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February 19. 2013 5:45PM
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BELLEFONTE
McQueary hearing held

A key witness against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn in about two weeks whether his defamation and whistleblower lawsuit can move forward or will face what could be a considerable delay.


Judge Thomas Gavin announced that schedule Friday after a brief hearing on Mike McQueary's lawsuit in the same Centre County Courthouse where McQueary testified this summer that he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy inside a university shower more than a decade ago.


Penn State, a defendant in the lawsuit, wants the delay, arguing the matter should not proceed while criminal charges are pending against three former school administrators who are expected to be pivotal witnesses: ex-President Graham Spanier, outgoing Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a retired vice president.


VENICE, La.
Explosion hits oil platform

An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending at least four people to a hospital with critical burns and leaving two missing in waters off Louisiana.


Coast Guard Capt. Ed Cubanski told a news conference in New Orleans the well was not producing at the time and no oil was leaking. A small amount of oil spilled from the rig when workers using a torch cut into a 75-foot-long, 3-inch-wide line on the platform. Cubanski said a sheen one-half mile long and 200 yards wide was reported in the area.


It's not going to be an uncontrolled discharge from everything we're getting right now, Cubanski said.


NEW YORK
Prison for terror plot man

A New York City man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring to form a three-man terror cell with two of his former high school classmates and spread death on the subways as suicide bombers — a foiled plot that authorities called one of the closest calls since the 9/11 attacks.


Adis Medunjanin, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen from Bosnia, was convicted this year of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempting to commit an act of terrorism and other terrorism charges.


In court papers, prosecutors had argued for a life term for Medunjanin, saying he committed a host of heinous crimes aimed at killing and maiming his fellow American citizens in order to alter and take revenge for American foreign policy.


BELLEVILLE, Ill.
Murder charge for boy, 9

A 9-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a toddler in a St. Louis suburb.


Associate Judge Walter Brandon on Thursday ordered the Illinois Department of Human Services to take custody of the child, who was charged as a juvenile in the Aug. 22 death of the 14-month-old boy in Cahokia.


Defense attorney Bill Walker said the boy's mother and grandmother both died years ago and that the other adults in his life were detained after being charged with child endangerment. The Belleville News Democrat reported prosecutors alleged those three adults left the toddler unsupervised with four other children.




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