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Oregon High Court Upholds Death Sentence: Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of murdering an African immigrant in 2004.  Chris Lehman of Northwest Public Radio reports that Michael Washington was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2010, he later appealed claiming that he wasn't given a fair trial and that Oregon's method of lethal injection violates a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  It is unclear when Washington will be executed because the state's current governor has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty as long as he is in office.

Pope Condemns Legalization of Drugs: In a statement to delegates at a drug enforcement conference in Rome, Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs, calling it a 'flawed and failed experiment'.  The Associated Press reports that Pope Francis explained that legalizing drugs is not a solution to the overwhelming issue of addiction; "Let me state this in the clearest terms possible," he said. "The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!"  Legalizing marijuana has become a growing trend around the world with countries like Uruguay recently voting to allow the sale of marijuana cigarettes in pharmacies.  Marijuana is currently legal in Colorado and Washington.  

CA Serial Killer Convicted of More Murders: A California man already on death row for killing 10 women in the Los Angeles area, was found guilty of four additional murders.  The Associated Press reports that 47-year-old Chester Turner strangled the women over the course of a decade, and was finally linked to the unsolved crimes through DNA evidence.  Authorities believe Turner was one of at least three serial killers stalking Los Angeles women in the 1980's and 1990's.  No execution date has been set for Turner.

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