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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into sexual abuse claims that cost a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach his job, threw a top-ranked team into turmoil and threatened the career of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim.

After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian announced that there was no evidence to support claims that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

The investigation erupted in the glare of a spotlight on child abuse shone by the Penn State University scandal that broke shortly beforehand.

It's not clear yet whether the 66-year-old Fine could get his job back.