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Girl, 13, charged in father’s shooting

PITTSBURGH — Police said a 13-year-old girl fatally shot her father with a shotgun early yesterday morning.

The girl has been charged as an adult in the killing of Matthew Booth, police said. Mr. Booth, 34, was shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun at his home in Elizabeth Township, about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, authorities said.

The house, which Mr. Booth, his daughter and 14-year-old son shared with an array of animals, was in deplorable condition, police said.

“They had a number of animals, dogs, cats and rabbits. They hadn’t cleaned up after them,” said James Morton, assistant superintendent of Allegheny County Police.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was to be arraigned yesterday on a charge of criminal homicide. Police said her parents were separated and the mother’s whereabouts were unknown.

TENNESSEE

Driver hits barrier at nuclear plant

OAK RIDGE — A driver ran a checkpoint at a nuclear weapons plant early yesterday and crashed into a barrier, then fled on foot, authorities said. Oak Ridge police were searching for the driver.

Guards at the Y-12 plant, a primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium, said the man “appeared to be impaired in some way” when they stopped him about 5 a.m. at a security checkpoint near a rear entrance, spokesman Bill Wilburn said.

They asked the man for identification, but he hit the gas and drove through the checkpoint. The vehicle crashed 300 yards away into a gate-like security barrier that was activated by guards.

“When he hit that, he jumped out of the car and ran away. He left the car there with the engine still running,” Mr. Wilburn said.

Mr. Wilburn said the guards told him the car had been hot-wired and there were no weapons inside. “They checked the car very thoroughly before they moved it. They found nothing,” he said.

WASHINGTON

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