The Brief

Execution Death Takes 2 Hours

Joseph Wood is pictured in this booking photo.
Arizona Department of Corrections—Reuters

Joseph Rudolph Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal in federal court during the execution demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour." Attorney General Tom Horne's office says Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started

Kerry: 'This Needs to End'

The Secretary of State announced some progress in achieving a cease-fire in Gaza after a meeting in Ramallah with Mahmoud Abbas

Black Boxes Deemed OK

An investigative team said in a report Wednesday that there is "no evidence" that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's cockpit voice recorders had been manipulated

Members of a Catholic church in a small town along the Guatemala and Mexico border hold a special mass celebrating the Virgin of Shelter.

Central American Churches Try to Keep Children Home

Thousands of children continue to cross the US-Mexico border without parents, and a growing group of pastors in the United States and across Central America and Mexico have a new message: do not send kids on that trip

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 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"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during an event at Facebook headquarters on April 4, 2013 in Menlo Park, California

Facebook Stock Soars

Mobile ads made up 62% of Facebook's $2.7 billion in ad revenue, and the company generated a profit of $791 million

Bloomberg Flies El Al, Says Travel To Israel "Safe"

Bloomberg Blasts FAA for Halting Israel Flights

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg flew to the country himself Wednesday, to “show solidarity with the Israeli people” and to “show that it’s safe to fly in and out" of the country, despite the ongoing crisis in Gaza

Oil Trains Accidents

White House Tightens Oil Train Safety Regulations

The Obama administration issued new rules on the increasingly popular way to move crude in the U.S., after a spate of train derailments, including one accident in April that set fire to a river that passes by downtown Lynchburg, Virginia

Sheik Umar Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, poses for a picture in Freetown, June 25, 2014.

Sierra Leone Top Doctor Contracts Ebola Himself

Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is credited with treating more than 100 victims of the deadly virus, which is transmitted through direct contact with body fluid, blood and infected tissue of victims, making health workers extremely susceptible to the contagion

Woman giving tickets

Here's How Hackers Stole From 1,600 StubHub Users

Cyber thieves accessed more than 1,000 customer accounts last year at the online ticket marketplace and fraudulently bought tickets for events, capitalizing on data breaches at other websites and from malware on the customers' computers

Boko Haram Massacre Displaces 15,000 Nigerians

The Islamic insurgency slaughtered around 50 civilians in nearby villages over the weekend, taking control of a strategic area in Nigeria, adding further evidence that international efforts to curb the militant group's violent activities have failed