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Good evening. 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.

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HARTFORD — A Connecticut mechanic has been indicted as part of a federal terrorism investigation. Fareed Ahmed Khan is accused of lying to investigators about sending medical equipment to Pakistan and his relationship with an Islamic charity. His lawyer says nothing he did was illegal. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 400 words.



WASHINGTON — A Russian man considered to be one of the world's most notorious hackers has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges alleging he operated a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distributed bulk spam emails and installed malicious software. The Justice Department says Peter Levashov pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 275 words.


HARTFORD — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case and reinstate his conviction. The Connecticut Supreme Court in May vacated Skakel's conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. The states are Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. By Dave Collins. SENT: 577 words.


NEW LONDON — Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont are squaring off in the first debate between the winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries for Connecticut governor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 9 p.m.


— INMATE RE-ENTRY CENTER —The city of Hartford has opened a new center designed to help former inmates integrate back into society.

— POLICE OFFICER CHARGED — A Hartford police sergeant charged with stealing department equipment and giving it to a suspected drug dealer will remain held on $175,000 bail.

— BOUNTY HUNTERS-KIDNAPPING CHARGES — Two Connecticut bounty hunters who insist they were acting legally are fighting kidnapping charges in Rhode Island.

— HOMICIDE SUSPECT CAPTURED — A suspect in a homicide in North Carolina has been captured in Connecticut. State troopers and local police took 46-year-old Jamahn Johnson into custody without incident Tuesday in New Haven.

— FOXWOODS-OFFICER ASSAULTED — A Connecticut judge has ordered a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to stay away from all casinos and to not go near a Foxwoods Resorts Casino security guard he is charged with assaulting.

— TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP — A Connecticut high school teacher and swim coach has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.

— SHOT UNDER BRIDGE — Police say three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death in May of a Connecticut high school student, including a 15-year-old boy who's facing a murder charge.

— RIM THEFTS — Police departments in Connecticut are collaborating to investigate recent tire and rim thefts. Authorities say the 24 reported thefts in Bristol since April are part of a regional problem.



The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays, with David Price facing Aaron Sanchez. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The New York Yankees, their lead for the first wild card spot down to two games over the Oakland A's, send Luis Severino to the mound in the final game of the series in Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi pitches for the Twins. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.


The Mets and Marlins are set for a doubleheader, assuming rainy weather doesn't spoil the matchup of NL East laggards. New York's Zack Wheeler opposes Trevor Richards in the opener, while Mets veteran Jason Vargas faces Jeff Brigham in the nightcap. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 4:10 p.m.


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