New anesthetic is used in Man's execution
A man who killed his young cellmate nearly 10 years ago has been executed with a drug combination that includes a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals. John David Duty was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. His execution marked the first time the state of Oklahoma used the anesthetic pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental. Officials made the change because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental. Duty was sentenced to die for strangling 22-year-old Curtis Wise in the disciplinary unit at the prison. Court records say Duty had persuaded Wise to pretend to be his hostage so Duty could be transferred to administrative segregation. After Duty bound Wise's hands behind him, he strangled the man.
Blackwater wants lawsuit dismissed
The security firm formerly known as Blackwater told a federal judge Thursday that the U.S. government — and not the company — should be held accountable for a 2007 shooting by its contractors that killed 17 Iraqis. The Moyock, N.C.-based company and several of its contractors are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit that was filed on behalf of three people killed in the shooting. Lawyers for the company, now known as Xe Services, argued that Blackwater contractors were acting as employees of the U.S. government because they were providing security to State Department personnel. Judge Terrence Boyle did not rule on the motions in the case, but said the most important issue seems to be whether the government is responsible for the actions of its contractors.
University data on 760,000 is hacked
Ohio State University is notifying about 760,000 people whose personal information was stored in the university's computer server of a data breach. The university is sending letters to current and former faculty and staff members, students and applicants, telling them hackers had broken into the server that stored their names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. The university said that although there was no evidence that the information had been used for identity theft, it was offering a year of free credit protection to everyone whose data was on the server.
Electric heaters recalled: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recalled about 2.2 million electric heaters Thursday after receiving reports of burn injuries and property damage from fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of "Flow Pro," "Airtech," "Aloha Breeze" and "Comfort Essentials" heaters sold at Walmart stores nationwide from December 2001 to October 2009. For more information, contact the company at 800-925-6278 or www.walmart.com.
Customs agent arrested: Prosecutors in Georgia said they seized 700,000 tabs of ecstasy and charged U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Devon Samuels and 13 others in a large-scale drug trafficking scheme in Atlanta.
Three robbery suspects killed: A Houston jewelry store owner shot and killed three armed men who tried to rob his business on Thursday, police said.