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Nation Feb 17AP report: Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
An Associated Press review of court filings shows executioners who put 13 inmates to death during the Trump presidency offered sanitized, incomplete versions of the executions to judges.
Nation Jan 12Female inmate’s execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID-19
The U.S. government's plans to carry out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades are on hold, and two other executions this week have been canceled because the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
Nation Jan 05WATCH: No criminal charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake
A Wisconsin prosecutor said he will not file criminal charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha last summer that left him paralyzed.
Nation Dec 11Trump administration plans 2nd execution in as many days
The series of executions after Election Day, the first in late November, is the first time in over 130 years where federal executions have occurred during a lame-duck period.
Nation Dec 10U.S. set to execute first of 5 inmates before Biden inauguration
If Bernard, now 40, receives a lethal injection as planned at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, it would be a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when the crime occurred.
Politics Sep 26Amy Coney Barrett, high court pick, is Scalia’s heir
Although Amy Coney Barrett is the president’s choice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she is more aptly described as heir to another departed Supreme Court justice: conservative hero Antonin Scalia.
Nation Aug 26Only Native American on federal death row executed
The only Native American on federal death row is set to die Wednesday for the slayings of a 9-year-old and her grandmother nearly two decades ago, though many Navajos are hoping for last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump to halt…
Nation Aug 17Review cites ‘operational failures’ in Smollett prosecution
A special prosecutor in Chicago says Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office abused their discretion in the case against actor Jussie Smollett but did nothing criminal.
Economy Apr 23Legal battles loom as businesses hit by virus sue insurers
The Billy Goat Tavern and millions of other shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandated closures, but insurers have widely rejected the claims.
World Apr 11Crime drops around the world as COVID-19 keeps people inside
The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled big-box retailers and mom-and-pop shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too.