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Two-hours Arizona execution sparks calls for rethink on death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:10

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new calls on Thursday for the United States to abandon the death penalty. The ordeal in putting Joseph Wood to death on Wednesday at a prison facility southeast of Phoenix followed lethal injections that went awry this year in Ohio and Oklahoma, renewing the U.S. debate over capital punishment. Corrections officials said Wood was never in pain but Rob Freer, a U.S. researcher with human-rights group Amnesty International, asked, "How many more times do officials need to be reminded of the myth of the 'humane execution' before they give up on their experiment with judicial killing?" States that impose the death penalty have been scrambling to find new suppliers of chemical combinations to use in lethal injections after their former suppliers, primarily European drug makers, objected to having their products used to put people to death.


Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:08

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)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations 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 to the Senate earlier this year.


Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:06
MIAMI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims potentially worth billions of dollars against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.

Sanity exam of accused Colorado theater gunman can be filmed: judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:58

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A second psychiatric examination of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes, who says he was insane when he shot dead 12 moviegoers two years ago, can be recorded on video, a judge overseeing the case ruled on Thursday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour ordered a second evaluation in February, siding with prosecutors who said the initial evaluation, whose results have not been made public, was “incomplete and inadequate.” On Thursday, Samour rejected a motion by lawyers for Holmes that filming the second evaluation could violate his right against self-incrimination.


Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:57
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Canadian, German among Arizona plane crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:53
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two teenage girls from outside the United States were among four people who died in a northern Arizona plane crash.

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:49

Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Alex Kozinski poses for a portrait in the lobby of a Washington office building, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Kozinski, an influential federal appeals court judge said that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Kozinski said lethal injection was a "dishonest" attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.


False bomb threat phoned in to Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and their bomb-sniffing dogs responded to a phoned-in threat Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

VIDEO: D.A. Whelan update on hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:36

 D.A. Whelan update on hospital shootingDistrict Attorney Jack Whelan delivers an update on the shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.


1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:34

Hospital ShootingA shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.


Police seek five young adults in Brooklyn Bridge flag case: media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:21
New York police are looking for five young adults in connection with the mysterious white flags that fluttered atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, baffling onlookers below, local media reported on Thursday. Reuters could not immediately verify the reports, as representatives for the New York Police Department declined to comment on the investigation.

VIDEO: Employees react to hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:21

 Employees react to hospital shootingMercy Fitzgerald Hospital employees react to the fatal shooting on campus.


Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:17

This Oct. 14, 2011 photo shows Jim Yost, the funeral director of Owens Funeral Home in Champaign, Ill. Authorities say Yost, 69, was killed Tuesday, July 22, 2014, while taking part in a demonstration parachute jump in Frederick, Okla. An Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokesperson said Yost died from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Heather Coit) MANDATORY CREDITFREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said.


Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:17

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)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.


Prosecutor: 1 worker dead in suburban Philadelphia hospital shooting; 2 hurt, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:11
DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutor: 1 worker dead in suburban Philadelphia hospital shooting; 2 hurt, including gunman.

Alaska vintage tourist train derails, injuring 23

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:08
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that left 23 people with minor injuries, officials said.

School bus involved in Galloway Township crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:08

School bus involved in Galloway Township crashAtlantic County authorities are investigating an accident that involved a school bus in Galloway Township.


Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:03
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.

AccuWeather: Clouds To Sun, Nice Afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:00

 RefreshingMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says open up the windows and turn off the air conditioning.


California man says he shot fleeing intruder who said she was pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:58
Police have released few details about the Tuesday night shooting in the middle-class Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, south of Los Angeles. Tom Greer, 80, told Los Angeles television station KNBC that he is the Bixby Knolls resident who shot the woman, striking her twice in the back just outside his house as she was running away. "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant, I'm going to have a baby,' and I shot her anyway," Greer told KNBC on Wednesday. The two unarmed intruders tackled him in the hallway, breaking his collarbone, said Greer, whose arm was in a sling as he spoke to a KNBC reporter in his driveway.