Episcopal church elects 2nd gay bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected a lesbian as assistant bishop Saturday, the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican fellowship, which is already deeply fractured over the first. The Rev. Mary Glasspool of Baltimore needs approval from a majority of national church leaders before she can be consecrated as assistant bishop in the Los Angeles diocese. Her victory underscored a continued Episcopal commitment to accepting same-sex relationships despite enormous pressure from other Anglicans to change their stand. The Episcopal Church caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Glasspool, 55, an adviser, or canon, for eight years to the Diocese of Maryland's bishop, said she met her partner, Becki Sander, while working in Massachusetts, and the two have been together since 1988.
Woman charged in plot to kill fetus
A New York City woman faces charges that she tricked her husband's pregnant mistress into taking a drug that would cause an abortion. Police say Kisha Jones of Brooklyn used a doctor's prescription pad to order the medication, then phoned the victim pretending to be from her obstetrician's office and told her to pick up the drug at the pharmacy and take it. The woman fell for the trick, took the drug and went into labor, authorities said. The baby was born two months early, but survived. Jones then tried again, according to prosecutors. They say that, posing as the baby's mother, she sent a man to the hospital with two bottles of tainted liquid, saying it was breast milk, and instructed nurses to feed it to the baby. Hospital staff grew suspicious and called police. Jones, 31, was arraigned Saturday on charges including forgery, possession of stolen property, assault and unlicensed abortion. A judge ordered her held until Dec. 9.
Mafia's No. 2 caught in Sicily
Police captured Cosa Nostra's No. 2 in a raid in Sicily and nabbed another Mafia fugitive strolling down a Milan street Saturday, as authorities crossed more names off the nation's most wanted list, Italy's interior minister said. Convicted Mafioso Gianni Nicchi, 28, captured in the Sicilian city of Palermo, is a "young, dangerous, ambitious, pitiless killer," Minister Roberto Maroni said. Nicchi, a fugitive since 2006, was convicted last year of extortion and sentenced to 18 years in prison. The other arrested man, Gaetano Fidanzati, 74, is a reputed longtime Cosa Nostra boss of a Palermo crime clan and has been a fugitive for two years, investigators said. Police have now captured 17 of the fugitives on Italy's 30 most wanted list in a span of few months, they said.
Namibia: Namibia's election commission says President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won re-election. Results posted Saturday on the commission's Web site, showed Pohamba won 611,241 votes, or about 75 percent.
Carmel, Calif.: William A. Wilson, the first American to serve as ambassador to the Vatican and a member of President Ronald Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" of advisers, died Saturday at 95.