The Brief

Joseph Wood is pictured in this booking photo.

Execution Death Takes 2 Hours

An Arizona death-row inmate struggled for nearly two hours during what’s being considered another botched execution using a lethal cocktail of drugs

A pro-Russian separatist shows members of the media a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before its handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk on July 22, 2014.

MH17 Black Boxes Intact

An investigative team said there is "no evidence" that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's cockpit voice recorders had been manipulated after the crash

Soldiers carry bodies from the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Penghu island

48 Dead in Taiwan Plane Crash

The TransAsia Airways plane from southern Taiwan crashed into a residential neighborhood on Penghu, an island chain in the Taiwan Strait, killing 48 of the 58 passengers on board. The aircraft unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather late on Wednesday

An Israeli prays during the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg on July 23, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.

The Immigrant Soldiers Dying for Israel in Gaza

Young Jews from across the U.S. and Europe, like Max Steinberg from California and Nissim Sean Carmeli from Texas and Jordan Bensemhoun from France, were drawn to Israel and served as 'lone soldiers' before their recent deaths in Gaza

Airplanes At The Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Think Your Flight Delays Are Bad? Try China

International flight monitors put Chinese cities at the bottom of a list of on-time takeoffs at major airports worldwide, but a notice warned that eastern metropolises would suffer even more serious delays through Aug. 15. The reason? Likely, China's military

Twitter's new feature

Twitter Report Shows Stark Lack of Diversity

Twitter released its long-awaited diversity report on Wednesday, and the skewed demographics are no surprise, particularly when it comes to gender balance: 10% of the company's tech employees are female, while women occupy 21% of leadership positions

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gestures during a rally in Proklamasi Monument Park in Jakarta

Jokowi's Tough Test: Proving Democracy Works

Joko Widodo’s election victory was a big win for Muslim-majority Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy and fourth most populous nation. Now the incoming President has to deliver the much needed reforms needed to restore the country’s growth

College campus

Students May Have Been Denied Federal Aid by IT Flub

The Department of Education believes unnecessary decimal points and cents entered on Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms that went unrecognized may have resulted in some students being denied aid and others receiving it when they weren’t eligible

The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Questlove on Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Is a 'Game-Changer'

The Roots' drummer, member of The Tonight Show house band and executive producer of the upcoming music show SoundClash, talks to TIME about Beyoncé, Sia and how "black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture"

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Southwest Kicked Family Off Plane After Tweet

A Minneapolis father claims that he and his two daughters were booted from their Southwest Airlines flight after he tweeted a complaint against a “rude” gate agent. Duff Watson said the Sunday episode began when he tried to use a priority line with his children

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae Has a Secret Obama Dance Video

"I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor," the President said at a fundraising event. He added that the R&B star promised it would stay secret