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Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from re-starting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.

The justices denied the administration’s plea to undo a lower court ruling in favour of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been scheduled for Monday, with a second set for Friday. Two more inmates had been given execution dates in January.

Mark Sherman, The Associated Press