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

December 5, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-DEVAL PATRICK

Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will soon announce he won’t launch a 2020 presidential campaign, according to three sources familiar with his plans. They did not say why he decided against a run. A formal announcement was delayed as the country observed a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush, one source said. News of Patrick’s plans was first reported by Politico. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EX-SENATOR FOUND DEAD: The Massachusetts chief medical examiner’s office says former state Sen. Brian Joyce died from an overdose of a medication commonly used to treat insomnia. SENT.

_ BOSTON COLLEGE-PLAYER ASSAULTED: A New Jersey police officer has been sentenced to two years of probation for his role in an unprovoked attack on a Boston College hockey player in a Boston pizza shop. SENT.

_ MARRIAGE FRAUD: A Massachusetts man who entered into six sham marriages to help foreign-born women skirt U.S. immigration laws has avoided prison. SENT.

_ BURNING BODY: A Massachusetts man charged with fatally shooting another man and then participating in a conspiracy with seven others to cover up the killing and burn the victim’s body has been held without bail. SENT.

_ STEALING GASOLINE: A Rhode Island police sergeant has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing gasoline from the town. SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS-IMPROVED DEFENSE

Earlier this season opponents took advantage of a New England defense that struggled to get pressure up front and was susceptible to giving up big plays in the secondary. The Patriots appear to be tightening up at the right time. New England’s defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer in five-straight games. It also has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine-straight games, dating back to Week 3 against the Lions. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

OHIO STATE-DAY TIME

When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. So Ohio State bumped up Day’s salary to $1 million per year after last season and promoted him to co-offensive coordinator to keep him around while Meyer pondered his future. SENT: 780 words.

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