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

July 31, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BOSTON — Black Bostonians are threatening to boycott Faneuil Hall, one of the city’s most important landmarks, because its 18th-century namesake was a slave owner. Activists are pressuring Mayor Marty Walsh to get behind a campaign to rename the downtown building where the American Revolution was hatched. By Sarah Betancourt. SENT: 650 words, photo.


BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers convene for the final day of the 2017-2018 session, with a number of major proposals still awaiting final action. SENT: 139 words. Will be updated throughout the day.


President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had spoken with the National Rifle Association about downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed guns. He said that it “doesn’t seem to make much sense!” Trump tweeted he is “looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” adding that he “already spoke to NRA.” He did not offer further details and the White House did not immediately provide additional clarity. SENT: 478 words with photo and video. With the Latest.


DENVER — Recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked, hit and punched at a Kentucky supplier for the world’s largest meat producer drew prompt condemnation from animal rights groups and the agricultural industry alike. However, the images sandwiched in between — adult pigs in cages barely bigger than their bodies and a piglet squealing while being castrated — show still widely accepted industry practices, but were aimed at pressuring Brazilian-based JBS to abandon them. Massachusetts and nine other states — none major pork producers — have passed laws that ban or phase out the use of those narrow metal cages, known as gestation crates or stalls, where sows are confined during their frequent pregnancies. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos.


—POLICE OFFICERS SHOT: A man accused of shooting two Massachusetts police officers has been arraigned at a hospital in Boston, and is pleading not guilty. SENT: 140 words.

— FOX ATTACK: Police say they have killed a fox that attacked and injured two women in a Massachusetts town. SENT: 130 words.

— BABY SHOWER THREAT: Police say a drunken father-to-be was arrested at the baby shower for his child’s mother in a Massachusetts town. SENT: 140 words.

—PRIEST ABUSE: A retired Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of indecent assault in a case where the victim came forward after watching the movie “Spotlight” to say he’d been molested 25 years ago. SENT: 135 words.

— NEW DAD KILLED: The district attorney on Cape Cod says a man involved in a deadly weekend crash should not have been released following an earlier drunken driving arrest. SENT: 135 words.

— POLICE DEPARTMENT RESIGNS — The entire four-member police department of a small western Massachusetts town has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions. SENT: 138 words.



BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels to fill in for injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Boston is sending Triple-A pitchers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez to Los Angeles. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 650 words, photos.


BOSTON — Drew Pomeranz takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox as they close out a two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park.

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