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August 12, 2014 - 3:26pm
1 week 2 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes renewed their attempt to find out who leaked information about a "critical piece of evidence" to a reporter, or to weaken prosecutors' case if the source can't be identified.

In a motion filed last week and released Monday, defense lawyers said the jury pool was tainted and Holmes' right to a fair trial was violated by a news story that said days before the shooting, Holmes sent his psychiatrist...

August 12, 2014 - 3:25pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A doctor has testified that the businessman who is a key figure in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial tried to impress him with an introduction to movie director Steven Spielberg.

Dr. George Vetrovec says former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams was trying to interest him in conducting research on the company's s anti-inflammatory Anatabloc at the time, in October 2011. Vetrovec says that at Williams' request, former first...

August 12, 2014 - 3:22pm
1 week 2 days ago

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning has started dozens of new wildfires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment Tuesday as a new round of storms approached.

Meanwhile, three firefighters who deployed emergency shelters when a thunderstorm whipped up the flames of a Northern California blaze were released unhurt from a hospital Tuesday, but they weren't yet back on the fire line.

Corey Wilford, a spokesman for what's...

August 12, 2014 - 3:15pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual best-of-summer meteor shower peaks late Tuesday and into the wee hours Wednesday morning.

But don't expect to be too wowed.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said the bigger, brighter supermoon will interfere with viewing the Perseids (pur-SEE-uhds), but it should still be fun, weather permitting. It peaks after 2:30 a.m.

Cooke said instead of seeing as many 100 fireballs per hour, expect to see about 30...

August 12, 2014 - 3:14pm
1 week 2 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.

The woman, Christy Mack, said she was able to eventually escape out a back door and run naked through her neighborhood, knocking on doors until someone helped her get to a hospital.

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August 12, 2014 - 3:12pm
1 week 2 days ago

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials near San Francisco say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his home.

A sheriff's lieutenant says Williams' personal assistant found the actor yesterday in a bedroom at Williams' home. Williams also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

According to Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd, Williams had been seeking treatment for depression. Boyd isn't saying...

August 12, 2014 - 3:07pm
1 week 2 days ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — In the opening day of a case accusing a North Carolina sheriff of racial profiling, two retired supervising deputies testified Tuesday that their former boss told officers to take Hispanic motorists to jail over traffic violations, rather than issuing citations.

The U.S. Justice Department has accused Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson of using his office to violate the Constitution's promise of equal protection of law and barring...

August 12, 2014 - 2:58pm
1 week 2 days ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday.

The ACLU and Manning's civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, on Tuesday notified the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth and several defense department officials, including Hagel, that a lawsuit...

August 12, 2014 - 2:57pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the approval of the XVIVO Perfusion System could lead to more successful transplants of lungs for people with cystic fibrosis and other deadly respiratory diseases.

The device consists of a bubble-like chamber where the...

August 12, 2014 - 2:55pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.

The department said the reduced cost will encourage low-income and first-generation students to take the exams. Students who pass the test could earn college credit, reducing the time and cost for a post-secondary degree.

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