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New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been elected House Democratic leader and will become in the new year the first Black American to lead a major political party in Congress. Democrats met Wednesday behind closed doors for the internal party elections as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside. House Democrats are ushering in a new generation of leaders. The 52-year-old Jeffries has vowed to “get things done,” even after Republicans won control of the chamber and relegate Democrats to the minority party in January. The trio led by Jeffries includes 59-year-old Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts as the Democratic whip and 43-year-old Rep. Pete Aguilar of California as caucus chairman.

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Federal authorities have arrested a Massachusetts police officer they allege used a baton to strike a man in custody and then failed to mention the incident in two reports. Federal prosecutors in Boston said Wednesday that following an FBI investigation, Fall River Officer Nicholas Hoar was indicted on charges of deprivation of rights and making false reports. His federal public defender in an email declined to comment. Authorities say Hoar was on duty on Dec. 21, 2020, when he struck a man who had been arrested in the forehead with a baton, injuring him.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are making their first overseas trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. The trip that began Wednesday is an occasion for Prince William and his wife, Kate, to show the world as much about who they are not as who they are. With their three-day visit to Boston, the couple hope to demonstrate that they aren’t the last remnants of a dying institution. Their foray is focused on William’s initiative to find the next generation of environmental entrepreneurs and will be supplemented with trips to an anti-poverty program, child development researchers and local flood defenses.

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A 76-year-old man accused of performing lewd acts and touching a 21-year-old woman’s leg without her consent on a Boston-bound flight earlier this year has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Boston said Tuesday that the Florida man faces up to 90 days in prison at sentencing scheduled for March. Prosecutors say the man and the victim were on a flight from New Jersey to Boston on April 8 when the defendant exposed himself, inappropriately touched himself and put his hand on the thigh of the 21-year-old woman seated next to him. She alerted another passenger and a flight attendant.


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