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Priest in abuse case freed on bail


Priest in abuse case freed on bail

A state judge ruled Monday that a senior Catholic official who was sent to prison for his role in a sexual abuse scandal should be released on bail after his conviction for child endangerment was overturned. Monsignor William J. Lynn, the most senior official of the Roman Catholic Church to be convicted in connection with charges of sexual abuse of children by priests, was granted bail on Monday by Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of Common Pleas Court. Bail was set at $250,000, of which Lynn must pay $25,000 up front. Sarmina also ordered him to surrender his passport, wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and report weekly to law enforcement officials. Lynn, 62, who was not accused of personally abusing children, was convicted in June 2012 on one count of violating a child welfare law by allowing another priest, Edward V. Avery, to live in church buildings where he abused a boy.


Extremists kill 12 in Christian villages

Suspected Islamic extremists targeted two Christian villages in mainly Muslim northeast Nigeria and killed at least 12 civilians including guests at a wedding reception, witnesses said Monday. The soldiers fighting to put down the 4-year-old Islamic uprising reported that they killed at least 57 insurgents in weekend air raids and ground assaults in Borno state.


Police kill at least 8 Uighurs after attack

Authorities in western China said Monday that police fatally shot eight "terrorists" who had attacked them using knives and explosives in the ethnically tense region. The large sprawling region of Xinjiang is home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule among parts of the native Muslim Uighur population who want more autonomy from Beijing. Also on Monday, China accused Japan's prime minister of hypocrisy and said he would not be welcome in China after he visited a shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the latest sign of worsening ties between the two nations.

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Crash claims fans going to Tampa game

A couple traveling to the Outback Bowl in Tampa has died in a car crash in Georgia. Kenneth Behrens, 64, and his wife, Margaret Behrens, 65, died in the Sunday evening accident on Interstate 75 in Georgia. A 13-year-old boy riding with them wasn't injured. The Behrens were from Wilton, a city in eastern Iowa. The crash remains under investigation.


Military repels armed attacks in capital

Assailants armed with sticks, pieces of wood and firearms attacked the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Congo's capital in what appeared to be a coup attempt early Monday, before being repelled by the country's military. Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed the deadly attack, saying around 40 people were killed.

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Train collision sets rail cars ablaze

A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic. Although there were no reports of any injuries, authorities were evacuating part of Casselton as a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn. Cass County Sheriff's Sgt. Tara Morris said as many as 300 residents were being evacuated on Monday night.

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Priest in abuse case freed on bail 12/30/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:05am]
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