L.A. archdiocese to pay millions to settle

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs’ attorneys said Tuesday.

The deal resolves all remaining clergy abuse lawsuits against the nation’s largest archdiocese.

The archdiocese settled more than 500 cases in 2007 for a record $660 million and has resolved numerous others since then, individually and in groups.

Eleven of the plaintiffs in Tuesday’s settlement allege abuse by visiting Mexican priest Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, who fled Los Angeles in January 1988. Police later determined at least 26 boys had been abused by the priest during his 10-month stay in Los Angeles.

— Associated Press

Soldier sentenced for life found dead in cell

A former soldier sentenced to life for raping and killing an Iraqi girl and gunning down her family died in an Arizona prison during the weekend in what officials suspect was a suicide.

The federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman John Stahley said staff members at the federal penitentiary in Tucson found Green, 28, of Midland, Tex., unresponsive in his cell on Saturday.

Green was a private in the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line when he deployed to Iraq. Green and three other soldiers went to the home of an Iraqi family in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, near a traffic checkpoint in March 2006. At the home, Green shot and killed three members of the family before becoming the third soldier to rape a 14-year-old girl before killing her. He was convicted and sentenced in 2009.

— Associated Press

Holt says he plans
to retire at term’s end

Rep. Rush Holt (D) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in November and will retire from Congress when his term ends next year. New Jersey now will have at least three new members of the House come January.

Holt, who represents central New Jersey’s 12th District, announced his decision in an e-mail to constituents. Holt, 65, has a doctorate in physics and spent most of his career in academia — including as assistant director of Princeton University’s plasma physics laboratory — before he won a House seat in 1998.

— Associated Press

FBI probes noose on Ole Miss campus: The FBI on Tuesday helped to investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college in 1962. University police on Sunday morning found the rope noose and, on the statue’s face, a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle symbol, campus police said.

— Associated Press