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

November 13, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

UNSAFE TOYS

A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. A Nerf gun, a Cabbage Patch Kids doll and a xylophone for infants also made the list. But the Toy Association, a toy industry trade group, says the annual list is biased and inaccurate. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video.

DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITUAL SPECIALISTS

Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. In Newburgh, New York, it means Catholic friars leading sidewalk prayers. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, it means pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. And in Winchester, Virginia, it means funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Though their faiths differ, their goal is the same — to get troubled souls to seek treatment and take comfort in a higher power. By Michael Hill. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— OBIT-SENATE LEADER: Former Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry, a Democrat from Peabody, has died at the age of 68. SENT.

— SHORT TERM RENTALS-LAWSUIT: Short-term rental business Airbnb is suing the city of Boston over regulations aimed at cracking down on investors who buy housing units to list on the platform. SENT.

— DEADLY SHOOTING: State and city police are investigating a fatal shooting in Brockton. The 27-year-old male victim, whose name wasn’t immediately made public, was shot at about 6:30 p.m. Monday and died later at a hospital. SENT.

— SCARING CROWS: After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts. SENT.

— GREEN PARTY-MASSACHUSETTS: The Green-Rainbow Party says it earned enough votes in the recent election to qualify as an official political party in Massachusetts in 2020.

— HEALTH AGENT-FOOD INSPECTIONS: Police say a former health agent in Massachusetts forged inspection reports for nearly a dozen restaurants. SENT.

— WINTERIZED BOAT FIRE: Officials say several boats wrapped up for winter storage caught fire at a Massachusetts marina. SENT.

SPORTS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UMass-Lowell at CCSU, 7 p.m.

Harvard at UMass, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross at Providence, 7 p.m.

EXTRA:

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

— Move more, sit less — great advice, but how can we make time for exercise? By David E. Conroy, Pennsylvania State University, and Sherry Pagoto, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/move-more-sit-less-great-advice-but-how-can-we-make-time-for-exercise-106741

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