Tuesday, August 4
Last push begins to sentence Colorado shooter to death
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in Colorado begin their final push today to have movie theater shooter James Holmes sentenced to death.
On Monday jurors rejected arguments that the former neuroscience graduate student's mental illness means he should not die.
The same jury swiftly rejected Holmes' insanity defense, deciding he was capable of telling right from wrong when he carried out the theater attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20, 2012, that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.
UPDATE: Suspect in officer killing officially charged
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Court records show a suspect has been officially charged in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County court records posted online show 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn is being held on $9 million bond. Authorities say Wilbourn turned himself in Monday after arrest warrants were issued for him in the shooting of 33-year-old officer Sean Bolton on Saturday night.
Wilbourn has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Police say Wilbourn was a passenger in a Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood. Police say Bolton approached the car, Wilbourn got out and the men got into a struggle.
Police say Wilbourn took out a gun and fired, striking Bolton multiple times.
2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) —Safety officials in New Hampshire are working through the night investigating the collapse of a circus tent during a severe storm that killed two spectators and injured at least 22 other people.
Authorities are looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord.
The storm, packing 60 mile-an-hour gusts and hail, blew through early Monday evening, just as the first of two scheduled shows was beginning.
The fire marshal says about 100 people were inside the tent at the time, and a man and a girl died.
Firefighters continue to battle NCal wildfire
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — One resident in Northern California says at one point she saw no smoke at all, then the wildfire flared up again.
Clear Lake resident Donna McDonald is one of thousands of people living in the path of a raging wildfire that so far has consumed nearly 97 square miles.
Firefighters have been trying to get the upper hand on the blaze, which tripled in size over the weekend, but it jumped a highway that had been a containment line.
More than 13,000 people are being told they should evacuate.
7 people with Legionnaires' disease have died in NY outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) — The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City has risen from four to seven people.
City health officials say they're "taking this very seriously."
More than 80 people have been diagnosed with the disease, which is caused when water contaminated with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. Of those sickened, 64 have been hospitalized.
The legionella bacteria were discovered last week at a Bronx hotel and in equipment at a hospital.
Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.
Speaking in Singapore today, Kerry said the so-called "Trans Pacific Partnership" would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as a model for responsible global industry and commerce. His address at Singapore Management University comes just days after trade ministers failed to bridge final gaps and seal the accord at talks in Hawaii.
Kerry acknowledged the difficulties in finalizing the deal, but said its completion would mark a major milestone for the international economy. The countries involved in the talks represent about 40 percent of the global economy.
Pakistan executes man who killed child as minor
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani prison official says authorities have executed a man convicted of killing a 7-year-old boy in 2004, when he himself was 14 years old.
The official says they man was hanged shortly before dawn on Tuesday at a Karachi prison. His relatives were allowed to visit him for the last time on Monday evening.
The man's execution had been stayed four times amid the controversy over executing someone who committed a crime as a minor.
Local and international human rights groups have criticized Islamabad over the issue.
Pakistan imposed a moratorium on executions in 2008, but then first partially and subsequently completely lifted the ban in December, after a Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar that killed 150 people, mostly children.
Building collapses near Mumbai after heavy rain, killing 12
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Twelve people were killed in India when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain.
An Indian official says nine other people living in the building were rescued after it collapsed just after midnight Monday.
He says the structure was more than 50 years old and had been damaged by the rain.
SOUTH CHINA SEA
US, Philippines to raise territorial row in Malaysia meet
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. and Philippine officials say they will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea at annual diplomatic meetings in Malaysia this week.
China has opposed any mention of the territorial rifts in the meetings by the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Asian and Western counterparts. But Washington has said it would call for a halt to aggressive actions by China and other rival nations to make room for a diplomatic solution to a problem that threatens regional stability.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said today the Philippines will push the U.S. call in the ASEAN meetings but will only agree to it if China and other countries do so.
CHINA-BABY IN TOILET
Chinese police save infant girl from pipe of public toilet
BEIJING (AP) — Police in China have rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face down in a public toilet in Beijing.
She's in stable condition at a hospital in the capital.
Chinese state media say police are now trying to identify the baby girl's parents.
Unmarried Chinese mothers sometimes abandon newborns because of social stigma associated with out-of-wedlock births.
Sometimes parents discard children born with defects.
Judge: Idaho's anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.
A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state more than a year ago, opposing the law.
The coalition said the law curtailed freedom of speech and made gathering proof of animal abuse a crime with a harsher punishment than the penalty for animal cruelty.
2 wounded in shooting outside hip-hop concert in New Jersey
HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — State police with K-9 dogs are searching the woods for a person suspected of shooting two people outside a hip-hop concert in central New Jersey.
The shooting happened late Monday outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, causing panic among the crowd attending a show by Big Sean and J. Cole.
One witness tells the Daily News gunfire began after an argument broke out in the parking lot. She says "everyone started sprinting and stampeding."
State police say the suspect fled into nearby woods.
Two people were flown to area hospitals. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
PNC Bank Arts Center says the show was sold out.
Big Sean and J. Cole are touring together. They're to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday.
50 Cent says expenses $108,000 a month; $72,000 for mansion
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening.
He has a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties and interest on his investments. But he's paying $72,000 a month to maintain his suburban Hartford mansion.
He filed for bankruptcy last month after New York City jurors ordered him to pay $7 million to a woman who said he posted online a crudely narrated sex tape she made with a boyfriend.
His Monday court filing says he also owes money to his stylist, his barber and his fitness coach.
The rapper was born Curtis Jackson III. His album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" helped make him one of the world's best-selling artists. He's due back in bankruptcy court Wednesday.