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February 16. 2013 7:43AM


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HARRISBURG
Sandusky gag order issued

The judge overseeing the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky issued a gag order Monday that severely limits what attorneys on both sides may say to reporters.


Judge John Cleland's order also applies to any law enforcement investigator who has ever worked on the case and anyone acting on behalf of the lawyers.


The off-limit topics include evidence; opinions about Sandusky's guilt or innocence or about legal and factual matters under discussion; and "the reputation, character, credibility or criminal record of the defendant or any witness, prospective witness or organization which is or may testify at trial, or be the subject of trial testimony or evidence."


Cleland said he was acting to help ensure a "fair, impartial and orderly trial" for Sandusky, a proceeding scheduled to begin June 5 in Bellefonte.


SEOUL, South Korea
3rd nuke test for N. Korea?

Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials.


The excavation at North Korea's northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials that was shared Monday.


Its release comes as North Korea prepares to launch a long-range rocket that Washington and others say is a cover for testing missile technology that could be used to fire on the United States. The Obama administration said Monday it would consider both a rocket launch and an underground nuclear test as highly provocative and leave Pyongyang more isolated.


INDIANAPOLIS
‘Sextortion' victims sought

Investigators are trying to identify hundreds of potential victims whose images were found on the computer of an Indiana man charged with coercing two teenage boys into recording sexually explicit videos by threatening to post clips of their previous online indiscretions on gay porn websites.


Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in Clay County and faces two preliminary counts of sexually exploiting a child. He remained in custody Monday.


Finkbiner estimated to FBI agents that he had coerced at least 100 young people into making explicit videos, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Monday that it could end up becoming the biggest U.S. "sextortion" case to date.


CHICAGO
Hudson jury picking begins

A potential juror in Chicago who works as a physical therapist says she watched "American Idol" during the year actress Jennifer Hudson appeared on the show. But she says that wouldn't affect her ability to be fair to a defendant who's accused of murdering Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.


Jury selection began in earnest Monday in the trial of William Balfour.


Among those retained in the jury pool for now is a junior high school teacher whose brother was a former Cook County's state attorney.


Out of the first dozen would-be jurors questioned Monday, the judge dismissed half.




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