WASHINGTON

Secret Service’s deputy director plans to resign

The deputy director of the Secret Service, who managed day-to-day operations during scandals that badly tainted the agency, will resign his position but will be allowed to accept another unspecified federal job within the Homeland Security Department, the government said Monday.

Alvin “A.T.” Smith, who was appointed to the No. 2 job in April 2012, will resign effective Tuesday. His career in the Secret Service lasted 29 years before he was forced out.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and others have criticized Smith, saying he was at the center of bad decisions in a sequence of Secret Service scandals.

OKLAHOMA CITY

Republicans push Oklahoma on nitrogen gas executions

With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

Two separate bills scheduled for hearings this week in legislative committees would make death by “nitrogen hypoxia” a backup method of execution if the state’s current lethal injection process is found to be unconstitutional.

CLEVELAND

Girl, 11, charged in murder of 2-month-old

An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb has been charged with murder in the beating of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with the girl and her mother to give the baby’s mom a break.

Wickliffe police Chief Randy Ice said at a news conference Monday that the 11-year-old, her mother and the baby girl, Zuri Whitehead of Cleveland, were on a couch downstairs when the mother fell asleep at about 3 a.m. Friday. The mother was awakened less than an hour later by her daughter, who was holding the badly injured infant. Ice said the 11-year-old took the infant upstairs. When she returned downstairs, the infant was bleeding and her head was badly swollen, he said.

The 11-year-old’s mother immediately called 911, Ice said. Zuri was flown to a children’s trauma center in Cleveland, where she died.

NEW YORK

Russian citizen charged with participating in spy ring

A Russian citizen who worked in New York as a banker has been indicted on charges accusing him of participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

The two-count indictment returned Monday in Manhattan federal court says Evgeny Buryakov and two others conspired to spy and acted as spies.