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Former pediatrician guilty of sex abuse

GEORGETOWN, Del. -- A former Delaware pediatrician who decorated his office with Disney characters and miniature amusement park rides was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing scores of his young patients.

Earl Bradley, 58, recorded homemade videos of the abuse, said prosecutors, who presented the judge with more than 13 hours of videos showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims, most of whom were toddlers.

Superior Court Judge William Carpenter Jr. announced the verdict in business-like fashion, avoiding any personal remarks about Bradley.

He was found guilty on 14 counts of first-degree rape and five counts each of second-degree assault and sexual exploitation of a child.

Bradley, who will be sentenced on Aug. 26, faces up to life in prison on each rape charge.

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College tuition, fees set to rise this fall

WASHINGTON -- Tuition and fees at private, nonprofit U.S. colleges and universities for the 2011-12 academic year will rise an average of 4.6 percent, exceeding inflation, according to a survey of 429 institutions.

Tuition hikes have hovered in the mid-4 percent range over the last three years, according to the Washington-based National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. U.S. consumer prices rose at an annual 3.6 percent in May.

An increase in financial need, employee health care, information technology and utilities contributed to rising tuition, the association said. During the decade prior to the global financial crisis that began in 2008, the average tuition increase was 6 percent.

Student aid will grow an average of 7 percent, down from a 9 percent increase last year, the association said.

Published tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year averaged $27,293, according to the College Board, a nonprofit research and advocacy group.

-- Bloomberg News

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Prostitution probe nets former university chief

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia was arrested and jailed Thursday in connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring that authorities said was run by a physics professor from New Jersey.

Garcia was booked on a $35,000 cash or surety bond for investigation of promoting prostitution, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, Metropolitan Detention Center records show.

Detectives served search warrants Thursday at Garcia's home and at his university office. He is now a professor at the school. The Albuquerque Journal said Garcia's arrest was connected to the arrest earlier this week of David Flory, 68, a Fairleigh Dickinson University professor with homes in Manhattan and Santa Fe.

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