New Hampshire has overridden the veto of its Republican Governor to become the 21st U.S. state to repeal the death penalty.
Alabama has carried out another execution, a ritual described in great deal at the link. Four justices had voted to grant certiorari in the case, which was what is necessary to grant it. But, the other five refused to stay the execution, in a gross defiance of U.S. Supreme Court tradition. So, the man was executed and the case became moot.