Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.
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Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the process.
Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.
A U.S. spy satellite detected a surface-to-air missile in the area just before the plane went down. Detailed forensic analysis on the wreckage may be complicated; it's reportedly been cut apart.
Last year, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said that a teacher's victim, a student, seemed older than her age of 14. The girl committed suicide before the trial began.
Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.
Citing a threat to the leader's dignity, North Korea reportedly asks China to block a video that inserts Kim Jong Un's image into bizarre situations, all set to a bouncy dance track.
The Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women.
In a late-night exchange, pro-Russian separatists have given what they say are Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's data recorders to Malaysian officials in eastern Ukraine.