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Increased Immigrant Crime in Germany:  The Interior Minister of Germany has announced that crimes committed by immigrants "increased disproportionately" last year.  Reuters reports that the number of immigrants identified as criminal suspects increased by 52% in 2016, while the number of German suspects declined by 3.4%.  The Minister told reporters that "those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here."  It was also reported that crimes motivated by Islamism increased by 13.7% in 2016.  This included the December truck massacre of 12 Christmas shoppers by a Tunisian immigrant loyal to Islamic State.

Two Arkansas Killers Face Execution Today:  The executions of Arkansas murderers Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are likely to be carried out tonight barring a last-minute stay by a state court or the U.S. Supreme Court.  Fox News reports that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Jones' petition for a stay earlier today.  Williams' petition is pending, but both inmates were challenging the use of the execution drug midazolam, which was cleared by the courts for an execution last week.  Williams was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1994 rape and murder of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson, whom he kidnapped from a gas station.  Williams had kidnapped and raped two other women days before he murdered Errickson.  Jones was sentenced to death for the 1995 rape and murder of 34-year-old Mary Phillips and the attempted murder of her 11-year-old daughter, Lacy.  The facts of the crime and the strength of the evidence are described in this Arkansas Supreme Court decision

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