Surgery on Twins Called a Success

NEW YORK -- The surgeons who separated 2-year-old twins who were joined at the head said Thursday that the surgery was a success, even though it will be at least a week before the boys are out of the woods.

Doctors at Montefiore Children's Hospital said Carl and Clarence Aguirre will be kept sedated through the weekend to help their healing. The hospital continued to describe the boys' condition as "strong and stable."

* NEW YORK -- The city's director of ferries pleaded not guilty Thursday to 11 counts of manslaughter in last year's Staten Island ferry crash, which killed 11 people. Prosecutors accused Patrick Ryan of slipshod management, saying years of neglect were "a tragedy waiting to happen." They allege he did not enforce safety practices.

* SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- All but one of 46 people who accused priests of sexually abusing them as children have agreed to accept a more than $7 million settlement with the Diocese of Springfield, an attorney for the accusers and a spokesman for the diocese said Thursday. Each settlement will be at least $80,000 and probably will average about $150,000. The holdout, Marine Corps Capt. Francis Babeu, said he plans to proceed with his lawsuit.

* CHICAGO -- Abby Grason, 23, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the drownings of her two children, Isaac Younan, 2, and Sandra Younan, 3, in a bathtub in June. She also pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson. Authorities said Grason told investigators that she killed the children because she thought they would not have a good life with her.

-- From News Services