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Oklahoma delays Richard Glossip execution amid evidence concerns

Richard Glossip caseAn appeals court agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys asked for time to review new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard the other man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where he worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials.


Baruch Student Killed in Hazing Incident 'Singled Out,' Authorities Say

Baruch student deathAuthorities said today that Chun "Michael" Deng, the Baruch College student who died during a 2013 hazing incident, had been "singled out" by members of the school's Pi Delta Psi chapter, some of whom now face charges in his death.

"The overall investigation shows that, yes, he was singled out and he was treated harsher than the other pledges," said Chief Chris Wagner, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, during a news conference today in Pennsylvania. He would not explain further.


Whistleblowing FAA controllers reveal safety risk that could cause planes to collide

air contrllersFive air traffic controllers have exposed a problem that is putting planes at risk of colliding or causing accidents due to wake turbulence, a federal whistleblower protection office said Tuesday.

The problem occurs when pilots, air traffic control centers or airline dispatchers try to make changes to a flight plan by creating a second plan for the same flight, according to letters sent to the White House and Congress by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency.


Old, faulty voting machines put US democracy at risk, report warns

old voting machinesFifteen years after voting problems in Florida left the United States without a clear winner in its presidential election for five traumatizing weeks, a disturbing proportion of voting machines in use across the nation are old and prone to malfunction, according to the findings of a major new study issued Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law.

From counties still using analog modems, dot-matrix printers and software that works only with Windows 2000 to touchscreen machines with surfaces so degraded that votes can be recorded for the wrong candidates, the the 68-page report raises alarms about the condition of election equipment and the potential for Election Day 2000-style failures.


Floods kill 8, leave 5 missing in town known for sect leader

Utah floodsA wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing in a community that served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, authorities said.

Three people survived as the flash flooding washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream about 5 p.m. MDT, Hildale assistant fire chief Kevin Barlow said.


How Ferguson police and courts should change, says new report

Ferguson reportFerguson reform panel will recommend the consolidation of the St. Louis area’s police departments and municipal courts, according to a local newspaper.

The report from the Ferguson Commission, which has been 10 months in the making, is scheduled to be officially released Monday afternoon after a press conference with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has obtained a copy of the 198-page report, entitled "Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity."


Professor fatally shot at Mississippi university, campus locked down

Delta State University shootingA professor was shot and killed on Monday at Delta State University in Mississippi, a county coroner said, and the school remained locked down after reports of an active shooter on campus.

The university, located in Cleveland, Mississippi, confirmed a fatality on its Twitter account and asked those on campus to stay inside and away from windows.


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