landmark priest sexual-abuse trial wraps up
The prosecution in a landmark sexual-abuse trial said Thursday that evidence showed a Roman Catholic Church official shielded predatory priests, lied to parishioners and victims, and exposed innocent children to abuse. But a defense lawyer for Monsignor William J. Lynn said Lynn had done all he could to protect children within his limited powers. Lynn, 61, is the first Catholic official in the country to face criminal charges for enabling abuses. Deliberations may begin today.
Think tank: Iran cleaning nuke site
New commercial satellite images suggest Iran has demolished two buildings at a military site where it is suspected of trying to erase evidence of a nuclear arms program, a U.S. nonproliferation think tank said Thursday. The images were published by the Institute for Science and International Security, considered an objective source of information on Iran's nuclear program.
Body parts suspect may be in France
A porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled to France, police said Thursday. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, has been added to Interpol's "wanted persons" list. Police said they think the victim is a man reported missing several days ago and that the man's family lives overseas.
Chinese rights activist optimistic
The blind Chinese activist whose daring escape began an odyssey that brought him to New York expressed optimism Thursday about the future of legal rights in China. Chen Guangcheng, 40, also praised Chinese leaders for letting him exercise his legal right to study abroad as a Chinese citizen and not forcing him into exile as an asylum-seeking dissident.
Multiple attacks kill 18, wound 53
Bombs exploded at a crowded Baghdad restaurant and a nearby police patrol Thursday, among attacks that killed at least 18 people and wounded 53 in Iraq's bloodiest day in more than a month, police and medics said. Five blasts hit the capital, and the northern city of Mosul was the scene of a fatal shooting.
Evidence at issue in Zimmerman case
Lawyers square off in a courtroom today over whether more evidence in the George Zimmerman case should be kept out of the public eye. At issue is whether personal information about Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, the teen he killed, such as phone records, autopsy photos and statements to police, would be so damaging that they'd ruin a chance for a fair trial.