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

January 30, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

ROBOT LAWN MOWER

Robot vacuums have now been around long enough that you might watch one bump around a living room and think, why isn’t there a robot that could mow my lawn? Turns out, it’s not for lack of trying. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MASSACHUSETTS: Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives will gather for training on avoiding sexual harassment and misconduct. The first mandatory session will be held behind closed doors at the Statehouse on Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.

_ PEOPLE-HASTY PUDDING-VENTIMIGLIA: Milo Ventimiglia, who stars in the award-winning hit television drama “This is Us,” has been named 2019 Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. SENT.

_ BANK ROBBERY-COLD FEET: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny. SENT.

_ GIRL’S DEATH: A Massachusetts man already facing charges in the death of his 11-year-old grand-niece who died after potential exposure to fentanyl is now facing a child rape charge. SENT.

_ MENTAL HEALTH CENTER DEATH: A Massachusetts man charged with manslaughter in the death of a 60-year-old patient at a mental health center seven years ago may soon go to trial. SENT.

_ FAKE MUSEUM ARTIFACT: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to forging an artifact that ended up in a Connecticut museum. SENT.

_ POLICE OVERTIME THEFT: A seventh former Massachusetts State Police trooper has pleaded guilty to federal charges in an overtime pay scandal. SENT.

_ PARTNERS HEALTHCARE-CEO RESIGNS: The CEO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare says he is stepping down. SENT.

SPORTS:

HORNETS-CELTICS

The Charlotte Hornets visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-GRONK VS GURLEY

It might have zero bearing on Sunday’s Super Bowl, in which the Patriots are a 2½-point favorite over the Rams. Still, on Tuesday night, Los Angeles All-Pro running back Todd Gurley had the upper hand against New England star tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gurley beat Gronkowski 21-6 in a Madden NFL 19 Super Bowl 53 preview as part of Xbox Sessions: Game Before The Game. Some interceptions and a missed extra point did in Gronkowski in the contest. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-FOOD

If you’re on the lookout for Super Bowl tickets, be prepared to fork over several thousand dollars. But if you make it through the gates, here’s a bit of good news for your wallet. A hot dog can be had for a couple of bucks. A slice of pizza will set you back a mere $3. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL ADS-PREVIEW

Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay. Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois. Steve Carrell hawks Pepsi. Star power abounds in this year’s Super Bowl ads. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-MCCOURTY BROTHERS

Jason McCourty spent the first nine years of his NFL career never experiencing a playoff game playing in Tennessee and Cleveland. That changed this season when he was traded to New England and reunited with his twin brother, Devin, a winner of two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Now they can make history by becoming the first set of twin teammates to win a Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-DEVELIN’S IMPACT

James Develin is one of the few remaining true fullbacks in the NFL whose primary job is to just put his pads down and block. This season, another one of coach Bill Belichick’s undrafted gems has made an impact on the Patriots’ offense. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-CHASING BRADY

The Rams know they’ve got to pressure Tom Brady early and often to have a chance in the Super Bowl, and they’ve been assembling the tools for this job all year long. They signed Ndamukong Suh to a big free-agent deal, wrote a record-breaking contract for Aaron Donald and acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler from Jacksonville down the stretch. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-GOODELL

Roger Goodell makes his State of the NFL address and is certain to be asked about officiating, social justice initiative and the Rooney Rule. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

_ With: FBN--Super Bowl-The Latest. Updates throughout the day on Super Bowl 53.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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

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

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

Syracuse at Boston College, 8 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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