Stay of execution during investigation

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death-row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week’s botched lethal injection.

The court reset the execution of inmate Charles Warner to Nov. 13. Warner’s attorneys requested the delay, and state Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt said in a court filing Thursday that he wouldn’t object.

While the stay applies only to Warner, the attorney general and governor have said Oklahoma will not carry out any executions until the investigation is finished, which is expected to take at least eight weeks.

Warner was scheduled to be executed the same night last week as Clayton Lockett. But Lockett’s vein collapsed during his lethal injection, prompting prison officials to halt the execution. He later died of a heart attack.

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued a two-week stay of execution for Warner, but his attorneys asked for a six-month delay.

Associated Press

Syphilis rises among gay, bisexual men

Syphilis, a sexually transmitted venereal disease, is rising among gay and bisexual men after being nearly eliminated in the United States more than a decade ago, according to a federal study released Thursday.

The increase in syphilis among gay men is a major public health concern, said researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because it indicates sexual behavior that could lead to an increase in HIV transmission.

The U.S. syphilis rate in 2013 was 5.3 cases per 100,000 people, more than twice the all-time low of 2.1 cases per 100,000 people in 2000, the CDC reported.

From 2005 to 2013, the number of U.S. syphilis cases reported nearly doubled, from 8,724 to 16,663, the CDC said. In 2013, men accounted for about 91 percent of all reported cases.

— Reuters

Woman convicted in 40-year-old murder

Jurors have found a 75-year-old Missouri woman guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago. The jury in Cheyenne deliberated for about 13 hours before delivering the verdict Thursday.

Alice Uden had testified that she shot Ronald Holtz, 24, in the back of the head in late 1974 or early 1975. Investigators recovered Holtz’s remains last summer from an abandoned mine shaft.

Police arrested Uden and her current husband, Gerald Uden, 71, in Missouri in September. Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to shooting his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980. Prosecutors haven’t linked the two cases.

— Associated Press

Air force base locked down over weapon report: Dover Air Force Base in Delaware was under lockdown for about four hours Thursday following a report of a suspicious person who appeared to be carrying a weapon. The lockdown was ordered about 11 a.m. and lifted at 2:40 p.m. A base spokeswoman said there was no report of an active shooter, and no reports of injuries.

Court rejects theater shooting suspect’s request: The Colorado Supreme Court Thursday rejected Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes’s request that he not have to undergo a second psychiatric evaluation. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a 2012 attack on a suburban Denver movie theater. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Pa. won’t appeal voter ID ruling: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) said Thursday he won’t appeal a state court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. He said that the law needed changes and that he hoped to work with the legislature on them. The law, one of the strictest in the nation, was never enforced, and a state judge declared it unconstitutional in January.

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