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.

Jennifer McDermott 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.

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TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-MARRIED COUPLES-LAWSUIT

BOSTON — A civil rights group is asking a federal judge in Boston to allow certain immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens but are facing deportation to remain in the country. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts will argue before a judge on Monday for temporary relief allowing the non-citizen immigrants to stay in the U.S. while they apply for green cards. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos. Update expected.

MINIMUM WAGE-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans have infuriated liberal activists by slashing income-tax rates, defending illegally gerrymandered districts and passing a now-partially repealed "bathroom bill" aimed at transgender people. But GOP legislators surprised critics by acting more like lawmakers in a deep-blue state when they passed a $15-per-hour "living wage" for about 10,000 state government and university system employees, including secretaries, hospital workers, security guards and housekeepers. New York, California and Massachusetts are increasing the pay of state government workers in phases as their minimum wage for nongovernment employees simultaneously rises. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 875 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BOSTON BIOLAB: BOSTON — A Boston University laboratory built a decade ago is finally able to fulfill one of its primary functions — studying some of the world's most dangerous diseases. The Boston Globe reports that lab microbiologist Elke Muhlberger received a package earlier this month containing frozen samples of Ebola and Marburg viruses — launching the research program for the university's Biosafety Level 4 laboratory. SENT: 130 words.

— TWO SHOOTINGS: SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Springfield police have responded to two weekend shootings within hours of each other that left four people injured. The shootings happened between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday in Springfield. SENT: 115 words.

— CHURCH CONTRACTOR-INCOMPLETE REPAIRS: STAMFORD, Conn. — Multiple churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts say they paid a contractor thousands of dollars for work that he never completed. The Advocate reports that the churches allege Marcus McClellan, owner of Trumbull Restoration in Plainville, stole their deposits. SENT: 130 words.

— GOLFER-FINGER BITTEN OFF: PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Prosecutors say a man charged with biting off another man's finger during a brawl at a Massachusetts golf course was part of a group complaining about another group's slow play. Derek Harkins was released on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including assault and battery. SENT: 130 words.

— SWIMMER KILLED: SEABROOK, N.H. — Authorities in New Hampshire say two swimmers caught in riptides have died. Emergency personnel responded to Seabrook Beach around noon Sunday. Seabrook Deputy Fire Chief Lawrence Perkins said CPR was performed on both victims as they were transported to two separate hospitals. SENT: 100 words.

— KILLED BY TRAIN: Authorities have released the name of the man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Massachusetts. SENT: 100 words.

— CAR BREAK-INS: Police in Massachusetts are searching for the suspects who broke into 24 vehicles over the weekend. SENT: 70 words.

SPORTS

INDIANS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox open a series against the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

US CHAMPIONSHIPS-MCCUSKER

BOSTON — Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships. With the Olympic champion turning in another dominant performance, that will have to do. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 350 words, AP Photos.

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