Thursday, April 3, 2008

News Roundup, 4/3/08

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Priest charged with sex crimes in Charlotte: The Rev. Robert Yurgel, 43, was escorted by U.S. marshals from his home in Passaic, N.J. to Charlotte, facing charges of a sex crime he committed against a 14-year-old boy in 1999. This alleged incident happened at St. Matthew Catholic Church, which is now the largest Catholic Church in the 46-county Diocese of Charlotte. "As far as I can ascertain, this is the first time we have a situation involving a priest and a victim, both in the city of Charlotte, said David Hains, Charlotte diocese spokesman.

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Reports: Jay-Z nears huge business deal: The deal with Def Jam Records has now soured and Jay-Z resigned from his three year run as president in December because the parent label, Universal Music Group, would not negotiate a contract to his liking. Jay-Z has replaced that sour taste with a sweet deal from Live Nation Inc. for $150 million. The contract with Live Nation has a hand in Jay-Z's music and music-related business for the next 10 years.

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Deadly U.S. airstrikes amid new Iraq violence: The United States coordinated "aerial fires" against the enemies fighting the Iraqi troops April 1 near a militia hotspot of Qibla in Basra, said military spokesman Lt. David Russell. A militant and at least three civilians were killed during the U.S. airstrike that demolished a house in the southern city of Basra. There was also a bombardment of bombings in Baghdad on April 2: a car bomb in western Baghdad, a roadside bomb in a neighbor located in the capital and a suicide bomber in northern Iraq.

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