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

August 10, 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 followed by Alanna Durkin Richer. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EPA PESTICIDES

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. A coalition of farmworkers and environmental groups sued last year after then-EPA chief Scott Pruitt reversed an Obama-era effort to ban chlorpyrifos, which is widely sprayed on citrus fruit, apples and other crops. The attorneys general for several states including California, New York and Massachusetts joined the case against EPA. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BRIEFS

— CAB DRIVER SHOOTING — Authorities say a Massachusetts cab driver fatally shot a passenger who tried to rob him.

— TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS — A Massachusetts judge is considering whether to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the family of a high school teacher who was raped and killed by one of her students five years ago.

— PEOPLE-BILL MURRAY-PHOTOGRAPHER — A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant.

— WEST NILE VIRUS-CAPE COD— Public health officials say an unusually high number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus on Cape Cod.

— CRUISER CRASH DEATH: Police say a woman involved in a crash with a police cruiser in Massachusetts has died.

— PONZI SCHEME CONVICTION: A former Massachusetts man convicted of running what prosecutors called a Ponzi-style scheme that defrauded 15 investors out of more than $6 million has been sentenced to five years in prison.

— CARS VANDALIZED-COMMUTER LOT: Police in Massachusetts say five vehicles have been vandalized in a commuter rail parking lot.

SPORTS

RED SOX-ORIOLES

The Boston Red Sox play at the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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