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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tributes from peers and admirers are pouring in for comic actor Gene Wilder, who died yesterday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Director Mel Brooks, who worked with Wilder on multiple films, says he was one of the "truly great talents of our time."

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, today to remember two nuns who spent decades helping the needy and were found stabbed to death last week in their home. Bail was denied today during the initial court appearance for the man charged with two counts of capital murder of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill. The two nuns worked at a medical facility that treated the poor.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for a North Carolina man who has been in prison for 21 years say jurors didn't known about DNA evidence that implicated another man. They're demanding a new trial for Darryl Howard. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the murder of a woman and her 13-year-old daughter. The defense says DNA implicates a Tennessee man and there was misconduct by police and prosecutors, including disbarred former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers, consumers and parents of children subject to allergic emergencies continue to condemn Mylan, maker of EpiPens. The firm boosted the price of its EpiPens more than 500 percent from $94 after acquiring the product in 2007. Mylan says it will sell a generic version. Some analysts have estimated that the tiny amount of epinephrine in an EpiPen is worth barely $1, and the auto-injectors might cost as little as $5.

HONOLULU (AP) — The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the Big Island of Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline closes in on the island. The storm should be near or over the Big Island by Wednesday. Madeline was a Category 3 hurricane at midday and may strengthen over the next 12 to 24 hours. But it's expected to weaken Tuesday because of upper atmosphere conditions.

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