Aging death row: Is executing old or infirm inmates cruel?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Vernon Madison has spent decades on Alabama's death row. Now 67, Madison has suffered from strokes and dementia and his lawyers say he no longer recalls the crime that put him there: the 1985 killing of a police officer.


  • Written by By KIM CHANDLER , Associated Press

Ohio Supreme Court upholds death penalty constitutionality

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the state's three-decades-old death penalty law, rejecting a challenge that argued juries and not judges should impose death sentences.

  • Written by By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , Associated Press

Procter & Gamble pays $4.2 bln for unit of Germany's Merck

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck says it has agreed to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in cash.