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Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder

George Zimmerman
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A jury in Florida has ruled that George Zimmerman is not guilty on all charges relating to the murder of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. The high-profile case sparked a massive national debate on race and guns in the United States.

Twenty-nine-year-old Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday of all charges relating to the fatal shooting of Martin. The former neighborhood watch volunteer could have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder or up to 30 years for manslaughter if he was found guilty.

Martin, 17, was shot over a year ago by Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder, stating that he racially profiled the unarmed teen and assumed he was a criminal when he saw him walking through a gated community in Sanford. They claimed that Zimmerman tracked the boy down and started the fight that led to the shooting.

The verdict was reached by a panel of six women jurors, 15 months after Martin's death and six miles away from where the incident took place.


Bus sliced in half after lorry drives across the road at speed killing 18 and leaving dozens injured near Moscow

Bus was believed to have been carrying 60 people at time of horrific crash

Emergency Services Ministry has confirmed 18 people died in incident

Youngest victim was a six-year-old girl, according to reports

Eighteen people have been killed and dozens injured after a truck crashed into a bus in a Moscow suburb.

Russia's Emergency Services Ministry has confirmed the youngest victim was a six-year-old girl.

According to reports the green and white bus was carrying 60 people when a lorry crashed into it, splitting the vehicle in half and forcing other drivers to swerve wildly out of its way.
Eighteen people have been killed after a truck crashed into a bus in a Moscow suburb
Police and emergency services at the scene of the crash near Oznobishino, outside Moscow

Bizarro Earth

Christians upset over Depp's 'Tonto' being too pagan in 'Lone Ranger'

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There are plenty of reasons not to see the "Lone Ranger" reboot by Director Gore Verbinski, but Christian groups are protesting it for a whole other reason than regular reviewers. According to the Christian Post, conservatives are rankled that Tonto is not Christian enough and that the version of history being portrayed in the film is slanted against the right.

Dr. Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Coalition told the Post, "The government is bad - the army is killing Indians - the bad guy is a businessman, the military-industrial complex is bad." However, he said, "the Christians are not always bad."

Baehr lamented that the villain of the film prays to Jesus before heading out to kill Native Americans and that "the pagan elements triumph because you're looking at it from Tanto's [sic.] point of view."

He called the movie "such a mess" and said that it is another example of liberal left-wing Hollywood values being inculcated into children at a young age.

"When the values are lost and everybody capitulates to evil, then you've got a problem," he concluded.

Heart - Black

Baby stabbed 90 times in the face by mom in China after he bit her during breastfeeding

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© HAP/Quirky China NewsRex Eight-month-old Xiao Bao needed more than 100 stitches after the incident in Xuzhou, eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The infant lives with his mother and two uncles, who make a living recycling trash. It was one of the uncles who discovered Xiao Bao lying in a pool of blood in the yard of their home and rushed him to hospital.
Eight-months-old Xiao Bao needed more than 100 stitches after his mother attacked him with scissors at their home in Xuzhou.

A baby boy was stabbed 90 times in the face by his own mom after he accidentally bit her during breastfeeding, police said.

Xiao Bao - who is just 8 months old - was left needing more than 100 stitches after the brutal scissors attack at his home in Xuzhou, eastern China.

The tiny infant was found lying in a pool of his own blood, in the yard, by an uncle who quickly rushed him to hospital.

Doctors operated and now say they believe he will survive the ordeal.

Arrow Down

Your future is in the palm of your (surgeon's) hand

© Shonan Beauty ClinicFrom left, before and after photos of a patient who underwent palm surgery to engrave an “emperor’s line,” heralding great success and good fortune.
In Japan, where palm reading remains one of the most popular means of fortune-telling, some people have figured out a way to change their fate. It's a simple idea: change your palm, change the reading, and change your future. All you need is a competent plastic surgeon with an electric scalpel who has a basic knowledge of palmistry. Or you can draw the lines on your hand with a marker and let him work the magic you want.

Missing a marriage line? That can be fixed. Wedding bells may ring.

Need some good fortune? Add a money-luck line and you might win the lottery or be promoted to vice president in your firm. For the smart shopper - one willing to undergo palm plastic surgery - the future isn't what it used to be.

"Doctor, I want you to change my fate. Please change my palm."

Even in Japan, where odd surgery requests are not unknown - like the man who had his penis removed and served it as a special dinner - Takaaki Matsuoka, a plastic surgeon at the Shonan Beauty Clinic's Shinjuku branch, was taken aback. It was January 2011, and a female patient wanted her palm reformatted to bring her better luck. Matsuoka wasn't sure he could do it.

