Breaking: Mitt Romney Accepts Republican Presidential Nomination 30 Aug 2012 Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination tonight, capping a six-year quest and setting up a general election showdown with President Barack Obama. As he began a speech at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida, Romney addressed a crowd of delegates and party officials and sought to zero in on his economic message and broaden his appeal to independent voters who have been unsure whether he could relate to their needs.
Justice Department closes CIA probe without charges 30 Aug 2012 The Justice Department said Thursday that it would not file charges in connection with the deaths of two prisoners held in CIA custody a decade ago, closing the last active criminal investigation into the agency's treatment of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The decision marks the culmination of a criminal probe that took nearly five years, examined the treatment of about 100 prisoners and branched out far beyond its initial scope - but ultimately produced no charges against any CIA officer. One of the cases involved the death of an Afghan, Gul Rahman, who was being held at a CIA facility known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was allegedly doused with water and left out in frigid overnight weather to die.
Pentagon threatens lawsuit over Osama bin Laden book 30 Aug 2012 The Defense Department is threatening to go after an ex-SEAL author and his publisher over a new book that challenges the administration's official account of last year's raid that killed 'Osama bin Laden.' The Pentagon late Thursday released a letter from its top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, to publishing giant Penguin and "Mark Owen," the pseudonym of an ex-SEAL special operator who has been identified as Matt Bissonnette. In the letter, Johnson said Bissonnette had breached non-disclosure agreements he signed while on active duty in 2007.
Trial in WikiLeaks case set for Feb., March 30 Aug 2012 An Army private accused of handing over a trove of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks is scheduled for trial in February. Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge handling the case, said Thursday that Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial is now scheduled to take place between February 4 and March 15. The 24-year-old Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents, including cables and war logs, to the secret-spelling website.
Defense: Colo. shooting suspect tried to call university psychiatrist 9 minutes before attack 30 Aug 2012 The suspect in the Colorado shooting rampage tried unsuccessfully to call his university psychiatrist 9 minutes before he opened fire during a Batman movie premiere, defense attorneys revealed in court Thursday. James Holmes placed the call to an after-hours number at a hospital at the University of Colorado, Anschutz campus, where psychiatrist Lynne Fenton could be reached, defense attorney Tamara Brady said. It wasn't clear why he called Fenton, and she wasn't immediately available to talk to him. [See: Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price.]