The continued use of the controversial sedative midazolam to put prisoners to death, upheld on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, will mean more botched executions, predicted an official with the American Civil Liberties Union.
A new study suggests that about a third of Americans have at least one gun, NBC News reported. Most are white males over the age of 55, and a "gun culture" is closely linked with ownership, the team at Columbia University behind the study reports. "One-third of Americans reported owning a gun, ranging from 5.2 percent in Delaware to 61.7 percent in Alaska," they wrote in their report. "Gun ownership was 2.25 times greater among those reporting social gun culture than those who did not." The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, is one of several trying to pin down the number of gun owners in the United States. No agency keeps statistics on gun ownership and many pro-gun activists advocate keeping gun ownership private because of fears about potential future laws that might take guns away.
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A senior U.S official in Vienna said negotiators will not make tomorrow's deadline on an agreement on Iran's nuclear program, NBC News reported. And while those involved in the talks are willing to spend a few more days hammering out details, no one will agree to a long term extension. They are also not willing to renegotiate what they say Iran agreed to in April to reduce its weapon-making ability. Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif returned to Tehran last night for consultations and is expected back in Vienna tomorrow, the day the negotiators were supposed to complete a final agreement. "We are still focused on completing a comprehensive agreement in this round," the senior U.S official said. "No one is talking about a long-term extension."
Six people have been arrested after heckling Joel Osteen during his sermon at a Texas church, Houston Police said. Each of them were escorted out of Lakewood Church Sunday morning after yelling, according to NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston. Houston Police said all people arrested were from the same church, which was identified as The Church of Wells in a statement released by Lakewood Church on Monday.
NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential hopeful’s comments about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," NBC said in a statement.
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A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.
The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga.
Fire Chief Raul Zuniga Jr., who's a cousin of the victim, says the attack happened Sunday afternoon.
The escaped murderer who was shot by a New York state trooper near the Canadian border over the weekend is in serious condition at an Albany hospital and will remain there for several days, hospital officials said Monday. Dennis McKenna, the medical director at Albany Medical Center, where David Sweat was flown Sunday night, said the captured killer's condition was upgraded to serious late Monday morning. Sweat's condition has been up and down -- vacillating from stable to critical and now to serious -- in the hours since he was shot twice in the torso by a state trooper conducting a ground search. Sweat is one of two prisoners who escaped from a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago. The other escapee, Richard Matt, was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement on Friday. In an interview with WCNY's Capitol Pressroom Monday, Gov. Cuomo said the original escape plan for Matt and Sweat involved traveling to Mexico along with Joyce Mitchell, the prison tailor worker arrested for allegedly helping them break out of the maximum-security prison upstate.
The US Supreme Court agreed Monday afternoon to put a hold on court rulings that have reduced the number of abortion clinics in Texas.
Four of the court's conservatives -- Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito -- dissented.
A state law passed in 2013 required clinics providing abortion services to meet the same standards as an ambulatory surgical center, and it required doctors providing the services to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
A 2-pound drone crashed into a building during Seattle’s Pride parade on Sunday and fell into the crowd, striking the unidentified 25-year-old woman in the head, Seattle police said Monday. Her boyfriend caught her as she fell, and an off-duty firefighter treated the woman until police arrived. Det. Patrick Michaud, a spokesman for the Seattle police, told NBC News the collision left the woman with "not a gentle concussion." Police said they're seeking the drone's pilot, described as an unshaven white man in his 20s with "a noticeable tattoo of a woman somewhere on his body." Authorities around the world are struggling with how to keep people safe with unmanned aircraft buzzing around overhead.
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The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China announced on Monday the temporary shutdown of a massive database used to update and store background investigation records after newly discovering a flaw that left the system vulnerable to additional breaches.
There is no evidence the vulnerability has been exploited by hackers, agency spokesman Samuel Schumach said in a statement, adding that the Office of Personnel Management took the step protectively. He said the system could be shut down for four to six weeks.
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A string of fires at predominantly black churches in the South have fueled concerns about the potential for a new wave of racist violence in the days since a white gunman killed nine black worshippers in Charleston, South Carolina, NBC News reported. Federal authorities, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, have joined local authorities looking into fires in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In each case, the church was severely damaged or destroyed — with congregations left wondering if they were specifically targeted by bigots. FBI data shows a sharp decline in bias-motivated torchings of black churches in the past two decades, though members of some churches in the South aren't convinced. "I'm suspicious," said Angulis Williams, the deacon at Glover Grove Baptist Church in rural Warrenville, South Carolina. His small church, with 35 active members, was gutted by fire before dawn on Friday.
The maximum-security upstate New York correction officer charged in the prison escape of two convicted murderers who were captured -- one dead, one alive -- after a weeks-long manhunt that sent law enforcement officers through miles of difficult terrain is appearing in court Monday.
Gene Palmer has been charged with promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. His attorney has said he will plead not guilty.
The maximum-security upstate New York correction officer charged in the prison escape of two convicted murderers who were captured -- one dead, one alive -- after a weeks-long manhunt that sent law enforcement officers through miles of difficult terrain appeared in court Monday.
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Two brothers who have been on life support since last Wednesday after an incident at an Irving, Texas, pool have died.
Police confirmed that Anthony Smith, 11, and his brother, Treshawn, 9, died Sunday night.
The boys, along with their 10-year-old sister, August, were found unconscious in the water of a swimming pool at the MacArthur Place at 183 apartment complex last week.