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Colorado movie massacre gunman found guilty of multiple murders

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:11

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed 12 people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012. After a three-month trial in which hundreds of witnesses testified and thousands of pieces of evidence were presented, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. Before the jury was called in at around 4:00 p.m. local time (1800 EDT), Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour warned the packed public gallery to refrain from emotional outbursts.

Four Marines and gunman killed in Tennessee shootings

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:50

By Rich McKay CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) - Four Marines were killed on Thursday by a gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation named the suspect as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, but said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the rampage, which comes at a time when U.S. military and law enforcement authorities are increasingly concerned about the threat posed by "lone wolves" to domestic targets. NBC News reported that Abdulazeez was a naturalized American who was born in Kuwait.

Judge begins reading verdict in Colorado movie massacre trial

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:22

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial began reading the verdict on Thursday in the case against gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, faces 165 counts of first degree murder, attempted murder and explosives offenses, meaning the verdict forms filled out by the jury of nine women and three men could take some time to read. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted. ...

James Holmes guilty in Colorado movie theater shooting

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:16
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes, the gunman who killed 12 people when he opened fire on a sold-out Colorado movie theater in July 2012, could face the death penalty..

Shootings at Chattanooga Naval Reserve Center leave 4 Marines, gunman dead

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:56

A gunman opened fire at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday, killing four Marines at a naval reserve center.

Shootings near U.S. military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:12
By Brendan O'Brien and Suzannah Gonzales (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out on Thursday in several locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, including a joint U.S. military recruiting center, and a police officer was hit in the shootings, authorities and local media said. In a tweet, the Chattanooga Police Department said in a tweet that the situation was over and that details would be forthcoming. Earlier, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman John Harmon, said, "There have been several shootings at several different locations." The patrol was assisting local law enforcement.

Walker goes Scott-free as judges shut down probe

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:54

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today ordered a special state prosecutor to shut down a controversial investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s political fundraising and “permanently destroy” all the evidence they have collected, handing Walker a huge political victory just days after he formally announced his run for president.

Katie Couric interviews transgender former Navy SEAL

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:10

Yahoo's global news anchor talks with Kristin Beck about potential changes to the military's rules.

TLC Cancels ‘19 Kids and Counting’

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:28

Ohio man indicted on U.S. charges of providing material support to Islamic State

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man has been indicted on charges of providing material support to the Islamic State militant group and firearms and narcotics violations, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Chris Christie says too many people are in prison, but wouldn’t ease drug laws

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:16

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call on the justice system to “stop treating the victims of addiction as enemies in a war” in his first major criminal justice speech since he announced his bid for the presidency.

Jurors mull fate of Colorado movie gunman for second day

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:43

Jurors deliberated for a second day on Thursday in the capital trial of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes, weighing whether he was sane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 as they watched a midnight premiere of a Batman film. Holmes' court-appointed attorneys say he suffers schizophrenia, that since high school he has heard voices ordering him to kill, and that he was not in control of his actions. The jury of nine women and three men submitted several written questions to Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour during their first day of deliberations on Wednesday, including asking for a white board and an index to the thousands of pieces of evidence brought up at trial.

Elder Bush in fair condition after breaking bone in neck

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:40

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush, at 91 the oldest living former president, was hospitalized Thursday in fair condition after breaking a bone in his neck during a fall.

Obama rediscovers audacity

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 03:26

Recent boldness on Iran and other issues may force a reevaluation of his presidency.

Gay marriage ruling leaves U.S. firms unclear on spousal benefits

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 03:05

The Supreme Court was definitive in its decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, but what is far from clear is whether U.S. companies must offer corporate benefits to same-sex spouses. Many large and mid-sized employers are self-insured, which means their benefits are governed by a 1974 act that has no language on preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act allows companies to bypass differing state laws that complicate healthcare options for employees spread out across the country.

Suspected South Carolina church gunman due in court for hearing

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 01:02

The suspected gunman in the slaying of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month is expected in court on Thursday when a judge will hear a media challenge to a ban on the release of documents in the case. Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested a day after the killings and charged with nine counts of murder in what authorities say was a racially motivated massacre. Nicholson said he issued the order "due to substantial pre-trial publicity" that could jeopardize Roof's right to a fair trial.

Obama will go to prison for a fairer justice system

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 23:49

President Barack Obama's push for a fairer justice system is literally sending him to prison.

Poll: Americans view Clinton, Republicans unfavorably

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 23:19

More Americans now have an unfavorable than a favorable view of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that finds negative ratings of the former secretary of state have increased over the past few months, especially among Democrats.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush breaks bone in neck during fall at home

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:53

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush broke a bone in his neck during a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and his hospital stay was expected to be brief, his spokesman said. Bush, 91, who served as America's 41st president, was last hospitalized in Houston for a week in December 2014 after experiencing breathing difficulties. "His condition is stable - he is fine - but he'll be in a neck brace," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement posted on Twitter following the accident.

George H.W. Bush, 91, falls at Maine home, breaks bone in neck

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:31

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — George H.W. Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, fell at his summer home on Wednesday and broke a bone in his neck but was doing OK, a spokesman said.