Human Rights Watch says caning amounts to torture, and it has demanded that the provincial government abolish the practice.
The state of Alabama executed an 83-year-old man overnight by lethal injection. Walter Leroy Moody Jr. became the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. Moody was convicted of mailing four bombs that killed a federal judge and a civil rights lawyer in 1989.
The casket of former first lady Barbara Bush lay in repose in Houston today for a 12-hour public viewing. Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, greeted some of the first people to file past. A private funeral will be held tomorrow. Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92.
A warning today to avoid eating all romaine lettuce from Southwestern Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded an earlier alert over an E. coli outbreak. At least 60 people across 16 states have fallen ill so far. The CDC says the best advice is, if you don’t know for certain the source of lettuce you bought, don’t eat it.
And on Wall Street, interest rates rose, tech stocks tumbled, and the market gave ground. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 202 points to close at 24462. The Nasdaq fell nearly 92 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 23. For the week, all three indexes gained about half-a-percent.
And Britain’s Prince Charles will be the next leader of the 53-nation commonwealth. Member states met in London today and unanimously chose Charles for the largely symbolic position. He will succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth, when she dies. The queen turns 92 tomorrow.