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

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BOSTON (AP) - State lawmakers have approved several major pieces of legislation to end their two-year session. Among the bills sent to Governor Deval Patrick early this morning was a major overhaul of the state's gun laws. Other bills winning final approval would make changes to domestic violence laws, address the state's substance abuse troubles, toughen campaign finance laws and authorize a sales tax holiday on the weekend of August 16th to 17th.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials are telling the Market Basket supermarket chain they will be looking out for the legal rights of any workers fired in a protest over the family-owned company's leadership. Attorneys General Martha Coakley and Joseph Foster also urged the company yesterday to consider its impact on other businesses in the region, where it employs about 25,000 and has 71 stores.

BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger say they will file their appeal of his 2013 convictions on August 14th. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was convicted in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.S. officials say an American citizen of Haitian descent was killed by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her Caribbean homeland to visit relatives. The U.S. State Department has identified the victim as Myriam Saint Germain. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and had worked as a health assistant at Harvard University for the past five years.

BOSTON (AP) - Senator Elizabeth Warren is taking advantage of the congressional break to tour Massachusetts cities and towns today. The Democratic lawmaker says she wants to talk about what she calls her agenda of fighting for Massachusetts and a level playing field for middle class families. She will begin her swing through the state with a visit to Revere.

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