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.

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TOP STORY:

CONNECTICUT HOUSE-HAYES

WATERBURY — As she hits up the town fairs and parades across northwestern Connecticut, political newcomer Jahana Hayes is sharing her story of rising from poverty to the height of the teaching profession in her bid to become the state's first black woman elected to Congress. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ANTI-VIOLENCE ACTIVIST-KILLING: A Connecticut man who killed an anti-violence activist and her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison. SENT: 140 words.

— TEENAGER SHOT: Police in Connecticut say an 18-year-old who forced his way into his neighbor's home was shot in the stomach. SENT: 130 words.

— JUDGE THREATS: The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Cromwell man convicted of threatening violence against a state judge who presided over his divorce case. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Police in Connecticut have identified the man who died after crashing his motorcycle in a tobacco field and may have gone undiscovered for several days. SENT: 130 words.

— DYNAMITE-CANDLE CONFUSION: Authorities say a Connecticut woman mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle during a power outage and suffered severe hand injuries. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE LIEUTENANT-STANDOFF: New Haven police say a veteran lieutenant who barricaded himself in his home is likely to face criminal charges, but for now the focus is on mental health treatment. SENT: 132 words.

— COLLEGE STUDENT DEATH: A Quinnipiac University student who was also the son of one of the school's top administrators has been killed while riding his bicycle. SENT: 130 words.

— BUS DRIVER-CHARGED: New Haven police have charged a school bus driver who they say left two special needs students on a bus. Authorities say the driver left the two Wilbur Cross High School students on a bus Thursday. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

UCONN-BOISE STATE

Very quietly, No. 20 Boise State put together one of the more impressive performances of the opening weekend to the season. The Broncos will have the opportunity to make a lot of noise over the next two weeks beginning with Saturday night's game against Connecticut. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. ET.

ASTROS-RED SOX

Division leaders Houston and Boston are both riding hot streaks as they open a three-game series that could be a preview of potential playoff matchup. The Astros have won five straight and hold a 3 1/2 game lead in the West. The Red Sox, winners of seven out of their last nine and three straight, lead the Yankees by 9 1/2 in the East. The teams split a four-game series back in June. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

YANKEES-MARINERS

The New York Yankees make their only visit to Seattle to open a three-game series against the Mariners on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees against James Paxton for Seattle. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET.

PHILLIES-METS

Cy Young Award contender Aaron Nola pitches for Philadelphia against Steven Matz and the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies are 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. Matz is coming off a career-best 11 strikeouts Saturday in San Francisco. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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