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