James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, sits in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Blair Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student’s defense team said he was not ready to enter one. James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, sits in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Blair Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student’s defense team said he was not ready to enter one. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
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Lawyers for James Holmes have successfully argued that the alleged Aurora, Colorado shooter should be allowed to appear at his trial in civilian clothes and without the heavy shackles he’s been wearing on his wrists and ankles, lest jurors get the impression that he’s a guilty man. However, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled that he can’t just sit in the courtroom unrestrained. Instead, Holmes will wear a harness under his clothing, with a cable tethering him to thefloor.
Israel’s election was too close to call early Wednesday, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his main rival, the former army chief Benny Gantz, a centrist, immediately commanding enough support to form a majority coalition, according to exit polls.
But Mr. Gantz’s Blue and White party appeared to have come out ahead of Mr. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud, giving a small third party the power to decide the outcome. And his avowed desire to force a unity coalition including both their parties made it likely that, if the projections held, Mr. Gantz would be given the first chance of forming a government.
With indictments against him looming in three corruption cases, the election’s less-than-vindicating apparent outcome would put his future in grave jeopardy. As prime minister, he could stay in his post even if indicted, under Israeli law. And he could press his coalition to grant him immunity from prosecution. But as a lesser minister or ordinary lawmaker, he would have to resign if charged.
POTUS on the death of Cokie Roberts, via pool: “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional.”
As expected, Corey Lewandowski is delivering a spirited defense of President Trump. He claims the Mueller investigation was carried out by a group of “Trump haters” and that today’s hearing is part of Democrats harassing Trump. He said Dems are just going down a “rabbit hole.”
Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.
Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.
“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement.
Her death was due to complications from breast cancer.
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New: US and Saudi Arabia believe “very high probability” this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities were low altitude cruise missiles – assisted by drones – launched from an Iranian base near the border with Iraq - @NicRobertsonCNN reporting
In two separate Taliban suicide attacks, in Kabul and Parwan, overall 48 people were killed and 80 others wounded that includes security forces, women and children. President Ghani & aides are unhurt during his election rally in Parwan when the Taliban bomb went off.
The first official outside review of Boeing 737 MAX’s certification is expected to criticize the FAA’s approval processes
A panel of international air-safety regulators is finishing a report expected to criticize the initial U.S. approval process for Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets, according to people briefed on the conclusions, while urging a wide-ranging reassessment of how complex automated systems should be certified on future airliners.
As part of roughly a dozen findings, these government and industry officials said, the task force is poised to call out the Federal Aviation Administration for what it describes as a lack of clarity and transparency in the way the FAA delegated authority to the plane maker to assess the safety of certain flight-control features. The upshot, according to some of these people, is that essential design changes didn’t receive adequate FAA attention.
The report, these officials said, also is expected to fault the agency for what it describes as inadequate data sharing with foreign authorities during its original certification of the MAX two years ago, along with relying on mistaken industrywide assumptions about how average pilots would react to certain flight-control emergencies. FAA officials have said they are devising new pilot-reaction guidelines after two fatal crashes.
After a day of deriding the New York Times over the Kavanaugh debacle, Trump repeated his attacks before a live audience
President Trump paused, letting the chorus of boos reach a crescendo at his campaign rally in Rio Rancho, N.M., on Monday night. Trump had been railing against Democrats, accusing them of trying to “blacklist, coerce, cancel or destroy anyone who gets in their way,” when a timely example came to mind.
“Look at what they’re doing today to Justice Kavanaugh,” he said, referencing Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and drawing jeers from the rally’s attendees. “Did you see the New York Times?”
“I call for the resignation of everybody at the New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh smear story,” Trump said Monday as the crowd cheered. “The Times is dead, long live the New York Times, and I do want it to live, but they have to change their ways.”