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.
President Obama is expected to use his last State of the Union Address to both look back on what he feels are his successes, and to set out an agenda for this election year and beyond, with an emphasis on a call for Congress to act on legislation dealing with gun violence in America.
“There are a lot of accomplishments for us to discuss that have been achieved over the last seven years,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
“The President intends to use this speech to convey his optimism for the future of the country,” Earnest said at his regular Monday briefing for reporters.
“There certainly are a lot of things the President is looking forward to getting done in the year ahead,” Earnest told reporters.
Earnest said some of the issues sure to be discussed by the President include not only guns, but also the need for criminal justice reforms, and Congressional approval of a major trade deal with a group of Pacific Rim nations.
In Congress, fellow Democrats had their own ideas for how the Obama speech should be structured.
“I would like to see him talk about the many successes of his administration,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) of the President.
“This is his last State of the Union,” Johnson added.
On the Republican side, several GOP lawmakers that I spoke to in the last week predicted the President would publicly chide them on issues like gun control.
“We’re going to get lectured in the State of the Union Address,” said Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK).
“I think we’ll be lectured on issues that will try to distract us from what has been the failed policies of this administration,” said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL).
“I think he’s playing to the liberal base,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).
“You know what though – it will be the last time I have to hear it from him,” Yoho added with a laugh.
Of the three Republican Senators still running for President, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) will both be in Washington for the President’s speech.
Ted Cruz (R-TX) will skip the State of the Union, opting instead to spend the day making campaign stops in New Hampshire, which holds its first-in-the-nation primary on February 9.
On the Democratic side, you can look for a crowd shot of Sen. Bernie Sanders as well, as he gets to imagine himself giving the same type of speech to his colleagues next year.
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.