Alabama inmate coughs, heaves, during execution by injection

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate coughed repeatedly and his upper body heaved for at least 13 minutes during an execution using a drug that has previously been used in problematic lethal injections in at least three other states.



The Latest: Dylann Roof explains shooting in FBI confession

FILE - In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):



Cardinals sign free agent Dexter Fowler

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, right, watches as Dexter Fowler puts a Cardinals jersey during a baseball news conference announcing the signing of the free agent center fielder Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal.



Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation

A Paris city employee shows a dead rat in the Saint Jacques Tower park, in the center of Paris, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Paris is on a new rampage against rats, trying to shrink the growing rodent population. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris.



Report: UK Brexit chief not interested in transitional deal

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, the then British lawmaker David Davies attends a press conference in London. The Financial Times reports on Friday Dec. 9, 2016 that British Brexit Secretary David Davis told London financial-sector bosses that he is "not really interested" in seeking a transitional deal with the European Union to soften the process of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)LONDON (AP) — British Brexit Secretary David Davis told London financial-sector bosses that he is "not really interested" in seeking a transitional deal with the European Union to soften the process of the U.K.'s exit from the bloc, the Financial Times reported Friday.





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