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BOSTON (AP) - The sounds of drums and pipes will ring out as the frigid streets of Boston become packed with thousands of green-clad St. Patrick's Day celebrators. The city's 117th St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. More than 120 groups are participating in the parade, including members of the U.S. women's hockey team, marching bands and military vehicles.

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - State transportation officials are planning a public meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to develop a South Coast commuter rail line from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Martin Middle School in Taunton. Under the proposal, the state plans to deliver the new service to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford by late in 2022.

BOSTON (AP) - Legislation has been filed on Beacon Hill that would require that would require the state's pension fund to divest from any companies that manufacture guns and ammunition. Democratic state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, whose office oversees the pension fund, proposed the bill along with two Democratic lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem of Newton and Rep. Lori Erhlich of Marblehead, in the aftermath of the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Six students who survived last month's mass shooting at a Florida high school will be visiting Harvard University to talk about guns. The Ivy League school says it's hosting them Tuesday for a panel called "#NEVERAGAIN: How Parkland Students are Changing the Conversation on Guns." They and others from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become gun-control activists in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people.

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