Episcopalians forming rival denomination
WHEATON, Ill.: Conservatives alienated from the Episcopal Church said yesterday that they were founding a rival church denomination, the biggest challenge yet to the authority of the Episcopal Church since it ordained an openly gay bishop five years ago. The move threatens the fragile unity of the Anglican Communion, the world's third-largest Christian body, made up of 38 provinces around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England and its spiritual leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The conservatives intend to seek the approval of leaders in the global Anglican Communion for the province they plan to form. If they should receive broad approval, their effort could lead to new defections from the Episcopal Church, the American branch of Anglicanism.
Ex- generals press case on anti-terror policies
WASHINGTON: A dozen retired generals met with President-elect Barack Obama's top legal advisers yesterday, pressing their case to overturn some of the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies. Obama has criticized practices that he says amount to torturing detainees during interrogations and has promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among those who met with Eric H. Holder Jr., Obama's choice for attorney general, and Greg Craig, the incoming White House counsel, were Gen. Charles Krulak, a former Marine Corps commandant, and retired Marine Gen. Joseph Hoar, former chief of Central Command. The generals would like to see authority rescinded for the CIA to use harsh interrogation methods that go beyond those approved for use by the military; an end to the secret transfer of prisoners to other governments that have a history of torture; and the closing of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Ex-Gov. Bush shows interest in Senate seat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.: Still popular in Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush said yesterday that he's interested in the seat Sen. Mel Martinez is giving up, and the field of possible candidates could quickly narrow to make way for the president's younger brother. Bush, 55, won praise from Democrats and Republicans alike for leading the state through eight hurricanes over a two-year period. He used standardized testing to overhaul the education system, was credited with making government more efficient and lowered taxes to make Florida more business-friendly. While his elder brother, President George W. Bush, has been so unpopular that he has been a liability to many Republican candidates this year, Jeb Bush remains popular.
Pa. man gets 45 years in robbery, bomb plot
ERIE, Pa.: A man who took part in a bizarre bank robbery plot that turned deadly when a bomb affixed to the neck of a pizza deliveryman exploded was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison yesterday. Kenneth Barnes, 55, of Erie was "intimately involved" in the 2003 plot and not just a minor player, said U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin.