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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....

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 murder charges and was ordered jailed on $1 million bond....

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....

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....

Survivor of shooting that killed her parents is recovering
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A woman who was shot as she ran from the gunman robbing her family on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation was recovering from surgery Thursday, while her relatives struggled with how to tell her that her parents are dead....

Teen charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor at an artists' complex in a California beach town appeared in court briefly Thursday and was appointed a lawyer....

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....

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."...

Amid Confederate flag scrutiny, Utah reconsiders canyon name
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has officials again considering changing the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, a title that's offensive to some but a point of historical pride for the state's largest NAACP chapter....

Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have a wait a while longer....

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Defense, DA argue reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life