CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Defense attorneys said the Colorado movie massacre gunman was schizophrenic and they urged jurors on Thursday to spare his life, while prosecutors said James Holmes must not be able to use mental illness as a shield.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians reduced their water use by more than 27 percent in June, exceeding the amount ordered by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the state’s first-ever mandatory conservation rules amid an ongoing catastrophic drought, authorities said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday.
CINCINNATI — A judge on Thursday set a bond of $1 million for a former University of Cincinnati campus police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions on Thursday, including on associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators, and former Ukrainian officials.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House said on Thursday that President Barack Obama would oppose any efforts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, a health organization that performs abortions at its clinics.
CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Police in Minnesota are investigating reports of a threat against a dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion just outside a national wildlife preserve, sparking a global firestorm of hate messages on social media.
HOUSTON — Police are investigating the deaths of two suspects in their custody in the past 10 days, incidents that have come as national attention has been focused on Texas police after a black woman was found hanged in a jail cell in a nearby county.
SANTA CRUZ, California — Authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl missing since Sunday whose body was discovered in a recycling bin at a residential complex in Santa Cruz, California, police said.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A 7-year-old Maine farm boy was found safe on Tuesday after spending a night alone in the woods in the state’s rural northeast when he lost his way looking for the family dog, authorities said.
FRANKLIN, Lousiana — Members of a Kansas-based fundamentalist Christian church who threatened to stage protests at the funerals of two women fatally shot in a Louisiana movie theater failed to show up on Monday as the first of the services got underway, according to local news reports and social media.
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event.
MARYLAND — A Virginia man was charged with first-degree murder on Monday in connection with a knife attack at a Maryland church service in which a man was killed and his wife critically injured, police said.
CHICAGO — The county prosecutor investigating the death of a black woman at a Texas jail days after her arrest during a traffic stop said on Monday outside attorneys will help with the probe, which likely will go to a county grand jury in August.
ORLANDO — The search for two missing 14-year-old boys from South Florida whose empty boat was found adrift in the Atlantic Ocean has been extended north beyond Jacksonville to encompass an area the size of Maine, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.