GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Emotions boiled over Wednesday in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death, with the defense accusing the state of withholding key evidence and a prosecutor cursing angrily in front of jurors.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group of bright-eyed, clean-cut high school students whose ideas of government were shaped by "Schoolhouse Rock" wrote a bill and watched it sail through the Kentucky state legislature this year in the type of feel-good story that had parents beaming.
Utah, the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad, is poised to bring back the executions if the state cannot find a supply of the drugs used in lethal injections. Here's a look at how some other states are dealing with the nationwide shortage:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ellen Pao testified for a third day on Wednesday in her lawsuit claiming gender bias kept her from advancing at a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm and that she was fired after she complained.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of Brown University students silently marched across campus Wednesday to protest the college's handling of recent sexual assault allegations, saying the school is trying to protect its reputation rather than the victims of assault.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican Mafia hit man convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman because she didn't pay the gang's 10 percent tax on her illegal drug sales was executed Wednesday evening.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Vasquez became the 522nd prisoner executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Vasquez and two co-defendants were convicted of strangling Juanita Ybarra, 51, in 1998 for not paying a 10 percent cut of her drug sales to the Mexican Mafia, the attorney general's office said.
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean, known for selling its trademark boots via catalog for more than a century, plans to make a bigger push into brick-and-mortar retail by more than tripling the number of domestic stores over the next five years, officials said Wednesday.