New York City police confirms CIA role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly confirmed Thursday that a CIA officer works in the city's Police Headquarters.
But Kelly, who was responding to an Associated Press investigation revealing the unusual partnership, and the CIA described the spy agency's role as advisory.
Kelly acknowledged that the CIA trains city officers on "trade-craft issues," meaning espionage techniques, and advises police about events happening overseas.
A months-long investigation by the AP, published Wednesday, revealed that, under an arrangement that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying, the Police Department has dispatched teams of undercover officers, known as "rakers," into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program. Police also have used informants, known as "mosque crawlers," to monitor sermons.
Sea turtle found dead weeks after release
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Andre, a sea turtle that survived catastrophic injuries and underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries, has been found dead, three weeks after it was released off the Florida coast.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which had cared for the turtle, said it was discovered Wednesday on Hutchinson Island.
"The staff and the entire volunteer base are deeply saddened," David McClymont, the center's president, said Thursday. Just three weeks ago, a raucous crowd of hundreds gathered to watch Andre crawl into the sea and swim away.
When found June 15, 2010, stranded on a sandbar, Andre had gaping holes in its shell, the result of two apparent boat strikes. Its spinal cord was exposed, it had pneumonia, and death seemed certain.
After beachgoers pulled the turtle ashore on a boogie board, veterinarians began what became a yearlong effort to save it.
Cardinal releases list of some accused priests
BOSTON (AP) -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley released a long-awaited list Thursday of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged.
In a letter, O'Malley said 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren't publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other dioceses; and priests named in unsubstantiated accusations that never became public.
Each of the 159 names published Thursday has been made public previously, though not necessarily by the archdiocese.
Boston has been pressured to publish a list -- as other dioceses have -- since O'Malley said in a 2009 letter that the archdiocese was considering improving its policy on releasing information about accused clergy.