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FL Governor Signs Death Warrant for Convicted Child Murderer: Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez, the man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 9-year-old boy nearly 20 years ago.  The Daily Mail reports that the notorious murder led to the passage of the Jimmy Ryce Act, a law allowing authorities to commit dangerous sexual predators to mental institutions after they have served their prison sentence. Chavez will be put to death by lethal injection on February 12, 2014.

Man Charged in CA Murder Released From Jail Hours Before Attack: Authorities have announced that the man suspected of murdering a beloved Northern California priest on New Years Day had been in police custody for public intoxication just hours before the attack.  CNN reports that 43-year-old Gary Lee Bullock had been released from Humboldt County Jail a few hours before breaking into a Eureka, CA church and bludgeoning the priest to death, leaving his body in the church rectory.  Court records indicate that Bullock didn't have a violent criminal history, but had been arrested in April 2013 and charged with two misdemeanors for cocaine possession.

Judge Allows Border Searches of Electronics: A federal judge has upheld the government's right to search electronics at border crossings, dismissing a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorneys claiming the practice was unconstitutional.  The Associated Press reports that U.S. border patrol agents will have the authority to search laptops carried by members of the media and other travelers without reasonable suspicion.  The decision puts an end to claims by the plaintiffs stating that the searches could jeopardize confidential news sources or potentially reveal sensitive professional or personal information.

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