US Supreme Court approves first executions in 17 years

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The US Supreme Court has approved some of the first executions of federal prisoners in 17 years.

These were previously delayed after a judge ruled that there were still unresolved legal challenges in the justice department. 

Among those is Daniel Lewis Lee, who was convicted of torturing and killing a family in Arkansas in 1996. 

He was due to be executed on Monday. 

The Supreme Court voted 5-4, confirming that executions may proceed as planned. 

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