Pope's UK visit – Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests. Asked about the sexual abuse, the pope said it was inexplicable to him how a priest who has promised at his ordination to act in the person of Christ, as a good shepherd, could "fall into this perversion," CNS reported.
As the visit takes place, we'll be looking at several angles to the story including why the pope is making the visit to the UK; the stories of victims who urged Pope Benedict XVI to turn over information on abuse claims; a look at media reaction surrounding the visit; and the story of a woman who, by the end of the day, will have been blessed by two popes. We'll also be looking for your reactions and thoughts on the visits over at iReport. And you can check out our Belief Blog for even more coverage of the event.
Tropical weather – Tropical Storm Karl charged into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico early Thursday after whipping Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Tracking models show Karl becoming a hurricane before reaching the Mexican mainland late Friday. A storm becomes a hurricane when it is producing sustained winds of 75 mph.
Pilot fatigue – The House Aviation Subcommittee will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to consider new rules to counter concerns about pilot fatigue. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, fatigue has been linked to more than 250 fatalities in air carrier accidents over the past 15 years.
Jackson's mom suing promoter – Michael Jackson's mother filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing AEG Live of causing her son's death by pushing him to rehearse for his comeback concerts despite poor health. Katherine Jackson's suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that the concert production company controlled Jackson's health because it hired and directed Dr. Conrad Murray.
Murray faces trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge for giving the pop star drugs that the coroner ruled caused Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. The suit claims that Murray was "selected by, hired by, and controlled by AEG," a worldwide concert promotion and production company.