GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is in Washington to meet with President Trump, as plans for a high-stakes summit next month between the U.S. president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hit some turbulence.

With North Korea's threats to back away from the talks, South Korea's leader — who has long favored engagement rather than confrontation with Pyongyang — is having to do some diplomacy to keep both the U.S. and North Korea interested in talking.

Updated at 7:08 p.m. ET

In a case involving the rights of tens of millions of private sector employees, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, delivered a major blow to workers, ruling for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.

State Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont for governor this past weekend. Lamont got 87 percent of the vote. 

A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

Outgoing Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless speaks during a press conference in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law, opening the door to state legalizing sports gambling. And in Massachusetts, top state lawmakers say they should look into it, but stopped short of any commitment. 

The Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton, Mass. It is the headquarters for the Hampshire Council of Governments.
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The head of the Hampshire Council of Governments is calling for unity and help from the state to keep the organization viable. 

Massachusetts lawmakers have apparently shelved a bill that aims to prevent the so-called “meal shaming” of schoolchildren who have not paid for their lunches.

Meal shaming is what happens when students are publicly denied their school meals because their lunch account is in arrears. Proponents of the bill, which lawmakers said Tuesday needs more study, worry that meal shaming harms children.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin's employees appear to have done some political work on state time. Facing criticism from his challengers, Galvin has launched an investigation.

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
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We start this week by taking a look at the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg. There are now at least four declared candidates: one on the ballot and three write-ins. 

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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