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14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz announces indictments of 14 owners and employees from the New England Compounding Center Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Boston. More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened, and 64 died after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses in 2012 from tainted steroids made by the Framingham, Mass., company....

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Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

People attend a community prayer vigil at the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Souderton, Pa. for the shooting victims of Bradley W. Stone, in Montgomery County, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five...

US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this April 12, 2005 file photo Angela Johnson is escorted from the Federal Courthouse in Sioux City, Iowa. Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against Johnson who was convicted of helping kill five people...

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the...

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Republican Martha McSally smiles after learning that an recount gave her a 167-vote Congressional victory against Democratic incumbent Rep. Ron Barber, at McSally’s campaign headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. Republicans will have...

Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

File- This Dec. 4, 2012, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of...

AP: Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an interview in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Soon after taking office, Sanford and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory each accepted...

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

Residents stand a distance from a wooded area near where the body of Bradley William Stone was discovered, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa. The Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in the woods...

Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – This Dec. 2, 2014 file photo shows Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 filed suit against the company for not preventing hackers from...

‘Nut rage’ gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

December 17, 2014 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 2014, file photo, Cho Hyun-ah, Korean Air’s vice president responsible for cabin service and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, answers reporters’ questions during a news conference in Incheon, west of...