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

September 11, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Americans are marking the anniversary of 9/11 with solemn tributes, volunteer projects and enhanced memorials, after a year when two attacks within miles of ground zero manifested the enduring, evolving threat of terrorism. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 500 words. May be updates. With AP Photos.


—SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-BRAVERY: BOSTON — Two young men who rescued an elderly couple from their car moments before a train slammed into it have received the Madeline Amy Sweeney civilian bravery award, named for a flight attendant on one of the hijacked planes flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The couple’s car had become stuck on the train tracks in Bridgewater during a Jan. 4 blizzard. SENT: 130 words.


CHICAGO — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. But in active shooter attacks, which tend to occur in confined spaces and with an intent to kill, the results suggest all types of guns can be equally deadly, said lead researcher Dr. Adil Haider, a trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos..


— TAKEDA-US HEADQUARTERS MOVE: DEERFIELD, Ill. — Japanese drugmaker Takeda says it is closing its U.S. headquarters in suburban Chicago with about 1,000 employees and moving its functions to the Boston area. Takeda spokeswoman Julia Ellwanger said Tuesday that the work currently performed at the offices in Deerfield, Illinois, will gradually shift to Boston after it completes its $64 billion takeover of Ireland-based pharmaceutical company Shire. SENT: 150 words.

— STUDENT PILOT-EMERGENCY LANDING: The a 17-year-old student pilot from Massachusetts who successfully made an emergency landing after losing a wheel during her first solo flight plans to return to the cockpit soon. SENT: 130 words.

— FALLING BRANCH-TODDLER INJURED: A Massachusetts woman whose 2-year-old child was injured when a tree branch fell on her SUV has filed a lawsuit alleging utility Eversource and the town of Southampton knew of dangerous tree limbs yet didn’t cut them down. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE FIRE: Fire officials in Massachusetts are investigating a fire that destroyed a historic home in Ludlow. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD LEFT ON BUS: Police in Massachusetts say a school bus driver who left a 5-year-old boy alone on a bus for several hours may face criminal charges. Beverly Chief John LeLacheur says he is consulting with the district attorney to determine if charges should be filed. SENT: 130 words.

— RESTAURANT TAX CHEAT: STURBRIDGE, Mass. — A former owner of a Massachusetts pizzeria will not spend time behind bars after pleading guilty to cheating the state out of more than $100,000 in meals taxes. SENT: 130 words.



The Toronto Blue Jays visit Boston to take on the AL East-leading Red Sox, with Chris Sale returning from the disabled list to make his first start in almost a month. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.


The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins for defenseman Steven Kampfer and two draft picks. The teams announced the trade Tuesday before the Bruins flew to China for two exhibition games. Boston gets a 2019 fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder in a move that clears space for younger players on the blue line. SENT: 150 words.


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