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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Taiwan Water Park Fire Claims First Victim

Police investigators inspect the stage area after an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 28.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:28 pm

A 20-year-old woman who suffered burns to 90 percent of her body in Saturday's explosion at a music event in Taiwan has died, the first fatality in the disaster at the water park that burned 498 people. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the colored powder sprayed from the stage during a rap performance to catch fire.

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Europe
6:44 am
Mon June 29, 2015

German Distillery Is Unsympathetic To Greece's Debt Issue

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:22 am

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Animals
6:44 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Thousands Attend Funeral For Japan's Feline Stationmaster

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:22 am

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Captured Convict David Sweat In Critical Condition

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:21 pm

David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers whose escape June 6 from a New York prison sparked a statewide manhunt, is in critical condition after being shot Sunday by a state police sergeant.

Sgt. Jay Cook spotted Sweat walking down a rural road near the town of Constable, N.Y., near the border with Canada, and ordered him to stop. When Sweat tried to flee, Cook shot him twice, authorities said.

"The nightmare is finally over," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Sunday news conference.

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