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FLORENCE, Ariz. — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

CAPE CHARLES, Va. — Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming.

ATLANTA — Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don't get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

MONTREAL — Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

J. Crew Factory will open a 5,652-square-foot store at Hamilton Place Mall later this year.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

SOIUX FALLS, S.D. — An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between the South Dakota museum that currently displays it and a collector who insists the instrument never should have ended up there.

WASHINGTON — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque has agreed to let both a court and an independent monitor oversee reform of its troubled police department, officials said Thursday.

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

GOLDEN, Colo. — A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Montgomery County Detention Facility officer has resigned after being charged with having sex with an inmate.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Immigrant children might end up at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

BIRMINGHAM, AL — An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

JERUSALEM — Israel's parliament has sworn in Reuven Rivlin as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres whose term ends as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza.

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government.

WASHINGTON — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline said Thursday.

NEW DELHI — Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

NEWPORT, Tenn. — An eastern Tennessee man making a routine court appearance found himself charged with killing a neighbor a decade ago.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman isn't sure why Miami's pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year.

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.

CHICAGO — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

WASHINGTON — The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.

PHOENIX — 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.

ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An eastern Kansas man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and other felonies after an alleged abduction and police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl from a gunshot wound.

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to at least 695 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

DETROIT — General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Covington police say an officer shot a man carrying a large, medieval-type sword.

ATLANTA — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.

NEW YORK — The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — A Nashville woman has been charged with waving a gun at a Kroger employee and threatening to kill her after a dispute at a grocery store.

Popular 1980s band Duran Duran is suing its own fan club.

GARY, Ind. — Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Indiana hometown.

NASHVILLE — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.

Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.

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