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  1. Governor Commutes Death Sentences

    He saw no point in killing them. Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — who is mulling a presidential run in 2016 — has commuted the sentences of four death-row inmates to life without parole. The state abolished the death penalty back in 2012, and O’Malley, who leaves office next month, decided that executing the final death-row inmates would “not serve the public good.” Opponents of capital punishment applauded the news, but a woman whose relatives were killed by one of the inmates was “devastated” by the move.

    AP, BBC

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