FBI investigates suspected serial child molester
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide for four decades.
The suspect, 64-year-old William James Vahey, killed himself in Luverne, Minn., on March 21.
FBI agents in Houston filed for a warrant March 19 to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey, a U.S. citizen. An employee of an American school in Nicaragua where Vahey had recently taught ninth-grade world history and geography gave the drive to the agency.
Special Agent Shauna Dunlap says the thumb drive contains pornographic images of at least 90 boys, aged 12-14, who agents suspect were Vahey's students starting in 2008.
The FBI says Vahey told a Nicaragua school administrator that he drugged his victims.
Archbishop deposition on abuse made public
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests say a deposition by Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt shows deceit continues in the church.
Nienstedt is head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. On April 2, he testified about the church's response to sexual abuse allegations.
Attorneys made the deposition public Tuesday. In the interview, Nienstedt said under oath that he hasn't reprimanded or disciplined anyone for how abuse cases were handled. In several instances, he says the responsibility for notifying people about problem priests fell on another church official, the Rev. Kevin McDonough.
Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson says the deposition shows Nienstedt continues to deny the problem and deflect responsibility.
The archdiocese says Nienstedt answered every question and continually reiterated that child safety is the highest priority.
Jurors hear chilling audio of fatal shootings
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota jurors are listening to an audio recording of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a homeowner who says he feared for his life after several break-ins.
Byron Smith, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The shooting stunned the small city and stirred debate about how far people can go in defending their homes.
Smith says he armed himself and set up recording devices following repeated break-ins. The Star Tribune reports that Morrison County jurors listened to the recording Tuesday. They heard glass break, then two gunshots as Brady groaned. Smith told Brady, "you're dead."
Several minutes later, gunshots are heard again, and Kifer screams.
ONLINE LOTTERY SALES
Stopping Minn. e-lotto tickets wouldn't come cheap
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are being told they'll have to come up with millions of dollars if they want to shut down the sales of electronic lottery tickets.
The potential $8 million cost is attributable to lost sales and vendor contracts that would be breached if the Legislature prohibits the Minnesota Lottery from continuing with online games. Lottery officials caused a backlash with the recent launch of virtual scratch-off tickets, which lawmakers criticized for taking place without their permission.
The online scratch-off sales have been occurring since February. The lottery has been selling subscription-based Internet tickets for draw games for much longer.
Top lawmakers in the House and Senate are leading the push to bar future online sales and games at gas pump terminals.
Abeler says he won't seek re-election to House
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Anoka Republican Jim Abeler says he won't seek re-election to his House seat as he focuses on running for U.S. Senate.
Abeler is among several Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken. He's 59 and a chiropractor.
Other candidates include state Sen. Julianne Ortman, businessman Mike McFadden and St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg.
Abeler said he may run in the GOP primary if he fails to win his party's endorsement.
Officials find body of missing college student
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Rescue crews searching the Sheyenne River in North Dakota have found the body of a Valley City State University student who went missing while rafting with two friends.
University President Steven Shirley says the victim is Dan Buehner of Blaine, Minnesota. Buehner was a senior majoring in business administration and was on the school's baseball team.
The body was found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday beneath a bridge, several hundred yards downstream from where the rubber raft capsized early Monday. Two male students made it to shore but the third did not.
Officials had cut water releases through the Bald Hill Dam to lower the level of the river so officials could wade into the water to search.
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