Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:36 pm
For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.
An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one, an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.
But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.
Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 11:53 am
Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.
The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.
Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:03 pm
If Missourians back a transportation sales tax next month, road workers can expect a busy decade.
That's a key takeaway of a St. Louis Public Radio analysis of a project list approved by the state's Highways and Transportation Commission. It's what will be funded if voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase on Aug. 5.
Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:22 pm
Secretary of State John Kerry has handed over a seven-day truce proposal to Israel and Hamas, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.
Kerry is hoping for fighting to stop as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend. He's now waiting for a response.
Soraya tells Morning Edition that the outline of the temporary truce is still murky, but Israeli media are reporting that the deal would stop the fighting, while still allowing Israeli troops to hold their ground and continue destroying tunnels into Israel.