National briefs: 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.

The events were the latest in a series of problems with the 787, which entered commercial service in November 2011 and has been hit by technical and electric glitches since then.

Study sees gaps in therapy

NEW YORK -- Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide -- about 55 percent of them -- have already gotten at least some mental health treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to helping troubled teenagers, according to the largest in-depth analysis of the issue in the U.S. to date.

The study, posted online Tuesday by the journal JAMA Psychiatry, contradicts the widely held belief that suicide is due in part to a lack of access to treatment.

Arctic drilling under review

WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department on Tuesday opened an urgent review of Arctic offshore drilling operations after a series of blunders and accidents that culminated in the grounding of one of Shell Oil's drilling vessels last week off the coast of Alaska.

Officials said the new assessment by federal regulators, which is to be completed within 60 days, could halt or scale back Shell's $4.5 billion effort to open Alaska's Arctic waters to oil exploration, an effort that has been plagued by equipment failures, legal delays, mismanagement and bad weather.

Boy opts not to testify

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The Riverside boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father decided not to take the witness stand Tuesday, bringing an end to testimony in a juvenile court trial that attracted nationwide interest.

Riverside County Judge Jean P. Leonard must decide whether the boy knew it was wrong to shoot and kill his father as he slept in May 2011. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Wednesday and the judge expects to release her ruling Monday.



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