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Arkansas inmate convulses during deadline-beating execution

Kelly P. Kissel and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:55am

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.

Florida officials: No Zika found in mosquito samples so far

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:53am

Florida agriculture officials say no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for the Zika virus so far this year.

The Latest: ACLU: Did Arkansas torture death row inmate?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):

Police: Man fatally beats pregnant wife with pipe wrench

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30am

Police say a 48-year-old Florida man used a pipe wrench to beat his pregnant wife to death in front of their four children after an argument over whether the baby was his.

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

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:23am

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.

Healing garden to open at children's hospital in DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:50am

Kids being treated at Children's National Medical Center in Washington now have a new way to forget about their troubles. They get to go outside.

North Carolina gov in court over election oversight revision

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:50am

Judges are hearing whether North Carolina's Republican lawmakers are acting constitutionally as they again seek to neuter the new Democratic governor's oversight of state and local elections.

No motive in Delaware trooper's fatal shooting, standoff

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:44am

About 20 hours after he fatally shot a state trooper, a Delaware man was shot to death after an overnight standoff with police, but authorities haven't given a motive for his actions.

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:

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.