Florida overhauls death penalty in bid to resume executions


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is overhauling the death penalty in a bid to resume executions after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state's current sentencing law was unconstitutional.

  • Written by GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press

Appeals court hears arguments in Freddie Gray case


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's highest court heard arguments Thursday on whether an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray can be compelled to testify against his colleagues after his trial ended in a hung jury in November.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

El Nino leaves much of drought-stricken California in dust


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Southern California home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain.

  • Written by JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

UN chief expresses concern about extremism in Sahel region


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said Thursday he is deeply concerned by attacks by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso and West Africa, urging a global response.

  • Written by BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO, Associated Press