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Aug 27, 2015

Supporters seek to put Nebraska death penalty to voters in 2016

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – An activist group seeking to override the
Nebraska legislature’s abolition of the death penalty submitted
nearly three times as many signatures as needed on Wednesday to
put the question to voters in 2016.

Nebraska in May became the first Republican-dominated state
in more than 40 years to abolish capital punishment when state
legislators overrode Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto. The death
penalty repeal is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 30.

Aug 24, 2015

Judge fines Final Exit group convicted of assisting Minnesota suicide

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota judge on Monday fined
the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network $30,000 on
its criminal conviction for assisting a woman’s suicide in 2007
and interfering with the death scene.

Dakota County prosecutors had said during the group’s jury
trial that Doreen Dunn, 57, died by helium asphyxiation with two
Final Exit group members present in her home, who then cleaned
up after the suicide.

Jul 30, 2015

U.S. dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion draws threats, protests

By David Bailey

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) – A Minnesota dentist’s killing of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve has unleashed death threats and a global firestorm of hate messages on social media.

About 200 people protested on Wednesday outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges.

Jul 30, 2015

Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion draws threats, protests

By David Bailey

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) – A Minnesota dentist’s killing of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve has unleashed death threats and a global firestorm of hate messages on social media.

About 200 people protested on Wednesday outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges.

Jul 30, 2015

Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion draws threats, protests

By David Bailey

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) – A Minnesota dentist’s killing of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve has unleashed death threats and a global firestorm of hate messages on social media.

About 200 people protested on Wednesday outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges.

Jul 29, 2015

Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion draws threats, protests

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Police in Minnesota are investigating reports of a threat against a dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion just outside a national wildlife preserve, sparking a global firestorm of hate messages on social media.

Demonstrators were gathering on Wednesday afternoon outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, an avid big game hunter, who said in a statement he regrets killing the huge cat known as Cecil on July 1. He said he had hired professional local guides who secured hunting permits and

Jul 28, 2015

Texas county releases video to dispel rumors over woman’s death

By David Bailey and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A Texas county released video on Tuesday of Sandra Bland arriving at Waller County Jail, as officials sought to dispel rumors circulating on social media that she was already dead by the time records show she was booked.

Bland, who was black, was found hanged in an apparent suicide in a cell three days after her July 10 arrest for a minor traffic offense, an incident activists say is another example of police brutality toward minorities.

Jul 23, 2015

Death of woman in Texas jail consistent with suicide: prosecutor

By Ben Klayman and David Bailey

(Reuters) – Evidence from an autopsy on Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, supports the coroner’s initial ruling of suicide, a county prosecutor told reporters on Thursday.

The preliminary results also found marijuana in Bland’s system, though officials are seeking additional tests to confirm that finding, Waller County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam said.

Jul 22, 2015

Appeals court permanently blocks N. Dakota ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday permanently
blocked a North Dakota law that banned most abortions once a
fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after
conception.

The court upheld a U.S. District Court judge’s decision that
blocked the 2013 law before it took effect, finding that it must
follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent, which holds that states may
not prohibit pre-viability abortions.

Jul 16, 2015

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush fractures neck in fall at home

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush suffered a neck fracture in a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and his hospital stay was expected to be brief, his spokesman said.

Bush, 91, who served as America’s 41st president, was last hospitalized in Houston for a week in December 2014 after experiencing breathing difficulties.