July 7, 2015

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After Supreme Court ruling, Oklahoma, Florida act quickly to resume executions

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions. Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a Read More…

Prisoner believing he was being slowed down led to split after New York escape

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Read More…

Christie poised to enter crowded GOP presidential field

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who spent three years as president of his high school class, is returning to his alma mater to announce he’s running for president of his country. The Republican governor is set to launch his campaign Tuesday in the old gymnasium of Livingston High School in the town Read More…

Frustration grows in Gaza following war, but Hamas remains entrenched

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Emad Firi is angry. During last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi’s son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive. The 50-year-old blames Israel, but also the Islamic militant group Hamas which Read More…

Will inflammatory comments tarnish Trump’s brand?

NEW YORK — Is Donald Trump’s business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show “The Apprentice” — “You’re fired!” — after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during Read More…

At least 37 dead in Indonesian military plane crash

MEDAN, Indonesia — An Indonesian air force transport plane plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens of people. Television footage showed the wreckage of the downed C-130 Hercules, a crumpled burning car and a shattered building that local media said contained a spa Read More…

After Disneyland measles outbreak, California legislature strengthens vaccine requirements

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and West Virginia Read More…

Two dead after man self-immolates on Japanese bullet train

ODAWARA, Japan — A man riding a Japanese high-speed bullet train set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said. The man’s motive wasn’t Read More…

Openly transgender Harvard swimmer believed to be a first

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. “It’s half terrifying and half Read More…

Supreme Court upholds independent redistricting commissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers. The 5-4 outcome preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting. Most notably, California uses an independent commission to draw electoral boundaries for its largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation. In Ohio, Read More…