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James Holmes, suspect of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings, was charged with 142 counts Monday, said the Denver Post.

Among the charges are 24 counts of first-degree murder, with two counts for each victim killed, said Time.

Prosecutors charged Holmes under two different theories of murder. The first is murder after deliberation and the second is murder with indifference to life, said the Denver Post.

Although prosecution has not announced whether they will pursue the death penalty for Holmes, law professor at the University of Denver Sam Kamin said to Time, "All expectation is that the prosecution will seek the death penalty."

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 more in a July 20 movie theater shooting.

Key victim in Sandusky trial emerges

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The victim allegedly raped in a Penn State locker room shower by Jerry Sandusky emerged Thursday with plans to sue the school, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The man, known in previous court records as "Victim 2", is being represented by the same attorneys representing four other victims in the case, said The Wall Street Journal.

During previous court proceedings, prosecutors stated that Victim 2's identity was unknown, but have "overwhelming evidence" about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Sandusky, said The Wall Street Journal.

The man's story was a key piece in Mike McQueary's testimony against Sandusky, who stated that he witnessed Sandusky raping Victim 2 in a locker room shower, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Attorney's representing the victim are suing Penn State for "egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered", said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Greenland's ice cover melted at record rate in July

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Greenland's ice sheet melted at a faster rate in July than it has in recorded history, said The Guardian.

NASA found that 97 percent of the ice sheet covering Greenland was in the process of melting during July, an unprecedented amount, said Reuters.

According to NASA, Greenland's ice cover normally melts about halfway, making this summer's melt rate alarming to scientists, said Reuters.

Scientists first believed the melting rates were a mistake until further satellite surveillance was conducted, said The Guardian.

"What we're seeing over Greenland now is really just part of this much bigger picture of a very warm melting summer in the Arctic," said Mark Serreze, director and senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, according to Reuters.

Serreze warned of rising sea levels due to the "sorry state" of the Arctic ice caps, said Reuters.

An Air Force instructor was sentenced to 20 years in prison Saturday for numerous counts of rape and sexual assault at a military training center, said The Washington Post.

Staff Sgt. Luis Walker was sentenced Saturday in San Antonio, Texas after being convicted of 28 charges of rape, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated sexual conduct, said The Washington Post.

"The only thing I ask you for is that you consider my family," said Walker to the jury before being sentenced, said the Houston Chronicle.

10 women, all in basic training, were involved in illicit relationships with Walker between October 2010 and January 2011 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, said the Houston Chronicle.

Walker is the first of 12 Lackland instructors under investigation for sexual misconduct to stand trial and be sentenced, said The Washington Post.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that his state will not enact two major components of Obama's health care law, said the Houston Chronicle.

Perry said in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that Texas will not expand Medicaid or set up an exchange for patients to buy health insurance, reported USA Today.

Perry said later on in the letter that the Affordable Care Act's "unsound encroachments will find no foothold" in Texas.

Last month, the Supreme Court, which upheld most of the law, struck down the portion of the Affordable Care Act which required states to expand Medicaid, giving Texas and other states the ability to choose the expansion or not, said USA Today.

The governor, who recently ran for the GOP presidential nomination, said he does not want to be "party to socializing health care," said the Houston Chronicle.

Sebelius'office has yet to comment on Perry's letter, according to the Houston Chronicle.

New Zimmerman bond set at $1 million

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A judge raised George Zimmerman's bond to $1 million during a ruling Thursday, said the Los Angeles Times.

Zimmerman, the Florida Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, had his $150,000 bail revoked after a Seminole County court found undisclosed assets, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

Zimmerman's wife Shellie was arrested on suspicion of perjury last month after lying about the hidden money and a second passport, said the Los Angeles Times.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., who has presided over the case thus far, has banned Zimmerman from leaving Seminole County without court permission, said the Orlando Sentinel.

Lester said in his ruling that "together with the passport, the money only had to be hidden for a short time for him to leave the country," reported the Los Angeles Times.


The Supreme Court struck down a majority, but not all, of Arizona's controversial immigration law in a ruling on Monday.

The court ruled that states cannot make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to apply for a job, cannot use suspicion that someone is an illegal immigrant as basis for an arrest, and cannot make it a crime for someone to lack identification proving their legal status to be in the country, on the grounds that they encroach on the federal government's power, said The Washington Post.

However, the section of the law which allows police to check the immigration status detained lawfully for another purpose was upheld, which drew criticism from immigration activists, said The Chicago Tribune.

The majority opinion of the court was written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who stated that the law encroached on the power of the federal government, who should have dominion over the issue of immigration legislation, said The Chicago Tribune.

While President Obama is happy with the court's decision to overturn parts of the law, he said that he hopes that Arizona police "do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans, as the Court's decision recognizes", reported The Washington Post.

The ruling on the immigration law comes as the Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on the constitutionality of Obama's healthcare law, said The Chicago Tribune.

Jurors in Sandusky trial re-hear key testimony

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The child sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky resumed Friday when jurors reviewed the testimony of one of the prosecution's main witnesses.

The witness, former assistant football coach and graduate student at Penn State Mike McQueary, had previously recounted seeing Sandusky committing a sex act on a young boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001, said The New York Times.

The testimony of Dr. Jonathan Dranov was also re-read, in which Dranov stated that he spoke to McQueary on that same night in 2001 and McQueary did not mention seeing a sex act, said the Los Angeles Times.

The defense argued that there was not sufficient evidence for the sex act and that the count should be dropped. However, the judge presiding, John Cleland, said that he believed that there was "sufficient circumstantial and direct evidence for the jury to assess what crime, if any, happened," reported the Los Angeles Times.

The stories of nine alleged victims have been heard in the case so far, according to The New York Times.

The Obama administration has canceled the deportations of young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the policy change which halted the deportation of law-abiding illegal immigrants who came to the country before they were 16 and have lived in the U.S. for five or more years, said The Associated Press. The AP also reported that the policy will also allow these people to apply for a renewable two-year work permit.

While it does not provide a path to citizenship for these immigrants, the move has garnered praise from immigration advocates, who argue that it is a step in the right direction, said the Los Angeles Times.

GOP politicians, however, have denounced the new policy, decrying it as unlawful, said the AP.

Obama will discuss details of the policy at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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