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July 23, 2014 - 9:45pm
8 hours 27 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, and nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The derailment occurred during the afternoon run of the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train, which goes from Skagway, Alaska, into Canada.

There were few immediate details of what happened, but railroad President John Finlayson said the train derailed as it reached the White Pass...

July 23, 2014 - 9:22pm
11 hours 47 min ago

Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.

St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians, some of the more than 140,000 who have fled their homes, according to the UN.

Entire families are sleeping on thin sheets on the hard church floors, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. During the day the adults...

July 23, 2014 - 8:52pm
12 hours 57 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Southern California chef who claimed he cooked his wife's body in boiling water.

City News Service reports that a court panel on Wednesday rejected a claim that there was insufficient evidence to convict David Viens.

The chef is serving 15 years to life for the 2009 killing of his wife, Dawn.

Viens told investigators that during an...

July 23, 2014 - 8:19pm
8 hours 47 min ago

Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:

— July 23, 2014. Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half after his execution began in Arizona, prompting his lawyers...

July 23, 2014 - 8:17pm
12 hours 57 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.

"Cruise consumers have virtually no rights or protections," Dishman, a resident of Sacramento, California, said during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which witnesses called for more passenger protections on cruise...

July 23, 2014 - 7:59pm
11 hours 27 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad...

July 23, 2014 - 7:56pm
13 hours 7 min ago

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution before he died.

The episode is likely to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with...

July 23, 2014 - 7:45pm
13 hours 27 min ago

Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

Among this week's images are a shot of U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin gliding beneath the water at a meet in California; a crash at the German Formula One Grand Prix race; and a horse and rider backlit by the setting sun in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

This gallery contains photos published July 16-21.

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July 23, 2014 - 7:11pm
11 hours 37 min ago

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.

Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.

Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov...

July 23, 2014 - 6:55pm
14 hours 57 min ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Chinese national accused of trying to smuggle sensors made for the U.S. military has pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act.

The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Bo Cai also pleaded guilty to violating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations by scheming illegally to export defense articles to China.

Court documents say Cai and his cousin, 29-year-old Wentong...

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