girl killed as Snow, ice cause vehicle pileups
Blowing snow and slick roadways in various parts of Ohio on Monday set off multiple highway pileups, including one outside Cincinnati involving at least 86 vehicles that left a 12-year-old girl dead. The crash on Interstate 275 near the suburb of Colerain Township was one of at least four pileups that snared dozens of vehicles. The 12-year-old girl had gotten out of a damaged vehicle and was standing in the median near a cable barrier, a type of fencing made of ropelike steel wire cables, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. Another vehicle hit the barrier, snapping a cable, which then struck the girl and killed her, office spokesman Jim Knapp said. At least 20 people were taken to hospitals, though their injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, the office said.
Church leaders tried to hide abuse
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony and a top adviser discussed ways to conceal the molestation of children from law enforcement, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday. The archdiocese's failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Monsignor Thomas Curry, then the archdiocese's chief adviser on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of an effort by officials to keep them from coming to the attention of police.
Troops kill guard for warlord Kony
Ugandan troops in the Central African Republic have killed the chief bodyguard of Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan army official in Kampala said Monday. Col. Felix Kulayigye said the bodyguard, known only as Binani, was among a small group of rebels when he was killed in a firefight Friday north of Djema, a base in the Central African Republic where Uganda-led African Union troops are being advised by U.S. special forces. It was not clear if Kony was part of the group of rebels that fled the attack in which Binani was killed.
Driver is charged in killing of Kurds
A man who had served as an occasional driver for a prominent Kurdish separatist, Sakine Cansiz, was charged Monday with killing her and two other Kurdish activists in a Paris office this month. The Paris prosecutor's office gave the driver's name as Omer Guney, 30, and said he was born in Turkey. It said he was under investigation for carrying out the killings as part of a terrorist group. Cansiz was a founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party in 1978.
Chicago: The body of a Chicago man who died of cyanide poisoning last summer after winning a million-dollar lottery was laid to rest again Monday, three days after his remains were exhumed for an autopsy as part of a homicide investigation.
Yemen: A U.S. drone airstrike on a vehicle Monday east of Yemen's capital of Sana killed three suspected al-Qaida militants and wounded two others, security officials said.
Eritrea: More than 100 dissident soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information on Monday in a failed coup attempt, said several people with close contacts inside the East African nation.