By Bill Cotterell and Jon Herskovitz TALLAHASSEE, Fla./AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Both Florida and Texas executed convicted murderers on Tuesday, with Florida using a new drug in its lethal injection procedure that has been challenged in court by death row inmates who say it would leave them in extreme pain. Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST, 18 minutes after the lethal injection procedure got underway. The execution of Kimbrough, which followed the rejection of his final appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court, was the 33rd in the United States this year.
By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a third nominee by President Barack Obama to the same federal appeals court, prompting a renewed warning by Democrats of a possible rules change to end such procedural roadblocks. "I think we are at the point where there will have to be a rules change," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat. But it was unclear if Democrats, who control the Senate, 55-45, could muster the 51 votes needed for such dramatic a rules change, which would immediately alter the way the Senate operates. Republicans would likely retaliate to any attempt by Democrats to end their ability to block nominees with procedural hurdles known as filibusters.
A man was shot this afternoon during a fight in a grocery store parking lot in East Bremerton, according to police. Bremerton police said two men got into an argument in the parking lot outside the Fred Meyer store near Northeast Riddell Road and Wheaton Way. One man wa
Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before finding Kevin Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt in weeklong trial during which prosecutors accused the TV pitchman of lying in infomercials to boost sales of his diet book.
By Anna Louie Sussman NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second explosive oil-train derailment this year, which has finally burned out in rural Alabama, may raise new questions about the safety of the crude-by-rail boom, pointing to problems beyond those that surfaced following the earlier tragedy in Quebec. Within hours of the accident early Friday morning, operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc had already ruled out many of the factors cited in the deadly Lac Megantic disaster in Canada, where a runaway train careened down an incline and into the center of town, bursting into a fireball that killed 47 people and leveled buildings. The train in Alabama was travelling on relatively flat terrain at below the 40 miles per hour limit, not parked atop an incline where brake failure may have been an issue. With no apparent extenuating circumstances, experts said investigators would likely be looking hard at the condition of the tracks themselves, noting that short-line railroads like the one in Alabama have become critical final links in the thriving oil-by-rail trade - but can suffer from neglect.