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Death penalty stay to continue in Ohio

– A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio as debate over the state’s new two-drug combination continues.

The moratorium was to end this week. The new order extends it through Jan. 15. That will delay executions scheduled for September, October, November and January, and highlights the ongoing problem faced by states in obtaining drugs to put inmates to death.

Fire crews battle blazes in California

Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.

The two fires threatening homes in the Klamath National Forest had burned through nearly 25 square miles of dry timber near the community of Etna in Siskiyou County.

Batteries can ignite while on planes

New research shows that lithium batteries can explode and burn even more violently than previously thought, raising questions about their use and shipment on passenger airplanes.

Because many airlines are replacing paper charts with laptops and tablet, the Federal Aviation Administration conducted tests on what would happen if one of the lithium-ion battery cells ignited. In one test, the cockpit filled with thick smoke.

Memorial slated for gay veterans

A new memorial is in the works for gay veterans.

The memorial, which is planned for construction at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, will consist of three black granite panels, according to the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Memorial Project.

Nuclear dump fix pledged after leak

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico’s troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a radiation leak that has indefinitely shuttered the nation’s only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.

Officials have yet to pinpoint what caused a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to breach in one of the plant’s half-mile-deep rooms Feb. 14.

Snowboard lawsuit not settled in Utah

A reignited culture clash between snowboarders and skiers didn’t come to an immediate conclusion Monday after boarders suing one of the last ski resorts in the country to prohibit their hobby argued in a Utah courtroom that the ban is discriminatory and based on outdated stereotypes.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson didn’t rule on the Utah resort’s request to throw out the lawsuit.

The Alta ski area said a snowboarder-free hill is safer and the sport is a choice, so the riders shouldn’t have special protection under the law.