The highest criminal court of Texas has postponed a convicted murderer’s execution due to new DNA testing that could show he’s innocent. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday put off the scheduled Wednesday execution of 49-year-old Henry Skinner because it is examining how changes in the state law on DNA testing requests affects cases like his. Skinner was convicted on the murders of his girlfriend and her two sons in their Pampa home on New Year’s Eve 1993. Prosecutors are contesting the new tests, saying courts already ruled against Skinner.
A doctor who retaliated against two nurses now faces two months in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to two felony charges. Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. pleaded guilty to retaliation and misuse of official information as a part of a plea agreement, which will also cause him to surrender his medical license. Arafiles caused the firing of nurses Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle after they filed an anonymous complaint with the medical board in 2009. Both nurses were indicted and faced 10 years in prison. Mitchell was acquitted and charges were dropped against Galle.
The painting whose title translates to "Christ Carrying the Cross" was completed by French Baroque painter Nicolas Tournier in the 1630s, only to disappear from France in 1818. The canvas turned up in Italy a couple years ago. A gallery in London eventually purchased it and brought it to a showing in Paris. Now the French government is trying to keep the painting saying it was stolen.
The online group Anonymous was in the news again last week when it threatened to unmask collaborators with a powerful Mexican drug cartel. That is just one of the attention-grabbing exploits by the group of cyber activists that is as mysterious as its name sounds. Journalist Quinn Norton talks to Renee Montagne about the profile of Anonymous that she has written for Wired.com.
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We're going to get an update now on the struggling economies now threatening the Eurozone. Let's start with Greece, which is still trying to put together a unity government after its embattled prime minister agreed to step down. So far, George Papandreou is still there and Greek lawmakers have not been able to agree on a replacement.
Some Oregon residents are voting in a special primary Tuesday to replace a U.S. representative who resigned after a scandal. To try to make voting more accessible, election workers are taking iPads to places like nursing homes and community centers. Voters will be able to enlarge the font size, tap their selection and print out a completed ballot.
The sudden bankruptcy of commodities trading firm MF Global has thrust a familiar name in to the spotlight: Jon Corzine. Previously, Corzine was governor of New Jersey, a U.S. senator and chairman and CEO of the investment firm Goldman Sachs. Corzine resigned last week as chairman and CEO of MF Global as investigators search for hundreds of millions of dollars missing from clients' accounts.
Republican presidential candidates (from left) Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum prepare to debate during the event sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express at the Florida state fairgrounds on Sept. 12 in Tampa.
It was one year ago that the Tea Party movement helped Republicans take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. With the presidential election a year away, the movement finds itself searching for ways to have the same kind of impact this time around.
The Tea Party celebrated on election night last year with candidates like Rand Paul, who captured a Senate seat in Kentucky.
"Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them," Paul said in his victory speech.
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When a Chicago woman came out yesterday to publicly accuse Herman Cain of an unwanted sexual advance, it marked a shift in this story. Up to that point, the three previous accusations had been anonymous. The Republican presidential candidate has firmly denied all the accusations of harassment, including yesterday's, which the woman claimed had occurred in 1997, when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association.