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

January 7, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-KENNEDY COUSIN

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in Greenwich, Connecticut, and whose body was found in her family’s backyard. Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 at the time of her death. By Jessica Gresko and Dave Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ELI LILLY-ACQUISITION

Eli Lilly is spending about $8 billion in cash to buy Connecticut-based Loxo Oncology, as the drugmaker bulks up on cancer treatments that target certain gene abnormalities. Loxo Oncology could launch a drug next year and targets an abnormality that occurs in several tumor types, including some lung and thyroid cancers, Lilly said Monday. SENT: 180 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEAD PUPPIES IN BAG: Animal control officers are investigating the deaths of four puppies found in a plastic shopping bag on the side of a Connecticut road. SENT.

_ CATHEDRAL SWASTIKA: Police in Connecticut say someone painted a swastika on the door of the Cathedral of St. Augustine, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. SENT.

_ FORMER JUDGE-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former Connecticut attorney and probate judge is not contesting his role in the embezzlement of $277,000 in assets from a probate client. SENT.

_ GARBAGE PLANT BREAKDOWN: Environmental regulators say a Hartford garbage plant stored tons of trash outdoors in violation of state permits. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ordered the plant operators to move dozens of containers of partially processed trash back inside.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-ICYMI

Many of UConn’s incredible regular-season streaks are over after Thursday night’s loss at Baylor. Still, the Huskies have one left that is among the most remarkable in sports. They haven’t had a losing streak in 25 years. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

NETS-CELTICS

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS

The Patriots begin their preparations for a divisional-round matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. The last playoff meeting between the teams was the 2007 AFC championship game, won by New England. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. With photos.

CHARGERS-ON TO NEW ENGLAND

The Los Angeles Chargers got their first postseason win in five years by beating the youngest QB to start a playoff game. Their next challenge is having to go on the road and beat the most experienced postseason QB of them all. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Niagara at Fairfield, 7 p.m.

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