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SCOTUS Says Death Sentence Spoiled by Victim Testimony

The three family members recommended a death sentence and the jury agreed. "The state argued. even if the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals was wrong in its victim impact ruling, that error did not affect the jury's sentencing determination, and the defendant's rights were in any event protected by the mandatory sentencing review in capital cases required under Oklahoma law", the Supreme Court said in its opinion.

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Nigerian judges probed as part of anti-corruption drive - presidency

Leading the debate on his motion, Chinda pointed out that the powers of the DSS as enumerated in section (2)(3) and (6) of the National Security Agencies Act 1986 does not include investigation and prosecution of corruption and abuse of office.

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Trump on Ryan: 'I Don't Want…Don't Care About His Support'

Targeting Ryan, Trump called the top Republican in Congress "our very weak and ineffective leader". They said the move didn't intimidate Clinton, but there is an acknowledgment inside Clinton's campaign that if the wheels completely come off Trump's operation, the attacks could grow even more personal.

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Unarmed Man Shot by Police Had PCP in His System

The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the drug was in Crutcher's body at the time of the shooting. A lawyer for Crutcher's widow Frenchell Johnson said there were "no surprises" in the medical examiner's report, which also found that Crutcher died from a gunshot wound from the chest and ruled the manner of death a homicide.

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S.African students, police clash again

Zuma's government has said it will continue subsidising university costs for the poorest students but could not afford free education for all. Private security guards protect themselves from stones thrown by students from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg on Monday.

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Judge extends voter registration in battleground Florida

The League is asking the court "to extend Florida's voter registration deadline to account for the lost days and weekend of voter registration up to and including October 18, 2016", according to its complaint. Quite simply, it is wholly irrational in this instance for Florida to refuse to extend the voter registration deadline when the state already allows the governor to suspend or move the election date due to an unforeseen emergency.

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Turkey, Russia put aside differences for ambitious economic projects

Putin's appearance in Istanbul for the 23rd World Energy Congress and a third meeting with Erdogan in two months is seen as a clear sign of warmer relations between their countries. Erdogan said he and Putin are improving ties and are accelerating their trade deals. Yet almost a year after Russia's intervention it has become clear to Ankara that Assad is not going away anytime soon as rebels suffer a series of battlefield setbacks - and with that there has been a recalibration of Turkey's ...

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Has the creepy clown trend come to Phoenix?

The unidentified clown was photographed next to a "garage sale" sign, but it wasn't clear whether the clown and the sign were connected. But with reports of clown sightings spreading, fueled largely by social media, authorities are being forced to take them seriously as a potential threat to public safety, particularly at schools, where principals have conducted lockdowns and canceled classes.

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Turkey Defies Baghdad and States It Will Remain in Iraq

The Iraqi official added that Ankara was not serious about resolving a dispute over Turkey's deployment of troops in Iraq . In the short term, the Turkish presence could exacerbate strains between Baghdad and Kurdistan just as USA officials have said that collaboration between them is essential to the Mosul fight.

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Pact on climate change to take effect November 4

After the European Union (EU) formally joined the Paris Agreement this week, the global climate deal is set to enter into force much earlier than nearly anyone had anticipated. Moniz said in a statement the passage marks "a new era of global consensus on climate-change action". "Now that a truly global binding climate agreement is in place, governments should have the confidence to not only meet but also beat their national climate targets and provide support to the poorest countries".

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Pro-Western governing party ahead in Georgia's vote count

TBILISI, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Georgians voted for a new parliament on Saturday in an election seen as a test of stability of the ex-Soviet state criss-crossed by strategically important oil and gas pipelines and traditionally buffeted between Russian Federation and the West.

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Gayle Newland: Sex attacker who posed as man wins appeal

Gayle Newland , 26, of Willaston, Cheshire, had been jailed for eight years over three counts of sexual assault, but appealed against the conviction at the Court of Appeal in London. But after meeting up on a number of occasions, the woman tore off the blindfold during a sexual encounter - and was shocked find not her supposed boyfriend, but Newland allegedly penetrating her with a prosthetic penis.

