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Arizona abandons use of sedative as a lethal-injection drug
PHOENIX (AP) -- The state of Arizona has eliminated its use of the sedative midazolam as one of the drugs it relies on in carrying out executions....

Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket," died after a long illness. He was 76....

Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfire
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) -- A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said....

Crews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 dead
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23....

Officials: No evidence Orlando gunman was gay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation....

Amish in disbelief over parents accused of 'gifting' girl
KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) -- Daniel Stoltzfus' Amish mother always viewed him as her prodigal son, the only one of her 13 children to have left the religious order known for its modest dress, plain ways and insular culture....

APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs
HONOLULU (AP) -- As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged....

Report: Lead levels higher in Flint kids after water switch
DETROIT (AP) -- Flint children under the age of 6 had significantly higher blood-lead levels after the city switched its water source in 2014 to save money, according to a report released Friday by U.S. disease experts....

Crowds, tight security expected for Cincinnati pride parade
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Organizers expect big crowds and authorities plan tight security for Cincinnati's parade and festival events celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month....

APNewsBreak: Few vets expelled under 'don't ask' seek remedy
Less than 8 percent of veterans expelled from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have applied to upgrade their discharges to honorable or strip references to their sexual orientation from their record....

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Arizona abandons use of sedative as a lethal-injection drug

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Crews rescue the stranded in West Virginia flooding; 23 dead

Crowds, tight security expected for Cincinnati pride parade

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Texas mother fatally shoots 2 daughters; police kill her

2 die in California wildfire that left little time to flee