Florida

Man who killed 10 women put to death

A serial killer who terrorized Florida in a 1984 spree that claimed the lives of 10 women was put to death Thursday, his execution witnessed by the woman who survived one of his attacks and aided in his capture. Inmate Bobby Joe Long had no last words, simply closing his eyes as the procedure began, witnesses said. The killer terrified the Tampa Bay area for eight months in 1984 as women began showing up dead, their bodies often left in gruesome poses. Most of the victims were strangled. Some had their throats slit. Others were bludgeoned.

Virginia

Advertising firm, NRA sue each other

A day after the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit saying its reputation had been smeared by its most prominent contractor, that contractor claimed in its own filing that it had been smeared by the NRA. The dueling claims escalated the legal battle between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen, an advertising firm that has worked with the gun group for nearly four decades. Ackerman is seeking $50 million in the counterclaim it brought. The NRA, in two lawsuits against Ackerman, had accused it of refusing to fully cooperate with an audit, defaming Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s chief executive, and breaching confidentiality agreements.

Washington, D.C.

Judge challenges lawsuit over wall

A U.S. judge sharply challenged a House lawsuit to block construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall after a senior Justice Department attorney said Congress cannot sue to enforce its constitutional power of the purse and that courts should stay out of political disputes between branches of government. The Democratic-led House filed suit in Washington on April 5 to prevent work after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused the administration of “stealing from appropriated funds” by seeking to transfer $6.7 billion more for the effort than the $1.375 billion Congress approved, a shift of money from other projects lawmakers authorized. Trump declared a national emergency in February to redirect the money.

United States

Measles concerns spur travel changes

Health officials in five states have warned people believed to be infected with measles and planning to travel that a federal regulation could prevent them from boarding planes. All eight individuals agreed to cancel their flights after learning the government could place them on the “do not board list” managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Martin Cetron, director of the agency’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. The agency had been contacted by health officials from New York, California, Illinois, Texas and Washington state, CDC officials said.

Brazil

High court moves to protect LGBT rights

Brazil’s highest court took a decisive step toward protecting LGBT people from discrimination amid a spike in reported attacks since the right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro began his campaign last year. A majority of the 11-member Supreme Federal Court voted to find it unconstitutional to exclude sexual orientation and gender from Brazil’s anti-discrimination law. After the sixth member voted in favor of the ruling, securing the majority, the court suspended the hearing until June 5. The remaining members are expected to vote then, and the ruling would be issued.

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