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Jones Execution Carried Out In 14 Minutes

Jack Harold Jones and Marcel Wayne Williams were among eight inmates set for execution in April before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month. Jones was calm as he made a rambling final statement while strapped to the gurney, saying he tried to become a better person and apologizing to Lacey, a daughter of his victim, 34-year-old Mary Phillips, the paper said, citing media witnesses in the death chamber. Read More »

State Department names former Fox News anchor as spokeswoman

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The U.S. Department of State has appointed Heather Nauert as its new spokeswoman. A Fox News journalist has joined the State Department as new spokesperson. She also has D.C. experience, working as a government affairs consultant on health insurance, tax and Social Security issues, according to her Fox News bio. Read More »

Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

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Jones had acknowledged his guilt in the 1995 murder and rape of Mary Phillips, a 34-year-old bookkeeper who was found with a coffee-pot cord tied around her neck at her office. The meal requested by Jones was three pieces of fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three Butterfinger bars, a chocolate milkshake with Butterfinger bits and fruit punch, according to the Arkansas Times . Read More »

David Fizdale is now taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard

They finished 16 of 28 (57.1 percent). "I don't know . Those two turnovers, and then the mistake defensively where Marc [Gasol] got the three-pointer at the top, and all of a sudden, it was a nine-point game". In Portland, Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Trail Blazers. Read More »

Arkansas Carries Out the Country's First Double Execution in 17 Years

His execution followed Ledell Lee , who was put to death Thursday, April 20. Jones was convicted in 1996 of raping and strangling Mary Phillips and attempting to murder her 11-year-old daughter. Both men died from lethal injections administered at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Cummins Unit. Jones had fried chicken, potato logs, beef jerky bites, Butterfinger bars and a chocolate milkshake. Read More »

Arkansas executes two convicted killers amid concern over 'torturous' injection

Marcel Williams, convicted for the 1994 rape and killing of Stacy Errickson, was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. (0233GMT Tuesday), 17 minutes after the procedure began. The Unites States saw its previous double execution in Texas in 2000. Lacey Phillips regained consciousness as police photographers took pictures of the crime scene, CNN reported. Read More »

Obama avoids Trump, talks unity and youth during Chicago return

Obama has largely stayed out of the public eye since leaving office in January despite efforts by Trump and the Republican-led Congress to undo much of his legacy, including on healthcare and the environment. He noted several problems - economic inequality, the nation's criminal justice system, climate change and gun violence. Obama said he effectively "lucked out" in his 2004 run for the U.S. Read More »

Flood warnings, advisories issued for Arkansas after storms

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In Bluefield, the weather service predicted rainfall which could be heavy at times. The storm is moving east at 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, and brings wind gusts of up to 60 mph with quarter size hail. As of 4 a.m., the high water receded. Excessive ponding on roads will be an issue for the morning commute tomorrow, and some roads may become impassible. Read More »

US Justice Department Intensifies Efforts Against Sanctuary Cities

The Justice Department sent a letter to a number of cities and states - including California - that demands they provide legal justification for non-cooperation by June 30 or risk the loss of federal funding. One of the first executive orders issued by President Trump in his first week at the White House is a directive on tougher policies and implementation aimed at illegal immigration. Read More »

White House defends transparency after reversal on visitors log

Bush. Hundreds of thousands of visitors take entry to the White House annually. The announcement by President Trump is a disappointment to both conservative and liberal watchdog groups. Just this week, the Trump administration was slapped with a lawsuit over its secrecy policy. However, the Obama administration did include records on how many names were withheld, and later released their names once the information was no longer considered sensitive. Read More »

Donald Trump to keep list of White House visitors secret

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN ), and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD ) were among those who spoke up. The Trump campaign committee, Donald J. Trump for President Inc., raised $7.1 million during the first three months of 2017, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. Read More »

Trump ramps up pressure on Democrats over border wall funding

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Building the wall was Trump's signature campaign promise, and the White House appeared determined to get Congress to approve a down payment as part of a bigger bill to keep the USA government funded. "If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday in a conference call with reporters, referring to Democratic and Republican budget negotiators. Read More »

Trump Has Hard Time With "Buy American, Hire American"

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President Trump on Tuesday signed the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, which will make it harder for American companies to hire employees from foreign countries willing to work for less money than Americans. According to a few U.S. reports, a larger part of the H-1B visas each year is gotten by Indian IT experts. Why shouldn't we try and hire American workers as much as possible, and yes, buy American products as much as we can? Robert Atkinson, president of the Information ... Read More »

Hundreds rescued from the Mediterranean, at least 6 dead: aid organizations

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The rest of the asylum seekers were picked up by the coastguard, the Phoenix-run by the Maltese Migrant Offshore Aid Station-the German NGO Sea Eye and the German Jugend's Iuventa. Dozens of Mediterranean rescue operations throughout Sunday spotted around 2,000 refugees, according to the Italian coastguard's estimate. "This weekend is set to be the latest marker in the record-breaking escalation of this ongoing humanitarian crisis at sea", Moas said. Read More »

Steve Stephens found dead inside vehicle in Erie, Pa.

