Suu Kyi meets young activists
Worrying about military rule doesn't keep Aung San Suu Kyi up at night, but just a little bit of noise does. Myanmar's democracy leader offered a glimpse into her personal side Thursday when she took questions from young human rights activists. One asked what challenges keep the 67-year-old Nobel Peace laureate up at night. Suu Kyi confided that's she's a very light sleeper, that every little noise disturbs her, but serious issues, of which the former prisoner has encountered many, usually don't. She was speaking to a gathering organized by Amnesty International USA a day after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal. In the House of Representatives, legislation to ease another restriction on the United States providing aid to Myanmar was backed. The bill, which still has to pass the Senate, would allow the United States to provide aid through the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
PENNSYLVANIA: Penn State hires 9/11 lawyer
The lawyer who ran the Sept. 11 victim fund and other major victim compensation efforts has been hired by Penn State University in its effort to settle personal injury claims related to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's molestation. Penn State said Thursday it retained the Washington, D.C., law firm led by Ken Feinberg for what the university described as an effort to resolve all litigation, including claims that have not been filed, by the end of the year. At least four lawsuits are in the works against Penn State over Sandusky, who is scheduled to be sentenced next month for sexually abusing 10 boys.
OKLAHOMA: Abuse charges at megachurch
A 17,000-member megachurch has been rattled by allegations that five employees waited two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl in a campus stairwell, allegedly by a church worker. Tulsa police say the girl is among at least three victims of alleged sex crimes by two former employees of Victory Christian Center who face criminal charges. Police said the ministry's pastor, Sharon Daugherty, whose daily broadcasts are beamed via satellite to more than 200 countries, knew about the allegations, but trusted employees to follow in-house policies on such incidents.