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This article was published August 2, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

Pope Francis, who last week joined Vatican workers for lunch at their cafeteria, slipped out of the Vatican for his second drop-in, surprise luncheon, visiting his fellow Jesuits at their headquarters on the feast day of their founder, St. Ignatius Loyola.

John Tefft, a career diplomat who had been the American ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania, was confirmed by the Senate as the United States' ambassador to Russia, filling a post that had been vacant since February.

Eric Holder, the attorney general, cautioned during a speech in Philadelphia against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that can be unfair to members of minority groups.

President Barack Obama signed a bill that would make it legal for consumers to open the digital locks on their cellphones so they could more easily switch wireless carriers.

Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-Detroit mayor serving a prison sentence for public corruption, was ordered, along with a former fraternity brother, to pay the federal government nearly $700,000 for accepting lavish gifts from a businessman in exchange for preferential treatment in pension deals.

Chester Turner, 47, who was convicted of murdering 14 women in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998 and is believed to be one of at least three men now blamed for some of the more than 100 killings of women during that era, was given additional death sentences for four killings linked to him through DNA testing while he was on death row.

Aaron J. Evenson, 24, of Troy, Mo., faces a felony assault charge, accused of breaking the nose of another person who went to the defense of a cat that the victim said Evenson had beaten repeatedly.

Alexandra Mae Van Kirk, a 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents, is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect.

Enkhchimeg Ulziibayar Edwards, 36, a federal customs officer assigned to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, has been charged with attempting to thwart an investigation of a sham marriage that she arranged between a friend of hers and a Mongolian citizen more than a decade ago, authorities said.

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