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George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

George Zimmerman arrested againFlorida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. The facility's website says Zimmerman is scheduled for a court appearance at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Another man wrongfully convicted of murder exonerated after more than 20 years behind bars

Freed after 20 yearsA Brooklyn man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was finally exonerated Friday — the fourth wrongful conviction that was secured by a now-discredited former NYPD homicide detective.

Derrick Hamilton, 49, wept tears of joy in the courtroom as his conviction was erased by the words of Supreme Court Justice Raymond Guzman who urged that no fault be placed on the jurors who found him guilty.


Radical cleric Abu Hamza jailed for life by US court

Cleric gets life sentence in NYCRadical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York for supporting terrorism.

He was convicted in May of multiple charges, including hostage-taking and plotting to set up a terrorism training camp in the US. His trial followed a lengthy extradition process from the UK.

During the sentencing, his lawyers asked the judge to take into account his missing hands and eye.


Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Courrt weighs overturning ban on gay marriage in southern statesA federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in the three states, setting up a possible decision that could allow gay marriages to go ahead.

The hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit come as momentum builds nationwide to allow same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 36 states.


Honda Fined $70 Million For Not Reporting Death Complaints

Honda finedThe Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the death and injury complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over an 11-year period beginning in 2003. The company admitted it learned of the omissions in 2011 but had waited three years to take action.


Extended Tamir Rice shooting video shows officers restrained sister

Tamir RiceCleveland police officers forced Tamir Rice's 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffed her and placed in the back of a Cleveland police car steps away from her wounded 12-year-old brother.

The scene plays out within the first two minutes of the 30 minute video taken from the Cudell Recreation Center surveillance camera that captured the shooting. The additional video was obtained by Northeast Ohio Media Group after protracted talks with city officials, who initially refused to release it.


Appeals court hears arguments on restrictive Texas abortion law

Appeals court hears abortion casesFederal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a stringent Texas abortion law that critics say would shutter more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics, and asked pointed questions of attorneys for both sides.

In the closely watched case, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is weighing a requirement that the state's abortion clinics must meet certain hospital-like standards for care, equipment and staffing. The law, known as HB2, had been voided by a lower court last year.


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