{FD} Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

The Kentucky lawmaker’s resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

{FD} Michigan man free on bond after 45 years in prison

A Detroit man whose 1971 murder conviction was thrown out has been released while prosecutors appeal a decision that grants him a new trial.

{FD} Family of ex-church member denies claims of childhood abuse

Family members of a man who broke with a controversial church based in rural North Carolina have released a video disputing that he was physically and emotionally abused throughout his childhood in the sect.

{FD} No charges in fatal shooting of Irma evacuee at hospital

A North Carolina prosecutor won’t charge police who fatally shot a 76-year-old evacuee from Hurricane Irma after the man fired shots inside a hospital where he sought treatment.

{FD} EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem

A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their “firm commitment” to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} San Antonio high school lockdown lifted, 1 detained

A teenager has been detained after officials say he threatened his ex-girlfriend in text messages that prompted a lockdown at a San Antonio high school.

{FD} The Latest: Lawyer ‘disappointed’ by death penalty decision

The Latest on two cousins charged with killing four young men found shot and buried on a Pennsylvania farm (all times local): 4:15 p.m.

{FD} Jury returns verdict in shooting death of Tennessee teenager

Jurors found one defendant guilty of first-degree murder and two others guilty on a lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder in connection with the 2015 death of a Tennessee teenager who shielded friends from gunfire.

{FD} 18-year-old held on charges of trying to aid Islamic State

A Houston 18-year-old accused of attempting to support the Islamic State organization will remain in federal custody until his trial next year.

{FD} Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit’s resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

{FD} Mexican front-runner sets cabinet ahead of presidential vote

Front-running presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented his proposed cabinet if he wins Mexico’s July 1 elections.

{FD} On run for years before capture, man convicted in slaying

A man who spent nearly eight years on the run after a slaying in Atlanta has been convicted and sentenced to prison.

{FD} Mexico ups benchmark lending rate ¼-point to 7.25 percent

Mexico’s central bank is raising its benchmark interest rate a quarter point to 7.25 percent to try to rein in inflation that continues to outpace targets.

{FD} California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.

{FD} Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet in Damond shooting

A Minnesota prosecutor says he doesn’t yet have enough evidence to charge a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed 911 caller this summer, blaming investigators who “haven’t done their job.”

{FD} As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

Tensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

{FD} EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in Ukraine.

{FD} The Latest: Officers saved by bulletproof vests released

The Latest on the shooting of two St. Louis-area police officers saved by their bulletproof vests (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Two suburban St. Louis police officers who were shot in their chests but saved by their bulletproof vests have been released from a hospital.

{FD} Russell Simmons: I will ‘defend’ myself following rape claims

Music mogul Russell Simmons says on Instagram that he will “begin to properly defend” himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women that he raped them.

{FD} Clashes break out as Argentines protest pension reform

Argentine police clashed Thursday with demonstrators protesting reforms to the retirement and pension system.