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FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

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Thereesa Long directs friends helping her sift through her belongings in Mayflower, Ark., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo Shiite demonstrators chant pro-government slogans and wave national flags, to show support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center in photo on banner, in Baghdad, Iraq. If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wins a third four-year term in parliamentary elections Wednesday, he is likely to rely on a narrow sectarian Shiite base, only fueling divisions as Iraq slides deeper into bloody Shiite-Sunni hatreds. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
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FILE - This April 16, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. in Durham, N.C. Deciding which party controls the U.S. Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure could come down to women _ both the handful who are running in significant races and the moderate female voters who often tip close elections. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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A Pilatus PC-9A comes in for a landing at RAAF Base Pearce in Perth, Australia, Wednesday, March 26.
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, during his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy. (AP Photo)
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FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media after meeting with business owners in New York. With eight months left in office, Gov. Rick Perry isn’t kicking back at the governor’s mansion. Rebounding from his gaffe-marred presidential run in 2012, Perry is doubling down on the argument that his low-tax, low-regulation approach as governor since 2000 has been the driving force behind Texas’ tops-in-the-nation job growth. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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People walk on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday April 26, 2014. Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A drug dealer and a gang member want the court to rule that the searches of their cellphones after their arrest violated their right to privacy in the digital age. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox talks to reporters, in Seattle. A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, 26, was sentenced to 28 ½ years while Sollecito, 30, received 25 years. Knox has been in the United States since 2011, when an earlier appellate trial that overturned her lower court conviction. Sollecito remains in Italy. The release of the court's reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If the high court confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. BOTCHED EXECUTION PROLONGS INMATE'S DEATH

Whether it was the wrong dose of three medications used in lethal injection or vein failure, it left Clayton Lockett writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head from the gurney.

2. PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER SEVERE STORMS IN MIDWEST, SOUTH

A least 35 people are dead following a two-day outbreak of twisters and violent weather that pulverized homes from the Midwest to the Deep South, including a day care worker found clutching a child, who was alive.

3. HOW THE NBA IS PUNISHING STERLING FOR RACIST COMMENTS

Aside from a ban for life and a $2.5 million fine, Commissioner Adam Silver will try to convince other team owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

4. STEADY RISE IN VIOLENCE LOOMS OVER IRAQ ELECTION

Iraqis vote today in first national election since the U.S. withdrawal as their country slides deeper into sectarian strife.

5. WHY WOMEN ARE AN ELECTORAL COMMODITY RIGHT NOW

A 2014 midterm scramble has Democrats and Republicans trying to secure support from moderate female voters who could decide a series of competitive races.

6. AUSTRALIA DISMISSES REPORT ON JETLINER WRECKAGE

The agency leading the search for MH370 says claim by Australian company about finding the remains of a plane in the Bay of Bengal is unrelated to the missing Malaysia jet.

7. KERRY HEADS TO AFRICA WITH EYE ON SOUTH SUDAN

The secretary of state will urge African powers to pressure the world's youngest country to end its violent civil conflict.

8. PERRY TAKES CREDIT FOR JOB CREATION

Touting his state as America's best place to do business, the Texas governor rebounds from his gaffe-marred 2012 bid by bringing home none other than the world's largest automaker.

9. WHAT'S MAKING JUSTICES WARY

The Supreme Court appears ready to reject the administration's argument that police should be able to make unlimited cellphone searches without first getting warrants.

10. COURT: KNOX DELIVERED FATAL BLOW HERSELF

The next step could be an appeal to another Italian court. If those judges confirm the American's conviction, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected.

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