PENNSYLVANIA: Ex-college president is arraigned
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at a brief court appearance Wednesday in Harrisburg on charges he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Bail was set at $125,000, but Spanier was not required to post any of that amount. He was ordered to forfeit his passport and be fingerprinted. Defense attorney Elizabeth Ainslie told reporters her client is "not guilty, absolutely" and disputed prosecutors' claims Spanier conspired with university athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. Spanier, 64, was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy in his actions in response to complaints about Sandusky showering with children. Spanier is on paid leave as a member of the faculty.
WASHINGTON STATE: Massacre investigator testifies
A U.S. agent who investigated the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan earlier this year recounted the livid reaction of villagers and said Wednesday it was weeks before American forces could visit the crime scenes, less than a mile from a remote base. By that time, bodies had been buried and some bloodstains had been scraped from the walls, Special Agent Matthew Hoffman of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command said. It was the third day of a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Testimony from Afghan soldiers and villagers is scheduled at night the next two days.
MASSACHUSETTS: State pharmacy director fired
Director James D. Coffey of the state pharmacy board has been fired for ignoring a complaint that a company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak was shipping drugs in bulk, violating its state license. The New England Compounding Center was authorized only to fill prescriptions for specific patients. Board attorney Susan Manning was placed on administrative leave.