Authorities are set to release more than 300 photos on Tuesday that investigators took in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department says many photos show the parking lot of the shopping center where the shooting took place in January 2011. The photos also include images of the handgun and high-capacity pistol magazine used by Jared Lee Loughner to carry out the attack. The release also will contain other routine photos that were part of the investigation as authorities gathered up evidence at the scene.
It will not, however, include any gruesome crime scene images of victims that are being shielded from the public out of respect to those who were injured and killed in the attack.
The images are being released nearly two months after the sheriff's department made public roughly 2,700 pages of investigative reports examining the shooting, marking the public's first view into documents that authorities had kept private since the attack.
The records provided more detail about the deteriorating psychological condition of Loughner in the hours leading up to the attack and the first glimpse into Loughner's family.
News organizations seeking police records and photos from the shooting were denied access in the months after the attack and after the arrest of Loughner, who was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after he pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges.
In late February, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns cleared the way for the release of the photos and records after Star Publishing Company, which publishes the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, joined by Phoenix Newspapers Inc., which publishes The Arizona Republic, and KPNX-TV, sought their release. The judge said Loughner's right to a fair trial was no longer on the line now that his criminal case has resolved.
Arizona's chief federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were among those killed in the rampage. Giffords, who was left partially blind with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury, resigned from Congress last year and has since started, along with her husband, a gun control advocacy group.
Loughner's guilty plea enabled him to avoid the death penalty. He is serving his sentence at a federal prison medical facility in Springfield, Mo., where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and forcibly given psychotropic drug treatments to make him fit for trial.
The president will speak on the disaster from the White House shortly. 11Alive.com will carry live coverage.
A Minnesota teen who penned the heartbreaking song "Clouds" after learning he had terminal bone cancer, reaching millions around the globe after his performance went viral on YouTube, has died.
"Maybe someday I'll see you again," Zach Sobiech sang in a performance initially recorded on his cellphone, then recorded in a studio with professional musicians. "We'll fly up in the clouds and we'll never see the end."
A CD and digital downloads of the song, released in December, has raised more than $100,000, with proceeds going to fund research into osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. More than 3 million people have viewed his performance on YouTube.
The death of Sobiech, who wrote the song as a farewell to family and friends after learning he had just months to live, was announced on his CaringBridge Web page.
"He was surrounded by his sisters, brother, parents and girlfriend," the Monday announcement read. "We love him dearly."
Sobiech, who turned 18 on May 3, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009. Despite multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy, the cancer spread out of control.
"Our family has been blessed not only by his amazing presence in our lives, but also by the love and support of our family and friends and by so many people in the community," his family said in a statement. "In particular, we'd like to thank those people who listened with their hearts and helped Zach bring his message and his music to the world."
Sobiech and his band, A Firm Handshake, released an album titled "Fix Me Up," in February.
"Cancer may have taken Zach too soon, but he leaves a lasting legacy that most of us will never achieve," the Children's Cancer Research Fund said in a statement. "His message of love and hope delivered through infectious lyrics and memorable tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world."
The Sobiech family has asked that all memorials be directed to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund in lieu of flowers.
State police in Maine say a body found in the woods likely is that of a 15-year-old girl last seen more than a week ago.
Spokesman Steve McCausland says the body was found at about 9:30 p.m. Monday by the Maine Warden Service in an undisclosed wooded location. Recovery will begin at daylight Tuesday.
McCausland says the state medical examiner's office will determine if the remains are those of Nichole Cable, of Glenburn. The girl's parents have been notified.
Cable's mother says her daughter was last seen on May 12 when she went out to see someone she'd met online. Her mother didn't know who that person was. Maine law enforcement officials and hundreds of volunteers have been searching for her.
The New York jury on which Caroline Kennedy served has acquitted a man of dealing crack cocaine.
Kennedy was juror No. 7 at the trial of Harlem resident Nelson Chatman.
It took the Manhattan state Supreme Court jury about one hour to find Chatman not guilty.
The only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kennedy is a lawyer and author. She was selected to sit on the jury last week.
Chatman's lawyer had argued there wasn't enough evidence to tie his client to the alleged crime.