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Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials

12/19/2014 06:26 PM EST
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. 
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Penguins Olli Maatta tests positive for mumps
12/19/2014 04:11 PM EST - PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is the third member of the team diagnosed with mumps. Full Story

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension
12/19/2014 04:06 PM EST - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation. Full Story

Jimmy Rollins thrilled by fresh start with Dodgers
12/19/2014 08:56 PM EST - LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Jimmy Rollins learned he was headed from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the longtime Phillies shortstop had to wait more than a week for the clubs to complete the deal. Full Story

Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree
12/18/2014 01:11 AM EST - READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief. Full Story

Broadway seeks a new Carole King with open auditions
12/17/2014 05:11 PM EST - NEW YORK (AP) — If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King, some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Full Story

Crosby returns to ice, 3 Penguins tested for mumps
12/17/2014 04:06 PM EST - PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution. Full Story

Ax, machete, pill bottles found by rampage suspect
12/17/2014 07:06 PM EST - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives left an ax, a machete and two medicine bottles at the scene of his apparent suicide in woods near his suburban Philadelphia home. Full Story

Residency questions for Chicago Little League team
12/16/2014 08:03 PM EST - CHICAGO (AP) — Little League International said it is confident that Chicago's national championship Little League team did not violate "residency regulations" after investigating allegations that the team added top suburban players to make it stronger. Full Story

Cam captures penguin hatching at Pittsburgh aviary
12/16/2014 02:09 PM EST - PITTSBURGH (AP) — A webcam captured images of the first of two African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Full Story

Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. Full Story
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From Scratch: Afraid to fry? Stir up your menu

I think most people like to eat. When I taught ESL classes, I incorporated this idea in an English Through Cooking class. Full Story
GOP to back 'The Interview' if it gets to theaters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview" if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader. Full Story