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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.


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.


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.


Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance

Roy Moore suspended for remainder of term

Saying that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore violated judicial ethics when he ordered judges not to respect the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the rest of his term in office.

The order also requires the head of Alabama's highest court to pay the costs of the proceedings against him and stipulates that he will not be paid for the remainder of his six-year term. The next election for the state's chief justice post is scheduled for 2018.


More than 100 injured, at least 3 dead after major New Jersey Transit crash

Hoboken train crashA train smashed into the terminal of the New Jersey Transit Hoboken station Thursday morning, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least three, officials said.

Passengers posted pictures on social media showing severe damage at the station around 8:45 a.m., with hordes of commuters held up on platforms.

The cause of the crash is unknown.


SC school shooting: 2 children, 1 teacher wounded; suspect's father dead

South Carolina school shootingTwo children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, an official with Anderson County Emergency Services told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, deputy chief Taylor Jones said.

The father of the suspected shooter was found dead Wednesday afternoon of a gunshot wound, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told reporters. Shore identified the man as Jeffrey Osborne, 47. The house is about 2 miles from the school.


Wells Fargo CEO forfeits $41 million as company launches probe

Stumpf Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will forfeit much of his 2016 salary -- including his bonus and $41 million in stock awards -- as the bank launches a probe into its phony accounts scandal.

The fallout from the controversy has also resulted in its first major executive departure. Carrie Tolstedt, who headed the division that created the fake accounts, has left the company ahead of her scheduled retirement at year end.


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