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President signs emergency declaration for Massachusetts

The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with emergency measures throughout the state.

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick directed all schools and state offices to close and non-emergency state workers to stay home Monday because of fierce winds and coastal flooding expected from the major storm that’s hitting the Northeast.

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