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Boy Scouts ordered to hand over abuse files

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that in the judge's ruling last month, the Irving, Texas-based organization must turn over the most recent 20 years' worth of records by Thursday.

Known as "ineligible volunteer files," the documents are intended to keep those accused of misconduct out of Scouting.

Officials dispute that the files have been used to conceal abuse.

The trial is scheduled for April, nearly five years after the boy, then 13, was molested by volunteer troop leader Al Stein in Santa Barbara County. Stein pleaded no contest in 2009 and is in prison.


$10.68 million raised at Penn State event

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Officials say the annual Penn State dance marathon has raised a record $10.68 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients, an event held for the first time without late coach Joe Paterno.

The total shattered last year's record $9.5 million for the 46-hour event. It was announced Sunday afternoon to more than 700 dancers who began to tango and twist Friday night to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Paterno, who was 85, died last month, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Centre Daily Times says Paterno's son, Jay, told the crowd that Penn State students should be known for their leadership in the annual charity event rather than for the abuse scandal that has engulfed the school.


Academy Awards vote lacks diversity

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A study of Academy Awards voters has found that it's not a very diverse group that hands out Hollywood's highest honors.

The Los Angeles Times found that 94 percent of the 5,765 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are white, and 77 percent are men. Blacks and Hispanics account for only 2 percent each of academy members.

The newspaper's findings were reported Sunday, a week before the Oscars. The Times reported that through interviews with members and their representatives, it confirmed the identities of about 5,100 voters -- 89 percent of academy membership.

The findings are in line with industry employment overall, in which whites and males dominate. But academy President Tom Sherak says the group is trying to diversify its membership rolls.


Trial set in theft of pumpkin worth $2

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarty Magistrate Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday. She is accused of taking the pumpkin in October 2011 from McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty.

Her sister, Annette Atencio, says Medina spent $75 on food that day but forgot to pay for the pumpkin she picked up as she was leaving. Atencio says her sister offered to pay but was refused and then handcuffed.

Atencio says she's in disbelief that the theft charge against her sister was not dropped.

She says her sister could have pleaded guilty and be given probation but refused.


Wanted man kills self after fatally shooting 2

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A wanted man kidnapped his estranged girlfriend at gunpoint along with her 1-year-old she was pushing in a stroller, Cleveland police said Sunday, and all three were found shot to death hours later.

Police said the couple had dated for about two months and that the woman, Latasha Jackson, 19, was trying to end the relationship.

Jackson and daughter Chaniya Wynn were walking with Jackson's 14-year-old brother at about noon Saturday when they encountered the man, Thomas Lorde. The teen said Lorde pulled out a gun and ordered him to walk away, according to police. The girl's father told police Lorde said he was going to kill Jackson and take the child.

Their bodies were found early Sunday in a closed garage of an unoccupied building, said Police Sgt. Sammy Morris, and it appeared that Lorde shot himself in the head. The county coroner was to determine the causes of death.

Lorde was described as a violent sexual predator with outstanding felony warrants in New York in an Amber Alert for Jackson and her daughter.

Telephone messages seeking comment from family members of Jackson and Wynn were not immediately returned.