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  • An FBI agent photographs the bedroom of alleged gunman James Holmes. (AP)

    Chemical formulas written on index cards.

    More than 1,700 rounds of ammunition.

    Tactical gear.

    While accused killer James Holmes’ attorneys have said he's mentally ill, the items investigators recovered from his apartment send a strong signal that he was not mentally debilitated, a former FBI profiler tells Yahoo News.

    “Let’s put the labels aside and look at the behavior,” says Mary Ellen O'Toole, who worked for 15 years in the bureau's Behavioral Analysis Unit where she studied psychopaths and helped capture killers.

    Holmes, a former neuroscience student at the University of Colorado at Denver, is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 others when he opened fire inside a packed Aurora, Colo., movie theater nine months ago. Previously sealed evidence logs and related search warrants from the investigation were made public on Thursday.

    At Yahoo News’ request, O'Toole—who retired in 2009 and has no direct connection to the case—reviewed 17 pages of items taken from Holmes’

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  • A young man walks through the devastation in Otsuchi, Japan. (Getty Images)A young man walks through the devastation in Otsuchi, Japan. (Getty Images)

    A new study from the Radiation and Public Health Project found that babies born in the western United States as well as other Pacific countries shortly after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011 may be at greater risk for congenital hypothyroidism.

    Babies born in places including Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington shortly after Fukushima were 28 percent more likely to suffer from the illness, according to the study, than children born in those same regions one year earlier. The illness, if untreated, can cause permanent handicaps in both the body and brain.

    According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "If untreated, congenital hypothyroidism can lead to intellectual disability and abnormal growth. In the United States and many other countries, all newborns are tested for congenital hypothyroidism. If treatment begins in the first month after birth, infants usually develop normally."

    MSN's Healthy Living blog explains the Fukushima explosions led

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  • Fast-food workers protest outside a Manhattan Wendy's. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

    NEW YORK—At least 400 fast-food workers here walked off their jobs on Thursday as part of a citywide protest to demand better pay.

    Employees from popular chain restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s participated in what was a rolling protest throughout the day to call attention to the plight of low-paid fast-food workers.

    The walkout was organized by Fast Food Forward, a coalition backed by labor, religious and community groups. It was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot and killed in Memphis where he had been supporting a strike by low-paid sanitation workers.

    “They were actually demanding the same things workers were demanding today: living wages and the right to organize,” Jonathan Westin, the director of Fast Food Forward, told Yahoo News.

    Employees are demanding to be paid at least $15 an hour—or roughly double the $7.25 minimum wage that most fast-food workers in the city are paid. At least 60 restaurants were affected, according to Fast Food Forward.

    According to Westin, the protest was roughly double the size of a walkout the coalition organized in November in New York. That event was widely described as the largest job-action protest to ever hit the fast-food industry.

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  • Hamas leader: Don't compare us to ISIL
    Hamas leader: Don't compare us to ISIL

    As much of the world expressed revulsion over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL executioner, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal took pains to disassociate his organization from the Islamist militant group that has conducted a murderous rampage across a large swath of Syria and Iraq.

  • Over a hundred migrants missing after boat sinks off Libyan coast

    By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Salhi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometer (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after fishermen raised the alarm on Saturday morning. Many head for Italy, and so far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week. Libya is a major departure point for this journey, and human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted the country since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

  • Iran refuses UN nuclear watchdog access to Parchin base
    Iran refuses UN nuclear watchdog access to Parchin base

    Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday. Dehgan's comments come just two days before a deadline for Iran to give its response to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over historic allegations of a military dimension to its nuclear research. "The agency carried out several visits to Parchin (before 2005), took samples and found nothing untoward," Dehgan told the ISNA news agency. "There is therefore no reason for new access to Parchin as nothing new has come up since the last inspections."

  • Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists
    Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the apparent involvement of a Briton in the murder, which has fed concerns about the number of Islamist militants from Britain joining conflicts overseas and then returning home radicalised. Home Secretary Theresa May said she was preparing new laws to tackle Islamist militants at home and to stop them going abroad to fight, adding that Britain faced a long struggle against a "deadly extremist ideology".

  • Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border
    Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border

    RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — On land once used to grow watermelons and grain, 8-foot tall marijuana plants swayed under a canopy of mesquite. White pipes and a pump diverted water from a canal, delivered to the 60-foot long rows by carefully excavated trenches.

  • City Spiders Are Bigger, More Fertile Than Country Cousins
    City Spiders Are Bigger, More Fertile Than Country Cousins

    New research has found the humped golden orb-weaving spider grows larger and produces more eight-legged babies in urban areas. This spider (Nephila plumipes) is indigenous to the Australian countryside, but it's also commonly found in and around urban areas, like the city of Sydney, in southeast Australia. In urban environments, orb-weaving spiders grow to be larger than their counterparts in the country, the study found. The heightened ability to adapt to urban environments has earned this spider a reputation as an "urban exploiter," said lead researcher Lizzy Lowe, a doctoral candidate at the university's School of Biological Sciences.

  • 2 late goals secure Arsenal 2-2 draw at Everton
    2 late goals secure Arsenal 2-2 draw at Everton

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored in the final seven minutes as Arsenal recovered to draw 2-2 at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, avoiding another demoralizing defeat on Merseyside.

  • New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
    New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England.

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