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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.

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy 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.

Explosion and fire force evacuations in KensingtonFirst responders are on the scene of an explosion and fire that has forced evacuations in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


3 hurt in high-speed crash in Kensington; driver tested for DUIThree people are hospitalized after a high-speed crash in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Camarda, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Matthews scour the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, July 28, 2015, looking for two missing teenage boaters. Camarda and Matthews are crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Florida. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)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.


Stuffed animals adorn the doorstep of Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Palmer, accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe, said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt." (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)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.


Multi-alarm fire damages homes in TrentonFirefighters are battling a multi-alarm blaze in Trenton.


Joyce Mitchell cries as she sits with her attorney Stephen Johnston in court on Tuesday July 28, 2015 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to charges of aiding two inmates convicted of murder by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run in June. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool)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.


Man survives being hit by freight train in Northeast PhiladelphiaA 46-year-old man is hospitalized after being struck by a freight train in Northeast Philadelphia.


FILE - In this July 15, 2011, file photo, Malik Ishaq, center, a leader of the banned Sunni Muslim group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and his colleagues, raise hands in response their supporters who greeted him with rose-petals upon his arrival at his hometown in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, after his release from jail. Pakistani police gunned down Ishaq, one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders, and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, July 29, 2015, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Fmr. Navy SEAL says CIA mission brief included homophobic, racial slurs.

Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim meet at the Westin Maui in Lahaina, Hawaii, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The representatives are negotiating an agreement that would lower tariffs and other trade barriers while also setting labor and environmental standards for its participants. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact.


Man survives being hit by freight train in Northeast PhiladelphiaA 46-year-old man is hospitalized after being struck by a freight train in Northeast Philadelphia.


AccuWeather: Excessive Heat Warning TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says strong thunderstorms arrive Thursday afternoon.


In this photo taken on Monday, July 27, 2015, federal agents and Key West Police gather in a restaurant parking lot in Key West, Fla. A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach. (Rob O'Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP) MIAMI OUT; MANDATORY CREDITMIAMI (AP) — A man arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting as an Islamic State sympathizer to detonate a nail-filled bomb on a Florida beach is no extremist, his attorney says.


FILE - In this July 13, 2015 file photo, a shopper walks in front of Nintendo's Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen that boosts overseas earnings. Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, said Wednesday, July 29, April-June sales rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million). (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)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.


FILE - In this May 2, 2012, file photo, Federal agents with the Office of Inspector General load computers seized from Willsand Home Health Agency, Inc. into a van in Miami. Over the past decade, South Florida has become less renowned for "old school" drug shootouts than for scammers stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the government, banks and individuals. South Florida has become the nation's organized fraud capital. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)MIAMI (AP) — Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you're looking for.


In this photo taken, Monday, June 22, 2015, Boun Lovan, of Des Moines, Iowa, catches a fish below the dam at Saylorville Lake near Des Moines, Iowa. Unlike advisories for other health hazards that are posted on packages and billboards or even quickly read on broadcast ads, the mercury dangers in fish are not communicated directly to anglers. They appear to be largely unknown to those affected the most, the low-income people or immigrants who frequently fish in streams and lakes near urban areas to supplement their diet. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)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.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.
"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.

In this Saturday, July 25, 215 photo, workers harvest chile on the 350-acre Adams Produce farm near Hatch, New Mexico. Efforts are underway to save the green chile that’s important to traditional New Mexican fare as labor shortages, a previous severe drought and competition from China, India and Mexico endanger its growth in the state. (Jett Loe/Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)MANDATORY CREDITALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe.


Police in California are questioning a 15-year-old boy in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor girl who disappeared while riding her new scooter.

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background second from left, and others stand as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The father of the Colorado theater shooter said he didn't know his son suffered from mental illness until he killed 12 people at a Batman movie. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)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.


Double-hand transplant recipient eight-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia. Surgeons said Harvey of Baltimore who lost his limbs to a serious infection, has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.


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.

In this image released by Pasadena Fire, Pasadena firefighters work to remove a tree that fell near Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Witnesses say the tree made a cracking sound and came down on children just as a summer day camp at the museum was letting out for the day. (Jamie Nicholson/Pasadena Fire via AP)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 Police Chief Kevin Vogel gestures during a news conference, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Santa Cruz, Calif. The search for missing 8-year-old girl Madyson Middleton came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who lives in the complex was arrested around the same time the body was found and is being questioned on suspicion of homicide. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)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.


In this undated frame from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Department, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas. Texas authorities on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, released several hours of footage showing Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. (Waller County Sheriff's Department via AP)HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities released additional footage from Sandra Bland's three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving.


Two fire fighting helicopters pass near each other over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)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.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico dispatcher has resigned after telling a panicked 911 caller who was trying to save the life of a shooting victim to "deal with it yourself."
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.

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