hIn Bosnia, families mourn victims of war
hIn Bosnia, familiesmourn victims of war
POTOCARI, BOSNIA -- An unidentified man cries by the coffins of 613 Bosnian Muslims discovered in Bosnia's mass graves in Potocari, outside Srebrenica. He viewed the coffins Saturday. A memorial for the victims will be Monday. Toward the end of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, as many as 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed when Bosnian Serb troops overran the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995. It was Europe's worst mass killing since World War II.
Protestant parades addto tension in N. Ireland
PORTADOWN, Northern Ireland -- Police commanders and moderate politicians appealed for calm before a major disputed parade today by the Orange Order, a Protestant brotherhood that has been barred from marching through this town's major Catholic neighborhood.
The parade is just one of hundreds across Northern Ireland climaxing Tuesday on "the Twelfth," an official holiday in this British territory. On that day Orangemen celebrate the victory of William of Orange over James II, the Catholic he dethroned as king of Britain and Ireland, at the Battle of the Boyne south of Belfast on July 12, 1690.
Catholics for centuries have despised the mass demonstrations, which celebrate the north's Protestant history and heritage -- and demonstrate, often in an air of menace, Protestants' numerical superiority over their Catholic neighbors. Today the conservatively suited Orangemen, many sporting bowler hats, often are accompanied by thuggish fife-and-drum groups known as "kick the pope" bands, and alcohol-fueled crowds.
USC warns applicantsof possible hacking
LOS ANGELES -- Officials of the University of Southern California said they will contact everyone who used the school's online application system in the past eight years to warn them that a hacker may have been able to read their files.
School security officials said they plan to contact about 270,000 people although they believe the hacker looked at only about 10 files.
"Although we believe that the scope of this is pretty small, we're taking it very seriously and we are taking great care to notify every single person where there is even the potential that their records might have been viewed," said L. Katharine Harrington, USC's dean of admission and financial aid.
The hacker took advantage of a security flaw he discovered while trying to use the USC Web site on June 20, said Robert M. Wood, USC's information security officer.
However, the hacker then reported the flaw to an online security magazine, SecurityFocus, and the publication informed USC.
Fire, graffiti at Va. churchfollow Tennessee arsons
MIDDLEBROOK, Va. -- A small fire and anti-gay graffiti were found Saturday at a church belonging to the United Church of Christ, a denomination that endorsed same-sex marriage last week.
The exterior of St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ also included a message that United Church of Christ members were sinners.
A member of the congregation discovered the graffiti when he stopped by to mow the grass. He found a small fire within the sanctuary. The fire was put out in a few minutes, Lt. Tim McCray said.
The fire came a day after two black churches were heavily damaged by seven arsons in Sparta, Tenn. Authorities said there was no evidence that it was a hate crime, but they were not ruling anything out.
Settling abuse lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Archdiocese of San Francisco has agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle a dozen lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a once-popular priest.
Attorneys announced the agreements Friday, days before the first of several planned trials was to begin with plaintiffs alleging they were abused by the late Rev. Joseph Pritchard.
The settlement works out to an average of $1.3 million for each plaintiff, but attorneys said the individual amounts varied and would not be disclosed.