Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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If a Supreme Court majority shaped by President Donald Trump overturns or sharply curtails the right to abortion, the fight over legalization will return to the states. By David Lieb, Steve LeBlanc, David Crary. Upcoming 9 a.m. with photos.


State marijuana regulators meet Thursday with no plans to license any additional pot shops. The lack of any independent testing facilities for recreational marijuana remains a stumbling block to the now overdue start of retail sales in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 5 p.m. with photos.



Northeastern University students and community activists are demanding the school cancel a multimillion-dollar research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal spending data show that Northeastern has received $2.7 million from ICE over the last two years. Opponents have staged a campus protest Wednesday, arguing that any kind of contract with ICE is "a slap in the face" to students. By Sarah Betancourt. SENT: 460 words. With AP photos.


The red spruce, a tree heavily damaged by acid rain in the Northeast, is rebounding 30 years later because of less pollution and a longer growing season caused by climate change, researchers say. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 650 word, photos.


— CHILD RAPIST RELEASE: A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts who was set to be released from custody before his arrest last month on new charges is being held on $25,000 cash bail. SENT: 140 words.

— STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY-COAST GUARD: A marine transportation authority in Massachusetts enduring mechanical problems has been cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to continue service. SENT: 100 words.

— FATAL CRASH: Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a tractor trailer. SENT: 90 words.

— PROSTITUTION RING: Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man will plead guilty to money laundering in connection to his role in a prostitution ring. SENT: 142 words.

—ABORTION-MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts House is planning to vote on a bill aimed at eliminating a series of antiquated laws, including a ban on abortion dating back more than a century. SENT: 135 words.

— LEGISLATIVE LOGJAM: The top Massachusetts House budget negotiator in state budget talks says he's "optimistic" but isn't predicting when a breakthrough might occur. SENT: 138 words.

— DUNKIN BRANDS-CEO: Dunkin' Brands Group CEO Nigel Travis is retiring and will be replaced by David Hoffmann. Travis, 68, has been CEO for almost a decade. SENT: 80 words.

— CASINO-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: An employee of Rhode Island's Newport Grand Casino has filed a filed a discrimination lawsuit against the facility alleging she has been paid significantly less than a younger male employee with the same job. SENT: 240 words.

— STATE POLICE-FATAL CRASH INVESTIGATION: A Massachusetts woman charged with causing a fatal crash while driving under the influence of prescription drugs has pleaded not guilty. SENT: 130 words.

— OBIT-JENNY PHILLIPS: A documentary filmmaker and therapist who played a key role in getting a trove of Ernest Hemingway's papers hidden in Cuba made available to the public has died. SENT: 130 words.

— PAINTBALL ATTACKS: Police in Massachusetts are investigating a series of paintball gun attacks in two communities, including one that left a 12-year-old boy with a serious eye injury. SENT: 130 words.

— EMPLOYEE THEFT: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about $2.7 million from her former employer. SENT: 130 words.

— DIALYSIS LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts company has agreed to pay $32 million to end a lawsuit that alleged the company fraudulently profited from the treatment of kidney dialysis patients. SENT: 130 words.

— PARK-CHILD INJURED: Police say a toddler has been seriously injured at a Massachusetts water park. SENT: 100 words.



The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers looking for their third consecutive series sweep. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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