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Retired officer shoots cop, self

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. | A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty officer he suspected was having an affair with his police officer wife, then killed himself in the driveway of his suburban home, police said Saturday.

Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.

He shot Officer Edwin Shittick in the hand after accusing him “of seeing his wife,” said Suffolk County Police Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.

“It's our understanding that that is not the case. They're just acquaintances,” Lt. Fitzpatrick said.

Mr. Ramsay fired at least three times at the car as his wife, Officer Belfort Dady, drove away with a wounded Officer Shittick, Lt. Fitzpatrick said.

Police: Man dodged support for 14 kids

FLINT, Mich. | Authorities in Michigan say a man fathered 14 children with different women and owes more than $530,000 in unpaid child support.

The Flint Journal reports that Thomas Frazier, 42, was jailed Thursday. Court records say he owes six years of support payments.

The newspaper said the unemployed man could be held for 90 days if he doesn't pay $27,900.

Mr. Frazier said he believes he fathered only three of the children and that it's unrealistic for authorities to expect him to pay child support that was $3,000 a month at one point.

He remains held at the Genesee County Jail. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could speak for him.

'Girls Gone Wild' at Good Friday service

PHILADELPHIA | A Philadelphia cable network's early morning broadcast of a Good Friday service at the Vatican abruptly changed to something wildly different - a 30-second “Girls Gone Wild” ad.

The 2 a.m. Friday programming glitch was due to a required test of the Emergency Alert System, Comcast spokesman Jeff Alexander said. Such tests are usually done in the overnight hours, he said.

The test automatically tunes viewers to a preselected channel that would provide information in the event of an emergency. But during tests, the channel airs regular programming, which in this case included a paid advertisement for the racy videos.

The problem affected the network's entire local area, but only one person called to complain, Mr. Alexander said.

Three dead, 1 hurt in home invasion

TERRYTOWN, La. | Gunmen in dark clothes kicked down an apartment door in a troubled New Orleans-area neighborhood and opened fire, killing two children and a woman, authorities said.

A third child was in critical condition after the 4 a.m. shooting, and investigators were searching for suspects, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

The 19-year-old woman was shot in the back; a 23-month-old boy and a 6-year-old boy both were shot in the head while they were in bed.

An 11-year-old girl, also found in a bedroom, had been shot more than once and was in critical condition, Col. Fortunato said. The victims' identities weren't immediately released.

Investigators found marijuana and crack cocaine in the apartment, he said.

The attackers used handguns, and one wore a red bandana, a black baseball cap and black hooded sweatshirt, Col. Fortunato said.

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