The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes is expected to testify on Wednesday.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women's cues. The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia. In it, Constand's lawyers argue that Cosby, 78, breached the confidentiality clause of their settlement through a series of public comments by his attorneys as they mounted a media campaign seeking to put his "spin" on the widening scandal.
An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military's Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "We continue to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks across our networks," Henderson said.
ABOVE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (AP) — Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a breakout planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one of the men and took naked photos of herself for the other.
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River.
"He took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and he failed it." — M.E. "Spike" Bowman, a former FBI deputy general counsel, after convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard was granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes came home for winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions that looked similar to the wide-eyed smirk he flashed in one of his first jail booking photos after he opened fire on a crowded Colorado movie theater seven months later, his father said.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It was another sunny and hot day in the fourth year of a severe, unrelenting drought when dozens of children who had just spent the day splashing and playing at a "Water Wonders Camp" heard a loud crack and saw a giant pine tree hurtling toward them.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A close-knit community of artists in Northern California grieved the death of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin at their housing complex and expressed shock that one of their own — a teenage boy — has been arrested in her death.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews stopped the progress of a fire that jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley, prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 200 people from their homes.
Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday filed capital murder charges against a man accused of using a shotgun to ambush a woman with whom he had a business dispute, shooting her in the head as she walked to dinner near Hollywood's tourist hub. Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 31, was arraigned on one count of murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Obioha pleaded not guilty to the charges, KCBS-TV reported.
A baby giraffe whose April birth at Dallas Zoo was watched live by more than two million people worldwide died on Tuesday in an accident at the park, the zoo said. As the giraffe herd was shifting inside for the night, Kipenzi made a sharp turn, ran into the edge of the habitat perimeter and broke three vertebra in her neck, the zoo said in a statement. The giraffe died immediately, it said.