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2-hour execution stirs outrage
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:58:30 -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.




Senator: PTSD influenced thesis plagiarism
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.




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 17:04:22 -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.




10 Things to Know for Thursday
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:01 -0400

The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:




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.




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.




Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:10 -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) — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying Thursday to the small Taiwanese island where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people. There were 10 survivors.




Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:30 -0400

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013, file photo shows a BNSF Railway train hauling crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government's testing of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows the oil is on the high end of a range of volatility compared with other crude oils, meaning it's more likely to ignite if spilled. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.




Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:40 -0400

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)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.




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.