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Acting on a tip from the McDonald's, state troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his auto to try to get it to stop, authorities said. "We have a lot more to do", Mark Zuckerberg said. The Ford Fusion did a half-turn and came to rest at the curb.Police were starting to get out of their cruisers when "I heard a shot". Read More »

Trump signs executive orders for tax overhaul

Mulvaney said . The White House sought to build some momentum on Friday with an effort to examine and potentially dismantle some of Obama's tax and financial regulations. One reason why overhauling the tax code is so hard is because it is very hard to do it without dramatically widening the deficit. They would need at least 60 votes to get such a tax measure through. Read More »

Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

The complaint notes that UC Berkeley "was once known as the 'birthplace of the Free Speech Movement'". The organizations accuse the school of having an unwritten policy that gives officials the power to "unreasonably restrict the time, place, and manner of any campus event involving 'high-profile speakers.'" As a result, they say, the school marginalizes "the expression of conservative viewpoints on campus by any notable conservative speaker". Read More »

Washington: Trump to mark 100th day with big rally

Instead, Trump announced Saturday morning via Twitter that he will be holding a rally next weekend in Pennsylvania . That's the same time White House correspondents will be sitting down for dinner at the Washington Hilton, an annual event traditionally attended by the president. Read More »

Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

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Security Council. "I expect we'll likely finish at US$1.0950 on the day", Mr Rochester said; market will likely fully price in the outcome of the second round today in favour of Mr Macron. Marine Le Pen got through the first round of the French election. Despite Macron's plans to "relaunch the building of Europe", the combined scores of staunch eurosceptics Le Pen, far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon and nationalist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan add up to almost 50 percent. Read More »

No. 10 Auburn baseball hammers 16th-ranked Hogs, 11

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The Razorbacks drop to 32-10 and 12-6 in conference play. After allowing two runs on one hit and three walks in just a third of an inning Saturday, Auburn lefty reliever Andrew Mitchell (5-1) picked up the win Sunday. Allowing his only run in the game in the seventh inning, Mitchell pitched a scoreless eighth to give the Tigers the momentum heading back to the dish. Read More »

Nearing 100-day mark, Trump says milestone not 'meaningful'

But the Post dramatically submerged a comparison of just how unpopular Trump was: He still beats Hillary Clinton in a 2017 matchup. During the election, Trump of course won the electoral college, while Clinton won the popular vote. The poll did ask what people thought about Trump's approach to North Korea, with 46 percent saying he is handling it "about right". The RealClearPolitics average of 12 major polls puts Trump's approval rating at 42.3% and his disapproval rating at ... Read More »

Syria still has chemical weapons, United States defense secretary says

He said: 'There can be no doubt in the worldwide community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all. The file of the "chemical" was also part of a telephone call between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday night. Read More »

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles

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The president did not provide any details about the coming measure, but noted that it would contain a " massive tax cut " for individuals and businesses. Pelosi argued that when Trump during his campaign promised to build a wall, he never indicated he would "pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall on to the taxpayer". Read More »

Abe, Trump reaffirm commitment to deal with North Korea military threat

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When asked what would happen if North Korea tests another missile or nuclear device, Haley told NBC: "I think then the president steps in and decides what's going to happen". Recent U.S. commercial satellite images indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, and third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un has said the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". Read More »

Trump administration helps free detained aid worker in Egypt

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Her name is Aya Hijazi, and her attorney credits Trump for securing both her freedom and return to the U.S. Aya Hijazi sits reading a book inside a holding cell as she faces trial on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests at a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on March 23, 2017. Read More »

Idaho unemployment drops to 3.5 percent

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Boulder County's 2 percent unemployment rate in March was down from 2.8 percent in February; Larimer County, 2.1 percent, down from 3 percent; Broomfield County, 2.3 percent, down from 3.1 percent; and Weld County, 2.4 percent, down from 3.3 percent. Read More »

Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions

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Jack Jones Jr. says his lethal injection could be cruel and unusual because he is diabetic and overweight. One denied a stay of execution to Williams, saying that the eighth circuit court of appeals had jurisdiction in the case. Lawyers for Williams say he weighs 400 pounds and it will be hard to find a vein for lethal injunction, so the drugs are unlikely to work as intended. Read More »

Judge Neil Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution

He was accompanied by his wife Louise, who held the Bible, and his two daughters. Gorsuch will take part in the court's next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17. It is the first time in the history of the Supreme Court that a sitting justice will serve with a justice who had been his clerk. Justice Gorsuch shares Justice Scalia's judicial philosophy and we are confident he will rule to overturn the illegitimate marriage decision. Read More »

Arkansas Fights to Move Forward With Executions

The Republican governor had set an aggressive schedule of eight executions by the end of April, when the state's supply midazolam, a key lethal injection drug, expires. This is the third execution to be blocked of the eight scheduled in a time span that's unprecedented in the modern era, the Guardian reports, and sets the stage for more dramatic fights in the cases of those to be executed later this week. Read More »

As first 100 days dwindle, Trump has tough week ahead

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President Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled U.S. Democrats, however, made clear they're staunchly against the wall and won't be budging. White House officials are giving out conflicting details of a tax plan that President Donald Trump has promised will be released on Wednesday, a media report said. Read More »

Mattis: 'No doubt' Syrian regime has chemical weapons

She said Canada was helping with an global investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria . Russian Federation has protested the U.S.' refusal to allow its inspectors to participate in a formal investigation into a chemical weapons attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhan in northern Idlib, Syria, earlier this month. Read More »

Trump calls 100-day benchmark 'ridiculous'

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The numbers are the results of daily tracking polls conducted by Gallup over the last three months, beginning on January 20. He disparaged the record of his predecessor, specifically on fighting the violent MS-13 gang, and Trump addressed his abandonment of a central campaign promise on China by denying he'd changed his mind. Read More »

Rare parchment copy of Declaration of Independence found in England

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The parchment was likely made in NY or Philadelphia. The Sussex Declaration is an American-made copy believed to have been created in the mid-1780's for James Wilson, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention who the researchers believe may have been trying to use the document to influence debate around the convention on behalf of the federal Constitution. Read More »