. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POT STORE PILFERY — Police are looking for thieves who broke into a Connecticut medical marijuana dispensary and made off with a safe containing cash.

— BODY IN BUS SHELTER — Hartford police are investigating the shooting of a 49-year-old city man found dead in a city bus shelter.

— OFFICERS THREATENED — Authorities in western Massachusetts have arrested a man suspected of threatening two police officers with a knife.

SPORTS:

NASCAR--IN THE PITS

Connecticut native Joey Logano was 22 and headed toward the unemployment when Roger Penske saved his career. Now Logano is a NASCAR champion, the one goal he’s chased his entire life. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 pm.

BKN--CELTICS-HORNETS

The Hornets look to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to the 76ers when Charlotte hosts the Boston Celtics. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season. None of the league’s final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy this time. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 900 words.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hartford vs. Utah Valley at Las Vegas, 2 p.m.

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