Carcinogen turns up in 35 cities' water systems

WASHINGTON — An environmental group that analyzed the drinking water in 35 cities around the country found that most contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen that was made famous by the film "Erin Brockovich."

The study, which will be released Monday by the Environmental Working Group, is the first nationwide analysis of hexavalent chromium in drinking water to be made public.

It comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to set a limit for hexavalent chromium in tap water.

The agency is reviewing the chemical after the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, deemed it a "probable carcinogen" in 2008.

Catholic church defrocks NY priest

NEW YORK — A Roman Catholic tribunal has defrocked a monsignor who once led fundraising for the Archdiocese of New York after deciding he had molested a teenage student in the 1980s. The archdiocese announced the decision regarding Monsignor Charles Kavanagh on Friday.

Kavanagh insists he is innocent. His sister and lawyer, Ann Mandt, says the church's decision was an attempt to cover up its mishandling of other sex abuse cases by cracking down on an innocent man.

Accused Ore. bomber in protective custody

PORTLAND, Ore. —Authorities say the 19-year-old man accused in an alleged plot to bomb Portland's holiday tree lighting ceremony is being kept away from other prisoners.

Multnomah County sheriff's Chief Deputy Michael Shults tells the Oregonian that Mohamed Mohamud is in protective custody at the downtown Justice Center jail, but there is no known threat against him.

Shults says a lot of jail inmates had friends and relatives at the Nov. 26 lighting ceremony.

CNN to host GOP presidential debate

WASHINGTON — CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary debate next year with Tea Party Express, a political action committee that featured Sarah Palin at its events and is now raising money for a new advertising campaign against President Obama.

The cable news network announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Sacramento-based organization to co-host a debate in Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, during the first week of September.