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

September 16, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. 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.

Dave Collins is on the desk. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

SQUIRRELS VS FARMERS

There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. By David Sharp. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL FIRE: West Haven officials say a man has died after first responders pulled him from a burning home. Firefighters responded to the multifamily home Saturday afternoon and found the man unresponsive inside. SENT: 130 words.

— FATHER KILLED-OFFICER SHOT: Police searches have become an issue in the case of a Connecticut man charged with killing his father and living with the corpse for months before shooting a police officer who entered the home during a welfare check in 2013. SENT: 130 words.

— DOCTOR KILLED: Defense attorneys are asking a judge to throw out the murder case against a woman accused in the beating death of her husband, a UConn medical school doctor whose disappearance went unnoticed for months. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

GIANTS-COWBOYS

One-time college foes Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley meet as pros for the first time with Elliott’s Dallas Cowboys and Barkley’s New York Giants looking for their first win in another prime-time matchup between NFC East rivals. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

PATRIOTS-JAGUARS

The New England Patriots face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game. The Pats overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 9 minutes to win that one, preventing the Jags from making the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Begins at 4:25 p.m.

METS-RED SOX

The New York Mets and Boston Red Sox finish their three-game series, with Chris Sale facing Jacob deGrom. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.

BLUE JAYS-YANKEES

The Yankees have a narrow lead for the top AL wild card heading into the finale of a series against Toronto. Lance Lynn will pitch on seven days’ rest. New York is 5-2 in his starts since getting him from Minnesota. Thomas Pannone makes his fourth big league start for the Blue Jays. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.

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