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Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student's mental illness means he should not die.

The Latest: Colorado theater jury to hear from families

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

Coroner: Ohio motorist shot by cop had bottle of fragrance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:02pm

A bottle held up by a motorist during a traffic stop before he was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer apparently contained a fragrance, not alcohol, a coroner said Monday.

Officer's killing occurred near area with history of crime

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:42pm

Residents along a street where a police officer was gunned down said their block has been for years a quiet oasis amid the troubled neighborhood around them, where gunshots cut through the night and people are afraid to go outside after dark.

Former teacher, assistant coach charged with more counts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A former teacher and assistant football coach at a Louisville parochial high school who was charged with child exploitation involving a 13-year-old has been charged with additional counts, and authorities say the case now involves 16 minors.

Fewer Indiana residents attend Purdue after tuition freeze

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

About 1,220 fewer undergraduates from Indiana and 330 more non-residents attend Purdue University since the school froze tuition rates at 2012 levels, according to the 2014-15 Purdue Data Digest.

Man pleads guilty to killing 10-year-old son found in river

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A Minnesota man admitted Monday that he killed his 10-year-old son, saying he beat the boy in a fit of rage, then wrapped the child with duct tape and threw him in a river because he feared he'd get in trouble.

Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A white Charlotte police officer on trial for the on-duty killing of a black man panicked and didn't identify himself or give any commands before shooting 12 times at the agitated man seeking help in an unfamiliar neighborhood after a car crash, a prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard S. Schweiker, a liberal Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served in his Cabinet, has died. He was 89.

Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law

John Moritz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday.

Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a full recovery after having an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, according to a spokeswoman.

The Latest: Residents say California wildfire spread fast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

The latest on wildfires burning in California:

Parents sue officer who handcuffed disabled kids

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:01pm

Two northern Kentucky women have sued the Kenton County sheriff and one of his school resource officers for placing their two disabled elementary school children in handcuffs.

Vendor settles over Minnesota student testing disruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:01pm

The Minnesota Department of Education and its student testing contractor have reached a settlement over spring testing glitches.

Arkansas governor names new senior health policy adviser

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:51pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has hired a staffer for fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton as his new senior health policy adviser.

Hypothermia, drowning to blame for 2 Maine canoeists' deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:51pm

The deaths of two canoeists off the coast underscore a deadly fact: The North Atlantic remains cold enough to kill even on a picture-perfect summer evening.

Woman accused of hiring hit man to kill ex gets probation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:41pm

A woman charged with hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody dispute in Connecticut has been sentenced to five years of probation in a plea deal.

Man shot to death awaiting court appearance in Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:31pm

A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said.

Pennsylvania resident guilty in Chinese test-taking plot

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:31pm

A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.