Driver in S.C. Hayride Crash
May Have Been Drunk
TEMPERANCE HILL, S.C. -- The driver of a tractor-trailer was charged with drunken driving after slamming into a hayride and killing four people, including a toddler.
The crash happened Sunday night, when the 18-wheeler hit a flatbed trailer and the tractor pulling it. Sixteen people were injured; two remain hospitalized.
Investigators said it was unclear how fast the truck was going and would not disclose the truck driver's blood-alcohol level.
Jake Davis Jr., 51, tried to swerve to the left to avoid overtaking and hitting the hayride, authorities said. At the same time, tractor driver Franklin Jones Jr., 33, swerved in the same direction to avoid being hit, police said. The flatbed trailer did not have tail lights.
Authorities identified the dead as Jerry Wayne Jones, 31, Shiwanna Lowery, 15, Freddie Lynn Jones, 24, and Javon Jones, 2.
Conn. Archdiocese Will Pay
$22 Million to Abuse Victims
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford agreed to pay $22 million to 43 people who say they were sexually abused by priests, the archdiocese and a lawyer representing victims said.
The alleged abuse dates back as far as the 1960s and involved 14 priests or retired priests, said lawyer Jason Tremont, who was involved in a similar settlement in Bridgeport two years ago. The settlement was the result of two years of talks mediated by U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport.
"While I am grateful that the diocese has offered this compensation, I want to make it perfectly clear that no amount of money can replace what was taken from me at the hands of a child molester who wore a Roman collar and called himself 'Father,' " said James Hackett, who said he was molested in 1976 when he was an altar boy and middle school student at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hamden.
The settlement payments will come from long-term savings and insurance policies, the archdiocese said. Money donated during annual church collections will not be used.
The archdiocese said six of the accused priests are dead and four are retired. Three others are no longer active in ministry. One remains active, and a sexual abuse review panel determined allegations against him were not credible, the diocese said.
N.Y. Police Official Defends
Searches of Subway Riders
NEW YORK -- A police official defended the city's random searches of subway riders , testifying that in the fight against terrorism, some searches are better than none at all.
In a perfect world, all the people who enter the subways would have their possessions searched, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner David Cohen said.
"More is better than some -- and some is better than none," said Cohen, who spent much of a three-decade career at the CIA analyzing the threat of terrorism.
The New York Civil Liberties Union sued over the searches on behalf of several subway riders.
-- From News Services