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AP-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

August 21, 2018

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.

Dave Collins is on the desk. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. Nineteen states including Massachusetts and the District of Columbia sued and last month secured a restraining order to stop that process, and now they want to make that permanent by having the judge convert the restraining order into an injunction. SENT: 550 words, photos.


A plane that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport has been circling over Connecticut before what authorities say will be an attempt to make an emergency landing at an airport in Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


A former engineer for jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney has filed a federal false claims lawsuit alleging the company knowingly sold “flawed” engines to the U.S. Air Force, which resulted in the likelihood of premature wear or even “catastrophic failure.” Peter Bonzani Jr., of Bolton, filed the suit in 2016, but it was unsealed last week. SENT: 185 words.


— HOMICIDE FUGITIVE: A 23-year-old fugitive wanted on a murder charge in South Carolina has been taken into custody in Connecticut. SENT: 130 words.

— TEACHER-SEX ASSAULT: A former teacher at a Connecticut magnet school has been charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student. SENT: 130 words.

— BURGLAR-APOLOGY: A man who broke into a Connecticut church and stole $3,000 worth of electronics apparently felt enough remorse to leave an apology note. SENT: 130 words.

— GANG SLAYING-SENTENCE: A member of a Connecticut street gang convicted of gunning down a rival gang member has been sentenced to 53 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE CLOSING: A small, private Connecticut college is closing at the end of the fall 2018 semester due to accreditation issues. Lincoln College of New England Interim President Dr. Jim Vernon said in a letter Monday that the school will close on Dec. 31, 2018. SENT: 130 words.



The Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


One homer shy of the 300 milestonne, Giancarlo Stanton plays in Miami for the first time since being traded to the Yankees when they open a two-game series at the Marlins on Tuesday night. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Hit hard in recent starts, Steven Matz will pitch for the New York Mets against the San Francisco Giants, who plan to recall Chris Stratton from the minors. By Larry Fleisher. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Breanna Stewart has taken her game to a new level this year to lead Seattle to the top spot in the league. Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors. She led Seattle to the No. 1 spot in the final AP power poll of the season. By Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 2 p.m.


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