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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest, MA

January 5, 2018

Good afternoon. 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.

Michelle Smith is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



BOSTON — Frigid temperatures, some that could feel as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region attempted to clean up from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier. Forecasters predict strong winds and record-breaking cold air will sweep the region, from the mid-Atlantic to New England, and hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 683 words, photos.


— WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on winter weather. SENT: 1,581 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — The decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind an Obama-era policy on federal marijuana enforcement sparked an outcry from Republicans and Democrats. Their criticism: Sessions was trampling on the rights of states that had decided to legalize pot for medical or recreational use, or both. Pot remains illegal under federal law, and Sessions’ new direction lets federal prosecutors in states where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce that law. Here’s a look at how states have broken with the federal government on pot and the tension that has generated: By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 775 words, photo.


— DOG LICENSE-ARREST WARRANT: WESTMINSTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man admits he was late renewing his dog license, but said issuing a warrant for his arrest over the matter was “extreme.” SENT: 130 words.

— OCEAN HABITAT: Federal ocean regulators say they have approved most of a proposal to change the rules about how they manage New England ocean habitat. SENT: 130 words.

— CIVIL WAR SOLDIER: BOSTON — The Massachusetts congressional delegation is supporting a new bid to award the Medal of Honor to a Civil War soldier widely credited with capturing Gen. Robert E. Lee’s eldest son. SENT: 130 words.

— TRANSGENDER INMATE LAWSUIT: A transgender woman who sued a Massachusetts sheriff alleging mistreatment and harassment while in jail has dropped her $100,000 lawsuit in exchange for a slightly earlier release. SENT: 130 words.

— MASSACHUSETTS TAX COLLECTIONS: Massachusetts collected more than $3 billion in tax revenue in December, more than 21 percent higher than estimated. SENT: 130 words.



BOSTON — The Boston Celtics play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Game starts at 7 p.m.


FOXBOROOUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots say a report suggesting a rift involving owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady is “flat-out inaccurate.” The three released a joint statement Friday hours after an ESPN report, citing undisclosed sources, detailed an array of tension. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 162 words, photo. Will be updated.

— PATRIOTS-BLANKETS: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are trying to cover the homeless as a fresh blast of arctic air grips the region. SENT: 130 words, photo.


Holy Cross at Lehigh, 7 p.m.

Boston U. at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m.

Elon at Northeastern, 7 p.m.


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