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Verizon workers picket in front of the company's headquarters, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stalled contract negotiations led thousands of workers in Verizon Communication Inc.’s wireline division to go on strike Sunday, potentially affecting landline operations as well as installation of services like FiOS, its fiber-optic television and Internet lines.

The contract for the 45,000 employees from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., expired at midnight Saturday with the company and the workers unable to come to terms on issues including health care costs and pensions.

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