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February 20. 2013 4:20AM
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Priest, teacher convicted

A jury has convicted a priest and teacher in a church abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

The verdict Wednesday supports claims by a 24-year-old policeman‚??s son that he was abused by the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and sixth-grade teacher Bernard Shero in about 1999.

His 2009 complaint describing abuse led to a felony child abuse conviction for Monsignor William Lynn for his role in transferring an admitted pedophile priest to the accuser‚??s parish.

The jury convicted Shero of rape, indecent sexual assault and other charges, and Engelhardt of indecent assault of a child under 13, corruption of a minor and conspiracy with another convicted priest who pleaded guilty to abusing the same boy.

Gunman kills 1, wounds 2

A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday, killing one person, wounding two others and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that he was ‚??armed and dangerous.‚?Ě

Authorities identified the suspect as Arthur D. Harmon, who they said opened fire at the end of a mediation session. They identified a man who died hours after the Wednesday morning shooting as Steve Singer, 48.

Police say a 43-year-old man was listed in critical condition along with a 32-year-old woman.

Police didn‚??t release the names of the wounded, but a Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, said one of its lawyers, Mark Hummels, was among the wounded.

Sen. denies call girl claims

The office of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Wednesday he flew on a plane owned by a Florida physician who is a friend and political donor, but denied the senator had engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

The denial said he traveled on three occasions on Dr. Salomon Melgen‚??s plane. The FBI searched Melgen‚??s West Palm Beach, Fla., office Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was unclear if the raid was related to Menendez..

Menendez‚??s office said the trips were ‚??paid for and reported appropriately.‚?Ě

The Daily Caller, a conservative website, reported before the election that Menendez traveled on Melgen‚??s plane to the Dominican Republic to have sex with prostitutes. The FBI has refused to comment on whether Menendez is under investigation.

Horsemeat found in burgers

Traces of horsemeat have been discovered in many factory-produced burgers in Ireland.

Until now, DNA testing has not been used in meat products to confirm whether there are traces of other species in products marked as chicken, pork, beef, lamb or fish because such findings have no bearing on food safety, only the integrity of labeling.

But the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has used DNA testing to show that ‚??pure‚?Ě processed meat products often contain traces of other animals slaughtered in the same facilities or carried in the same vehicles.

Worse, the testing found bargain-brand burgers produced at the Silvercrest food processing plant for sale by British supermarket king Tesco contained up to 29 percent horsemeat, a revelation eventually pinned to a powdered ‚??filler‚?Ě imported from Poland.

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