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Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years

Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years; more to followArkansas has carried out its first execution in 12 years, according to local news media reports.

The southeastern US state executed Ledell Lee on Thursday at its Cummins Unit in Grady, which houses the state's death chamber.   Lee was pronounced dead four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire at midnight.

The US Supreme Court had cleared the way earlier in the day for Arkansas to conduct the execution by removing holds on the lethal injection, just 30 minutes before the state's death warrant expired.

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Massachusetts Throws Out More Than 21,000 Convictions In Drug Testing Scandal

Annie DookhanMassachusetts formally dropped more than 21,000 tainted drug convictions Thursday that were linked to a disgraced state chemist who in 2013 admitted to faking test results.

It's the largest single dismissal of convictions in U.S. history, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Thursday's dismissals by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had been expected after several district attorneys on Tuesday submitted lists of 21,587 cases they said they would be unwilling or unable to prosecute, The Associated Press reports.

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Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Julian Assange to be arrestedUS authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

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Tesla to recall 53,000 cars over parking brake issue

Tesla recallTesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Thursday it would recall 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars globally to fix a parking brake issue.

Shares of the U.S. luxury electric car maker were down nearly 1 percent at $302.77 in afternoon trading, following its biggest ever recall. (bit.ly/2ovjTzb)  Tesla's total production for 2016 was 83,922 vehicles and included both Model S and Model X.

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Homeland Security now acknowledges deported DREAMer had protective status

Deported dreamerThe Department of Homeland Security reversed itself Wednesday saying that a young man, identified by USA TODAY as the first DREAMer to be deported by the Trump administration, had valid protective status despite its earlier claim.

On Tuesday, the department said its records showed the protective status of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, expired in 2015. On Wednesday, the department said that status was in fact valid until 2018.

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Racist GOP State Sen. Frank Artiles Calls Black Colleagues ‘N--gers’

Frank Artiles calls colleagues n...ersAnother day, another Republican showing out in the name of white supremacy.

This time it’s Frank Artiles, a Cuban state senator in Miami serving Florida’s 40th District, who called six black colleagues “niggers” in a racist rant that shocked his black companions.

While having drinks at Tallahassee’s exclusive Governor’s Club, “Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because ‘six niggers’ in the Republican caucus had elected him,” the Miami Herald reports.

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Restaurant Group Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition

Restauramt group joins lawsuit against TrumpTwo plaintiffs involved in the hotel and restaurant industry have joined a lawsuit alleging President Trump is violating the Constitution, potentially bolstering the effort. The lawsuit centers on whether Trump is breaching the Emoluments Clause — a provision in the Constitution that prevents government officials from accepting gifts, benefits and the like from foreign leaders.

The Emoluments Clause is meant to ensure a president can't profit from his office. The lawsuit said Trump is doing just that because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments.

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