Oklahoma is set on Wednesday to execute a man who was convicted of hiring a hit man to murder the owner of a motel, despite the objections of the death row inmate's lawyers who say they have evidence that points to his innocence. Richard Glossip is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 3 p.m. local time at its death chamber in McAlester. Glossip, 52, was found guilty of arranging the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, the owner of an Oklahoma City motel that Glossip was managing.
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold leadership elections on Oct. 8, House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday, moving speedily to get a new team in place to deal with a series of fiscal challenges ahead. "After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week. With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, Oct. 8," Boehner said in an emailed statement. Boehner announced last Friday that he will step down as Speaker and leave Congress effective Oct. 30, after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, under pressure from the railroad industry, announced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to extend a year-end deadline for costly new safety technology for at least another three years. The bill, introduced by lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, could avert a threatened service suspension by major railroads that cannot meet the current Dec. 31 deadline, which Congress imposed in 2008, for implementing positive train control (PTC) technology. The proposed legislation would extend this year's deadline to Dec. 31, 2018, and allow the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant further extensions of up two additional years on a case-by-case basis.
Opening arguments were scheduled in the third-degree murder trial of Griffin Campbell, 51, who could receive a life prison sentence if convicted on more than one of the six murder charges. Campbell and equipment operator Sean Benschop, 44, were the only people criminally charged in the collapse, which also injured 12 people.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's renovated history museum set to reopen this week features a small and surprising display about an uncomfortable part of the faith's history that for generations has been glossed over: polygamy.
Buyers typically don't associate Kia with luxury, but its 2016 top-level Sorento SX-Luxury model is so robust in its looks, pleasing in its ride and stocked with features that it feels like a luxury SUV.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homicides are up nearly 11 percent this year and Los Angeles is looking "a little too much like Dodge City" following a weekend with five fatal shootings, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.
Senator Edward Kennedy voiced frustration with President Bill Clinton's failed effort to reform the U.S. healthcare system in the 1990s and said in interviews released on Wednesday his views on immigration were shaped by stories his grandfather told. A champion of healthcare reform, whose endorsement played a role in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, Kennedy described his frustrations at how Clinton's efforts at revamping the system failed, which he attributed to an early focus on exacting details. "It's basically a miscalculation on their part, an obsession with the details," Kennedy said in March 2008.