(Reuters) - A Texas court on Tuesday postponed the execution of a man, hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection, to allow additional DNA tests on the weapon he is accused of using to kill a prison guard in 1999. The court in Bee County, Texas, granted Robert Pruett, 35, a stay of execution and said in a court order that DNA testing should be completed by May 28, according to court documents. Pruett was already serving a life sentence in the killing of a neighbor at age 15 when he was convicted of stabbing correctional officer Daniel Nagle to death with a shank at a prison near Beeville, Texas, according to court records. The note accused Pruett of breaking prison rules by taking a sack lunch containing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a prison recreation area, court records showed.
By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown proposed legislation on Tuesday that would impose steep fines for wasting water in drought-parched California. In a meeting with California mayors, Brown said the legislation would allow wholesale and retail water agencies, along with city and county governments, to issue fines of up to $10,000 per violation. Currently, there is a $500 per day maximum, established in drought legislation last year. "As this drought stretches on, we'll continue to do whatever is necessary to help communities save more water." The changes would speed up enforcement and allow local public agencies to deputize staff to issue warnings and citations.
BOSTON (AP) — Testimony in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev zeroed in Tuesday on his late brother's wife, revealing searches done on her computer on the rewards of dying as a martyr's spouse and raising questions about what she knew before the 2013 attacks.
National Guardsmen took up positions across the city and hundreds of volunteers began sweeping the streets of broken glass and other debris Tuesday, the morning after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.