New Jersey scraps death penalty
Lawmakers in the US state of New Jersey have approved a bill abolishing the death penalty.
In a 44-36 vote, the Democrat-run state assembly replaced the death sentence with life in prison without parole.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by Democratic Governor Jon Corzine - an opponent of the death penalty.
The move would make New Jersey the first US state to abolish capital punishment since the US Supreme Court reinstated executions in 1976.
Campaigners say they hope the vote in the New Jersey Assembly will encourage opponents of the death penalty elsewhere in the US.