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July 24, 2014

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ARIZONA EXECUTION-DRUGS

PHOENIX — A condemned murderer takes nearly two hours to die and gasps for about 90 minutes during an execution that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.

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FLIGHTS CANCELLED-ISRAEL-FAA

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration lifts its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

NAZI INVESTIGATION

PHILADELPHIA — German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters.

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TEEN PILOT-CRASH

PLAINFIELD, Indiana — Crews searched Thursday for the father of a U.S. teenager whose plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean as he attempted to set a record for an around-the-world flight with his father accompanying him, authorities said.

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UNITED STATES-INDONESIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s quick congratulation of Indonesia’s election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington’s intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

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CUBA-SAVING MANGROVES

SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba — Worried by forecasts of rising seas from climate change, the effects of hurricanes and the salinization of farmlands, Cuba’s government is beginning a forced march to repair the first line of defense against advancing waters — its mangrove thickets, which have been damaged by decades of neglect and uncontrolled logging. By Andrea Rodriguez.

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HONDURAS-DEPORTED FAMILIES

TOCOA, Honduras — Elsa Ramirez took her two children and fled the violence that killed her husband and two brothers, fearing she was next. The 26-year-old had heard from Facebook and family in the U.S. that she would be allowed to stay. But with the U.S. expediting deportation of Central Americans, she was flown back to where she started little more than two weeks later — the heart of Honduras’ drug-trafficking country. By Sonia Perez D.

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MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED

MEXICO CITY— The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defends her “tough love” approach, but acknowledges that things got out of control.

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VENEZUELA-TELESUR IN ENGLISH

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English. By Jorge Rueda.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-CENTRAL AMERICAN GANGS-Q&A

LOS ANGELES — Many of the immigrants who have flooded the nation’s southern border in recent months have said they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. The gangs are a byproduct of U.S. policies in the 1990s that sent many immigrants back to Central America after they had been indoctrinated into gang culture in this country. A look at the genesis of these criminal organizations. By Tami Abdollah.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

ECONOMY-DURABLE RECOVERY

WASHINGTON — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

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IMF-US ECONOMY

WASHINGTON — U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

TV CRITICS WATCH-CROSBY AND BOWIE

BEVERY HILLS, California — David Bowie’s duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer’s 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby’s teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance.

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