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Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26, 2018.
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Immigrant rights advocates in Boston federal court Thursday argued the Trump administration's cancellation of a humanitarian program for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras were decisions steeped in racism, and therefore, unconstitutional.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued a statement on Tuesday expanding upon his previous comments about how his office will approach the newly state-legal marijuana industry, which remains wholly illegal under federal law.

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts.
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In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters.
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Current and former Massachusetts State Police officials under scrutiny internally for payroll discrepancies are now within the sights of federal prosecutors. On Wednesday, they announced charges against two troopers, one of whom is retired, and a former lieutenant.

The U.S. Supreme Court.
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In a major freedom of speech decision on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector labor unions, ruling that public employees cannot be forced to pay fees or dues to a union to which he or she does not belong.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson during a training class conducted at Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in December 2017.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

The Massachusets Statehouse with a rainbow flag flying in front of it on June 14, 2007, the date the state legislature voted to uphold the legality of same-sex marriage.
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Top Democrats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take a fresh look later this month at legislation that would block businesses from citing religion as the basis for ignoring state anti-discrimination laws.

Opioids
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that the state is suing Purdue Pharma on behalf of 670 residents who were prescribed OxyContin, became addicted to opioids, overdosed and died.

Updated 6:34 p.m. ET

An ideologically split U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld Ohio's controversial "use-it-or-lose-it" voting law by a 5-to-4 margin. The law allows the state to strike voters from the registration rolls if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form, and don't vote for another four years, or two federal election cycles.

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