National Briefs: More snow for Northeast

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NEW YORK -- Northeasterners tired of the weekend snow should get ready for more as December's fourth winter storm is expected to pass through the region on Tuesday.

Parts of Pennsylvania and New York, pummeled with as much as 12 inches of snow Saturday may get an additional 1 to 3 inches Tuesday before the storm moves east into southern and central New England that evening, according to Accuweather Inc.

Archdiocese suspends priest

PHILADELPHIA -- The same day it announced the permanent removal of five priests from active ministry, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said it had placed another cleric on administrative leave for "multiple, new allegations" that he had sexually abused minors more than three decades ago.

The Rev. John P. Paul, 67, last of Our Lady of Calvary Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, had already had abuse allegations lodged against him late last year involving multiple accusers, the archdiocese said in a statement Sunday.

Also Sunday, church officials announced the review board had substantiated claims against five priests of sexual abuse or misconduct involving minors. All had been previously placed on leave and were deemed "unsuitable for active ministry" last week.

Link to PTSD, concussions

LOS ANGELES -- Up to a fifth of U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home with a blast-related concussion or post-traumatic stress disorder -- or both. A new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry helps detail the relationship between the two conditions.

Marines who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries while deployed were roughly twice as likely to get PTSD, the researchers found. One likely explanation is that the bomb blasts, the most common cause of brain injuries during the wars, are psychologically traumatizing as well.

Benefits of cutting trees

WASHINGTON -- Two Dartmouth College researchers are suggesting that in some limited circumstances, the cooling value of an open, snowy field may be greater than the climate benefits that a stand of trees can provide -- and that it is possible to calculate where that might be the case.

In the short term, they said, such knowledge would be useful in forestry management. In the longer term, nations with vast expanses of snow fields that reflect heat back into space might seek to be credited for that contribution to reducing global warming during international climate negotiations.

Hearings for Craigslist death

HARRISBURG -- The newlyweds charged with fatally stabbing a stranger they lured with an ad on Craigslist are being represented by different court-appointed lawyers and are scheduled to have separate preliminary hearings this week.

Elytte Barbour, 22, and his wife, Miranda, 18, of Selinsgrove in central Pennsylvania, are being held without bail in different counties, charged with criminal homicide and other offenses in the apparently random killing of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury on Nov. 11.

The couple, who recently moved to Pennsylvania and got married in North Carolina three weeks before the slaying, stabbed Mr. LaFerrara 20 times and dumped his body in an alley simply because they wanted to kill someone together, Elytte Barbour told investigators, according to police affidavits.

41 years sought for scammer

CLEVELAND -- A mysterious figure convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud faces sentencing in Cleveland.

The Ohio attorney general's office handled his trial and has asked the judge for a 41-year sentence and $6 million fine at today's sentencing.

The defendant identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson, but authorities say he's Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody.

The defense has asked for a new trial. His lawyer has said he may base an appeal on the issue of ineffective legal representation involving limited preparation time and the defendant's erratic cooperation. Mr. Thompson was convicted last month of racketeering, theft, money laundering and identity theft. He was charged with looting the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity he ran in Tampa, Fla.

-- Compiled from news services



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