LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years on Thursday after a protracted legal battle that questioned aspects of the use of the death penalty in the United States, which fell to a quarter-century low in 2016. Ledell Lee, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. CDT at the state's death chamber in its Cummins Unit prison, a Department of Corrections spokesman said. Lee did not make a final statement.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign on Friday an executive order on finding and reducing tax burdens and two memoranda ordering reviews of financial corporate regulations, a White House official said on Thursday. The memoranda ask the Treasury secretary to review the Orderly Liquidation Authority and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, both part of the Dodd-Frank law enacted under President Barack Obama's administration after the 2008-2009 financial meltdown.
LOS ANGELES - In the wake of Bill O'Reilly's ouster, Fox News Channel issued a talking points memo of its own: Its primetime lineup will maintain a similar tone and attitude even without the person who was arguably the network's most recognizable anchor in place.
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts prosecutor said on Thursday the state would release the brain of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez after his attorney accused the state of reneging on a deal to do so the day after he was found dead in his prison cell.
Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Thursday he has undergone further surgery to help alleviate pain in his back and leg and could be away from competitive golf for another six months. Woods, who has not played a tournament since pulling out of a European Tour event in February because of back spasms, has now undergone surgery on his ailing back four times since early 2014.
PARIS - One policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in central Paris on Thursday night, a police source said. A person who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France's presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun. Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.
HOUSTON - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was been readmitted to the hospital in Houston where he was treated earlier this year for pneumonia but "is going to be fine," his spokesman said on Tuesday. Jim McGrath, official media representative for the 92-year-old former president, did not immediately furnish any additional information, except to say that Bush was at Houston Methodist Hospital and that a statement would be forthcoming soon. Bush, the nation's oldest living ex-president, was hospitalized for more than two weeks in January after developing pneumonia.
LOS ANGELES - Bill O'Reilly could walk away with as much as $20 million to $25 million as part of his separation from Fox News Channel, according to a person familiar with the situation, signaling the high value the cable-news outlet placed on its best-known anchor.
A former Tennessee high school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student in March was arrested on Thursday, April 20, in northern California where the teenager was also safely recovered, authorities said. Tad Cummins, 50, who disappeared in mid-March with Elizabeth Thomas, had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and having sexual contact with a minor. Police had believed Cummins was armed with two handguns, but he was arrested without the use of substantial force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said in a phone interview.
LONDON - People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said on Thursday, April 20. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, the researchers found that cycling to work was linked to the most significant health benefits - including a 45 percent lower risk of developing cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-active commuters.