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Bulger, Flemmi exchange words, glares in court

In their first encounter in 18 years, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi greeted James “Whitey” Bulger with an expletive after taking the stand in US District Court and describing his former partner as an FBI informant who gave information to law enforcement “hundreds of times’’ during their shared criminal careers.

Flemmi is a key witness in Bulger’s racketeering trial, and on Thursday prosecutors got straight to the crux of his testimony: his partnership with Bulger and their relationship with the FBI.

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