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Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:47pm

As a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in Arkansas' death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.

New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:47pm

The nation's first double execution in more than 16 years raised a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber?

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Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

Chad Day and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday.

Louisiana Senate to consider bill to end death sentences

R.j. Rico, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

Louisiana senators are moving ahead with a bill to end executions in the state, a rare proposal in a Republican-controlled region that tends to favor capital punishment.

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill.

Anti-government suspect declines to stand for judge in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House refused to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment.

Utah cancer researcher reinstated following backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:30pm

The chief executive officer of the University of Utah's cancer research institute who was fired last week was reinstated Tuesday following widespread outrage over the ousting.

FBI to look at Utah jail inmate mistreatment investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:30pm

Utah state officials say the FBI wants to take a look at their investigation of a remote Utah county jail under investigation for allegations of inmate mistreatment.

The Latest: Arkansas releases details on Jones' execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:24pm

The Latest on Arkansas' multiple execution plan (all times local):

Body found in swollen river after North Carolina storm

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:24pm

People in North Carolina were paying attention to rising rivers Tuesday after storms gave the state its worst drenching since a damaging hurricane late last year.

Foster mom convicted in child's high chair death is released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:23pm

A former Maine health official accused of binding her 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape and convicted of manslaughter in the child's death has been released from prison.

The Latest: Attorney tells Trump to quit politicizing death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:23pm

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local):

GOP senator regrets saying guy in tutu 'kind of asks for it'

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:14pm

A Republican senator from Wyoming said Tuesday he regrets his poor choice of words after telling students a man who wears a tutu to a bar and gets into fights "kind of asks for it."

Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:14pm

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks.

Milwaukee prosecutors: Video shows inmate's water turned off

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:10pm

Milwaukee prosecutors weighing criminal charges for an inmate's dehydration death say the jail's commander failed to inform police about surveillance video showing a guard shutting off water to the cell.

Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:10pm

Republican Ron Estes, winner of a closer-than-usual congressional election in Kansas, has been sworn in as the newest member of the House.

Arizona man convicted of killing best friend, woman, 4 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:04pm

An Arizona prisoner was convicted Tuesday of the gruesome killings of his best friend, the man's girlfriend and her four young children 12 years ago in what prosecutors called a crime motivated by money.

Palestinian activist pleads guilty to US immigration crime

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:57pm

A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing those convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship.

The Latest: Arizona man guilty of killing 2 adults, 4 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:56pm

The Latest on the verdict against an Arizona man charged with killing six people (all times local):

Snow closes highways in Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:47pm

A spring snowstorm dumped heavy snow on parts of northeast Wyoming.