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Michigan priest guilty of embezzling from 3 other priests

A Lansing-area priest was convicted last week of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from other priests, the Michigan Attorney General's Office said.

David Rosenberg, 72, of DeWitt, was found guilty Friday by a Clinton County jury after a nine-day trial, the office said Monday.

He was convicted of three counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult-$100,000 or more, a 20-year felony; a count of false pretenses-$100,000 or more, a 20-year-felony; a count of false pretenses-$20,000 to $50,000, a 15-year felony; a count of perjury, a 15-year-felony; a count of uttering and publishing, a 14-year felony; and a count of larceny $20,000 or more, a 10-year-felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 18.

Authorities accused Rosenberg, the former director of the Lansing Catholic Diocese's St. Francis Retreat Center, of embezzling about $830,000 from three retired priests who lived at the facility from 2018-20. Rosenberg was the director of the center from 2015 until 2021, when he retired.

—The Detroit News

Train carrying over 100 tons of coal derails, spills into Northern California’s Feather River

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Union Pacific train carrying 118 tons of coal derailed Sunday due to a track defect and dumped its contents into and around Plumas County’s Feather River, according to railroad officials and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fifteen rail cars chugging west on tracks parallel to the Middle Fork Feather River in Blairsden derailed, spilling the fuel into the river. At least 14 rail cars tipped over or sustained damage, Fish and Wildlife officials said. At least one rail car fell into the water.

“Several cars lost the total payload and some cars partially released,” the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said in a report detailing the incident.

There were no injuries or evacuations reported in the derailment, which happened near Highway 70 on the Feather River Scenic Byway and Camp Layman Road, wrote Meg Ronspies, a Union Pacific spokeswoman. The train was headed to Portola.

—The Sacramento Bee

17% of US adults have noise-induced hearing loss. A new study uncovers a biologic reason


PITTSBURGH — It could be a band at a wedding, an explosion on a battlefield or the constant drone of machinery: In the United States, about 17% of adults have hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises.

Previously, little was known about the exact mechanism by which trauma from those noises led to hearing loss. In a scientific paper published Monday, a Pitt research team has solved part of that puzzle, tying that hearing loss to an excess of a form of zinc in the inner ear. By capturing some of that excess zinc in mice, the researchers were able to prevent hearing loss and even restore lost hearing.

"Hearing loss is a huge problem," said Thanos Tzounopoulos, professor and vice chair of research in the department of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. "This can hopefully provide some sort of preventative treatment."

The end goal, he said, would be a pill that could be taken preventively or soon after exposure to mitigate the damage.

—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Milei praises Pope in reversal after Vatican meeting

For Javier Milei, Pope Francis used to be “the devil’s man on Earth.” But now, after an encounter at the Vatican, the president praises the pontiff as “the most important” Argentine.

Milei’s U-turn, in a television interview to be broadcast Monday evening, sees him admitting that he’s been forced to change his tune.

“One of the things I have realized recently is that the Pope is the most important Argentine person in the whole of Argentina, he’s the leader of Catholics in the world,” Milei told Italian TV channel Retequattro in remarks released before the program.

“As a result, I had to reconsider some positions and, from that moment, we began to build a positive bond,” Milei said. The world’s two most powerful Argentines had traded barbs throughout the election that Milei won in a landslide in November. Milei called the pope a “filthy leftist” and accused him of interfering in the politics of his deeply-Catholic home nation.

—Bloomberg News


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