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

August 28, 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Alanna Durkin Richer. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps popping up on short lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, but three Republicans in her home state are hoping to short-circuit any White House dreams she might have. State Rep. Geoff Diehl, business executive John Kingston, and Beth Lindstrom — a cabinet official under former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney — are vying for the chance to challenge Warren in November as she seeks re-election to a second term. The three hope to use Warren’s national profile against her, saying she’s become too divisive and has taken her eye off the needs of Massachusetts residents. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 880 words, photo.


Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threats to their brands. Schools say they’re only defending themselves from merchandise counterfeiters and others looking to exploit their brands for personal gain. But some legal experts say it often amounts to trademark bullying, a term used when bigger institutions use aggressive tactics to overpower their opponents in seemingly frivolous disputes. And according to some lawyers, it appears to be getting more common. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Soft drink giant Coca-Cola announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Moxie, a long-lived and beloved New England soda brand that is the official state beverage of Maine. Moxie has been around since the 19th century and it’s famous in New England for its unique flavor, which is the product of a root extract that gives it a distinctive taste that polarizes drinkers. Coca-Cola said Tuesday it’s acquiring the brand from Coca-Cola of Northern New England, an independent bottling partner of the larger company that’s in Bedford, New Hampshire.


— DOWNEASTER-POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL — Officials say Amtrak’s Downeaster will continue to run from Massachusetts to Maine even without the automatic braking technology known as positive train control.

— BRANDEIS-GRAD STUDENT UNION — Graduate students at Brandeis University in Massachusetts have reached their first labor deal with the school’s administration.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULT- ARREST — A man facing child rape charges in Massachusetts has been arrested in Texas as he tried to board a plane heading to his native Guatemala.

— BOA CONSTRICTOR BITE — Fire officials say a Massachusetts man has been bitten by a boa constrictor he tried to pick up in the woods of Cape Cod.

— HAMMER ATTACK: A Massachusetts man charged with using a hammer to attack and seriously injure his housemate has pleaded guilty in the middle of his trial. SENT.

— UNITED FLIGHT-BLOWN TIRE: Passengers and crew on a United Airlines flight from Boston were bused to a concourse at Denver International Airport because of two blown tires. SENT.

— CHILD PORN CONVICTION: A Massachusetts man convicted of child pornography possession has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. SENT.

— COMMUNITY COLLEGE-ASSAULT INVESTIGATION: Authorities are investigating a report of a sexual assault at a Boston community college. SENT.

— EXCESSIVE HEAT: Much of southern New England including Boston, Springfield and Hartford is under an excessive heat warning for the next two days. SENT.

— TAGGED LOBSTERS: New England’s lobster fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out for tagged lobsters that are part of a survey of the valuable crustaceans.



The Florida Marlins visit the suddenly struggling Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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