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Sep 10, 2013

Americans plan solemn ceremonies for 12th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Americans will commemorate the
12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies
and pledges to not forget the nearly 3,000 killed when hijacked
jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and
a Pennsylvania field.

The 12th anniversary on Wednesday may not capture the same
attention as others, such as two years ago, when the 10th
anniversary was also the first following the death of Osama bin
Laden from a May 2011 raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

Jul 17, 2013

Zimmerman juror calls for change in self-defense laws

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A juror in the George Zimmerman trial on Wednesday called for changes in the self-defense law that she said gave her no option but to find Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday that stirred further debate in the case, which captivated the U.S. public and triggered lengthy discussions about race, guns and self-defense laws.

Jul 16, 2013

Initially split Florida jury heard Zimmerman call for help

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman were originally split whether the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin amounted to murder, but most agreed it was Zimmerman, not Martin, calling for help in the background of an emergency call, a juror told CNN.

The six-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman, ending a trial that became a national story about race in America. The unnamed juror, number B-37, said no one on the jury believed that race played a role in the shooting.

Jul 16, 2013

Zimmerman case was not about race, juror tells CNN

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The George Zimmerman trial was not about race and the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was justified in firing the shot that killed Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life, one of the jurors told CNN on Monday.

Juror B-37, a mother of two who grew up in a military family and used to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, said she did not believe Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed black teenager when he called police to report a suspicious person.

Jul 13, 2013

Jury deliberates Zimmerman case, breaks for the night

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Six anonymous women began deliberating on Friday whether to convict George Zimmerman for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated and divided the U.S. public for the past 16 months.

After presiding over 12 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments, Seminole County Judge Debra Nelson turned the case over to a jury sequestered since the trial began last month. They broke for the day without reaching a verdict.

Jul 12, 2013

Zimmerman lawyer says Martin was lying in wait to attack

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Trayvon Martin spent four long minutes preparing to attack George Zimmerman before landing the first punch in a fight that ended in the teenager’s death, Zimmerman’s defense lawyer said in closing arguments of the murder trial on Friday.

Lead defense lawyer Mark O’Mara attempted in his closing argument to the six-member jury to shift the blame to Martin, the unarmed, black 17-year-old who Zimmerman shot dead last year. The case has captivated and divided much of the U.S. public, raising questions about race and guns in America.

Jul 11, 2013

Zimmerman called ‘wannabe cop’ whose errors got Martin killed

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – “Wannabe cop” George Zimmerman wrongly profiled Trayvon Martin as a criminal, followed him with a gun and provoked him into a fight that resulted in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

“A teenager is dead,” Florida state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the jury in closing arguments of Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial. “He is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions. Because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin will no longer walk on this Earth.”

Jul 10, 2013

Florida police chief ready for Zimmerman verdict in divided town

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – In a once-segregated Southern town where a shooting death last year ignited a dispute that polarized America, the new police chief has embraced a simple tactic. He calls it the “walk and talk.”

Unprecedented in Sanford, where George Zimmerman is on trial for killing teenager Trayvon Martin, the campaign has led Cecil Smith out of the police station and into a historic black neighborhood nearby. There, the newcomer from the Northern city of Chicago, has knocked on doors and talked with people about their concerns.

Jul 5, 2013

The case against Zimmerman: Far from clear, undercut by blunder

July 5 (Reuters) – As the prosecution winds up its case
against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, the
accused murderer has been called a truth-teller by the chief
detective on the case and allowed to present his story without

While some experts have credited prosecutors with building
the best case possible out of sometimes murky evidence, they
generally see the case as falling short of proving second-degree
murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jul 1, 2013

U.S. fights growing wildfire threat with shrinking budget

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – The tragedy came without warning. Wind split the Arizona wildfire in two, trapping 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots between twin walls of flame that would take their lives.

The erosion of U.S. firefighting resources has been much more gradual, building through years of tighter budgets just as wildfires have grown more intense.

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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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