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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
cross-examination.

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.

Jun 27, 2013

Across U.S., Supreme Court gay rights ruling celebrated

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – With cheers, tears and kisses, gays and lesbians across the United States celebrated Wednesday’s historic Supreme Court decision in support of same-same marriage, which provided cause for joy after years of protest.

Crowds turned out in gay meccas such as West Hollywood, San Francisco, South Miami Beach and the New York gay bar called The Stonewall Inn, seen as the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

Jun 25, 2013

Carlyle CEO buys 1776 printing of Declaration of Independence

NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) – The chief executive of U.S.
private equity giant Carlyle Group bought a copy of the
first newspaper printing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
for a record $632,500 on Monday, adding to his collection of
historic documents for public view.

David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the
Washington-based asset manager, bought the printing of The
Pennsylvania Evening Post from July 6, 1776, two days after
American colonists declared their independence from the British
crown.

Jun 20, 2013

U.S. group that ‘converted’ gays closes its doors and apologizes

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – A Christian group that once promoted therapy to encourage gays and lesbians to overcome their sexual preferences has closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant.

Exodus International billed itself as the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, operating since 1976. It announced it would cease operations in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2013

Civil rights group challenges NSA phone surveillance program

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates rights to free speech and privacy.

The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s vast tracking program of telephone calls, declare the program illegal, and order the U.S. government to purge all databases of the call records.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. civil rights group challenges NSA phone surveillance program

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties
Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to
challenge the constitutionality of the National Security
Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates
rights to free speech and privacy.

The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s vast
tracking program of telephone calls, declare the program
illegal, and order the U.S. government to purge all databases of
the call records.

Jun 11, 2013

Hero or traitor, Snowden driven by fear of government intrusion

June 10 (Reuters) – A high school dropout who became a whiz
at information technology, Edward Snowden was the son of parents
who divorced in 2001, the year he turned 18.

Twelve years later, he would catapult to worldwide fame as
one of the most significant leakers of U.S. secrets in history
and Americans were debating whether he was a patriotic defender
of civil liberties or the most unprincipled of traitors.

Jun 2, 2013

Three storm chasers among 10 killed by Oklahoma tornado

June 2 (Reuters) – Three storm chasers were among the 10
people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central
Oklahoma on Friday, unsettling the highly risky cottage industry
of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they
cover deadly twisters.

Tim Samaras, 55, a leading storm chaser and founder of the
tornado research company Twistex, was killed in the Oklahoma
City suburb of El Reno along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and
Carl Young, 45, a Twistex meteorologist, according to a
statement from Tim Samaras’ brother, Jim Samaras.

May 10, 2013

Kidnap suspect is father of child born in captivity -Ohio official

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – DNA tests showed that Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women who were held captive at his Cleveland house for more than a decade, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.

Castro, 52, was arrested shortly after Amanda Berry, her 6-year-old daughter, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found in his house in a run-down neighborhood of Cleveland on Monday.

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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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