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TOP STORIES:

US-CITY-GREEN-OVERDOSES

New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Toni Harp and first responders to discuss the overdoses, as well as the country's opioid crisis. By Dave Collins. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

WATERBURY, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has cut a ribbon marking the imminent completion of a major project to widen Interstate 84 in Waterbury. State transportation officials say three completed eastbound lanes of the interstate should open this week and the westbound lanes should open next month, a year ahead of schedule. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DISASTER DECLARATION: HARTFORD, Conn. — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut following severe storms that included four tornadoes. The tornadoes touched down in six towns in Connecticut during the May 15 storms. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked the federal government to help with the recovery. SENT: 130 words.

— HEPATITIS OUTBREAK PREVENTION: HARTFORD, Conn. — Free vaccination clinics will be offered to prevent a hepatitis A outbreak. There hasn't been an outbreak in Connecticut but there have been in other states. The state Department of Public Health said Monday there's concern that a similar outbreak could happen in Connecticut. SENT: 130 words.

— BANGOR KILLING TRIAL: BANGOR, Maine — A defense lawyer says a Connecticut man was acting in self-defense when a man was shot to death in Bangor, Maine, in April 2017. Antoinne "Prince" Bethea, of New Haven, Connecticut, is charged with murder in the death of a New Orleans man, Terrance Durel Sr., who was shot outside a home that Bethea shared with Durel's estranged girlfriend. SENT: 130 words.

— CHURCH CONTRACTOR-INCOMPLETE REPAIRS: STAMFORD, Conn. — Multiple churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts say they paid a contractor thousands of dollars for work that he never completed. The Advocate reports that the churches allege Marcus McClellan, owner of Trumbull Restoration in Plainville, stole their deposits. SENT: 130 words.

— DRIVING TOO SLOWLY: HAMDEN, Conn. — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast. But on Sunday, troopers stopped and ticketed 10 cars for going too slow. SENT: 115 words.

— HARTFORD HOMICIDE: Police in Hartford are investigating an early morning fatal shooting. Officers responding to the city's gunfire detection system found a 28-year-old man unresponsive outside a home on Garden Street at about 2 a.m. Monday. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE FIRE: Fire officials in Colchester are investigating a blaze that destroyed a home. Crews responded to the home Sunday morning. Officials say a venting propane tank worsened conditions. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

CONNECTICUT OPEN-HALEP

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Top-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open, citing a sore right Achilles tendon. The Romanian was scheduled to play Tuesday in New Haven, but says in a statement her Achilles is sore from "two weeks of many matches and I need to recover in time for the U.S. Open." SENT: 130 words, AP Photos.

INDIANS-RED SOX

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

GIANTS-METS

Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets in the series opener against the Giants and Derek Holland in New York. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFFS

The WNBA playoffs are set as a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly it's in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655

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