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Sprint Cup race at Charlotte pushed to noon Sunday

Kevin Harvick will start on the pole, with Alex Bowman starting second. The Sprint Cup playoff race is still scheduled for Saturday night. The Xfinity race was on Sunday last week at Dover and run before the Cup race. "I really wanted to win this race". Also, for NASCAR fans looking to watch the Xfinity Drive for the Cure 300 at 4:30, continue to watch the live NBC streaming service to do so.

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Wales drop points again but coach upbeat

In a group that looks like it will be tightly contested between Wales , Serbia , Austria and the Republic of Ireland, points dropped against Georgia and Moldova are just unacceptable. "It's one we really have to get something out of". After Austria equalised for a second time through Marc Janko, Southampton's Dusan Tadic scored the victor just over 15 minutes remaining in the game.

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Democrats file lawsuit over Florida voter registration deadline

Democrats note that SC, another GOP-controlled state, extended its original October 7 deadline to accept registration forms postmarked no later than Tuesday. "It has been suggested that the issue of extending the voter registration deadline is about politics". On Monday, a federal court found that the voter deadline should indeed be extended, not only because the decision is in the public's interest, but prioritizing deadlines over people's right to vote is "nonsensical".

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UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe claims Mike Hookem 'punched' him in Strasbourg

Ukip MEP Mike Hookem has denied punching party colleague Steven Woolfe , after reports the two engaged in a fight at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Mr Woolfe, Mr Hookem said, asked him to step out of the meeting to settle the argument "mano a mano". As a precaution, I am being kept in overnight awaiting secondary tests to make sure everything in fine.

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Iraqi supreme court rules against PM Abadi on VP positions

Turkish warnings about possible sectarian clashes in Mosul if the majority Sunni region were placed under Shiite militia control also have drawn Baghdad's ire. The president said Turkey would continue to do "what is necessary". The Turkish president has expressed his country's willingness to join the battle under a similar understanding it had reached for the recapture of Jarabulus in Syria.

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Flesh-eating screwworms are back in Florida with infestation of Key deer

On a narrow strip of road linking the Florida Keys to the mainland is the front line for the fight against maggots that can kill livestock and pets. Though the worms typically target "livestock, dogs and deer", in rare cases they've been known to affect humans. Photo: Artist view of larval screwworms embedded in wound.

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Crude prices fall on Russia's mixed response to OPEC deal

In September OPEC members agreed a production cut of 700,000 bpd to bring output down to 32.5-33 mn bpd "in order to accelerate the ongoing drawdown of the stock overhang and bring the rebalancing forward", according to an OPEC statement.

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Storms to bring wind and rain to Central Washington

Twin storms packing high winds and heavy rain are forecast to hammer Western Washington from Thursday evening into Saturday, said Danny Mercer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Seattle. The flood watch starts at noon Thursday and extends to 6 p.m. Friday. We're more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees which can pull branches - and maybe the whole tree - down.

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Hecklers shouting 'Bill Clinton is a rapist' taunt Obama, Clinton at rallies

President Obama apparently believes such words aren't fitting for a Presidential candidate, never mind "applying for a job at 7-Eleven". Following the release of the decade-old video in which Trump boasted about groping women, Obama said the comments offer additional evidence of why he isn't fit for office.

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Trump assails Ryan for ditching him

Here are the key lessons learned so far with four weeks to go before Americans go to the polls on November 8 for an election that will end with either Trump, 70, or Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, 68, succeeding Barack Obama as U.S. Ted Cruz reiterated his support for Donald Trump , saying Hillary Clinton is "manifestly unfit" to be president. One said Ryan told Republicans to do what "you think is right personally, and what you need to do politically".

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UK lawsuit challenges British PM Theresa May on Brexit

But Mr Walker, a junior Brexit minister, said triggering the process for leaving the European Union by March will offer all political parties chance to set out policies for "an independent UK" in four years' time free of distractions. This week, along with shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry , he sent the government 170 questions on Brexit. But there is no doubt that MPs would vote to trigger Article 50 rather than to sabotage Brexit; they are not stupid enough to deny their ...

