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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Dennis McGuire. In Ohio, in January 2014, McGuire took 26 minutes to die after a previously untested mix of chemicals began flowing into his body, gasping repeatedly as he lay on a gurney. There’s one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe’s fierce hostility to capital punishment. The phenomenon started nine years ago when the EU banned the export of products used for execution, citing its goal to be the “leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty.” (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)