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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.

North Carolina's highest court has upheld a regulatory panel's updated decision that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise electric rates on customers in western North Carolina and Durham in 2012 by roughly 7 percent.

The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

Authorities say a 20-year-old Connecticut man was killed while crossing a highway in New Jersey after Thursday night's UConn men's basketball game against Duke in East Rutherford.

A convicted killer sentenced when life terms in a North Carolina prison were defined as 80 years still shouldn't be released after receiving so many good-conduct credits that correction officials once set a release date for him, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The North Carolina Supreme Court Friday upheld the boundaries for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats.

North Carolina lawmakers have voted to recommend weakening requirements for the state's mortgage lenders, a move that proponents say would cut costs for the industry but critics say would dilute protections for borrowers.

North Carolina insurance companies that wanted to raise the cost of homeowners coverage by an average of roughly 25 percent were told Friday the state's regulator is instead approving a zero overall change.

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Ten more members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas have been sentenced to prison to complete prosecution of three dozen people indicted in 2012.

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