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

December 25, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

LEGAL MARIJUANA

It took more than two years and several delays for Massachusetts to get from a successful 2016 referendum to the first legal recreational marijuana sales in the eastern United States. The slow rollout is expected to continue into 2019 and gradually pick up steam. More than two dozen pot shops have received either final or provisional licenses from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, and many other applications remain under review. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED _ Police and the Norfolk District Attorney’s office are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Weymouth.

_ FIRE-PRESENTS SAVED _ Three families are homeless after a Christmas Eve fire struck a triple-decker home in Whitman, but firefighters were able to save at least some holiday cheer for the residents.

_ STATE ARCHIVES _ A new exhibition series at the Rhode Island State Archives aims to showcase the unique and unexpected collections available there.

_ JOB TRAINING-SUBMARINES _ An education center in Rhode Island has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Navy to train people to build submarines.

_ SCHOOL BUS FIRE _ Officials have ruled a fire that torched several school buses in Providence as accidental.

SPORTS:

BKN--76ERS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Boston Celtics in a Christmas Day matchup of Atlantic Division rivals. Game time is 5:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL

DALLAS _ Boston College coach Steve Addazio will have his play-caller for one more game before Scot Loeffler takes over at Bowling Green for good. Just think of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl against No. 23 Boise State on Wednesday as a one-game reunion after Loeffler spent most of the past month getting ready for his new job. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 650 words, photo. With preview capsule.

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