Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 5:30 p.m. 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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TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

GAS EXPLOSIONS

LAWRENCE, Mass. — A strong gas odor has brought officials back to one of the Massachusetts communities rocked just days ago by natural gas explosions and fires. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: more on merits.

BEACON HILL

The crowded and chaotic Democratic congressional primary that is now being recounted is fueling calls for Massachusetts to adopt a system that would allow voters to rank candidates by choice rather than select only a single one, and to possibly consider an earlier date in the year to hold primaries. Eds: AP's weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 720 words.

TRUMP-JOHN KERRY

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. By MATTHEW LEE. AP Diplomatic Writer. SENT: 1,022 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-BLACK FEMALE CANDIDATES

WASHINGTON — Insurgent Democratic women running for Congress are pushing the party to rethink its approach to politics if they retake control of Capitol Hill in the fall. At the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Friday, black female candidates who prevailed in primaries over established incumbents said it's time for a conversation about how the party is structured. By ERRIN HAINES WHACK. SENT: 1,039 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PLANE CRASH: A small plane has crashed in wooded area north of Boston, killing at least one person on board.

— SHARK ATTACK-CAPE COD: A shark attack has been reported off a beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

— POLICE CHASE-ARRESTS: Two bank robbery suspects have been arrested and a state trooper has been injured after a high speed chase in Massachusetts.

— ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-PRIMARY RECOUNT: The recount of a tight Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts is continuing through the weekend.

— ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS: Massachusetts Democrats are gathering in Worcester to help give a boost to their candidate for governor, Jay Gonzalez.

— MAINE DAY-NEW ENGLAND FAIR: The state most known for lobsters, black bears and blueberries is having its day at New England's largest fair. Saturday is Maine Day at The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

— STATE ARCHIVES: The Rhode Island State Archives has opened a new exhibit on the history of voting.

— HOMELESS VETERANS: A nonprofit in Rhode Island is hosting its 26th annual outreach weekend to provide services to homeless veterans and veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-FLAMES

SHENZHEN, China — Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames in the NHL exhibition season opener on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

METS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox face the New York Mets, with Rick Porcello pitching against Corey Oswalt. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 4 p.m.

RHODE ISLAND-UCONN

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn, blown out by Top-25 opponents in its first two games, attempts to rebound against Rhode Island . By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming 500 words. Developing from noon start.

BROWN-CAL POLY

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. —Joe Protheroe had 43 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns, helping Cal Poly beat Brown 44-15. Cal Poly closed the first half by going on a nine-play, 77-yard drive, ending in Protheroe's short TD run for a 24-15 lead. The Mustangs opened the second half with another 70-plus-yard drive, and Khaleel Jenkins capped it with a 1-yard run. SENT: 200 words

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