Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her home

Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her homeTexas executed on Thursday a man convicted of murdering a woman by stabbing her repeatedly after breaking into her San Antonio home in 2004. TaiChin Preyor, 46, died by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was delayed for more than three hours to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to hear an appeal from Preyor's lawyer to spare his life, which the court rejected.



U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odors

U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odorsThe U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading and expanding a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries. The auto safety agency said in a statement on Thursday it was aware of more than 2,700 complaints and three crashes that may be linked to exposure to carbon monoxide and 41 injuries among police and civilian vehicles in the probe covering 2011-2017 model year Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles. Ford has issued multiple technical service bulletins related to the exhaust odor issue to address complaints from police fleets and other owners, NHTSA said.



Kansas governor tapped as religious ambassador reflects on legacy

Kansas governor tapped as religious ambassador reflects on legacyThe two-term Republican addressed both topics at a news conference in Topeka a day after the White House announced that he would soon be nominated as U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, a State Department post. Brownback, who previously represented his home state in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, was a sponsor of the 1998 law that created the diplomatic post he now aspires to fill.



Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appeal

Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appealA 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.



Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed 1 at Ohio fair

Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed 1 at Ohio fairThe notice from KMG International BV came as several states said they had temporarily shut or were further inspecting rides similar to the "Fireball," which police in Columbus, Ohio, said flung the victims into the air on Wednesday after their seats snapped off. "We are currently gathering information on the accident and investigating the cause and circumstances," KMG product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement. Following the death of Tyler Jarrell, 18, in Ohio, at least nine other states, a New Jersey county fair and a Canadian city said they were suspending or reinspecting similar rides.





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