<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:23:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances]]> http://gazette.com/holmes-jury-keeps-execution-as-option-as-sentencing-advances/article/feed/258088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holmes-jury-keeps-execution-as-option-as-sentencing-advances/article/feed/258088?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes.

The decision clears the way for one last attempt from both sides to sway the jury with gripping testimony from victims about their harm and suffering as well as more appeals to show mercy to the man convicted of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more.

Holmes, who is taking anti-psychotic drugs that dull his reactions, stood as ordered and appeared emotionless as the judge read the decisions. On all 24 murder counts carrying a potential death penalty — two for each of the 12 people slain — the jury found that aggravating factors outweighed mitigating fac

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:23:36 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Holmes jury leaves after keeping death as option]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-holmes-jury-leaves-after-keeping-death-as-option/article/feed/258143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-holmes-jury-leaves-after-keeping-death-as-option/article/feed/258143?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial are being sent home for the day after declining to rule out the death penalty for James Holmes.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. reminded jurors on Monday to stay away from news reports about the case and the recent theater shooting in Louisiana. He told them to report back to court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Earlier, jurors said that Holmes' lawyers had not presented a strong enough case to eliminate execution as an option. They deliberated for less than three hours.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:16:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Firing of town's first black police chief leads to turmoil]]> http://gazette.com/firing-of-towns-first-black-police-chief-leads-to-turmoil/article/feed/258197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firing-of-towns-first-black-police-chief-leads-to-turmoil/article/feed/258197?custom_click=rss UNDATED (AP) — Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore are venting their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of Pocomoke City's first black police chief.

Two pastors who support ousted Chief Kevin Sewell are scheduled to address the City Council on Monday evening, followed by comments from other residents.

Officials deny Sewell's claim that he was dismissed for refusing demands that he fire two black officers who filed complaints saying they had been treated unfairly. But officials say they their ability to address the issue publicly is limited because of pending litigation and personnel rules.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:14:20 -0600 <![CDATA[UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years]]> http://gazette.com/un-states-set-goal-to-end-poverty-hunger-in-next-15-years/article/feed/258119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-states-set-goal-to-end-poverty-hunger-in-next-15-years/article/feed/258119?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with 169 specific targets on issues ranging from ending poverty "in all its forms everywhere" to ensuring quality education and affordable and reliable energy, and protecting the environment.

"We can be the first generation that ends global poverty, and the last generation to prevent the worst impacts of global warming before it is too late," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told r

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:13:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Ethiopia jails 18 Muslims over alleged terror]]> http://gazette.com/ethiopia-jails-18-muslims-over-alleged-terror/article/feed/258199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ethiopia-jails-18-muslims-over-alleged-terror/article/feed/258199?custom_click=rss ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A court in Ethiopia has handed jail terms ranging from seven to 22 years against 18 Muslims who were convicted on terror charges, including allegedly attempting to establish a religious government.

The sentencing on Monday attracted outcry from Muslim activists who opposed the trial.

Four of the suspects were sentenced to 22 years in prison, while the rest were given shorter jail terms.

Dimtsachin Yisema, a group lobbying for the release of Muslim detainees, said the sentences were "unjust" and called the Federal High Court a "kangaroo court.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:12:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Indiana medical software company hack affected 3.9M people]]> http://gazette.com/indiana-medical-software-company-hack-affected-3.9m-people/article/feed/258149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indiana-medical-software-company-hack-affected-3.9m-people/article/feed/258149?custom_click=rss FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana medical software company has reported the private information of 3.9 million people nationwide was exposed when its networks were hacked earlier this year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that Medical Informatics Engineering reported that's how many people were affected by the hack.

The Fort Wayne company announced June 10 that the attack on its main network and its NoMoreClipboard network began May 7. It was detected May 26. The company said the exposed information includes names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and health records.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:08:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Cranes fall on houses in Netherlands, 1 man rescued]]> http://gazette.com/cranes-fall-on-houses-in-netherlands-1-man-rescued/article/feed/258127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cranes-fall-on-houses-in-netherlands-1-man-rescued/article/feed/258127?custom_click=rss AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rescuers pulled a survivor from under the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened on Monday shortly after two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city toppled onto a row of buildings, a fire department spokesman said.

One man had been pulled alive from the rubble in Alphen aan den Rijn, and rescuers including sniffer dogs would work deep into the night combing the scene for any other victims who might have been trapped, said Ton Koot, a spokesman for the local fire department.

"We hope that the number of victims stays at this one man who was taken to hospital with hip problems," Koot said in a telephone interview.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:01:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance]]> http://gazette.com/gulf-arabs-welcome-iran-nuke-deal-but-seek-further-assurance/article/feed/258037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gulf-arabs-welcome-iran-nuke-deal-but-seek-further-assurance/article/feed/258037?custom_click=rss

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.

Speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar's top diplomat said Monday that the bloc had been impressed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's presentation of the agreement and explanations of how it will be verified and enforced.

