Priests Accused of

Abuse May Be Working

DALLAS -- Roman Catholic priests were transferred from countries where they have been accused of abusing children even after the abuse scandal that swept the U.S. church in 2002, the Dallas Morning News found in a year-long investigation.

Hundreds of priests accused of abuse have been moved from country to country, allowing them to start new lives in unsuspecting communities and continue working in church ministries where they are in contact with children, the newspaper reported in Sunday editions.

Vatican officials declined to comment Friday after a feature was aired on National Public Radio.

* HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Former HealthSouth Corp. chief financial officer Michael Martin was sentenced to five years of probation -- instead of the five years in prison prosecutors wanted -- for his role in the company's accounting scandal.

* SAN FRANCISCO -- Financier Thomas White, 68, was indicted in federal court on three charges related to sex with children, the U.S. attorney's office said. White was arrested in Thailand last year at the behest of Mexican officials, who accuse him of similar crimes and want him extradited to stand trial.

* NEW YORK -- The city dropped out of a national group of local governments that Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused of being a "pork barrel" lobbyist for rural areas on the issue of homeland security funding. "When you catch a terrorist with a map in their pocket, the map is of New York City," Bloomberg said. "It's not a map of the cornfields in the Midwest or Upstate New York."

* MIAMI -- Teacher's aide Hope Clarke, who was cited after she forgot to put away her marshmallows and hot chocolate at Yellowstone National Park last year, was taken from her cruise ship cabin in handcuffs and hauled before a judge Friday, accused of failing to pay the year-old fine. After nine hours in detention, Clarke got an apology when officials learned she had paid the $50 fine.

-- From News Services