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Priest gets 111 years in jail for sexual abuse


PHOENIX -- A Roman Catholic priest convicted of child molestation was sentenced yesterday to 111 years in prison. The Rev. Paul LeBrun was found guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court of sexually abusing boys when he worked in the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix from 1986 to 1991. LeBrun, 49, has been jailed since 2003. He was posted at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, Ind., before being removed from public ministry in 1999. (AP)


Chicago's city clerk faces bribery charges
CHICAGO -- Chicago's city clerk was charged yesterday with soliciting bribes and obstructing justice, becoming the highest-ranking official charged in a federal investigation into a city program that awarded hauling jobs to trucking companies. James Laski was released on $10,000 bail after agreeing to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. (AP)


Island volcano erupts four times in a day
ANCHORAGE -- A volcano on an uninhabited island 180 miles from Anchorage erupted four times yesterday, sending plumes of ash more than 6 miles into the sky. Airplanes were warned to keep at least 5 miles away from the 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano. The National Weather Service warned about 16,000 residents of Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island to the south, an area that includes the city of Kodiak, about the ash cloud. But the Alaska Volcano Observatory said it did not expect a heavy accumulation of ash. Some schools on the Kenai Peninsula closed, affecting about 2,500 students. (AP)


Iraqi infant released after spine surgery
ATLANTA -- The Iraqi infant who underwent surgery for spinal birth defects was released from a hospital yesterday to recover at an Atlanta-area home where her father and grandmother have been staying, hospital officials said. Officials with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said Noor al-Zahra was released because there was no change in her condition. She will have to return to the hospital later for additional evaluation, but no date has yet been scheduled, officials said. On Monday, physicians removed a fluid-filled sac from the baby's back and positioned her spinal cord in its proper place. Doctors had been monitoring the 3-month-old for any buildup of spinal fluid in her brain. (AP)


Military flyover plan for holiday contested
SAN ANTONIO -- Peace activists are protesting plans for a military flyover at the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. march, saying the gesture runs counter to the nonviolent beliefs of the civil rights leader. The city's MLK Commission said the flyover by two fighter jets from Randolph Air Force Base is meant to be patriotic and an honor to King in a city with a strong military presence. The Rev. Herman Price, the commission's chairman, said he was dismayed by the divisiveness the flyover was causing. ''They say the planes represent war and bombs and death, but at the same time those planes can also represent our freedom and peace," Price said. (AP)

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