L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. In [...]

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FILE - This Nov. 12, 2011, file photo, shows workers in protective suits and masks as they wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means [...]

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3 contractors awarded bid for Metro Purple Line

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A joint venture of three construction firms was awarded a $1.6 billion contract by the Metro Board of Directors today to build the first phase of the Metro Purple Line subway [...]

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The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz.  Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)

Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain

  FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate [...]

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A hospital worker views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014,  at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. (AP Photo)

1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

  DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a hospital psychiatric unit on Thursday, leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself, a prosecutor said. Just what [...]

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80-year-old kills burglar in Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CNS) – Authorities today pondered the future of an 80-year- old man who says he shot to death a woman who was running away after ransacking his home in Bixby Knolls even though [...]

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How’s your comic history knowledge?

Comic-Con is going on in San Diego this weekend. But we have some fun of our own from the comfort of your computer screen. Test your comic book character and super hero knowledge with our [...]

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Traffic alert: ‘Century Crush’ starts Friday night

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – People planning to travel to Los Angeles International Airport this weekend should give themselves plenty of time and consider alternate routes, with a 57-hour closure of a stretch of Century Boulevard [...]

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FILE - In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift [...]

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FILE - In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Prue Draper, left, of the Cotati Historical Society, and Louise Santero, a longtime Cotati resident, stand next to an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree near a railroad track in Cotati, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday [...]

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) police patrol car at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Bomb threat at LAX cleared

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A telephoned bomb threat led to a search of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport today, but nothing was found. Los Angeles airport police received the report [...]

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Jon Bon Jovi, center, takes part in a ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jon Bon Jovi to be honored for humanitarian work

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society [...]

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