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The San Diego-based Third Fleet said Cmdr. Jay Wylie of the USS Momsen was relieved Wednesday because of “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” He was reassigned to a San Diego post.

A fleet spokeswoman, Lt. j.g. Beth Teach, said she didn’t have details about the allegations.

The Momsen is part of Destroyer Squadron 9, currently in homeport in Everett, Wash.

Cmdr. Wylie is the second Navy officer removed from a command in less than a week.

Capt. Donald Hornbeck, commander of Destroyer Squadron 1 in the Arabian Sea, was removed Saturday while the Navy investigates allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship.


Priest suspended over proposed transfer

CHICAGO | An activist Catholic priest who made headlines when he mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton during her presidential campaign was suspended by the Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday because of a disagreement over a proposed transfer from his South Side church.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger recently said that he would leave the church rather than be removed from St. Sabina Church, where he has been pastor for more than 30 years. Cardinal Francis George earlier this year offered Father Pfleger the presidency of a Catholic high school near the church.

“If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish,” Cardinal George wrote.

The cardinal said that while Father Pfleger has been suspended from his priestly duties, he retains the office of pastor while temporarily without permission to function.

Telephone calls to Father Pfleger for comment were not returned. However, in a statement read outside St. Sabina, associate pastor Kimberly Lymore said Father Pfleger has “given his life to this community.” She said Father Pfleger is “upset,” and “in shock, just as we all were.”


Sale of ‘bath salts’ drug banned

TRENTON | New Jersey has banned the sale and manufacture of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts,” which are snorted and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines.

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