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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began
PHOENIX (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.... 7/23/2014 10:58 PM

Some lethal injection problems in US executions
Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:... 7/23/2014 8:22 PM

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.... 7/23/2014 9:35 PM

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.... 7/23/2014 8:13 PM

Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody
NEW YORK (AP) -- An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.... 7/23/2014 10:53 PM

Fire season in West expected to get more intense
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.... 7/23/2014 7:13 PM

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.... 7/23/2014 3:14 PM

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend
BOSTON (AP) -- Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother.... 7/23/2014 7:32 PM

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems.... 7/23/2014 10:31 PM

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.... 7/23/2014 9:16 PM