Good morning. 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 Alanna Durkin Richer. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ICE CREAM FIGHT

Mister Cookie Face and 600 lb Gorillas walk into a courtroom. That's not the start of a joke, but the story of a dispute over not-creamy-enough ice cream that's heading to trial in Boston's federal court this month. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BRIEFS

— LAWMAKER-HOLIDAY PROMOTION: A Massachusetts state legislator currently serving in Afghanistan with the Army Reserves says he had a Fourth of July he'll remember for the rest of his life. SENT: 120 words.

— VIOLENT HOLIDAY: One man has been killed and four others injured in a pair of holiday shootings just blocks apart in Boston. SENT: 120 words.

SPORTS

WRONG WAY ROYALS

Three years ago, the Kansas City Royals were on top of the baseball world, headed toward their first World Series title in 30 years. Things have certainly changed quickly for a club that now finds itself with one of the worst records in baseball and a series against the powerful Boston Red Sox up next. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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