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Lab scandals, elections top 2012 news in Mass.

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BOSTON (AP) - A fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 39 people and sickened at least 620 in 19 states dominated Massachusetts headlines in 2012 after investigations revealed that a Framingham pharmacy produced tainted steroid shots that triggered the crisis.        

Other top stories of the year include a scandal at the state's own drug lab that led to the release of hundreds of prisoners, the defeat of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the election of Elizabeth Warren to the Senate and a return trip to the Super Bowl for the Patriots.

Also, the state took key steps to implement its new gambling law that calls for three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in the state. They include three in western Massachusetts, at least one in Boston and one in southeastern Massachusetts.

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