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This photo provided by Sherry Simon shows Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part of an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion Friday, April 14, 2017 in Little Rock, Ark. Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide after a company said it had sold the drug to the state for medical purposes, not capital punishment. Local media outlets had tweeted photos and video of Griffen appearing to mimic an inmate strapped to a gurney at the demonstration. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said she planned to file an emergency request with the state Supreme Court to vacate Griffen's order, saying Griffen shouldn't handle the case. (Sherry Simon via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 9:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge who lay on a cot as though he were a death row inmate on a gurney after issuing an order halting Arkansas' multiple execution plan was barred Monday from taking up any capital punishment-related cases and referred to a disciplinary panel. The state Supreme Court...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Marcus Ruiz Evans, center, vice president of The Yes California Independence Campaign, talks to about California succeeding from the United States and becoming its own nation in Sacramento, Calif. Ruiz Evan's said Monday, April 17, 2017, that he notified officials that he intends to withdraw the California Nationhood ballot measure. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 17, 2017 - 8:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of one long-shot bid to make California an independent nation ended their effort on Monday, while another group said it will launch a new campaign for a statewide vote next year. The drive to make the nation's most populous state its own country, with what would...
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North Korea's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, speaks during a news briefing on Monday, April 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
April 17, 2017 - 8:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment." Kim In Ryong told a news conference that "...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 8:48 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — State and federal courts lifted the two primary obstacles Arkansas faced in its plan to execute eight inmates before the end of April, but the state backed away from legal efforts to carry out one of the first two lethal injections scheduled Monday night. The decisions from the...
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A man walks past electoral posters displaying the presidential candidates, Benoit Hamon, left, Emmanuel Macron, center, and Marine Le Pen in Paris, France, Monday, April 17, 2017. French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are hoping to bring in big crowds at competing rallies in Paris as the unpredictable race nears its finish. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
April 17, 2017 - 8:28 pm
PARIS (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hammered on themes that pump up supporters, like immigration and national identity, at her Paris rally on Monday as France's unpredictable presidential campaign neared its finish with a grab-bag of potential outcomes. Questions rather than...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures while delivering a speech during a rally of supporters a day after the referendum, outside the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 17, 2017. Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new powers to Erdogan, citing what it called substantial voting irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
April 17, 2017 - 8:06 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally fulfilled his long-held ambition to expand his powers after Sunday's referendum handed him the reins of his country's governance. But success did not come without a cost. His victory leaves the nation deeply divided and facing...
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April 17, 2017 - 7:56 pm
KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — A 23-year-old man avoided facing the death penalty by pleading guilty to kidnapping and killing a Utah train worker in Wyoming. Dereck James Harrison entered his plea Monday during his arraignment in District Court in Kemmerer. Harrison pleaded guilty to first-degree murder...
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This undated photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows Yu Wei Gong. Gong, accused of killing his mother and stuffing her body parts in a freezer, is asking for a Mandarin interpreter for his next court date. Gong didn't speak during a brief court hearing Monday, April 17, 2017. (Honolulu Police Department via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of killing his mother months ago stuffed her dismembered body parts in seven plastic bags in the kitchen freezer of the Waikiki apartment they shared, according to court documents made public Monday. Yu Wei Gong has been charged with second-degree murder in the...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Arkansas Supreme Court has lifted an order that effectively blocked the state's plan to execute eight men by the end of the month, but a stay remains in...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:23 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will allow the executions of two inmates to proceed, saying the victims' families have...
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