Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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WASHINGTON —Ayanna Pressley's upset victory in Massachusetts is the latest signal of the party's leftward lurch. It's helped candidates win primaries, but could present challenges in November. By Bill Barrow and Juana Summers. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.


BOSTON — The black Boston city councilor whose upset primary win over a 10-term congressman stunned Massachusetts' political establishment called her victory "surreal" Wednesday and said the wave of inclusiveness sweeping the nation is the best way to counter President Donald Trump. Ayanna Pressley told cheering supporters she's thrilled and humbled by her victory over longtime U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a fellow liberal Democrat. By BOB SALSBERG and STEVE LeBLANC. SENT: 943 words, photos, video.


And: MASSACHUSETTS-AYANNA PRESSLEY —Ayanna Pressley's victory in a Massachusetts congressional race is the latest example of the Democratic Party's embrace of diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era. In Connecticut, Jahana Hayes is on track to become the state's first black woman to win a congressional seat. And black politicians in Florida, Georgia and Maryland have won the Democratic nomination for governor. By STEVE LeBLANC. SENT: 680 words, photos.


BOSTON — Only a few dozen votes separated the top two finishers in a 10-way Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts. A recount seemed likely as unofficial results gave Lori Trahan a 52-vote lead over Dan Koh. The Secretary of State ordered ballots impounded in anticipation of a recount. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is retiring. By BOB SALSBERG. SENT: 420 words.


BOSTON — Democrat Jay Gonzalez launched his underdog campaign against Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday by asking the incumbent to sign an agreement limiting the impact of outside groups and money in the general election campaign. By BOB SALSBERG. SENT: 400 words


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Boston police captain's son, who authorities called a "committed soldier" of the Islamic State group, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for plotting to use assault rifles and homemade bombs to kill Americans on a college campus. SENT: 472 words.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died. He was 63. By MICHELLE R. SMITH and ANDREW DALTON. SENT: 760 words, photos.


A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the "misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders" is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests. By MICHAEL RUBINKAM. SENT: 975 words, photos


— SMOKING-GRAPHIC IMAGES: A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to quickly finish writing a rule requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements.

—TEENS KILLED-ACCIDENT: Two drivers charged with running over and killing two high school students in February have pleaded not guilty.

—TWIN RIVER-TIVERTON CASINO: Legislation making its way through Congress to protect a Massachusetts tribe's sovereign land may threaten Rhode Island's gambling revenues.

— FAMILY SLAIN-CHARGES: A 32-year-old man charged with killing a woman and her three young children has pleaded not guilty.

— CHILD SWALLOWS HEROIN: A Massachusetts woman whose toddler swallowed a bag of fentanyl-laced heroin has been held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether she is dangerous.

— OFFICER-CHILD PORN: A federal court has dismissed the appeal of a former Massachusetts police officer who admitted he tried to get child pornography.

— MASSACHUSETTS SENATE-WRITE-IN CANDIDATE: A candidate running for the seat left vacant by the resignation of former Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg has won the Democratic primary using a write-in campaign.

— MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-STATEHOUSE: Two veteran state lawmakers from Boston who were part of the House leadership have been defeated by challengers in Democratic primaries.

— MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-AYANNA PRESSLEY-RHODE ISLAND: A Democratic gubernatorial hopeful in Rhode Island says Ayanna Pressley's upset primary victory over a longtime Democratic congressman bodes well for his campaign.

— DRUG RING-SENTENCING: A Connecticut woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for her role in a New England drug ring.

— APARTMENT COMPLEX THEFTS: The former manager of a Massachusetts apartment complex for low-income tenants has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $8,000 from four residents and $40,000 from the owners.

— CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES: A Massachusetts woman has been charged with sexually assaulting a pre-teen boy. SENT.

— WOMAN STABBED: Boston police are searching for a woman who they say stabbed a 74-year-old woman who was taking a morning walk. SENT



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —Tom Brady says his goal is still to play five more years in the NFL. In the epilogue to his online documentary series "Tom Vs. Time" the 41-year-old Patriots quarterback says he expects it to be a challenge. But Brady feels like there are still things left for him to accomplish on the football field. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 560 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping the biggest comeback by the Boston Red Sox this year for a 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit and seesawed past Atlanta to sweep the three-game series between division leaders. By Charles Odum. SENT: 960 words, photos.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Player injury information could be tougher to find around the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. League coaches during the offseason voted to stop issuing weekly injury reports because they don't want to put their teams at a competitive disadvantage. One oddsmaker calls that move "counterintuitive" in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that opens the door for sports wagering. It eventually could lead conferences and the NCAA to adopt national injury-reporting guidelines. By JOEDY McCREARY. SENT: 893 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Alvin Brian "Ab" McDonald, who played 14 NHL seasons and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, has died. He was 82. SENT: 168 words.


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