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Kimberly McCarthy, Texas Inmate, Set To Be First Woman Executed In U.S. Since 2010

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Kimberly McCarthy, Texas Inmate, Set To Be First Woman Executed In U.S. Since 2010.

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute Kimberly McCarthy by lethal injection on Tuesday, the first woman to be put to death in the United States in more than two years.

The execution is scheduled to be carried out at the state prison in Huntsville, Texas after 6 p.m. local time.

Women are rarely executed in the United States. Only 12 female inmates were put to death since capital punishment was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The last woman executed was Teresa Lewis in Virginia on Sept. 23, 2010, the information center said.

“Although women commit about 10 percent of murders, capital cases also require some aggravating factor like rape, robbery, or physical abuse,” said Richard Dieter, executive director of the information center, adding that women usually have not committed a long list of prior felonies.

“It’s unclear whether jurors or prosecutors may be more lenient in potential prosecutions of women, since there are relatively few,” said Dieter.

McCarthy, 51, was convicted of entering the Lancaster, Texas home of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, on July 21, 1997, under the pretense of borrowing some sugar. She then stabbed Booth five times, according to the Texas attorney general’s summary of the case.

She also cut off Booth’s left ring finger in order to take her diamond ring, which she later pawned.

McCarthy also was believed to be responsible for the murders of two other elderly women, one using a meat tenderizer as a weapon and another using a claw hammer, according to the Attorney General’s summary.

McCarthy was found guilty in 1998 by a Dallas County jury of murdering Booth and sentenced to death. Her conviction was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2001 because no attorney was present when she was questioned after the crime even though she had requested a lawyer, court documents show. She was tried a second time in 2002, was again found guilty by a Dallas County jury, and again sentenced to death.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2004 agreed with the second conviction.

McCarthy would be the second person executed in the United States so far this year. Forty-three inmates were put to death in 2012. (Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Writing by Greg McCune)


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How to Take Your Business From Scarcity to Abundance – Yahoo! Small Business Advisor

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How to Take Your Business From Scarcity to Abundance – Yahoo! Small Business Advisor.

At the height of the 2008 economic crisis, I started my company with a six-month runway to cover my basic expenses. I designed and printed business cards myself with my name and title, new email and domain name, and my logo on the front, plus a little blurb about what we do on the back.

They arrived in mail a week later. I put them in my wallet and started handed them out to people I met, whether they could be a potential client or not. I had 2,000 cards to give.

Then my six-month runway ended. I wasn’t profitable, even though I was working 80-100 hours per week networking, calling, emailing, blogging, etc. and I was already halfway through the box of cards. Over a year into my business, I realized that my business cards weren’t bringing me business.


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Even without directly saying so, Atlanta deaths still weigh on Ray Lewis – Yahoo! Sports

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Even without directly saying so, Atlanta deaths still weigh on Ray Lewis – Yahoo! Sports.

NEW ORLEANS – The Story, as told [often] by Ray Lewis, has generally been one long on redemption but light on remorse and even remembrance of the darkest night of his life.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker will speak at length about his faith, about his relationship with God, about his altogether righteous and wonderful life with all its blessings. Yet he hardly acknowledges the night 13 years ago in Atlanta where a fight in the street left two men dead and Lewis eventually turning state’s witness and avoiding a murder rap to plead guilty to obstruction of justice. He testified at the trial of two of his friends but neither was convicted.


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4 Ways to Improve Your Business’ Online Learning Experience – Yahoo! Small Business Advisor

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Online education is blowing up. We have everything from higher-level classes with platforms like Coursera and 2u (formerly 2tor), to mid-level education like Lynda, TreeHouse, Udemy and Skillshare, all the way to basic how to’s from platforms like SnapGuide, Instructables, and the millions of videos and guides already on the Web.

In short, it’s clear that the consumer is becoming more comfortable with the concept of learning online.

via 4 Ways to Improve Your Business’ Online Learning Experience – Yahoo! Small Business Advisor.


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$58 Billion Unclaimed: Is Some of it Yours? – Yahoo! Finance

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$58 Billion Unclaimed: Is Some of it Yours? – Yahoo! Finance.

Millions of Americans are missing out on billions in forgotten cash.

Currently, states, federal agencies and other organizations collectively hold more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits. That’s roughly $186 for every U.S. resident. The unclaimed property comes from a variety of sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits.

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