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Hackers take over sentencing commission website

Washington, D.C.

Group hacks site
of justice agency

The hacker-activist group Anonymous said it hijacked the website of the US Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The FBI is investigating. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago ‘‘a line was crossed.’’ The hackers said they’ve infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public. Family and friends of Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, say he killed himself after he was hounded by federal prosecutors.(AP)

Pennsylvania

Friar kills himself after sex allegations

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Police said a Franciscan friar accused of sexually abusing students at schools in two states killed himself at a western Pennsylvania monastery. An autopsy by the county coroner confirmed Brother Stephen Baker, 62, died of self-inflicted wounds. White said officers were called to St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg on Saturday morning after another resident had found Baker not breathing. Baker was named last week in legal settlements with 11 men who alleged he sexually abused them at a northeast Ohio school three decades ago. A Pennsylvania school said it has also received molestation allegations involving Baker. (AP)

Louisiana

Man charged with shooting officers

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CHARENTON — Police on ­Saturday arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer and critically wounding two sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a mobile home fire near a south Louisiana casino. A Chitimacha tribal officer was pronounced dead at the scene near Charenton, while two St. Mary’s Parish sheriff’s deputies were critically wounded and taken to local hospitals, said State Trooper Stephen Hammons. He said the officers were responding to a fire at a mobile home when the unidentified man allegedly shot them. (AP)

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