She was the biggest of child stars. She was the top U.S. box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, bigger than Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper or Joan Crawford. She kept children singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop" for generations, retired from acting at age 21 and went on to a diplomatic career. Here's a look at the life of Shirley Temple, who died Monday at age 85:
By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday declared a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed. "Equal justice under the law is the state's primary responsibility," Inslee, a Democrat, said at press conference announcing the suspension of capital punishment in a state with nine inmates now on death row. "And in death penalty cases, I'm not convinced equal justice is being served." The action marked a victory for opponents of capital punishment who have seen a growing number of U.S. states take steps in recent years to end executions. A number of other states have imposed moratoriums on capital punishment.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors presenting their case against two women charged with murder showed a short cellphone video on Tuesday of a chaotic fight outside a California nightclub that left a 23-year-old woman dead.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Most Americans - and a strong majority of Floridians - support warmer relations with Cuba, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. In an apparent boost to efforts to end Washington's half-century-old trade embargo against the communist-run island, the poll found that 56 percent of respondents nationally favored improving U.S. policy toward Havana. The number rose to 63 percent just counting Florida residents. Supporters of the embargo said the poll was politically biased, questioned its methodology and predicted it was unlikely to have any impact.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) details an ex-employee's sexual harassment allegations, but government watchdog groups say the lawsuit's political corruption claims are just as worrisome.
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.