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Arizona execution drags on, inmate gasping throughout
The execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood Wednesday afternoon took almost two hours, with Wood gasping repeatedly and making audible sounds throughout. An emergency legal appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court was unsuccessful.

California moves to limit school football injuries. But is the sport fixable?
California joins 19 other states that have imposed limits on physical contact in school football. Experts are sharply divided on how much can be achieved in a game that's 'inherently risky.'

Accused of plagiarism, Sen. John Walsh says he suffered from PTSD
Democratic Senator John Walsh said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq when he failed to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his master's thesis at the US Army War College.

Teen trying to set record killed in plane crash over Pacific Ocean
Haris Suleman, 17, was attempting to fly around the world in 30 days when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, killing him, and leaving his father Babar Suleman, also on board, missing.

The march of ISIS in Iraq: Can Pentagon advisers help stop it?
Despite the collapse of Iraqi defenses in June, there are still 'extremely capable' units in Iraq that the US 'should not write off,' a top State Department official tells Congress.

Trial begins in shooting of Renisha McBride. Does 'Castle Doctrine' apply? (+video)
Theodore Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Renisha McBride on his front porch last November. She was unarmed.

Child-migrant crisis: Will Obama help rally Democrats to back a GOP plan? (+video)
Senate Democrats and House Republicans release sharply different responses to President Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with the border crisis.  Pressure mounts for the president to help broker a deal.

Abigail Hernandez, missing N.H. teen, returns home: a nine-month mystery (+video)
Abigail Hernandez returned on Sunday to her home in northern New Hampshire nine months after her disappearance. Investigators are seeking information from anyone who saw her between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Western wildfires burn through firefighting budgets (+video)
The cost of fighting wildfires has eaten into agency budgets meant for forest management and fire preparedness. Proposed federal legislation would treat such fires as natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.

Gaza crisis: Arab divisions over Hamas making Kerry's job even tougher (+video)
As Kerry shuttled in search of a cease-fire, the FAA extended a flight ban to Ben Gurion Airport that Israel sees as a concession to terrorists. Some Arab states appear wary of a deal that strengthens Hamas.

Dual explosions kill at least 39 in northern Nigeria (+video)
At least 39 other people were killed in the two blasts, said State Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu. The death toll is expected to rise, as witnesses at both bomb sites said dozens of people were killed in each of the blasts.

Fraudalent applications for Obamacare subsidies succeeding, audit finds (+video)
In the audit, 18 applications were filed by employees of the Government Accountability Office, and 11 went through. That comes on the heels of two conflicting court rulings about the Obamacare subsidies Tuesday.

Georgia Senate showdown: Can Dixie royalty really run as ‘outsiders’? (+video)
Republican US Senate nominee David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn are political newcomers from politically powerful families, running against the establishment.

Why the White House thinks it will win latest Obamacare legal battle (+video)
Even before a federal appeals court in Virginia sided with the White House, the Justice Department said the D.C. Circuit's decision is 'inconsistent with congressional intent.'

Tony Dungy on Michael Sam: Homophobic or anti-media circus? (+video)
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy felt a media backlash after saying that he wouldn't have drafted openly gay player Michael Sam. Yet many NFL fans seem to agree with Tony Dungy.

Supreme Court denies Arizona inmate's final appeal (+video)
The Supreme Court cleared the way to carry out the execution of Arizona murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.

Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency, firefighters make progress (+video)
Washington wildfire: The cooler weather and moisture has helped firefighters in their efforts to combat the state's largest wildfire in history. With more rain in the forecast, crews worry that moisture could lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

Feds crackdown on Mexico border smugglers (+video)
In Operation Coyote, federal agents arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000.

Georgia GOP has its man in 'outsider' Perdue. Can he best Democrats' Nunn?
Businessman David Perdue won Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Georgia, defeating US Rep. John Kingston. Georgia is a red state, but rise of minorities, who tend to vote Democratic, gives Michelle Nunn a better-than-usual chance.

Why California banned full-contact football practices
A new California law bans full-contact football practices for middle and high school students due to concerns over possible concussions. In Los Angeles, a high school now has mandatory baseline testing for concussions for all students.