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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

Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease. Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo issued a statement Tuesday saying that Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan has a confirmed … 0

Teen pilot dies in crash during record attempt

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight has died in a crash over the Pacific Ocean, a family spokeswoman said Wednesday. Annie Hayat said the plane flown by 17-year-old … 0

UN says civilians make up most of the deaths in Gaza

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — 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 … 0

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar’s emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of … 0

Botched execution

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding … 0

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings … 0

Calif. firm issues nationwide fruit recall

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesses caused by the … 0

Snake in a lake?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JEFFERSON, N.J. — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey’s largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water. … 0

Grounded

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner … 0

Survey: Sharp increase in teen use of growth hormones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, … 0