Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Theater Shooter Set Police Trap

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Theater Shooter Set Police Trap

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- An FBI agent Tuesday described a labyrinth of wires and potential explosives that had been rigged to be set off by a trip wire at the Aurora apartment of James E. Holmes, who is charged with opening fire inside a crowded movie theater this summer, killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.

The testimony of the agent, Garrett Gumbinner, came during the second day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to try Mr. Holmes, 25. He has been charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.

Defense attorneys say Mr. Holmes is mentally ill, and have used their questions to try to make that point.

The description of Mr. Holmes after the attack given by police detective Craig Appel -- during a police interview, Mr. Holmes started pretending the gunshot-residue-protecting paper bags on his hands were puppets; he tried to jam a staple into an electrical outlet; his eyes were dilated -- seemed to undercut prosecutors' attempts to show him as methodical, spending two months to assemble his arsenal.

Manning's sentence credited

FORT MEADE, Md. -- An Army private suspected of sending reams of classified documents to the secret-sharing WikiLeaks website was illegally punished at a Marine Corps brig and should get 112 days cut from any prison sentence he receives if convicted, a military judge ruled Tuesday.

Army Col. Denise Lind declined to dismiss charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, but ruled during a pretrial hearing that authorities went too far in his strict confinement for nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., in 2010 and 2011.

Dreamliner problems, again

BOSTON -- Boeing's newest and most sophisticated jet, the 787 Dreamliner, suffered a new mishap on Tuesday when a fuel leak forced an aircraft to return to its gate minutes before taking off from Boston, a day after an electrical fire broke out on another plane. …

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