Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
Catholic archdiocese in New Mexico, facing abuse cases, to file for bankruptcy
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, will file for bankruptcy protection as it faces litigation arising from accusations of sexual abuse by clergy, its archbishop said on Thursday. The move comes nearly three months after New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas requested Catholic church officials in the state, including the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, provide his office with documents related to possible abuse by priests.
Search for remains in California's deadliest wildfire officially ends
Three weeks after flames incinerated most of a Northern California town in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, the search for more human remains has officially ended with at least 88 people confirmed dead and nearly 200 still listed as missing. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said he was optimistic that some who remain unaccounted for will turn up alive, but he also left open the possibility that "bones or bone fragments" of additional victims could turn up as evacuation zones are reopened to civilians.
California regulator orders PG&E to implement safety recommendations
California's top utilities regulator on Thursday ordered the embattled power utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co to implement safety recommendations the agency's staff outlined in an independent third-party report. The move by the California Public Utilities Commission comes as it investigates the cause of the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, in the state's deadliest-ever wildfire.
Police arrest suspect in Black Friday shooting at Alabama mall
Police in Georgia on Thursday arrested a suspect in a shooting that wounded two people at an Alabama mall and left another man dead after he was apparently mistaken for the gunman during Black Friday sales, federal officials said. The case drew wide attention after police in Alabama said an officer had killed the gunman at the Riverchase Galleria near Birmingham, but then said the dead man was likely not to blame and that the actual shooter remained at large.
California Democratic Party chair resigns amid sexual misconduct investigation
The chairman of the California state Democratic Party said on Thursday he would resign amid allegations that he engaged in unspecified sexual misconduct with party staffers. Eric Bauman, a key player in Democrats' recent electoral successes in the state, has said in recent days that he regretted pain his behavior had caused others. He did not specify the allegations against him but he also did not deny them.
Murder trial begins for driver in Virginia white nationalist rally
The man who plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at last year's white nationalist rally in Virginia had every intention to kill, a prosecutor told jurors on Thursday as James Fields' murder trial got underway. "It was willful, premeditated murder," prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said in Charlottesville Circuit Court, where Fields, 21, is facing a possible life sentence.
Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build 'super-soldiers'
The U.S. Army is investing millions of dollars in experimental exoskeleton technology to make soldiers stronger and more resilient, in what experts say is part of a broader push into advanced gear to equip a new generation of "super-soldiers." The technology is being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp with a license from Canada-based B-TEMIA, which first developed the exoskeletons to help people with mobility difficulties stemming from medical ailments like multiple sclerosis and severe osteoarthritis.
Trump demand that asylum seekers wait in Mexico may turn on legal clause
U.S. President Donald Trump's unprecedented proposal to keep migrants waiting in Mexico while seeking U.S. asylum will likely face challenges that it endangers refugees and denies them due process, and may be decided by an obscure provision of U.S. immigration law. Last week, Trump said that migrants who seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border would stay in Mexico until their claims were individually approved in U.S. courts, although Mexico's incoming government denied they had struck any deal.
Handful of caravan migrants launch hunger strike at U.S. border
A handful of the thousands of Central American migrants camped out at the U.S.-Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way. Members of the 6,000-strong caravan, mostly migrants from Honduras, have been sleeping outdoors, on cold floors or on mats in an overcrowded shelter since they arrived in Tijuana city across the border from San Diego, California, three weeks ago.
Two toddlers shot in front of Mississippi hospital, expected to survive
Two toddlers in a car were hit by gunfire from another vehicle in front of a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday and were in stable condition at the medical facility, police said. The incident, in front of University of Mississippi Medical Center, was first reported to police as a possible mass shooting in progress, Jackson Police Chief James Davis told reporters.
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