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Arkansas inmate convulses during deadline-beating execution

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:49
VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- 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....

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

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:16
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:40
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....

Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:36
MACON, Ga. (AP) -- 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

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:31
CHICAGO (AP) -- 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....

Wait for calorie count on burgers, pizza may get longer

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:27
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait - again....

Ann Coulter a no-show at raucous but peaceful Berkeley rally

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:14
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement....

Violent street gang MS-13 puts Long Island towns in its grip

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:11
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on....

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:40
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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....

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:54
CHICAGO (AP) -- 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....

Bell tolls as police ambush killer gets death sentence

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:11
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s....