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Supreme Court reconsiders use of lethal injection drugs

Supreme Court officials have agreed to reconsider the use of new drugs that are becoming increasingly popular for lethal injection after protests that they cause severe and unnecessary suffering. A Washington Post article indicated that this evaluation is in response to the failed execution of Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer in Oklahoma. After receiving the lethal drugs, Lockett was visibly in pain as he “kicked, bucked his body and grimaced.” This case is one of three failed executions last year. This is the first time since 2008 that lethal injection methods will be re-evaluated by the Supreme Court.


Two U.S. planes searched after credible bomb threat

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported that it received “credible bomb threats” via Twitter on two different commercial planes Saturday, Jan. 24. To ensure the safety of everyone on board the flights, F-16 fighter jets escorted the planes to the airport, according to a CNN article. Upon landing, the Delta flight and the Southwest flight were searched by the Atlanta Police Department and bomb sniffing dogs. No bombs were found on either aircraft.


Alabama take steps to legalize same-sex marriage

Alabama is the most recent state to take steps to allow same- sex marriage after a judge struck down the state’s ban, CNN reported. The U.S. District judge denied the ban after two women, Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, sued the state for refusing to acknowledge their union. The couple was married in California. However, since Alabama did not recognize their marriage as legal, Searcy was unable to adopt McKeand’s nine-year-old son. On Friday, Jan. 23, Alabama filed a motion trying to put a hold on this decision in order to allow a response from the Supreme Court.

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