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A former priest and suspected child molester who left the Los Angeles Archdiocese to work for the LA Unified School District has reportedly been dismissed from his new job. Ordained in 1972, Joseph Piña, resigned on March 12, 1998 after repeated complaints of improper sexual relationships with teenagers and adults at different parishes--in one case after he'd been there only one month, according to his personnel file, released by the church last week in connection with a class action lawsuit.
(source: scpr.org)

In the first Sunday mass after reams of personnel files of more than a hundred tainted priests were released last week, an open letter from Archbishop Jose Gomez was read at Catholic churches around Los Angeles. In the letter, made public last week, Gomez describes the  thousands of pages of newly-released files on clergy sex abuse as "terribly sad and evil". He said the church needs to acknowledge the "terrible failure" of its handling of abuse cases.(source: 89.3 KPCC)

Transit officials say minor rail delays occurred after an Amtrak train carrying no passengers derailed in Los Angeles.In a brief statement, Amtrak said nobody was hurt when the northbound Coast Starlight train jumped the tracks shortly after 10:30 a.m. about a quarter mile east of Union Station. Tracks in that area are owned and operated by Metrolink, the local commuter rail agency that shares lines with Amtrak on the Los Angeles-San Diego rail corridor
(source: scpr.org)

There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms.With California mandating that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by the end of the decade, there are 227 proposed solar projects in the pipeline statewide. Coupled with wind and other renewables they would generate enough electricity to meet 100 percent of California's power needs on an average summer day, according to the California Independent System Operator.
(source: kpcc)


During an interview with CBS, President Obama said he encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay members and leaders. After criticism from gay rights groups as well as gay former Scouts and Scout leaders, the BSA national executive board is expected to vote Wednesday, on whether to lift the ban it had reaffirmed just last year.The organization said last month it was considering ending its national ban on gay youth and adult members and leaving policies on sexual orientation to its local organizations.
(source: reuters.com)

A brief power outage sent the Superdome into darkness in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII. Less than two minutes into the second half, at 8:37 ET, the lights cut out at the New Orleans dome, briefly delaying play and cutting audio to the CBS television feed. Phil Simms' microphone cut out mid-sentence while the network was showing a replay and when cameras cut back to a live shot of the Superdome, the bank of lights atop the seats were dark. As soon as halftime show was over, a smoke alarm started going off inside the press box, in a hallway next to the AFC coaches box. Superdome staff was scrambling to fix the issue during halftime.

** Pizza Hut is introducing "pizza sliders" Monday, which are smaller than its personal pies and can be ordered in batches for families that want to customize their orders with different toppings. The sliders will be available in either a $10 box of nine or a $5 box of three. The roll out of the sliders right after the Super Bowl is intended to generate excitement during a time when people may be sick of pizza.
(source: washingtonpost.com)

Investigators in Texas are trying to piece together what led to the shooting deaths a day earlier of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and another man at a gun range in Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot and killed at the Rough Creek Lodge, by Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old Marine who had served tours in Iraq and Haiti. Chris Kyle earned a reputation as one of America's deadliest military snipers. The Pentagon said his skills with a rifle so terrorized Iraqi insurgents during his four tours of duty that they nicknamed him the "Devil of Ramadi" and put a bounty on his head. The insurgents never collected, and he returned home to become a best-selling author and a mentor to other veterans, sometimes taking them shooting at a gun range near his Texas home as a kind of therapy.
(source: nytimes.com)

** After more than a year's delay, American schools will soon see new U.S. government rules targeting the kinds of snacks sold to students.  Nutritionists say this move could play an important role in fighting childhood obesity. Anxious schools have waited more than a year to find out how sales of potato chips, candy bars, sodas and similar treats to students will be restricted. These rules on food sold outside traditional cafeteria meals are a key part of the first major overhaul on school food in more than three decades.
(source: reuters.com)

Following a string of revelations this week from several media companies who announced they had been recently hacked, Twitter announced that it had also been the target of a sophisticated attack- 250,000 accounts believed to have been compromised.The company wrote in a blog post ironically titled "Keeping our users secure" that it detected unusual patterns this week that led it to identify attempts to access user data. As a result, Twitter reset passwords and revoked session tokens for the accounts suspected of being affected. The company also sent an email to affected users informing them that their old password was no longer valid and that they would need to create a new one.
(source: wired.co.uk)

** In its latest consumer update, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public to avoid fraudulent flu products. The FDA notes that even though the flu season may have peaked in many areas, scammers are still busy trying to convince unsuspecting consumers to buy their products.According to the health agency, scammers market their products by claiming that they can treat or cure the flu. However, these products have not been tested or approved by the FDA.
(source: natmonitor.com)


Days after being nominated for the Noble Peace Prize, Mala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, underwent a successful surgery at a British hospital to reconstruct her skull and help restore her hearing. She is continuing to recover and was in a stable condition after the surgery, which lasted five hours.
(source: bbc.co.uk)

New York City mom who went missing while visiting Turkey was killed by a blunt trauma wound to the head. The body of Sarai Sierra who had been missing for almost two weeks, was found dumped against ramparts of an ancient city wall. Police are reportedly questioning 15 people over her killing. The 33-year-old mom of two, from Staten Island, had not been in contact with her family since Jan. 21, the day before she was supposed to fly home after a two-week vacation. This was her first overseas trip.
(source: worldnews.nbcnews.com)

A proposed agreement on fresh tomatoes imported from Mexico would strengthen anti-dumping enforcement and reset minimum wholesale prices, according to the Commerce Department.The agreement with Mexico's tomato industry would suspend an investigation initiated after Florida tomato growers complained that Mexican producers were selling fresh tomatoes for less than the production cost.The proposal would replace a pact that's been in place for 16 years.
(source: boston.com)

A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to five years in prison for insulting the emir on Twitter, a rights lawyer and news websites said, in the latest prosecution for criticism of authorities via social media in the Gulf Arab state.The court gave Kuwaiti Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi the maximum sentence for the comments.In recent months, Kuwait has penalized several Twitter users for criticizing the emir, who is described as "immune and inviolable" in the constitution.
(source: reuters.com)

Iran's foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, told world leaders that Tehran was prepared to resume negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program this month in Kazakhstan, potentially ending eight months of stalled international diplomacy. But U.S. and European Union officials said in interviews following Mr. Salehi's speech in Munich that they were skeptical Tehran would follow through with his pledge, given the nation's recent history on the issue.
(source: online.wsj.com)

Police used a stun gun to arrest a man armed with knives outside Buckingham Palace, as tourists gathered to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Scotland Yard said the man, thought to be in his 50s, was spotted carrying two knives outside the central gate of the London tourist landmark. He did not threaten other people at the scene, but when challenged by police he acted aggressively.
(source: huffingtonpost.com)

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