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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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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In this image provided by Brantly S. Keiek shows a section of the Scenic Highway that collapsed due to heavy rain in Pensacola, Fla., Thursday, April 30, 2014. Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 15-20 inches of rain has fallen in Pensacola in the past 24 hours. (AP Photo/ Brantly S. Keiek)
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2014, file photo, parts of more than 1,000 summeries of sex-crime cases involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, which The Associated Press obtained following Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Naval Criminal Investigative Service, are displayed at the AP office in Tokyo. Reports of sexual assaults in the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland police say they have arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on suspicion of involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow. Adams confirmed his own arrest Wednesday in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview. Police had been expected to question the 65-year-old Adams about the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, whom the IRA executed as an alleged spy. The IRA did not admit the killing until 1998. Adams was implicated in the killing by two IRA veterans who gave taped interviews to researchers for a Boston College research project. The Northern Ireland police took legal steps to acquire the interviews, parts of which have already been published after one IRA interviewee died. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)
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FILE - In this June 7, 2009, file photo, Music mogul Sean Combs sits courtside during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers will have more stars than the team's roster. Combs tweeted his interest in going after the Clippers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, December 10 2013 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks in Toronto. Rob Ford's lawyer said on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, that Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young File)
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In a photograph taken Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, from left, GRAAFICS student Devon Collins, 16, of East New York, stands near GTAAFICS students Tyasia Blair, 16, of East New York, Jamal Williams, 18, and Keeozel Saul, 16, after they attended an internship as part of their classwork. GRAAFICS (Gang Diversion, reentry and Absent Father Intervention Center), a program they are part of at the nearby Brooklyn Collegiate High School, is designed for individuals who have been part of a "crew," and work to stay focused on getting on with their educations and lives without being part of a neighborhood crew. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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This June 2012 photo shows former ‘Mad’ magazine editor Al Feldstein standing near one of his paintings at Livingston HealthCare. Feldstein, whose 28 years at the helm of Mad magazine transformed the satirical publication into a pop culture institution, has died, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was 88. (AP Photo/Livingston Enterprise, Aaric Bryan)
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FILE - In this July 28, 2002 file photo, a Muslim man prays as he enters Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Brunei on Thursday, May 1, 2014 embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights. From Thursday, Brunei citizens can be fined or jailed by Islamic courts for offences like not performing Friday prayers, pregnancy out of wedlock, propagating other religions and indecent behavior. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

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

1. BOTCHED EXECUTION MAY STIR CHALLENGES TO CRUEL, UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

While Oklahoma’s case might not be enough to bring the issue before the Supreme Court, a national pattern of mishaps could.

2. MERKEL TO FOCUS ON UKRAINE IN VISIT TO WASHINGTON

The German chancellor and Obama could smooth over differences over the NSA’s spy programs with a show of unity on the Ukrainian crisis.

3. WHERE THE RAIN SENT PEOPLE RUNNING TO THE ATTIC–OR THE ROOF

Pensacola, Florida, records its single rainiest day ever–nearly 2 feet in 24 hours–catching hundreds off guard, some of whom had to swim for help.

4. SHARP RISE IN MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTS

The Pentagon’s campaign to get more victims to speak up is working–but officials want more men to come forward and seek help if they have been assaulted.

5. GERRY ADAMS ARRESTED IN DECADES-OLD KILLING

The reputed ex-Irish Republican Army commander faces questioning in connection with the 1972 execution of a woman suspected of spying for the British.

6. WHO’S THINKING OF BUYING LA CLIPPERS

Oprah isn’t the only one shopping for something that won’t fit under a chair if Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the team.

7. ROB FORD TAKING LEAVE

The Toronto mayor needs time off to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer says.

8. WHAT’S BEHIND 40 PERCENT OF NYC SHOOTINGS

As gangs thin out, crews spring up, in the form of violent bands of dozens of 12- to 20-year-olds that members see as the family they never had, and one investigator likens to an “evil fraternity.”

9. FORMER MAD MAGAZINE EDITOR DIES AT 88

Al Feldstein helped assemble a pool of artists and writers who turned out such enduring features as “Spy vs. Spy” and “The Lighter Side of...”

10. BRUNEI STARTS TO PHASE IN SHARIAH

The tiny Asian nation will use a version of Islamic criminal law that allows amputations for stealing and stoning for adultery, a move Human Rights Watch calls a “huge step backward.”

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