Exchanges heat up between prosecutor, psyche expert during Arias trial

Testimony has concluded for the day in Jodi Arias’ murder trial as the prosecutor worked to undermine a defense witness’ credibility and accused her of being biased. Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette has been testifying for more than a week about her conclusion that Arias suffered domestic abuse by the victim. Prosecutor Juan Martinez accused her on Monday of being biased, noting how the woman apologized to Arias upon their first meeting for having read her journals. LaViolette denied the accusations. She resumes testimony Tuesday. Continue Reading

Colorado judge defers ruling on whether Fox News reporter must testify on sources

The Colorado judge who will decide whether a Fox News reporter must reveal news sources or face possible jail time has deferred that decision to a later date. District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. ruled that the issue facing FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter is not “ripe” for a final decision.In his order, released late Monday, he wrote that he will not rule on requiring Winter’s testimony until he first decides on whether a notebook mailed by James Holmes to a psychiatrist will be admissible as evidence in Holmes’ murder trial. The ruling comes amid court hearings where Holmes is accused of murdering 12 people and injuring 58 in a July 20, 2012, shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Winter broke an exclusive story revealing that prior to the shooting Holmes had sent a package to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that included a notebook “full of details about how he was going to kill people,” one source said. Her July 25 article on FoxNews.com also reported that the notebook contained illustrations of a massacre, including drawings of gun-wielding stick figures shooting other stick figures. Continue Reading

North Carolina man takes excavator to steal ATM machine, police say

Police in North Carolina are searching for a man who stole an excavator from a construction site and used it to make off with a 2,000-pound automated teller machine. According to Winston-Salem police, someone stole the excavator Monday morning and drove it about 200 yards to the ATM. They said the suspect used the claw from the excavator to knock over the ATM kiosk at a credit union, then picked up the machine and lifted it into a pickup truck. It’s believed a second car was involved in the theft. Police said video surveillance revealed that a black Crown Victoria with tinted windows was involved, and that the suspect may be shorter in stature because of the way he had to reach for the steering wheel. Continue Reading

Calif. hiker: 4 days missing felt like a dream

One of two hikers who got lost in a Southern California mountain wilderness says she remembers nothing but hallucinations between the night she disappeared and her rescue four days later. At a news conference Monday after she was released from the hospital, Kyndall Jack said that for most of the ordeal, she didn’t realize she was missing, or that she had been hiking with her friend Nicolas Cendoya. Jack said she began hallucinating the night she went missing in Orange County’s Cleveland National Forest on March 31. The 18-year-old said the last thing she remembered was fighting off animals with Cendoya, and believes that actually happened, but couldn’t be certain. In the following days, she hallucinated she was being eaten by a python, and tried to eat rocks and dirt. Continue Reading

Family, 2 missing Florida boys in Cuba

Officials believe a Florida couple suspected of kidnapping their two sons from the woman’s parents are in Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that it received information Monday that the Hakken family had arrived on the island nation. Investigators say they’re working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify their reports. Authorities say Joshua Michael Hakken entered his mother-in-law’s house north of Tampa early Wednesday, tied her up and fled with his young sons. Authorities had been searching by air and sea for a boat Hakken recently bought. Continue Reading

Syrian TV Reports 15 Killed, 50+ Injured in Suicide Car Bombing

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State-run Syrian TV says at least 15 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in central Damascus.  

It says more than 50 others were hurt in the blast, which rocked a busy residential and commercial district and sent a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over the capital’s skyline. The explosion came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) said inspectors were ready to deploy within 24 hours to Syria to investigate reports of chemical weapon attacks but have not yet received permission from President Bashar Assad’s government. It was the latest in a series of car bombs and suicide bombings to hit the Syrian capital in recent months as the two-year civil war becomes increasingly chaotic. The U.N. says the conflict has killed more than 70,000 people. Continue Reading

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Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, Dies at 87

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose conservative ideas made an enduring impact on Britain, has died. She was 87.  

Her former spokesman says Thatcher died this morning of a stroke. Thatcher, the country’s first female prime minister, re-made Britain’s economic landscape after coming into office in 1979 with a free-market philosophy and the goal of privatizing state industries. And she would wage some hard-nosed battles with the country’s labor unions. Continue Reading

Florida boy, 7, dies after attack by bulldogs

A 7-year-old boy has died a week after he was attacked by two bulldogs while riding his bicycle after school. Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials told the News Herald of Panama City that Tyler Jett was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at a Pensacola hospital. He suffered a punctured carotid artery. The child was attacked April 2 by an Alapaha blood bulldog named Fat Boy and a brindle bulldog named MJ. Authorities say the dogs belonged to Edward Daniels Jr.

Family members came to Jett’s aid and chased the dogs back to Daniels’ home. Continue Reading

Montana man wants to be reimbursed by feds after dog eats $500

A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. Continue Reading