By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others were injured in the shooting rampage, one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. The case made international headlines, but has drawn especially intense news coverage in the Denver area.
HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her stiletto heel are trying to show jurors that injuries documented after her arrest prove she was attacked.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter whom a court had refused to remove from the home despite allegations of abuse.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
NEW YORK (AP) — Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles would get a huge financial boost under a change in the federal tax code that's being championed by such actors as Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy warship carrying an ill 1-year-old baby girl and her family after they were rescued from their disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off Mexico's Baja peninsula were more than 1,000 miles from San Diego on Monday and expected to arrive midweek.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is scheduled to undergo groundbreaking surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never before been performed on her species.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has a message for members of Boston's criminal underworld: If you confess to a crime you committed, he's not coming for you. Bulger was known for killing criminal associates he suspected of talking to police while he ran Boston's "Winter Hill" gang in the 1970s and '80s. The message came in a series of prison letters Bulger sent to a lawyer who is trying to get a 1980 murder conviction overturned for his client, Fred Weichel. "I am no longer a threat to LA and he can tell why he was silent," Bulger wrote, using a code name for the person that he believed murdered Robert LaMonica in 1980.
CHICAGO (AP) — A sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman accused of drowning two of her sons in a bathtub was ordered Monday to a state mental hospital after a jail psychiatrist told a judge the defendant is mentally incompetent.