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

December 27, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

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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TOP STORIES:

ODD NEW ENGLAND

Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 _ wild as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines. A Vermont family’s pet peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys. A black bear trashed a car in Connecticut after locking itself inside. Beavers flavored bourbon at a distillery in New Hampshire. And so many crows descended on one corner of Massachusetts, it took a cannon to shoo them away. There was no shortage of antics from the naked apes at the top of the food chain, either. By William J. Kole. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY FATALLY SHOT: Police say the Connecticut teenagers charged in the killing of a 12-year-old boy were driving around hunting for a member of a rival street gang. SENT.

_ SWAN RESCUE: One swan is a’ swimming again, just after Christmas. A sick baby swan that was rescued from Hitchcock Lake in Wolcott, Connecticut last month has been returned to health and returned to its home. SENT.

_ MALL DISTURBANCES: Police say four people were arrested at a Connecticut mall following a series of fights that may have involved 200 to 300 people. SENT.

_ FATAL COLLISION-CHARGES: Police in Connecticut say they’ve arrested the driver in a crash that killed a woman last May. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-ROCKETS

James Harden and the surging Houston Rockets look for their eighth win in nine games when they host the Boston Celtics, who have won two in a row. By Jeremy Rakes. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET

KNICKS-BUCKS

The New York Knicks visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET

DEVILS-BRUINS

The New Jersey Devils visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

JETS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

The New England Patriots are approaching the final week of the regular season with a postseason-like focus. A first-round bye through the AFC playoffs is on the line Sunday, so they insist they’re not taking their game against the lowly New York Jets lightly. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. For weekend use.

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