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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

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HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts environmental officials say a recent fish kill on the Merrimack River was a "natural event." The Eagle-Tribune reports Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife said Monday the hundreds of carp in the river between Haverhill and Dracut died from a combination of stress from spawning, high water temperatures and low oxygen levels. Officials confirmed that water samples taken from Haverhill didn't contain hazardous materials.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers appear to be moving closer to repealing antiquated laws against abortion. The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday is expected to send the repeal measure to the full House for a vote. While no longer enforced, legislative leaders want them off the books as a hedge against any future rulings on abortion by a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The developer of the first U.S. offshore wind farm says it's ramping up work on projects to supply energy to several states. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said Monday they're beginning the next, larger phase of development for a wind farm to supply power to Rhode Island and Connecticut, another for Long Island, New York and a third for Maryland's eastern shore. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has lease areas near Massachusetts and Maryland.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get some data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientists can quickly obtain hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales' blowholes at sea. The study by scientists with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium was published Tuesday. The study's lead author said the new method provides real-time hormone data compared to fecal samples.

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