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James Holmes to be formally sentenced ... Experts: Thai bomb may have been TNT ... Waikiki's beaches still closed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 26, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Today, a Colorado judge formally sentences movie theater shooter James Holmes to life in prison without parole. Holmes killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others when in July 2012 he opened fire in a packed theater in suburban Denver. Eleven jurors wanted to give Holmes the death penalty. One voted for life without parole.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — There'll be an increased law enforcement presence today when classes resume at Philip Barbour High School in north-central West Virginia. That's where a 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint yesterday in a classroom. Police say the teacher was able to keep the gunman calm and the police chief eventually got the boy to let the students go and to surrender.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai explosives experts say the substance from the bomb that blew up in downtown Bangkok last week smells like TNT, although police still have not received chemical test results. A spokesman for the national police says it's still not clear if the bomb that killed 20 people Aug. 17 was made of TNT or C4, a plastic explosive. But he says based on the opinion of bomb disposal experts "the smell looks like TNT."

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO isn't announcing the nationality of two international soldiers killed in Afghanistan. NATO says two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire today on a vehicle of international troops that was inside a military base in southern Helmand province. The attackers were then shot dead.

HONOLULU (AP) — Many of Waikiki's famous beaches are still closed because of a sewage spill. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Kilo caused manhole covers in Honolulu to overflow with sewage and the Honolulu Zoo to flood on Monday. Officials closed an area of beach including Waikiki. The Department of Health is testing a 4-mile stretch of waterfront.

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