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  • James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment on March 12. (AP)

    [Updated at 1:55 p.m. MT]

    CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler wasted little time Monday morning in announcing he will seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting 70 people, killing 12, during a midnight attack at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer.

    "For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," Brauchler told the court, minutes after the hearing started.

    Brauchler said his office surveyed victims and hundreds of people connected to the massacre to help make the decision.

    "I hope I can be in the room when he dies," Bryan Beard, whose friend Alex Sullivan was killed in the theater, told Yahoo News. "If you cause death upon somebody, I believe the only justice is death."

    Reporters in the courtroom said Holmes appeared to have no reaction to Brauchler's announcement. His parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, reportedly clasped hands and then embraced when the DA disclosed his plan. A few people on the victims' side of the courtroom cried.

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  • Ten years, ago, 19-year-old Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch was rescued with multiple injuries after her supply unit had come under fire and she was taken captive in Iraq. Lynch was the first woman POW to be rescued in war.

    Lynch, on the 10th anniversary of her rescue, went on the "Today" show on Monday to talk about the intervening years and the difficulty she had had with being in the spotlight. Thanks to the story of the capture having been inaccurate, the Iraq war veteran had gone from being a media darling to the poster child for an ill-prepared war effort.

    She recalled, “I set the record straight as much as I can. I did Congress and testified to let everyone know … the real story.” For example, her many broken bones, attributed to enemy fire, came from her Humvee crash. And while it was reported that she used her M16 rifle, she said it actually had jammed.

    The West Virginia native is now a motivational speaker, teacher and mother—the latter is the role for which "she feels the most

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  • Brill receives the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2011. (Getty)

    Yvonne Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system for satellites in the early 1970s and received a National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2011. Yet her New York Times obituary, published in the newspaper on Sunday, begins like this:

    She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. "The world's best mom," her son Matthew said.

    But Yvonne Brill, who died on Wednesday at 88 in Princeton, N.J., was also a brilliant rocket scientist, who in the early 1970s invented a propulsion system to help keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.

    Many readers criticized the Times and obit writer Douglas Martin for leading with Brill's contributions at home rather than, you know, to the field of rocket science.

    "If you were tasked with writing Brill's obituary ... you'd probably want to start with her litany of scientific innovations, wouldn't you? Wrong!" Doug

    Read More »from Beef over female rocket scientist’s obit prompts Times to change it


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  • Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide
    Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.

  • Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials
    Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials

    A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed, officials said. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain. "The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a Strombolian (low level) eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises," the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. The Australian government issued a warning against travelling to the area, while flag carrier Qantas re-routed some flights to avoid the ash cloud.

  • Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers
    Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2.

  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says
    Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence. He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate. Ukraine, and Western governments, accuse Russia of sending troops and armor to back the separatists in a conflict that has already killed over 2,000 people.

  • The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed
    The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed

    There’s no shortage of hype for the upcoming iPhone 6 although that doesn’t mean the device won’t be disappointing in some ways. The most disappointing rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming flagship phone is that it will only feature 1GB of RAM at a time when most high-end smartphones have long moved onto using 2GB of RAM or more. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed MacRumors takes a look at the newest leaked picture of the iPhone 6’s A8 processor and says that it appears the chip will only have 1GB of RAM after all. How does MacRumors know this? One of its forum members pointed out that the leaked photo appears to show that

  • Social Media Erupts With Stunning Footage, Images of Volcano Blast
    Social Media Erupts With Stunning Footage, Images of Volcano Blast

    When was the last time you saw someone get up close and personal with a volcano? Probably never, except through the eyes of film fantasy, television documentaries, or the occasional adventure video game. Shifting all fantasy aside, take a look at some impressive images and video of a volcano in action.

  • Adopted Pit Bull Saves Little Boy’s Life [VIDEO]
    Adopted Pit Bull Saves Little Boy’s Life [VIDEO]

    When a little boy stepped on a bee nest Tuesday and was hit by a swarm of bees, his family’s adopted pit bull dragged him to safety. Jesse-Cole, 8, his sister Jasmine, 17, and seven other kids were playing in a creek behind their Oregon apartment complex when someone stepped on a rotten log and unleashed a dangerous swarm of bees, Fox 12 Oregon reports. The other kids quickly climbed up the steep embankment to safety, but Jesse-Cole, who was stung at least 24 times, was unable to make it. He and his sister Jasmine, who is allergic and was injected twice with an EpiPen were taken to the hospital.

  • Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger
    Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.

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