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Attorneys sue L.A., Mexico City cardinals over abuse

los angeles

mexican sues cardinals over abuse

A Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday alleging then-Bishop Norberto Rivera, head of the Diocese of Tehuacan, and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony shuttled the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera between the United States and Mexico in the late 1980s to shield him from prosecution. Parishioners in both countries complained he had molested young boys. The Mexican bishop has since been elevated to cardinal for the Archdiocese of Mexico City. He is not related to the accused, who was defrocked last summer and remains at large in Mexico. In Illinois, Thomas Paprocki, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago who once blamed the devil for sexual abuse lawsuits against the church and proposed shielding it from legal damages, has been named the church's ninth bishop of Springfield.

london

Volcano-interrupted flights resume

Europe's busiest airport reopened as air traffic across the continent lurched back to life. But the gridlock created by Iceland's volcanic ash plume was far from over: Officials said it would be weeks before all stranded travelers could be brought home. Flights took off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, Amsterdam and elsewhere. A jetliner from Vancouver was the first to land at London's Heathrow airport, the continent's busiest, since the volcano erupted April 14, canceling about 95,000 flights.

tennessee

Police say hospital shooter mentally ill

A mentally ill gunman who killed a hospital worker and wounded two others was upset with a doctor he thought had implanted a monitoring device during an appendectomy in 2001. Knoxville police Chief Sterling Owen IV said Abdo Ibssa entered a medical tower near Parkwest Medical Center, asked for the doctor and, told he wasn't there, went to another area where patients are discharged and opened fire with a revolver. He killed himself after shooting three women who work at the hospital on Monday, a day before his 39th birthday.

missouri

Man found guilty in murder-incest case

A Cass County jury found Danial Rinehart guilty on all counts in his murder and incest case. The jury deliberated 2½ hours before convicting Rinehart of felony murder, statutory rape, child endangerment and two counts each of incest and abandonment of a corpse. Rinehart, 49, was accused of carrying on a yearslong incestuous relationship with a teenage daughter that produced four babies, only one of whom survived.

california

Booby trap inquiry leads to raids, arrests

The Southern California homes of dozens of white supremacists were raided as part of an inquiry into a string of potentially deadly booby trap attacks targeting police officers. Federal and local officers converged on 35 homes and took 16 people into custody in Riverside County for a variety of crimes, including weapons, narcotics and parole violations, Hemet police Capt. Dave Brown said. None of the arrests was directly related to the booby trap attacks that have plagued the small Hemet Police Department since New Year's Eve.

ohio

46-year-old serial rapist is executed

A serial rapist who strangled a 16-year-old girl in 1988 and who had argued he might be violently allergic to the state's execution drug was put to death with no apparent complications. Darryl Durr, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

iraq

Regional al-Qaida leader is killed

Iraqi and U.S. troops launched a morning attack in the northern province of Ninevah, killing suspected insurgent leader Ahmed al-Obeidi, said Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, an Iraqi military spokesman. He said the slain insurgent, known as Abu Suhaib, was in charge of al-Qaida in Iraq's operations in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Ninevah.

Azerbaijan

Joint military drills with U.S. postponed

Officials postponed a military exercise with the United States and expressed displeasure with Washington's mediation of an ethnic separatist dispute in the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation. In an apparent show of unprecedented strain in relations with the United States, Azerbaijan made statements welcoming a mediation offer by neighboring Iran. Azerbaijan is the starting point for pipelines that carry oil and gas to Europe and bypass Russia. The United States has been courting the country because of its oil and strategic location but has repeatedly expressed concern over media rights and the treatment of the opposition.

Elsewhere

COLUMBIA, S.C.: Lawyer and lobbyist Steve Benjamin, 40, won a runoff election, becoming the capital city's first black mayor.

Washington: Chronically ill residents will be able to buy government-sanctioned marijuana by the end of the year under a measure that was unanimously approved by the D.C. Council.

Times wires

Attorneys sue L.A., Mexico City cardinals over abuse 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:03am]

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