Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHAT CHANGES TO SEX-ABUSE LAWS COULD COST CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Associated Press finds that a wave of new laws in 15 states could result in at least 5,000 new cases against the church and more than $4 billion in payouts.
2. IMPEACHMENT INVITATION REJECTED
The White House has declared it will not participate in the first impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
3. BEIJING PUSHES BACK AGAINST WASHINGTON
China says it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction pro-democracy non-governmental organizations in retaliation for U.S. legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory.
4. FOREST FIRE DANGER SPARKS INNOVATION
A new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they can cause power outages or spark wildfires.
5. CHINA’S COMPLICATED ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD
It’s the top emitter of greenhouse gases and burns about half the coal used globally each year. But it’s also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and manufactures most of the world’s solar cells.
6. A CONCERT THAT TURNED TRAGIC, 40 YEARS LATER
Eleven people were killed in a frantic stampede of people trying to get into The Who’s Dec. 3, 1979, Cincinnati concert. Three were teens from Finneytown, Ohio. Neither the city nor the band have forgotten.
7. A CHALLENGING DANCE FOR A VISA
Ballroom dance studio owners say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors, and it’s hurting their businesses.
8. CAPTURING HISTORY BEFORE IT’S GONE
A group of U.S.-based scientists are rushing to document ancient indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coastline that date back a couple thousand years and are threatened by rising sea levels.
9. LEBANESE WOMEN PUSH BACK AGAINST RELIGIOUS LAWS
Lebanon’s many religious sects mean it has 15 sets of laws over such things as rules for marriage, divorce and child custody. Critics say it discriminates against women of all faiths, and recent protests have given them a platform.
10. MEASLES OUTBREAK DEVASTATES SAMOA
Most of the 53 people who have died during the epidemic on the South Pacific island have been babies and young infants, including 23 children aged less than 1 and 25 children between 1 and 4 years old.
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