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WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and China are scheduled to resume talks to try to back off an escalating trade war. Looming ahead at midnight Thursday are U.S. plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a move that would heighten tensions between the world’s two biggest economies and is roiling stock markets. Negotiations have been derailed amid U.S. accusations that the Chinese are reneging on commitments they made in previous sessions.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has issued a new law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. The church law is a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. It provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission claims that Facebook is exaggerating its success in staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts. The complaint even says that the social media company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats have escalated their legal battle with President Donald Trump’s administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler led a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena for the full report. Trump’s spokeswoman calls Nadler’s demands “unlawful and reckless” and says the White House and the Justice Department won’t comply with them.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) – Colorado high school student Brendan Bialy says his friend Kendrick Castillo “went out as a hero.” Bialy wrestled a gun away from one of two suspected shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday, after Castillo slammed one attacker against a wall and struggled with him. But shots rang out and Castillo was killed. Eight others, including Bialy, were wounded. Two students, ages 18 and 16, are facing charges in the attack.

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