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Execution offers evidence against lethal injection
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:37 PM

Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate was comatose and not feeling any pain.... 7/24/2014 3:59 PM

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:... 7/24/2014 9:28 AM

1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting
DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire inside a hospital psychiatric unit on Thursday, leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself, a prosecutor said.... 7/24/2014 4:36 PM

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say a New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground.... 7/24/2014 4:44 PM

Coast Guard: Wreckage of teen pilot's plane found
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:13 PM

Ohio State marching band director fired
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues," some involving rituals where students were pressured to march in their underwear or participate in sexually themed stunts.... 7/24/2014 3:46 PM

Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded
DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.... 7/24/2014 3:53 PM

Mont. gov: Sen. in plagiarism row deserves respect
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February, and that he continues to support the Democrat's candidacy in 2014.... 7/24/2014 3:05 PM

Dad charged after fallen dresser kills 2 toddlers
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 2:35 PM