{FD} Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse.

{FD} Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.

{FD} Venezuelan first lady’s nephews sentenced to prison on drug charges

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for drug conspiracy convictions by a judge who said their ineptness at their criminal craft and otherwise crimeless background earned them leniency.

{FD} 9th Circuit opens sexual misconduct inquiry into famed judge

The chief judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused by six women of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments.

{FD} Michigan police probe remains of 3 children found in Montana

Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers.

{FD} Peru’s president faces calls to resign over murky payments

Opponents of Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski are calling on him to resign over payments he received a decade ago from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal.

{FD} Charlottesville car attack suspect gets murder charge upgraded

The Ohio man accused of driving a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville had his most serious charge upgraded to first-degree murder Thursday.

{FD} 2 will go to trial over 36 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire

Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday.

{FD} Man charged in Salvation Army worker death pleads not guilty

A Cleveland man charged in the fatal shooting of a Salvation Army worker and subsequent crimes has pleaded not guilty.

{FD} Report: 80 homeless people died on Portland streets in 2016

Eighty homeless people died on the streets in the Portland metropolitan area last year, adding to a tally of more than 350 people who have perished while homeless in the past six years, local authorities said Thursday.

{FD} Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. dies in Arizona at 96

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona.

{FD} North Carolina man arrested in fatal shooting of toddler

Authorities say a North Carolina man has been arrested in the shooting death of a toddler.

{FD} University of Houston fraternity indicted for hazing

The parent organization of a University of Houston fraternity was indicted on a hazing charge Thursday that alleges pledges were deprived of adequate food, water and sleep during a three-day event where one student was body slammed and sustained a lacerated spleen.

{FD} Feds say NY woman laundered bitcoin to aide Islamic State

A 27-year-old Long Island woman is facing federal charges of laundering bitcoin and other crypto currencies and wiring the money overseas to help Islamic State terrorists.

{FD} California man gets life in prison for suffocating 3 kids

A California man pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder for suffocating his three children and to attempting to kill his wife.

{FD} UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts

The U.N. Security Council is warning of “costs or consequences” for South Sudan’s government and opposition groups if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.

{FD} Dutch police: 2 dead in stabbings in southern city

Police in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht say two people have died and a number of people have been wounded in two stabbing incidents.

{FD} Inmates charged for guard attacks at 2 Arkansas prisons

Five inmates have been charged in unrelated attacks the same afternoon that injured guards at two Arkansas prisons and number among a string of violent disturbances in the state’s correctional facilities this year.

{FD} No charges for Louisiana deputy in man’s fatal shooting

A grand jury has declined to indict a sheriff’s deputy who stopped and fatally shot a man riding an all-terrain vehicle with his girlfriend in rural Louisiana.

{FD} Jury convicts woman of murder in teen’s starvation death

A jury has convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter.