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US security official resigns amid scandal

Washington, D.C.

Brian Doyle, who was arrested Wednesday on charges of transmitting pornographic images to someone he allegedly thought was a minor, resigned yesterday from his position as deputy press secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said Russ Knocke, a department spokesman. The apprehension of Doyle, 55, has prompted an investigation by the House Homeland Security Committee into the department's hiring practices. Following his arrest at his home in Silver Spring, Md., department officials suspended Doyle without pay and rescinded his employee badge, security clearance, and access to the Washington headquarters. (Bloomberg)

Michigan

Boy's 911 call treated as prank; mother dies
DETROIT -- A 5-year-old boy called 911 to report that his mother had collapsed in their apartment, but an operator told him he should not be playing on the phone. She died before help arrived. The family of Sherrill Turner, 46, does not know whether a swifter response could have saved her life. Police said the case was under investigation. Turner's son, Robert, placed two calls to 911 after his mother collapsed on the kitchen floor Feb. 20. In a tape of the call, parts of which were broadcast by Detroit-area television stations, the operator said, ''Now put her on the phone before I send the police out." Detroit police spokesman James Tate said it was at least an hour before authorities arrived. (AP)

Mother is convicted in 7-year-old's death
BAY CITY -- A woman accused of giving her 7-year-old daughter a fatal dose of antidepressant to block a sex-abuse investigation was convicted of murder. Donna A. Yost, 46, faces an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole at her sentencing in June. Yost was arrested months after her daughter, Monique, died in October 1999. (AP)

Florida

Police say teacher let pupils pay to skip class
PENSACOLA -- A second middle school teacher was arrested for allegedly letting pupils skip physical education class if they paid $1 each day. Tamara B. Tootle, 39, turned herself in Thursday and faces six counts of bribery, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities said Tootle told pupils at Ernest Ward Middle School during the 2004-05 school year that they didn't have to dress for her physical education class but would still receive a 100 percent for participation if they paid her the money. Tootle has resigned.(AP)

Pennsylvania

3 priests defrocked after abuse allegations
PHILADELPHIA -- Three more priests accused of sexually abusing children have been defrocked, bringing to 17 the number of clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese who have been defrocked since the clergy abuse scandal broke four years ago. The Vatican defrocked Edward V. Avery, Stanley M. Gana, and James E. McGuire over credible allegations of abuse, the archdiocese announced in a notice Thursday inside its weekly newspaper, the Catholic Standard & Times. (AP)

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