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James Holmes' psychiatrist warned of threat before attack

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to documents released Thursday. Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Denver, told police in June that the shooting suspect also threatened and intimidated her. It was more than a month before the July 20 attack at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. In the days after the attack, campus police said they had never had contact with Holmes, who was a graduate student at the university. But campus police Officer Lynn Whitten told investigators after the shooting that Fenton had contacted her. Continue Reading →

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Officials: General fired over alcohol, sex charges

Defense officials say an Army major general with the U.S. Africa Command has been relieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges. He has appealed the dismissal to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Officials say Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative review. Baker took over the task force, based in Djibouti, last May. Continue Reading →

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Escaped Texas inmates captured, returned to jail, authorities say

A capital murder suspect and a convicted drug offender who escaped from an East Texas jail were captured Thursday, two days after they slipped past a fence only to be found in a neighboring county to the north. Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were captured in the town of Cooper, said Hopkins County sheriff’s Deputy Alvin Jordan. He said they were being returned to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs but had no other details. Sheriff’s officials said the inmates fled the jail Tuesday by scaling a fence or slipping through a gap in a perimeter fence in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas. Officials said a maintenance person noticed a problem with the fence around a recreation yard used by female inmates. Continue Reading →

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Suspect shoots Mississippi cop inside police headquarters, police chief says

Police say a murder suspect fired at an officer inside the Jackson, Miss., police headquarters and that both have been found dead. Police Chief Rebecca Coleman told reporters Thursday the suspect had been arrested and was being interviewed on the third floor when the shooting happened. She says those inside heard shots fired and when other officers entered the room, they found both the officer and suspect dead. Police spokeswoman Colendula Green says both were shot. Neither the name of the officer nor the suspect has been released. Continue Reading →

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Fast food workers in New York protest demanding higher wages

Hundreds of fast food workers and supporters protested outside New York City restaurants Thursday to demand higher wages for their low-paying jobs, including about 60 at a midtown Wendy’s who chanted: “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Minimum wage has got to go!” Linda Archer said she has worked at a nearby McDonald’s for three years and makes $8 an hour. The protesters want fast food restaurants to pay $15 per hour, almost double the current statewide hourly average of $8.25. Continue Reading →

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