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

May 17, 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.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 8 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to speak at a gathering of tech entrepreneurs at MIT. Trudeau will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Friday. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; more on merits, photos


The U.S.S. Constitution is taking a trip across Boston Harbor in honor of Vietnam veterans and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; more on merits, photo planned.



Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash. Now Ellis is suing the fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million, saying he was discriminated against because of his appearance. The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent incidents of police being called on black people that have sparked uproar and claims of racial profiling. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 485 words, photos.


WASHINGTON —The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency’s history. By LISA MASCARO and DEB RIECHMANN. AP Congressional Correspondents. SENT: 700 words, photos.


ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Two Syrian nationals were indicted Thursday in a computer hacking scheme that targeted the White House, Harvard University, U.S. Marine Corps and news media outlets, including The Associated Press. SENT: 330 words.


PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. By PATRICK WHITTLE. SENT: 440 words, photos.


BJ’s Wholesale Club is going public again. The wholesale membership warehouse operator didn’t say how many shares would be offered or what the price range would be, but the initial public offering is expected sometime this year. SENT: 247 words, photos.


A church with a minuscule stake in Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas driller has won shareholder approval of a resolution to force the company to produce a report on its effort to scale back methane emissions. By MICHAEL RUBINKAM. SENT: 375 words.


— LAWMAKER-CHOKING COMPLAINT: A Massachusetts judge has declined to issue a harassment protection order against a state lawmaker accused of choking a political challenger.

— FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Massachusetts police have captured a man wanted for a murder in Georgia.

— SAN JUAN MAYOR-AWARD: The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico says the island remains in desperate need of help eight months after Hurricane Maria and is not ready for another hurricane season.

— MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-DEMOCRATS: Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie have sparred in a debate as they vie for a chance to challenge Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in November.

— MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN: Wynn Resorts has removed nearly 1 million tons of contaminated sediment from the former chemical plant site where it’s building a $2.5 billion Boston-area casino.

— MYSTERY OF BABY DOE: The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston beach in 2015 has violated her probation.

— WARREN CHALLENGER-LAWSUIT: A U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts is ending a lawsuit he’d filed against a city that asked him to remove a sign from a campaign bus reading: “Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian.”

— SPIDER-MAN ON TRAIN: A person sporting a Spider-Man costume joined commuters on a Boston subway train — dangling from a handrail.

— DISABLED WOMAN-SEX ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to raping his girlfriend’s mentally disabled daughter, which his girlfriend allegedly allowed in exchange for bill payments and cash.

— ART AUCTION: Another work of art from the collection a Massachusetts museum that came under intense criticism for deciding to sell multiple works in an effort to stay open has sold at auction.

— BASEBALL BAT ATTACK: A Massachusetts man police say used a baseball bat to “severely” shatter another man’s arm during a fight outside a liquor store has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien say there’s a “framework” or “pathway” to a deal on a new stadium for the Pawtucket PawSox.

— LAWMAKER-CHOKING COMPLAINT: A Massachusetts state lawmaker has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance encounter at a restaurant.

— TEACHER-INDECENT ASSAULT: A gym teacher at a Boston elementary school is heading to court to face charges of indent assault on a student. SENT: 110 words.

— CHILD RAPE CONVICTION: A Massachusetts man convicted of raping a 5-year-old girl faces life in prison when he’s sentenced later this month. SENT: 130 words.



INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James needs help from his teammates — quickly. Despite 42 points from James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers lost to Boston and now trail 2-0 in the series. The Cavs are counting on James’ supporting cast to contribute more when the series resumes on Saturday. By TOM WITHERS. AP Sports Writer. SENT: 831 words, photos


The Baltimore Orioles visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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