Nation in brief
Compiled from Times wires
Catholic group asks for laws on abuse
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse, frustrated with Catholic bishops' recent revisions to an abuse prevention policy, said Saturday they will lobby legislators to enact protections because they cannot rely on the church to do the job.
"You're not going to reform the church, you have to rein it in," said Joe Gallagher of the Coalition of Catholics and Survivors. He said seeking legislative help is a "sizable shift in strategy" for the seven victims' groups that met for the first time Saturday.
The groups proposed reforms including the repeal of states' statutes of limitations for abuse cases and prison time for people who fail to comply with mandatory reporting laws.
Mother loses custody of boy, 8, over breast-feeding
URBANA, Ill. -- A judge gave the state legal guardianship Friday of an 8-year-old boy whose mother was breast-feeding him as recently as July.
Lynn Stuckey, 34, will retain custody of the boy. Judge John DeLaMar said she had not abused the boy, but made bad decisions that could cause him long-term emotional harm.
DeLaMar said Stuckey's most misguided decision was appearing on ABC's Good Morning America program to promote her philosophy of letting her son slowly wean himself from breast feeding. The program included footage of her breast-feeding the boy while reading to him.
Customers unhurt after deer bolts through grocery
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- A deer ran into a Kroger supermarket, scrambled in panic through the store for several minutes, then left through a back door.
Nobody was hurt and the store had only minor damage. The deer was hit by a van after it left the store, but it ran off before it could be evaluated, police said.
The deer entered the open front door Friday, and customer Valerie Belcher hugged a cashier as the panicked animal ran toward her.
"It was a buck, probably a six-pointer," Belcher said. "We watched it just jump right over us."
University ponders action after porn shot on campus
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University officials said they will review a pornographic movie shot on campus before deciding whether to take legal action.
A film crew from Shane Enterprises in Van Nuys, Calif., used several students in taping during a visit to IU in early October for Shane's World No. 32: Campus Invasion.
University officials ordered a police investigation Oct. 23 after receiving a complaint from a resident manager.
Administrators accused the company of exploiting students for financial gain, and sent a letter warning they would file charges if laws had been broken.
Shane Enterprises spokeswoman and actor Calli Cox said the students were at least 18 and had signed modeling releases. The movie is scheduled for release this week, Cox said.
GROUND BEEF: Fairbanks Farms, Ashville, N.Y.; 320,000 pounds of meat produced Nov. 5-6, has code "EST. 492" inside USDA inspection mark. Cause: Might be contaminated with E. coli. Illnesses reported: None. Action: Return to store.
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