April 2, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - For James Holmes, "justice is death," prosecutors said Monday in announcing that they will seek his execution if he is convicted in the Colorado movie theater attack that killed 12 people. The decision - disclosed in court just days after prosecutors publicly rejected Holmes' offer to plead guilty if they took the death penalty off the table - elevated the already-sensational case to a new level and could cause it to drag on for years. "It's my determination and my intention that in this case, for James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," District Attorney George Brauchler said, adding that he had discussed the case with 60 people who lost relatives in the July 20 shooting rampage by a gunman in a gas mask and body armor during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie.
April 1, 2013 |
DENVER - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case have rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, saying the proposal can't be considered genuine because the defense has repeatedly refused to give them information needed to evaluate it. No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said in a scathing court document Thursday, and one "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available...
January 18, 2013 |
SEATTLE - An Army staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians must undergo an official sanity review before a mental health defense can be presented, the military judge overseeing the case said Thursday. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales deferred entering a plea Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges related to a nighttime attack on two villages last March. The Army is seeking the death penalty. But the judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, took up arguments over whether Bales can present a mental health defense or testimony from mental health experts, given that he has not yet participated in a "sanity board" review.
January 7, 2013 |
WHAT DOES IT TAKE to take down a killer ex-slave? A chainsaw. Movie-studio estimates Sunday show the horror sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" at No. 1 with a $23-million debut. The follow-up to 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has masked killer Leatherface on the loose again. Quentin Tarantino 's revenge saga "Django Unchained" held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million, raising its domestic total to $106.4 million. After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson 's "The Hobbit" trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million.
January 4, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - It might not be as well-known to some moviegoers as "Friday the 13th," "Nightmare on Elm Street" or "Saw," but "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ranks high among the most revered titles in the horror genre. The 1974 serial killer story by Tobe Hooper sent five friends into the clutches of the Sawyer family, a clan of rural cannibals. Although the film's central villain, the power tool-wielding Leatherface, lived on in sequels and a 2003 remake, the series has lain dormant since 2006's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
December 28, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. - A New York City woman tried to scam donors by posing as the aunt of a child killed in the Connecticut elementary school massacre, federal authorities said Thursday. Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested Thursday and accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund. " She told one donor that she had to enter the scene of the mass shooting in Newtown to identify her nephew, according to the criminal complaint.
December 28, 2012 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - A New York City woman tried to scam donors by posing as the aunt of a child killed in the Connecticut school massacre, federal authorities said Thursday. Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested Thursday and accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls, and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund. " She told one donor that she had to enter the scene of the mass shooting in Newtown to identify her nephew, according to the criminal complaint.
December 24, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - People around the world are grieving with the residents of Newtown over the murders of 26 schoolchildren and staff, offering their support by sending toys, money, and other gifts. An outpouring of tens of thousands of teddy bears, Barbie dolls, soccer balls, board games, and more has come from toy stores, organizations, and individuals worldwide. "It's their way of grieving. They say, 'I feel so bad, I just want to do something to reach out,' " said Bobbi Veach, who was helping Saturday at Edmond Town Hall, where all of Newtown's children were invited to choose a toy. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Dec. 14, victims were still being buried Saturday.
December 20, 2012 |
FROM SMALL TOWNS to the White House, proposals for gun-control laws have exploded since last week's massacre in Newtown, Conn. But in Philadelphia - where gun violence takes a more devastating toll than in any other major U.S. city - officials have few ways to deal with the issue other than making speeches. In 2008, Mayor Nutter signed a package of laws that included a ban on assault weapons and other measures to combat straw purchasers. But those laws, still on the books, barely have seen the light of day, because, under Pennsylvania law, the power to regulate gun ownership resides in Harrisburg.
December 19, 2012 |
SOMETHING IS wrong with me. I've yet to weep for the victims of the Newtown massacre. And I usually cry at everything. Just ask my co-workers. But I didn't feel a thing when I heard the father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker describe how his softhearted little girl had loved to make greeting cards for those having a bad day. I barely blinked when I read that tiny Charlotte Bacon died wearing her new pink dress and boots. I couldn't squeeze out a lone tear for sweet-voiced Ana Marquez-Greene, who sings "Come, Thou Almighty King" in a family video that is going viral.