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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest, 6 pm, MA

December 26, 2018

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TOMORROW

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. UPCOMING: 830 words by 10 a.m., photos.

TOP STORIES:

YEAR END-MASSACHUSETTS-TOP STORIES

2018 was a year of firsts in Massachusetts. The first stores east of Colorado selling recreational marijuana opened to great buzz and fanfare. So did the state’s first Las Vegas-style resort casino. For the first time, voters sent a black woman to Congress. And the commonwealth saw its first fatal shark attack on a person since 1936. Here’s a look back at those and other top stories. By William J. Kole. SENT: 740, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAYOR CHARGED: A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges says he will not resign from office, setting the stage for a recall election. SENT.

_ OFFICER-WIFE SHOT: A Boston police officer has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and other offenses for allegedly shooting his wife. SENT.

_ UNDISCOVERED CRASH VICTIM: Police in Massachusetts are trying to figure out how the body of a man who died in a car crash on Christmas Eve went undiscovered for nearly two hours until a passing motorist spotted him. SENT.

_ HOUSE FIRE: A 70-year-old man and his adult son were killed and a child was injured in a Christmas Day house fire in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS-RUNNER SLAIN: A lawyer for the suspect in the 2016 slaying of a Google employee killed while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home has asked to a judge to throw out DNA evidence in the case. SENT.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED: The driver police say struck and killed a 61-year-woman and injured her pregnant 35-year-old daughter in Lawrence has been held on $25,000 bail. SENT.

_ OFFICER KILLED-HOCKEY FUNDRAISER: A holiday hockey doubleheader in Massachusetts has helped raise about $10,000 for the family of a slain police sergeant. SENT.

_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC ART: The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots prepare for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday. UPCOMING: Story on merits.

SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl between No. 23 Boise State and Boston College has been canceled because of the threat of severe weather after a delay of nearly an hour and a half. The game was stopped with BC leading 7-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter Wednesday at Cotton Bowl Stadium. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Update expected.

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