AG refers 12 former clergy for prosecution
The Missouri attorney general will refer a dozen men who previously served as Catholic clergy for potential criminal prosecution, his office announced after a yearlong statewide investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The investigation found that 163 priests or clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors. About 80 of the accused men are now deceased, and 16 were previously referred for local prosecution.
Young mom acquitted of killing newborn
A young Ohio mother who prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard just days after her senior prom so that she could keep her “perfect life” was acquitted of murder. Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, began shaking and sobbing while a judge read the not guilty verdicts on aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges. She was, however, found guilty of corpse abuse, and she was sentenced to three years’ probation on that charge.
Yak escapes on way to the butcher shop
Authorities in Virginia said a yak escaped on its way to the butcher shop, avoiding officers and citizens trying to lure it back into a trailer. Nelson County Animal Control officer Kevin Wright said the yak named Meteor crossed a busy highway and avoided officers trying to capture it by heading for the mountains. The yak was last spotted Wednesday at an inn, where the owners tried unsuccessfully to lure it into a trailer using treats.
Assange must remain in prison, judge rules
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, must remain in prison until an extradition hearing next year, a judge in London ruled, citing a “history of absconding,” according to British news agencies. Assange had been scheduled to be released next week after serving a sentence for jumping bail in 2012 and taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy rather than accepting extradition to Sweden to face a rape accusation. He is wanted in the U.S., where he faces charges of conspiracy to hack government computers, and of obtaining and publishing secret documents in 2010.
Hospital fire kills at least 11 patients
At least 11 patients were killed in a fire that engulfed a private hospital in Rio de Janeiro, officials said. The suspected cause of the fire at Badim Hospital was a generator that short-circuited, according to investigators. The blaze was the latest in a series of fires that have raised questions about hazardous conditions in buildings in the city. In January, 10 teenagers died after a fire consumed the dormitory of a soccer training center.
Pope will visit Asian nations in November
Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November. The last pope to visit Japan was the late St. Pope John Paul II in 1981. He was also the last pope to visit Thailand, in 1984.