Cardinal says he did his best in sex abuse
Responding to a public rebuke by his successor, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles insisted that he tried his best to deal with the priest molestation scandal but fell short because not enough was known about the problem early in his career. In an open letter to Archbishop Jose Gomez, Mahony insisted Friday that he ultimately instituted state-of-the-art protections against child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He seemed to suggest that Gomez had acted unfairly by announcing he was stripping the cardinal of any public role in the local church.
Harvard disciplined dozens in cheating
Harvard University said Friday it issued academic sanctions against about 60 students who were forced to withdraw from school for a period of time in a cheating scandal that involved the final exam in a class on Congress. The school implicated as many as 125 students in the scandal when officials first addressed it last year.
Washington: Energy Secretary Steven Chu will step down soon, possibly by the end of the month, he said in a statement Friday.
Washington: Secret Service director Mark Sullivan, who as led the agency that protects the president since the second half of President George W. Bush's second term, is retiring Feb. 22 after nearly 30 years of service, the agency said Friday.
Britain: A senior police officer was given a 15-month prison term Friday, the first person sentenced in the phone-hacking inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was convicted of illegally attempting to sell information to a tabloid journalist in 2010.
China: An elevated portion of highway in central China collapsed Friday after a truck loaded with fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded, killing nine people and sending vehicles plummeting 100 feet.