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

January 2, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have been sworn-in to a new two-year term on Beacon Hill. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker first administered the oath to 40 senators in the ornate Senate chamber that reopened Wednesday for the first time in more than 18 months after undergoing a $20 million renovation. The governor then presided over the swearing-in of the 160-member House of Representatives. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-ROMNEY

Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday, reminding him that “I won big, and he didn’t.” Days away from joining the Senate’s Republican majority, Romney broadly criticized Trump’s policies and character in a newspaper column, arguing that the president “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” SENT: 650 words.

With: TRUMP-ROMNEY-The Latest

FALL RIVER FIRE

A woman who crashed her car into a Fall River apartment building, setting off a massive fire, died Tuesday, authorities said. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COURTHOUSE STABBING: Police have responded to a report of a stabbing at a Boston courthouse. Police say the stabbing on the second floor of the Suffolk Superior Court was reported just before noon on Wednesday. SENT, updates expected.

_ RACIST GRAFFITI-TREES: Managers of a Massachusetts conservation area say someone has defaced trees and a sign with racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic graffiti. SENT.

_ FLAME RETARDANTS: A bill approved by Massachusetts lawmakers will prohibit the use of several types of toxic flame retardants in a variety of household products. SENT.

_ OFFICER-CHILD PORN: A former Massachusetts police sergeant who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges is asking a federal court to throw out the conviction. SENT.

_ DEADLY CRASH-DUI: A Rhode Island woman is dead and a Massachusetts man faces drunken driving charges following a car crash in Providence early on New Year’s Day. SENT.

_ SNOWMOBILE CRASH: Authorities say two Massachusetts men on a snowmobile were ejected and injured in a crash on a New Hampshire lake. SENT.

_ HARTFORD STABBING: A man police say stabbed his girlfriend 30 times and kidnapped her 6-year-old son on New Year’s Day has been captured in New York City. SENT.

_ TEEN FALLS FROM CLIFF: Fire officials say a 17-year-old boy fell 30 feet off a cliff while hiking in a remote area of Massachusetts on New Year’s Day. SENT.

SPORTS:

TIMBERWOLVES-CELTICS

The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Harvard at North Carolina, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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

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