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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest abuse trial to begin

A troubled son of a policeman who accuses two Roman Catholic priests and a teacher of raping him during boyhood is to testify at a Philadelphia trial this week -- and have his startling claims challenged for the first time. The man, identified by the pseudonym Billy in a 2011 grand jury report, testified in a landmark priest-abuse case last year. But in a strategic move, lawyers for the church official never cross-examined him. Msgr. William Lynn's lawyers doubted Billy's story, but they feared their questions would open the door for jurors to learn that one of the accused priests had taken a plea deal. Later, Lynn became the first U.S. church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse complaints. He's serving three to six years for endangering Billy's safety by moving the Rev. Edward Avery, a suspected pedophile, to another parish. The other two rape suspects go on trial Monday, and Billy's credibility may determine the outcome.


NATIONWIDE: Immigration plan awaited

President Barack Obama plans to push for a comprehensive immigration plan that includes a legislative solution to issues such as undocumented immigrants, administration officials say. "It's an economic imperative," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "If we bring these people, 11 million people, from out of the dark and into the light, it's about a $1.5 trillion impact to the U.S. economy." Administration officials said they will oppose efforts by Republicans to break immigration legislation into smaller bills.


TEXAS: Bush expected to leave hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush, hospitalized in Houston since November, may be released in the coming days, a family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Sunday. Bush's son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Saturday that his father, now 88, was expected to be released from the hospital on Monday, according to TCPalm.com. Bush was admitted Nov. 23 for bronchitis and was in intensive care with a fever. He is in a regular patient room now.

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