Michigan

Sex abuse charges for five former priests

Michigan law enforcement officials made their first arrests in a statewide investigation into Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse, the state’s attorney general announced. Five former priests have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, Attorney General Dana Nessel said. But hundreds, or even thousands, of alleged victims could still remain across the state, she said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. We anticipate many more charges and arrests.”

Missouri

Restrictive abortion bill signed into law

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. Women who terminate their pregnancies cannot be prosecuted. The measure includes exceptions for medical emergencies. A legal challenge is expected.

France

13 people are injured in blast near bakery

At least 13 people, including a child, were injured when a suspected explosive device went off near a bakery in the central French city of Lyon, local officials said. The precise nature of the device was not immediately clear, and there were no claims of responsibility. But President Emmanuel Macron, in a live interview on YouTube, called it an “attack,” and the Paris prosector’s office said it had opened a terrorism investigation.

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