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Ohio teen denies fatal school shooting A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting students in a school cafeteria in Ohio denied charges including attempted murder on Tuesday, while the sherif urged that he be prosecuted as an adult. James Austin Hancock kept his head down during a brief juvenile court hearing. His attorney, Ed Perry, said he wasn’t aware of Butler County Sherif Richard Jones’ contention that Hancock’s case should be moved to adult court, but said “that’s something we will be concerned about.” Classes will resume Wednesday, with extra staf on buses, greeting students outside, and visible throughout the schools, particularly in the cafeteria where the shooting took place Monday. Hancock is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats. Perry entered a denial of the charges, the juvenile court equivalent of a not guilty plea, and a magistrate ordered that the suspect remain in juvenile detention pending a hearing April 5. At least two students were shot and two others were injured. Snow, ice cancel O’Hare lights • Snowy conditions at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday led to a small jet sliding of a runway and a commercial jet sliding on a taxiway. No injuries were reported. An FAA spokeswoman said a short time later, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operated by American Airlines requested to be towed to the terminal after sliding on a taxiway. The city’s Aviation Department said more than 375 lights were canceled at O’Hare. Astronauts head home • Astronaut Scott Kelly is closing the door on an unprecedented year in space for NASA, lying back to the planet he left behind last March. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko were to check out of the International Space Station on Tuesday night. By the time their capsule lands in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the pair will have traveled 144 million miles through space, circled the world 5,440 times and experienced 10,880 orbital sunrises and sunsets.

Small Pennsylvania diocese covered up crimes by Catholic clergy over 40 years BY JOE MANDAK associated Press

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Vicky Harper shovels snow Tuesday near Chicago. The weather canceled more than 375 lights at O’Hare International Airport.

Oicer fatally shoots man in Florida standof • A police oicer shot and killed a man after a twohour standof at a home in central Florida. Palm Bay police reported in a news release that oicers responded to the home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving calls about a man making threats to three construction workers at a neighboring house. A Hispanic man, 39, exited the home several times during the standof but then went back inside. Police said the man inally came out about 11:30 a.m. carrying a irearm. The release said an oicer ired a single shot, killing the suspect.

was a suspect in a hit-and-run earlier Tuesday. He said police located him near an apartment complex, but when they tried to take him into custody, he resisted.

N. Carolina police investigate punching of suspect • Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., are investigating allegations of excessive force after a videotape surfaced showing an oicer apparently punching a man repeatedly. Police spokesman Rob Tufano said Tuesday that the department’s internal afairs unit was gathering information, interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage. Tufano said the man who was punched

Global cyberattacker admits guilt • A Turkish man who led three cyberattacks against global inancial institutions that caused more than $55 million in losses pleaded guilty Tuesday in New York, prosecutors said. Ercan Findikoglu, 34, whose online nicknames included “Segate,” “Predator” and “Oreon,” entered the plea in Brooklyn federal court.

Texas oicer, shootout suspect both die • A police oicer died on the operating table after he was shot in a Tuesday afternoon gunight with an armed suspect in a park near a Dallas-area school. Euless Police Chief Mike Brown said the suspect also died of multiple gunshot wounds in the 3 p.m. shootout at J.A. Carr Park. No names were immediately released.

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Catholic bishops who led a small Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests and other religious leaders over a 40-year period, according to a grand jury report that portrays the church as holding such sway over law enforcement that it helped select a police chief. The 147-page report issued Tuesday on sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, home to nearly 100,000 Catholics, was based partly on evidence from a secret diocesan archive opened through a search warrant over the summer. In announcing the findings, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the diocese’s two previous bishops had “placed their desire to avoid public scandal over the well-being of children.” No criminal charges are being filed in the case because some abusers have died, the statute of limitations has expired, or victims are too traumatized to testify, she said. Of the victims, Kane said: “Their souls were killed as children.” The report was especially critical of Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec. Hogan, who headed the diocese from 1966 to 1986, died in 2005. Adamec, who succeeded him, retired in 2011. Adamec, 80, cited potential self-incrimination in refusing to testify before the grand jury. But in a court filing, his attorney said the accusations against Adamec were unfounded. He required 14 priests accused under his watch to undergo psychiatric evaluation, the filing said. Nine of them were suspended or removed from

ministry, and the five who were reinstated never re-ofended, his attorney wrote. “Bishop Adamec’s handling of abuse allegations has no similarity to other clergy abuse scandals,” his attorney wrote. The current bishop, Mark Bartchak, is not accused of any wrongdoing. He recently suspended a few priests named as alleged abusers in the report, though the grand jury said it remained “concerned the purge of predators is taking too long.” In a statement, Bartchak said: “I deeply regret any harm that has come to children.” The clergy sex abuse crisis erupted in 2002, when The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Archdiocese had transferred child-molesting priests from parish to parish to protect them. Similar scandals involving hundreds of offenders and victims have since erupted across the U.S. and beyond. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops estimates that American dioceses have paid nearly $4 billion since 1950 to settle claims with victims. The Altoona-Johnstown report said that the abuse had been committed in such places as campsites, confessionals, an orphanage and the cathedral, and that Hogan covered up allegations by transferring offending priests, including one who was sent to a school for boys. One diocesan official under Hogan, Monsignor Philip Saylor, told the grand jury that church officials held such clout in the eight-county diocese that “the police and civil authorities would often defer to the diocese” when priests were accused of abuse, the report said. Saylor told the grand jury that the mayors of Altoona and Johnstown even consulted him on their choices for police chief in the 1980s.

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