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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.

Jun 17, 2013

Eleven store operators accused of exploiting illegal workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The owners and managers of more than a dozen 7-Eleven Inc stores were accused on Monday of hiring and victimizing dozens of illegal immigrants, forcing them to live in substandard housing, giving them stolen identities and stealing their wages.

Federal authorities moved to forfeit the franchise rights to 14 of the convenience stores and seize five houses in New York worth more than $1.3 million, making the case the largest criminal immigration forfeiture in Department of Homeland Security history, according to federal and state officials.

Jun 13, 2013

Child who got transplant after legal fight is recovering

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis who became eligible for an adult organ transplant after a legal battle waged by her family was recovering on Thursday from double-lung transplant surgery, a family spokeswoman said.

The most immediate risks facing Sarah Murnaghan, a day after she received lungs from an adult donor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, were the possibility of bleeding and the chance the lungs were damaged and do not function properly, experts said.

Apr 25, 2013

“The English Teacher” follows footsteps of “Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fans of “Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds,” and “The Big C” will recognize the quirky lead of “The English Teacher” as she steps out of her straight-laced life to encounter unexpected consequences, the movie’s director said in an interview.

In “The English Teacher,” which has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, lead character Linda Sinclair, played by Julianne Moore, tries to mount a high school production of a play written by a former student (Michael Angarano) who has returned to his small hometown in Pennsylvania.

Apr 25, 2013

‘The English Teacher’ follows footsteps of ‘Weeds,’ ‘Nurse Jackie’

NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) – Fans of “Nurse Jackie,”
“Weeds,” and “The Big C” will recognize the quirky lead of “The
English Teacher” as she steps out of her straight-laced life to
encounter unexpected consequences, the movie’s director said in
an interview.

In “The English Teacher,” which has its world premiere at
the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, lead character Linda
Sinclair, played by Julianne Moore, tries to mount a high school
production of a play written by a former student (Michael
Angarano) who has returned to his small hometown in
Pennsylvania.