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Church removes priest a second time

PHILADELPHIA

Church removes priest a second time

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Monday said it had suspended a former Northeast Philadelphia pastor to investigate new claims of misconduct involving minors, three months after church officials publicly cleared the priest of a similar allegation. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput declared the priest, the Rev. Michael Chapman, suitable in May to return to active ministry. Chapman, 56, was preparing to resume his priestly duties when the archdiocese received a new accusation that Chapman had abused a minor approximately 30 years ago, the archdiocese announced. Church officials immediately turned over the accusation to law enforcement and halted Chapman's return, according to Donna Farrell, a spokeswoman for the archbishop.

Louisiana

LSU students return to dorms after threat

A Louisiana State University spokesman says the thousands of students who live on the Baton Rouge campus will be able to return to their dormitories after bomb-sniffing dogs and police methodically swept residential halls following a threat that sparked a campus-wide evacuation. Thousands of students, professors and workers were told to leave campus Monday morning after a threat was phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m.

BAGHDAD

Suicide bomber kills at least 8 in Baghdad

A suicide bomber slammed a car packed with explosives into one of the gates of Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Monday, killing eight people including three security officers, Iraqi officials said. Lawmaker Habib al-Turfi and two of his bodyguards were wounded in the blast, said Hameed Maala, a spokesman for the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the injured parliamentarian's bloc.

New York

Freed American enjoys time with his family

The thought of his wife and 5-year-old son born with Down syndrome is what helped Jason Puracal endure two years in a crowded, bug-infested Nicaraguan prison serving a drug sentence that was later withdrawn when he won an appeal. Now, the 35-year-old Tacoma, Wash., man feels ecstatic to be back in the United States a free man and able to see his mother, two sisters, his wife and son, he said in an interview with the Associated Press.

iran

Official: Nuclear power sites target of blasts

WASHINGTON — Iran's most senior atomic energy official said on Monday that separate explosions, which he attributed to sabotage, had targeted power supplies to the country's two main uranium enrichment facilities, including the deep underground site that American and Israeli officials say is the most invulnerable to bombing. The official, Fereydoon Abbasi, a nuclear scientist, said one of the attacks occurred on Aug. 17, a day before international inspectors arrived at the underground site. There was no way to verify Abbasi's assertions.

Elsewhere

Oregon: A family gathered for a reunion Saturday pulled eight children from a lake where two girls already had sunk to the muddy bottom, a fire official said. The family pulled the children from danger by passing each one from person to person until they reached shore.

Tennessee: A police report says two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White was charged with vandalism after an employee at a Nashville hotel saw him break a phone there.

Times wires

Church removes priest a second time 09/17/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 11:25pm]
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