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 Dave Collins at 860-246-6876 or dcollins@ap.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk.

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STORMY WEATHER

Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more 200,000 homes and businesses without power. Connecticut officials said men in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks. An 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in. SENT: 280 words, photos, video.

With: STORMY WEATHER-CONNECTICUT; STORMY WEATHER-THE LATEST.

BOAT TAX

Connecticut boat dealers are hoping Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign legislation reducing the state's 6.35 percent sales tax on boat sales to 2.99 percent. Many have asked lawmakers for years to pass legislation that would help them better compete with neighboring Rhode Island and New York. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

NEPAL-EVEREST RECORD

A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a female Sherpa who now lives in Connecticut made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ALLIGATOR THREAT: Connecticut police say a man who placed a 3-foot alligator on top of a man in an extortion attempt has been arrested. SENT: 130 words.

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING-HIV LAWSUIT: A Connecticut businessman charged in a sex trafficking ring is facing a lawsuit from alleged victims who say he knowingly engaged in unprotected sex for more than 40 years while infected with HIV. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A Connecticut man who previously pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

— RED CROSS EMBEZZLEMENT: A West Hartford woman convicted last year of embezzling nearly $500,000 from the Red Cross chapter where she worked has started serving her eight-year prison term after a judge revoked her appeal bond. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-SMART'S IMPACT

If there's a tough to play to be made, Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart is the guy that's going to make it. Since returning from thumb surgery in the first round, Smart has been Boston's unflappable glue guy, diving for loose balls, getting tip-ins and making what Stevens calls "winning plays." He's also imbued the Celtics with a toughness that even Cleveland's Kevin Love said the Cavs must emulate down 0-2. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.

CALHOUN-SAINT JOSEPH-DIII

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been busy building a new program at the tiny University of Saint Joseph, but has not said if he will coach the team during its inaugural season this fall. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Developing from 4 p.m. news conference.

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

The Oakland A's visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

YANKEES-NATIONALS

The Yankees and Nationals try to resume a game suspended because of rain in the sixth inning a night earlier, then play a second game with two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer pitching for Washington against New York's CC Sabathia. But the forecast calls for more rain Wednesday. First game scheduled to resume at 5:05 p.m.; second game scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BLUE JAYS-METS

Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ faces Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler in the afternoon finale of their interleague series. New York's bats broke out Tuesday night in a 12-2 rout of Toronto, with new acquisition Devin Mesoraco having a huge home debut in Queens. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

ESPN-SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend. SENT: 130 words.

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