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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony gross sexual imposition. Court documents show that Fernando Sayasaya entered the pleas Thursday during a scheduling conference. He's accused of abusing two underage siblings from 1995 to 1998, while he was assigned to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and St. Mary's Cathedral in the Fargo area. Sayasaya was returned to the United States in December from the Philippines, where he had been since 1998.
A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws. A cat named "Pawfficer Donut" was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness. Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department's first "pawfficer."
The smell of two dozen cupcakes in a baker's car was too much for a black bear in New Jersey. The bruin smashed a window and left only smeared icing and a paw print behind. Christine Allen tells The Record the bear ate every single chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cupcake that she had made for a large order. Awaken by the dog barking and a "crunch sound," her husband spotted the bear early Thursday.
SALEM, ORE (AP) - Jurors have convicted a former North Dakota college student in the killing of a drug dealer's father in Salem, Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports 24-year-old Denzel Hawthorne was found guilty of murder, but not guilty of aggravated murder on Monday. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 16.
HOUSTON (AP) - A family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment. Jim McGrath issued a news release Sunday saying that following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. He did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush's health problems.
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota school superintendent accused of publicly exposing himself 16 times since November has resigned. Rocori District School Board chair Kara Habben says Scott Staska submitted his letter of resignation dated March 30 and the board unanimously accepted it Tuesday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn-- A judge has ordered Stearns County to return thousands of pages of FBI documents in the Jacob Wetterling investigation to the federal agency. County officials had planned to release the case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of 11-year-old Jacob. But Patty and Jerry Wetterling sued to keep 168 pages containing personal information sealed.
Minnesota will join with other states in a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. A spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the case hasn't been filed yet, but it will be an action with about a dozen other states.
(AP) The co-owner of a dinosaur-themed park in southern Colorado thinks an electrical malfunction caused a life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex to burst into flames. The dinosaur at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience burned up Thursday morning. (March 23)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned to action by student survivors of the Florida school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation’s capital and cities across America on Saturday to press for gun control in one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally in Washington hoped their protest would match in numbers and spirit last year’s women’s march, one of the biggest protests in the capital since the Vietnam era and one that far exceeded predictions of 300,000 demonstrators.