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Peace Corps fully backs sex abuse prosecution

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The Peace Corps said Friday that a former volunteer's alleged sexual abuse of young girls in South Africa is "reprehensible" and the agency supports the vigorous prosecution of the case.

Jesse Osmun, 31, of Milford, was arrested Thursday in Connecticut on federal charges of sexually abusing children at a center in Greytown, which helps AIDS victims. Authorities say Osmun molested five children under age 6, some multiple times, and gave them candy during a period between 2010 and this year.

The Peace Corps said it was made aware of the allegations after Osmun resigned in May.

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Three teens arrested in school-attack plot

COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- Authorities in suburban New Orleans said Friday they uncovered a plot by three teenagers for "an incredible and devastating" attack at their high school during the first day of classes, with plans for two specific targets, indiscriminate shooting and suicide.

The 15-year-old boys, who called themselves Day Zero, identified a student and a faculty member whom they planned to kill, Sheriff Jack Strain said in a conference call with reporters Friday. They also planned indiscriminate shooting, as well as firing at any sheriff's deputies or other officers they saw and taking their weapons, said Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the sheriff.

Schools start Monday in St. Tammany Parish. Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said other students at Lakeshore High School told school officials about the plan on July 17, and the officials immediately notified him and the sheriff's office.

The three suspects were being held at a juvenile detention center.

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Bus driver sentenced in fatal accident

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A tour bus driver will spend less than a year in a county jail for an accident that killed three Japanese tourists last year.

Judge Michael Westfall sentenced him to 15 years in prison on Friday but then suspended most of the sentence.

Court records show Yasushi Mikuni will spend 363 days in the Iron County Jail and serve three years on probation.

Westfall also ordered the Japanese student, 26, to pay a $1,500 fine and financial restitution to the victims' families.

Mikuni was behind the wheel of the bus when it rolled on Interstate 15 north of Cedar City on Aug. 9, 2010.

He pleaded guilty in May to three felony counts of operating a vehicle negligently causing serious injury or death.