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Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

Jul. 17, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate's clemency request because he's black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 2004 store owner slaying

Jul. 17, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A 34-year-old Texas prisoner has been executed for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner during an attempted robbery nearly 14 years ago. Christopher Young received a lethal injection Tuesday...

Woman sentenced to life as a juvenile released from prison

Jul. 17, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman who was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole for capital murder has been released from prison after her sentence was shortened following U.S. and state Supreme Court rulings that such sentences to be unconstitutional. Laquanda "Faye" Jacobs, now 43, was...

EU, embassies write to Sri Lankan leader on executions

Jul. 16, 2018 5:38 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union and other diplomatic missions on Monday sought verification from the Sri Lankan government on its stand to resume executions after a rise in crime. In a joint statement, the EU delegation and the embassies of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands,...

Federal judge allows open phone line during Ohio execution

Jul. 14, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is allowing the use of an open phone line to his courtroom during an Ohio execution scheduled for next week. The decision by Judge Michael Merz again permits a system created last year when defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully to stop an execution based on the...

Louisiana seeks 1-year extension in halt to executions

Jul. 12, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are seeking a court order that would rule out any executions in the state for at least one more year. A lawsuit challenging the state's lethal injection protocols has blocked Louisiana from carrying out any death sentences since 2014. Its last execution was in...

Cameroon calls video showing women shot dead propaganda

Jul. 12, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military on Thursday denied its soldiers were involved in a video that appears to show women with small children being blindfolded and shot dead as suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers. The graphic video circulating on social media caused an outcry and condemnation by...

Nevada execution delayed indefinitely after ruling on drug

Jul. 12, 2018 2:13 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state trying to execute its first inmate in 12 years using an untested combination of drugs is heading back to planning stages, and a twice-convicted killer who wants to die will return to death row, after a court postponed his lethal injection to allow a drug company to argue that it...

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

Jul. 11, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twice-convicted killer who wants to die rather than spend his life in prison was about an hour from eating his final meal Wednesday when he found out a Nevada judge had indefinitely delayed his execution after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put...

The Latest: Attorney says inmate accepts execution delay

Jul. 11, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the execution of twice-convicted killer in Nevada (all times local): 5:10 p.m. His lawyer says the Nevada death-row inmate whose execution was called off just hours ahead of time was meeting with family members and two close friends when he was told his death had been...