Texas set to execute man convicted of stabbing woman to death

Texas set to execute man convicted of stabbing woman to deathTexas is set to execute on Thursday a man convicted of murdering a woman by stabbing her repeatedly after breaking into her San Antonio home in 2004. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 543rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.



Inmate captured at New York City's Rikers Island after brief escape

Inmate captured at New York City's Rikers Island after brief escapeThe search began after jail staff determined the headcount was off by one and that Naquan Hill, 24, had not returned from outdoor recreation at about 7:30 p.m., the New York City Department of Corrections said. Jail officers sealed the island's perimeter and deployed dogs to search for Hill. The jail was put on red alert, the highest emergency level, the New York Times newspaper reported.



Inmate flees New York City's Rikers Island, jail placed on lockdown

Inmate flees New York City's Rikers Island, jail placed on lockdownNaquan Hill, 24, a burglary suspect, climbed a fence and fled from a recreation yard on Wednesday when five other inmates appeared to distract two guards, the New York Times reported citing a city official. Jail officers sealed the island's perimeter and deployed K-9 dogs to search for Hill. "Rikers Island facilities have been placed on lockdown and we are talking to anyone who may be involved," Peter Thorne, a spokesman for the Correction Department, told the paper.



One dead, seven hurt after thrown from ride at Ohio fair

One dead, seven hurt after thrown from ride at Ohio fairThe accident at the fair, which opened on Wednesday in Columbus, occurred when a section of open-air seating snapped off the "Fire Ball" ride, they said. "It's a very tough day and a very tough night for the people of our state," Ohio Governor John Kasich told a news conference, describing the incident as a tragedy. The seats on the Fire Ball are in a circular configuration at the end of an arm that swings riders in a pendulum motion as they are being spun.



Trump to nominate Kansas Governor Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Trump to nominate Kansas Governor Brownback as religious freedom ambassadorU.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said on Wednesday. Brownback, who previously served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, would assume the position created in the State Department by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, of which he was one of the key sponsors. In 2015, Brownback issued an executive order protecting the religious freedom of clergy and organizations that opposed same-sex marriage as Kansas began to comply with the landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage.





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