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TOP STORIES:

SPOTIFY-ALEX JONES

The music streaming service Spotify says it has removed some episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" podcast for violating its hate content policy. Among other claims, Jones has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Connecticut a hoax. SENT: 235 words, photos.

EARNS-AETNA

Hartford-based Aetna easily topped second-quarter earnings expectations as another drop in benefit expenses and lower taxes helped the nation's third-largest health insurer. Net income inched up less than 1 percent to $1.21 billion, while earnings adjusted for non-recurring gains totaled $3.43 per share, the insurer said Thursday. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 385 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— HARTFORD HOMICIDE: No arrests have been reported after a fatal stabbing in Hartford. Officers responding to a call in the city's Frog Hollow neighborhood late Wednesday night found a man with stab wounds to his chest. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

YANKEES-RED SOX

CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees to open a four-game series against the Red Sox, who send Brian Johnson to the mound in place of injured ace Chris Sale. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

METS-NATIONALS

The Washington Nationals wrap up a three-game series against the New York Mets. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

WNBA INCREASED TECHNICALS

Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break. That's 11 more than all of last season. There were also 30 handed out to coaches already this season. There's still nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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