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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

January 3, 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.

Susan Haigh is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — The bitter cold that has gripped the Northeast for the past week is giving way — briefly at least — to a monster snowstorm with screaming winds that could drop more than a foot of snow in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Thursday that extends from eastern Long Island north to coastal New Hampshire and Maine. Most of the rest of southern New England is under a winter storm watch. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

US-OPIOIDS-IN-COURT

BOSTON — Massachusetts plans to ban some powerful opioids from courtrooms, because state court officials are worried people could be sickened by the drugs. Under a policy that goes into effect on Jan. 8, fentanyl and carfentanil will be allowed into state courthouses only under certain circumstances. That means lawyers wanting to present the drugs as evidence during a hearing or trial must use photographs, video or witness testimony. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 400 words.

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1059 words. May be updated. AP Photos.

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DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

DEEP FREEZE-NEW ENGLAND SNOW (with AP Photos)

DEEP FREEZE-NEW ENGLAND SNOW-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-FUNDRAISING — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker heads into the 2018 election year with a commanding fundraising lead over his Democratic challengers

— COLLEGE EMPLOYEE-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — A former employee at a Massachusetts college who is accused of injuring another school employee in an accidental shooting has pleaded not guilty.

— SHARK-DEATHS-COLD-SHOCK — A shark conservation group says a fourth thresher shark has been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod.

— DOUBLE FATAL CRASH — Authorities say two people were killed and two others were injured in a crash involving a pickup truck and a city-owned trash truck in Everett.

— SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDS STOLEN — Police have charged a juvenile with stealing about $1,000 in funds from a Massachusetts high school intended to benefit students with special needs. The Daily Item of Lynn reports that the money was stolen from a cabinet at Saugus High School two weeks ago.

— MASSACHUSETTS-HUMAN SERVICES — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has released $100 million, much of it targeted for human services programs, six months after the heavily Democratic Legislature mandated the spending.

— TEEN SLAIN — A Massachusetts judge has rejected a murder defendant’s claim that he was too high on drugs to understand his Miranda rights when he was questioned by police.

— OFFICER CHARGED-AIRPORT SECURITY — A Boston police detective is set to be sentenced Thursday for lying to federal officials so he could take his gun on planes during personal trips and allow a friend to avoid airport security.

SPORTS:

BKN-CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers, matching up the foes from last year’s Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Gordon Hayward was injured in the season opener. Isaiah Thomas is not expected to play. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.

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