Little Rock, Ark.
Judge halts eight executions after drug complaint
An Arkansas judge on Friday halted the forthcoming executions of eight death row inmates, dealing a blow to the state's efforts to begin putting prisoners to death for the first time in a decade. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen issued a stay for all eight of the state's scheduled executions, the first two of which were set for Oct. 21. In a separate filing, he denied most of the state's request to dismiss the case and said within a few days he would schedule a hearing in the inmates' ongoing case. The inmates are challenging a new Arkansas law that allows the state to withhold any information that could publicly identify the manufacturers or sellers of its execution drugs. Joshua Lee, a lawyer for the inmates, argued in court that the new secrecy law put them at risk of enduring unconstitutional pain and suffering during their executions because the drugs' safety and effectiveness couldn't be vetted. Cathy Frye, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, said the department can't comment on ongoing litigation.
Police say trio used stolen gun to kill 2
Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, then a yoga instructor two days later on a hiking trail north of the city, authorities said Friday. The handgun was reported stolen on Oct. 1 from the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco, police commander Toney Chaplin said. He it appears robbery was the motive in the two killings. The body of Audrey Carey, 23, was found Oct. 3 in Golden Gate Park. She had been shot in the head. Yoga instructor Steve Carter, 67, was discovered dead on Monday near a popular hiking trail in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge. He had been shot multiple times while walking his dog. Police identified the suspects as Morrison Haze Lampley, 23; Sean Michael Angold, 24; and Lila Scott Alligood, 18. They were arrested Wednesday at a soup kitchen in Portland, Ore.
13-year-old accused in shooting of girl, 12
A 13-year-old boy deliberately shot and killed a 12-year-old girl outside a foster home in rural southwest Missouri where they both lived using a gun he had taken from the house, the local sheriff said Friday. Officers tried to revive the girl, Teresa J. Potts, but she died Thursday evening near the town of Jasper, which is about 130 miles south of Kansas City, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser said. Kaiser said the boy ran into the nearby woods after shooting the girl and he was arrested there. Kaiser said both of the children lived at the foster home. He declined to describe the relationship between the two children.
Blatter hopes to be back within 10 days
Suspended and shamed, Sepp Blatter is still hoping to return to power as FIFA president within the next 10 days. Blatter was banned for 90 days on Thursday, essentially ending his 17-year reign as the leader of soccer's governing body. But Klaus Stoehlker, a close associate of Blatter, told the Associated Press on Friday that the Swiss official is aiming to be back at work very soon. "He has made an appeal and everybody hopes there will be a decision in the next 10 days," Stoehlker said.
Sacramento, Calif. Spencer Stone, the U.S. airman who gained world fame for helping thwart an attack on a French train and who was stabbed Thursday in street brawl, is now "awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits," the news media staff of the University of California at Davis Medical Center said Friday.