April 28th, 2017

World News

New scrutiny of timeline after Arkansas executes 4th inmate

By Kelly P. Kissel And Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press on April 28th, 2017

VARNER, Ark. – The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams’ execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick ... Read More »

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Macedonia’s head seeks emergency talks after parliament riot

By The Associated Press on April 28th, 2017

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonia’s president called an emergency meeting of political leaders Friday, hours after demonstrators – mostly supporters of the country’s dominant conservative party – invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers. Police said 77 people, including opposition Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, the head of a small ethnic Albanian opposition party and 22 police, ... Read More »

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Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead

By The Associated Press on April 28th, 2017

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigeria’s military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers. Spokesman Kinsley Samuel says in a statement that the fighting occurred Thursday morning when the extremists attacked a base in the Sambisa forest in northern Nigeria. The forest had ... Read More »

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Woman dies after Stockholm truck attack; death toll now 5

By The Associated Press on April 28th, 2017

STOCKHOLM – Swedish authorities say a woman in her 60s injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, raising the death toll to five. In a statement Friday, the Stockholm police said the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalized in southern Sweden. A 39-year-old Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, ... Read More »

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4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney

By Andrew Demillo And Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

VARNER, Ark. – Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at ... Read More »

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Arkansas executes killer for 4th lethal injection in 8 days

By Andrew Demillo And Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

VARNER, Ark. – Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. At the time ... Read More »

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Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

By Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Afghanistan’s Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive in an email statement that boasted Taliban control over more than half of the ... Read More »

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‘Bobbi Jene,’ ‘Keep the Change’ top Tribeca Film Fest awards

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – “Keep the Change,” a romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum, and “Bobbi Jene,” a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva, were the top winners at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival. In the awards, announced in a ceremony Thursday ... Read More »

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Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

By Michael Tarm And Don Babwin, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

CHICAGO – The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible. David Dao’s legal team said the agreement includes a provision that the amount ... Read More »

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White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

By Josh Boak, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump’s outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The ... Read More »

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Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

By Matthew Daly And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary ... Read More »

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