movie shooting suspect will face trial
A judge ruled late Thursday there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with all 166 felony counts they filed against him.
Fire sweeps hotels, killing 3 Americans
Philippine authorities say a fire swept through three adjacent hotels, killing three unidentified American retirees, a South Korean and two Filipino women. The small hotel buildings are in Olongapo City, a former U.S. naval base west of the capital, Manila. The cause of the blaze, which began at 3 a.m. and was put out three hours later, is under investigation.
Mali seeks help against extremists
Mali's president on Thursday asked France for help countering an offensive by extremist and terrorist groups who control the northern half of the country and are heading south. France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters after an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that urgent action is needed against the groups who captured the city of Konna on Thursday and are threatening the city of Mopti. "This terrorist attack weakens even more the stability of Mali and thereby that of its neighbors," he said.
Obama picks Lew to head Treasury
President Barack Obama announced his choice of Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury on Thursday, saying he has "worked and succeeded in some of the toughest jobs in Washington." Lew, the White House chief of staff and a former budget director, would complete the transformation of Obama's economic team from the big-name economists and financial firefighters hired four years ago to budget negotiators ready for the next fiscal fights in Congress. If confirmed by the Senate, Lew, 57, would succeed Timothy F. Geithner, who at the president's insistence stayed for the entire first term.
Pentagon moves to curb spending
Fearing Congress and the president may not reach a deal on spending and the deficit, the Pentagon is freezing civilian hiring, limiting maintenance work and delaying approval of some contracts. The money-saving steps, announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, are designed to be reversible if a compromise is reached to avoid automatic reductions in federal spending set to begin in March. The Pentagon's share could be up to $500 billion in cuts over 10 years.
Firm gives $10M in Sandy aid
The New York City financial services firm that lost the most workers in the Sept. 11 terror attacks said it will "adopt" 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and give a total of $10 million to families in those schools. Cantor Fitzgerald, its relief fund and its affiliate BGC Partners will donate $1,000 to each family. The schools are in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey. Cantor Fitzgerald lost two-thirds of its New York workforce when terrorists struck the One World Trade Center tower.