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Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theatre gunman

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit gunman who attacked Louisiana movie theatre
Ray Henry, The Associated Press

CARROLLTON, Ga. - The gunman responsible for last week's deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theatre was delivered by deputies to hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to himself and others.

But the judge who ordered John Russell Houser detained said Monday that she did not have him involuntarily committed, which may explain why he was able to legally purchase the gun he used to kill two people and wound nine others before killing himself.

True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

True-crime author Ann Rule, who wrote about former co-worker Ted Bundy, has died
Donna Gordon Blankinship, The Associated Press

SEATTLE - True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83.

Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule's daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.

Cosby appeals ruling that unsealed deposition excerpts

Cosby appeals ruling that unsealed deposition excerpts, showed he got quaaludes to give women
Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's lawyers on Monday appealed a judge's decision to unseal court filings that quote him saying he obtained quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters.

The newly public court filings contain excerpts of Cosby's deposition in a 2005 lawsuit in Pennsylvania that accused him of sexual battery, and were unsealed July 6 on a bid by The Associated Press.

Key suspect says he won't testify at Litvinenko inquiry

UK judge accuses key Litvinenko slaying suspect of manipulation after he refuses to testify
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - A British judge investigating the death from radioactive poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko accused a key suspect Monday of manipulating the inquiry by agreeing to testify, then refusing at the last minute.

Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun had been due to appear at judge Robert Owen's inquiry by video link from Russia.

2 lives cut short: Remembering victims of US movie shooting

2 lives cut short: Family and friends remember the young women killed inside US movie theatre
The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. - One was a talented artist who sang in an all-female band and planted trees to beautify her neighbourhood. Another was studying to be a radiology technician and looking forward to a future with a longtime boyfriend.

Swedish police question Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use

Police in Sweden question and test Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use after concert
The Associated Press

HELSINKI - Swedish police say they briefly held U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg on suspicion of drug use after he performed a concert near Stockholm.

National police spokesman Fredrik Wallen says a police patrol in the city of Uppsala, north of the capital, stopped a car in which Snoop Dog was a passenger on Saturday evening after the concert. Police questioned him at a local police station and tested him for suspected drug use.

Movie theatre shooter's mental problems didn't stop gun buy

Background check didn't stop gun purchase by movie theatre shooter, despite mental problems
Ray Henry, Jay Reeves And Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. - John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theatre in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used.

Despite obvious and public signs of mental illness — most importantly, a Georgia judge's order committing him to mental health treatment against his will as a danger to himself and others in 2008 — Houser was able to walk into an Alabama pawn shop six years later and buy a .40-calibre handgun.

US gunman known as angry man with radical views

US cinema gunman known as angry, provocative man unafraid of fights with government
Jay Reeves And Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

For decades before he opened fire in a Louisiana movie theatre and killed two people, John Russell Houser was known as a man prone to anger, a loudmouth provocateur never afraid to share his opinion.

Australian Islamic State group medic arrested on return home

Australian nurse who says he was unwilling Islamic State group medic arrested on return home
The Associated Press

SYDNEY - An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria was arrested after returning home and faces potential terrorism-related charges.

Adam Brookman, 39, was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Friday night on a Victoria state warrant relating to his alleged involvement in the conflict in Syria, Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

The Latest: Jindal says 'not time' to discuss gun control

The Latest: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says 'now is not the time' to discuss gun control
The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. - The latest on the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theatre (times are local):

6:30 p.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said "now is not the time" to discuss gun control, despite repeated questions Friday outside the movie theatre where a right-wing extremist killed two people and wounded nine others before killing himself.

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