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 Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org. Bob Salsberg is on the desk.

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IN BRIEF:

— OPIOID EPIDEMIC-ART — A judge has ruled that the artist who helped place a steel sculpture of a bent drug spoon at Purdue Pharma's Connecticut headquarters can get the artwork back.

— CLASSIC CAR CRASH — Police in Connecticut say a 75-year-old man died over the weekend when the classic car he was driving struck a parked vehicle.

— PRISONER ESCAPE — Police say a man being held at a Connecticut police department's lockup escaped only to be found by officers hiding in an office park a few hours later.

— SCHOOL-SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION — Norwich police say they're investigating allegations that a former employee of an independent school sexually assaulted students. SENT: 130 words.

— GIRL DROWNS — Waterbury police say a 10-year-old girl drowned during a birthday party at a home. Authorities say the girl was found at the bottom of a pool Saturday night. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--WHITE SOX-YANKEES

The Yankees host the White Sox in the opener of a three-game series in New York. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BBN--METS-CUBS

The Chicago Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound when they try for their sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Noah Syndergaard pitches for New York. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET.

FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEW

Everyone's still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Many of the faces change every year in Miami, Buffalo, New York — and even in Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division. So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. They've won nine in a row, and 14 of the last 15. And, it certainly appears they're an excellent bet to add to that haul this season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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