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TOP STORY

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY

Americans are marking the anniversary of 9/11 with solemn tributes, volunteer projects and enhanced memorials, after a year when two attacks within miles of ground zero manifested the enduring, evolving threat of terrorism. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 500 words. May be updates. With AP Photos.

ACTIVE SHOOTER STUDY

CHICAGO — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the United States since 2000, including the shootings at Parkland High School, Orlando's Pulse night club and Sandy Hook Elementary School. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— IKEA-HOTEL: A modernist building in New Haven designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer and currently owned by Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea is under consideration as a possible hotel. Ikea is seeking approval from the City Plan Commission to repurpose the building as a 165-room hotel. SENT: 150 words.

— UNUSUAL CHEESEBURGER-RECOGNITION: A Connecticut restaurant known for its unusual cheeseburgers is getting some national television. Shady Glen in Manchester will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Travel Channel's "Burger Land." SENT" 130 words.

— MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT: STAMFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of attempted murder for trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife is appealing to the state Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words.

— ROOMMATE'S CAT KILLED: BRISTOL, Conn. — A Connecticut man has been charged with killing his roommate's cat. Bristol police say 27-year-old Jonathan Ely is being held on $15,000 bail on a charge of first-degree maliciously wounding or killing an animal pending an Oct. 4 court date. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN GIRL SHOT — A 27-year-old Connecticut man charged with shooting and killing a 16-year-old girl in a moving car has pleaded guilty. SENT 130 words.

— BRIDGE FENCING-SUICIDE PREVENTION — Connecticut transportation officials will add fences to a bridge to prevent suicides. SENT 130 words.

— MARINE ANIMAL RECOVERY — The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program. SENT 130 words.

SPORTS:

BLUE JAYS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Toronto Blue Jays visit Boston to take on the AL East-leading Red Sox, with Chris Sale returning from the disabled list to make his first start in almost a month. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.

YANKEES-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Yankees, trying to move closer to clinch a spot in the playoffs, send Sonny Gray to the mound for the middle game of the series in Minnesota against the Twins. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

MARLINS-METS

NEW YORK — After rain pushed back his start two days, Mets ace Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA) tries to boost his bid for the NL Cy Young Award when New York hosts the last-place Miami Marlins at Citi Field. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

JETS-COMPLETE WIN

NEW YORK — Sam Darnold bounced back from a brutal beginning and the New York Jets ended up rolling to a rout. They got scores from the offense, defense and special teams on the the way to a 48-17 victory in the opener at Detroit. Next up: the home opener Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

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