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

November 29, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BOSTON HARBOR

A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? Offering a rare bit of good environmental news, scientists have documented a dramatic rebound in flounder health they say shows how once horribly polluted Boston Harbor has cleaned up its act. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m., photo planned.

WHITEY BULGER LETTERS

Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had hoped for a ‘peaceful death’ in prison, according to newly disclosed letters. The Boston Globe reports that Bulger described in several letters to a friend his declining health and his hope to be “one of those he Died in his Sleep kind.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

CHURCH ABUSE

A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an altar boy in Massachusetts has been convicted of abusing another boy in Maine in the 1980s. A jury convicted 76-year-old Ronald Paquin Thursday on 11 of 24 counts against him. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— HOSPITAL MERGER: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has cleared the way for two major hospital systems to merge after Beth Israel and Lahey Health agreed to a seven-year cap on price increases. SENT.

— SMOKING SUITCASE: The Transportation Security Administration says smoke pouring from a suitcase caused a temporary disruption at Boston’s Logan International Airport over the holiday weekend. SENT.

— POLICE PURSUIT-CARJACKING: Massachusetts police are looking for a suspect they say fled a traffic stop, led police on a pursuit, crashed, then carjacked another vehicle. SENT.

— WOMAN STRANGLED: The trial of a man charged with strangling a Massachusetts teacher’s aide has been scheduled. SENT.

— LOVER SLAIN: Prosecutors say a man shot and killed another man in Massachusetts because he wanted to keep their romantic relationship a secret. SENT.

— STABBING DEATH: A judge has ruled a Massachusetts woman will remain jailed without bail in connection to the stabbing death of her girlfriend. SENT.

— POLICE STANDOFF: Police in Massachusetts say a suspect is in custody following a police standoff against a man barricaded inside a home. SENT.

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-PATRIOTS

The Patriots (8-3) have been dominant in December under Bill Belichick, going 64-13 during his tenure. Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with a matchup with Minnesota (6-4-1). The Vikings, winners of two out of their last three, are the first of just two playoff-positioned teams remaining on New England’s schedule. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.

ISLANDERS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play host to the New York Islanders. Game starts at 7 p.m.

OBIT-NAULLS

Willie Naulls, the former UCLA star who was a four-time All-Star with the New York Knicks and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84. SENT: 450 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Sacred Heart at Boston College, 7 p.m.

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