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  • Renee Fleming to make Broadway debut in ‘Living on Love’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing — what else? — an opera star. The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano will star in the comedy “Living on…

  • 48 extra days in rape case probation violation

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday…

  • The ins and outs of the playoff races

    With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule’s final week has been removed. Think again. All nine…

  • 11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market

    PARIS (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes. An official for the Loire-Atlantique regional authorities, speaking…

  • NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by…

  • Race walker Schwazer plea bargains in doping case

    BOLZANO, Italy (AP) — Former Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence Monday under a plea bargain deal with prosecutors investigating him for doping, and he hopes to…

  • Kentucky unanimous No. 1, Big 12 has 7 ranked

    There is no doubt so far about Kentucky’s standing as the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll. The Wildcats (12-0) got every first-place vote for the third week in a row…

  • 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…

  • Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is “ideological in intent” and violates doctors’ free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled…

  • Takter, Gingras win trainer, driver of year awards

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Jimmy Takter has been named the trainer of the year in harness racing for the fourth time and Yannick Gingras has won the driver of the year award. The U.S. Harness…

  • Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal. Vice President Omar Halleslevens with Wang Jing, president of the…

  • Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil’s state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are…

  • Steelers hardly satisfied with playoff spot

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ramon Foster never stopped believing. Not after the embarrassing meltdown against Tampa Bay. Not after the debacle in Cleveland. Not after the New York Jets pushed the Pittsburgh Steelers around six weeks…

  • Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week

    MOSCOW (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin of Russia, French President…

  • Cuba: We’re open to every part of Obama’s detente

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama’s moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country’s head of North American affairs said…