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Oklahoma administered a lethal injection Thursday to a 60-year-old man who fatally stabbed a prison cafeteria worker in 1998, AP reports.

Driving the news: John Marion Grant began convulsing and vomiting after he was given the sedative midazolam — the first of the three-drug mixture with which he was killed, according to AP. He could be heard yelling, “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!” and profanities before the lethal injections.

  • He was declared unconscious about 15 minutes after taking the midazolam, per AP. He was declared dead about six minutes later, at 4:21 p.m.

Why it matters: It was Oklahoma's first attempt to administer the death penalty in six years, after flawed lethal injection attempts led to a de facto moratorium.

The big picture: The lethal injection came after the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-3 ruling Thursday vacated stays of execution for him and Julius Jones that were put in place a day earlier by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals. Jones' lethal injection is set for Nov. 18.

  • Oklahoma used a three-drug mixture of midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride for Grant's execution.
  • Grant's request for clemency was denied twice by the state's Pardon and Parole Board, AP reports.

Background: Oklahoma had a series of drug mix-ups in 2014 and 2015 before lethal injections were administered.

  • In April 2014, inmate Clayton Lockett struggled on a gurney before dying 43 minutes into his execution, AP reports.
  • In September 2015, Richard Glossip was hours away from being executed until prison officials realized they received the wrong lethal drug, AP reports. The same botched drug was used in January 2015.
  • Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt called for a moratorium on executions until new procedures were written, after a 2015 state court ruled that the state needed to re-evaluate its death penalty.
  • In a federal lawsuit, nearly two dozen Oklahoma death row inmates argue that the three-drug method protocol the state uses risks causing unconstitutional pain and suffering, per AP. A trial is set for early next year.

Editor's note: This post was updated to reflect that Grant was executed Thursday.

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Parole granted to Louisiana inmate who was key to juvenile sentence reform

The entrance of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, where Henry Montgomery served time. Photo: Giles Clarke vja Getty Images

The Louisiana inmate whose case helped extend the opportunity for parole to hundreds of prisoners was released on parole on Wednesday, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory sentencing of life without parole for convicted juveniles was "cruel and unusual punishment," but it was Henry Montgomery's case that led the judges to extend their decision retroactively to people already in prison.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.