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The Latest: 2 condemned inmates served last meals
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):...

Condemned men seek appeals even after decades behind bars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last-ditch legal appeals could block the executions of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be put to death Monday after spending more than two decades behind bars. What's left to appeal after so many years? A look at some issues that can stop a lethal injection at the last minute....

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried....

Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved."...

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest....

GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims....

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants....

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South....

Utah zoo welcomes baby zebra; first born there since 1980s
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake City zoo has added a fourth striped member to its zebra exhibit after a foal was born at the facility earlier this month....

Couple charged in shooting outside Seattle right-wing event
SEATTLE (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday charged a couple in connection with a shooting during a demonstration over the appearance of a right-wing speaker at the University of Washington in January. Lawyers for the two said they acted in self-defense....

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