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

February 6, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

TEXTING SUICIDE

Massachusetts’ highest court has upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 550 words, photo.

With: TEXTING SUICIDE-THE LATEST

EARNS-BOSTON SCIENTIFIC

Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $386 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SAUDI ARABIA-COLLEGES: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will not cut ties with Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. SENT.

_ SALVATION ARMY BODY: Police say the state medical examiner’s initial report indicates the death of a woman whose body was found near Salvation Army donation bins in Massachusetts does not appear to be a homicide. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS-ADVANCED PLACEMENT: Students in Massachusetts are the nation’s leaders on Advanced Placement exams for the third year in a row. SENT.

_ OFFICER-EXCESSIVE FORCE: A former Massachusetts police officer has been found guilty by a federal jury of using unreasonable force during a 2017 arrest and then falsifying his report of the incident. SENT.

_ FRIEND BEATEN: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for severely beating a friend he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. SENT.

_ FAKE WORKER SCAM: Police in Massachusetts say a man posing as a water department employee tried to get inside the home of an elderly man in Plainville over the weekend. SENT.

_ OPIOID LAWSUIT-SHAHEEN: New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking the head of the Food and Drug Administration to provide information on how the agency is preventing pharmaceutical companies from fueling the opioid crisis by marketing both addictive prescription drugs and anti-addiction medications. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-RANGERS

The Boston Bruins visit the New York Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fordham at UMass, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

New Hampshire at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Lafayette at Boston U., 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Army at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

_ Forget the antioxidant pills; just stick with veggies. By Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/forget-the-antioxidant-pills-just-stick-with-veggies-45409

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