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

January 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — For Massachusetts politicos, the past year has been something a breather after the tumultuous 2016 presidential contest. But 2018 should more than make up for the lull with big contests on Beacon Hill and in Congress — along with the promise of a handful of high profile ballot initiatives, from a higher minimum wage to paid family leave. For those trying to keep score, here’s a political cheat sheet. By Steve LeBlanc. About 650 words.



BOSTON — Frigid temperatures, some that felt as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region dug out from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier. Forecasters predicted strong winds and record-breaking cold air to hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 684 words, photos.


— WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on winter weather. SENT: 2,096 words, photos.


BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are supporting a renewed bid to award the Medal of Honor to a Civil War soldier who was widely credited with capturing the eldest son of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the waning days of the conflict. U.S. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper recently asked the Senior Army Decorations Board to reconsider its previous denial of a posthumous Medal of Honor for Cpl. David D. White, who served in the 37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 341 words.


DENVER — Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department’s previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the issue to a mix of prosecutors who were appointed by President Donald Trump’s administration and others who are holdovers from the Barack Obama years. By Kathleen Foody and Don Thompson. SENT: 890 words, photos.


— LEGALIZED POT-PROSECUTORS-GLANCE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put the top federal prosecutors in states with recreational marijuana back in charge of deciding whether to press pot cases there. Here’s a look at those U.S. attorneys, how they came to their jobs and their background: By The Associated Press. SENT: 1,449 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. They argue that Sessions is trampling on the rights of states that have 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.


— GIRL DRAGGED BY SCHOOL BUS: NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A former school bus driver has pleaded guilty in the death of a Massachusetts third-grader who became trapped in his bus door. SENT: 130 words.

— AIDING SUICIDE-CHARGES: PITTSBURGH — Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania woman told her boyfriend, “Go ahead do it,” before he put a loaded gun to his head and pulled the trigger. SENT: 130 words.

— 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.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On the field, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are right where they want to be heading into the postseason. As the AFC’s top seed and the owners of a first-round bye, the 13-3 Patriots will get to rest up during the opening weekend of the playoffs. But as they prepare to begin their latest run, their biggest opponent might be the perception of a fracturing relationship between arguably the franchise’s three most important pieces. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 900 words, photo.


The New York Giants have interviewed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their vacant head coaching job. Patricia met with new general manager Dave Gettleman, Giants co-owner John Mara and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on Friday in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The trio was also expected to talk with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels later in the day. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 334 words, photo.


Much of the NFL season seemed like a Hollywood sequel without the leading actors from the original as injuries claimed so many superstars, leaving the playoff field awash in postseason party crashers . Among them are the Buffalo Bills, who just might have to go into their first playoff game in 17 seasons with a running back who had never gained a single yard before last week. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— 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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