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November 2, 2002

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Detroit: 83-year-old priest pleads no contest

A Roman Catholic priest who admitted molesting at least a dozen boys going as far back as the 1940s pleaded no contest Friday to sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy.

Robert Burkholder, 83, who lives in Leeward Oahu, Hawaii, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation. He also must register as a sex offender.

In August, Burkholder was charged with engaging in sexual conduct with the boy while the pair vacationed in Hawaii in 1986. The trip was an eighth-grade graduation present to the boy, prosecutors said.

California: Stuntman's body found

The body of a stuntman who had been missing since parachuting into the Pacific Ocean during filming of a Bruce Willis movie was recovered Friday, officials said.

The body of Michael Barber, 39, was found on a beach about 180 miles north of Los Angeles, said Lt. L.R. Davis of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

Barber of Phoenix disappeared Tuesday after jumping with eight other skydivers from an airplane 14,000 feet above the ocean.

All were supposed to land on a beach, but Barber and another skydiver landed in deep water about 300 yards offshore. The other skydiver was rescued.

Divers and searchers in a helicopter suspended their rescue efforts late Wednesday and officials started a search for his body, which was found on a beach near where he was supposed to land.

The crew from Revolution Studios was filming scenes for a movie tentatively titled "Tears of the Sun," officials said.

Willis, who was not at Tuesday's filming, plays the commander of a military unit sent to Africa on a search-and-rescue mission.

Pennsylvania: Infant formula recalled

Wyeth Nutrition announced Friday that it was recalling nearly 1 million cans of powdered infant formula sold nationwide under various store brands after a bacterium was found in samples taken at a manufacturing plant.

The brands being recalled include: Baby Basics, CVS, Home Best, Healthy Baby, Kozy Kids, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Little Ones, Parent's Choice, Safeway Select and Walgreen's.

The cans have expiration dates stamped on the bottom ranging from July 28, 2005, to Sept. 28, 2005. The products were made between July 12 and Sept. 25.

Samples of the milk- and soy-based products tested at the plant in Georgia, Vt., found low levels of Enterobacter sakazakii, a bacterium commonly found in the environment.

No illnesses have been reported in anyone who ingested the Wyeth infant formula.

Consumers can return the cans to the place of purchase or call 888-526-5376 for information.

Atlanta: Hotel guests billed hundred times more

Thousands of guests at Holiday Inns and their sister hotels were billed amounts that even room service, pay-per-view movies and a few stolen towels couldn't explain: $6,500 to $21,000 per night.

A credit processing error dropped the decimal point in bills for about 26,000 people staying at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza hotels last week. The guests were charged 100 times what they owed.

A charge of $100, for example, ballooned to $10,000, bursting the credit limits of many cardholders and temporarily overdrawing the bank accounts of customers who paid with debit cards.

Atlanta-based Six Continents Hotels, which owns the three chains, said the glitch showed up on bills from Oct. 24 through Sunday. It affected less than half the chains' U.S. customers.

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