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

November 20, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

People lined up in the rain Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the first two legal pot shops on the U.S. East Coast, more than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of recreational marijuana for adults. The state’s first commercial pot shops opened in Leicester and Northampton. Items for sale in the modern and spacious stores include various strains of the part of the plant that can be smoked, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars. Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states. By Steven Senne and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.

With: LEGAL MARIJUANA-RHODE ISLAND

PLYMOUTH AT 400

The seaside town where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620 is gearing up for a 400th birthday bash, and everyone’s invited — especially the native people whose ancestors wound up losing their land and their lives. Plymouth, Massachusetts, whose European settlers have come to symbolize American liberty and grit, marks its quadricentennial in 2020 with a trans-Atlantic commemoration that will put Native Americans’ unvarnished side of the story on full display. By William J. Kole. SENT: 680 words, photos.

EARNS-TJX

Shares of The TJX Cos. fell Tuesday after the company reported weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter results and guidance for the year. SENT: 210 words.

IN BRIEF:

— INVESTMENT FRAUD: A Massachusetts investment adviser has pleaded guilty to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million and using the money for vacations, luxury vehicles and other personal expenses. SENT.

— CAR INTO HOUSE: A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a crash in Massachusetts that sent the car he was driving into a house and killed his girlfriend. SENT.

— POSTAL WORKER-THEFT: Authorities say a postal worker from Massachusetts is facing mail theft charges after credit cards sent to homes along her route were stolen and used to make about $37,000 in purchases. SENT.

— FISH BOOST: Federal fishing regulators are going to allow fishermen to catch more of an economically important species of fish on the East Coast. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Holy Cross at Albany (NY), 7 p.m.

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