Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Bob Salsberg is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

Sexual Misconduct-Confidential Agreements

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 930 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND — The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is down this week.

— SCHOOL SECURITY-RHODE ISLAND — A number of school districts around Rhode Island are working to improve security systems in their buildings, in response to momentum sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

— POLICE SHOOTOUT — Two Massachusetts police officers engaged in an early morning shootout with a suspect but neither was physically injured.

— RHODE ISLAND-MCCAIN — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff to mark the death of Sen. John McCain.

— URI-SHIP AGROUND — A research vessel in the Canadian Arctic carrying four people from the University of Rhode Island had run aground but school officials are saying all four people are safe.

— FATAL FALL — Authorities in Rhode Island say a man died over the weekend after falling from the bucket of a tree trimming truck.

SPORTS:

FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEW

Everyone's still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Many of the faces change every year in Miami, Buffalo, New York — and even in Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division. So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. They've won nine in a row, and 14 of the last 15. And, it certainly appears they're an excellent bet to add to that haul this season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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