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.

Bob Salsberg is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

MED--ASPIRIN-HEART ATTACKS

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don't outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it's been used for more than a century, aspirin's value in many situations is still unclear. The latest studies are some of the largest and longest to test this pennies-a-day blood thinner in people who don't yet have heart disease or a blood vessel-related problem. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 800 words. AP Photos and Video.

IN BRIEF:

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

— POLICE IMPERSONATOR-SEX ASSAULT — Police say a Massachusetts man posing as a police officer tried to extort his housekeeper of $10,000 and raped her when she refused to have sex.

— SHARK ATTACK — The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod in Massachusetts this month has been released from the hospital.

— BODIES IN HOME — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to killing three women whose bodies were discovered at his home.

— ODD--LIZARD ON THE LOOSE— A Massachusetts woman's 3 ½-foot lizard that went missing nearly a month ago is home again safe and sound.

— GUN CONTROL-FASHION SHOW — Gun control activists in Boston are staging a "back-to-school" fashion show featuring bulletproof vests, helmets and other safety gear.

— PLANE CRASH — The Massachusetts man who survived a plane crash that killed his brother is paralyzed below the waist and may never walk again.

— MOTORCYCLE FATAL — A Leverett man has died in a motorcycle crash in West Springfield.

— STABBINGS: Boston police are investigating separate stabbings that injured two people over the weekend.

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.

HKO--US-BENEFIT GAME

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Dozens of U.S.-born NHL players paid tribute to longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson and raised funds for two of his favorite causes, his 2-year-old daughter and grassroots hockey. Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane were among the American stars and standouts who gathered for a charity game won by the Blue over the White 14-9 Sunday. By Larry Lage. SENT: 420 words.

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