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AP Top U.S. News At 10:21 a.m. EDT

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:...

Midazolam is common thread in 3 lengthy executions
Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father....

Some lethal injection problems in US executions
Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:...

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances....

Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America....

Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded....

JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins....

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave....

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters....

Fire season in West so far is below expectations
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Chicago police arrest man in 11-year-old's death

Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

AP reporter's account of Arizona execution

Deliberations in Ventura trial enter Day 3

Injuries reported as possible tornado hits Va.

Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun

Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

Outcry saves rare redwood from chopping block