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Rodrigo Duterte Wants to Ban Smoking in Public in the Philippines

Duterte said Tuesday that, after Japan, "probably I will go to Russian Federation". He said the USA relationship brought "tremendous" benefits to the Philippines ranging from cooperation on counter-terrorism and combating illegal fishing to dealing with Manila's territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea.

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Russian Federation accuses UK's Boris Johnson of 'Russophobic hysteria'

Elsewhere, state media said five children were among six people killed in rebel rocket fire on a primary school in the southern city of Daraa. French officials' growing anger over the Russian-backed Syrian government's onslaught on the rebel-held areas of Aleppo had led them to reconsider whether to host Mr Putin on Oct 19.

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Samsung Drastically Cuts Profit Estimates As Malfunctions Continue

Market observers expected the Note 7 fallout to cost as much as 3 trillion won. But analysts say more pain is yet to come. Samsung's decision to kill off its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is already hurting its profits. The firm appeared to have the situation under control as it issued replacement devices with different batteries, until new phones also began to smoke and combust.

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Turkish President Erdogan: Iraqi PM Should Know His Limits

As tensions recently increased between Turkey and Iraq due to a statement by the Iraqi central government which said that Turkish military units stationed in Bashiqa camp near Mosul were "occupying forces" and "should be immediately withdrawn", footage from a 2014 press conference resurfaced, proving that Turkey and Iraq had originally agreed to collaborate in the fight against the Daish terrorist group.

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Haiti response includes cholera vaccines, medicines and supplies for cholera treatment

Among them was Beauvoir Luckner, a cobbler and farmer who walked 12 km (7 miles) in three days after a tree fell on his house, crushing his leg and killing his mother. According to the most recent Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) situation report Monday evening, more than 200 cholera cases have been reported.

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Obama laughs off rape protesters

Trump has been ramping up his attacks against the Clintons, holding a press conference before the second presidential debate with four women who accused Bill of rape and unwanted sexual advances. Despite President Obama's popularity among African Americans in North Carolina, Baumgartner believes black turnout will not be as high as when he won in 2008, when he became the first Democrat to carry the state since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

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Donald Trump gets election date wrong

The American presidential election is actually 20 days before then on the 8th. In reality, his campaign is imploding , as prominent Republican senators such as Kelly Ayotte, John McCain and John Thune have all unendorsed Trump in addition to several key members of the party such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan .

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British PM allows MPs to scrutinise Brexit plan

For over 23 years, UKIP has been the only political party to have campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union and we must ensure that "Brexit" happens and hold the government to account if any part of it is watered down and is not what the people voted for.

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Modi asks ministers, BJP leaders to refrain from 'chest-thumping'

On the other hand, BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the opposition for demanding proofs and questioned that whether Congress has any doubt on the bravery and skills of its army. We must be mature enough as a country to be able to ensure that this kind of pressure is not put on government or army to produce videos", the former Army chief told IANS.

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NTSB turns over probe of plane crash to FBI

CT said it was told by the East Hartford fire chief that two people were in the plane, and the pilot had been taken to a hospital. The aircraft was on final approach to Runway 20 at Hartford-Brainard Airport. Pratt & Whitney said its operations weren't affected by the crash and none of its employees was involved. It wasn't immediately clear whether the instructor or student had died.

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Saudi Ties in Tatters Over Yemen, After JASTA

Saudi Arabian media on Monday spoke of another missile fired by Yemen with the apparent target being an airbase near Mecca. In its statement on Monday, the USA navy said the United States remains "committed to ensuring freedom of navigation everywhere in the world".

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14 killed, 36 wounded in Afghanistan attack

At least 14 people have been killed in an attack on a shrine in Kabul, as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning. Ashura is one of the most important festivals in the Shiite calendar and Ghani has said that despite the terror attacks, the country will celebrate the day on Wednesday, October 12.


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