Gunman kills 12 and injured 50 at Colorado movie theater

Friday July 20, 2012 – A Year Ago Today

On July 20, 2012, a gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of the film The Dark Knight Rises in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, United States. The attack killed 12 and injured 53.

The attack occurred in Theater 9 at the Century 16 movie theater in the Town Center at Aurora shopping center. The shooter is reported to have entered the theater through an emergency door wearing a gas mask and bulletproof vest and deployed a tear gas canister before opening fire. Some bullets penetrated the wall of the cinema and injured people in the adjoining Theater 8, where the same film was being screened.

The alleged shooter, 24 year old James Eagan Holmes (born December 13, 1987), was taken into police custody. He was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and gas mask at the time of the shooting. He was found next to his car in the theater parking lot with a rifle and handgun, and he did not resist arrest. Once apprehended, the suspect told authorities about explosives in his residence in North Aurora. Aurora police chief Dan Oates said that police were treating the shooter’s home, five miles from the scene of the crime, as a site where explosives might be present. According to the police, Holmes himself told them that he had booby-trapped his apartment before heading to the theater; as a result, police evacuated five nearby buildings.

U.S. President Barack Obama called the shooting “horrible and tragic”. He said: “We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded”.

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Facebook IPO falls short of the hype

Friday May 18, 2012 – A Year Ago Today

The social media giant’s stock rose by mere pennies in its initial public offering. The shares closed at $38.23, barely above the $38 IPO price.

The performance fell far short of the grandiose expectations of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, and raised questions about whether the company’s stock will be the sure bet many had counted on.

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Oakland, CA: 7 dead, suspect caught in school shooting

Monday April 2, 2012 – A year ago today

OAKLAND, Calif. — A 43-year-old former student of a small Christian university in California opened fire at the school Monday, killing at least seven people and setting off an intense, chaotic manhunt that ended with his capture at a nearby shopping center, authorities said.

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Disney says ‘John Carter’ to lose $200 million, putting it among biggest flops

Monday March 19, 2012 – A year ago today

LOS ANGELES — “John Carter” is now officially a flop of galactic proportions. The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that it expects to book a loss of $200 million on the movie in the quarter through March. That’s among Hollywood’s biggest money-losers ever.

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“The Hunger Games” breaks pre-sale records

“The Hunger Games” is a movie produced by Color Force, co-production with Lionsgate, will be released  this Friday.

The film is expected to open big at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter notes that tracking services are forecasting an $82-$115 million debut, but box office observers and rival studios believe the film will bring in $130-$140 million during its opening weekend.

That could give “The Hunger Games” an even bigger opening than the most recent “Twilight” film, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” which brought in $138.1 million during its first weekend back in November.

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Peyton Manning signs with Denver Broncos, Tebow and Smith look to future

Peyton Manning announced he had reached an agreement on contract terms with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, signing a five-year, $90 million, deal.

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New iPad3 hits stores

Friday March 16, 2012 – A year ago today

The latest version of Apple’s iPad, the genre-defining tablet computer that has outperformed virtually everyone’s expectations since first released in 2010, went on sale Friday at 8 a.m. local time.

The new 9.7-inch display screen features a “retina display” of 2047 by 1536 pixels, compared with the iPad 2′s 1024 by 768 pixels. It will have a a 5-megapixel camera, representing a significant leap from the current iPad’s lens.

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Blagojevich leaves for federal prison in Colorado to serve 14-year sentence

Thursday March 15, 2012 – A year ago today

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO – Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his Ravenswood Manor home early Thursday morning and hopped in a car headed for a federal prison cell in Colorado.

The one-time golden boy of Illinois politics with a penchant for television cameras is expected to report to a Colorado prison by 2 p.m. to begin his 14-year prison term on corruption charges, becoming Inmate No. 40892-424.

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Whitney Houston Dies 48

Saturday February 11, 2012 – A year ago today

Whitney Houston’s body was found in Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.  Cause of death is unknown yet.  There was no sign of criminal intent, foul play, nor drugs.
Whitney Houston was 48 years old at the time of her death.

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Etta James, American Singing Legend, Dies 73

Friday January 20, 2012 – A Year Ago Today

Etta James cause of death
Etta James died of Cancer (Leukemia). Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow,
Etta James was 73 years old at the time of her death

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Points Finger at President

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – A year ago today

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona.

After this incident, sales of her book “Scorpions for Breakfast” skyrocketed.

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Romney, Santorum in too-close-to-call race in Iowa caucuses

Tuesday January 3, 2012 – A year ago today

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were locked in a too-close-to-call race atop the field in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday night in the first verdict from voters on the 2012 campaign.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, each had a quarter of the votes, with 98% of the precincts counted. The two swapped leads through a long evening of vote tallying, and fewer than 100 votes separated them.

Ron Paul, the Texas congressman, was in third place with more than one vote in five.

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