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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.

Family sues after school janitor charged with raping boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:51pm

The family of a 16-year-old Tennessee high school student has filed a lawsuit against Roane County Schools and the contractor who employed a female janitor accused of raping the boy during school hours.

City pushes back vote on proposal to ban police profiling

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:34pm

Leaders of the state's largest city tabled a sweeping new proposal to ban discriminatory profiling by police on Thursday, prompting loud protests from the measure's supporters.

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

Michael Tarm and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:04pm

The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:37pm

The parents of a Hawaii six-year-old boy who disappeared 20 years ago had long been suspects, but without a body, there never has been any concrete confirmation that the child known as "Peter Boy" was dead until his mother pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year and agreed to testify against her husband.

Coast Guard suspends use of injured animals to train medics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:20pm

U.S. Coast Guard medics have stopped using military contractors who intentionally injure sedated animals so that medics can practice treating combat wounds.

In VR land rush, creators unlock an 'empathy engine'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:55pm

On a plain, overcast day in Poland, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter walks toward the Nazi concentration camp Majdanek.

Woman reported man was abused at home for mentally disabled

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:34pm

The former guardian for a central Missouri man who police believe was recently found dead in a concrete-encased container said she once called an abuse hotline because she believed he was being mistreated at a home for the mentally disabled.