Arkansas prepares to carry out first execution since 2005

Pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is an appeal by all eight inmates, who contend the compressed execution schedule increased the likelihood of a botched execution and that one of the three drugs, midazolam, has been proven ineffective in rendering unconsciousness prior to administration of the two lethal agents.

Trump Rejects Exxon Mobil Request to Drill in Russia

Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said the company does not comment on ongoing discussions with regulators. The joint venture granted Exxon Mobil permission to explore oil deposits in the Black Sea, the Arctic and the Russian Far East. He added: "Given Russia's well-documented and troubling activities around the world, it is troubling Exxon Mobil would continue to press for its narrow economic advantage at the expense of our national interests".

Illinois Gov. Rauner: Expanding abortion coverage too controversial

Illinois Gov. Rauner: Expanding abortion coverage too controversial

However, last week, the governor's office said he would veto legislation that would eliminate those restrictions and remove a so-called "trigger provision" in existing law that would make abortions illegal should the U.S. The abortion rights group Personal PAC on Wednesday blasted the governor and the first lady for what they said was a misrepresentation and lie to voters in 2014 when he signed a candidate questionnaire showing support for their causes.

North Korea Ratchets Up Anti-US Rhetoric

And relations between Beijing and Pyongyang seem frostier than ever before. Haley the U.N. Security Council's current president. He has accused former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama of being "outplayed" by Kim Jong-un and previously by his father, Kim Jong-il, and grandfather, Kim Il-sung.

Vice President Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea that the "sword stands ready" and the U.S. response should not be tested. The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest failed missile test and demanded it not conduct any more nuclear tests.

Williams the OT hero as Caps beat Leafs in Game 5

They went into Game 5 believing just being in the playoffs wasn't enough. This wasn't the series anyone predicted. "There's two parts to that equation - one team relaxes and feels pretty good about themselves, talks to everybody, and they all tell you how great they're doing".