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  • Penguins being tested for mumps

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins just can’t seem to shake the mumps. The team sent backup goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie home from Florida on Monday to undergo testing…

  • Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won’t confess

    PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular…

  • Russia’s deputy economy minister talks up ruble as central bank bails out a bank

    MOSCOW (AP) — The slide in the value of Russia’s ruble is straining that country’s banking system. Russia’s Central Bank says it has bailed out a mid-sized bank, at a cost of about $500 million,…

  • Penn State receiver blocks out distractions

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton has the tendencies of an offensive lineman — he’s all about protecting his quarterback. The Penn State redshirt freshman, who finished among the Big Ten’s top…

  • IRS to auction Strawberry’s deferred compensation agreement

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning the deferred compensation agreement that was part of Darryl Strawberry’s 1985-90 contract with the New York Mets to satisfy taxes owed by the former All-Star…

  • Al-Jazeera Egypt channel shuts down

    CAIRO (AP) — The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar. The closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr comes amid a…

  • Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for…

  • Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers invoke McVeigh

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client’s case to the coverage…

  • Gaza Strip to get Coca-Cola factory

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The war-battered Gaza Strip is getting a Coca-Cola factory. The Israeli military said it allowed nine trucks into the territory Monday carrying assembly line machines for the factory. Imad Hindi, a director…

  • Writer seeks records of long-dead arsenic killer

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A writer telling the story of a serial killer who inspired the play and 1944 movie “Arsenic and Old Lace” hopes the Connecticut Supreme Court will order records related to her…

  • Pistons, eyeing younger players, waive Josh Smith

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, less than two years after signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract. The Pistons are 5-23 and coach and team president Stan Van Gundy…

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening

    HAVANA (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren’t doing yet — at least most of the…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 92. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” ”Route 66″) is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 82. Actress Maggie Smith is 80. Saxophonist…

  • Milwaukee prosecutor won’t charge former officer in death of black man

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won’t face criminal charges. That announcement came today from the top prosecutor in…

  • Burundi arrests brother of French police attacker

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An intelligence service spokesman says the brother of a man who attacked police in France has been arrested in Burundi. Burundi intelligence spokesman Telesphore Bigirimana said Monday that Brice Nzohabonayo was…