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U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

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AUSTIN, Texas U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed.

Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

DHAKA Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

Dec 13 2017

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. | Video

Politics, Election 2016 Dec 13 2017

U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial

NEW YORK The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday. | Video

Dec 13 2017

Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations

Kentucky state Representative Dan Johnson, who was facing sexual assault accusations, died in a probable suicide on Wednesday, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said.

Politics, Election 2016, Dec 13 2017

Turkish banker accused of helping Iran launder money seeks mistrial

NEW YORK Lawyers for a Turkish banker on trial in New York on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions asked a judge on Wednesday to declare a mistrial, saying testimony by a former Turkish police investigator should not have been allowed in court.

Dec 13 2017

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. | Video

Environment Dec 13 2017

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

NEW YORK The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear to be enough to grow the program.

Health Dec 13 2017

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

CLEVELAND Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk.

Health, Dec 13 2017

U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

GENEVA An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago. | Video

World, Dec 13 2017

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