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Judge Burns, who suggested he wanted to start the trial next month, instead ordered jury selection to start April 9 and testimony to begin April 23. He said he expected the trial to last about three or four weeks.

Mr. Balfour, 30, is the estranged husband of Miss Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson. He is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings of the Hudson sisters’ mother, Darnell Donerson, their brother, Jason Hudson, and Julia Hudson’s 7-year-old son, Julian King.

In 2008, Mr. Balfour’s attorney at the time said that there was no fingerprint, blood or other forensic evidence linking Mr. Balfour to the slayings. But prosecutors have said there is evidence linking Mr. Balfour to the slayings of the Oscar winner’s family members. They also have said detectives have disproven some statements Mr. Balfour made to them.

Springsteen single released; new album coming March 6

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” will be out March 6, and he’s just released a new single, “We Take Care of Our Own,” the Associated Press reports.

Although the song is musically upbeat, it references America’s current struggles with lyrics such as, “Where’s the promise, from sea to shining sea?”

Other songs on the 11-track album include “Death to My Hometown,” “This Depression” and “Easy Money.”

Mr. Springsteen’s manager, Jon Landau, who is also the executive producer of the album, calls the writing on the disc “some of the best of his career.”

“Wrecking Ball” is Mr. Springsteen’s 17th album and the first since the death of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons last year. Mr. Springsteen and the band are due to go on tour this year, but it hasn’t been revealed who will step in for Clemons.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports