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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

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BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group that planned a "free speech rally" in Boston a week after a violent clash in Virginia. Counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where conservatives had planned to deliver a series of speeches but left early. Police say about 40,000 people attended the Boston rallies, the largest of about a half dozen around the country.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' booming economy is bringing with it soaring housing costs for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in the state, particularly in the greater Boston area. That upward pressure is one reason Beacon Hill leaders are looking for ways to create and preserve affordable housing. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker this week announced $72 million in credits and subsidies for 25 projects in the state.

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Thousands of people from around the world are in Lowell this weekend for the 21st annual Southeast Asian Water Festival. The free event is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the cultural heritages of Southeast Asian Americans of Lowell and the surrounding area. Lowell has one of the largest populations of Southeast Asians in the United States.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A National Guard proposal to expand airspace for fighter jet training low over Maine has dragged on for so long that many of the aircraft currently used for training could be retired by the time the plans are completed. Vermont-based F-16 fighters account for the bulk of the training flights and are due to be replaced by stealthy F-35 fighters that figure into the National Guard proposal.

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