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

January 10, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



A Massachusetts man who says he attacked the computer network of a world-renowned hospital to protest the treatment of a Connecticut teenager is set to be sentenced. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.


A group funded by the food industry undermined China’s efforts to keep obesity rates in check by overemphasizing the importance of physical activity rather than dietary habits, according to new research. The International Life Sciences Institute, created in 1978 by a former Coke executive, is funded by companies including McDonald’s, PepsiCo and Red Bull. It sponsors scientific research and conferences on food through its 17 international branches. Susan Greenhalgh, the papers’ author and a researcher of Chinese society at Harvard, noted the difficultly in trying to untangle how much of China’s emphasis on exercise in recent years can be attributed to ILSI’s influence. SENT: 710 words.


_ PUBLIC RECORDS-LEGISLATURE: Key branches of government will remain exempt from Massachusetts’ open records requirements after a panel looking into the matter failed to reach any conclusions. SENT.

_ BREATHALYZER LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts District Court has ruled that no Breathalyzer tests administered in the state can be used as evidence in court until the Office of Alcohol Testing proves its results are accurate. SENT.

_ PEOPLE-RAISMAN-BROKEN ELBOW: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is recovering from a broken elbow suffered in a fall on the stairs. SENT.

_ CRATES OF POT: A Rhode Island man who had more than 100 pounds of marijuana sent from California to a Massachusetts shipping company has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. SENT

_ HAMMER ATTACK: Two men charged with forcing their way into a Massachusetts home and attacking a resident with a hammer have been deemed by a judge as too dangerous to be released on bail. SENT.

_ COUNCILOR-DRUG CHARGES: Officials say drug charges against a Massachusetts town councilor will be dismissed if he completes nine months of probation. SENT.

_ ABUSE CHRONICLED: A Massachusetts man who took photos of himself sexually abusing a young girl and then traded them online has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. SENT.



The Washington Capitals visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Boston brings a four-game winning streak into Miami on Thursday night, for the first of four meetings this season between the Celtics and Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.


New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty went nine seasons without appearing in a playoff game with Tennessee and Cleveland. Now he’ll get his first taste of postseason football during Sunday’s divisional round, playing alongside his twin brother Devin. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. photos.


The Los Angeles Chargers held Tom Brady and New England to just one touchdown in four red zone trips in last year’s game. After flummoxing Baltimore last week, Gus Bradley is hoping to come up with another successful game plan this week. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.


Northeastern at Elon, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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