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

November 23, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

SAME SEX PARENTS

A new tool is helping same-sex partners in Massachusetts, California and a handful of other states easily become legal parents. SENT: 850 words, photos.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE

Pope Francis named the Vatican’s top sex abuse investigator and a close U.S. ally to an organizing committee for a February abuse prevention summit that has grown even more high stakes after the Holy See blocked U.S. bishops from taking action to address the scandal. SENT: 620 words, photos.

ROAD SALT STICKER SHOCK

Skyrocketing prices for road salt are leaving local officials hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter and some supply disruptions. Localities report prices are up from about 5 percent to almost double. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TEEN DRAGGED: A Boston teenager who suffered a serious head injury when he was dragged about half a mile by a car during a robbery has died.

— FRIGID NIGHT FIRES: Dozens of people in Massachusetts have been displaced from their homes by several fires on a Thanksgiving Day and night when temperatures dipped into the teens. SENT.

— HEAD-ON FATAL CRASH: Massachusetts State Police are investigating a head-on crash on Thanksgiving that killed a woman and injured three others. SENT.

— VETERAN’S DAY SHOOTING: Police have identified a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in Massachusetts on Veteran’s Day. SENT.

— MANCHESTER VA: A government report looking into whistleblowers’ complaints about the Manchester VA Medical Center finds no fault with former leadership. SENT.

SPORTS:

PENGUINS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

CELTICS-HAWKS

The underperforming Boston Celtics visit the Atlanta Hawks. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS-JETS PREVIEW

The buzz that once electrified the AFC East rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets isn’t quite what it once was. There always seemed to be a little extra something about the week leading into the teams’ two meetings every regular season, with some bold trash talk and colorful Boston-New York comparisons spicing things up. Not so much this time around. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boston U. at Rutgers, 2 p.m.

UMass-Boston at UMass-Lowell, 2 p.m.

UMass vs Nevada, at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.

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