Holmes' lawyers blast Colorado insanity laws
Lawyers for James Holmes say parts of the state's insanity defense laws are unconstitutional.
March 1st, 2013
10:02 PM ET

Holmes' lawyers blast Colorado insanity laws

Lawyers for James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting suspect, took aim against the state's insanity defense laws in court documents made public Friday.

"Colorado's statutory scheme regarding the affirmative defense of insanity, and the introduction of any 'mental condition' evidence at trial or sentencing, is unconstitutional in many individual respects," they wrote in a 60-page motion and brief filed Thursday.

The lawyers said parts of the state's insanity defense laws are unconstitutional.

Among other issues, they cited the requirement that a defendant "cooperate" with examining psychiatrists as a violation of the defendant's privilege against compelled self-incrimination.

Prosecutors have not said whether they will pursue the death penalty against Holmes, who is charged with 166 counts, including murder, attempted murder and other offenses in the July 20 shooting rampage in a movie theater that left 12 people dead and scores injured.

Holmes is awaiting formal arraignment on the charges.

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Obama signs order triggering sequester cuts
March 1st, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Obama signs order triggering sequester cuts

The president signed an order Friday required by law that set in motion $85 billion in automatic, government-wide cuts - cuts that both Democrats and Republicans said they didn't want, though they couldn't agree on how to prevent them.

The cuts amount to roughly 9% for a broad range of non-defense programs and 13% for the Pentagon over the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

They were included in a 2011 deal to raise the federal borrowing limit as an unacceptable outcome if Congress failed to agree on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan. That plan did not happen.

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Judge orders new Samsung, Apple court faceoff
Apple accused Samsung of copying the design and software of its iPhone, shown on the right.
March 1st, 2013
06:15 PM ET

Judge orders new Samsung, Apple court faceoff

Samsung and Apple were ordered Friday to stand off in court once again after a federal judge struck down more than $450 million that a jury last August ordered Samsung to pay Apple.

"Some of the awards rested on impermissible legal theories," U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote in explaining her ruling.

The jury had awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages total after finding Samsung had copied both the design and software features of the iPhone.

Just under $600 million of that award to Apple still stands, according to Koh.

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March 1st, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Arrest in death of Usher's former stepson

A 39-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the watercraft accident death last year of the former stepson of singer Usher Raymond, said District Attorney Lee Darragh of Hall County, Georgia.

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March 1st, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Car bombs kill 5 in Iraq

Five people were killed and 34 were wounded when two car bombs exploded Friday at a livestock market in Diwaniya, about 140 kilometers south of Baghdad, Iraq, police and health officials said.

Diwaniya is a predominantly Shiite city.

On Thursday, a car bomb exploded at a livestock market in al-Aziziya, about 80 kilometers north of Kut, killing two people and wounding 19 others.

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Governor stops parole for ex-Manson follower
Bruce Davis was sent to prison on April 21, 1972, for the 1969 first-degree murders of two men.
March 1st, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Governor stops parole for ex-Manson follower

California Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a decision to grant parole to Bruce Davis, a former follower of Charles Manson.

"When considered as a whole, I find the evidence ... shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison," the governor wrote.

Brown's office had received a formal recommendation from the state board parole Friday to release Davis, 70, who would have been the first Manson "family" member to secure freedom solely for good behavior.

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March 1st, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II ill, cancels trip to Wales

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has canceled a planned trip to Wales because she is experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Friday.

The queen, who had been scheduled to visit Wales on Saturday, will now spend the weekend at Windsor as usual, the spokeswoman added.

The spokeswoman said the queen's health will be assessed in the coming days.

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March 1st, 2013
03:34 PM ET

Authorities: Shooting spree premeditated

A file titled "Suicide Note" was recovered from the desktop computer in the bedroom of a man called responsible for the killings of three people in Orange County, California, last month, authorities said Friday.

The note had indications that Ali Syed was responsible for premeditated and planned acts, according to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. "Although this investigation will continue, to date, Orange County Sheriff's homicide investigators have not found any prior connection/relationship between Syed and any of his victims."

The shooting spree ended when Syed died after he turned his gun on himself as police approached on a road north of Tustin, authorities said.

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March 1st, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Death of adopted Russian boy ruled accidental

The death of a Russian boy, Max Shatto, who was adopted by American parents has been ruled accidental, the district attorney of Ector County, Texas, told CNN Friday.

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Actress Bonnie Franklin dies
Bonnie Franklin's character Ann Romano "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers," CBS said.
March 1st, 2013
02:53 PM ET

Actress Bonnie Franklin dies

A star of the long-running TV show "One Day at a Time" has died.

Actress Bonnie Franklin died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

Her "One Day at a Time" character, Ann Romano, was "ground-breaking," CBS said in a statement, because it "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers within the cultural landscape."

