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BOSTON (AP) - MGM is planning to open its $960 million Massachusetts casino earlier than expected. MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle said in a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press that Aug. 24 is the new planned opening date for its resort casino complex in downtown Springfield. The company had previously envisioned opening it sometime in September. Hornbuckle declined to address reports the company has been negotiating with Wynn to take over its $2.5 billion Boston-area project.

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly 50 years after Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, a new documentary series on his life and transformation into a liberal hero is coming to Netflix. "Bobby Kennedy for President" produced by RadicalMedia, Trilogy Films and LooksFilm launches Friday on Netflix. The documentary explores Kennedy's growth on issues like civil rights and his journey from a "cop at heart" lawyer to polished politician.

BOSTON (AP) - Divisions could emerge among Massachusetts Republicans as they prepare for the party's biennial convention in Worcester. The state's popular Republican governor, Charlie Baker, has largely distanced himself from President Trump, as have other GOP moderates. But many conservatives support the president, and while they make up a small part of the overall Massachusetts electorate - they could make their presence felt at the gathering in Worcester on Saturday.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts woman used a knife to injure her 12-year-son before stabbing herself. Plymouth police say the boy called 911 at about 7 a.m. Wednesday to report that his mother had attacked him and he and his 11-year-old sister were locked in a bedroom. Responding officers forced their way into the bathroom where they found the 43-year-old mother in a full bathtub suffering from apparently self-inflicted stab wounds. She's charged with armed assault with intent to murder.

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