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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A 19-year-old Fairfield man on trial in a shooting that left five people dead has pleaded guilty to murder. Artavius Underwood cut short his trial by accepting a deal from prosecutors. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Underwood could be eligible for release in less than 15 years.

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A Lowndes County judge has ordered a mental exam for a man charged with killing 9-year-old twins and their 73-year-old baby sitter. Deandra Lee has pleaded not guilty in the 2012 shooting deaths. Lee is scheduled for trial Oct. 14.

MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane forecasters in Miami say a tropical depression in the Atlantic has weakened to a tropical wave as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Its maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. Forecasts say the storm is likely to move quickly westward and weaken.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa is joining Auburn in clamping down on ticket scalpers. City leaders have approved a law requiring anyone involved with a ticket reselling business to get a $100 license from City Hall. Auburn imposed a $155 license on ticket sellers earlier this month.

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