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COLORADOHolmes' sister testifies

When the younger sister of theater shooter James Holmes visited him in jail nearly two years after the attack, his eyes bulged from his head and he spoke in short, stilted phrases, a vast difference from the loving brother who protected her while they were growing up, she testified yesterday. Chris Holmes, 22, said at her brother's death penalty trial that she did not believe her brother was mentally ill growing up, but she also did not know how to recognize the signs. "His whole demeanor seemed different," she said, fighting tears as she described the May 2014 jail visit. "He seemed emotionally uncomfortable" and gave one-word answers, but "we were happy to see each other."

MARYLANDMissionary stabbed to death

A South Korean missionary was stabbed fatally and his wife seriously wounded at a church retreat center, apparently by a homeless Virginia man, authorities said yesterday. Song Su Kim, 30, of Falls Church was charged in Frederick County, Maryland, with first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree attempted murder. The Anna Prayer Mountain Church Retreat Center is a Christian complex set amid wooded hills near Urbana, 40 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Charging documents identified the victims as Chung Hwan Park, 63, and his wife Ae Suk Ko, 58. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said the victims were missionaries from South Korea. He said the woman had had surgery and was expected to survive. At a hearing yesterday, Kim was ordered held without bail. He had been living at the center for five days, brought there by his mother. Kim, a Korea-born U.S. citizen, has an arrest record in Virginia.


Search for teens continues

The Coast Guard searched "aggressively" yesterday and friends combed the shoreline for any sign of two teenage fishermen, described as experienced boaters, who went missing after setting out for the Bahamas on a stormy afternoon. The 19-foot boat that carried Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos was found capsized Sunday.

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