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Delegates to a special Episcopal convention of California's divided, Central Valley diocese elected a bishop loyal to the US Epis-copal Church to replace the deposed leader of the 47-church diocese. In December, the diocese voted to leave the Episcopal church when the body named its first openly gay bishop, but new diocesan leader, Bishop Jerry Lamb, (above), immediately called for a dialogue about including homosexuals in local congregations.

ICF International of Fairfax, Va., a private contractor involved in distributing grants to homeowners seeking to rebuild after hurricane Katrina, wants to hire a separate company to collect millions in grant overpayments, according to the Associated Press. The company, which is under investigation for the compensation it received, estimates it may have overpaid a total of $175 million in federal funds.

Former Gov. Don Siegelman (D) of Alabama was released from a federal prison in Oakdale, La., late last week after serving nine months of a seven-year sentence on corruption charges. An appellate court ordered him released while his conviction is being contested.


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