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

November 26, 2018

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING

A casino in Rhode Island is becoming the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports. Sports betting begins at Twin River Casino’s Lincoln location Monday afternoon. Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words following 3 p.m. event.

IN BRIEF:

— NURSING HOME ASSAULT: A 76-year-old woman has died after police say she was choked during an altercation inside a Connecticut nursing home. SENT.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC: Connecticut State Police investigated more accidents but handed out fewer tickets during the six-day Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period this year compared to 2017. SENT.

— HASH BROWN-DISTRACTED DRIVING: A Connecticut man who says he was wrongly cited for distracted driving after police mistook a McDonald’s hash brown for a cellphone is continuing his legal fight. SENT.

— CVS-AETNA COMBINATION: Shares of CVS Health and Aetna are rising with the companies now saying they expect to close their $69 billion tie-up later this week. SENT.

— DOG KILLED: Police say a dog was shot and killed in the Connecticut town of Harwinton over the weekend. SENT.

— TIGER HABITAT-DONATION: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo says it has received $1 million from a longtime zoo supporter to fund the creation of a new habitat for a family of tigers. SENT 130 words.

— JUDGE JERRY SPRINGER: Talk show host Jerry Springer is getting a new TV role as “Judge Jerry,” where he’ll hear testimony and render verdicts before a studio audience. NBC Universal Television Distribution announced the half-hour court program Monday that will debut in national syndication in the fall of 2019.

SPORTS:

T25 WOMEN’S BKB POLL

Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. Both teams faced deficits this past week in holiday tournament games before prevailing. The Irish needed to rally from 14 points down to beat No. 9 Oregon State in the Vancouver Showcase championship game to stay No. 1. The Huskies trailed St. John’s early in the fourth quarter at the Paradise Jam before winning by 10. SENT: 190 words, photos.

CELTICS-PELICANS

The Boston Celtics visit the New Orleans Pelicans. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BRUINS-MAPLE LEAFS

The Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

ON FOOTBALL-NOT QUITE THERE

When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic. In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. Given the competition this season from the likes of the Chiefs, Steelers, Chargers and Texans, that might not be enough. SENT: 800 words, photos.

POSTSEASON SHARES

A postseason share on World Series champion Boston was worth $416,838, down from a record $438,902 for Houston in 2017. The commissioner’s office said Monday the Red Sox voted 66 full shares, 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards. The Astros had 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. The players’ pool was a record $88.19 million, breaking the mark of $84.5 million set last year. SENT: 190 words.

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