Jury chosen in theater shooting trial

A jury was seated in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes after a selection process that experts say was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history. The 12 jurors and 12 alternates were chosen after about 9,000 prospective jurors were summoned. Opening statements are scheduled for April 27. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the July 20, 2012, attack on a Denver-area movie theater.


– at coffee shop

The big rallies and massive fundraising blitzes have to wait. Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting her 2016 campaign for president started with a few caffeinated beverages and says she's ready to "drink my way across Iowa." Fresh from a two-day road trip, Clinton popped into the Jones Street Java House, a coffee shop in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, for her first event in her return to presidential politics. It sticks with her strategy to hold small "retail" style events that allow her to speak to individual voters. She also toured a community college and held roundtable discussion with students and teachers in Monticello, Iowa.

North Carolina

Worker's killing probed as hate crime

Police said they were investigating the fatal shooting of a gay community college worker as a possible hate crime. The shooting victim, 44-year-old campus print shop director Ron Lane, was gunned down by former student Kenneth Morgan Stancil III on Monday morning, police said. Lane dismissed Stancil from the print shop's work-study program in March because he had too many absences. Police have not released a motive in the shooting and said the men's relationship was purely a that of supervisor-student one.


U.N. imposes embargo on Houthi fighters

The Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo on the Houthi fighters battling for control of Yemen and left it to the secretary-general to negotiate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemenis who have endured nearly three weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes. The resolution, which is legally binding, prohibits the sale of weapons to three named Houthi leaders, as well as former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son and former military commander, Ahmed Ali Saleh. The former president and two Houthi military commanders, Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim and Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi, were already subject to a travel ban and asset freeze.

Top Al-Qaida cleric killed in drone strike

Yemen's Al-Qaida branch says its top cleric, a Saudi national who has had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed. The group said that Ibrahim al-Rubaish was killed in a drone attack on Sunday. The group did not specify where the purported strike took place. Yemeni and U.S. officials had no comment on the claim. Al-Rubaish was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2006, after which he joined Al-Qaida in Yemen. He was considered the group's the main ideologue and theological adviser.

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