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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. Collin Binkley is on the desk.

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A Quinnipiac University student plans to spend this school year living in a retirement community, part of a program the school says helps combat ageism and leads to learning opportunities for both generations. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.


A decade after first appearing in the United States, fake weed is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic marijuana. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 380 words.


FRIEND OVERDOSE: A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to providing his friend with a lethal dose of heroin. SENT: 110 words.

CELEBRITIES HACKED: A Connecticut man is asking for leniency while facing sentencing for hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people. SENT: 130 words.

— PURDUE PHARMA PROTEST: Several hundred protesters have gathered outside the Connecticut headquarters of Purdue Pharma and demanded the drug maker set up a fund to fight the nation's opioid crisis. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY HOME INVASION: A Connecticut man who acknowledged being the shooter in a botched home invasion six years ago that led to the death of a resident faces more than a century of prison time. SENT: 130 words.

— POOL DROWNING: Bridgeport officials say a 2-year-old child has drowned in a family pool. Police responding to a 911 call went to the home at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. SENT: 130 words.

— FLEEING CAR CRASH: A car that had initially fled from police has crashed in New Haven, killing one person and severely injuring another. SENT: 130 words.



UConn football, which is coming off consecutive 3-9 seasons, will open this year's campaign with a tough early schedule and no returning starters on defense. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.


The Boston Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, return to Fenway Park to open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Marcus Stroman gets the start for Toronto in the series opener against the Yankees and Lance Lynn. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


Noah Syndergaard goes for the Mets and Aaron Nola starts for the Phillies. By Aaron Bracy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m.


Matt Patricia makes his Ford Field debut as coach of the Detroit Lions in a preseason game against the New York Giants, who likely will rest banged-up rookie running back Saquon Barkley. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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