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Defense, DA argue reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Defense lawyers for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday, urging jurors to consider mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his insanity claim when they convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others at a Colorado movie theater.... 7/30/2015 11:50 PM

Campus officer pleads not guilty in traffic stop shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail.... 7/31/2015 1:42 AM

911 calls describe harrowing scene after theater shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The urgent call went out across a police radio only minutes after gunfire erupted inside a Lafayette movie theater: The suspect was inside an auditorium and had reloaded his gun.... 7/31/2015 1:29 AM

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and people who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.... 7/31/2015 1:44 AM

US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.... 7/30/2015 9:38 PM

Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.... 7/30/2015 11:19 PM

Details about the lion hunt that caused outrage across globe
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday it's trying to reach the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion while on a guided hunt in Zimbabwe. The agency asked Walter Palmer to "contact us immediately."... 7/30/2015 10:35 PM

Texas trooper's boss says he had reason to stop Sandra Bland
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The top boss over the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland said there was reason to pull her over for failing to signal a lane change and told lawmakers Thursday that the trooper remains on the state payroll because the investigation is still playing out.... 7/31/2015 12:00 AM

Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland's governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore's state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms.... 7/31/2015 12:41 AM

The Latest: Pilot calls search for adrift boys heartbreaking
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:... 7/30/2015 11:16 PM



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