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AP Top U.S. News At 7:46 p.m. EDT

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan....

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling
DENVER (AP) -- A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal....

Fire season in West expected to get more intense
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer....

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers....

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial....

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend
BOSTON (AP) -- Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother....

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems....

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration....

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday....

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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

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