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Brendan O'Brien

U.S. Supreme Court will allow execution, Alabama still delayed as death warrant expired at midnight

Apr 12 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Friday that Alabama can proceed with the execution of a death row inmate whose lawyers argued that lethal injections had been botched in the past, causing a painful death and that execution by nitrogen hypoxia was a better alternative.

Minnesota arrests 58 in child sex sting during NCAA Final Four weekend

Apr 10 2019

Nearly five dozen people were arrested in a Minnesota undercover sting operation for attempting to meet up with children for sex or for sex-trafficking of minors during last weekend's NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, authorities said on Wednesday.

Newcomer Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes on Chicago establishment and 'political machine'

Apr 03 2019

CHICAGO Chicago, known for its machine politics and corruption, woke up Wednesday to voters choosing an anti-establishment candidate who may shake up a city that made history by electing its first African-American woman for mayor. | Video

Chicago makes history electing Lori Lightfoot as first black woman mayor

Apr 03 2019

CHICAGO Lori Lightfoot, a political newcomer, was elected the first black female mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, defeating opponent Toni Preckwinkle by a landslide in a runoff to take over a city struggling with crime and weak finances. | Video

Murdered South Carolina student may have thought car was her Uber ride: police

Apr 01 2019

A South Carolina man has been charged in the murder of a University of South Carolina student who may have gotten into her killer's car mistakenly believing that it was her Uber ride, police said. | Video

Georgia lawmakers pass heartbeat abortion ban, joining four other U.S. states

Mar 29 2019

Georgia's Republican-controlled legislature on Friday passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States, outlawing abortion if a doctor is able to detect a heartbeat.

Supreme Court stays Texas execution to allow for Buddhist adviser

Mar 28 2019

An inmate who was part of a murderous band of prison escapees dubbed the "Texas 7" won a reprieve from his death sentence on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to allow a Buddhist spiritual adviser to accompany him to the execution chamber.

Jussie Smollett hoax charge dropped by Chicago prosecutors, prompting mayor's rebuke

Mar 27 2019

CHICAGO Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges accusing "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett of staging a phony hate crime, a stunning move that drew the fury of the city's police superintendent and mayor, who called the decision a "whitewash of justice." | Video

Second Wisconsin judge blocks Republican-backed laws curbing Democratic governor's powers

Mar 26 2019

A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday blocked several laws passed by Republican state lawmakers during a December lame-duck session intended to curb the powers of newly elected Democratic Governor Tony Evers, the second such ruling in the past week.

UPDATE 2-Texas residents ordered indoors, schools closed after chemical plant fire

Mar 21 2019

HOUSTON, March 21 Residents of two Houston-area cities were told to stay indoors and schools in six communities were closed on Thursday due to air pollution by a cancer-causing chemical after a petrochemical plant fire.

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