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Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS — 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. Death-penalty opponents say an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes showed that executions using different drugs and dosages are a callous trial-and-error process. The result: Every few … 0

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.” Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely … 0

Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that “an isolated mishap” during an execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment. A question and answer look at the current state of executions. Q: Why … 0

Was inmate in pain?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. — 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. They discussed … 0

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont. — 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 … 0

School in Gaza hit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the … 0

Plumbing ancient depths

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet … 0

Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit. The lawsuit, filed in state court on Tuesday, says Johnny … 0

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the … 0

Refugees or not?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The … 0

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, … 0

Eau Canada: Caravan totes water to Detroit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DETROIT — A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 liters of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven’t paid their bills. Eleven … 0

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEW YORK — More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn’t much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Last year’s rise follows a couple of years when the girls’ HPV vaccination … 0