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Oct 7, 2011

Inflation not a big worry, top Fed officials say

DALLAS/ATLANTA (Reuters) – The risk of U.S. inflation is minor compared with an ongoing morass in the jobs market, two top Federal Reserve officials said after the government reported a steady 9.1 percent jobless rate.

However, both Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher and Atlanta Fed chief Dennis Lockhart sounded skeptical of pushing for further monetary easing and unsure of how much it might help.

Oct 1, 2011

Thousands attend funeral of executed convict Troy Davis

SAVANNAH, Georgia (Reuters) – Thousands of people packed a church in the state of Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of Troy Davis, who was executed for the murder of a police officer in a case that drew international attention because of claims by his advocates that he was innocent.

The service at Jonesville Baptist Church in the coastal city of Savannah reflected a determination by his family, civil rights leaders and activists to turn his execution last week into a renewed campaign against the death penalty.

Sep 22, 2011

Georgia executes convict Troy Davis in high-profile case

JACKSON, Georgia (Reuters) – The state of Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis on Wednesday in a case that drew international attention because of claims by his advocates that he may have been innocent.

Davis was put to death by lethal injection at 11:08 p.m. EDT (4:08 a.m. British time) on Thursday at a prison in central Georgia for the murder of a police officer in 1989, prisons spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said. The execution was delayed by more than four hours as the Supreme Court considered whether to issue a stay.

Sep 22, 2011

Execution looms for Georgia inmate denied polygraph

JACKSON, Georgia (Reuters) – Georgia is set to execute later on Wednesday a man convicted of murdering a police officer in one of the highest-profile U.S. capital punishment cases in years, depending on the success or failure of last-minute legal maneuvering.

The case of Troy Davis has attracted international attention and an online protest that has accumulated nearly a million signatures because of doubts expressed in some quarters over whether he killed police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Sep 21, 2011

Execution looms for U.S. inmate denied polygraph

JACKSON, Georgia (Reuters) – Georgia is set to execute later on Wednesday a man convicted of murdering a police officer in one of the highest-profile U.S. capital punishment cases in years, depending on the success or failure of last-minute legal manoeuvring.

The case of Troy Davis has attracted international attention and an online protest that has accumulated nearly a million signatures because of doubts expressed in some quarters over whether he killed police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Sep 21, 2011

Georgia condemned man’s polygraph request denied

Jackson, Ga (Reuters) – Georgia is set to execute later on Wednesday a man convicted of murdering a police officer in one of the highest profile U.S. capital punishment cases in years.

The case of Troy Davis has attracted international attention and an online protest that has accumulated nearly one million signatures because of doubts expressed in some quarters over whether he killed police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Sep 21, 2011

Execution exposes divide over death penalty

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Controversy over the execution in Georgia of a convicted murderer whose supporters say may be innocent has exposed a continuing divide in the United States over the death penalty.

Vocal support for capital punishment has long been viewed as a benchmark of toughness for politicians running for U.S. national or statewide office given public support for the so-called ultimate justice.

Sep 20, 2011

Clemency denied for death row inmate Troy Davis

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A parole board in Georgia on Tuesday denied a last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer in a case that has attracted international attention.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 killing of police officer Mark MacPhail near a Burger King restaurant in the city of Savannah along the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S. state.

Sep 20, 2011

Clemency denied for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A parole board in Georgia has denied a last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed in a high-profile case on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer.

The case has attracted international attention and became a focus for opponents of the death penalty because seven of nine trial witnesses have since recanted their testimony and his supporters say he may be innocent.

Sep 19, 2011

Board weighs clemency for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Defense lawyers mounted a final effort on Monday for Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer even though his supporters say he may be innocent.

The lawyers were due to present their evidence in Atlanta to Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole, a five-person panel that will weigh whether to grant or deny clemency or issue a stay of execution of up to 90-days, his supporters said.