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U.S. courts reject Virginia killer’s bids to avoid execution

A convicted Virginia serial killer’s legal efforts to avoid execution on Thursday were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal appeals court. Alfredo Prieto, a 49-year-old native of El Salvador, had been scheduled to be executed at 9 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center. Prieto was convicted in two 1988 Virginia murders and had been on death row in California.

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.