The two-hour-long death of convicted murder Joseph R. Wood III has renewed calls for the abolition of the death penalty. Wood was given a lethal injection in an Arizona prison on Wednesday, but did not die for another two hours. He "gasped and snorted" for a long time before succumbing, according to reports.
- U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski said lethal injections should be replaced with firing squads. The injection shields the public "from the reality that we are shedding human blood," he said.
- North Korean officials have asked China to remove a dance video that mocks leader King Jong-Un from the internet. The video features Jong-Un's head superimposed over kung-fu dancers and fighters. Chinese officials were unable to do anything about it, they said.
- President Obama is drawing criticism for refusing to let the press accompany him to several fundraising events this week.
- Jar Jar Binks is more popular than the U.S. Congress.