McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An appeals court halted the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys said they had uncovered new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard another man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.
BOSTON (AP) — As a gay man, the Boston attorney thought he was doing the responsible thing when he asked his doctor to prescribe Truvada, a drug hailed as a way to halt the spread of AIDS. But when he tried to get long-term care insurance, Mutual of Omaha turned him down, saying it does not offer coverage to anyone who takes the drug.
President Barack Obama urged the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown starting Oct. 1, as Republican leaders in the House of Representatives struggled to find a way to get enough votes to pass a funding bill. Efforts were complicated by some conservatives who want to punish the women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood and attach language denying any federal funds to the group as part of a broader bill keeping the government running beyond Sept. 30. "Democrats are ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans right now...but it should be over legitimate questions of spending and revenue, not unrelated ideological issues," Obama told the Business Roundtable.