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This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a college students in 1993, so he could steal her car. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 7:40 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor's office said Eric Scott Branch, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. Thursday...
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Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in New York. Bouchard testified during her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association that a wet floor caused her to slip and fall inside a locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
February 22, 2018 - 6:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association on Thursday was found mostly liable for when Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard slipped on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and hit her head, suffering what she said was a "serious head injury" that changed the course of her career. A...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, stands at his desk after announcing that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed, during the opening day of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. Mendoza announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 that he is resigning over sexual misconduct allegations just ahead of a possible vote by his colleagues to expel him. In his resignation letter, Mendoza called the Senate's process "farcical" and unfair and is still considering running for re-election in the fall. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
February 22, 2018 - 6:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Thomas Whitaker. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, unanimously recommended the death sentence of Whitaker be commuted to life. Whitaker is set for lethal injection Thursday, Feb. 22, for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
February 22, 2018 - 6:46 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother. In sparing the life of Thomas "Bart" Whitaker about an hour before he was scheduled for...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., left, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., center left, and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., right, watch as President-elect Donald Trump, center right, departs a rally in Hershey, Pa. Pennsylvania’s highest court overstepped its authority in drawing new congressional district lines and did not give state lawmakers enough time to produce a map of their own, eight Republican congressmen said in a lawsuit filed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 22, 2018 - 4:50 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court overstepped its authority in drawing new congressional district lines and did not give state lawmakers enough time to produce a map of their own, eight Republican congressmen said in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The complaint in Harrisburg federal...
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Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team depart the service at the Church by the Glades for Aaron Feis, the football coach who was killed at the school shooting last week, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Coral Springs, Fla. Hundreds gathered to remember the 37-year-old assistant football coach and security guard gunned down while helping students to safety during a mass shooting at the high school on Valentine's Day. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
February 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
Honors and remembrances are continuing for the 17 students and employees who were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A student who wanted to attend West Point will get a posthumous acceptance to the prestigious military university, officials said Tuesday as...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Pence said that in a meeting with governors at the White House Monday, they and Trump will “make the safety of our nation’s schools and our students our top national priority.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 22, 2018 - 3:40 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip. The largest annual gathering of conservatives has all the looks of a Trump festival, with...
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Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in San Francisco. Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate a new category of properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay. The Plus program, unveiled Thursday, initially will only cover about 2,000 homes in 13 cities. That's a small fraction of the roughly 4.5 million rentals listed on Airbnb in 81,000 of cities throughout the world. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
February 22, 2018 - 3:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay. The Plus program, unveiled Thursday, is aimed at winning over travelers who aren't sure they can trust the...
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FILE- This June 25, 2017, file photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has reached a $650 million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C., but only a fraction of the money will be paid due to Takata's financial problems and bankruptcy. In an agreement announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, the states said they will not collect the settlement so that victims of Takata's faulty air bag inflators can get a bigger piece of the company's remaining money. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
February 22, 2018 - 2:53 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has reached a $650 million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C., but only a fraction of the money will be paid due to Takata's financial problems and bankruptcy. In an agreement announced Thursday, the...
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February 22, 2018 - 2:20 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state senator facing charges that accuse him of extorting a teenage Statehouse page for sex has resigned. Republican Nicholas Kettle said in a letter Thursday that he has "determined that it is in my best interest to resign and concentrate on the unfounded...
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