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Alabama inmate coughs, heaves, during execution by injection

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:02am

An Alabama inmate coughed repeatedly and his upper body heaved for at least 13 minutes during an execution using a drug that has previously been used in problematic lethal injections in at least three other states.

Lessons of hotel fire echo after Oakland warehouse disaster

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:01am

The cries of trapped hotel guests screaming in agony are still seared into Richard Hamil's memory, seven decades after the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta.

Arrest made following death of 18-year-old Boise woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:40am

Police in Boise say a 61-year-old man has been arrested in New York in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Boise woman whose body was found in late October.

Teen pleads guilty to role in Pierce woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

A teenager has acknowledged her role in the death of a woman allegedly killed by a former town board member in the northern Colorado community of Pierce and a group of bikers.

'Secret Santa' pays off meal accounts at Pennsylvania school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:11am

A secret Santa has paid off the outstanding meal accounts for students at a western Pennsylvania elementary school.

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:07am

A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection.

Examiner: Philadelphia had 35 heroin deaths in 5 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

The Philadelphia medical examiner's office says several heroin deaths reported over the weekend might have been part of a bigger problem: as many as 35 deaths in five days.

Arguments due Friday over how to overhaul polygamous towns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

The federal government faces a Friday deadline for handing in written closing arguments over how to overhaul two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found to have discriminated against nonbelievers on the basis of religion.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:47am

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

Man gets 2 life sentences for killing Virginia State Trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

The man who was convicted of shooting and killing a Virginia State Trooper in Dinwiddie County has been sentenced to two life terms plus 23 years, without the possibility of parole.

Bloodied hog carcass dumped outside Oklahoma Islamic center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:10am

Authorities are investigating after the carcass of a wild hog was dumped in the parking lot of an Islamic center in Oklahoma.

Trump praises Michigan GOP while weighing RNC chairman call

Thomas Beaumont and David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:52am

Donald Trump may have more than just his gratitude to offer in Michigan when he visits the state that capped his stunning presidential victory last month. Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is a leading contender for the Republican National Committee's chairmanship.

Police release name of man who lunged at officers, was shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

Authorities in North Carolina have released the name of a man they say stabbed a woman to death, then lunged at officers with a knife.

Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains reopen after fatal wildfires

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have reopened to the public after wildfires that caused 14 deaths and damaged about 2,500 buildings.

Authorities ID Ohio officer who fatally shot Emirati suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

Authorities in Ohio have released the identity of the Hudson police officer who fatally shot a United Arab Emirates citizen who police say fled after causing a crash on the Ohio Turnpike.

Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:00am

Prosecutors in South Carolina say they plan to play Dylann Roof's recorded confession during his federal death penalty trial in the Charleston church shootings.

Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:00am

Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" during a speech on Capitol Hill.

Debris found; Alaska lake searched for plane with 4 aboard

Rachel D'Oro and Bob Seavey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

The search of an Alaska lake was resuming early Friday after debris believed to be from a small plane carrying four people was found in the water, near where the aircraft took off from, an official said.

Group works to reunite pets, owners after Tennessee fires

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

In the emergency evacuations ahead of fast-spreading wildfires out of the Great Smoky Mountains last week, scores of pets were separated from their owners.