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Former governor's bid for priesthood delayed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Episcopal church has put former Gov. Jim McGreevey's bid for priesthood on hold indefinitely.

McGreevey abruptly resigned in 2004 after declaring himself "a gay American" and admitting an extramarital affair with a man on his staff.

The New York Post reported the church's action Monday.

The church, which accepts gays and women into the clergy, wants McGreevey to put more distance between his possible ordination and the fairly recent turmoil in his life: his coming out in a nationally televised speech, his resignation and a messy divorce from his wife, Dina Matos, in 2008.

McGreevey, 53, earned a master of divinity degree last spring, three years after entering General Theological Seminary in New York City.

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> DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Study affirms shutting airports in eruption

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The disruptive closing of some European airports after last year's volcanic eruption in Iceland was the right thing to do and might have saved lives, a new study concludes.

The hard, sharp particles of volcanic ash blasted high into the air could have caused jet engines to fail and sandblasted airplane windows to the point where it would be impossible to see out, according to a study led by Sigurdur Gislason of the University of Iceland.

"We showed that the airport closures were justified," said Susan Stipp of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, co- author of the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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