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.

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TOP STORIES:

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-DUKAKIS

Self-driving government? Don't bet on it, says Michael Dukakis, but the former three-term Massachusetts governor and erstwhile presidential candidate is leading a new push to incorporate artificial intelligence into the machinery of everyday government. The project's goal: Assure that the powerful technology becomes a benevolent tool for humanity and not, as some futurists and science writers fear, evolve into a sinister force that may someday control its very creators. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

State marijuana regulators plan to vote Thursday on provisional licenses for three more pot shops, which would bringing to six the number approved so far. When any of these stores might open remains to be seen, however, as the Cannabis Control Commission has yet to license testing labs that are required to screen cannabis products for THC concentration and possible contaminants. Developing on merits from 1 p.m. meeting.

KENNEDY COUSIN

Connecticut prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction. The Connecticut Supreme Court in May reversed its own 2016 decision and vacated Skakel's conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos.

ICE AGENTS THREATENED

A Massachusetts man has been charged with offering $500 to anyone who would kill a federal immigration officer. Federal prosecutors in Boston on Thursday said 33-year-old Brandon Ziobrowski is charged with using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— SUBWAY POWER OUTAGE: Hundreds of commuters in Boston had to walk through tunnels under the city after one of the city's subway lines lost power. SENT: 130 words.

— SCHOOL DEMOLITION-TIME CAPSULE: Construction crews tearing down a former middle school in Massachusetts have found a 124-year-old time capsule. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE EVIDENCE THEFTS: The attorney general's investigation into oversight of a Massachusetts police department's evidence room found that guns, drugs, and cash were stolen for years, but determined no criminal charges will be filed. SENT: 130 words.

— SALES TAX HOLIDAY: A spokesman for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says the governor plans to formally authorize a sales tax holiday for the upcoming weekend. SENT: 130 words.

— CANCER-FIGHTING TECH FRAUD: A Massachusetts businessman has been convicted in New York of defrauding investors in two biotechnology companies. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL STABBING: Authorities are investigating the stabbing death of a New Bedford man. A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney says police received a 911 call at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday reporting a stabbing inside a city apartment. SENT: 130 words.

— DAY CARE INVESTIGATION: A Massachusetts child care center is being investigated because a teacher allegedly treated a young child roughly. SENT: 130 words.

— BODY IN LAKE: A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman found face down in a Massachusetts lake last month has been held on $100,000 cash bail. SENT: 130 words.

— CRASH-EASTHAM: Police in Massachusetts say one person was seriously injured in a crash involving two vehicles. SENT: 110 words.

SPORTS:

RED-SOX-BLUE JAYS

The surging Boston Red Sox look to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON-PATRIOTS

The defending AFC champion New England Patriots host Washington on Thursday night in their exhibition season opener. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

YEAR OF THE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

In college football's year of the defensive lineman, Boston College's Zach Allen is not getting the publicity of Clemson's four potential first-round draft picks, the latest Bosa harrassing quarterbacks at Ohio State or Houston's Ed Oliver. But the NFL scouts are well aware of Allen, too. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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