LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Kentucky-based priest is crisscrossing the United States, spreading the Gospel through acts of kindness. The pope named Father Jim Sichko to a fleet of papal missionaries of mercy three years ago. Pope Francis commanded the missionaries to go forth and bring joy, kindness and forgiveness to the world. Since then, Sichko has been traveling to all 50 states, buying strangers lunch or gas and doing other good deeds.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Fresno police chief is casting doubt on a California lawmaker's statements that his arrest on suspicion of child cruelty stemmed from spanking his daughter. The Fresno Bee reports Chief Jerry Dyer gave new details Thursday about Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula's Monday arrest. Dyer says the injury to Arambula's 7-year-old daughter was not on her buttocks. He didn't provide further details.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward. Judge James Donato said at the end of a hearing on Thursday that the lawsuit was not going away at this stage.

(AP) - Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Nancy Wilson has died. Her manager Devra Hall Levy tells The Associated Press that Wilson died peacefully after a long illness at her home in California. She was 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am."

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