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Tropical storm causes damage, breaks apart

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Former Tropical Storm Emily broke apart Thursday after causing floods and damaging hundreds of homes in Haiti.

National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said the storm was now a low pressure system that was dumping rains over Hispaniola. All watches and warnings were canceled.

With about 600,000 Haitians still living in flimsy tents and shanties because of the January 2010 earthquake, strong winds whipped through palm trees in Haiti's capital while heavier rains fell farther north, damaging homes and a cholera treatment center.

No serious injuries were reported.


Bishop remains jailed after child porn plea

TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian Catholic bishop betrayed little emotion during his sentencing hearing Thursday as a court was told his laptop contained hundreds of pornographic images of young boys, including photos of torture.

Bishop Raymond Lahey, 71, sat quietly, his right hand trembling slightly as Detective Andrew Thompson told the court that almost 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on Lahey's laptop and hand-held device when he was arrested in 2009. "Some of them were quite graphic," said Thompson.

Lahey pleaded guilty in May to importing child pornography in a rare case of a high-ranking Canadian church official facing charges over sexual misconduct. He waived his bail and was taken into custody even though he had not been formerly sentenced. His lawyer Michael Edelson had said Lahey wanted to start serving time now to get credit after sentencing. Lahey is scheduled to return to court in December.


Assault on Hama has killed hundreds

BEIRUT (AP) -- The flash point Syrian city of Hama endured a fifth day under military siege Thursday, with a resident saying people were being "slaughtered like sheep" in the streets and families were burying their dead in home gardens or roadsides rather than risk a trip to a cemetery. Food supplies grew short and residents shared bread, while phones, electricity and Internet were cut off or hampered.

There was no official count of the dead. One resident said around 250 people have been killed since Sunday. The assault on Hama, a center of the 5-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's iron rule, is among the most ferocious in the government's effort to crush the rebellion.

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