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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Connecticut at 2 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-DEATH CERTIFICATES

HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are being urged by Newtown representatives to exempt the death certificates of minors from public disclosure to protect the families from further grief. The Newtown town clerk has said she's been inundated by media requests for copies of the certificates. By Susan Haigh.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS HEIST

NEW HAVEN — An attorney for a Florida man charged in the theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse in 2010 says he's likely to plead guilty. By John Christoffersen.

FIGHTER JET GROUNDED

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an F-35A, the Air Force version of the sleek new plane. The Navy and the Marine Corps are buying other versions of the F-35, intended to replace older fighters. the Pentagon said it is too early to know the full impact of the newly discovered problem. The problem engine is being shipped to a Pratt & Whitney facility in Connecticut for more thorough evaluation. By National Security Writer Robert Burns.

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BARNES-MSC INDUSTRIAL

BRISTOL — Barnes Group Inc., which makes parts for aerospace and other industries, says it will sell its North American distribution business to MSC Industrial Direct Co. for $550 million. Shares of both companies rose on the news. Barnes Group also named a new chief executive officer and reported improved fourth-quarter earnings.

— EARNS-CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS — Charter Communications Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter loss narrowed, helped by the addition of new customers.

ALSO:

— NORTHEAST SNOW-CONN — More than 2,300 low-income households in southeastern Connecticut are receiving storm-related, food assistance benefits following the recent blizzard that knocked out electricity, causing food to spoil.

— GUN MAKERS-BLUMENTHAL — Sen. Richard Blumenthal is lashing out at a suggestion by a Mississippi state official that gun makers should relocate from states where they face criticism from gun-control advocates.

— FISHING CRISIS-MONKFISH — Federal fishing regulators are announcing another measure to try to lessen the impact of New England's steep cuts in catch limits.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-DONATIONS — A nonprofit foundation has been created to oversee the distribution of nearly $10 million donated to support the Newtown community following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

— STORM-FREEZING RAIN — The National Weather Service says a storm moving into Connecticut could bring freezing rain.

— HOUSE FIRE — A house fire in Old Saybrook has injured four, including a police officer and a firefighter.

SPORTS:

SACRED HEART-VALENTINE

FAIRFIELD — Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University. The university said Friday that Valentine's appointment will be formally announced next Tuesday. Valentine is a native of Stamford who worked as the director of public safety for the city before taking the job with the Red Sox.

BBA--RED SOX-CARP

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Carp is eager for his new start with his new team in a new season, and seems ready to finally forget the nightmare that was 2012. After all, with three stints on the disabled list and an injury in his first game last year, it couldn't have been much worse.

— BBA--YANKEES-RIVERA — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown batting practice for the first time since knee surgery last year.AP Photos FLMS110, FLMS108.

FRIDAY'S GAMES:

— BKN--CELTICS-SUNS

— BKC--DARTMOUTH-YALE

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