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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 equivalent of a not guilty plea, and a magistrate ordered he remain in juvenile detention pending a hearing April 5. At least two students were shot and two others were injured. Bishops hid sex abuse, grand jury says • Two Roman 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. The 147-page report issued Tuesday on sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was based partly on evidence from a secret diocesan archive opened through a search warrant over the summer. In announcing the indings, 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 iled 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.” Snow, ice cancel O’Hare lights • Snowy conditions at Chicago’s

Astronaut touches down after 340 days in orbit; NASA hungry for physical data BY MARCIA DUNN 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.

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. 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.

North Carolina police investigate punching of suspect • Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., are investigating allegations of excessive force after a video 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 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. 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. From news services

Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a sciencerich mission at the International Space Station that began last March and was deemed a steppingstone to Mars. It was a triumphant homecoming for Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko after 340 days in space. They checked out of the space station 3½ hours earlier. As their Soyuz undocked, calls of “Godspeed” filled the Twitterverse. The pair traveled 144 million miles through space, circled the world 5,440 times and experienced 10,880 orbital sunrises and sunsets during the longest single spaceflight by an American. Kelly posted one last batch of sunrise photos Tuesday on Twitter, before quipping, “I gotta go!” His final tweet from orbit came several hours later: “The journey isn’t over. Follow me as I rediscover # Earth!” Piloting the Soyuz capsule home for Kelly, 52, and Kornienko, 55, was the much fresher and decade younger cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, whose space station stint lasted the typical six months. They launched from Kazakhstan on March 27th last year. Before committing to longer Mars missions, NASA wants to know the limits of the human body for a year, minus gravity. As he relinquished command of the space station Monday, Kelly noted that he and Kornienko “have been up here for a really, really long time.”

“A year now seems longer than I thought it would be,” Kelly confided a couple of weeks ago. Not quite a year — 340 days to be precise, based on the Russian launch and landing schedule. But still record-smashing for NASA. Kelly’s closest U.S. contender trails him by 125 days. Russia continues to rule, however, with the world record of 438 days set by a Russian doctor during the mid-1990s. Kelly acknowledged each of the 13 U.S., Russian, European and Japanese space fliers with whom he and Kornienko lived during the past year: “It’s incredibly important that we all work together to make what is seemingly impossible, possible.” Scientists are hoping for more one-year subjects as NASA gears up for expeditions to Mars in the 2030s. Radiation will be a top challenge, along with the body and mind’s durability on what will be a 2½-year round trip. The choice of the pioneering Kelly turned out to be a bonanza. His identical twin, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, ofered himself up as a medical guinea pig so researchers could study the diferences between the genetic doubles, one in space and the other on the ground. Once on the ground, Kelly heads to Houston with two flight surgeons and several other NASA reps, arriving late Wednesday. That’s where he’ll be reunited with his two daughters, ages 21 and 12; his girlfriend, a NASA public affairs representative at Johnson Space Center; and his brother. Kornienko returns to his home in Star City, Russia, near Moscow. Kelly has spent 520 days in space over four missions. Realizing this is likely his last journey, he said it was “a little bittersweet” saying goodbye to his orbiting home.

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