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

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BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick says there remains considerable misunderstanding about the state's offer to shelter unaccompanied children from Central America crossing the nation's southern border. Patrick's comments today came after many town officials and residents in Bourne objected to children being housed at the Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod.

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House has begun debating a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access to abortion clinics. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic's entrances for up to eight hours.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick says he agrees with police chiefs and gun safety activists who support giving the chiefs discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns.But Patrick did not say whether he would sign a pending gun bill if it reached his desk without the provision, which was approved in the House but removed from the Senate version.

BOSTON (AP) - A proposed $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has been given final approval by the state Legislature. The bill was sent today to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick, who said he supports expanding the South Boston facility while adding his administration was still reviewing the measure.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Leaders from Boston and the three other U.S. cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first gathering to include representatives from all the major interested parties. The USOC bills it as a low-key informative session about the finances and other details about bidding for the Olympics.

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