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

April 3, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are expected in court to face charges that they participated in a wide-ranging college admissions cheating scam. SENT: 390 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearings at 2:30 p.m.

PEOPLE-TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOUSE-CRASH

A stolen car crashed into the gates of Taylor Swift’s beachfront Rhode Island home Tuesday morning following a police chase that started in a neighboring town, police said. The chase started around 1 a.m. Tuesday when a Hopkinton officer on patrol noticed the car had no license plates and tried to pull it over. SENT: 300 words, photos. Updates on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-CONNECTICUT LAWSUIT: A Connecticut man who survived the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival says in a lawsuit he was told to “suck it up” and “get over it” after informing his employers he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. SENT.

_ DARKNET CHILD PORN SENTENCING: Federal authorities say a Connecticut man has been sentenced to five years in prison for purchasing child pornography from a secret website hosted on a darknet. SENT.

_ STOLEN SAFE: Connecticut police have charged a second person in connection with the theft of a safe containing more than $100,000 worth of precious metals and cash. SENT.

_ DOGFISH HARVEST: Federal fishing regulators say they’re reducing the quota for a small species of shark that is fished commercially off the East Coast. SENT 130 words.

SPORTS:

FAIRFIELD-YOUNG

Rutgers assistant coach Jay Young has been named head coach at Fairfield. He replaces Sydney Johnson, who was fired last month after a 9-22 season and a 116-147 record over eight seasons. SENT.

RED SOX-ATHLETICS

Marco Estrada makes his third start for the Athletics when they face the Boston Red Sox. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, starts at 10 p.m. ET.

TIGERS-YANKEES

Detroit plays New York at Yankee Stadium.

CELTICS-HEAT

The Boston Celtics visit the Miami Heat.

TEAM VS TALENT

In the 30 seasons since the NCAA Tournament started morphing into “March Madness,” 120 teams have traveled the road to the Final Four. That’s 120 unique formulas that have worked to make it onto college basketball’s biggest stage. For all the debate about what counts more toward building a championship program — great teams with veteran leaders and role players versus outstanding individual talent, even if that talent makes only a short pit stop in college before going to the pros — an Associated Press analysis of rosters found that one factor outweighs all else. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

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