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BOSTON (AP) - A growing number of Massachusetts communities are opting to leave their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses. In recent weeks, Amesbury residents soundly defeated a referendum that would have barred pot shops. Other towns also rejected prohibitions on retail sales. The "not in my backyard" dynamic is not unique to Massachusetts. The Colorado Municipal League says nearly two-thirds of towns in the first state to legalize recreational marijuana have opted out of hosting pot shops.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' health care sector is concerned about losing scores of workers as President Donald Trump weighs whether to extend temporary residency for thousands of Haitian immigrants by Thanksgiving. More than 30 providers wrote to the administration on Nov. 10 urging it to extend Haitian's special status. Major institutions like Massachusetts General Hospital to smaller community-based health centers signed the letter. Boston has the third largest Haitian community in the U.S.

BOSTON (AP) - Two Massachusetts residents who attend Harvard are among this year's class of Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced that Tania Fabo, of Saugus, and Samarth Gupta, of Acton, were among the 32 chosen from 866 applicants who were endorsed by 299 colleges and universities for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Fabo plans to study oncology at Oxford. Gupta intends to study comparative social policy.

BOSTON (AP) - The top Republican in the Massachusetts Senate is proposing further protections for pets and tougher penalties for animal cruelty. The bill proposed by Sen. Bruce Tarr is a follow-up to the Protecting Animals Welfare and Safety Act _ or PAWS for short. That 2014 law followed the case of "Puppy Doe," a year-old dog that was euthanized after being found severely abused.

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