He scoured medical journals until he found examples of such surgery being done in Korea, studied the methods, then confirmed with the patient what she wanted done, and performed the surgery for ¥100,00 ($1,000). It went well.

The surgery had to be performed with an electric scalpel - which burns the flesh, creating the scent of burnt hot dogs, and leaves a semipermanent scar.


Bug bombs caused New York building blast?

Two dozen bug bombs may have been set off at once inside a Chinatown beauty salon, leading to an explosion and fire that injured a dozen people, fire officials said Friday.

Three people remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday. Nine others suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the Thursday blaze, including four firefighters.

Fire investigators received reports that 24 pesticide cans, which release gas to kill bugs, were deployed at once in the first-floor beauty salon of the five-story brick building. The poisonous flammable fumes ignited, possibly from a pilot light or a spark from an electrical appliance. Fire officials were still investigating the blaze but believe it was accidental, spokesman James Long said.
Firefighters remove debris from the back of a building in the aftermath of a fire on Thursday, July 11, 2013
Bug bombs, also known as foggers, are considered so poisonous and dangerous that New York City health officials have tried - so far unsuccessfully - to put restrictions in place so that only professional exterminators use the devices.

The devices cause between four and eight explosions every year in New York City, and about 300 nationally, according to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and a 2009 letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the city's director of poison control urging tighter restrictions on the pesticides.

"Failure to read, understand or follow label instructions is widespread," according to the letter. "The use of foggers results in regular catastrophic events."


Corpus Christi, Texas house explosion injures 3 - 'damaging homes as far as three blocks away'

Any early-morning explosion rocked southeast Corpus Christi, Texas, injuring at least three people and damaging homes as far as three blocks away.

At least two people in critical condition were pulled from the house at the center of the blast and taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital and later flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center's burn unit.

A third person requested treatment but refused transportation.

"The investigation is continuing," Corpus Christi Fire Chief Andy Cardiel said. "The gas department is checking their lines, their meters and their valves to see if they had any kind of release. It's going to be way too early to determine what a cause is at this point."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning hits mum who gives birth

A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl.

Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July 4 when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home.

"We were actually going inside because we heard the lightning and the thunder," Ian Gordon told KRQE-TV .


Asiana Flight 214 wreckage at San Francisco airport begins smoking while being removed

Asiana plane crash
Crews removing Asiana Flight 214's plane wreckage early Friday morning encountered smoke coming from the aircraft's main body which had held passengers. The smoke was captured by KGO-TV cameras, and the news station said it occurred moments after crews used a sling to lift the fuselage. It appears that the wreckage has since been removed.

Calls to airport and fire officials to determine the cause of the smoke were not immediately returned. Airport officials hope to re-open the runway by Sunday. The closure has led to flight cancellations and delays. Meanwhile, nearly a week after Asiana Flight 214 collided with the rocky seawall just short of its intended airport runway, details of the crash that killed two people have emerged, citing airspeed as a major contributor.

'The first thing that's taught to a pilot is to look at the airspeed indicator. It is the most important instrument in the cockpit,' said Lee Collins, a pilot with 29 years and 18,000 hours experience flying a variety of airliners.

'Airspeed is everything. You have airspeed, you live. You don't, you die.'

2 + 2 = 4

Victim makes teen car prowlers face up to crime spree

When Eliza Webb found a cellphone inside her ransacked vehicle in West Seattle last month, she figured the cellphone probably belonged to the person who'd prowled her car and that that person was likely a teen. But Webb decided not to call police.

© Dean Rutz / The Seattle TimesEliza Webb and her husband, Blake, hold some of the things found with her car - items that don't belong to either of them.
When Eliza Webb found a stranger's cellphone inside her ransacked car last month, it didn't take a lot of sleuthing to determine two things: one, the cellphone probably belonged to the person who'd prowled her car; and two, the culprit was likely a teen.

Webb, who works with high-school students and is married to a man who has paid dearly for a youthful indiscretion, paused before summoning police.

"I think bringing the police and courts into something like this can have long-term, devastating consequences for kids," said Webb, 29, of West Seattle.

"I wanted to meet him, talk to his parents and see if there might be another way. I felt that if I could get him to own up to what he'd done and understand there were consequences, it could be a much better outcome."