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The shootings took place shortly before noon Tuesday in Nassau County, just over the border from the New York City borough of Queens.

The second suspect was not accused in the killings, but possessed the murder weapon, authorities said. Gerard Williams, 27, was held on two weapons possession counts by prosecutors in Queens.

CALIFORNIA

Superintendent addresses high school sex fantasy league

PIEDMONT — The superintendent of a San Francisco Bay Area school district where high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy sex league said the story has been sensationalized and the district has “really good kids that can make mistakes.”

Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Connie Hubbard said at a school board meeting Wednesday that the district does not condone the students’ behavior but would discuss parents’ concerns and move forward, according to The Oakland Tribune.

“The media swirl the last few days began as an honest communication with parents. Viral voices sensationalized what the story was. We will not let this deter us,” she said.

There was no information reflecting criminal conduct, according to Ms. Hubbard.

The league — created by male athletes at Piedmont High School — awarded points when girls the boys “drafted” were rumored to have engaged in sexual activity.

NEBRASKA

Insurance company apologizes for rift with deputy and his K-9 dog

OMAHA — An insurance company that canceled the homeowner’s policy of a sheriff’s deputy because of his K-9 unit dog said Thursday it is looking to change its practices regarding police dogs.

American Family Insurance Co. also offered an apology Thursday to Douglas County Deputy Andy Woodward, who received a letter from the insurer this month informing him his policy would end Dec. 19 “due to the additional liability exposure of your police dog.”

Deputy Woodward, 36, said he learned in July after the insurance company conducted its annual inspection of his home that American Family was considering ending his homeowner’s policy because he cares for his K-9, Diezel — which the insurer said violated its policy of insuring those with aggressive dogs.

Steve Witmer, a spokesman for American Family, called the cancellation “an unfortunate misunderstanding” Wednesday, saying the company expected the deputy to provide confirmation that Douglas County held liability insurance on the dog.

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