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Man dies of heart attack after botched execution PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by BAILEY ELISE McBRIDE, Associated Press SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:09

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution on Tuesday after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney, before he later died of a heart attack.

Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of the state's new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.

The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state's top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings. Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said.

"It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched," said Lockett's attorney, David Autry.

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Storm death toll at 34, more twisters expected PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press JEFF AMY, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:43

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Ruth Bennett died clutching the last child left at her day care center as a tornado wiped the building off its foundation. A firefighter who came upon the body gently pulled the toddler from her arms.

"It makes you just take a breath now," said next-door neighbor Kenneth Billingsley, who witnessed the scene at what was left of Ruth's Child Care Center in this logging town of 6,600. "It makes you pay attention to life."

Bennett, 53, was among at least 34 people killed in a two-day outbreak of twisters and other violent weather that pulverized homes in half a dozen states from Iowa to Tennessee. The child's fate was not immediately known.

As crews in Mississippi and Alabama turned from search-and-rescue efforts to cleanup, the South braced for a third round of potentially deadly weather Tuesday. Tornadoes usually strike in the late afternoon and evening.

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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:31

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued his long-awaited decision Tuesday. It invalidates Wisconsin's law.

Wisconsin's law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters said it would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

But Adelman sided with opponents, who said it disproportionately excluded poor and minority voters because they're less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them.

Wisconsin's law was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.


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Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center near Atlanta PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:59
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FedEx employees and family members gather at a skating rink following a shooting at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin)

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A FedEx employee wearing bullets draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.

The victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds that were consistent with shotgun blasts, Dr. Michael Nitzken of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital told reporters at a news conference.

The gunman, who was found dead inside the facility, worked for FedEx as a package handler, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

David Titus, a FedEx truck driver, said he was just coming to work around 6 a.m. when he saw someone walk up and shoot a security guard in the abdomen outside the building. He said he could hear more gunshots after the gunman went inside.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:26
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Deaths reported from U.S. storms reaches 31 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:08

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — At least 31 deaths have been reported from a large, stubborn storm system making its way through the South after pummeling the central U.S.

In Mississippi, officials say nine people died Monday, seven of them in hard-hit Winston County. Two others died in separate instances of vehicles being blown off roadways.

In Alabama, three people were reported dead, two in the northern part of the state and one in Tuscaloosa. There, officials say a University of Alabama student died Monday when he took shelter in a home's basement and a retaining wall collapsed on him.

Tennessee officials say two people died in a home when a suspected tornado hit Monday night.

On Sunday, 15 were killed as a tornado blasted through Arkansas. One person died in Oklahoma, and one in Iowa.


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