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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted 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. More

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Local Dutch police watch as a plane touches down carrying the bodies of crash victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 23, 2014 at Eindhoven Airport, Netherlands. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Two planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region. More

Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, July 23, 2014. A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said dozens of people were trapped and feared dead. Wong Yao-wen / AP

Taipei, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. More

U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Members of nongovernmental organizations and the media inspect the damage during a two-hour temporary cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Wednesday. Hatem Moussa / AP

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. More

Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

New York — The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. More

FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv

Washington — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks. More

Death sentence given in Associated Press photographer's killing in Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja 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 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. Peter Dejong / AP

Kabul, Afghanistan — A Kabul court announced Wednesday 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. More

Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

Olympia, Wash. — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control. More

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Kiev, Ukraine — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. More

Jury: New Jersey man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

Morristown, N.J. — A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask. More

Minneapolis man, kids asked to leave Southwest flight over tweet

Minneapolis — A Minneapolis man and his two children were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight in Denver after he tweeted about a boarding disagreement. More

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston Marathon bombings

Sean Collier AP

Boston — It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer? More

Teacher slaying suspect in Boston court on assault charge

Philip Chism is escorted into Suffolk County Juvenile Court July 23, 2013, in Boston, where he was arraigned for allegedly assaulting a state worker while he was in custody at a Department of Youth Services facility. Chism has also been charged with murder in connection with the October death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, after following her to a bathroom. Wendy Maeda / AP

Boston — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating her, prosecutors said Wedne More

1 dead, 2 injured by lightning strike in southwest Florida

Fort Myers Beach, Fla. — A lightning strike has killed one person and injured two others on Fort Myers Beach in southwest Florida. More

Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

The Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, July 23, 2014. After more than two years since it slammed into a reef along the coastline of Isola del Giglio the wreck has begun its last journey, to the Italian port of Genoa, where it will be scrapped. Thirty-two people died in the incident. Gregorio Borgia / AP

Giglio Island, Italy — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. More

Veteran says he was forgotten in Florida VA clinic

Deltona, Fla. — A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. More

Kennedy cousin Skakel seeks to suppress evidence

Stamford, Conn. — A lawyer for Michael Skakel is seeking to keep the government from using audio tapes made by the Kennedy cousin for a memoir as evidence in his upcoming murder retrial. More

Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31

Baghdad — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians. More

Despite sanctions call, UK approves Russia arms exports

London — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said Wednesday. More

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

A passenger walks past a Delta Airlines 747 aircraft in McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Delta Air Lines on July 22, 2014 canceled all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Paul Sancya / AP

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, several U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel today after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. More

Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague

— Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague. More

Plane crash bodies removed from Ukraine war zone

Railway workers stand near a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 at Kharkiv railway station, Ukraine, July 22, 2014. Sergei Chuzavkov / AP

A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders. More

Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts, officials say

— Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. More

Military suicides up a bit, but more seeking help

Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. More

Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport

Passengers in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel in 2010. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli. Ariel Schalit / AP

Jerusalem — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. More

Racehorse owned by Britain's queen fails dope test

A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine. More

Last body found in Washington mudslide

The Snohomish County sheriff's office in Washington state says search and rescue personnel believe they have found the last body from the March 22 mudslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington. More

U.S.: No evidence of direct Russian link to Ukraine plane crash

— Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. More

Protesters in Malaysia seek justice from Russia for plane crash victims

Malaysian activists hold placards and shout slogans during a protest outside the Ukraine embassy in Kuala Lumpur on July 22, 2014, to condemn the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Pro-Russian separatists. Manan Vatsyayana / Getty Images

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Protesters marched on the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, waving placards and demanding justice for victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week. More

Police probing Brooklyn Bridge flag switch

New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, July 22, 2014. Someone replaced two American flags on the bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags, international symbols of surrender, fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. Richard Drew / AP

New York — Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge — one of New York City's most heavily secured landmarks — were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the wind. More

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