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A preliminary medical examination indicates Leiby Kletzky was “smothered or suffocated,” Commissioner Kelly said.

He also confirmed reports that Aron had given a written confession in the boy’s gruesome slaying, which concluded with, “I’m sorry for the hurt that I caused.”

The boy vanished late Monday afternoon after getting lost during what was supposed to have been a seven-block walk from his day camp to a meeting spot with his mother.

PENNSYLVANIA

Tug pilot agrees to plead guilty in boat crash

PHILADELPHIA — A tug pilot involved in a crash between a barge and a tour boat that killed two Hungarian students last summer was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said.

The tug pilot, Matt Devlin of Catskill, N.Y., was repeatedly on his cell phone dealing with a family emergency as he steered the huge barge toward the stalled duck boat, federal investigators have found.

In about 2 1/2hours at the wheel, Mr. Devlin made and received 21 cellphone calls and also surfed the Internet on a laptop owned by his employer, K-Sea Transportation Partners, they found.

Mr. Devlin also moved from an upper to a lower wheelhouse on the tug to do so, obscuring his ability to see the stalled 33-foot duck boat. Investigators think the lower wheelhouse offered him more privacy and less noise as he talked on the phone and did research on a company laptop - both violations of company policy.

TENNESSEE

Woman arrested at airport during screening

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a woman who refused a full-body scan and a pat-down at the Nashville airport was arrested for verbally abusing security workers.

Police reports say Andrea Abbott, 41, did not want her and her teenage daughter to walk through the scanners.

She told Transportation Security Administration officers on Saturday that she did not want them to see her and her daughter naked.

Then she refused a pat-down, telling officers she did not want them to grab her daughter’s crotch.

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