Execution drugs killed inmate, autopsy says
An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says. Department of Corrections director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack about 10 minutes after he ordered the execution stopped.
Phone call offers clues in jet search
Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's flight path. Now an analysis of those failed attempts to reach Flight 370 could alter the search for the plane. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on the new analysis, which suggests that the aircraft turned that direction earlier than previously believed. The jetliner disappeared March 8.
Turkey: Former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Thursday as the country's first directly elected president.
Afghanistan: The United Nations said that a recount of ballots in the disputed presidential election will take about two more weeks.
Jerusalem: The body of Aharon Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., was found Thursday in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities said his death is likely an accident.
St. Louis: A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Virginia: The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday. The pilot's identity wasn't disclosed.