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

February 25, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINDY WEATHER

High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 mph — or higher were reported around the region, including West Virginia and New York. A motorist in Sandusky, Ohio, captured video of a tractor-trailer flipping over on a bridge . SENT :375 words, photos. With WINDY WEATHER-THE LATEST>

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will forgo the chase for campaign money from the biggest donors in her quest for her party’s nomination for president. In an email to supporters on Monday, Warren, of Massachusetts, acknowledged that “this decision will ensure that I will be outraised by other candidates in this race.” By Elana Schor and Brian Slodysko. SENT: 530 words, photos.

GE SALE

General Electric is selling its biopharma business to Danaher Corp. for $21.4 billion as it continues to sell off chunks of a once sprawling conglomerate. The biopharma unit, part of GE Life Sciences, generated revenue of about $3 billion last year. Danaher said after tax benefits, the deal will have a price tag that is closer a $20 billion. The mostly-cash transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINDY WEATHER-NEW ENGLAND _ Strong winds are toppling power lines and trees, knocking out power to thousands of customers across southern New England.

_ COMMUTER RAIL STATION _ A new commuter rail station has opened in Boston.

The Blue Hill Avenue stop opened in Mattapan Monday after it passed final inspections.

_ STOLEN CAR PURSUIT _ Authorities say a 17-year-old who doesn’t have a driver’s license led police on a more than 40-mile chase in a stolen car.

_ FATAL PLANE CRASH _ An instructor pilot who was killed when a small plane he was in crashed at a Massachusetts airport is being described as a loving father and dedicated teacher.

_ HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT _ Maine utility regulators are gathering comments on a proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission line to supply Canadian hydropower to consumers in Massachusetts.

_ CHILD LEFT AT CRASH _ Massachusetts State Police say a drunken driver who rolled over her car left a child behind at the scene of the crash.

_ BALLOT QUESTION SPENDING _ A committee that opposed strict patient-to-nurse ratios in Massachusetts hospitals spent a record amount of money in its successful bid to defeat a ballot question last November.

SPORTS:

FBN--PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

The NFL says it will handle the sex solicitation case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as it would any other issue under the league’s conduct policy. The 77-year-old owner has been charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida as part of a crackdown on sex trafficking. Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued. Police are still investigating and there likely will be a league inquiry. SENT: 165 words, photos.

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