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New scrutiny of timeline after Arkansas executes 4th inmate

Kelly P. Kissel and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:23am

Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state's efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline.

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:04am

Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta.

Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:50am

Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law.

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

Sophia Tareen and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:45am

Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there's renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies.

The 4 inmates put to death in Arkansas over 8 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:13am

Arkansas executed a fourth inmate in eight days. Here is a look at the inmates the state has put to death during that period:

3 Arkansas execution drugs used for surgery, cardiac cases

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:13am

Arkansas' execution protocol includes three drugs, two of which are used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients. A look at the drugs:

4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:33am

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died.

Timeline of latest Arkansas execution from AP reporter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:10am

Witnesses say an Arkansas inmate who was the last in the state to be put to death before one of the state's lethal injection drugs expires lurched and convulsed on the gurney before he died Thursday night. A governor's spokesman described Kenneth Williams' movements as "an involuntary muscular reaction" that she said is a known effect of one of the execution drugs.

The Latest: Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:00am

The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:42pm

A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence the former head of the nation's third-largest school district for steering $23 million in no-bid city contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Violent street gang MS-13 puts Long Island towns in its grip

Claudia Torrens, Frank Eltman and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:15pm

Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on.

Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:15pm

Republicans who control Congress and the White House have promised to slash the size of the federal government while easing regulations on guns, the environment and energy production. But in the nation's largest conservative state of Texas, it may not be enough.

A look at 11 victims of suspected gang violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:43pm

Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang. A look at the victims:

Utah man records moment Delta kicked passenger off flight for going to bathroom before takeoff

Ralph Ellis, CNN  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:42pm

A man says he was ejected from a Delta Air Lines flight because he went to the bathroom while waiting for the plane to leave the Atlanta airport.

Police: Man stockpiled massive amounts of explosives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:07pm

Authorities say a Connecticut man is under arrest after massive amounts of explosive black powder were found in nearly every room of his home, enough to potentially blow up his entire block.

Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:58pm

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

Second man charged in fatal shooting of judge in Chicago

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:58pm

A second man has been charged in the death of an Illinois judge who was gunned down outside his Chicago home earlier this month, authorities announced Thursday.

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:50pm

University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:09pm

In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:00pm

Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby.