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A US judge halted the scheduled executions of eight inmates in Arkansas, preventing what would have been the state's first lethal injections in a decade amid controversy over the drugs used. The death row inmates, with the first two executions set for October 21, had demanded to know which lethal drugs would be used to put them to death, after botched executions elsewhere in the country triggered outcry. In his ruling, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen issued a restraining order as part of the inmates' case challenging an Arkansas law allowing the state to withhold information about lethal drug manufacturers or suppliers.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, "Today, it's about the families."