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New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

Capital punishment foe Randy Gardner and Gina Grimm, daughter of inmate Jack Jones, outside prison in Varner, Ark., Monday.

The nation's first double execution in more than 16 years raised a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber?

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

In this drawing provided by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, an illustration of a fluid-filled incubation system that mimics a mother’s womb, in hopes of one day improving survival of extremely premature babies. In animal testing, fetal lambs grew for up to four weeks inside a bag filled with a substitute for amniotic fluid, while the heart pumped blood into a machine attached to the umbilical cord that supplied oxygen like a placenta normally would.

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.


Doctor, wife in genital mutilation case want out of jail

A Detroit-area doctor and his wife are returning to court to see if they'll be released from jail while facing charges in an investigation of female genital mutilation.


Arizona man convicted of killing best friend, woman, 4 kids

An Arizona prisoner was convicted Tuesday of the gruesome killings of his best friend, the man's girlfriend and her four young children 12 years ago in what prosecutors called a crime motivated by money.


Air Force launches unarmed missile for test in California

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from a U.S. Air Force Base in California on a flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean.


Ben Carson brings HUD listening tour to urban, rural Ohio

Columbus is the fourth stop on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's national listening tour.


Martin Short strips down at environmental comedy benefit

Martin Short stripped down to a nude bodysuit to perform a musical number and became a human bagpipe in the hands of a large, kilt-wearing man — all for the sake of the environment.


Homeland Security formally opening immigrant crime office

The Homeland Security Department is set to launch an office for American victims of immigrant crime.


Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.


Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say.


California dad of missing 5-year-old boy released from jail

A missing 5-year-old boy's father has been released from jail in an unexpected twist that only deepens the mystery behind the boy's disappearance.


Witness: Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

A friend of Susan Berman testified that Berman tapped New York real estate heir Robert Durst as her potential killer years before she was executed in her home.


Some high plains farmers struggling after fires, drought

Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires.


Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.


Rockets determined to play better in conference semis

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason.


Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses

As a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in Arkansas' death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.


Sondheim an honoree, Trump a target at annual PEN gala

Stephen Sondheim, whose fellow honorees at Tuesday night's gala for PEN America included an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker and the organizers of the women's marches in January, was in a humble mood.


Arkansas executions raise questions again about sedative

Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using a sedative that's been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. A look at midazolam and its role in U.S. executions:


Fiery, deadly wreck snarls Interstate 5 in Los Angeles

A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.