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Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours

Death row inmate Joseph Wood took nearly two hours to die by lethal injection. Robert Siegel speaks with reporter Tucson News Now reporter Mauricio Marin about the execution and related legal battles.

Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours

Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the process.

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

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N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force

Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store?

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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In Facing National Security Dilemmas, CIA Puts Probabilities Into Words

In 2011, when President Obama was presented with circumstantial evidence of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, he faced a range of estimates — anywhere from 30 to 95 percent that the man spotted in the compound was actually bin Laden. In this new installment in a series on the intersection of risks and probabilities, Obama's national security quandary takes center stage.

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

To Golf, Or Not To Golf?

July 23, 2014
Rory McIlroy edged out Sergio García and Rickie Fowler for the Open Championship title. (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy’s recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game’s popularity. That’s caused Bill Littlefield to remember his own youthful attempts to play golf.

Foreign Policy Challenges Pile Up For Kerry

July 23, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 23, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging lots of miles as he deals with challenges in Ukraine, the Middle East and more.

Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency

July 23, 2014
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control.

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Political Newcomer Defeats 11-Term Georgia Congressman

July 23, 2014

Businessman David Perdue beat Rep. Jack Kingston to win the runoff for Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

Congress Not Likely To Agree On Border Crisis Plan Before Recess

July 23, 2014
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured in June 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

A week before Congress leaves for its five-week recess, the House and Senate are introducing dueling immigration plans.

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

July 22, 2014
During a special ceremony, scientists and representatives of six tribes reburied a 12,600-year-old Clovis child in a patch of sagebrush on Saturday June, 28, 2014, close to the site where he was accidentally unearthed almost 50 years ago. (Shawn Raecke/Livingston Enterprise)

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today’s native peoples.

Detroit Couple Decides Whether To Stay Or Go

July 22, 2014
In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Hulett and her family have been grappling with whether to leave Detroit. One consideration: crime.

Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border

July 22, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Governor Rick Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, amid an influx of Central Americans to the region.

Modest, Obscure Deal Has Tech Industry Talking

July 22, 2014
Yahoo is reportedly set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry for about $200 million. Pictured is a screenshot of Flurry's homepage. (Flurry.com)

Yahoo is set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry, as it tries to figure out how to increase revenue from mobile ads.

Courts Issue Contradictory Rulings On Health Law

July 22, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, known informally as the D.C. Circuit, is pictured in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Within hours of each other, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue of the Affordable Care Act.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

Chinese Buyers Snap Up Real Estate In The U.S.

July 21, 2014
A sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The real estate website Zillow soon plans to publish its for-sale listings in Mandarin.

Senator Bernie Sanders: A Real 2016 Contender?

July 21, 2014
In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP)

Will he run for president? We’ll ask Vermont’s Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Unpacking The Geo-Politics Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17

July 21, 2014
Toys and flowers are placed on the charred fuselage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP)

The United States and Russia after the downed plane. We’ll unpack the politics and latest news. Plus: the latest from Gaza.

New Hampshire Veteran Receives Medal Of Honor

July 21, 2014
Barack Obama, Ryan M. Pitts

Ryan Pitts, whose commanding officers say helped save lives and turn the tide of one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan, is the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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