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Dec 19
Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge on Friday ordered home confinement and GPS monitoring for two former officials with a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 others across the country.

Dec 19
O-line comes together for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team's 37-year-old prime asset.

Dec 19
Striking FairPoint workers rally in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two hundred FairPoint Communications workers promised on Friday to remain on strike until company officials return to the bargaining table, even as the 10-week-old strike begins to take a personal and financial toll on the workers and their families.

Dec 19
Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

Dec 19
Man pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon

BOSTON (AP) - A man charged with having once possessed the gun that prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer pleaded guilty Friday to gun possession and drug charges.

Dec 19
Athol man charged with raping disabled woman

ATHOL, Mass. (AP) - A north-central Massachusetts man has been charged with rape and other crimes after state police say a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman was sexually assaulted several times.

Dec 19
Volcker critical of delays in namesake rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments.

Dec 19
Vermont regulator, FairPoint agree to repair plans

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Public Service said Friday that FairPoint Communications has agreed to take steps to ensure timely repairs for those without phone service while a workers' strike continues in northern New England.