CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in Colorado's movie massacre trial began deliberating on Wednesday on the fate of gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder stemming from his rampage in July 2012. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student from California, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of opening fire inside a midnight premiere of a Batman movie at a Denver area multiplex, killing 12 people and wounding 70. During the trial, two court-appointed psychiatrists testified for the prosecution that while the defendant is severely mentally ill, he was sane when he plotted and carried out the massacre.
Cheerleaders for professional sports teams in California will have to be classified as employees eligible for overtime, sick days and other protections under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was introduced amid controversy raised by a lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders that culminated in the football team's agreement to pay a settlement of $1.25 million to 90 members of the cheerleading squad. An NFL game should be no different," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego who authored the bill, said Wednesday.
A New York inmate recaptured after a daring escape last month has been sent to solitary confinement at a new prison after spending the past week in the facility's infirmary recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered when he was apprehended. David Sweat, 35, was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility infirmary in Romulus, in the state's Finger Lakes region, last week after being treated at a public hospital immediately after his capture. A hearing officer will decide whether Sweat will remain for an extended period in an isolation cell, where he will spend 23 hours a day, or be subject to other penalties, it said.
Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and cabinet nominee who later went to prison for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, was sued on Wednesday by a woman who claimed she helped him write his recent memoir and was not credited or paid for it. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Dara DAddio said she spent 2,700 hours over three years working with her "former close friend" Kerik on "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054," which describes Kerik's fall from grace and views on the justice system. The Clifton Park, New York resident said she deserves a half-interest in the book's copyright, her share of royalties, and $25 to $40 per hour for her work.
First-degree murder charges have been filed against an imprisoned sex offender in Delaware in connection with the 1975 disappearance of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and her 10-year-old sister, Katharine, in suburban Maryland.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — When a flash of light beamed from the arid New Mexico desert early on July 16, 1945, residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa felt windows shake and heard dishes fall. Some in the largely Catholic town fell to their knees and prayed.