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Jul 16, 2013

Heat wave brings sauna-like conditions to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, July 16 (Reuters) – The northeastern United States
sweltered on Tuesday under a scorching summer heat wave,
complete with stagnant, sticky air and no winds for relief,
forecasters said.

Even in a summer already filled with stretches of very hot
weather, this week will be stubbornly brutal, with no relief in
sight until the weekend brings thunderstorms, they said.

Jul 15, 2013

Obama calls for calm after Zimmerman acquittal; protests held

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called for calm on Sunday after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, as thousands of civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies to condemn racial profiling.

Zimmerman, cleared late on Saturday by a Florida jury of six women, still faces public outrage, a possible civil suit and demands for a federal investigation.

Jul 14, 2013

In Florida, Zimmerman verdict leaves Sanford residents wary, on edge

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Robyn Miller watched her dark-skinned toddlers play in a Sanford park on Sunday and spoke of her fears about their future after George Zimmerman was cleared in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

“All my children are mixed race, and I fear for them and their friends and everybody else,” said the 28-year-old white mother of five.

Jul 14, 2013

Zimmerman, cleared in Trayvon Martin death, faces outrage

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Cleared by a Florida jury, George Zimmerman walked free from criminal charges in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin but was still under fire from civil rights leaders and critics who were dismayed by the verdict.

The six women jurors who deliberated for 16 hours over two days found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter Saturday night in a case that has polarized the U.S. public.

Jul 14, 2013

Jury finds Zimmerman not guilty in shooting death of black U.S. teen

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Saturday found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, in a case that sparked a national debate on race and guns.

The panel of six women deliberated more than 16 hours over two days until nearly 10 p.m. on Saturday (0200 GMT Sunday) before delivering the verdict, which drew immediate condemnation from some civil rights groups.

Jul 14, 2013

Florida jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Saturday found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, in a case that sparked a national debate on race and guns.

The panel of six women, which was sequestered, deliberated more than 16 hours over two days until nearly 10 p.m. on Saturday (0200 GMT Sunday).

Jul 13, 2013

Jury resumes deliberations in Zimmerman case

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Saturday resumed deliberating the fate of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a case that has sparked debate in the U.S. public for more than a year.

The jury of six women, sequestered since the trial began last month, deliberated for more than three hours on Friday without reaching a decision of second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal for Zimmerman, who says he shot the teen in self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Jul 13, 2013

Florida jury resumes deliberations in Zimmerman case

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Saturday resumed deliberating the fate of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a case that has sparked debate in the U.S. public for more than a year.

The jury of six women, sequestered since the trial began last month, deliberated for more than three hours on Friday without reaching a decision of second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal for Zimmerman, who says he shot the teen in self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Jul 9, 2013

Gay marriage advocates eye Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Activists will focus efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in four U.S. states this year and next, hoping to capitalize on political momentum following Supreme Court victories for gay rights, the Freedom to Marry advocacy group said on Tuesday.

The group is targeting Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey, where legislative measures to legalize same-sex marriage have failed, and Oregon, where there is a drive to put a gay marriage initiative on the ballot in November.

Jul 1, 2013

Blasting heat keeps hold on U.S. western states

July 1 (Reuters) – Residents of western U.S. states awoke on
Monday to more scorching heat expected to break record highs and
grip the region through much of the holiday week, meteorologists
said.

A wildfire fueled by the record heat and high winds killed
19 elite firefighters in Arizona, the biggest loss of life
battling a U.S. wildland blaze in 80 years, officials said.