WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police investigating a missing persons report found a tall lamp lying on a bedroom floor and open suitcases containing folded clothes in the walk-in closet of a California home, according to court records unsealed Friday in the investigation that eventually led to the discovery of four dead family members in shallow desert graves.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review Oklahoma's controversial method of execution by lethal injection, taking up a case brought by three death row inmates who accuse the state of violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The high court just last week allowed the execution of a convicted killer in Oklahoma over the objection of its four liberal members. The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. The inmates challenging the state's procedures argue the sedative used by Oklahoma, midazolam, cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A fatal shooting by police officers of a man who defied their orders by stepping out of a car during a traffic stop but had his hands raised has opened a new rift between residents and the police department in the struggling city.
A New York state watchdog agency that oversees jails has urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, The New York Times reported late on Thursday. Bradley Ballard was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex and deprived of food, running water and insulin for his diabetes for six days leading up to his death on Sept. 11, 2013, according to news accounts. In its report, the New York State Commission of Corrections said the circumstances of Ballard's death "shock the conscience" and were the result of gross incompetence by medical workers, guards and Corizon Health, a private jail contractor, the Times said. Ballard's death is seen as evidence of the bleak conditions at Rikers Island, one of the nation's largest jail complexes.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Army's tools for identifying troubled soldiers would not have flagged the man who shot to death three people and wounded 16 others before killing himself at Fort Hood last year, despite previous signs of instability, a U.S. Army report said Friday.