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About 150 union members at NYRA’s Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga tracks have authorized a strike over overtime and scheduling.


Federal judge rejects groups’ execution case

BOISE | A federal judge has denied a petition from news organizations that want to strike down Idaho’s policy of restricting full access to executions.

The Associated Press and 16 other news organizations filed a federal lawsuit last month targeting the portion of Idaho’s policy that prevents witnesses from viewing lethal injections from start to finish.

In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge took issue with the timing of the claim, saying the lawsuit had been filed too close to the scheduled June 12 execution of Richard Leavitt and could cause a delay.

Judge Lodge said the public has an interest in viewing the entire execution, but it also has an interest in seeing the judgment against Mr. Leavitt enforced without disruption.

The news organizations are considering appealing.


3 dead after strong storm hits Midwest

ST. LOUIS | A sudden, violent storm in southeastern Missouri has left a man and his two adult sons dead.

Authorities are assessing the damage after high winds, heavy rain and hail ripped through parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky late Monday. The worst hit is Diehlstadt, Mo., where winds blew over a mobile home, killing the three men. Their names have not been released.

There were several reports of damage to homes in and around Diehlstadt, a town of 163 residents in Scott County about 100 miles south of St. Louis. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., reported large hail, heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 50 mph in southern Illinois and Kentucky. No other injuries were reported immediately.


Bike gunman shoots father, toddler in L.A.

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