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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday rejected a White House-backed appeal seeking to spare a Mexican citizen from execution Thursday evening in a death penalty case where Texas justice clashed with international treaty rights.
Justices voted 5-4, refusing to keep Humberto Leal from lethal injection. The decision came about an hour before Leal could be taken to the Texas death chamber for the 1994 rape-slaying of a 16-yearold girl.
The Obama administration and others asked the high court to delay Leal's execution so Congress could consider a law that would require court reviews in cases where condemned foreign nationals did not receive help from their consulates.
MACON — A few hours after Mercer law student Lauren Giddings was reported missing, officers made a macabre discov- ery outside the recent law school graduate's apartment building: Her dismembered remains.
DNA tests have confirmed those remains were hers, but investigators are pleading for help finding the rest of her body. Who killed the 27-year-old woman — and why — is still a mystery.
Giddings, a tall, popular blonde, graduated from Mercer University Law School in May. She then went home to Laurel, Md., to be in her sister’s wedding. She had returned to Macon just long enough to study for the bar exam, consider a couple of job offers and pack her things.
TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO denied a Libyan government charge Thursday that the alliance is intentionally using its airstrikes to assist rebel advances, saying it is sticking to its mandate to protect civilians.
Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken, an alliance spokesman in Naples, Italy, said NATO is “not involved in the ground battles,” although he acknowledged the alliance is tracking the fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.
Libya's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim accused NATO earlier Thursday of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Gadhafi's regime.
ROSWELL — A man who raises chickens in Roswell told police that someone broke into his hen houses last week and also spread poison all over his yard, killing 50 of his birds.
Andrew Wordes, known around the Atlanta suburb as the “chicken man,” says he believes his birds are being targeted.
Roswell police were called to his Alpine Drive home on Friday, after Wordes discovered someone had entered his basement and released all his baby chicks into his backyard.
Wordes believes the crimes occurred Thursday night, and he was still clearing dead chickens out of their cages Wednesday evening.
“I’ve lost fifty babies,” he told WGCL-TV. “They never had a chance to see what life is like.”