"Consequently, the GCC countries have welcomed on this basis what has been displayed and what has been talked about by His Excellency Mr. Kerry," said Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, whose nation currently chairs the group.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:58:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians]]> http://gazette.com/report-us-led-strikes-in-iraq-syria-killed-459-civilians/article/feed/258036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-us-led-strikes-in-iraq-syria-killed-459-civilians/article/feed/258036?custom_click=rss

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.

The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.

While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:56:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback]]> http://gazette.com/irans-ahmadinejad-seeks-political-comeback/article/feed/258192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/irans-ahmadinejad-seeks-political-comeback/article/feed/258192?custom_click=rss

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month.

Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad's surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked off an eight-year presidency marked by confrontation with the West, incendiary rhetoric toward Israel and refusal to compromise on the disputed nuclear program. Many former allies have turned on Ahmadinejad, and two of his former vice presidents have been jailed for corruption.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:54:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez]]> http://gazette.com/prosecutor-tipster-wrote-sexual-letters-to-aaron-hernandez/article/feed/258174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutor-tipster-wrote-sexual-letters-to-aaron-hernandez/article/feed/258174?custom_click=rss FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley said an attempt by Hernandez's lawyer to question the woman under oath is an "unwarranted fishing expedition."

The woman's identity has been redacted in court documents.

James Sultan, one of Hernandez's lawyers, has said the woman called him anonymously several times after Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:51:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Lukoil managers charged for money $1.95 bln laundering]]> http://gazette.com/lukoil-managers-charged-for-money-1.95-bln-laundering/article/feed/258187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lukoil-managers-charged-for-money-1.95-bln-laundering/article/feed/258187?custom_click=rss BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have charged Russian oil producer Lukoil with complicity in money laundering worth 1.77 billion euros ($1.95 billion).

Prosecutors at the Court of Appeal in Ploiesti, where Lukoil's refinery is based, on Monday charged Romanian and Russian company managers for allegedly misusing the company's credit and capital.

The statement said from 2011 to 2014 "the suspects knowingly used company goods and credit granted to the company to benefit other companies in which they had a direct or indirect interest."

There was no immediate reaction from Lukoil in Romania.

Last month, prosecutors froze Lukoil's assets and bank accounts worth about 2 billion euros ($2.22 billion).

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:51:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants]]> http://gazette.com/soldiers-in-hungary-begin-building-fence-to-stop-migrants/article/feed/258078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldiers-in-hungary-begin-building-fence-to-stop-migrants/article/feed/258078?custom_click=rss

ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian soldiers started building a fence Monday on the border with Serbia, an effort meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.

On the outskirts of the southern village of Asotthalom, soldiers were using heavy machinery to drive metal rods into the ground, the first steps in the construction of the nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high fence, which the government wants to finish by Aug. 31 along the 175-kilometer (109-mile border).

On July 16, government officials had presented a 150-meter (164-yard) sample section of the fence at the border, built to test different construction techniques and materials, but construction began in earnest on Monday.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:48:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Special Olympics athlete vanishes after another found safe]]> http://gazette.com/special-olympics-athlete-vanishes-after-another-found-safe/article/feed/258072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/special-olympics-athlete-vanishes-after-another-found-safe/article/feed/258072?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teenage Special Olympics athlete vanished from Los Angeles International Airport early Monday, just hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California.

Shion Isimel, 15, of the Ivory Coast, was last seen at 6:30 a.m. Monday at a Delta Air Lines ticket counter, airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said. A security camera photo showed the French-speaking teen, who competed in table tennis, wearing a black shirt with the words "Special Olympics."

Earlier, an Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe in a community on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on hi

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:46:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Mali: 10 soldiers killed in attack on army camp in north]]> http://gazette.com/mali-10-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-army-camp-in-north/article/feed/258057?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mali-10-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-army-camp-in-north/article/feed/258057?custom_click=rss BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed men staged an attack on an army post in a northern Mali village early Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers, a resident said.

The attackers came on motorcycles into Gourma-Rharouss, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of the northern city of Timbuktu, resident Moussa Cisse said.

"They killed 10 soldiers, including a lieutenant. They burned two Malian army vehicles before leaving the village," he said.

A soldier said the men cried out "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great," as they left. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't permitted to speak to the media.

Defense Ministry adviser Lt. Col. Diarran Kone confirmed the attack without giving a death toll.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:39:11 -0600 <![CDATA[In Kenya, Obama blends blunt messages with warm reflections]]> http://gazette.com/in-kenya-obama-blends-blunt-messages-with-warm-reflections/article/1556268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-kenya-obama-blends-blunt-messages-with-warm-reflections/article/1556268?custom_click=rss

NAIROBI, Kenya — President Barack Obama mixed blunt messages to Kenya's leaders on gay rights, corruption and counterterrorism Saturday with warm reflections on his family ties to a nation that considers him a local son.

He foreshadowed a focus on Kenya in his post-White House life, saying, "I'll be back."

Obama's comments during a news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reflected the unusual nature of his long-awaited visit to this East African nation. His official agenda has been sprinkled with opportunities to reconnect with his late father's sprawling Kenyan family, including some meeting the American president for the first time.



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