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BOSTON (AP) - A U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" who pleaded guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal is set to be sentenced. Carlos Rafael is the owner of one of the nation's largest commercial fishing operations. It includes a fleet of more than 30 vessels, 44 commercial fishing permits and the Carlos Seafood business in New Bedford. His sentencing is scheduled to begin Monday in Boston's federal court and could extend into Tuesday.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are again considering the emotionally-charged question of physician-assisted death. A legislative committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to make a voluntary request of physicians for medication that can be self-administered to bring about a peaceful death.

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - Officials say at least seven children and one adult were injured when a deck collapsed during a family cookout at a Massachusetts home. Methuen fire officials say some of the injured may have broken bones, but none of the injuries were life-threatening. By the time emergency crews arrived at the house Sunday, all of the injured were sitting on the front lawn. Fire officials say the collapse was likely caused by rotted wood.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say two children have been hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle. Investigators say the children were struck Sunday night in Springfield. One is expected to fully recover, but police say the other has more serious injuries. Authorities say the vehicle that hit them left the scene of the crash, but they are not calling it a hit-and-run. Police spokesman Ryan Walsh tells MassLive.com it appears the driver was trying to avoid a "crowd of unhappy people."

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