'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'

Friday, 19 December 2014 08:04
DENVER (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty. In a letter to The Denver Post published Friday, Robert and Arlene Holmes say their son is not a monster but "a human being gripped by a severe mental illness." They say that they have spent every moment of the two years since the shooting thinking about the victims and their families and…
Guardian of New Hampshire's presidential primary ready for another round
Friday, 19 December 2014 07:04
By Scott Malone CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - As New Hampshire braces for another wave of White House hopefuls next year seeking votes in the first-in-the-nation nominating primary, much of the credit for the state's hold on that position goes to one man: Secretary of State William Gardner. For the past four decades, Gardner has outmaneuvered states including Florida and Nevada to protect the front-runner spot mandated by New Hampshire law - and it has not…
Lawyers for two friends of accused Boston bombers due in court
Friday, 19 December 2014 07:03
BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two friends of the accused Boston Marathon bombers are due in court on Friday for separate hearings as the city braces for the January start of a trial focused on the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Attorneys for Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab driver from Kyrgyzstan who was charged with lying to investigators by downplaying his relationship with the accused bombers after calling police to offer…
8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
Friday, 19 December 2014 06:03
SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her relatives, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. She was receiving treatment for her injuries and was in stable condition at a hospital.
2014: A milestone year for US economy
Friday, 19 December 2014 05:04
The year 2014 has been a milestone for the US economy with the average growth of 4.2 per cent in the last two quarters and addition of 2.65 million jobs till November, the White House has said. "It was a milestone year for the economy. Growth has averaged 4.2 per cent in the last two quarters. That's the strongest six-month period in more than a decade," Jieff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council told…
Was this the least productive Congress ever?
Friday, 19 December 2014 05:03
When the Senate cast its last vote Tuesday night and lawmakers headed back to their districts, the 113th Congress officially came to a close. And the Senate, at least, had the proud distinction of recording an increase in the number of votes lawmakers took - up from 486 in the 112th Congress to 657 in the 113th, according to records compiled by C-SPAN. Were they more productive in the last two years than the group…
U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations
Friday, 19 December 2014 05:02
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from storm water runoff. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) said in a statement that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre
Friday, 19 December 2014 03:40
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into question…
'Colbert Report' gets star-studded sendoff
Friday, 19 December 2014 03:40
Even though it was the last-ever edition of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert seemed determined to treat Thursday night's farewell like any ordinary episode… for the first act anyway. As he told Jon Stewart in the resurrected toss segment that, at one point in time, accompanied every transition between The Daily Show and the Report: "I like to think every show is special. It's a little thing called professionalism." Colbert proceeded to prove that…
Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions
Friday, 19 December 2014 03:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. At first glance, U.S. options for responding to the hacking attack are limited. Bringing the shadowy hackers to justice appears a distant prospect.

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