Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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COLUMBINE SURVIVOR ON COLO. THEATER SHOOTING JURY

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A union plumber, a schoolteacher and a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre were among the 19 women and five men chosen as jurors in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

The 12 jurors and 12 alternates were picked Tuesday after a selection process that began Jan. 20 and was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history, experts said.

Mr. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the July 2012 attack in suburban Denver. His attorneys don't dispute that he pulled the trigger but say he was in the grips of a psychotic episode when he slipped into the packed movie theater and opened fire.

Jurors will decide whether he was legally insane at the time. If they find him guilty, they must also decide whether he should be put to death or sentenced to life in prison without parole.

All 24 will sit through the entire trial. Neither the group nor the public will know who is a primary juror and who is an alternate until the case is handed over for deliberations.

FACTORY OUTPUT RISES

WASHINGTON - Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

The Federal Reserve said today that manufacturing output rose 0.1 percent in March, following a 0.2 percent drop in February. Automotive output rose 3.2 percent last month. But the Fed said factory production fell 0.6 percent in January, twice what it originally reported.

Overall industrial production fell 0.6 percent in March, pulled down by a 5.9 percent drop in utility output as temperatures rose and Americans turned down their thermostats.

MISSOURI EXECUTES KILLER

BONNE TERRE, Mo. - A Missouri inmate has been executed for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago.

Andre Cole, 52, on Tuesday night became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. …

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