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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
YEAR END-CONNECTICUT-TOP STORIES
Democrat Ned Lamont prevailed in a tight contest for governor, dozens of people fell ill in a mass overdose on the New Haven Green and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel saw a ruling go his way in a decades-long legal saga. The top stories of 2018 included lots of politics as well as a dose of heartache and tragedy, including the fatal shooting of a young woman killed for trying to break away from an incestuous relationship with her father. By Michael Melia. SENT: 775 words, photos.
The FBI is grappling with a seemingly endless cycle of money laundering schemes, including a particularly concerning trend involving “money mules.” The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor. SENT: 950 words, photos.
_ BROTHERS FOUND DEAD: Police in Connecticut are investigating whether the deaths of two brothers, whose bodies were discovered in an airport parking lot, was a murder-suicide. SENT.
_ MISSING WOMAN: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a 68-year-old Connecticut woman whose vehicle was found in a parking lot near the water in Westerly. SENT.
_ DEATH PENALTY APPEAL: A federal appeals court has set aside the death sentence given to a Connecticut man convicted of using a baseball bat to fatally beat two people who had been wrapped in duct tape. SENT.
_ SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE: A Connecticut felon already behind bars has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. SENT.
_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC ART: The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location. SENT.
_ FATAL FIRE: A 30-year-old military veteran has been identified as the victim of a deadly fire at a Connecticut condominium complex. SENT.
_ TAX INFORMATION THEFT: A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to tricking school districts around the county into sending him personal information on workers. SENT.
The New England Patriots prepare for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday. UPCOMING: Story on merits.
SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
No. 12 Boise State seeks its second straight 11-win season in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl against Boston College at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. BC is looking for the first eight-win season under Steve Addazio. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1:30 p.m. ET.
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