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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for the owner of a welding company accused in a lawsuit of sparking a brownstone fire that killed two Boston firefighters says his client doesn't accept responsibility for what he calls "a tragic accident." The lawyer tells the Boston Herald that the owner of D & J Iron Works in Malden wasn't on scene last month when the welding of a railing allegedly started the fire next door.

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Employees of the state's child welfare agency are demanding that state officials take action to reduce social worker caseload. Members of the union representing social workers and other employees of the Department of Children and Families held an informational picket yesterday outside the agency's regional office in Lowell. A similar demonstration is planned today in Boston.

ALTON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire State Police say a Massachusetts pilot has been rescued after a small plane crashed and sank in Lake Winnipesaukee. Troopers say 59-year-old Vadim Gayshan of Sudbury, Massachusetts was found submerged in water yesterday and clinging to the plane. He was the only person on board.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick has laid out new restrictions for the use of the powerful painkiller Zohydro, after a federal judge ruled that Patrick's attempt at an outright ban was unconstitutional. The governor's office says the state will now require doctors to complete a risk assessment and pain management treatment agreement before prescribing any extended-release medication that contains only hydrocodone.

OSO, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. The White House says Obama telephoned Keflezighi yesterday as Air Force One flew Obama to Washington state to survey damage from last month's massive mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

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