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US convict granted stay of execution after new DNA evidence

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:53pm

With only hours to spare, the governor of the US state of Missouri on Tuesday halted the execution of a man whose lawyers argued new DNA evidence exonerated him of a 1998 murder. Governor Eric Greitens stayed the execution of Marcellus Williams, 48, who was convicted of fatally stabbing a woman more than 40 times during a robbery at her home in the Midwestern state. Williams was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Tuesday, but the governor ordered the formation of an investigative panel to reconsider the facts of the case.

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Timeline: North Korea - Countdown to a standoff

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:35pm

(Reuters) - In North Korea's effort to become a nuclear power capable of striking the United States, leader Kim Jong Un has telegraphed what his scientists and weapons experts are achieving. Over the past two years, the country has moved from a fledgling nuclear program to possessing the technology to at least strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. Most Western experts accept that North Korea is close to putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the continental United States, but this has not been independently verified.

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The Latest: Russia bristles at US sanctions

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:32pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. and North Korea (all times local):

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Mike Pence's Answer On Confederate Statues? Build More!

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:31pm

The answer to what we should do with all these troublesome Confederate monuments?

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Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:24pm

Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists approaches its densely populated centre. The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 air strikes over the past week alone, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State group. The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving IS with about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.

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Why the sole resident of a Nebraska town is staying put – but is in good company

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:20pm

As the mayor, only voter, and sole resident of this incorporated village, Elsie Eiler is pretty used to people asking why she remains here as population: 1.

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Exclusive: U.S. to withhold up to $290 million in Egypt aid

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:12pm

By Arshad Mohammed and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a U.S. desire to continue security cooperation as well as frustration with Cairo's stance on civil liberties, notably a new law that regulates non-governmental organizations that is widely seen as part a growing crackdown on dissent, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. U.S. officials were especially unhappy that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in May allowed the NGO law to go into effect.

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Democrats Nix Idea Of Trading Dreamers' Protections For Border Wall, More Deportations

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:11pm

WASHINGTON ― Democrats on Capitol Hill said Tuesday they won’t allow President Donald Trump to use undocumented young people as leverage to get support from the lawmakers for building a border wall, locking up more immigrants and cutting legal immigration.

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Sheriff: 2 elderly couples in NC killed while playing cards

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:10pm

ENFIELD, N.C. (AP) — Four elderly North Carolina people found shot to death after an apparent home invasion were killed while they played cards, a sheriff said Tuesday.

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Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, apologizes for nasty Instagram spat

Pharma news - August 22, 2017 - 2:08pm

Louise Linton, the 36-year-old Scottish actress newly wedded to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, sparked a national kerfuffle Monday when she got into a spat with one of her Instagram followers.

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