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Psychiatrist for Colorado movie gunman thought mental hold might 'inflame' him

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 22:09 Written by
DENVER A University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated convicted theater gunman James Holmes decided against placing him on a mental health hold after he expressed homicidal thoughts because it might "inflame him," police documents showed on Wednesday. The disclosure came in notes a university police officer wrote in her discussions with psychiatrist Lynne Fenton little more than a month before the July 2012 massacre, and released by the school at the request of several media…
Nevada high school student wins right to form anti-abortion group
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 20:45 Written by
A Las Vegas high school student has been allowed to form an anti-abortion group on campus, after a law firm dedicated to religious causes sued over a decision by school officials to deny her application for the club, the firm said on Wednesday. West Career & Technical Academy student Angelique Clark's struggle to create a club at the school and the opposition she faced from the Clark County School District was closely followed by her…
California inmate dies of natural causes after 26 years on death row
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 20:10 Written by
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A California prison inmate who spent 26 years on death row for murder has died of natural causes, the fourth so far this year in a state that hasn't carried out an execution since 2006. Ronald Harold Seaton, 69, died last week at Marin General Hospital near San Francisco, state prison authorities said on Wednesday. He had been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since 1989. The death penalty is technically…
Lawyer for Palm Springs mayor expects 'swift conclusion' to FBI probe
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 19:37 Written by
LOS ANGELES A lawyer for the mayor of Palm Springs said on Wednesday that his client was willing to cooperate with authorities who raided city hall this week and expected any probe of his client's activities would be "swiftly closed." FBI agents and members of a local public corruption task force descended on Palm Springs City Hall on Tuesday armed with search warrants, sending home employees and closing the offices for the day. Law enforcement…
IMF: China, Tumbling Commodity Prices Threaten World Economy
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 19:13 Written by
China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday. In an assessment of threats published as top finance ministers and central bankers meet this week in Turkey, the IMF warned that the problems could lead to "a much weaker outlook" for global growth. It urged wealthy countries to continue easy-money policies and "growth friendly" tax and spending programs.
Pennsylvania judge rejects parents' move to stop gender change surgery
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 18:23 Written by
PITTSBURGH A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday rejected an effort by the parents of a 48-year-old transgender woman to block her gender reassignment surgery after they said she is incompetent. Christine Kitzler's surgery had been scheduled to take place in New Hope, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, but on Monday her parents filed an emergency petition in a Bucks County courthouse in suburban Philadelphia to stop the surgery. Bucks County Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. initially…
U.S. police slayings raise pressure on officers at time of tension
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 18:23 Written by
The officers' deaths came within a span of less than a week, but more than 1,000 miles apart: One was fatally shot while filling his police cruiser's gas tank outside Houston, Texas, the other was killed in pursuit of three suspects in rural Illinois. Their deaths marked the 23rd and 24th fatal shootings of officers in the United States this year, and come at a time when relations between the public and police departments have…
Texas teen killed by police had psychedelic drugs in system: report
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 18:02 Written by
DALLAS The unarmed black Texas teenager fatally shot by a white police officer in August at a Dallas-area car dealership had synthetic psychedelic drugs and marijuana in his system when he died, according to an autopsy report released on Wednesday. Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player at Angelo State University, was shot by Arlington police trainee Brad Miller, who was one of several officers responding to a vandalism call at a car dealership west…
Oregon resident could face fines for lawnmower-sparked wildfire
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 18:02 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. Fire investigators say a lawnmower sparked a costly 26,000-acre (10,520-hectare) blaze in Oregon, one of dozens that have roared across the state in recent weeks, and the home owner accused of cutting grass during restricted hours could face fines or restitution. The Oregon Department of Forestry is considering whether to cite the unidentified resident for defying a lawn-mowing curfew enacted this summer after extremely dry, hot weather gave way to an unusually early…
South Carolina commission okays cost overruns for nuclear plants
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 17:40 Written by
CHARLESTON, South Carolina Construction costs for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina will go up almost $700 million in 2007 dollars and completion of the plants will be delayed three years, according to a settlement agreement approved on Wednesday by the South Carolina Public Service Commission. The delays will push completion of the plants to 2019 and 2020, the seven-member commission said. After the vote, SCANA Corp, parent company of the primary utility owner…

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