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Arkansas Supreme Court grants stay of execution for one condemned inmate

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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday granted an emergency stay of execution to one of two inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday, court documents show.

The stay came in the case of Bruce Ward, 60, who was convicted of murdering a convenience store clerk in Little Rock and sentenced to death in 1990.

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A U.S. judge in Little Rock has yet to make a separate ruling on plans by Arkansas to hold an unprecedented series of seven executions in 11 days this month. The inmates argued the state’s rush to the death chamber was unconstitutional and reckless.

(Reporting by Steve Barnes in Little Rock; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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US set to blow other countries away with ‘staggering’ scale of new oil and gas production

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Over next decade, unlesss its trajectory changes, 61 percent of new global production will come from the United States

A new analysis reveals that the United States is expected to be the main contributor to a "looming carbon time bomb."

Released Tuesday by human and environmental rights group Global Witness, the report (pdf) shows how the U.S. is on track to dwarf other nations' shares of new oil and gas production over the next decade. In fact, says the analysis, 61 percent of all new global production is likely to come from the United States.

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GOP is still accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a megadonor caught in prostitution scandal

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In February, Republican megadoner John W. Childs was charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor.

Childs was charged in the same sting that implicated Robert Kraft, the outspoken owner of the Eagles.

Since the sting, Childs has continued to be a major funder to Republican groups and candidates, reports CNBC.

He's given a total of $330,000 to Republicans, according to FEC filings.

The primary recipients of his largesse have been the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Nothing new for US in Trump’s Greenland ambitions

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President Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland has been met with disdain -- but it follows a longstanding US tradition of expanding its frontiers through land purchases from foreign countries.

The self-governed Danish territory has been in US sights at least twice before, while Washington has bought territory from Russia, Spain, France and Denmark since the turn of the 19th century.

- The Louisiana Purchase (1803) -

In the early 18th century, London and Paris were at loggerheads over control of North America, but French interest waned after it lost Quebec in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

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