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It was John Boehner versus Big Bird as both presidential campaigns tried to attract attention in New Hampshire with less than a month to go before the election.

Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House, rallied Mitt Romney supporters Monday at the campaign's office in Derry. Outside, President Barack Obama's campaign staged a small protest featuring someone dressed up as Big Bird, holding a sign accusing Romney of being "soft on Wall Street — tough on Sesame Street." The gimmick was meant to highlight comments Romney made in last week's debate about defunding PBS.

The House chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature's Public Health Committee says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a steroid distributed by a Framingham pharmacy.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says legislative leaders are monitoring the latest developments from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he's hasn't ruled out the possibility of public hearings, but said right now he has more questions than answers.


The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. announced the recall on Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration had previously told health professionals not to use any products distributed by the center.

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A field supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns over the need for a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to upstate New York.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that David Stillwell wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, questioning the necessity for a 120-mile, mostly underground pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

Connecticut apple growers say their crops are down about 16 percent because of an April freeze that damaged early blossoms.

Growers told The Hartford Courant that blossoms opened early this year because of the mild winter and warm spring. But they say the freeze that hit in late April warmed a degree or two when it moved into Connecticut, which spared state orchards from larger losses seen in other states.

The frost wiped out up to 80 percent of Michigan's crop, 70 percent of North Carolina's crop and about 50 percent of western New York's crop.

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Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series.

Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees spoil the Orioles' first home playoff game since 1997. The left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season.

Governor Deval Patrick's administration is set to present grants worth a total of $700,000 to three Massachusetts community colleges to invest in clean energy projects on their campuses.

The Bristol Community College, Middlesex Community College and Quinsigamond Community College will receive the grants during a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday.

A prosecutor says about 300 to 500 defendants may be released into Boston streets because of the alleged mishandling of evidence at a Massachusetts drug lab.

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says those numbers include some "pretty dangerous people."

Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed state drug lab. At least two dozen defendants whose cases Dookhan handled have been released.

A couple who graduated from the University of Vermont have donated $1 million to support the school's Honors College.

Robert Brennan, class of 1983, and his wife, Carolyn Brennan, class of 1982, pledged the amount over the next five years.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Brennans are repeat donors to the Honors College; half of the $1 million will add to the Brennan Family Scholarship Fund, established in 2006.

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Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.

Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane.