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  • FILE - In this Nov. 2005, file photo is the witness room that adjoins the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. An Associated Press survey of the nation's 32 death penalty states found that the vast majority refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs. While Ohio has been open about drugs purchased for executions, those cloaked in secrecy include states with some of the most active death chambers _ Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri among them. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Secrecy surrounds execution drugs in most states

    Dating to the days when the guillotine operator or the hangman wore a mask, a certain amount of anonymity has always surrounded executions. But that secrecy is increasingly coming under fire, with judges, death penalty opponents and lawyers questioning why so little can be known about a state's most solemn responsibility.

  • Boeing's 787 Dreamliners grounded, but batteries can fly

    At the same time the government certified Boeing's 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner's electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.

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