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Apr 13, 2012

Huge baseball salaries show other teams can play Yankees’ game

NEW YORK, April 13 (Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez and the New
York Yankees normally incur the wrath of fans bothered by
baseball’s enormous salaries. This year he has more company
among players with very large, very long deals worth tens of
millions of dollars.

Superstar Albert Pujols arrived at Yankee Stadium on Friday
for his first game here as a member of the Los Angeles Angels,
who signed him to a 10-year, $240 million contract this
offseason.

Apr 10, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

The tunnel to political prominence

A new government report shines the spotlight again on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, see here at a presidential campaign event for Republican candidate Mitt Romney on December 30, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A new report on the controversy that helped launch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to national prominence – and make him a vice-presidential contender – has reignited debate over one of the country’s most popular and polarizing Republicans.

Apr 3, 2012

Trayvon Martin: Before the world heard the cries

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Tracy Martin had been looking for his son Trayvon since the night before. He went to bed figuring the teen must have gone to the movies and turned off his phone. When Trayvon still wasn’t home in the morning, Martin called the police.

After a flurry of phone calls back and forth, an officer told him a police unit was on the way. “So I went outside waiting for Trayvon to show up,” Martin said.

Apr 3, 2012

Florida shooter will surrender if charged: lawyer

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – George Zimmerman will surrender to authorities if he is charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, his attorney said on Monday.

“If he’s charged, he will be arrested and he will turn himself in,” attorney Craig Sonner told Reuters in a telephone interview. “However it goes, he’s not hiding from the authorities. If he is asked, he will turn himself in. There’s not going to be a manhunt or anything like that.”

Apr 2, 2012

Prosecutor denies interfering in Florida shooting case

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida prosecutor who removed himself from the investigation into the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin denied on Monday that he quashed police intentions to charge the shooter with manslaughter.

State Attorney Norm Wolfinger asked the U.S. Justice Department civil rights division to disregard a letter it received from lawyers for Martin’s family which referred to reports that Wolfinger interfered in the police investigation.

Apr 2, 2012

Florida shooter will turn himself in if charged: lawyer

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – George Zimmerman will turn himself in to authorities in the event he is charged with a crime in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, his defense attorney Craig Sonner said on Monday.

“If he’s charged, he will be arrested and he will turn himself in. However it goes, he’s not hiding from the authorities. If he is asked, he will turn himself in. There’s not going to be a manhunt or anything like that,” Sonner told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Apr 1, 2012

Trayvon lawyers want U.S. to review prosecutor’s role

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Attorneys for the family of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin are asking the U.S. Justice Department to review reports that prosecutors undermined a police investigation of shooter George Zimmerman by overruling a detective who wanted to charge him.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division had already agreed to review the local Florida investigation into the racially charged case that has riveted the country. Waves of demonstrations have called for Zimmerman’s arrest.

Mar 30, 2012

Public information restricted in case of slain U.S. teen

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A special prosecutor investigating the death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida invoked an exemption on Thursday that allows authorities to deny the release of otherwise public information to the media.

The national media has converged on this Orlando suburb to cover a story that has gripped the country and renewed a discussion about race relations in America. Despite this, public officials have told reporters not to bother asking questions.

Mar 29, 2012

Shooter of Florida teen appears uninjured in video

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida appeared uninjured when he was brought into the police station on the night of the shooting, according to a video released by ABC News on Wednesday.

George Zimmerman told police he shot Trayvon Martin inside a gated community on February 26 in self-defense after Martin attacked him and repeatedly bashed his head into a concrete walkway.

Mar 29, 2012

Shooter of Florida teen did not appear injured: video

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – The neighborhood watch captain who shot dead unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin had no apparent injuries when he was brought into the police station on the night of the shooting, according to a video released by ABC News on Wednesday.

George Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic, told police he shot the black teen inside a gated community on February 26 in self-defense after Martin attacked him, repeatedly bashing his head into a concrete walkway. Police at the scene said the 28-year-old shooter was bleeding from the nose and the back of head.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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