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New abuse row over Irish priest

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California is facing a second lawsuit from a man claiming he was sexually abused as a child by an Irish priest.

The lawsuit filed in Sonoma County Superior Court said that Father Patrick McCabe had abused the plaintiff almost weekly during most of 1983.

It claimed that diocese officials knew Fr McCabe had been accused of molesting children in his native Ireland before he was assigned to St Bernard's Church in Eureka.



Abuse couple get 60 days

A northern California couple who left their newborn daughter in a casino parking garage while they went gambling have been sent to jail.

A Placer County Superior Court judge sentenced Thuan Huy Nguyen and Panfila Phu Phan to 60 days behind bars.

He also ordered them to attend a mandatory parenting class as part of a four-year probation sentence that could result in their regaining custody of the baby.



Stolen yacht's 500-mile trip

Authorities are investigating who stole a 48-foot luxury yacht from a marina in Mexico and how it ended up on a Florida beach almost 500 miles away.

The yacht, called Makin' Waves, was found beached with its engines running near St Petersburg.

Yacht owner Arturo Millet Reyes said he reported it stolen days earlier from a marina in Cancun.



Coup leader's son is buried

The dead son of Guinea's exiled strongman was buried on the grounds of his father's villa in the presence of the leader's closest associates at a funeral marked by the absence of members of the current administration.

Moriba 'Junior' Dadis Camara, the 25-year-old son of Captain Moussa 'Dadis' Camara was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in Montreal last week.

His body was flown first to Burkina Faso, where his father was allowed to pray over the coffin before it was repatriated to neighbouring Guinea.