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The American Hockey League says it will create a Pacific Division next season by relocating five professional ice hockey teams to California. It is one of the biggest seismic shifts ever in the geography of minor pro hockey in North America and it also highlights the growth of the sport in the state of California. "Relocating five teams is a complex process, and we are very excited to have brought this initiative to a successful outcome," said AHL president David Andrews. The five AHL teams are all affiliated with the parent National Hockey League clubs, comprising the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.
The state of Texas executed a convicted rapist-killer whose lawyers argued was severely mentally impaired, hours after the US Supreme Court refused last-minute appeals to spare him. Robert Ladd, who had an IQ of 67, was executed by lethal injection at 7:02 pm (0102 GMT Friday) in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, justice department spokesman Jason Clark said. Ladd's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to intervene because some mentally impaired death-row convicts have been spared. The case attracted considerable attention in part because Texas's top appeals court used what some saw as a bizarre benchmark to determine mental impairment.