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April 10, 2015 11:10 PM Oklahoma Nitrogen Gas Executions Could Replace Lethal Injection

In the weeks following the execution of Clayton Lockett, the Oklahoma death row inmate whose botched lethal injection triggered a statewide moratorium on executions, lawmakers there began rethinking their approach to capital punishment. Among the people they called on to help was Michael Copeland. Copeland is a criminal justice professor at East Central 112

April 10, 2015 9:41 PM Life in a conflict zone: why the South Sudanese are longing for peace

Peter spoke softly, looking at the ground as he explained how he arrived at this displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba, capital city of the world's newest nation, South Sudan. When fighting started between two government factions in December 2013, Peter found himself in danger because his tribal background led people to assume he supported 8

April 10, 2015 5:53 PM Congrats: You Are Officially A Superorganism

One of the most interesting fields of study today is the gut-brain axis, a burgeoning topic with vast implications that we are now, for the first time, starting to appreciate. The gut, or gastrointestinal tract--the long tube that starts at your mouth and ends at your, well, you know--is your largest interface with the environment, spanning the width 24

April 10, 2015 12:26 PM Health Highlights: April 10, 2015

The drought in California may have contributed to the high number of West Nile cases and the record number of deaths from the disease in the state last year, officials say. The state Department of Public Health said there were 31 West Nile deaths in California last year, the highest number since the state began recording cases of the disease in 2003, the Associated 33

April 10, 2015 11:50 AM Mercedes keeping close eye on Ferrari in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is casting a wary eye towards Ferrari and expects to be vying with them for victory at this week's Chinese Grand Prix after the resurgent Italian team continued to take the fight to Mercedes in Friday practice. The day got off to a promising start for Mercedes, who appeared to have regained their dominant stride in the cooler 10

April 10, 2015 11:32 AM Pakistan declines Saudi call for military support in Yemen fight

ADEN (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament voted on Friday not to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, dashing Riyadh's hopes for powerful support from outside of the region in its fight to halt the advance of Iranian-allied Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia had asked Pakistan, a fellow Sunni-majority country, to provide ships, aircraft and troops 32

April 10, 2015 9:06 AM What happens in Kirkuk could determine the future of Iraq

What happens in Kirkuk could determine the future of Iraq KIRKUK, Iraq — In a small room within a compound of nondescript buildings southwest of Kirkuk, three Kurdish peshmerga commanders are gathered in front of a giant map that covers the wall behind them. The map is dotted with dozens of arrows and pins. Each marks a point on the front line against 17

April 10, 2015 8:06 AM Bombings, Including Attack on US Troops, Kills 13 Afghans

A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people died when their minivan hit a roadside bomb, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the convoy attack, which took place near the U.S. military base not far from the airport 34

April 10, 2015 8:05 AM Suicide bomber targets US troops east Afghanistan, kills 3 civilians; roadside bomb kills 10

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people died when their minivan hit a roadside bomb, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the convoy attack, which took place near the U.S. military 12

April 10, 2015 6:50 AM Afghan official: Suicide car bomber targets US troops in the east, kills 3 Afghan civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has targeted a convoy of U.S. troops in the country's east, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding four. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. The provincial police chief's spokesman, Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, says Friday's attack took place on a road near the Jalalabad 12