Phoenix freeway shootings raise fears
Authorities are investigating nine shootings of vehicles over the past two weeks that have heightened fears of a serial shooter on Phoenix-area freeways. Last week, four cars were hit along the city’s main freeway. Police said that they were investigating five more shootings. Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead called the incidents “domestic terrorism.”
Executions to resume after 10-year pause
Lethal injections will resume after a 10-year gap with a double execution next month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said as he announced execution dates for eight death-row inmates. Arkansas hasn’t executed an inmate since 2005, largely because of court challenges to the state’s lethal injection law and a nationwide shortage of drugs used during executions. The state Department of Corrections said that it has enough doses of its lethal-injection drugs to perform the scheduled executions.
Death row inmate claims juror bias
A black man on Georgia’s death row is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a new sentencing hearing because a white juror who voted for the death penalty later referred to him with a racial slur. Kenneth Fults was sentenced to death for a 1996 killing. He has been trying for 10 years to get a court to consider evidence that racial bias deprived him of a fair trial. The case is on the justices’ Sept. 28 agenda.
County clerk plans her return to work
After a five-day stint in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday. The Apostolic Christian has not said whether she would allow licenses to continue to be issued or try to block them once again. Deputy clerk Brian Mason said the office would issue licenses to anyone seeking them and said that if Davis tells him to stop, he’ll tell her that he can’t obey.
Sudanese troops accused of mass rape
Human Rights Watch accused the Sudanese military of another mass rape in Darfur. Members of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces raped at least 60 women in the country’s troubled western region in January, according to a new report by the rights group. It says many women were attacked in a hospital where people had taken shelter.
Muslim groups are banned from holy site
Israel officially outlawed an organization of Muslim women who chase and shout at Jewish visitors to a contested holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City, along with a less-vocal affiliated group of men. Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, accused the two groups of incitement and classified them as illegal, allowing for the prosecution of anyone who participates in the groups’ activities or funds them.