Catholic bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that had encouraged welcoming them with respect and delicacy. Paragraphs concerning divorce and remarriage also failed to pass.
Federal law enforcement officials familiar with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., told The New York Times that officer Darren Wilson feared for his life after the larger man punched him, then reached for his sidearm.
Two fresh attacks following the government's announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram dashed hopes for easing the violence in northeast Nigeria. At least one person was killed in the village of Abadam, and at least eight were killed in Dzur.
The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah National Guard are both investigating, after a risque video for a calendar was shot in part on military property in Utah and featured at least two National Guardsmen in their uniforms.
In an effort to lay a stronger political foundation to counter the Islamic State, the Iraqi parliament approved a Sunni Muslim as defense minister, and a Shi'ite as interior minister. Six Kurdish members of the cabinet were also sworn in.
On Friday, Mexican officials captured the leader of a gang called Guerreros Unidos, suspected of killing the 43 students missing since late September. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco Friday demanding the safe return of the students.
Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, after an argument over loud music. The judge cited Florida's stand your ground law in the sentencing, saying it has been misunderstood.
In documents related to the federal civil rights investigation into the incident, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson said he feared for his life during the confrontation with Michael Brown. Wilson said he and Brown struggled over his gun.
After announcing a deal with Boko Haram, a source close to the Nigerian presidency told Reuters the kidnapped Chibok girls may be released Monday or Tuesday. Boko Haram has not yet commented on the ceasefire.
U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin cautioned against expecting quick progress in the campaign against Islamic State militants. He predicted the jihadists will be 'much degraded' a year from now.
While most trekkers stranded in blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued, efforts to reach a few left behind continue. More than 200 people have been rescued by helicopter, or have taken shelter in nearby towns and villages.
Just days after tropical storm Fay damaged homes and downed trees and power lines, hurricane Gonzalo made landfall in Bermuda Friday night. Nearly all residents are without power, police have reported no deaths or serious injuries.
A federal judge in Arizona has struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and the US Supreme Court has turned away a request by Alaska officials seeking a stay of a federal court ruling striking down that state’s ban.