Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections. REUTERS/Arizona Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

Botched execution in Arizona, death took 2 hours

PHOENIX - An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday and his lawyers said he "gasped and snorted" before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States.

Technology is cited as a possible reason why the number of bank robberies has dropped. (FOTOLIA)

Big drop in Vancouver bank robberies

Perhaps bank robbers have learned their ways, have been jailed, or are taking a holiday. No matter what the reason, bank robberies have just about disappeared as a category of crime in the City of Vancouver this year.

Howe Sound is better known for recreation than logging. (REUTERS)

Howe Sound residents fear logging plans

The Gambier Island Conservancy says it’s prepared to take the provincial government to court over plans to sell off sections of the island’s logging rights — with residents demanding the process be stopped and reviewed.

Midwives say more funding is needed to ensure the delivery of babies is done safely. (REUTERS)

B.C. midwives start job action

An association representing midwives in B.C. has pulled its clinical education services for practicum students as part of job action to demand better funding.

Some say microbeads used in bath products don't dissolve. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. MLA wants microbeads banned

The province should dissolve the use of microbeads used in soaps and other products, according to BC NDP critic for environment Spencer Chandra Herbert.

Senator Mike Duffy arrives at Parliament Hill in this June 4, 2013 file photo. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)

Duffy acknowledged paternity

The mother of a Peruvian woman who claims Mike Duffy is the father of her daughter says the suspended senator has acknowledged paternity.

App helps people who need regular blood transfusions. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C.-invented app helps patients

A British Columbia-developed application to help improve care and support for people with inherited bleeding and blood cell disorders was launched Wednesday at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

(QMI Agency)

Number of reported crimes drops again

Statistic Canada says fewer crimes were reported to Canadian police last year than in 2012 — the 10th consecutive annual decrease — but there was an increase in reports of sexual offences against children.

Honour guards take part in a ceremony with coffins of some of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine before they are being loaded on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport July 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands.

Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip in this July 23, 2014 handout photo obtained by Reuters from the Israeli news website Walla. Israel said on Thursday it had detained scores of Palestinians during fighting in the Gaza Strip. Pictures of one group of men being held outside under guard by Israeli soldiers were published on Thursday on the Israeli news website Walla. REUTERS/Walla News/Handout via Reuters

Gaza toll tops 700

Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.

(L-R) Anders Anundsen, Norway's minister of justice and public security, Benedicte Bjoernland, head of the Police Security Service, PST, and Vidar Refvik, head of the police force, hold a news conference in Oslo July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix

Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway

Militant Islamists with fighting experience in Syria may be planning an attack in Norway in the coming days, police said on Thursday, as they deployed armed units at borders, airports and railway stations.

Palestinian rescue workers inspect the remains of a house which witnesses said was destoyed by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Gaza bloodshed deepens, but U.S. lifts flight ban

Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to push ceasefire talks.