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

May 13, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman is set to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scam. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2:30 p.m. court appearance, photos, video planned.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL ATTACKS

Federal authorities say a man accused of an Appalachian trail stabbing that left one man dead and a woman severely injured initially approached the hikers acting unstable while singing and playing his guitar, then threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death. James Jordan, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested early Saturday in southwestern Virginia and charged with murder and assault. He is due in federal court Monday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos planned.

FACIAL RECOGNITION BACKLASH

San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ KOREAN WAR POW: A soldier from Somerville, Massachusetts who went missing during the Korean War has been accounted for. SENT.

_ FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL: The names of three Massachusetts police officers who died in the line of duty are being dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington. SENT.

_ SEAFOOD PLANT CLOSURE: A Massachusetts mayor is rallying services to assist about 150 employees of a fish processing company that abruptly closed. SENT.

_ PLASTIC BAG BAN: Another Massachusetts town is considering a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. SENT.

SPORTS

BREAKOUT STARS

New NHL stars are having breakouts in the Stanley Cup playoffs. By Steve Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HURRICANES-PORK AND JERKS

The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner. That’s not defenseman Dougie Hamilton _ but Hamilton the pig, a 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m.

BRUINS-HURRICANES-PREVIEW

When the Carolina Hurricanes go on the power play, it seems like their opponents are the ones with the advantage. The Hurricanes are scoring on just 11% of their power plays in this postseason _ the worst rate of any team that reached the second round. Making matters worse, the Boston Bruins are converting on a full third of their chances with the man advantage _ a big reason why they hold a 2-0 series lead. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

_ Charging asylum application fees is the latest way the U.S. could make immigrants pay for its red tape. By Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Boston University. http://theconversation.com/charging-asylum-application-fees-is-the-latest-way-the-us-could-make-immigrants-pay-for-its-red-tape-116404

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