A doctor has been fired from practice at a hospital. A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on two Minnesota girls in a first-of-its-kind case in the United States. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala appeared in Detroit federal court Thursday, a day after being indicted. She's charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Nagarwala is charged with performing genital mutilation on the two 7-year-old girls in February at a suburban Detroit clinic owned by another doctor, who also is charged. Nagarwala and the Minnesota girls' families belong to a Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra. Defense attorney Shannon Smith says she performed a religious ritual, not genital mutilation.
An attorney is calling an execution “horrifying.” The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams' execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick succession. He lurched violently against the leather chest restraint, then the rate slowed for a final five movements. One of Williams' attorneys called the execution 'horrifying.' A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson called it 'an involuntary muscular reaction.' The compressed lethal injection timeline could attract more scrutiny after Williams' death. Arkansas sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.
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The public can be going in style in the Big Apple. In a park amid New York City skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000. It has freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge facility was inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels. It's open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. On Thursday, officials cut bathroom tissue as the inaugural ribbon for the toilets housed in a landmarked Beaux-Arts building behind the New York Public Library. The toilets - divided between the women's and men's sides - are reopening after a two-month renovation. The eye-popping elegance is a surprise in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy. The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park.
A dog attack is fatal for its owner. Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman's Pennsylvania home. Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing screaming and a dog barking. Police say the dog was still attacking the woman when officers arrived. They managed to put the dog in the home so responders could treat the woman's severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, is being withheld until family members are notified. Police say the 3-year-old male pit bull-boxer mix was tranquilized on the scene and taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where it will be euthanized.
A day after GOP lawmakers were stunned by the withdrawal of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker, Republicans made no swift moves to fill that post, as members will go home for a ten day break no closer to a replacement for outgoing Speaker John Boehner.
“I don’t think there’s any date for an election, there’s nothing going on right now,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) as he emerged from a closed door GOP meeting.
For many Republicans, the biggest question was whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would enter the race; Ryan continued to downplay the idea, but was reportedly considering it.
“Right now it’s all revolving around Paul Ryan,” said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). “He may be one of the very few who can unite the Republican caucus.”
“If Paul Ryan gets in, I will support him; I will get out of the race,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is one of two announced candidates in the race.
The other candidate, Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), said he thought Republicans would take a little time to figure out what’s next.
“It’s stalled right now,” Webster said as he was trailed by a mob of TV cameras and reporters. “So, we’ll see what happens.”
“I think there’s a lot of people who are in agreement, that we need to take some time and work through some issues,” said Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), a critic of Speaker Boehner’s time in power.
“I endorsed Webster and until Webster tells me he’s not running, I’m sticking with him,” Bridenstine said, not getting drawn into the debate of a possible candidacy by Paul Ryan.
The signals from Ryan remained negative about the idea of running for Speaker.
“Chairman Ryan appreciates the support he’s getting from his colleagues but is still not running for Speaker,” a spokesman emailed to reporters.
The drama leaves John Boehner in the job as Speaker for the time being; he told GOP lawmakers he would stay until a replacement has been elected.
“It looks like he’ll be here for a while, but I don’t think anybody knows for how long,” said his neighbor, Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio.
“We would like to get it wrapped up this month, but only time will tell,” Chabot told me.
GOP lawmakers say they fully expect a weekend of phone calls and texts from those looking to run for Speaker; they will return to Washington the week of October 19.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.