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

September 25, 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 until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FISHING VESSEL DEATH

A member of a fishing boat crew attacked his fellow crew members at sea with a knife and a hammer, killing one of them, federal prosecutors said. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the attack Sunday on the Virginia-based fishing vessel Captain Billy Haver while it was underway about 55 miles off Nantucket, Massachusetts, the U.S. attorney’s office for Boston said in a statement. Vazquez will appear in federal court in Boston at a time to be determined. He assaulted another crew member with a knife in one hand and a hammer in the other, authorities said. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits

BILL COSBY

A judge declared Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” on Tuesday as he prepared to sentence the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago. The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates expected.

HERRING FISHING

Federal fishing managers are considering a host of potentially major changes to the fishery for herring. Harvesting the small, schooling fish is a major industry on the East Coast. Federal regulators say a recent assessment of the stock shows the fish in decline. Herring are bait for the lobster and tuna industries, and the fish is key in the marine ecosystem as food for whales and seals. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected mid-afternoon, then 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF

— ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Ten states including Massachusetts are demanding the Trump administration abandon a proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. SENT.

— ESTRANGED WIFE SLAIN: Authorities are continuing their hunt for a Massachusetts man they suspect killed his estranged wife. SENT.

— SCUBA DIVING DEATH: Police in Connecticut say a Massachusetts woman has died while attempting to complete her deep water swimming certification. SENT.

— DEADLY CRASH-TEENAGERS: An 18-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a car crash in Massachusetts that killed four of his friends. SENT.

— FIREFIGHTER-CHILD RAPE CHARGES: A former Boston fire lieutenant has pleaded not guilty to multiple child rape charges. SENT.

— DEATH INVESTIGATION-DAY CARE: Massachusetts education officials have closed a day care following the death of an infant. SENT

SPORTS

ORIOLES-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox play host to the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BRUINS PREVIEW

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins are hoping to win the Stanley Cup once more with the core that won it all in 2011, including defenseman Zdeno Chara, who will turn 42 this season. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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