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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston will learn whether he faces prosecution Thursday when a state attorney announces the results of an investigation into a sexual assault allegation against the quarterback for top-ranked Florida State.
Pope Francis on Thursday formed a committee to fight child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in a landmark initiative after thousands of abuses and cover-ups, but campaigners said the new body would be "toothless". While the composition and precise tasks of the committee are yet to be established, the Vatican said it could vet future priests and establish codes of conduct and guidelines for responding to allegations. The announcement was made by US cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of the eight members of a new council of cardinals set up by Francis to advise him and on whose recommendation the committee is being set up. "The Holy Father has decided to constitute a committee for the protection of children," O'Malley said at a Vatican press conference, adding that the make-up of the new body would be announced "in the near future".
The European Central Bank held its key interest rate at a record low of 0.25 percent on Thursday, while raising its forecast for the eurozone's gradual recovery despite prolonged low inflation. Like central banks in the United States, Japan and elsewhere, the ECB has used super-low rates and injected liquidity into the financial system to encourage lending and thereby boost investment and consumer spending. ECB President Mario Draghi said the cheap money would keep flowing, reiterating that he expected "key rates to remain at present or lower levels for an extended period of time." The ECB maintained its forecast that the economy of the 17-member currency bloc would this year shrink 0.4 percent, but predicted 1.1 percent growth next year, up from an earlier forecast of 1.0 percent.