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

December 3, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Several national fraternities and sororities sued Harvard University on Monday over a 2016 rule that discourages students from joining single-gender social clubs, marking the first legal challenge to the school’s policy. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 650 words, photos.


A Massachusetts teen facing charges in the killing of a 17-year-old boy had been allowed to remain in the country despite being identified by police as an active member of MS-13, recently filed federal court documents show. Homeland Security officials told an immigration judge this summer 19-year-old Henri Salvador Gutierrez should be deported to his native El Salvador because he was a “verified and active member” of MS-13 with multiple weapons-related arrests, prosecutors said in a filing last week. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words.


Marriott hotel workers in San Francisco voted Monday on a new contract, bringing a possible end to a coast-to-coast effort by workers for better wages and job security from the world’s largest hotel operator. San Francisco is the last holdout of eight U.S. cities where nearly 8,000 Marriott hotel workers went on strike in October. Earlier in November, Boston hotel workers ended a 45-day strike after ratifying a new contract. SENT: 300 words.


— BUS CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS: A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk when she was involved in a crash with a school bus full of adults and children returning from a Massachusetts Roman Catholic shrine’s Christmas light display has been released on $2,500 bail. SENT.

— CONVENIENCE STORE SHOOTING: Police have made an arrest in connection with a robbery that turned deadly at a Springfield convenience store. SENT.

— GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: The average price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts continues to plunge, down another nickel in the past week. SENT.

— SHERMAN KILLING-TRIAL: Darin Goulding, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is due to be sentenced for the killing of a man in Sherman, Maine. UPCOMING.

— BALD EAGLES-MASSACHUSETTS: State wildlife officials say the number of bald eagles in Massachusetts continues to grow. SENT.

— SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND: Twin River Casino says sports betting will launch at its Tiverton location Monday afternoon, close to the state line with Massachusetts. SENT.

— ILLEGAL DEER HUNT: Police are looking for a suspect they say illegally shot and killed a deer from the side of a road in a residential Massachusetts neighborhood last week. SENT.

— CHILD FOUND UNRESPONSIVE: Police in Massachusetts say the death of a 5-year-old boy found unresponsive in a home over the weekend is not considered suspicious. SENT.

— GLAXO-TESARO ACQUISITION: Shares of Massachusetts-based Tesaro soared Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker. SENT.

— TEXAS-ADJUTANT GENERAL: An Iraq War veteran with more than 30 years of military service, including time in Massachusetts, has been named the first female Adjutant General of Texas. SENT.



Nearly every time James Develin has touched the football this season for the Patriots, it’s resulted in a touchdown. A special teams player and fullback used mostly as a blocker on offense, he didn’t have carry in either of the previous two seasons. But his first three rushes of 2018 have resulted in touchdowns, including a career-high two scores in New England’s win over Minnesota. It’s right on time for a Patriots offense that has had trouble at times rushing the ball around the goal line this season. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.


Only one NFL team has been outgained by nearly 1,200 yards and is still in the playoff picture — the underwhelming, overachieving Miami Dolphins. They’re 6-6 and part of the crowded AFC wild-card race despite statistics that would sink most teams. The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL in offense and 29th in defense, 29th in third-down conversions and 28th in red zone scoring. SENT: 580 words, photos.


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