By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for an Iraqi war veteran will argue at the start of his trial on Wednesday that he was insane when he fatally shot former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. Legal experts have said it is a tough task to obtain a verdict of innocence by reason of insanity in Texas.
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania residents overwhelmingly support restoration of the Joe Paterno statue on Penn State's campus, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University. In a poll of 1,023 residents, 59 percent support putting the statue of the famed football coach in a “place of prominence," while 25 percent oppose such a move. Paterno was a legendary figure on Penn State's campus, who saw his reputation left in tatters in the wake of child sex abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive football coach. Officials at Penn State, including Paterno, drew withering criticism for not taking action after being alerted that Sandusky was sexually abusing children, sometimes in locker room showers.
By David Schwartz PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Reuters) - Kayla Mueller, the young U.S. aid worker who died while a captive of militants of the Islamic State group in Syria, was remembered by family and friends in her hometown on Tuesday as a "free spirit" driven by her enormous empathy for human suffering. The White House said Mueller's family received a message from her captors containing information that was authenticated by U.S. intelligence analysts who verified her death. President Barack Obama also publicly acknowledged in an interview with the news website Buzzfeed that Mueller was among the hostages whom U.S. commandos were sent to rescue but failed to find in an operation he ordered last year. Outside the county courthouse in her hometown of Prescott, Arizona, two of Mueller's maternal aunts joined one of her childhood friends and a local pastor to deliver a tearful tribute to the Northern Arizona University grad.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas rodeo store has temporarily run out of baseball caps honoring Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie "American Sniper." A roadside sign outside Grumps Burgers next door proclaims support for the families of Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield, who were slain two years ago at a gun range.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol for records on the agency's practice of "roving patrols". The lawsuit stems from an unanswered July 2014 request submitted under the Freedom of Information Act to the department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for information on the patrols, which have resulted in people being stopped as far as 100 miles (160 km) from the U.S.-Mexico border. "The Border Patrol operates as a rogue agency, claiming extra-constitutional powers that extend far from any border, and operating with no effective oversight," said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California in a statement.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego television sportscaster was shot and wounded outside his home, and the man suspected of shooting him surrendered to a SWAT team after a manhunt of several hours, police said.
Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of murdering a neighbor in 1990, officials said, amid scrutiny of the secrecy surrounding the state's lethal injection protocols. Walter Storey, 47, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said in a statement. Storey, the first prisoner to be executed in the state this year, was convicted of beating and stabbing his neighbor, Jill Frey, to death in February 1990. "Jill Frey's loved ones waited a quarter-century for the closure and finality of justice that came early this morning," said Attorney General Chris Koster in a statement.