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

September 18, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

SHARK ATTACKS-CALLING FOR HELP

On parts of Cape Cod, great white sharks are plentiful but cellphone signals are not — a troubling reality as authorities deal with Massachusetts’ first fatal attack on a person since 1936. Officials are talking about putting antiquated pay phones near beaches and considering other ways to improve telecommunications to speed help to victims. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state’s U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey sent the letter Monday seeking answers about the explosions from the heads of Columbia Gas. SENT: 375 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST: A federal grand jury has indicted a Los Angeles man accused of making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL CRASH FORGIVENESS: A Massachusetts man who caused a traffic crash that killed a woman will not spend time behind bars at the request of the victim’s family. SENT: 130 words.

— SHOT THROUGH SEAT: Prosecutors say a man handling a firearm shot and killed a teen sitting in the front passenger seat of his brother’s car. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG STABBING: A Massachusetts man convicted of fatally stabbing one man and seriously injuring another during an attempted drug robbery has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

— UNPROVOKED CASINO ASSAULT: The suspect in an unprovoked attack on a patron at Massachusetts’ new casino has been ruled a danger to society and held without bail for four months. SENT: 130 words.

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: Police in Massachusetts say a pedestrian has been seriously injured in a crash. SENT: 130 words.

— PRISON GUARD-DRUG SMUGGLING: A former Massachusetts prison guard has been sentenced after pleading guilty in a scheme to smuggle drugs into the facility for an inmate. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

The Boston Red Sox would clinch their third straight AL East title with a win in the opener of a three-game series, but rain is forecast. Nathan Eovaldi (5-7) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox and J.A. Happ (16-6) for the New York Yankees. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. First pitch pushed back to 7:05 p.m.

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