E. coli outbreak has spread to 19 states

An additional 31 people have fallen ill from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce, bringing the tally to 84 cases across 19 states from an outbreak whose source is still under investigation.

Texas

Bush is out of ICU, focusing on NBA playoffs

Former President George H.W. Bush is out of intensive care after being hospitalized a day after his wife’s funeral, a family spokesman said. Bush is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood. McGrath said Bush is thankful for prayers and good wishes. He says the former president is more focused on the Houston Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves “than anything that landed him in the hospital.”

Inmate executed for killing girl, grandma

A prisoner on Texas death row for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago was executed Wednesday. Erick Davila used a laser-sighted semi-automatic rifle to spray bullets at about 20 people, killing two and wounding four others.

South Carolina

Corrections employees plead not guilty

More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state’s institutions, a case that was announced a week after a deadly prison riot. The indictments don’t detail how much the employees are accused of accepting in exchange for smuggling drugs, cellphones and phone accessories into state prisons.

India

Guru gets life in prison for raping teen

A court sentenced an influential guru to life in prison for the rape of a teenage girl, putting to rest a long legal battle that has been marred by the killing of at least two witnesses connected to the case. Asaram Bapu was convicted in the 2013 rape of a 16-year-old follower who was studying at one of his ashrams.

Vatican City

Pope to host abuse victims from Chile

Pope Francis will host three victims of Chile’s sexual abuse scandal this weekend to ask their forgiveness and listen to their suggestions, the Vatican said, as he tries to make amends for voicing doubts about their accusations. In a statement, the Vatican said the pope would meet with each man individually, “allowing each one to speak for as long as they wish.”

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