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File photo of accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listening to Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler at his arraignment in CentennialCalling into question his note-taking, qualifications and conclusions about gunman James Holmes, the lead prosecutor in Colorado's movie massacre trial put the defense's first expert witness through a withering cross-examination. Brauchler asked Woodcock why he did not watch all 22 hours of video interviews conducted by one of two court-appointed psychiatrists who found the defendant to be sane.

Protesters wave Greek and EU flags during a pro-Euro rally in front of the parliament building, in AthensLONDON (Reuters) - Eurozone stocks and peripheral bonds rallied on Wednesday, extending gains after a report that Greece was ready to accept most conditions from its international creditors in order to reach a deal over its debt crisis.

Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonCrowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast. Hundreds gathered on the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland and smoked under the glow of a neon city sign, marking the moment that the law allowing recreational use, backed by voters in November, came into effect. The legislation opens the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year - though some lawmakers say they will still try to block retail outlets.

Efforts by some states to challenge the Supreme Court ruling will likely prove futile.

Prominent black church in South Carolina on fire; cause not yet knownA church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night.

A former CIA official tells Yahoo News some analysts may be "overstating the threat."

The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. "We aren't looking to engage people in violence, but we are going to practice law enforcement," Combs told Reuters before the service.
The fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Greeleyville comes amid a rash of fires that have erupted at black churches across the U.S. south, at least two of which have already been declared as deliberate. It also comes roughly two weeks after a white gunman opened fire inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 65 miles (105 km) away, killing nine people during a Bible study. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement online it was on the scene of the Greeleyville fire.

Firefighters and military personnel inspect the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, tuesday, June 30, 2015. An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane with 12 crew aboard has crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city Medan. (AP Photo/Gilbert Manullang)An aircraft crashes into a residential neighborhood in Indonesia's third-largest city.

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The State Department plans to make about 3,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's correspondence publically available on Tuesday evening. The release comes as part of a court mandate that the agency release batches of Clinton's email correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30. The goal is for the department to publicly unveil 55,000 pages of her emails by Jan. 29, 2016. They were sent from the personal email address that Clinton used when she was secretary. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence.

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