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Abuse survivors groups react to pope’s resignation
Feb 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 11, 2013 Yahoo

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will become the first pontiff to resign since the 15th century, the Vatican announced on Monday. He steps down on Feb. 28.

The pope said he was resigning because he does not have the physical strength necessary to do the job.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope said in a statement.

The pope took the helm in 2005, just when allegations that the church covered up sexual abuse by clerics were making waves in the U.S. and Ireland. Over the pope's next eight years on the job, sexual abuse allegations also surfaced in Germany, Norway and other European countries, and the ensuing crisis became one of the defining aspects of his tenure.

In a statement on Monday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the pope had brought a "listening heart" to victims of sexual abuse.

But some advocates and victims groups said on Monday that the pope did not turn his listening into adequate action.

Suspected courthouse shooter, wife dead in Del.
Feb 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 11, 2013 Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del.  — A Delaware State Police spokesman says 3 people have died in a shooting at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

Sgt. Paul Shavack confirmed three people died in Monday's shooting in Wilmington. Earlier, the city's mayor said the suspected shooter was dead along with his wife.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said he was told the man shot and killed his wife and wounded two other people about 8:10 a.m. Monday. Williams says the couple was estranged.

South Africans mourn rape victim, say 'enough is enough'
Feb 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

Published at 10 p.m. ET -- BREDASDORP, South Africa - Hundreds of South Africans chanting "enough is enough" gathered on Friday at a building site where a 17-year-old girl was mutilated and left to die after being gang-raped.

Their tribute was testimony to how the killing of Anene Booysen has stirred outrage in a country where many people have become oblivious to rampant sex crimes and violence.

People marched in a procession to the site in the sleepy town of Bredasdorp, 80 miles east of Cape Town, where they placed flowers and candles by a simple wooden cross.

Booysen was found by security guards lying only a short distance from her house after partying at a nearby bar last Friday evening. She later died in hospital.

Man arrested in alleged bomb plot at Calif. bank
Feb 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 8, 2013 Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI arrested a San Jose man as he went through the motions of detonating what he believed to be a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank, federal authorities said Friday.

FBI agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, Thursday night near a Bank of America branch in Oakland as part of a sting operation.

Llaneza had minutes earlier parked an SUV in front of the bank believing the vehicle contained an explosive rigged to detonate from a cellphone command, authorities said. Llaneza was arrested as he stood nearby and tried to detonate the device with a cellphone.

The FBI says Llaneza expressed support for the Taliban and had hoped the bombing would be blamed on anti-government activists and would somehow spark a civil war after a severe government crackdown. The FBI said Llaneza expressed a desire to travel to Afghanistan to train Taliban fighters.

Miami police lieutenant relieved of duty in fallout from FBI corruption investigation
Feb 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

An FBI corruption investigation has taken its toll on the Miami Police Department. The latest touched by the scandal: a lieutenant relieved of duty, and an officer who resigned.

A Miami police lieutenant suspected of participating in an alleged protection racket for a sports-betting ring in Liberty City was relieved of duty Friday.

Bernard Johnson, 44, who joined the police force in 1998, was relieved with pay while the FBI and Miami police internal affairs detectives continue their joint investigation into the gambling operation, which operated out of a Liberty City barber shop.

Another veteran officer, Rashad Jabbar, 50, retired last month after he was implicated in the same protection scandal.

Both are among 11 Miami police officers relieved of duty in recent months who face potential criminal charges or the loss of their jobs in connection with the federal corruption investigation targeting extortion and other illegal activity.

On Wednesday, a Miami police officer who wore a wire for the FBI pleaded guilty to an extortion charge. Nathaniel Dauphin, 41, admitted he received between $4,000 and $5,000 from the owner of the sports-betting business from November 2010 until March of last year.

Stabbing, Trampling Dim Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Parade
Feb 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 8, 2013 Huffington Post

The revelry turned to tragedy.

Amid the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl parade on Tuesday, a teenager was fatally stabbed, and an 11-year-old suffered head trauma when he was trampled outside M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The stabbing victim, Deontae Smith, 15, was just a few blocks away from the route where he was shown in police video being attacked by someone in purple as others in Ravens apparel watched, the Sun notes.

"He was a wonderful young man," Smith's uncle, Chris Jackson, told WBAL. The station said that police believe Smith knew his assailant. Two other teens were hospitalized in the assault.

The boy who was stomped, 11-year-old Tyrek Hodge, recounted his terror to the Sun. (Watch the video above.) As unruly throngs stormed the gates of the stadium, he tripped and fell, and then his mother hit the ground. A stranger pulled her son to safety, she said.