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In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures while making her closing argument to the jury in the sentencing phase of the trial of James Holmes, top left in white shirt, in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Following closing arguments, jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial will deliberate to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

AURORA | James Holmes’ lawyer pleaded with jurors Thursday to sentence him to life in prison instead of death, arguing that his mental illness caused the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting. “But for this mental illness, that shooting would not have occurred,” public defender Tamara Brady told the jury, noting that every doctor who examined […]


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In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures while making her closing argument to the jury in the sentencing phase of the trial of James Holmes, top left in white shirt, in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Following closing arguments, jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial will deliberate to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

AURORA | A woman started screaming and was escorted out of the courtroom Thursday in the Aurora theater shooting trial. During District Attorney George Brauchler’s closing argument, a woman in the gallery started screaming about mental illness and was led from the courtroom by deputies. The woman yelled that she was bipolar and about mental […]


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A U.S. Park Ranger and Atlanta police vehicle sit in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church where Confederate flags were found on the premises Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

“This act by a cowardly and misguided individual or individuals is provocative to say the least. It ought to get the attention not only of black people but of freedom-loving people,” he said. “To place Confederate flags on the campus of Ebenezer Baptist Church after this horrific act in Charleston, in the wake of all this happening in our country, whatever the message was, it was clearly not about heritage, it was about hate.”


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“We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace,” Najib Razak said on his personal blog.


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A woman writes on a sign outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

“It’s so cruel, but I don’t understand the whole fuss, there are so many pressing issues in Zimbabwe — we have water shortages, no electricity and no jobs — yet people are making noise about a lion?” said Eunice Vhunise, a Harare resident. “I saw Cecil once when I visited the game park. I will probably miss him. But honestly the attention is just too much.”


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People react after an ultra-Orthodox Jew attacked people with a knife during a Gay Pride parade Thursday, July 30, 2015 in central Jerusalem. Israeli police said several people were stabbed. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

“I do think that homophobia is rooted in the city, but that’s the point of the parade,” said Benny Zupick, 21, shortly after the attack. “We are trying to change that. And hopefully we will change that. It takes one man to create a scene like this. Hopefully he’s a minority.”


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