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Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic

Florida executions on holdFlorida's highest court put executions on hold Tuesday while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether use of a controversial general anesthetic constitutes "cruel and unusual" punishment of condemned killers.

The state Supreme Court stopped the execution of Jerry William Correll next week because the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a challenge some Oklahoma inmates brought against use of midazolam hydrochloride as the first of three drugs used in lethal injections. Florida uses essentially the same formula, the court said in a 5-2 ruling.


How New York City's Municipal ID Program Protects Immigrants From A Tea Party White House

NYC ID proggramThe bill that created New York City’s popular municipal ID program has a clause protecting undocumented New Yorkers from a conservative White House in 2017, The New York Post reported this week.

New York City officially started issuing municipal ID cards last month in order to provide the city’s 500,000 undocumented immigrants, as well as others, access to multiple city services.


Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Immigration order haltedThe White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally.


Rhode Island Muslim School Vandalized In Hate Crime

Rhode Island Muslim school vandalizedA non-profit Muslim school in Rhode Island was vandalized with Islamophobic graffiti on Saturday, one day after holding a vigil for the three Muslim victims of the North Carolina shooting. The story garnered national interest after the Providence Journal posted a photo of the graffiti on Sunday.

The Islamic School of Rhode Island — which opened in 2003 as the first Muslim school in the state — had never been targeted by vandalization or serious threats before, the President of the school’s board of trustees told the Providence Journal.


FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

Georgia lynching suspects aliveUS authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents have questioned a man in Georgia about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946, the man told the Guardian. The man was among several in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists.


Winter storm expected to set new record low temperatures in parts of U.S.

Boston stormA major winter storm could drop up to 12 inches of snow from the south-central United States to the Mid-Atlantic coast, affecting more than 40 million Americans.

Disrupted power lines and dangerous traffic conditions are expected as temperatures could drop to single digits in the affected areas.  The winter storm is expected to cross the Appalachians and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.


FAA finally issues its small drone rule

Drone rules from FAADrones can begin flying low over the American skyscape by 2017 under rules proposed Sunday by the Obama administration that will finally allow their legal use for business purposes.

The rules, which still need to go through an extensive public comment phase, apply to smaller drones weighing 55 pounds or less. Such small flyers aren’t likely to share airspace with manned flights.


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