After spending years at the center of heated national debate over capital punishment, Illinois' death row officially died Friday when a state law abolishing the death penalty quietly took effect.
The state garnered international attention when then-Republican Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium in 2000 after several inmates' death sentences were overturned and he cleared death row three years later. One man who came within 48 hours of being executed was among those later declared innocent.
Rafael Nadal will get to play one more match as the top-ranked man in the tennis world, and it will be in the Wimbledon final against the man who is going to replace him.
The defending champion reached his fifth final at the All England Club on Friday, beating Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. But the win wasn't enough to hold onto his No. 1 ranking, which instead will go to Novak Djokovic for the first time on Monday.
The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault may have inflicted fatal damage on her own case by lying to prosecutors about her life story and what she did in the moments after the suspected attack, legal experts said.
Many Republicans argue that affluent Americans already pay more than their share in taxes, but Pat Bagley thinks their reasoning is in for rough weather, while Chip Bok doesn't find fairness in President Obama's position.
Zynga, the maker of online games like Farmville and CityVille, filed for an initial public offering today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is looking to raise as much as $1 billion from investors.
Pope Benedict XVI ventured into economic policy today. During an address to the Rome-based United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization, the AFP reports, the Pope called for action "against 'speculation' on commodity markets."
Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget. The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.
Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget. Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool. Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications. And Gray's final veto reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.