DAMASCUS, Syria, June 22 (UPI) -- Armed militants were responsible for the killing 25 people in a village in Aleppo province, the official Syrian news agency said Friday.
Opponents of the government said the men were killed in an attack in Darat Izza by the Free Syrian Army, The New York Times reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group with headquarters in Britain, said a video it posted on YouTube proved the dead were members of the military or the Shabiha, the secretive pro-government militia, the opposition said.
Some of the bodies shown in the video were in military uniform and others in black garments typically worn by the Shabiha.
The opposition said at least 10 people were gunned down during Friday prayers in the city of Aleppo, the BBC reported.
The Syrian Arab News Agency said the 25 dead were among a larger group that had been kidnapped and that the bodies had been mutilated.
SANA and other official news media wouldn't say if those killed were in the military or the militia, calling them only "citizens."
Syria apologizes for shooting down plane
ANKARA, Turkey, June 22 (UPI) -- The two men in the crew of a Turkish military plane were rescued after it was shot down Friday in Syrian territorial waters, officials said.
Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan said the Syrian government had taken responsibility for shooting the plane down and had apologized, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The plane, an F-4 jet, left a base in the eastern province of Malatya at 10 a.m., officials said. The military lost contact with it about 2 hours later.
Sandusky jury gets readback of testimony
BELLEFONTE, Pa., June 22 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's trial Friday re-enacted testimony of a witness who said he saw Sandusky molesting a boy.
Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky and the boy in a Penn State shower stall, was the only witness to provide direct corroboration of the stories of men who say Sandusky victimized them when they were children. Jurors heard his testimony Friday with Joseph McGettigan, the lead prosecutor, reading the questions and another prosecutor reading the answers, ABC News reported.
They were also to hear testimony from a friend who said McQueary told him he did not see Sandusky and the boy engaged in sex.
Jurors began deliberations Thursday and discussed the case for about 7 hours before breaking for the night.
Judge John Cleland, who has sequestered the jury for deliberations, warned Thursday any reporter or news organization that reports the verdict before he excuses the jury, deals with lawyers' motions and adjourns court could face penalties, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported. Cleland said all members of the public and media must remain in the courtroom until he releases them.
Sandusky is charged with 48 counts of molesting boys he met through his Second Mile charity.
Lynn guilty of child endangerment
PHILADELPHIA, June 22 (UPI) -- Jurors in the sex-abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests Friday found Monsignor William J. Lynn guilty of one count of child endangerment.
The jury acquitted Lynn of conspiracy and a second endangerment charge and was deadlocked on attempted rape and endangerment charges against the Rev. James J. Brennan, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina declared a mistrial on Brennan's charges and excused the jury, the newspaper said.
The seven-man, five-woman jury reached their conclusions after 13 days of deliberations.
Lynn, 61, was the first U.S. church official to be tried for child endangerment in enabling or covering up sexual abuse by clergy. He was accused of allowing Brennan and another priest, Edward Avery, to continue working in parishes throughout the 1990s with the knowledge they were a danger to minors.
Avery pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy before the trial began and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison.
Bus monitor willing to wait for apology
GREECE, N.Y., June 22 (UPI) -- New York bus monitor Karen Klein who was bullied by four seventh grade boys says she wants an apology from the boys.
A 10-minute video of Klein being taunted by the boys was posted on YouTube this week and spawned a fundraising campaign titled "Let's Give Karen The Bus Monitor a Vacation." The drive brought in more than $500,000 to be donated to Klein, CBS News reported Friday.
However, Klein said she just wants an apology from the boys who bullied her to tears.
The boys' parents have apologized and said their children will be punished for the incident.
"There's no excuse. And we're going to get to the bottom of that but it really broke my heart and I shed a lot of tears thinking about that whole thing and I just want you to know that my family, all of us, are deeply saddened by this whole thing and we're going to get it right," said Robert Helm, the father of one Klein's bullies.
Klein said she understands the incident is still raw and she may not get an apology from the boys right away.
"I would rather wait a while," she said.
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