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US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

WASHINGTON — Determined to proceed with the first federal execution in nearly two decades, the Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that would halt authorities from carrying it out on Monday.

Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail

ATLANTA — In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting.

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

DALLAS — The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name.
Singapore's ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore's ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party comfortably won Friday's general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains.
Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president
Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

ANKARA, Turkey — The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious land
With new name and album, The Chicks' voices ring loud again

With new name and album, The Chicks' voices ring loud again

NASHVILLE — The Dixie Chicks are no more. Breaking their ties to the South, The Chicks are stepping into a new chapter in their storied career with their first new music in 14 years.

Funeral next week for girl shot near Atlanta protest site

ATLANTA — A funeral is scheduled next week for an 8-year-old girl who was shot on the Fourth of July near one of Atlanta's flash points for protests against police brutality.

Ethiopia says 2 arrested in killing that sparked mass unrest

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s attorney general says two people have been arrested and a third is on the run after the shooting death of a popular singer that set off days of deadly unrest.
Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

MADISON, Wis. — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers.