BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, after the U.S. Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.
More than 700 union workers at the largest U.S. refinery unanimously approved a new contract in a vote at their union hall in Port Arthur, Texas, on Tuesday night, said union officials. The United Steelworkers union (USW) also said workers at three Tesoro Corp refineries on the West Coast were making progress in finalizing contracts.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy after the state's governor and the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals to spare his life. Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton had argued that Clayton has brain damage from a 1972 sawmill accident and worsening dementia.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday set up a new panel to address shortfalls in U.S. electronic warfare capabilities across the U.S. military and to ensure the United States retains its competitive edge. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work signed a memo creating a new "Electronic Warfare Executive Committee" to be chaired by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Work told a conference hosted by McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse that the United States still had greater capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum than potential adversaries, but other countries were investing heavily. In the memo, Work said he created the panel after the Defense Science Board found the Pentagon had "lost focus on electronic warfare at the programmatic and strategic level." He said the committee would oversee and coordinate electronic warfare programs, strategy and acquisition, while balancing budget and capability needs.
(Reuters) - A Missouri man was charged on Tuesday with threatening several times to shoot U.S. President Barack Obama in meetings with an informant and an undercover officer who posed as a member of a white supremacist group, prosecutors said. Cameron James Stout, 24, of Stover was arrested on Tuesday and remains in custody after an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri's capital, prosecutors said. An informant told a Morgan County sheriff's deputy that Stout had asked him on Thursday for a high-powered rifle and assistance in a plan to shoot the president in the next few weeks, an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint said.
An envelope mailed to the White House tested "presumptive positive" for cyanide and will undergo more testing to confirm the results, the U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday. The agency charged with protecting the president said the envelope, which was received on Monday at the White House Mail Screening Facility, initially tested negative. Biological testing on Tuesday "returned a presumptive positive for Cyanide," the Secret Service said in a statement, adding the sample was then sent to another facility to confirm the results.
The Secret Service says an envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide. Initial biological testing was negative. The agency says additional testing Tuesday returned a "presumptive positive" for cyanide. The Secret Service is responsible for President Barack Obama's security.
The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Tuesday approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. A majority of the 171 regional "presbyteries," or local leadership bodies of the church, have now voted to change the wording of the constitution to define marriage as a commitment "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman." That change in the Louisville, Kentucky-based church's constitution was recommended by its General Assembly last year and required a simple majority of 86 votes, achieved on Tuesday, the church said. The church, also known as PCUSA, has more than 1.7 million members, but has lost more than 500,000 over the past decade. "Let us pray that we can allow the Spirit to continue to create in us a common call to follow Christ while respecting each other's convictions," Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, said in a statement.