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Slaying of Fla. law professor is a seeming mystery

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Detectives say Florida State University law school professor Daniel Markel was shot in the head - but won't say whether he was shot from the front or back. They say he was gunned down at his home in broad daylight - but won't say if he was found inside the house or outside. They released a photo of a vehicle of interest, but wouldn't confirm exactly where the car was seen or even the make and model.

AP reporter's account of Arizona execution

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the doctors as they made preparations for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms.

World shares subdued amid Russia sanctions report

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.

Midazolam is common thread in 3 lengthy executions

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father.

3 patients at Chinese nursing home castrated

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Police in northeastern China have detained a man accused of cutting off the testicles of three patients in a nursing home, state media and officials said Thursday.

Spanish jobless falls as recovery gains traction

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Official figures show that Spain's unemployment rate edged down to 24.5 percent in the second quarter from 25.9 percent in the previous three-month period, a further sign that the economy's recovery is gaining traction and making solid inroads into the labor market.

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.

Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president.

Fire season in West so far is below expectations

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.

Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.

Democrats stand by senator amid plagiarism claim

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma.

Afghan market bombing kills 6

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A bombing in a market in northern Afghanistan killed six people on Thursday, including a young girl, while a separate attack in the east killed a local police commander and his bodyguard, officials said.

Oil drifts down despite China manufacturing bounce

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The price of oil fell Thursday, giving back part of its sizeable jump the day before, despite improvement in Chinese manufacturing.

Plane with Malaysia Airlines bodies leaves Ukraine

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday and a second prepared to go, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the scattered wreckage.

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result.

Nokia profits rise after sale of handset division

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. saw its shares surge on Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of its sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division.

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst.

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.