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2-hour execution stirs outrage
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:18:57 -0400

John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)Lawyers of Arizona death row inmate said he was gasping, snorting for an hour.




FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:22:43 -0400

A departure flight board displays various canceled and delayed flights in Ben Gurion International airport a day after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 24-hour restriction on flights there after a Hamas rocket landed Tuesday within a mile of the airport, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.




Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:16 -0400

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Six gay couples filed the lawsuit to ask for an injunction to stop all officials from enforcing the ban on gay marriage in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.




40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:28 -0400

Pallbearers carry a coffin towards a hearse during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. After being removed from the planes, the bodies were taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.




Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:05:46 -0400

A Palestinian youth carries blankets donated to the United Nations school where hundreds of families sought refuge after fleeing their homes due to heavy Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes and are staying in 77 UN shelters, according to UNRWA, the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians. The number of people who have been forced to seek shelter has increased nearly six-fold since the start of Israel's ground operation. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.




AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:42 -0400

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.




JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:30:43 -0400

A newly-stamped gold coin of President John F. Kennedy is examined at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo)WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.




Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:49:42 -0400

FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.




Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:34:19 -0400

Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on the Taiwanese island of Penghu Thursday, July 24, 2014. The plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on the island late Wednesday, killing more than 40 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.




Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:45 -0400

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)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.




Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:38:55 -0400

In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them.




US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:48:09 -0400

A International Red Cross employee runs for cover after an Israeli strike during a two-hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to broker a truce in a war that has so far killed more than 650 Palestinians and at least 30 Israelis. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.




UN: Rockets 'have gone missing'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:49 -0400

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon speaks at a press conference with the Jordanian Foreign Minister in the capital Amman on July 23, 2014, as part of talks to try to broker an end to violence in GazaTwenty rockets found in an abandoned Gaza school this week are missing: U.N.




Montana senator accused of plagiarizing thesis
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:27:14 -0400

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.




Blasts kill 82 in Nigeria
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:33 -0400

Military officers walk past the remains of a car after an explosion on July 23, 2014 in Kaduna, NigeriaEx-leader Buhari targeted in attacks, which bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram.




Death sentence given in U.S. photographer's killing
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:07 -0400

FILE - In this April 7, 2005 file photo, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus poses in Rome. Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on April 4, 2014, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. A Kabul court announced Wednesday, July 23, 2014 that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)Afghan police officer sentenced for AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus' death.




2 Americans charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:11:24 -0400

Somali government soldiers patrol near the scene of a suicide car explosion outside the Somali parliament building in MogadishuFive people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said.




Inside the first Conservatarian hackathon
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:57:22 -0400

Reboot HackathonThe Koch network is teaming up with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to connect coders with D.C politicos




Ark. military base on lockdown after suspicious person reported
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:48:17 -0400

Security personnel run past a C-130 aircraft on static display at the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base has been on lockdown since late morning Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.




Officials release sketch of suspect in peacock shooting death
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:49:22 -0400

This artist sketch provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wendesday, July 23, 2014 shows a man who is suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on July 9, 2014. Witnesses say the bird was standing in a driveway and the man fired from the driver’s seat of the silver sedan. (AP Photo/SPCA)Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.




Teen dies during record-attempt flight
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:40:23 -0400

Father, Son Plan Trip Around the World in Single-Engine Plane17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father were flying around the world together.




Hamas gives conflicting truce signals
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:39:28 -0400

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis.(AP Photo)Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said ready to accept truce in Gaza but had terms for full ceasefire.




Ariz. execution to proceed after court denies last-ditch appeal
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:48:47 -0400

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.




Family was the reason woman booked seat on MH17
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:03:00 -0400

the Calehr familyIn a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"




Ukraine rebel leader: Separatists had BUK missiles
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:53 -0400

Children walk past a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet downed over Ukraine, in Petropavlivka village, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, July 23, 2014. TIndependent military analysts said Wednesday that the size, spread, shape and number of shrapnel impacts visible in an AP photograph of a piece of the wreckage all point to a missile system like the SA-11 Buk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)Vostok Battalion commander Alexander Khodakovsky says weapon may have come from Russia.




47 trapped, feared dead in Taiwan crash
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:04:44 -0400

TransAsia Airways flight GE222ATR turboprop plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside airport on small Taiwanese island, said transport minister.




CDC lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:17 -0400

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of a U.S. government bioterror lab that potentially exposed scores of workers to live anthrax last month has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory (BRRAT) in Atlanta, had been reassigned from his position last month after the agency disclosed the safety breaches. He submitted his resignation on Tuesday, the CDC said. “I can confirm that he was the team lead for the BRRAT lab since 2009 and that he’s resigned from that position,” said CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner.




Nazi war crimes suspect dies before facing justice
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:42 -0400

the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I in PolandPHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect has died, the night before a judge ruled that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial, his lawyer said Wednesday.