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L.A. priest convicted of child molestation

A retired priest who admitted molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and '80s but claimed he never did so again was convicted Wednesday of abusing a youngster in the 1990s. The Rev. Michael Wempe, 66, could get three years in prison on the single count. The sentencing was put off until prosecutors can decide whether to seek a retrial on four undecided counts. The brother of two of Wempe's earlier victims said the Roman Catholic priest abused him from 1990 to 1995, when Wempe was a hospital chaplain.

Paparzzi fined in Diana's crash

A Paris appeals court fined three photographers a symbolic one euro each - a little more than a dollar - for invasion of privacy by taking pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed the night of their fatal 1997 car crash. Jacques Langevin, Christian Martinez and Fabrice Chassery were among the media swarm pursuing the car carrying Diana and Fayed across Paris before it slammed into the pillar of a traffic tunnel along the River Seine on Aug. 31, 1997.


Psychics line up to look for dog

With few physical clues to the whereabouts of an escaped show dog, the hunt for the award- winning whippet has entered another realm. About 12 psychics are counseling searchers as they check the heated cargo buildings near where Vivi escaped from a travel cage at New York's Kennedy International Airport, Paul Lepiane, the dog's co-owner, told Newsday. "They are telling us that she is alive," said Honi Reisman, a friend of the dog's owners. "They are saying she's in a building - but there are hundreds of buildings." The dog escaped days after winning an award of merit at the Westminster Kennel Club show.


Cartoons reprinted

An independent newspaper in Belarus reprinted cartoons of prophet Mohammed that set off violent riots across the Muslim world. The weekly Zgoda on Saturday reprinted some of the 12 drawings. "We did the right thing by speaking out against Islamic hysteria," Alexander Sdvizhkov, the paper's deputy chief editor, said. The Foreign Ministry said the publication "completely contradicts the policy of Belarusian officials."

Caged children

An Ohio couple accused of forcing some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in cages pleaded not guilty Wednesday to child endangerment charges. Michael and Sharen Gravelle agreed to be tried together beginning Sept. 12. They were released without bail; pretrial hearings were set for May 8 and July 17. The Gravelles are accused of forcing the children to sleep in beds enclosed with wire and wood and rigged with alarms.