August 31, 2015

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Accused Charleston shooter faces new federal charges — including hate crimes

WASHINGTON — Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion. The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Read More…

10 things to know, Friday, July 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Little is known about Chattanooga shooter Federal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed four Marines. 2. Jury to decide whether Holmes Read More…

Democrat, Republican seek death penalty ban

COLUMBUS — Two Ohio lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican, are teaming up in the latest attempt to eliminate capital punishment in the state. The proposal announced Wednesday would leave life with no chance of parole as the most severe punishment for aggravated murder in Ohio. The bill’s supporters cite the high cost of capital Read More…

After Supreme Court ruling, Oklahoma, Florida act quickly to resume executions

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions. Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a Read More…

Colorado shooter’s therapist to testify against him at trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A mental health professional who was doing therapy with James Holmes before he carried out his deadly attack on a Colorado movie theater is expected to testify Tuesday in his death penalty trial. Dr. Lynne Fenton saw Holmes five times in 2012 while he was a neuroscience graduate student at the University Read More…

Colorado theater shooting survivors face accused in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — From the witness stand, Christina Blache could finally do what she had most wanted and most feared: She looked for the first time at the man who shot her, who killed her friend, who ravaged so many lives. Her muscles tensed. Her nerves tingled. She fought back tears. “I’d never faced him Read More…

Death sentence for Tsarnaev in marathon bombing

BOSTON — A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with his hands folded upon learning his fate, decided after 14 hours of deliberations over three days in Read More…

Father says defendant said ‘not a word’ as she shot his son

ELYRIA — Donna Brown was silent as she shot and killed Dale Linder Jr., his father told jurors Tuesday in the second day of testimony in Brown’s capital murder trial. “Not a word,” Dale Linder Sr. said. He said he woke up July 5, 2012, at 6:20 a.m. to a raging thunderstorm outside and went Read More…

Defense attorneys plead for Boston Marathon bomber’s life

BOSTON — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began making their case to spare his life by contrasting him with his older brother, a man they said was “consumed by jihad” and determined to drag his brother down his path to terrorism. Attorney David Bruck told jurors that Dzhokhar was “a good kid” Read More…

Defense team calling witnesses in effort to spare Boston Marathon bomber’s life

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses Monday in the penalty phase of his trial — the stage that will determine whether Read More…