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Ohio says it's ready to resume executions in January after 3-year halt

MidazolamOhio plans to resume death row executions in January, three years after they were halted in the wake of a prolonged execution, officials announced Monday.

The move to jump start capital punishment with a three-drug cocktail — the source of which is being kept secret — was immediately blasted by death penalty opponents.

"With this new execution procedure, Ohio is moving backward toward a procedure that poses greatly increased risks of pain and suffering," said Allen Bohnert of the Federal Public Defender's Office.


CIA prisoners allege they faced version of waterboarding

CIA prisoners waterboardedTwo men who were held at a CIA prison in Afghanistan have told a human rights group that they were subjected to a version of waterboarding at a detention site where the agency has insisted the brutal method was never used.

The allegations were detailed in a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch based on extensive interviews with two Tunisian men who were returned to that country last year after spending 13 years in U.S. custody, almost all of it at a prison complex at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.


California just passed the most inclusive transgender bathroom law yet

Cslifornia passes transgender lawCalifornia’s new bathroom bill is finally making broad steps toward more inclusive legislature.

According to Mashable, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that will make all public, single-user bathrooms “universally acceptable to all genders.”

The law will go into effect on March 1, 2017, and is a huge step forward in making bathrooms safe for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals.


Appeals court accuses Pence of ‘discrimination’ against Syrian refugees

Pence accused of discrimination against regfugeesA federal appeals court on Monday ruled against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s efforts to block payments to a nonprofit assisting with resettlement of Syrian refugees.

In harsh language, a three-judge panel on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals accused the Republican vice presidential nominee of unfairly attacking Exodus Refugee Immigration for resettling the refugees, despite “no evidence” that the migrants might be terrorists in disguise.

“[I]t is nightmare speculation,” Judge Richard Posner declared in his opinion.


United States Suspends Contact With Russia Over Syria Impasse

US suspends contact with RussiaIn a sharp deterioration of relations, the U.S. on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria, while Moscow halted cooperation on a joint program for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium.

The U.S. move followed a threat last week from Secretary of State John Kerry after new Russian and Syrian attacks on the city of Aleppo. The State Department said Russia had not lived up to the terms of an agreement last month to restore the cease-fire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.


NY attorney general: Trump Foundation must stop fundraising now

TrumpThe state's attorney general has notified Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that his charitable foundation is violating New York law because it does not have the proper certification to solicit donations, The Washington Post first reported.

James Sheehan, head of the attorney general's charities bureau, sent the notice to the foundation on Friday.

The notice follows a story that The Washington Post published last week that showed the foundation had been soliciting donations without being properly registered in New York state.


Photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans Killed by ISIS Sniper

photo-journalist killed in LibyaJeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photojournalist, was killed Sunday when he took fire from an ISIS sniper in Libya, a government spokesman said. Oerlemans, 46, was covering a skirmish between the terror group and pro-government troops when he was shot in the chest multiple times.

In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and held for a week in Syria while covering the civil war there.


Supreme Court won't rehear Obama immigration orders case

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court has declined to rehear a challenge to several of President Barack Obama's key executive actions on immigration, leaving undisturbed a 4-4 tie earlier this year that effectively killed the initiatives for the remainder of his presidency.

The Obama administration asked the justices to revive the case on the possibility that a new justice would be confirmed and sworn in this term, but the justices rejected that request on the first day of their new term Monday without comment or any noted dissent.


Cellular biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize in medicine

Nobel in Chemistry 2016Cellular biology researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell renewal, the organization announced Monday.

Ohsumi, 71, discovered and explained the natural effects of autophagy, a process by which a cell could destroy its own contents by enclosing it in a membrane, then essentially recycle it for degradation. Little was known of the mechanism until Ohsuni's experiments with yeast cells in the 1990s in which he demonstrated the phenomenon. He went on to elucidate similarities in the workings in human cellular structure.


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