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

December 17, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES

CHARLES BARKLEY-UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

A chance meeting in a hotel lobby sparked an unlikely friendship between former NBA star Charles Barkley and a cat litter scientist in Iowa. The story has been shared widely since it was told last week by the scientist’s daughter on “Only A Game,” an NPR sports show produced by Boston-based WBUR. Lin Wang, who immigrated from China, approached Barkley when they both happened to be staying at the same Sacramento, California, hotel. The two began talking, got dinner and exchanged numbers. SENT: 290 words, photos.

MASSACHSUETTS GAMBLING

Gambling revenues have dropped at MGM Springfield in the third month of operation at the Massachusetts’ first resort casino. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday the casino near Connecticut generated $21 million in revenues from gambling in November, down from October’s $22 million and September’s $27 million. SENT: 325 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOSTON OFFICER-KILLING _ Prosecutors say they will not retry a man whose conviction in the slaying of a Boston police detective in 1993 was overturned.

_ POET LAUREATE- BOSTON _ Boston’s new poet laureate is a Jamaica Plain resident who co-founded a poetry slam venue in Roxbury.

_ NUDE PHOTO SHARING _ Rhode Island State police say they have identified 13 victims in a nude image-sharing case involving electronics repair store employees.

_ MARIJUANA ARRESTS-AIRPORT _ Massachusetts State Police say travelers tried to smuggle more than 150 pounds of marijuana in suitcases through Logan International Airport.

_ BRIDGEWATER STABBING _ Police say a 27-year-old Florida man who was staying at a home in Massachusetts stabbed a couple who live there.

_ FALL RIVER FIRE - Authorities say a man has died in a building fire in Fall River.

_ CRASH- POLICE SHOOTING _ Police have shot and injured a man following a high-speed chase and car crash in Massachusetts.

SPORTS

FBN-NFL-ICYMI

Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot, the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do. The ball was picked off, and the New England Patriots were on their way to a second consecutive loss. More importantly _ and more interestingly _ they were on their way to a five-loss season for the first time in nearly a decade. Maybe, just maybe, the Patriots are not who they’ve been for oh so long. The AP takes a look at that and other top topics after the NFL season’s 15th Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. EST.

HKN-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens.

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