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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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  • Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap
    Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

    Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.

  • US attacks IS with 20 air raids in 24 hours: Centcom
    US attacks IS with 20 air raids in 24 hours: Centcom

    Washington (AFP) - US warplanes kept up air raids against Islamic State militants near a contested town on Syria's border with Turkey on Tuesday, part of more than 20 air strikes in 24 hours in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said.

  • Jeff Goldblum Stars in Hilarious GE Light Bulb Commercial
    Jeff Goldblum Stars in Hilarious GE Light Bulb Commercial

    A great way for advertisers to have viewers remember their client's product is to use laughter. Just ask Geico, which had an insanely popular commercial in 2013 featuring a hump-day-loving camel. You remember it, right? "Guess what day it is?"

  • Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia
    Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia

    DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital acknowledged Wednesday.

  • Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents
    Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents

    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.

  • Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
    Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland's downtown square while 10,000 revelers gathered to watch the mayor light a towering Christmas tree.

  • 35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska
    35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

  • Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children
    Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting Wednesday to prevent a key Syrian border town from falling into the hands of Islamic State group jihadists.

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