OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma executed convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner on Thursday, its first execution since a faulty lethal injection last April sparked widespread criticism and led the state to draw up new protocols for its death chamber. Warner, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. CST, a pool media report said. He was convicted of the 1997 rape and murder of 11-month-old Adrianna Waller, daughter of his roommate Sharon Waller. (Reporting by Heide Brandes; Writing by Jon Herskovitz and Peter Cooney)
Police say a man has died a day after he was found with a gunshot wound to the head in Overbrook.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida executed Johnny Kormondy, 42, on Thursday for the 1993 fatal shooting of Pensacola banker Gary McAdams and the rape of his wife, according to the state Department of Corrections. Kormondy had spent almost half of his life on death row for the killing, which took place when the couple came home from a high school reunion. His execution was the 21st carried out under Governor Rick Scott, tying the mark set by former Governor Jeb Bush. Bush served eight years, while Scott is just starting his second four-year term in office. ...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told jurors Thursday she was stunned to learn that a classified mission to thwart Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions — now at the heart of a criminal leak trial — had been disclosed to a reporter.
CHICAGO (AP) — A three-day FBI raid of a suburban Chicago crematorium and an affiliated company that arranges the donation of human remains was wrapping up Thursday, authorities said, but they refused to disclose what led to the search or what evidence was seized.
Authorities have identified the man who was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on I-95, that has shut down a portion of the highway in Bensalem, Bucks County.
SEATTLE (AP) — After a federal judge on Thursday appointed a public defender to represent a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses, prosecutors filed a motion saying the man has plenty of assets to cover his defense, including piles of cash, expensive cars and property in at least three countries.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian businessman accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. Navy officers to steer millions of dollars of contract services to his company, pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court in San Diego on Thursday. As part of a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, will forfeit $35 million in property and other proceeds stemming from the alleged corruption. The indictments alleged that Francis bribed Navy officers with cash, as well as prostitutes, high-end electronics, luxury hotel stays and high-priced entertainment for Navy officers who then shared classified information. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Pletcher said the investigation in the case is ongoing, covering a ten-year period beginning in 2004.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minnesota have closed their investigation of a 6-year-old girl's hanging death by ruling out foul play, and said the evidence points to an accident or suicide.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman taking photographs from a downtown Philadelphia building's eighth-floor window ledge has slipped and fallen to her death, landing on a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The pedestrian survived.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Passengers were still pleading for a rescue 27 minutes after smoke filled their subway cars under the nation's capital, as communications breakdowns between the train's operator, his command center and firefighters left help waiting at a station just 800 feet away, a preliminary official timeline suggested Thursday.
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has executed the convicted ringleader of a 1993 home-invasion robbery that ended with the murder of a Pensacola banker and the rape of his wife.
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida executes ringleader of 1993 home invasion that ended with man's murder, wife's rape.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lottery worker who illegally played the lottery won a multimillion-dollar jackpot in 2010 and asked others to help him claim it, authorities said Thursday after announcing fraud charges against him.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The McClatchy Company operations vice president Robert Weil will retire in June after a newspaper career that spanned almost five decades, the company announced Thursday.
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Brigham Young University, the Mormon Church's flagship education institution, has for the first time issued guidelines on when students may grow beards without violating its rule that men must be clean-shaven. Exceptions will include medical conditions, theatrical production requests from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints media and drama departments, as well as religious observance and practice, according to the new standards published on Wednesday by the university in Provo, 50 miles (80 km) south of Salt Lake City. BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said religious cases, including for example beards worn by Sikh and Muslim students, will be worked out in coordination with the school's chaplain. The founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, was clean-shaven, and while Jenkins said it was unknown exactly when BYU put in place its ban on facial hair, its president during the 1960s had encouraged all male students to be clean-shaven.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The night manager of a Drury Inn in St. Louis was shot to death during an early Thursday robbery attempt, one of the city's six homicides during a 12-hour span. Police quickly made three arrests in cases in which the victims reportedly knew their assailants.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Oklahoma to proceed with an execution planned for Thursday, which would be the state's first since a flawed lethal injection in April 2014 led to widespread criticism. Oklahoma plans to execute convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner later on Thursday. In the April execution, inmate Clayton Lockett could be seen twisting on the gurney after death chamber staff failed to place the IV properly. Lawyers for Warner said the sedative used by Oklahoma could not achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery and was therefore unsuitable for executions.
A prominent Mormon activist who has gone against the church by supporting same-sex marriage and questioning church doctrine said on Thursday he had been summoned to appear before a council where he could face excommunication. John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories website and podcast, said in a statement he was asked to appear before a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints disciplinary council on Jan. 25 in North Logan, Utah, on a charge of apostasy. Dehlin, 45, who says he still loves the Mormon church but acknowledges many areas where his beliefs stray from orthodoxy, has faced disciplinary action in the past. His struggles with the church have become one of the faith's most high-profile cases of threatened discipline, due to his role as the outspoken founder of "Mormon Stories," an online discussion forum and podcast.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says Oklahoma can proceed with its first execution since a botched one last spring.