U.S. - Seattle Post I. - 2015-03-11 18:08:09.

Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. "States are wondering which way to go, and one way is to send up a warning flag that if you don't allow us freedom in this lethal-injection area, we'll do something else," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. States have struggled to keep up their drug inventories as European manufacturers opposed to capital punishment refuse to sell the components of lethal injections to U.S. prisons. The condemned man furthest along in the appeals process is 59-year-old Douglas Carter, who is set to die by lethal injection after being convicted in 1985 of stabbing and shooting a Provo woman during a robbery at her home. According to prison records, the longest-serving death row inmate is Ron Lafferty, who claimed God directed him to kill his sister-in-law, Brenda Lafferty, and her baby daughter in 1984 because of the victim's resistance to his beliefs in polygamy. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled back in 1897 that death by firing squad was legal, Brunker said, but he expects a constitutional challenge if the bill becomes law and an execution is scheduled to use a firing squad.


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AP PHOTOS: Dogs dash across ice toward Iditarod halfway mark

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mushers are about a third of the way through this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, bounding across ice on America's third-longest river. The finish line remains in the Bering Sea coastal town of Nome. Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6jo


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Most wrongful-death lawsuits settled in listeria outbreak

DENVER (AP) — A Denver judge wrapped up most of the wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140 others. Two farmers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and were sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention.


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Police: Unfounded report of shots at rapper Lil Wayne home

(AP) — An apparent hoax summoned a strong police response Wednesday to the home of rapper Lil Wayne after an unknown caller reported a shooting. The responding officers, including a heavily armed SWAT team, found no evidence of a shooting, no victims and no gunman.


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Truck driver in Amtrak crash in NC has history of violations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The truck driver who failed to maneuver his oversized rig through a railroad crossing, derailing an Amtrak train and injuring 55 people this week, is a convicted felon with a long history of traffic citations, court records show. According to court records in Illinois, Black was arrested in December 2012 and charged with exceeding the permitted weight limit on his load. An Associated Press reporter walked past the no-trespassing sign on the front porch of Black's home in the rural community of Claremont, North Carolina, and knocked on the door seeking comment about the records. Among the evidence will be the locomotive's "black box" recovered at the scene and the special state permit that allowed the trucking company to exceed length and weight limits as it hauled an electrical distribution facility to New Jersey. According to the permit, the big rig had 13 axles to support the combined weight of 255,000 pounds.

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Chief says he told MIT officer killed by bombers to be safe

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have heard a frantic call made by a police officer who discovered Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier shot in his cruiser three days after the bombing. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed Collier in a failed attempt to steal his gun as they tried to flee after the FBI released photos of them as suspects in the bombing.



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