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Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery
Urooj Khan died in July, the day after the Illinois lottery paid him about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game.
March 1st, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery

No cyanide remained in the exhumed body of Illinois lottery winner Urooj Khan, preventing investigators from determining how the toxin entered his body, the Cook County medical examiner said Friday.

Still, Dr. Stephen Cina maintained his determination from January: that blood samples taken after Khan's death in July show the 46-year-old died of cyanide poisoning, and that the manner of death was homicide.

Officials in January exhumed the body of Khan who died the day after the Illinois lottery issued him a check for about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game hoping to determine how cyanide entered his system.

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March 1st, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Prominent al Qaeda figure in Mali killed

One of al Qaeda's most influential figures in North Africa has been killed by French and Chadian forces, a U.S. official saidFriday.

French military sources had earlier said that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in an airstrike in Mali late last month.

Abou Zeid was one of the group's most ruthless commanders, having seized at least a dozen foreigners for ransom. At least two have been killed; several French citizens remain captive.

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March 1st, 2013
10:24 AM ET

Glitch with SpaceX supply flight appears fixed

[Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET] SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule suffered a temporary glitch with its thrusters after it achieved orbit Friday a development that will delay its arrival at the International Space Station, NASA said.

The Dragon, launched Friday morning atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, had been expected to dock with the space station on Saturday to resupply the station's crew.

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March 1st, 2013
08:55 AM ET

Alleged rape of girl in India prompt protests

An alleged rape of a 7-year-old has sparked angry protests in New Delhi, India, with TV footage showing demonstrators pelting a bus with stones and smashing its windows.

Police are investigating the act, which allegedly occurred in the municipal school where the girl studied. Sexual assault on females is a hot-button issue in India the country still is reeling from the horrific allegations against five men and a juvenile who are accused of gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December.

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March 1st, 2013
07:47 AM ET

Friday's live events

$85 billion in automatic spending cuts begin today as President Obama and Congress struggle to find a solution to the crisis.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

The Jodi Arias trial resumes on Monday.

10:10 am ET - SpaceX launches cargo mission - SpaceX will attempt to launch its second official cargo supply mission to the International Space Station.

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March 1st, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Church's cardinals to start meeting Monday

The events that will lead to the election of a new pope are starting to take shape.

The Catholic Church's cardinals will start general congregations meetings that precede a conclave to elect a new pope on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vatican (3:30 a.m. ET), with a second session set for later that day, according to a letter issued Friday by the dean of the College of Cardinals.

Setting a date for the conclave to elect the new pope will be among the items on the agenda. The previous pope, Benedict XVI, resigned Thursday.

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March 1st, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Kerry to address Turkish PM Zionism remark

A statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has caught the attention of the U.S. State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to express his strong concerns on Friday about the Turkish prime minister's remarks equating Zionism with crimes against humanity, a senior State Department official said.

"Obviously we strongly disagree with that notion," the official said, calling the statement "offensive and wrong." He was referring to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks Wednesday at a forum in Vienna, Austria. This comes as the once-extensive cooperation between Turkey and Israel on trade and tourism and even military issues has broken down.

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March 1st, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Police: Sinkhole victim presumed dead

[Posted at 6:12 a.m. ET] Police now say that the 36-year-old man who disappeared when a sinkhole opened up underneath his Brandon, Florida, bedroom early Friday is presumed dead.

It's not confirmed, but I think it's safe to presume," Hillsborough County fire department spokeswoman Jessica Damico said Friday morning.

[Posted at 2:11 a.m. ET] A 36-year-old man disappeared Thursday night after a sinkhole opened up underneath his bedroom in Florida, authorities said.

Right after the ground started to give way in his home in Brandon, the man's brother frantically tried to keep him from sinking into the hole, an emergency official said.

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March 1st, 2013
03:52 AM ET

Man thwarts Florida thief with glass cleaner

While assault rifles are flying off the shelves in America, a Florida man has shown that home defense can be done much more cheaply - with a bottle of glass cleaner.

Jacques Baillargeon, 66, was relaxing in Lauderdale Lakes with his wife Tuesday, when a man entered their condo holding a gun and a crowbar, according to law enforcement.

The crowbar turned out to be not only unnecessary, but also got the perpetrator, Nathaniel Smith, 29, caught for this home invasion - and a previous one.

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March 1st, 2013
03:47 AM ET

Japan sentences 2 U.S. servicemen for rape

A Japanese court Friday sentenced two American servicemen to prison for a rape committed last year while they were on duty at a U.S. military base in Okinawa.

The Naha District Court handed down a sentence of 10 years to Navy Seaman Christopher Daniel Browning and nine years to Petty Officer Skyler A Dozierwalker for raping a Japanese woman after attacking her in a parking lot.

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