At end of Vatican summit, major oil producers back carbon pricing

VATICAN CITY — Some of the world’s major oil producers pledged Friday to support carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid “perpetrating a brutal act of injustice” against the poor and future generations.

The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron, said in a joint statement at the end of a Vatican climate summit that governments should set such pricing regimes at a level that encourages business and investment, while “minimizing the costs to vulnerable communities.”

Navy chooses first woman to lead U.S. Naval War College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A helicopter pilot who heads a military command in Guam will be the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College, the Navy announced.

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Friday after the school’s graduation ceremony, calling her a “historic choice.”

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed this week after he came under scrutiny over allegations of excessive spending, abusing his hiring authority and other inappropriate behavior.

UK begins ban on advertising with harmful gender stereotypes

LONDON — Hapless husbands and housework-burdened moms were being banished from British advertising, as a crackdown on harmful gender stereotypes came into force Friday.

Under new rules, advertisements must not include “gender stereotypes which are likely to cause harm or serious or widespread offense.”

The Advertising Standards Authority said its aim is to remove such ads as those that contrast “caring” girls and “daring” boys, or mock men for carrying out stereotypically “female” tasks.

Indiana GOP congresswoman won’t run for re-election in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., announced Friday that she won’t seek re-election next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats’ plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district.

Brooks, who is one of only 13 female House Republicans and a leader of her party’s efforts to recruit more women, will retire when her term ends in 2020.

Baby dies weeks after being cut from mother’s womb, family says

CHICAGO — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, his family said.

Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died at Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn, Ill., from a severe brain injury. The baby had been on life support since being brought to the hospital April 23.

Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa, 46, claimed she had given birth to the baby. She and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa, are charged with murdering the baby’s mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Police said they expect both women will be charged with murder in the infant’s death.

— From wire reports

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