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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Connecticut at 2:30 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

FLU SEASON-SICK LEAVE

NEW YORK — Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss. A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. The flu spike is making people more aware of the argument for sick pay, said Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values at Work, which promotes paid sick time initiatives around the country. By Jennifer Peltz.

FISH HATCHERY REVIVAL

BETHEL, Vt. — Before Irene, Fish and Wildlife raised many of the more than 100 million Atlantic salmon stocked in Connecticut River tributaries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont over the past several decades in hopes of restoring the fish to the watershed. But last summer, the federal government abandoned that project because not enough salmon were living to adulthood and returning to the Connecticut River to justify the expense. By Wilson Ring.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COMMUNITY SERVIE

NEWTOWN — The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., who led one of the country's most prominent liberal Protestant churches, planned to speak in Newtown at a worship service Sunday night honoring the victims of last month's school shooting and the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Forbes was scheduled to deliver a sermon at 7:30 p.m. at Newtown Congregational Church.

GUN RALLIES

AUSTIN, Texas — Gun advocates — some with rifles slung across shoulders or pistols holstered at the hip — have rallied peacefully in state capitals nationwide against President Barack Obama's sweeping federal gun-control proposals. Summoned via social media for the "Guns Across America" event, participants gathered Saturday for protests large and small against stricter limits sought on firearms

FEA--SMASHED GUITARS

FAIRFIELD — It was a musician's worst nightmare. Fairfield rocker Dave Schneider watched as Delta Airlines employees yanked, pulled and ripped at his smashed 1965 Gibson ES-335 guitar, trying for more than an hour to free it from where it had been wedged between a service elevator and a loading dock in an airport baggage claim. An AP Member Feature Exchange by Frank Juliano and Tom Cleary of the Connecticut Post.

FEA--MODEL PLANES

MERIDEN — The aircraft engines being produced at Syssa Aircraft Performance on North Colony Road will end up in planes all over the world, but the only local passenger on those planes is a stuffed "Beaker" doll based on the Muppets' character. Syssa Aircraft produces model airplane engines and was started by hobbyist Todd Syssa, who occasionally pilots some of his airplanes at the Hub. One of the planes he's building has the Beaker doll in the cockpit. An AP Member Feature Exchange by Jesse Buchanan of the Record-Journal of Meriden.

ALSO:

— SOUP KITCHEN-LAWSUIT — Norwich and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich are in court arguing over the future of a soup kitchen and food pantry.

— HIGHWAY TOLLS — The issue of highway tolls in Connecticut is back on the legislature's agenda.

TOP SPORTS:

FBN--AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baltimore Ravens hope to reach the Super Bowl and extend Ray Lewis' career when they meet the New England Patriots in a rematch of last year's AFC championship game. Tom Brady tries to get the Patriots to the NFL title game for the second straight year and the sixth time in his career. Game time 6:30 p.m. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.

BKN--CELTICS-PISTONS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Pistons return from a trip to London and host the Celtics. By Noah Trister. 7:30 p.m.

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