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July 11, 2014

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death penalty
12:21pm ET
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Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced on Friday that it will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015, because it needs more time to develop a new execution drug formula, Reuters reports. 

In January 2014, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire using a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone; witnesses reported that McGuire's execution took 25 minutes, during which he gasped and seized for 15 minutes. The state halted use of the two-drug combination, but it also passed a law in December 2014 providing confidentiality to pharmacies that prepare the lethal drug formulas. Four death row inmates filed a lawsuit, saying their right to due process is violated by the new law.

The state's decision to postpone its scheduled executions comes just days after the Supreme Court agreed to temporarily block the executions of three Oklahoma inmates challenging that state's lethal-injection formula.

Roger
11:48am ET
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This is why planes have co-pilots.

A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing at the airport on Thursday after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. Officials said the malfunctioning door will be examined by maintenance technicians, and a Delta spokeswoman told The Associated Press that the airline's crews are trained for such emergency situations (the co-pilot landed the plane alone).

Even more impressive: Despite the eventful landing, the plane still pulled into its gate at McCarran International Airport on time.

Foreign affairs
11:29am ET
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Japanese and Jordanian officials are struggling to secure the release of two nationals being held by Islamic State militants, but they say negotiations are "deadlocked," Reuters reports. 

"We can't predict (what will happen) at all," Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday. "While preparing for every situation, I want to make every effort for Mr. Goto's release."

ISIS militants have threatened to kill Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, along with Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh. They said the latter would be spared if Jordan released would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, who is currently being held on death row in Amman.

Watch this
10:11am ET

Chances are good this workday was a little more exciting than yours.

Los Angeles firefighters received a call about a little dog trapped in a swollen river, and the ensuing rescue involved a helicopter and some serious daring from the diver. The operation was successful, and officials say the pup was shaken, but healthy. Now, the search is on for the owners, because the firefighters believe the dog could have been swept more than a mile away from where he likely went into the water.

Watch the daring rescue, courtesy of BBC News, in the video, below. —Sarah Eberspacher

This just in
9:23am ET
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French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo will delay its next two issues, because staffers are exhausted, grieving, and need a break from constant media exposure, a publicist for the magazine said on Saturday.

Two militants entered the publication's Paris offices on Jan. 7 and shot 12 people dead, setting off a days-long string of terrorist attacks across the country. Charlie Hebdo's cartoonists and writers did release a post-attack issue that sold millions of copies, featuring a cover depicting the prophet Muhammad weeping, NBC News notes.

But more than three weeks after the attack, the staff "need some time, need to consult, need to settle in," a spokeswoman for the publication said.

Foreign affairs
8:50am ET
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African Union leaders agreed during a two-day summit in Ethiopia to send 7,500 troops to help push back the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, The Associated Press reports.

Boko Haram militants have killed thousands in the five years that they have expanded their reach through northeast Nigeria; and, insurgents have increased the frequency of their attacks in the leadup to Nigeria's Feb. 14 elections.

On Thursday, troops and a warplane from neighboring country Chad drove Boko Haram militants out of a border town in Nigeria; it was the first foreign intervention against the insurgency, but an AU official said future operations will be launched by the African Union, not individual countries.

Isn't it grand?
8:15am ET
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Notching her sixth Australian Open victory and 19th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams powered through a nagging cough to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Saturday, The Associated Press reports.

"Growing up, I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit and support," Williams said after her victory. "Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on the courts with just a ball, a racket, and a hope...Never give up. You never know what's going to happen."

The top-ranked tennis star's victory makes her the oldest winner of the Australian Open women's title, at 33 years old. The win also moves Williams into second place for most major wins; she is now just three major titles away from tying Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22.

Pot politics
January 30, 2015
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In a new Boston Globe article, Michael Kranish dives into Jeb Bush's four years at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, during which he "smoked a notable amount of pot," according to his classmates. Bush's classmates also told the Globe that he "sometimes bullied smaller students."

Bush's classmates also told the Globe that he wasn't particularly interested in politics at the time. Bush apparently "refused to join the Progressive Andover Republicans club and often declined even to participate in informal bull sessions with classmates."

"I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover," Bush admitted to the Globe. "It was pretty common." Peter Tibbetts, one of Bush's early friends, told the Globe that the first time he "got really stoned" was when he smoked hash with Bush, who reportedly played Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" to mark the occasion.  As for the reports of bullying, Bush told the Globe that "it was 44 years ago, and it is not possible for me to remember."

For those who have everything
January 30, 2015

"Using a selfie stick is a little like eating an oyster for the first time. Don't knock it until you try it," said Joanna Stern at The Wall Street Journal. If you're going to take a picture of yourself in a particular setting, the photo might as well be good, and putting your camera phone at the end of a pole really helps. You can buy a version online for $5, but don't. The Quik Pod Extreme ($62) from Digipower is one of a handful of higher-quality options. It's our favorite because it's light, telescopes down to a manageable size, and has a confidence-inducing grip.

This just in
January 30, 2015
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Arizona health officials are monitoring 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children, who may have been exposed to measles.

CBS 10 reports that officials are worried about transmission of the disease at the Super Bowl, because there is a 90 percent transmission rate for anyone who comes into contact with infected people.

Hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus after a second measles case, which stemmed from the outbreak at Disneyland, was diagnosed. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the recent outbreak is due, at least in part, to parents not vaccinating their children, because the measles vaccine is 99 percent effective. Experts have suggested unvaccinated people who have been exposed to measles stay at home for three weeks.

"A lot of people don't realize measles is the most contagious infectious viruses that we know of," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said on CBS This Morning on Friday. "Not only can people cough and sneeze it on you, it lingers in air for up to two hours, it lives on surfaces for up to two hours, so you can be exposed and not even realize it."

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