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WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are casting a wide net in the search for the man they say drove the vehicle at the center of a day care car crash, then fled the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol says police agencies statewide have been alerted to be on the lookout for Robert Corchado. They don't know for sure whether he is still in the state. One child died and 14 people were injured when a car hit a KinderCare building yesterday near Orlando. Police say the car had been struck by a Dodge Durango driven by Corchado. He has been arrested eight times since 2000. In December, he was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash.

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One of the victims of a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh says he was terrified he might die when he realized he had been stabbed in the back. Sixteen-year-old Brett Hurt appeared at a hospital news conference today, a day after authorities say fellow student Alex Hribal (RY'-buhl) either stabbed or slashed 21 students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Hurt says he met the suspect a couple of times, but didn't really know him. Hribal is being held on charges including four counts of attempted homicide.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to 18 European leaders -- urging them to offer quick financial assistance to Ukraine to prevent a shutdown of Russian natural gas to much of Europe. Putin warns that Ukraine's mounting gas debt is forcing Moscow to start demanding advance payments for Russian gas supplies. He warned that if Ukraine fails to make the payments, Russia's state-controlled gas giant could end its gas deliveries.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee investigating a political payback scheme is reviewing its options after a setback by a judge. Yesterday, the judge ruled in favor of two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie, saying they didn't have to comply with a subpoena ordering them to turn over text messages and emails. The judge said the subpoena was too broad. The judge said the panel could grant immunity in order to get the documents. But that may interfere with a federal criminal investigation.

DETROIT (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been charged in Detroit with assault and a hate crime in the beating of a man who was attacked after accidentally striking another boy with his pickup truck. The black teen is charged as a juvenile. Others have been arrested in the beating of Steve Utash, but this is the first ethnic intimidation charge in the case. Utash is white. Utash was driving a pickup last week when a 10-year-old boy suddenly stepped into the path of the vehicle. Utash was attacked after stopping to help the boy. He suffered life-threatening injuries.

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