Mar 4, 2015

Execution with nitrogen gas approved by Oklahoma House

Oklahoma would become the first U.S. state to allow the execution of death-row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the state House of Representatives. The House voted 85-10 for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, ...

Mar 3, 2015

Nurse who survived Ebola sues Dallas hospital system

A 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked. Nina Pham filed the lawsuit on Monday in Dallas ...

Boston bombing jury faces one major question: another death?

Mar 2, 2015

Boston bombing jury faces one major question: another death?

From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing ...

Mar 1, 2015

U.S. wants to deport more than 150 Bosnians over war crimes: report

U.S. officials have identified about 300 Bosnian immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and are trying to deport at least 150 of them, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The immigrants were among refugees ...

Feb 26, 2015

South Korea court says adultery law is unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial law outlawing adultery and threatening violators with jail. It marked the fifth time in 25 years that the court had considered the constitutionality of a 1953 statute which made South Korea one of the ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

A former U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there. Mozaffar Khazaee entered his plea to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act in federal ...

Feb 26, 2015

China's top court rails against Western model of judicial independence

China’s top court has urged officials from the ruling Communist Party to shun Western-style judicial independence, state media said on Thursday, as controls over the media, dissent and the Internet are tightened. The comments by China’s Supreme Court, Beijing’s latest attack on Western ideology, ...

Feb 26, 2015

China convicts 81-year-old writer who criticized propaganda chief

A Chinese court sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail Wednesday on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said. The conviction of Huang Zerong, better known by ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. states try to predict inmates' future crimes

U.S. states are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit crimes again and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems and high-profile failures, an Associated Press investigation found. These programs are part of ...