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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the nation needs to confront its "ugly history of racism" and "talk about the right way to address it and make change." Warren said earlier this week that she supports reparations for black Americans who have been affected by slavery. She addressed race in a speech Friday to New Hampshire Democrats, but didn't speak specifically about reparations. She said black families in America have been disadvantaged by "structural racism."
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has unveiled a plan to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years aimed at helping local cities and towns adopt new technologies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen infrastructure projects and reduce municipal costs. The initiative, called GreenWorks, would include grants for renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change resiliency projects like solar power, energy storage and electric car charging stations.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is denying the deed but police in Jupiter Florida say the videotape tells the tale. Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute. Police said Kraft was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping center massage parlor. Police have not released details about the charges, filed as part of a six-month investigation of spas. Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire, could also face trouble with the National Football League.
BOSTON (AP) - Letters written by Whitey Bulger provide a glimpse into the murderous Boston gang boss' mundane life in prison and treatment by other inmates. The letters being auctioned off on Sunday were provided by a man who says he became friends with Bulger when the geriatric gangster was briefly held at a federal prison in Brooklyn after being convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders. Bulger was killed last year after being transferred to a prison in West Virginia.
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