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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is preparing to deliver a belated State of the Commonwealth address.

Patrick initially planned to give the speech last week, but had to postpone it under the threat of a winter storm.

Patrick plans to give the speech Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

It will become something of a political warm-up. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The decision to delay the speech robbed it of some of its suspense.

In the NHL, Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter

Dec 12, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu) said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie  but that they "have vanished into thin air."

NY To Receive $1B In JPMorgan Settlement

Nov 20, 2013
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New York State is set to receive $1 Billion after JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $13 billion dollars in a landmark settlement for activities that prosecutors say were "symptomatic of the recklessness on Wall Street."

JPMorgan was among the major banks that sold mortgage-backed securities that plunged in value when the housing market collapsed in 2006 and 2007. Those losses triggered a financial crisis that pushed the economy into the worst recession since the 1930's.

Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

Nov 13, 2013

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription drugs, in the wake of last year's deadly meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated pain injections.

Health Overhaul Debate Snags Senate Pharmacy Bill

Nov 12, 2013
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A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts company killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.

But before the bill gets to President Barack Obama for his signature, it first has to clear a hurdle put in its path by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. A test vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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Republican Governor Chris Christie has cruised to re-election in Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

Christie scored a lopsided win against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bouno. Christie campaigned on bipartisanship and pledged to be a model for dysfunctional lawmakers in Washington. Christie is openly considering a White House bid.

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In the NFL, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. As a result, the Packers fell into a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC North with Detroit and the Bears at 5-4. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he had no exact diagnosis of Rodgers' injury.

Obama Expected To Link Mass., Federal Health Laws

Oct 30, 2013
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When President Barack Obama lands in Boston to talk about the federal health insurance overhaul today, he'll be hoping to draw parallels with Massachusetts' landmark 2006 health law.

Obama's message: Be patient.

When Massachusetts first passed its law, the rate of people signing up grew only sluggishly. As deadlines approached, the pace picked up. And today, the law remains popular and provided a blueprint for Obama's law.

While technical problems have plagued the federal government’s online insurance marketplace, New York’s version appears to be running smoothly.

Problems with the federal exchange website even prompted a response from President Barack Obama on Monday.

“Healthcare.gov, the new website where people can apply for health insurance, and browse and buy affordable plans in most states, hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work,” Obama said.

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