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AP reporter's account of Arizona execution
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the doctors as they made preparations for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms....
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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began
PHOENIX (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....
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Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody
NEW YORK (AP) -- An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold....
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Alaska tourist train derails, injuring 9 slightly
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, and nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said....
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Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air....
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Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
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....
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Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling
DENVER (AP) -- A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal....
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AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza
Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents....
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Conviction upheld for chef in boiled-body case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A state appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Southern California chef who claimed he cooked his wife's body in boiling water....
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Seattle police: Homeless ticketed most for pot
SEATTLE (AP) -- An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else....
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Some lethal injection problems in US executions
Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:...
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Navajo leader, mayor to meet on homeless killings
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Mayor Richard Berry will meet with top Navajo officials on Thursday about the killing of two homeless Native Americans who were found beaten beyond recognition in a vacant lot, his office said....
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Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend
BOSTON (AP) -- Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother....
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