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

August 30, 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Collin Binkley. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HARAVARD-RACE IN ADMISSIONS

The Justice Department has sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over its consideration of race in its admissions policy. It’s the latest step in the Trump administration’s effort to encourage race-neutral admissions practices. The Justice Department said the school has failed to demonstrate that it does not discriminate on the basis of race. Harvard fired back, saying it does not discriminate and will fight to defend its right to use race as a factor in admissions. SENT: 600 words, photo.

MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-GOVERNOR

A popular Republican incumbent who seems almost unbeatable. Two little-known Democrats vying for attention and a spot on the November ballot. An ultra-conservative GOP challenger. It all may sound like a political scenario in a red state, but this is actually the current state of play for the governor’s race in deep-blue Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

JUDGE-EVACUEE HOUSING

A judge says the federal government can end a temporary housing vouching program for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees. Judge Timothy Hillman on Thursday denied an effort to force the government to continue providing aid that has allowed evacuees to live in hotels in the U.S. Hillman also ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep the program in place through Sept. 13 to give evacuees time to make other plans. By Alanna Durkin Richer. 300 words by 2 p.m.

BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS ARREST

Federal prosecutors say a California man has been charged with threatening to kill Boston Globe employees over a Globe-coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning President Donald Trump’s suggestion that journalists are the enemy. Prosecutors said Thursday that Robert Chain of Encino, California made more than a dozen threatening phone calls to the Globe’s newsroom between Aug. 10 and Aug. 22. It was not immediately clear if Chain has an attorney. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 400 words.

OCEAN WARMING

PORTLAND, Maine — The waters off of New England are already warming faster than most of the world’s oceans, and they are nearing the end of one of the hottest summers in their history. A scientist with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland says the average sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Maine was nearly 5 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average during one ten-day stretch in August. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 540 words, photo.

IN BRIEF

— PUPPY DEATHS: A Massachusetts man who worked for a dog breeder convicted of hanging puppies and giving Valium to another dog that died will avoid jail time. SENT.

— JUDGE-EVACUEE HOUSING: A judge says the federal government can end a temporary housing vouching program for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees. SENT.

— BODY BURNED IN CAR: A Massachusetts man previously charged with burning a car in which the body of a woman was later found is now facing a murder charge. SENT.

— BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST: Federal prosecutors say a California man has been charged with threatening to kill Boston Globe employees over a Globe-coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning President Donald Trump’s suggestion that journalists are the enemy. SENT.

— GOLD DUST SCAM: Police in Massachusetts have identified a suspect they say scammed two people out of more than $300,000 in exchange for fake gold dust. SENT.

— BODY ON HIGHWAY: Massachusetts State Police are investigating the mysterious appearance of a dead body on an interstate highway. SENT.

— PHOTOGRAPHER-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: A New York man who once worked as a photographer at a summer camp for children with disabilities and as a youth sports photographer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Massachusetts. SENT

SPORTS

WHITE SOX-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a four-game series. Rick Porcello pitches for major league-leading Boston, and Lucas Giolito gets the ball for Chicago. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m. ET.

PATRIOTS-GIANTS

The New England Patriots play the New York Giants in a pre-season NFL game. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ACC THIS WEEK

The Atlantic Coast Conference opens its football season with a key cross-divisional conference matchup when No. 20 Virginia Tech visits 19th-ranked Florida State in Willie Taggart’s debut as the Seminoles’ coach. Among other things to watch this week: The replacement for 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson at Louisville faces a tall task with an opener against top-ranked Alabama, and Boston College’s AJ Dillon looks to keep rolling after a breakout freshman season. SENT: 400 words, file photos.

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