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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - An American journalist released by a Syrian extremist group last weekend has reunited with his family in Massachusetts. Peter Theo Curtis met his mother at Boston's Logan Airport last night, with Curtis issuing a statement saying he's been touched by the people who've welcomed him home.

BOSTON (AP) -- Attorney General Martha Coakley has named a special prosecutor to do a criminal probe into the circumstances of a 2009 death of a patient at Bridgewater State Hospital. The Boston Globe reports Coakley asked Martin Murphy to oversee the probe to resolve "lingering questions" in the death of Joshua Messier, who died while being restrained by guards.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Smith & Wesson says it saw lower sales for its latest quarter, due mostly to falling demand for rifles. The Springfield-based gun maker says sales for the quarter totaled $131.9 million, with long guns driving 87 percent of the first-quarter decline.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Worcester police think they're still not confident the city is past a spike in drug overdose deaths this months. Over four days the city saw 10 deaths from suspected heroin overdoses. The city's police chief tells the Telegram & Gazette police continue to come across heroin mixed with fentanyl and other drugs.

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