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Mumps cases reach

more than 200

A mumps outbreak in central Ohio has grown to more than 200 confirmed cases, public health officials said Monday.

A total of 212 cases of the contagious viral illness, with 132 of those linked to Ohio State University, have been reported. That includes 96 students and 13 staff members.

Those infected range in age from 9 months to 70 years old, local health agencies said. The cases span from early January to late last week.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue, and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

Officials have urged residents of the region to make sure they have been inoculated with two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

- AP

2 accused had GPS

A police chief in California says two parolees charged with killing four women were wearing GPS trackers at the time of the murders - and there may be more victims. Anaheim Chief Raul Quezada said Monday that Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were both wearing the ankle monitors last fall when the women were killed in Anaheim and Santa Ana. Cano and Gordon were charged Monday with four counts of murder and four counts of rape. - AP


Spaceship grounded

A space station cargo ship will remain earthbound a while longer because of a helium leak on a rocket. With a little more than an hour remaining, the SpaceX company called off Monday's planned launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Officials said they believed the problem could be fixed by Friday, the next shot flying and the last chance before astronauts do urgent spacewalking repairs. - AP