N.J. Governor's Backer Is Charged

NEWARK -- Democratic New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's biggest campaign contributor was charged Tuesday with trying to thwart a federal fraud investigation by videotaping a witness in a compromising position with a prostitute.

Real estate developer Charles Kushner hired a call girl to have sex with his former employee, had someone videotape them, and then sent the man's wife a copy of the tape and photos, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said.

Kushner targeted a second former employee, but that witness declined a prostitute's advances, Christie said.

Kushner, 50, was charged with conspiracy, obstructing a federal investigation and promoting prostitution.

* ALBANY, N.Y. -- A judge threw out charges against two Unitarian Universalist ministers who married 13 gay couples. The Revs. Kay Greenleaf and Dawn Sangrey were charged in March with officiating at weddings in which the couples had no valid marriage licenses.

* PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Palestine Liberation Organization and its governmental entity must each pay more than $116 million to the estate of a Jewish couple slain near the West Bank eight years ago, a federal judge ruled in upholding a judgment.

* NASHVILLE -- Former energy secretary Hazel R. O'Leary was named president of Fisk University, the fifth person to head the financially struggling black institution in almost a decade. O'Leary is a 1959 Fisk graduate.

-- From News Services