|Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution - |
Arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years, concluded its executions series by putting to death Kenneth Williams on Thursday night. Accounts of his execution raised fresh concerns about whether the sedative midazolam, a Valium-like drug, is effective in lethal injection mixes.
|Florida eye doctor found guilty of scamming Medicare - |
The ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, is also part of a separate corruption case in which prosecutors say he bribed U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Menendez's bid to have the case involving donations from Melgen thrown out.
|Indiana man pleads guilty in murder spree referencing the movie 'The Purge' - |
An Indiana man pleaded guilty to killing three people during a four-day crime spree during which he referred to "The Purge," a movie about a day where all crimes are legal, prosecutors said on Friday. Under the plea agreement, Johnathan Cruz, 20, will be sentenced to three consecutive sentences of life without parole for the May 2016 murders of Billy Boyd, Jay Higginbotham and Jose Alberto, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.
|Judge rejects Chicago school lawsuit over Illinois funding inequities - |
An Illinois judge dealt a blow to Chicago's cash-strapped public school system on Friday by dismissing its lawsuit that argued the state's school-funding formula discriminates against minority students. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Franklin Valderrama gave the nation's third-largest school system until May 26 to amend its civil-rights lawsuit. Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said he planned to meet with attorneys and financial experts for the district and the city to determine the next move.
|State Department OKS $1.46 billion aircraft sale to New Zealand: Pentagon - |
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.46 billion sale to New Zealand of four P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft and associated support, a Pentagon agency said on Friday.