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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Collin Binkley. 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.

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TOP STORIES:

PAWSOX STADIUM

After spending more than a year trying to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to their city, officials in Worcester say they're planning a "major announcement." The announcement is planned for Friday afternoon. The statement didn't specifically mention the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, but the team emailed Worcester's statement to reporters. SENT: 250 words, will be updated after 2 p.m. announcement.

WOMEN 2018-VETERANS

Women with military experience — many of them combat veterans — are among the record number of female candidates running for office this year. Regardless of party, they cast themselves as the antidote to bitterly partisan politics — describing themselves as "mission-driven" and trained by the military to work toward a common goal. Two Democrats — Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a retired Marine Corps captain and Bronze Star recipient, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs and partial use of an arm when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq — have been instrumental in recruiting veterans to run for office. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,420 words, photos. An abridged version is also available.

USA GYMNASTICS-SMALL STEPS

USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. New high-performance director Tom Forster is intent giving gymnasts a greater say in how the program is run. The athletes call Forster's approach a welcome departure. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,160 words, with AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GIRL ROBBED: A Massachusetts man charged with robbing an 11-year-old girl who was tending the cash register at a fish market has pleaded guilty. SENT:130 words.

— FATAL ROBBERY-SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a robbery that left an accomplice dead. SENT: 130 words.

— SHARKS-RHODE ISLAND: A shark expert at the University of Rhode Island says sharks tend to bypass the state during the summer because there aren't that many seals. SENT: 130 words.

— CAMPGROUND-SEX ASSAULT CHARGES: A man listed as a registered sex offender in Massachusetts has been accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child at a New Hampshire campground nearly a decade ago. SENT: 130 words.

— SHARK SIGHTING-BEACH CLOSURE: Authorities in Massachusetts have closed two Cape Cod beaches following shark sightings. SENT.

— SERIAL BANK ROBBER: A man who robbed 10 banks in the Boston area between July 2017 and October 2017 has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. SENT.

— CUSTODIAN-BATHROOM MODIFICATIONS: A former custodian at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded guilty to spying on people using a girls' bathroom at the school. SENT.

SPORTS

RAYS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, return to Fenway Park to open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

USA-GYMNASTICS-SMALL STEPS

USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar. Though the process will take years, there have been signs of progress. SENT: 1,150 words.

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