By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.
Florida executed a man convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of a college student, the state's Department of Corrections said, while Alabama planned to execute a convicted murderer later on Thursday.
CDC: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella
From the CDC:
February 20, 2018
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella I 4,,12:b:- infections.
Public health investigators are using the PulseNet(https://www.cdc.gov/pulsenet/index.
South Korea Says Approved Visit by Sanctioned North Korean to Pursue Peace
By Christine Kim
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said it approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding.
Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, will lead a high-level delegation at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Sunday.
Trump Administration to Target North Korea with New Sanctions
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said.
NRA Chief Slams Anti-gun 'Elites' after Florida School Massacre
By Roberta Rampton and Makini Brice
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.
Pence Rallies Conservatives with Call to Fight Hard at 2018 Elections
By James Oliphant and Steve Holland
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling a Republican victory at the midterm votes crucial to advancing President Donald Trump's agenda.
Eat This Type of Carb If You Don't Want to Gain Weight
If the idea of giving up pasta and bread stresses you out to no end, do not worry.
Studies are now showing that certain kinds of carbs will actually help you lose weight and keep it off by promoting a healthier lifestyle.
The stigma around eating carbs is not born in facts, but instead is an idea perpetuated by unsafe dieting plans. It has prevented many women from eating balanced meals.