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

June 5, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Questions abound on Boston’s investment in low-lying Seaport District as the city prepares to host a climate change summit. By Philip Marcelo. Upcoming 1 a.m. with photos.


Robert F. Kennedy’s birthplace is throwing open its doors in somber remembrance of his assassination 50 years ago. Upcoming 130 words 1 a.m. Will be updated, with photos planned.



Democrats are driving an anti-corruption message ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, accusing Republicans of allowing themselves to become beholden to giant corporate interests during the Trump presidency. The message, articulated in speeches Tuesday from two potential 2020 presidential candidates, aims to undercut President Donald Trump’s argument that he has taken steps to “drain the swamp” in Washington and rein in the influence of lobbyists. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 720 words with photos.


It’s never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely. But the secretive firm, which for seven years has unnerved viewers with YouTube videos of robots that jump, gallop or prowl like animals, is starting to emerge from a quarter-century of stealth. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: 506 words. With AP photos.


— NATICK SCHOOLS LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts judge has barred a local school committee from enforcing certain restrictions on speech at public meetings. SENT: 135 words.

— STATE POLICE-OVERTIME THEFT: Massachusetts State Police are investigating seven more troopers for overtime pay theft. SENT: 120 words.

— CAMPAIGN SPENDING LIMITS: Nine Massachusetts candidates running for statewide office are participating in the state’s public financing program. SENT: 140 words.

— POTATO CHIP FIGHT: Police in Massachusetts say an argument over potato chips led to an assault at a shelter over the weekend. SENT: 150 words.

—DRIVE -BY KILLING: Prosecutors in Massachusetts say they have video footage linking a suspect to a fatal shooting. SENT: 155 words.

— TRUMP TECH ADVISER: President Donald Trump’s technology adviser says the administration is committed to advancing U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence. SENT: 135 words.

—BATTLE FOR RAPUNZEL: A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company’s trademark claim to the name Rapunzel. SENT: 140 words.

— RENAMING-FANEUIL HALL: An advocacy group is renewing calls to rename Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall because its namesake owned slaves. SENT: 136 words.

— DROWNING VICTIM: The victim of a Massachusetts river drowning has been identified. SENT: 100 words.

— BATTLE FOR RAPUNZEL: A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company’s trademark claim to the name Rapunzel. SENT: 148 words.

— HOTEL STABBING: Police say a woman has been stabbed in a Massachusetts hotel and has declined to cooperate with police. SENT: 125 words.

—CASINO ALCOHOL SERVING: A Massachusetts casino has been approved to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning. SENT: 132 words.

— PIPELINE ARRESTS: Three protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after binding themselves to equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. SENT: 133 words.

— PEDESTRIAN DEATH: Prosecutors have released more information, including video, in an effort to find the driver responsible for striking and killing a father of five in Boston last month. SENT: 137 words.

— STOLEN STATUE: Police are investigating the theft of a statue set up in a Massachusetts yard as tribute to a Marine that was killed in Iraq. SENT: 120 words.

— MBTA-LATE NIGHT SERVICE: The MBTA plans to revive late-night bus service this fall, but rather than focusing on getting partiers home, it will be aimed to getting people to and from work. SENT: 130 words.

— ATHLETES SUSPENDED-CIGARS: Seven student-athletes at a Massachusetts high school have been suspended from postseason for smoking a cigar after graduation. SENT: 130 words.

— TRAFFIC STOP-LAWSUIT: A man whose vehicle was searched for drugs during a traffic stop has filed a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit against state and local police, the city of Pittsfield and the state of Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

— STOLEN SOLDIER STATUE: Police are investigating the theft of a statue set up in a Massachusetts yard as tribute to a Marine that was killed in Iraq. SENT: 120 words.

— RFK ASSASSINATION-ALBANY: The city of Albany, New York, is marking the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination with a round table discussion on his legacy and the ringing of bells. SENT: 130 words.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After missing the voluntary portion of the Patriots workouts this spring, both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are expected to be present when New England opens its mandatory, three-day minicamp. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 700 words with photos.


The Boston Red Sox open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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