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Police: Utah officer kills four family members, self
Written by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press   
Friday, 17 January 2014 15:21

A 34-year-old officer with a small Utah police department shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two young children and turned the gun on himself, authorities said Friday.

Spanish Fork police said the five were found dead about 11 p.m. Thursday, when co-workers reported Joshua Boren didn't show up for his night shift as a patrol officer at the Lindon Police Department.

Police who looked through the window saw blood on the carpet and shell casings in the front room of the two-story home, police said. When they went inside, they found Boren's 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King dead in a bedroom, and Joshua Boren and his immediate family dead in the bedroom next door.

The other victims were identified as Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua "Jaden" Boren, 7, and Haley Boren, 5.

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Pope defrocks 400 priests in two years
Written by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press   
Friday, 17 January 2014 15:19

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

The statistics for 2011-12 represent the first time that the Vatican has provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received.

The document was prepared from data the Vatican had been collecting to help the Holy See defend itself before a U.N. committee this week in Geneva.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's U.N. ambassador in Geneva, referred to just one of the statistics in the course of eight hours of oftentimes pointed criticism and questioning from the U.N. human rights committee. The AP obtained the document Friday.

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Heilprin reported from Geneva.

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Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections
Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent   
Friday, 17 January 2014 14:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens."

The president also directed America's intelligence agencies to stop spying on friendly international leaders and called for extending some privacy protections to foreign citizens whose communications are scooped up by the U.S.

Obama said the U.S. had a "special obligation" to re-examine its intelligence capabilities because of the potential for trampling on civil liberties.

"The reforms I'm proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe," Obama said in his highly anticipated speech at the Justice Department.

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Footnote to murder plot: $50,000 car repair bill
Written by Footnote to murder plot: $50,000 car repair bill   
Friday, 17 January 2014 14:20

NEW YORK (AP) — A dispute over a bill for vintage car repairs has become a bizarre footnote to a New York City murder-for-hire case.

A Long Island mechanic has testified that the defendant, Joseph Romano, owed him $50,000 when Romano went to jail in 2010 for defrauding investors. To try to cover the bill, the mechanic placed a lien on Romano's 1968 Camaro.

Federal prosecutors in New York City say Romano schemed behind bars to have the mechanic assaulted as payback. The mechanic testified this week that the FBI staged a photo to look like he'd been beaten outside his shop.

After Romano was shown the photo, prosecutors say he hired the supposed hit man to try to kill the prosecutor and judge in his fraud case.

Romano's trial resumes Tuesday.


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U.S. employers advertise most jobs since March 2008
Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer   
Friday, 17 January 2014 12:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work.

The Labor Department said Friday that job openings rose 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted 2.4 million, a five-year high.

Job openings haven't topped 4 million since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began. Openings at that level are generally consistent with a healthy job market.

And more workers quitting can also be a positive signal, because people usually quit when they either have a new job — typically for more pay — or are confident they can find one.

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