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  • Actor Stephen Collins denies he’s a pedophile in interview

    NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he’s not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once. In an interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric posted online Friday, the “7th…

  • Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single “First Kiss.”…

  • FIFA promises $300K bonuses from World Cup income

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA plans to give a further $300,000 bonus to each of its 209 member federations from 2014 World Cup revenues. FIFA says the payments will help cover “the costs of qualification…

  • US skier Nyman wins Gardena downhill for 3rd time

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — American racer Steven Nyman showed off his complete mastery of the Saslong course by winning a World Cup downhill at the classic venue on Friday for the third time. Nyman…

  • AP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

    ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday because…

  • Grain lower and livestock higher

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.5525 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $4.0825…

  • Ford House sells Cezanne painting for $100 million

    GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help…

  • Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close. Thanks to a late flurry of bill signings by…

  • US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter…

  • Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again. 1. “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce: Contemporary music’s top singer and songwriter…

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit…

  • Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims’ 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union. Spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated…

  • New Jersey beach owner sues over dune project

    POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along…

  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in only three…

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won’t be revoked and that…