CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater.
Democratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades and is one of the senior black lawmakers in Congress, and the others were indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts in an alleged racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Fattah said in a statement that "I have never participated in any illegal activity or misappropriation of taxpayer dollars as an elected official." He said he would not resign from the House but he did step down as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing Justice Department spending.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man traveled overseas in a bid to join the Islamic State group after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the group on Twitter, federal authorities said Wednesday after arresting him on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.
Legal bills for love-struck prison worker Joyce Mitchell may be paid by taxpayers, including residents living near the upstate New York prison who were terrified by a three-week manhunt for the convicted killers she helped escape, authorities said on Wednesday. Mitchell, 51, who was a prison tailor shop supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and her husband both held prison jobs that paid $57,697 a year. A manhunt estimated to cost more than $20 million ended in late June with escapees Richard Matt, 49, shot and killed and David Sweat, 35, shot and captured.
The mother of Colorado's movie rampage gunman wept on Wednesday as she said a university psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts before the massacre, and that she would have "crawled on all fours" to stop him had she known. Arlene Holmes described a kind, polite child who never hurt a soul before he opened fire on July 20, 2012 inside a crowded midnight screening of a Batman film. Asked why, she replied: "Because I understand he has a serious mental illness that he didn't ask for.
A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday. Prosecutor Joseph Deters, speaking bluntly at a news conference to announce the charges, called the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, "senseless" and totally unnecessary. City officials braced for possible unrest after the announcement of the grand jury's decision and the University of Cincinnati shut down in case of protests.
RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state police major who led the manhunt for two killers who broke out of a prison says the surviving escapee is still cooperating with investigators a month after his capture.