(Reuters) - Oklahoma is looking to resume executions as soon as August after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a drug used in the state’s lethal injection mix was appropriate and legal, officials said on Tuesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a statue of a segregationist South Carolina governor as the state grapples with heightened tension over Confederate symbols in the wake of a massacre at a black church.
The memorial service for the last of the nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church shootings in South Carolina was held on Tuesday afternoon in Charleston for Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons. Hundreds of mourners, including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, packed another Charleston AME church, Greater St. Luke's, filing by an open casket which was later draped with the American flag.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.