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ACTOR HUDSON'S NEPHEW DIED OF GUNSHOTS

CHICAGO

Chicago authorities say the 7-year-old nephew of Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Hudson died of multiple gunshot wounds. Cook County spokesman Sean Howard said that in Tuesday's autopsy the county's medical examiner ruled Julian King's death a homicide. Howard declined to say where the child suffered wounds or how long he had been dead, citing an ongoing Chicago police investigation. Julian's body was found Monday in a white SUV, three days after the bodies of Hudson's mother and brother were discovered in their home on the city's South Side.

BOSTON

Boy's death getsa second inquiry

A prosecutor said Tuesday he is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed after an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself while firing an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair in western Massachusetts. Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., shot himself in the head when he lost control of the 9mm micro submachine gun as it recoiled while he was firing at a pumpkin. Police have said the shooting Sunday was an accident. Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett said he is investigating whether the gun fair violated the state's firearms law by allowing the boy to fire the machine gun.

WASHINGTON

Another solar system found

For the first time, astronomers think that they have found evidence of an alien solar system around a star close enough to Earth to be visible to the naked eye. They say that at least one and probably three or more planets are orbiting the star Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light-years - about 63-trillion miles - from Earth. The host star, slightly smaller and cooler than our sun, is in the constellation Eridanus, near Orion in the northern sky. Epsilon Eridani is much younger than the sun, about 850-million years old compared with 4.5-billion years. "This really is a system like our solar system was when it was five times younger than it is now," said one of the discoverers, Massimo Marengo.

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