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Saliirday, January 14. 2006 Tlie Diipalih mid The Rut Wand Arum C3 WorldNation i Investigator: Inmate who killed child-molesting priest hoas ted of act Druce considered himself a savior i lift fZx Severe storms, tornadoes in South kill 1, injure 13 BAKER, Fla. (AP) Severe storms and tornadoes swept across two states Friday, killing a woman in Alabama, damaging dozens of homes, and tearing a section of roof off a Florida school where 13 children were injured, authorities said. The children at Baker School had minor cuts and bruises, said Ken Wolf, emergency management director for Okaloosa County A nearby post office and several mobile homes were also damaged in the A 58-year-old woman from Conecuh County, was killed in her home by a chimney collapse. 'It 'S im WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -The inmate on trial for strangling a child-molesting defrocked priest, John Geoghan, considered himself a savior of abused youngsters, an investigator testified Friday. Lt. Edward Hammond, an internal affairs investigator for the state Department of Correction, interviewed inmate Joseph Druce after Geoghan's slaying in August 2003. He said Druce told him he had been ordained as a minister through the mail and used to sit with Geoghan in their cell block talking about religion. Geoghan was 68 when he died while serving a nine- to 10-year sentence for groping a 10-year-old boy. He had been accused in lawsuits of molesting 150 youngsters and was a central figure in Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal. Druce's lawyer, John LaChance, doesn't dispute that Druce strangled, beat and stomped on Geoghan at the Souza-Baranowski prison but argues Druce shouldn't be held criminally responsible because he was mentally ill. Under cross-examination by LaChance, Hammond said Friday that Druce told him he thought he was doing the right thing. "He was portraying himself essentially as the savior of the kids for having killed Geoghan?" Druce's attorney asked. "He was boastful of his actions and said he did it for the kids," Hammond said. "He thought what he was doing was morally right?" said LaChance. "Right," Hammond replied. Hammond also testified about a diary found in Druce's cell after Geoghan's death. Reading from one entry dated four days before the killing, he said: "Mind racing. Can't read and concentrate. Can't write a letter. Subjects jumping back and forth." Earlier, Hammond testified that Druce appeared "pleased with himself" as he gave a confession shortly after guards pulled him from Geoghan's cell. "I killed the child molester," Hammond said Druce boasted. "He won't touch any more kids." Joy Charon, a nurse's assistant in the prison hospital unit, testified Friday that Druce received "lots of fan mail" after Geoghan's killing. Druce, 40, unsuccessfully used an insanity defense during his 1989 trial for the killing of a man who allegedly made a sexual advance toward him after picking Druce up hitchhiking. Geoghan's case helped set off the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church after court records were unsealed showing that Boston Archdiocese officials allowed him to continue having contact with children even after the abuse allegations surfaced. 1 .3 4 Ur -5 Panhandle town, about 50 miles northeast of Pensacola, the National Weather Service reported. In the small community of Belleville, at least 18 homes and the fire department building were damaged or destroyed by an apparent tornado, state Emergency Management Agency director Bruce Baughman said. The Conecuh County, sheriff's office confirmed the death of a woman who was killed in her home by a chimney collapse. Betty Williams, 58, had just returned from the store, her daughter, Cynthia Williams, told The Associated Press. She had entered the house, put her purse down on the table and returned to unload the car. "The wind pushed the chimney down and crushed her. It didn't last but a minute," the daughter said. -3" rSsftr MHniew Ill Associated Press Bob and Theresa Hulion hold one another in front of their damaged home after a tornado hit in Friday. FDA warns consumers to avoid Brazilian diet pills 'V; .1 fc 1 ft' i like Librium and Prozac. Their use can lead to serious side effects or injury, the FDA said. The active ingredient in Librium, chlordiazepoxide, can be habit-forming. Another ingredient in the pills, Fenproporex, is a stimulant that the body converts to amphetamine. Users of the diet pills have flunked drug tests after their urine tested positive for amphetamines, said Terry Hall, laboratory director of Toxicology Testing Service Inc. in Miami. WASHINGTON (AP) The FDA warned consumers Friday not to use two illegal Brazilian diet pills because testing has revealed they may contain tranquilizers, antidepressants and stimulants. The pills are sold over the Web as Emagrece Sim, or the Brazilian Diet Pill, and Herbathin, the Food and Drug Administration said. The pills are billed as all-natural but may contain active ingredients, including controlled substances, normally found only in prescription drugs Nationwide minutes Volcano in Alaska erupts 4 more times it did not expect a heavy accumulation of ash. Some schools on the Kenai Peninsula closed, affecting about 2,500 students. Anchorage was in no danger. The eruptions, nearly five hours apart, Mowed two bursts from the volcano on Wednesday. Those earlier eruptions were the volcano's first in 20 years. On the Net: Alaska Volcano Observatory:; Weather Service: http:pafc.arh.noaa.govaugus-tine.php ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A volcano on an uninhabited island 180 miles from Anchorage erupted four more times Friday, sending plumes of ash more than six miles into the sky Airplanes were warned to keep at least five miles away from Augustine Volcano. 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