Colorado cinema massacre trial to get under way

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial will begin on Monday with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, or a calculating mass murderer who deserves execution. Public defenders trying to spare the life of the one-time neuroscience graduate student, and prosecutors seeking the death penalty, are set to present their opening statements in a courtroom on the outskirts of Denver. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has said he expects the trial to take four months.


Thousands attend funeral for Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Mourners view the body of Freddie Gray before his funeral at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore.Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.


Gay businessmen apologize for co-hosting Ted Cruz event

Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Two gay hotel owners who co-hosted an event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have apologized after many in the LGBT community joined a call to boycott their properties for catering to a conservative politician who is staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage.


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