US judge temporarily blocks 2nd Arkansas execution VARNER, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas executed one inmate Monday night but a judge halted a second lethal injection minutes later, after attorneys claimed the man gulped for air and his death provided proof the state's protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The legal development, which came after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Marcel Williams' final appeals, brought into doubt Arkansas' push to conduct the nation's first double execution since 2000. Williams' death warrant was set to expire at midnight. Jack Jones received a lethal injection earlier Monday evening that lasted 14 minutes. The state was set to execute Williams about an hour later, but U.S.
The Latest: US judge lifts temporary execution stay A federal judge has lifted her court order that temporarily blocked Arkansas from executing two inmates in one night. Attorneys for Marcel Williams had questioned whether the night's first execution of Jack Jones went properly. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued the stay for Williams, then, lifted it about an hour later - at 9:22 p.m. The last double execution in the United States was in 2000. It was unclear whether Williams' attorneys would attempt further actions to delay the execution. His death warrant was due to expire at midnight. An spokesman for the state attorney general said the execution could proceed.
Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them WASHINGTON (AP) - Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice - no small feat - and call these promises kept. But where's that wall? Or the promised trade punishment against China - will the Chinese get off scot-free from "the greatest theft in the history of the world"? What about that "easy" replacement for Obamacare? How about the trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and huge tax cut that were supposed to be in motion by now?
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O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out." "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he said in an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast, available only to subscribers after this week's free window. "I was very surprised how it all turned out." O'Reilly, who exited Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations that he has denied, said he couldn't add much more "because there's much stuff going on right now." "But I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised, but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am," said O'Reilly, who was Fox's most popular and most lucrative personality.
Trump backs away from demand for border wall money WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. Trump told a gathering of around 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September, according to two people who were in the room. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the get-together, which was not originally intended to be on the record. The border wall money is fiercely opposed by Democrats, whose votes are needed to pass the government-wide spending legislation that comes due Friday at midnight.
10 Things to Know for Tuesday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. PARTISAN FIGHTS COULD SHUT DOWN US GOVERNMENT Disputes over health care and President Trump's border wall throw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. 2. HOW TRUMP IS FALLING SHORT An AP analysis finds President Trump isn't keeping the big promises he made for his first 100 days in office. 3. WHY STATE DEPARTMENT REMOVED PROMOTION OF TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO The department faced a storm of ethics criticism for its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's private Florida resort, which it described as the "winter White House." 4.
Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoff PARIS (AP) - France's established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential runoff, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron - an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace. Support for Macron also poured in Monday from the seat of the European Union, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish and Muslim groups troubled by Le Pen's nationalist vision. European stock markets surged, and France's main index hit its highest level since early 2008, as investors gambled that the rise of populism around the world - and its associated unpredictability in policymaking - may have peaked.
State Department removes promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday. In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has hosted foreign leaders. "By visiting this 'winter White House,' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago's original owner and designer," the post said. Left unsaid: Mar-a-Lago is part of Trump's business empire. After his election, the resort doubled its membership fee to $200,000. As president, Trump has visited the property seven times, and its restaurant fills up when he's in town.
In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea WASHINGTON (AP) - As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. America's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile. Xi's phone call with Trump came amid signs Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test explosion since 2006, or the latest in a rapid series of missile tests, further advancing its ambitions of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland. In Washington, the Trump administration invited the entire 100-member Senate for a briefing Wednesday on the escalating crisis.
Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii HONOLULU (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence ended his trip to Asia on Monday with a thanks to U.S. service members based in Hawaii and promises of robust military spending under President Donald Trump. Pence sat with troops for lunch at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and noted the president's push for increased military spending at a time when the U.S. faces threats in the Asia-Pacific posed by North Korea. The vice president said he wanted to assure military members that "in these uncertain times, people who serve here at U.S. Pacific Command will know that in your commander-in-chief, you have a president who is going to fight to rebuild our military." Pence wrapped up a 10-day trip to Asia that included a visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, consultations with leaders in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia, and a quick stop to see troops in American Samoa.