BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s call to tax manufacturers of opioid medications represents the latest high-profile effort by state leaders to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable in some part for the deadly opioid addiction crisis. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME
A pharmaceutical company executive is going on trial for allegedly bribing doctors to get his opioids into the hands of more people. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.
AMAZON-FACIAL RECOGNITION STUDY
Researchers at MIT and the University of Toronto say there may be some gender and racial biases in the facial-detection technology Amazon has marketed to police. By Tali Arbel. SENT: 420 words, photos.
More than 130 people who say they were sexually abused as children at a now-defunct charity school in Haiti have reached a $60 million settlement with a Connecticut Jesuit school and other defendants. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN: Police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run in Haverhill that left one person dead. SENT.
_ TRANSGENDER INMATE TRANSFER: Massachusetts prisons officials have for the first time moved a transgender inmate from a men’s prison to a women’s prison. SENT.
_ CHILDREN KILLED: A Massachusetts woman charged with killing her 9-year-old daughter and her unborn son nearly a decade ago has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. SENT.
_ WRONG-WAY FATAL CRASH: A New Hampshire man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed a retired Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife. SENT.
_ MISSING MAN: The family of a 23-year-old Massachusetts man who hasn’t been seen since he left a bar earlier this month is offering a $6,000 reward for information that leads to him. SENT.
_ POLICE SHOOTING-CELLPHONE: Court records say a Massachusetts man shot by police was holding a cellphone and not a gun when he charged at officers. SENT.
With five rings Tom Brady has already established himself as the most-decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history. He now has a chance to distinguish himself among all players. A Super Bowl win over the Rams would give the 41-year-old a sixth ring, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for the most all-time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.
The New England Patriots are inviting fans to a Super Bowl send-off rally at Gillette Stadium this weekend. SENT: 130 words.
John Fassel’s fingerprints were all over the Rams’ NFC championship game victory, from the fake punt to the 57-yard winning field goal. Los Angeles’ peerless special teams coordinator isn’t saying whether he’s cooking up something for the Super Bowl, but Fassel’s units are a major part of the Rams’ success. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m. EST.
SUPER BOWL-SOCIAL INJUSTICE
Big-name entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl and are ensuring the topic that ignited a political firestorm that engulfed the NFL will be in the spotlight. They passionately disagree on how. Some will perform in Super Bowl-related events while others will be noticeably absent. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
RED SOX-WHITE HOUSE
The Boston Red Sox are postponing their White House visit because of the partial government shutdown. SENT.
ACC THIS WEEK
A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference. SENT: 420 words, photos.
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