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Endings of U.S. wars discussed at forum

WEST POINT (AP) -- American wars usually begin with a bang, yet it's the endings that usually have long-lasting influences, a gathering of prominent military historians told West Point instructors who are training the next generation of Army officers.

"Wars don't end simply, where someone declares victory," said Brian Linn, a professor at Texas A&M University, one of 14 academics, authors and other military history experts who took part in Monday's "War Termination Conference" at the United States Military Academy.

Peter Maslowski of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's history department said, "The endings of wars are messy, messy."

The daylong conference examined the ways American wars have ended and how those endings have influenced subsequent military actions and history.


Boy, 13, held in death of 2-year-old girl

ONEIDA (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder in the weekend death of a 2-year-old girl he was baby-sitting.

The Whitesboro teen pleaded not guilty on Monday in Floyd Town Court and was jailed without bail pending a felony hearing on Friday, State Police Capt. Mark Lincoln said.

The boy, a family friend who was baby-sitting Melissa Calhoun and her 1 1/2 -year-old sibling in their suburban Utica home, is accused of striking the 2-year-old in the face with his hand; shoving her so that she forcefully hit her head on the floor and a table; hitting her head with a refrigerator door; and sexually assaulting her.


Man claims to be son of abusive priest

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Mexican man said Monday he is the son of the founder of a once-influential Catholic religious order, and accused his father of repeatedly molesting him.

In a lawsuit, Jose Raul Gonzalez, 30, accused the late Rev. Marcial Maciel of abuse beginning at age 7. Gonzalez said Maciel led a double life, explaining his long absences from the family by saying he was a CIA agent and oil executive.

Despite the power the Legionaries of Christ once held with Vatican officials, the Holy See recently concluded that Maciel, the order's founder, led a life that was "devoid of any scruples" and included molesting young boys.

Jim Fair, a U.S. spokesman for the Legion, noted that the Legion has said that Gonzalez's paternity claim "apparently was true." Maciel died in 2008 at age 87. Legion officials acknowledge Maciel fathered at least one other child, a girl, and abused seminarians, but insist they only just discovered his misdeeds.

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