4. Gorsuch 'demoralized': Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court was "demoralized" over Trump's attack on the judges who are hearing the case challenging the travel ban. Blumenthal, (D-Conn.), said Trump nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch "expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments by President Trump about the judiciary." Gorsuch was nominated on Jan. 31 to fill the seat left vacant on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February.
5. Mississippi firing squad: A bill passed in the Mississippi House would change the state's method of execution by adding the options of a firing squad, electrocution or the gas chamber as means to carry out death sentences. A bill that would add those methods to the state's existing method of execution – lethal injection – passed the House on Wednesday and is headed to the state Senate. According to legislators, the alternative methods of execution could be used to carry out death orders as the state has been unable to get the drug once used in lethal injections. There have been no executions in Mississippi since 2012, according to an Associated Press story.
And one more
Five people were injured Wednesday when they fell while practicing a high-wire circus stunt. Eight people – including Nik Wallenda, a member of the famous Wallenda aerialist family – were practicing a pyramid walk on the high-wire at a facility in Sarasota, Fla., when the group fell some 25 feet. Four people were hospitalized as trauma patients, at least one with a traumatic brain injury. Nik Wallenda was not injured, according to reports.
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