TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a convicted killer under an active death warrant after new DNA testing.
In a seven-to-zero opinion Thursday, the justices noted tests of material from under the victim's fingernails showed their DNA profile was consistent with that of David Eugene Johnston's DNA. Johnston, now 49, was convicted of stabbing and strangling 84-year-old Mary Hammond at her Orlando home in 1983.
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a second death warrant for Johnston last year, but the Supreme Court stayed his execution so DNA testing, which was not available when he was convicted, could be conducted.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.