Arkansas plans to execute two convicts Monday

Arkansas plans to execute two convicts MondayThe state of Arkansas plans to execute two inmates on Monday evening, which would make it the first U.S. state in 17 years to put a pair of convicts to death on the same day. A flurry of last-minute legal appeals at both the state and federal level are expected, though their likelihood of success may have diminished with the recent appointment of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The high court cleared the way last week for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years and the state carried out the death penalty on convicted murderer Ledell Lee.



Small children among five dead in New York house fire

Small children among five dead in New York house fireA passing motorist spotted the roaring fire that engulfed the home in the Queens Village neighborhood and called the fire department around 2:30 p.m., the New York Fire Department said in a statement on its Facebook page. "None of the five people in the home survived," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in the statement. Small children were among the dead, de Blasio said.



Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance DayU.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.



Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall dealPresident Donald Trump put pressure on Democrats on Sunday as U.S. lawmakers worked to avoid a government shutdown, saying Obamacare would die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall. The escalated push to get Trump's priorities, which Democrats reject, into spending legislation could jeopardize prospects for an agreement to keep the government open. If talks fail, the government would shut down on Saturday, Trump's 100th day in office.



Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires(Reuters) - Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes. As of Sunday morning, a 5,500-acre wildfire in Collier County in southwest Florida that has destroyed nine homes was 50 percent contained, according to officials. In Polk County in central Florida, a wildfire that charred 700 acres was 75 percent contained.





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