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The whalers sued Sea Shepherd last year to prevent the protesters from interfering, but the judge refused to grant the request.

The whalers appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit ordered Sea Shepherd not to attack or approach any of the Japanese vessels until it can rule on the merits of the appeal.

UTAH

Boy brings gun to school, cites Newtown shooting fears

KEARNS — Authorities say a Utah sixth-grader caught with a gun at school told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to the mass shooting last week in Newtown, Conn.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that two classmates at West Kearns Elementary School reported the gun to a teacher toward the end of the school day Monday.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley says the teacher “immediately apprehended the student,” and police responded shortly after.

Mr. Horsley told KSL-TV that an unloaded gun and ammunition were found in the 11-year-old’s backpack. Authorities have not released the child’s name.

ILLINOIS

Frat members charged in student hazing death

DEKALB — Nearly two dozen fraternity members at Northern Illinois University have been charged with hazing-related counts after a freshman was found dead at their fraternity house following a night of drinking.

DeKalb police and prosecutors issued arrest warrants Monday for 22 members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in DeKalb. Five members are charged with felony hazing, while the other 17 members are facing misdemeanor hazing charges.

The warrants were filed after David Bogenberger, 19, was found unresponsive at the fraternity house early on Nov. 2. The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office said toxicology results found his blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving.

The coroner ruled the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, with alcohol intoxication as a contributing cause.

From wire dispatches and staff reports