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BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says marijuana shouldn't be banned by Washington. In a Friday tweet, the Massachusetts Democrat said the federal government needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana and states should make their own decisions about enforcing marijuana laws. Warren's tweet came after the top Senate Democrat, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said he'll introduce legislation taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted. The newspaper said Friday it's asking a third party to conduct the probe but didn't detail what prompted it, although Boston sports radio station WEEI has pointed to what it describes as inconsistencies in Cullen's coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Cullen hasn't responded to a Twitter message seeking comment.

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts economy picked up an estimated 4,700 jobs in March while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent. That's according to the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Massachusetts remained more than a half percentage point below the national jobless rate which stood at 4.1 percent in March.

NEW YORK (AP) - Ambitious Democrats who may seek the White House in 2020 are attacking President Donald Trump's policies as discriminatory, his rhetoric as hateful and his motivations as bigoted. The fiery rhetoric, from nearly a half-dozen senators, comes as hundreds of African-Americans are gathering in New York City to contemplate the first year of the Trump presidency and to begin sizing up his possible replacement.

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