Church documents released in sex-abuse investigation

Prosecutors who have been stymied for years in their attempts to build a criminal conspiracy case against retired Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders said Tuesday they will review newly released internal priest files for additional evidence.

Thousands of pages from the internal disciplinary files of 14 priests made public Monday show Mahony and other top aides maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark.

Some of the documents provide the strongest evidence to date that Mahony and a top aide worked to protect a priest who acknowledged in therapy to raping an 11-year-old boy and abusing up to 17 children, many of them the children of illegal immigrants.


Teenage suspect allegedly planned Walmart shooting

The New Mexico teenager accused of gunning down five family members over the weekend ambushed his father as he returned home from an overnight shift at a rescue mission, then reloaded his rifles and planned to go to a Walmart and randomly shoot people, authorities said.

Instead, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego texted a picture of his dead mother to his 12-year-old girlfriend, then spent much of Saturday with the girl and her family, authorities said.

That evening, the teenager went to the church where his father had been a pastor, and the younger Griego eventually confessed to killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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Five refinery workers remain unaccounted for

Algerian forces scoured the Sahara Desert on Tuesday, searching for five foreign energy workers who vanished during a chaotic four-day battle with hostage-taking Islamist militants.

One official says the men may have fled the sprawling complex during the fighting and gotten lost.

In all, 37 hostages, including an Algerian security guard, and 29 militants were killed, but five other foreign workers remain unaccounted for.


Facebook obsession blamed for jealousy

Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook.

Scrolling through photos of other people’s vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled “Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users’ life satisfaction?”

In a survey of 357 people – mostly German university students – respondents were initially hesitant to admit to feeling jealous while looking at Facebook. But when asked what makes “other people” feel bad about looking at Facebook, nearly one in three respondents cited jealousy.

Additionally, one in five respondents said their last jealous feeling occurred while looking at the social networking site.