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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 has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. Patrick called the new law "an important step toward ensuring that all young people are able to learn and thrive" in schools.

BOSTON (AP) - Police say a body found Wednesday in Boston Harbor has been is identified as a 24-year-old man missing since early February. Police say Eric Munsell, a Boston University graduate who lived in Boston, was last seen February 8th at a downtown bar. He had been celebrating his birthday with friends. His body was found off Long Wharf near the North End neighborhood where he lived.

LYNN, Mass. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in a fatal shooting during a botched robbery in Lynn. The Essex district attorney's office said Kevin Omar Sanchez of Lynn was arraigned today in Lynn District Court. Sanchez is charged as an adult in the April 16th death of 18-year-old Amoy Blake. Sanchez is held without bail.

BOSTON (AP) - Residents suffering from multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses say Governor Deval Patrick's administration needs to expedite the process for licensing and opening medical marijuana dispensaries so that they can safely purchase the drug. Over three dozen people rallied at the Statehouse today as a legislative committee held a hearing on a bill to legalize and tax marijuana outright.

NEW YORK (AP) - Postal workers are protesting the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees. Today's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including rallies in New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Last year, Framingham-based Staples began offering postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores.

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