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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 8:08 PM

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.... 7/25/2014 12:37 AM

As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.... 7/24/2014 11:16 PM

Anti-violence youth gunned down, but not silenced
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Dressed in jeans, a low-neck T-shirt and white sneakers, 19-year-old Ravon Jordan strode confidently to the podium to address the city council.... 7/25/2014 2:30 AM

Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.... 7/25/2014 1:58 AM

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor
DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.... 7/25/2014 2:22 AM

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa.... 7/24/2014 7:24 PM

Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.... 7/24/2014 11:26 PM

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.... 7/24/2014 9:17 PM

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.... 7/25/2014 1:16 AM