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

July 10, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Northeastern University students and community activists are demanding the school cancel a multimillion-dollar research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. By Sarah Betancourt. Upcoming 130 words by 1 a.m. Will be updated. With photos and video.



A letter written nearly 500 years ago by Martin Luther in which he refers to Jews as “devils incarnate” is up for auction. The single-page letter, with writing on both sides, is expected to sell for at least $300,000 at the auction being conducted by Boston-based RR Auction that concludes Wednesday. Luther scholars warn that the man responsible for the Reformation should not be called anti-Semitic. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 500 words, photo.


The Legislature’s most pressing issue is passage of a $41 billion state budget for the new fiscal year that is already ten days old. Dozens of other bills are also awaiting action before the July 31 deadline. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 585 words.


The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts says he’ll focus his marijuana enforcement on overproduction, targeted sales to minors and organized crime. Massachusetts has legalized recreational use, but distribution remains a federal crime. But U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling reiterated Tuesday that fighting the opioid addiction scourge remains his priority because it’s still claiming thousands of lives in the commonwealth each year. SENT: 135 words.


A Massachusetts restaurant has been shut down until further notice after nearly 40 people reported getting sick during a suspected salmonella outbreak. The North Reading Board of Health posted an advisory saying the state had received complaints from 39 people who said they got sick at Kitty’s late last month. The state confirmed nine cases of salmonella and 30 suspected cases of salmonella. The source of the outbreak was traced to the antipasto salad. SENT: 136 words.


— RELATED DEATHS: Authorities say the deaths of two people in separate Massachusetts towns appear to be related. SENT: 135 words.

— BACK WAGES-POPULAR CHAIN: An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has led a popular local chain to pay thousands in back wages to several employees to resolve overtime violations. SENT: 135 words.

— STREET SHOOTING: Investigators say a 25-year-old man who was shot and killed in Providence last month was a member of a Boston gang involved in a feud with another group. SENT: 125 words.

— BROWN UNIVERSITY- ECONOMY: Brown University has released a plan that shows how the school can improve Rhode Island’s technology economy. SENT: 135 words.

—SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Massachusetts shoppers are a step closer to enjoying their first sales tax holiday in three years. SENT: 130 words.

— RAZOR BANDIT: This suspect appears to be clean-shaven, but that didn’t stop him from allegedly stealing $1,000 worth of razors from a Massachusetts store. SENT: 135 words.

— DOLPHIN RESCUE: Several stranded dolphins have been rescued and released back into the ocean off Cape Cod. SENT: 115 words.

— ARREST MADE-FOURTH OF JULY DEATH: An arrest has been made in a death investigation in Massachusetts. SENT: 103 words.

— DELIVERY DRIVER KILLED: The lawyer for a New Hampshire man accused of killing a delivery driver and raping a convenience store clerk in Massachusetts may pursue an insanity defense. SENT: 135 words.

— HIGHWAY SHOOTING: Authorities say a man who said he was shot while driving on a Massachusetts highway flagged down a passing ambulance for treatment. SENT: 152 words.

— JOURNALIST THREATENED: Police have arrested a woman for threatening a reporter at a Massachusetts newspaper. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE CLOSING: The former president of now-closed Mount Ida College blames the school’s shutdown on a last-minute change of terms in the planned merger with Lasell College. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER HURT-SUSPECT SHOT: The Massachusetts man shot by a police officer he had allegedly struck with his car is heading to court. SENT: 130 words.



The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers looking for their eighth consecutive victory. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


The Boston Red Sox say infielder Marco Hernandez and catcher Christian Vazquez each had surgery. SENT: 104 words.

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