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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am

Nation/World

Board urges safety gear for motorcycles

News services

DETROIT – A federal safety agency is recommending that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment.

The National Transportation Safety Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to make the recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has authority to impose regulations.

During a public hearing Tuesday, the NTSB said that while the technology is required on passenger cars, it has lagged for motorcycles, and requiring it would save lives.

DC cardinal will talk to pope about job

Washington's archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has faced mounting calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse cases, wrote Tuesday that he will soon discuss with Pope Francis the possibility of stepping down as leader of Washington's Catholic Church.

Wuerl did not say in his letter to priests whether he will ask Francis to accept his resignation, which he submitted three years ago at the customary retirement age of 75. But he acknowledged that many among the faithful have questions about their bishops' ability to lead them to healing due to the huge sexual abuse crisis in the church.

NH Democrats choose candidates

New Hampshire Democrats on Tuesday nominated a former state senator who emphasized her single-mom background as governor and a gay man who worked his way up through local politics as their nominee for Congress in a key swing district.

Former state Sen. Molly Kelly defeated former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and will face Republican Gov. Chris Sununu in November. Executive Councilor Chris Pappas won an 11-way race for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District, where Democrat Carol Shea-Porter's decision to step down resulted in a swarm of candidates seeking to replace her. They included Levi Sanders, son of Vermont senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who came up short.

Manafort discussing plea in 2nd case

Days before in-person jury selection is set to begin in his second trial, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is in talks with the special counsel's office about a possible plea deal, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.

The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that the negotiations may not result in a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is prosecuting Manafort for alleged money laundering and lobbying violations.