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

September 27, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-GOVERNORS

A handful of Republican governors facing re-election in left-leaning states called on the U.S. Senate Thursday to delay a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow time for an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The governors don’t have an official role in the nomination process, but their voices could add pressure to the Senate’s consideration and help distance the governors from President Donald Trump. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters there needs to be a full and independent investigation of the claims before a vote is taken. SENT: 425 words.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

Massachusetts’ gambling commission has picked an interim leader after its longtime chairman abruptly resigned. Commissioner Gayle Cameron was selected by the three other members of the casino regulatory panel Thursday. SENT: 375 words.

MEDICAL JOURNAL-EDITOR RETIRING

Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, said Thursday he is planning to retire within a year after nearly two decades at the publication. Drazen, 72, an asthma and lung disease expert at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, became editor in 2000 and is one of the journal’s longest-serving chiefs. He will help an international search committee find his successor and work through a transition period after one is hired. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF

— GAS EXPLOSIONS-LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts family whose house was destroyed in a series of gas explosions and fires earlier this month has sued the utility that serviced their home. SENT.

— US FLAGS DESECRATED: A man charged with urinating on several small U.S. flags he tore out of the ground at a veterans’ cemetery in Massachusetts has been released after pleading not guilty. SENT.

— HOME INVASION-TORTURE: The second of two Connecticut women involved in a violent home invasion in Massachusetts last year that included what the prosecutor called “torturing” the 71-year-old homeowner has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— VETERAN’S HOME-VANDALISM: Police in Massachusetts have arrested two juveniles they say caused $50,000 worth of damage to a home being built for a disabled veteran. SENT.

— SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES DROPPED: Prosecutors in Massachusetts have dropped charges against a New York man they had alleged forced women into prostitution. SENT.

— FILMMAKER RESTITUTION: A California-based filmmaker ordered in 2012 to pay Massachusetts millions of dollars in restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding the state of $4.7 million in tax credits has paid back only a tiny fraction of that. SENT.

— APARTMENT FIRE-METH LAB: Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man burned himself while operating a methamphetamine and butane hash oil lab in an apartment he shared with his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

— DOCKLESS BIKE TAKEOVER: A Massachusetts city has temporarily banned dockless bicycles programs. SENT.

— UNR MEDICAL SCHOOL-RESEARCH GRANT: The University of Nevada Medical School in Reno has received a $2 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help develop new approaches to guard against dangers related to premature labor. SENT.

SPORTS

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS

The last time the Dolphins won at New England was in 2008, when they sprung the wildcat on Bill Belichick in a 38-13 rout. Miami arrives in town Sunday 3-0 and leading the AFC East. But getting to 4-0 for the first time since 1995 will be tough: The Patriots have won nine straight at home in the series. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words by 7 p.m., photos. For Weekend Use.

DOLPHINS-AMENDOLA

For any New England Patriots wanting to say hello Sunday to former teammate Danny Amendola, they’re most likely to find him running over the middle. That’s where Amendola made his living for five years with the Patriots, and that’s where he has made an impact so far with his new team, the Miami Dolphins. By Steven Wine. SENT: 680 words, photos.

With: DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS-CAPSULES

HURRICANES-WHALERS NIGHTS

The Carolina Hurricanes will look like the old Hartford Whalers for a pair of games against an old New England rival. The Hurricanes unveiled green throwback Whalers uniforms Thursday on Twitter and said they will wear them when they play host to Boston on Dec. 23 and when they visit the Bruins on March 5. SENT: 120 words.

ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5. SENT: 500 words.

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