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MO Executes Convicted Killer: A Missouri man sentenced to death for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a 17-year-old girl more than 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday morning, making it the state's fifth execution in five months.  The Associated Press reports Jeffrey Ferguson abducted the teen from her workplace, raped, and strangled her before dumping her body in a field, where she was found 13 days later.  An acquaintance of Ferguson was also convicted of first-degree murder for the crime, and is serving a life sentence. 

Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Convicted in Terror Trial: Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was convicted in federal District Court today of conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists.  Benjamin Weiser of the New York Times reports that the jury reached their verdict after two days of deliberation, finding 48-year-old Abu Ghaith guilty on all charges.  He is scheduled to be sentenced September 8, and faces a possible life sentence.

CA Bill to End Backlog of Rape Kit Testing: A bill to reduce the overwhelming backlog of untested rape kits in California has passed out of its first hearing in the State Assembly.  Jeffrey Schaub of CBS San Francisco reports that AB1517 would require law enforcement to submit rape kits for testing within five days of a sexual assault, and ensure that forensic laboratories submit the information collected from the kits to the national database CODIS within 30 days.  Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley testified on behalf of the bill Tuesday, informing the Assembly committee that only 21 percent of all rapes result in an arrest in California.

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