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

May 13, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Connecticut lawmakers are holding a public hearing on the state’s religious exemption from vaccinations for schoolchildren. It comes on the heels of a legal opinion from Attorney General William Tong who said the state has the authority to scrap the exemption. By Sue Haigh. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman is set to plead guilty Monday in the college admissions cheating scam. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2:30 p.m. court appearance. Photos, video planned.

SUBMARINE TRAGEDY

The Navy trains diligently for a submarine rescue and has a team that’s ready to go on a moment’s notice with the latest high-tech gear. But those with deep-water expertise don’t have much rescuing to do. There has been no underwater rescue of U.S. sailors since a drama that played out 80 years ago off the coast of New England.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOSQUE FIRE: Authorities have responded to a fire at a mosque in New Haven. New Haven fire officials say the blaze broke out Sunday afternoon at the mosque on Middletown Avenue. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries. SENT.

_ TEEN DRIVER-FATALITY: The 16-year-old boy police say was driving a stolen vehicle that struck an SUV last month and killed a man on his way to work is facing a manslaughter charge. SENT.

_ FATHER-SON ASSAULT: Police are looking for Connecticut man in connection with they say was a serious assault that left his father with a fractured skull and a broken arm. SENT.

SPORTS:

TRAVELERS-CLUBHOUSE

A new multimillion-dollar clubhouse is the latest addition to the TPC River Highlands course in advance of June’s Travelers Championship. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

ORIOLES-YANKEES

Just a half-game out of first place in the AL East, the New York Yankees return home to face Baltimore. Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks is expected to come off the injured list after being sidelined all season by a back injury. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

HURRICANES-PORK AND JERKS

The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner. That’s not defenseman Dougie Hamilton _ but Hamilton the pig, a 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BRUINS-HURRICANES PREVIEW

When the Carolina Hurricanes go on the power play, it seems like their opponents are the ones with the advantage. The Hurricanes are scoring on just 11% of their power plays in this postseason _ the worst rate of any team that reached the second round. Making matters worse, the Boston Bruins are converting on a full third of their chances with the man advantage _ a big reason why they hold a 2-0 series lead. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

BREAKOUT STARS

New NHL stars are having breakouts in the Stanley Cup playoffs. By Steve Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos.

LAPCHICK CHARACTER AWARD

Bobby Cremins, Verne Lundquist and UConn’s Chris Dailey will be this year’s recipients of the Joe Lapchick Character Award. SENT.

EXTRA:

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

_ Charging asylum application fees is the latest way the U.S. could make immigrants pay for its red tape. By Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Boston University. http://theconversation.com/charging-asylum-application-fees-is-the-latest-way-the-us-could-make-immigrants-pay-for-its-red-tape-116404

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