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> NEW JERSEY

Patz suspect's sister told police of rumor

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- The sister of a man who confessed last week to the 1979 killing of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City said Tuesday she went to police in Camden years ago to report a rumor he had confessed at a prayer group, but she never got beyond giving a statement at the reception desk.

Norma Hernandez, of Camden, told the Associated Press she gave her statement to a man in police uniform and also gave him a copy of her license. But she said she didn't get any paperwork back and was never brought in to talk to a detective.

Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, was charged last week with second-degree murder in the death of Etan Patz.

Camden police had no comment on the woman's claims.

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> PENNSYLVANIA

Sandusky victims want identities shielded

PHILADELPHIA (Bloomberg News) -- The alleged victims in former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse case sought a court order Tuesday to shield their identities during his trial, scheduled to start next week.

Lawyers for the victims, identified in a grand jury report as victims 3, 4, 5 and 7, asked Judge John M. Cleland to prevent disclosure of their names in open court and to allow them to use a pseudonym, according to court papers filed in Bellefonte.

Sandusky, 68, is charged with more than 50 counts tied to the alleged abuse of boys he met through a charity he founded for needy children.

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> MICHIGAN

Woman gives birth after horrific attack

DETROIT (AP) -- A pregnant Detroit woman who was set on fire and shot during a weekend attack gave birth to a boy Tuesday, hours before her former boyfriend was charged with attempted murder in what police say was a bizarre plot to have her killed because he didn't want another child.

Latonya Bowman, 22, was abducted, bound, set on fire and shot over the weekend. Police said she survived by rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames and feigning death.

"The courage and survival instinct that she had was nothing sort of remarkable," said Lou Galasso, the deputy police commissioner in Warren. The former boyfriend, Jamal Rogers, 22, and another man are jailed without bail.