They are sleek, mostly silent converted weapons of war: Drones used by the Border Patrol to scan the skies in the empty deserts of the Southwest to spot illegal immigrants and then, if things work out, have agents arrest them. That's the idea, and the agents who use them say the drones give them a vantage point they never had before.
Not since Lena Baker, an African-American convicted of murder and pardoned decades later, has Georgia executed a woman. The state is scheduled to snap that 70-year streak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson.
The death penalty trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- long delayed by painstaking jury selection, crippling snowstorms and last-ditch appeals to move the case someplace else -- finally is scheduled to begin here next week.