AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Feb. 05, 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.
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Attorney General Maura Healey is among those expected to testify on Tuesday before a legislative panel examining how Massachusetts should respond to the repeal of federal net neutrality rules. Healey has already joined a number of other state attorneys general who have sued to block the Federal Communications Commission from carrying out the new policy. By Bob Salsberg. On merits from 11 a.m. hearing.
The state's highest court hears arguments on a business-backed challenge to the proposed constitutional amendment calling for a so-called millionaire tax in Massachusetts. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., more on merits.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SENATOR'S SPOUSE
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday called the most recent reports involving a former legislative leader whose husband was accused of sexual abuse "troubling" and said if they're true he should not be allowed to return to the Senate's top post. Democratic Sen. Stan Rosenberg, who relinquished the presidency of the chamber in December pending an investigation, continues to maintain that Bryon Hefner — his husband, from whom he has now separated — exerted no influence over legislative affairs. He has not ruled out returning as Senate president if exonerated by the investigation. By Steve Leblanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis received a victim's letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope's recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter's author and members of Francis' own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press. The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has "zero tolerance" for sex abuse and cover-ups. Four members of the commission met with Francis' top abuse adviser, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, explained their objections to Francis' recent appointment of Juan Barros as a bishop in southern Chile, and gave him the letter to deliver to Francis. SENT: 1,900 words.
BANNING BUMP STOCKS
In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.
CHILD PORN IN PRISON
Three more New Jersey prison inmates serving sentences for child pornography, including one who was due to be released on Tuesday, now stand accused of using contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child porn behind bars. William Noble, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Charles Wesley Bush, of Knoxville, Tennessee, face charges of conspiracy and distributing and possessing child porn on federal property. Jacob Good, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, faces counts of possessing child porn on federal property and accessing with intent to view. By Bruce Shipkowski. SENT: 300 words.
— CHILDREN STABBED: BROCKTON, Mass. — City officials in Brockton say two young children have been killed in a stabbing. The Enterprise newspaper reports that the mayor's office contacted members of the Brockton City Council on Monday confirming the stabbing deaths of two children in the city. SENT: 120 words.
— REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: BOSTON — Immigrant advocates are concerned that far fewer refugees are currently being resettled in Massachusetts than in prior years. Advocates gathering Monday at Massachusetts' Office for Refugees and Immigrants in Boston said the state agency expects to resettle just 650 refugees in the fiscal year that started in October. SENT: 130 words.
— GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON — The price of gasoline in Massachusetts is up three cents this week. AAA Northeast said Monday in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is averaging $2.53 per gallon. That's eight cents below the national average of $2.61 per gallon. SENT: 115 words.
— SUNKEN FISHING BOATS: NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Coast Guard is investigating two sunken fishing boats in New Bedford harbor. The Coast Guard says the New Bedford Fire Department found the vessels tied together with a sheen around them early Monday. Firefighters placed a containment boom to mitigate pollution. SENT: 130 words.
— LIBRARY FLOODING: LOWELL, Mass. — Officials estimate it will cost about $300,000 to repair a Massachusetts library after a burst pipe dumped thousands of gallons of water into the building. The Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell remains closed after a pipe broke in early January. Library Director Victoria Woodley tells the Lowell Sun that it could reopen within a few weeks if repair work goes well. SENT: 115 words.
— PAINTING STOLEN: EASTHAMPTON, Mass. — Police have arrested a Massachusetts woman they say stole an $850 painting from a local gallery. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Carrie Hague, of Easthampton, was arrested Sunday and charged with larceny from a building. SENT: 130 words.
— ALPHABET EXECUTIVE-MIT: BOSTON — A longtime Google executive is taking on a new role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The university announced Monday that Eric Schmidt will become an innovation fellow starting in the spring. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos.
— CHILD THROWN FROM TRUCK: A Massachusetts man is facing several charges in connection with a crash that left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition. SENT: 130 words.
— FIRE-HISTORIC HOME: A fire has destroyed a 200-year-old home in a Massachusetts town. SENT: 110 words.
BEHIND THE CALL
MINNEAPOLIS — Not only was the Philadelphia Eagles' knockout of New England a thrill-a-minute slugfest, it produced some of the biggest calls the Super Bowl has ever seen. For once, the whistles didn't go the Patriots' way, such as Philly's two second-half touchdowns that survived reviews at the NFL's league headquarters, including Zach Ertz's game-winner just before the two-minute warning of the 41-33 thriller. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.
SUPER BOWL FOLO
MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Foles did his best Tom Brady impersonation, leading a late-game comeback to cap a season that began as a backup and ended as Super Bowl MVP. Foles' journey mirrored Brady's 16 years ago and ended late Sunday night, with green-and-white confetti falling as delirious Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrated their first NFL title since 1960. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,100 words, AP Photos.
SUPER BOWL FAN REACTION
PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off their first Super Bowl title, the Philadelphia Eagles arrived home to a hero's welcome Monday afternoon, hours after overjoyed fans mobbed the streets in a sometimes unruly victory celebration nearly 60 years in the making. Hundreds of fans greeted the team's plane at Philadelphia International Airport, cheering wildly and singing "Fly Eagles Fly" as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie emerged with the Lombardi Trophy. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos.
SUPER BOWL FAN REACTION-THE LATEST
PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on Philadelphia's Super Bowl win reaction. SENT: 1,200 words, AP Photos.
SUPER BOWL-SELFIE KID: BOSTON — A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation. Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday that his phone "exploded" with messages and phone calls and he now has thousands of new social media followers. SENT: 130 words.
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