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6:08 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Yankees Win Playoff Opener

Nick Wass AP

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.

New England News
7:14 am
Sun October 7, 2012

3 MA Community Colleges to Receive Grants

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.

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New England News
7:12 am
Sun October 7, 2012

State Lab Scandal Could Free 500 Defendants in MA

Saratoga Court

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.

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North Country News
7:06 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Couple Donates $1 Million to UVM

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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New York News
7:04 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Enormous Reserves Estimated at Utica Shale

Ed Andrieski AP

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.

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New York News
7:00 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Federal Authorities List 3 NY Providers That Received Suspect Steroid

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal health authorities have released the names of three New York health care providers that received shipments of a steroid suspected of causing a meningitis outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control says they're among facilities in 23 states that received the steroid from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

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New England News
9:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Criminal Freed Over MA Lab Scandal Becomes Fugitive

Annie Dookhan
Bizuayehu Tesfaye AP

Career criminal Marcus Pixley, whose bail was reduced after allegations that a state police lab chemist mishandled thousands of drug samples, has become a fugitive.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge issued a warrant for his arrest yesterday after he failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing.

Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice and accused of faking test results, skipping protocols and mixing drug samples at a now-closed state lab.

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New England News
6:24 am
Fri October 5, 2012

CT Company Linked to Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Mark Humphrey AP

Connecticut health officials say a company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak sent steroids to one medical practice in the state, but no illnesses are reported.

The Department of Public Health on Thursday would not name the practice, citing state disclosure laws. Department spokesman William Gerrish says 39 patients at the practice may have received spinal injections of the steroid and most of them have been informed of the potential problem, but none has symptoms ofmeningitis.

Gerrish says staff members at the practice are trying to contact the remaining patients.

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New England News
6:20 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Former MA Governor Weld endorsing US Sen. Brown

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is receiving the endorsement of former GOP Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.

Weld, who served as governor from 1991-1997, is scheduled to appear with Brown at Brown's campaign headquarters in South Boston on Friday.

The endorsement of Weld, a fiscal conservative who also embraced socially liberal issues, is critical for Brown as he continues to reach out to conservative and Democratic voters.

Friday's endorsement comes a day after black clergy in Boston gave their blessing to Brown's Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren.

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New England News
9:17 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Poll Shows CT Senate Race All Tied Up

AP

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat.

Forty-eight percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to the telephone survey of 1,696 likely voters released Thursday.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.

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