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Arkansas executes Jones; plans 2nd lethal injection of night
VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas executed inmate Jack Jones Monday night and prepared for another lethal injection in what would be the nation's first double-execution since 2000....

Condemned men seek appeals even after decades behind bars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last-ditch legal appeals could block the executions of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be put to death Monday after spending more than two decades behind bars. What's left to appeal after so many years? A look at some issues that can stop a lethal injection at the last minute....

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal
CHICAGO (AP) -- The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat....

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried....

Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved."...

Artifacts preserve Holocaust stories for future generations
BOWIE, Md. (AP) -- The small wicker doll chair was a modest toy, but it meant the world to Louise Lawrence-Israels. A gift for her second birthday, it was the only toy she possessed during the approximately three years she spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just five blocks from the house where Anne Frank wrote in her diary....

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest....

Couple charged in shooting outside Seattle right-wing event
SEATTLE (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday charged a couple in connection with a shooting during a demonstration over the appearance of a right-wing speaker at the University of Washington in January. Lawyers for the two said they acted in self-defense....

GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims....

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) -- A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history....

 
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