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Head of cancer charities targeted

– The Colorado attorney general says the man behind Boobies Rock and Say No 2 Cancer misled donors and customers around the country into thinking more of their money was going to breast cancer charities.

Attorney General John Suthers has filed a complaint saying Adam Cole Shryock sent only a little bit of money to legitimate cancer groups while using funds to buy a BMW, subscribe to an online dating service, and pay bar tabs.

Boobies Rock Inc. and Say No 2 Cancer have disabled their websites.

The Colorado complaint follows similar investigations by attorneys general in Indiana and Illinois.

1st black majority whip in House dies

Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress and was the first black to become majority whip, died Monday at 71.

Gray passed away suddenly Monday while in London with one of his sons to attend the Wimbledon tennis championships, said William Epstein, a former aide to Gray.

Born in Baton Rouge, La., Gray graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, N.J., before being elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1978. He served as chairman of the powerful budget committee and became the first African-American in the 20th century to become majority whip of the U.S. House.

Ex-Tiffany exec accused of theft

A former executive with Tiffany & Co. stole diamond and other jewelry from the company’s Manhattan headquarters and resold it for more than $1.3 million, U.S. authorities said Tuesday.

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun was arrested Tuesday at her home in Connecticut on charges of wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. She was later released on $250,000 bond at a brief appearance in federal court in Manhattan.

As vice president of product development, the 45-year-old Lederhaas-Okun had authority to “check out” jewelry from Tiffany to provide to potential manufacturers so they could calculate production costs. Authorities allege that after she left Tiffany in February, the company discovered she had checked out 164 items that were never returned.

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Abortion changes in works in Ireland

Ireland appeared on course to legalize abortion in limited circumstances as lawmakers voted Tuesday to support a bill that would permit a pregnancy to be terminated when deemed necessary to save a woman’s life.

Catholic leaders warned that the proposed law, which faces potential amendments this week and a final vote next week, was a “Trojan horse” designed to permit widespread abortion access in Ireland. But Prime Minister Enda Kenny insisted Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion would remain unaffected, and his government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill won backing in a 138-24 vote.

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