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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

September 24, 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.

Susan Haigh is on the desk until 6 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

BILL COSBY

Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: updating from 9 a.m. hearing, then 850 words by 6 p.m., fresh photos.

With: Bill Cosby-The Latest

BOSTON GLOBE THREATS-ARREST

A man accused of threatening to kill journalists from The Boston Globe is appearing in court in Massachusetts. Robert Chain is scheduled for an initial appearance in Boston’s federal court on Monday. He was arrested at his home in California after authorities say he called in death threats to the newspaper’s over what he called “treasonous” attacks on President Donald Trump. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m. more on merits.

TRAFFICKING ACT-SEX WORKERS

Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 875 words, photos.

PRIEST ASSAULT PLEA

A former Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused a 9-year-old boy at a Maine church in the 1990s is going back to prison after pleading guilty on Monday. James Talbot, 80, pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact under a plea agreement. He will serve three years in prison. Talbot spent six years in prison for a sexual abuse conviction in Massachusetts. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF

— OFFICER SHOT-BOSTON: Two men charged in connection with the non-fatal shooting of a Boston police officer have been held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether they are a danger to society. SENT.

— CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Police in Massachusetts have charged a Maine woman whose 17-month old child was found alone in a shopping cart outside a Target store. SENT.

— RUNNER FATALLY STRUCK: Massachusetts authorities have released the name of the jogger struck and killed late last week. SENT.

— MAN KILLED-MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Massachusetts State Police say a driver suffered a medical emergency just before he was killed in a crash. SENT.

— ARSON SUSPECT CAPTURED: A Massachusetts man suspected of starting four fires, including one that destroyed a home, has been arrested while trying to cross into Canada. SENT.

— FATAL CRASH: Massachusetts State Police say a 19-year-old woman has died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 495. SENT.

SPORTS

ORIOLES-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox play host to the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS-DEJA VU

In back-to-back weeks, the Patriots have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball. It’s resulted in them losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012. They must figure things out in a hurry as they prepare to open their division schedule against 3-0 Miami. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m. EDT, photos.

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