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The man accused of kidnapping and killing a six-year-old boy in one of America's most famous missing child cases went on trial in New York on Friday, 35 years after the crime. Pedro Hernandez, 53, is accused of luring Etan Patz into the basement of the grocery store where he worked, before killing and dumping his body out with the trash on May 25, 1979. The case became a national cause celebre and awakened millions of Americans to the dangers of child abduction, fueling a generation of hyper-vigilant child rearing by parents terrified of letting their offspring out of sight. Hernandez sat quietly in packed New York State Supreme Court, dressed smartly in trousers, and a pin-stripped shirt and tie.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America.