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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Firing squad death penalty bill signed into law in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method's use when no lethal injection drugs are available.

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A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
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Utah set to bring back death sentence by firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah - the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad - is poised to bring back the Old West-style executions if the state cannot track down drugs used in lethal injections.

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Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian explains his bill allowing the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian explains his bill allowing the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma state lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

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The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.  (AP Photo, File)
The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. (AP Photo, File)
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Gas chamber eyed by Oklahoma legislators for future executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

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Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Dying Oklahoma inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

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Lisa Ann Coleman was sentenced to death for the 9-year-old  Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Lisa Ann Coleman was sentenced to death for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
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Texas executes woman for starvation of 9-year-old boy

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

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An Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)
An Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)
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Arizona execution renews debate over death methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood.  (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
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Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood.  (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

PHOENIX (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

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Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
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Sweeney sounds off on reinstating death penalty

Senate President Steve Sweeney said legislation to bring back the death penalty for certain murders should not be reinstated so quickly.

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