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In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)

US executes 2nd man in a week; lawyers said he had dementia

Jul. 16, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution in three days following a hiatus of nearly two decades, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the...

Protesters demand changes following death of 3-year-old

Jul. 16, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Protesters are demanding changes after a 3-year-old Kansas girl died despite her grandparents raising concerns about her safety with child protective services. More than 30 people gathered Wednesday near the Kansas Department for Children and Families building in Kansas City,...

Protesters against the death penalty gather in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution -- for now

Jul. 15, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Legal wrangling continued Wednesday night with execution still...

Judge: Kansas must pay groups who challenged 'Ag-Gag' law

Jul. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

A federal judge awarded on Wednesday nearly $176,300 in attorney fees and expenses to animal rights advocates who successfully challenged provisions in a Kansas law that banned the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the award after finding...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham, right, knocks on the door alongside census worker Tim Metzger as they arrive to conduct the first enumeration of the 2020 Census in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Thousands of census takers are about to begin the most labor-intensive part of America’s once-a-decade headcount. The 2020 census started in January in rural Alaska where census takers visited homes much earlier than the rest of the country because of the difficulty in reaching those places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Census takers to visit homes that have not responded

Jul. 15, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of census takers are about to begin the most labor-intensive part of America’s once-a-decade headcount: visiting the 56 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 questionnaire. The visits that start Thursday kick off a phase of the census that was...

In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Whether inmate mentally fit for execution could cause delay

Jul. 14, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The man next on the list to be executed by the federal government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week may have a better chance of avoiding lethal injection, legal experts say, because he suffers from dementia and so, his lawyers say, can no longer grasp why he's slated to die....

Grandparents of dead Kansas girl raised concerns to agency

Jul. 14, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The grandparents of a 3-year-old Kansas girl who was killed said they raised concerns about her safety with child protective services before her death in the latest tragedy involving the state agency responsible for overseeing young children. Elisabeth and Howard Jansen II spoke...

Milwaukee Brewers' Justin Grimm, Devin Williams and Josh Hader watch during a practice session Monday, July 13, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Major league teams try to ramp up the competition in camp

Jul. 14, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

Well-traveled Milwaukee Brewers first baseman-outfielder Logan Morrison figures it will be easy for him to adjust to games without spectators this season. “I played for the Rays and the Marlins, so I’m used to it,” Morrison said. The Brewers and other major league teams worked out again...

Father, girlfriend charged in 3-year-old Kansas girl's death

Jul. 12, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have charged the father of a 3-year-old Kansas girl who was found dead and his girlfriend with felony murder in the child’s death, prosecutors said Sunday. Howard Jansen III, 29, and his girlfriend, Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, 33, were also charged with aggravated...

Two arrested in case of missing Kansas girl after body found

Jul. 11, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The father of a missing 3-year-old Kansas girl was arrested late Friday after police said they believe they found her body. Howard Jansen III, 29, of Kansas City, Kansas, has not been formally charged in the death of Olivia Ann Jansen. Jansen was booked into the Wyandotte County...