White House threatens to shut down briefing over questions on transgender policy shift
Paul Ryan assures wary GOP senators their 'skinny' bill will go to conference
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Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appeal
A planned execution in Texas on Thursday of a man convicted of murdering a woman in her San Antonio home in 2004 was delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a last-minute appeal from lawyers for the death row inmate to spare his life. 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. Lawyers for Preyor launched the appeal at the court on Thursday, arguing that prior counsel was incompetent and included a lawyer who lost his license two decades earlier and another attorney with no death penalty experience who used Wikipedia to navigate the Texas death penalty system.
Grandmother lays in pool of blood playing dead after being attacked night before her husband's funeral
An Arizona community is reeling after a grandmother was beat up in her home by an unknown assailant, and forced to lay in her own blood for hours playing dead for fear that her attacker would return. Jesse Leetham said in a Facebook that his grandmother was attacked after 11 p.m. the night before her husband?s funeral, shortly after he left her home. The 82-year-old grandmother was washing dishes when she was assaulted, according to a press release from the Gila County Sheriff?s Office.
Medical examiner: Judge in river died by suicide in drowning
Cruise ship passenger 'killed wife because she laughed at him'
A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple's blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released on Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship on Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson. Kristy Manzanares, 39, had a severe head wound, but authorities have declined to release other details in the case, including how many people were traveling with the couple on the 3,400-passenger Emerald Princess that left Sunday from Seattle. Passengers of the Emerald Princess cruise ship disembark on Wednesday Credit: AP A man and others went into the room before medical workers and security officers had arrived and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. The man asked Manzanares what happened, and the suspect said, "She would not stop laughing at me." Manzanares then grabbed his wife's body and tried to drag her to the balcony, but the man stopped him, Watson wrote. A ship security officer handcuffed Manzanares in a nearby cabin. While the FBI searched him, he spontaneously said, "My life is over." Manzanares, 39, was scheduled to appear in federal court by videoconference from Alaska's capital city of Juneau later Thursday. He has no criminal history, according to online Utah court records. Several passengers of the Emerald Princess cruise ship bide their time on deck while waiting to disembark Credit: AP "We conducted approximately 200 interviews of passengers and crew members," Marlin Ritzman, FBI special agent in charge of the Alaska bureau, told reporters. The ship was diverted to Juneau because of the investigation, which the FBI is leading because the death occurred in U.S. waters. The ship docked Wednesday morning, and passengers were kept on board for hours before the cruise departed late that night for the southeast Alaska town of Skagway. Princess Cruises said in a statement Thursday that passengers will receive $150 onboard credit because of the effect on their vacations. "You feel sorry for the family, but a lot of people had to wait," said Lloyd Barrows, a passenger from Alberta, Canada.
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Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump?s ban on transgender military service
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump?s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not ?accept or allow? transgender military service members.
Scaramucci calls into CNN for wild interview about Priebus and leaks
The White House communications director called into CNN's "New Day" early Thursday to explain his Twitter message that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the "leak" of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form.