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Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death Thursday night, but not before he cursed at the state and said: “I hate you.” As the procedure began, Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, raised both of his middle fingers in a show of defiance. McNabb’s attorneys had unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution since he is one of several inmates in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the humaneness of the state’s lethal injection procedure. McNabb was … Read the referenced story here:…

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Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America’s war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality and pain of war sacrifice, praising those who serve and summoning the 2010 death of his own son to defend President Donald Trump against accusations of insensitive outreach to a grieving … Read the referenced story here: Evoking…

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Trump’s border wall models take shape in San Diego

AP Photo/Gregory Bull SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway. Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two came into profile, with crews … Read the referenced story here: Trump’s…

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Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The costs to repair the nation’s tallest dam after a nearly catastrophic failure of the spillways will top $500 million, nearly double the original estimate of $275 million, a California Department of Water Resources official said Thursday. The $500 million figure reflects only the work by the main construction contractor, Kiewit Corp., to repair the spillways at the 770-foot Oroville Dam, said Erin Mellon, a spokeswoman for the state water agency. It excludes the costs of other contractors and the emergency … Read the referenced story here:…

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Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution of an Alabama inmate on Thursday night just minutes before he was scheduled to die. Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, has challenged the humaneness of the state’s lethal injection procedure. He was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT, but the Supreme Court granted a stay after McNabb’s attorneys filed a flurry of appeals. The justices could still decide Thursday night to go ahead with the execution. McNabb … Read the referenced story here:…

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California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings

AP Photo/Eric Risberg SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people. State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the preliminary dollar valuation of losses came from claims filed with the eight largest insurance companies in … Read the referenced story here: California…

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Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied at the side of his former ambassador to Germany, who is running for governor in New Jersey, and called on the crowd of Democrats to reject politics of “division” and “fear.” Obama did not mention Republican President Donald Trump in his speech while standing next to Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, but he told the crowd at a Newark hotel that “you can send a message to the country and you … Read the referenced story here: Obama…

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Politically fraught San Francisco murder trial gets jury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After being asked detailed questions about their views on Latinos, immigration and guns, a jury has been selected for the murder trial of the man who fatally shot Kate Steinle. Six women and six men were seated as jurors Wednesday after answering a 14-page questionnaire and questions from lawyers and judge this week in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 54. The dozen said they didn’t have negative experiences or views of Latinos or persons who have entered the … Read the referenced story here:…

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Kelly defends Trump’s call to war widow, raps congresswoman

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a “sacred” presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as he lashed out at Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who earlier this week said … Read the referenced story here: Kelly…

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Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time. That’s according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security. President Donald Trump last month announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. But he said those whose authorizations were set to expire within six months could apply for renewals – so long … Read the referenced story here:…

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