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Gary Owens of 'Laugh-In' and 'Space Ghost' fame is dead at 80

Gary OwensTelevision announcer and voice artist Gary Owens has died at his home in Los Angeles after a lifelong battle with diabetes. He was 80.

Variety reported he died Thursday, but the entertainment industry trade newspaper did not specify an exact cause of death.

Arson eyed in Houston-area mosque fire

mosque arson HoustonA Houston mosque and educational center suffered a severe fire Friday morning, and investigators are trying to piece together what happened, with members of the religious community saying the fire was set on purpose.

The fire started at about 5:30 a.m. in the back of the Quba Islamic Institute in southeast Houston, completely destroying the rear section of the building. No one was injured in the blaze, fire officials said. The facility was closed, according to the Houston Chronicle.


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf halts death penalty

Gov. of Pa.halts death penaltyTewly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state, calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible."

Wolf said Friday the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.

Pennsylvania has 183 men and three women on death row


Arkansas to end alternative Obamacare plan for poor

Arkansas ends ASA expansionGovernor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has signed legislation that will end by 2017 the state’s innovative but controversial adaptation of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided nearly 190,000 residents with health coverage.

Arkansas' "private option" plan uses federal funds from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to purchase medical insurance for some low-income individuals, rather than assigning them to the state's Medicaid program.


Shot three times by police, then isolated in hospital. Why was Kevin Davis's family barred from seeing him?

Kevin davisPolice in Georgia are to review why a man who was fatally shot by an officer at his home was handcuffed to his hospital bed for the last two days of his life and barred from visits by his family, who allege that he was isolated to stop him disclosing full details of the shooting.

Kevin Davis was detained at Grady hospital in Atlanta after being shot three times by a DeKalb County police officer, who was responding to a 911 call made by Davis and his girlfriend when she was stabbed by another man at their apartment in the suburb of Decatur.


Judge: Men exonerated in '75 Ohio case wrongfully imprisoned

Ohio men wrongful imprisonedAn Ohio judge has declared three exonerated men once convicted and sentenced to death in a 1975 Cleveland slaying to have been wrongfully imprisoned, opening the door for them to receive millions of dollars in compensation.

The ruling allows Wiley Bridgeman, Ricky Jackson and Kwame Ajamu (KWAH’ may ah-jah-MU‘) to file cases in the Ohio Court of Claims. The Plain Dealer reports ( ) that under Ohio law, wrongfully imprisoned former inmates can be paid more than $40,000 for each year they were incarcerated.


Minnesota Orchestra will be 1st from US to perform in Cuba

Minnesota orchestraThe Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba, following President Obama’s announced desire to normalize relations with the Caribbean island nation.

CEO and president Kevin Smith told musicians shortly before a Thursday morning concert that the ensemble would play two concerts at the Cubadisco Festival in May. One of the concerts will feature the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Cuban National Choir and Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez.


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