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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

September 25, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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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: 350 words, photo.



Dunkin’ is dropping the donuts — from its name, anyway. Doughnuts are still on the menu, but Dunkin’ Donuts is renaming itself Dunkin’ to reflect its increasing emphasis on coffee and other drinks, which make up 60 percent of its sales. The 68-year-old Canton, Massachusetts-based company has toyed with the idea for a while. In 2006, it released a new motto — “America runs on Dunkin’ — that didn’t mention doughnuts. Last fall, it tested the “Dunkin’” logo on a new store in Pasadena, California; it has put the name on a few other stores since then. SENT: 580 words, photos.


His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age 81, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate. The punishment made him the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison and all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, TV star and breaker of racial barriers. SENT: 1,250 words. Photos.



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.


— SHARK ATTACK-CAPE COD: The Massachusetts town where a man was fatally attacked by a shark this month is holding a public meeting to consider how the community can respond. SENT.

— ESTRANGED WIFE SLAIN: Authorities say a Massachusetts man suspected of killing his wife and then evading a police dragnet has been arrested. SENT.

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

— FATAL TRACTOR-TRAILER CRASH: Police have charged a truck driver involved in a Rhode Island crash last year that killed two Massachusetts residents. 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



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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