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Police video could change Trayvon Martin case, experts say

Detroit Free Press -
In the video, George Zimmerman shows no obvious signs of injury from a fight. Zimmerman told police that Trayvon Martin punched him and slammed his head against a sidewalk.

Israel closes off West Bank ahead of Arab protests

The Associated Press -
By DIAA HADID, AP - 1 minute ago JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military has closed off the West Bank as Palestinians and Arabs prepare for protests throughout the region against what they say are discriminatory Israeli land policies.

South Korean officials say North Korea test-fired 2 short-range missiles

Washington Post -
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean officials say North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles this week from its west coast. Two Defense Ministry officials said Friday that the testing took place Wednesday.

In Wisconsin, Romney links Santorum to 'big labor'

BusinessWeek -
By PHILIP ELLIOTT and THOMAS BEAUMONT Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is attacking rival Rick Santorum as a friend of "big labor" as they campaign in Wisconsin, where a fight over labor unions is fueling a bitter recall effort aimed at ...

France arrests 20 suspected Islamists in dawn raids

BBC News -
Several of the raids were in Toulouse, where gunman Mohamed Merah operated, but also took place in other cities. Merah, who killed seven people in three separate attacks, was buried in Toulouse on Thursday after being killed in a shoot-out with police ...

Mega Millions jackpot is largest in U.S. history

San Francisco Chronicle -
Providence, RI -- People queuing up for Mega Millions tickets aren't the only ones salivating over the record $540 million jackpot that could be won today - some state governments struggling through lean times know a hometown winner would bring a tax ...

Arab League backs UN peace plan on Syria

euronews -
Arab leaders are calling for a UN peace plan on Syria to be implemented in its entirety and straight away, after the Arab League met in Baghdad.

Kurds struggle for recognition in Syrian revolt

Reuters -
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis | ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Veteran Kurdish human rights campaigner Radeef Mustafa lived in the shadow of huge Syrian secret police compounds towering over his decrepit hometown on the border with Turkey.

Spain faces toughest budget of post-Franco era

By Katell Abiven (AFP) - 1 hour ago MADRID - Despite mass protests the Spanish government appeared determined Friday to push ahead with one of the country's toughest budgets in recent times.

Mali: Regional Bloc Plans Sanctions

New York Times -
West Africa's regional bloc warned Thursday that it would impose sanctions against Mali within 72 hours unless soldiers who seized control in a coup last week returned power to civilian officials.

Woman Charged for Helping Healthy Man Commit Suicide

ABC News -
A California woman is charged with illegally assisting a healthy 86-year-old World War II veteran commit suicide by giving him yogurt mixed with a lethal dose of Oxycontin, according to investigators.

Texas trucker pleads guilty to 2 more murders

HOUSTON (AP) - A trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago.

BlackBerry maker to focus on business customers

The Associated Press -
By ROB GILLIES, AP - 1 minute ago TORONTO (AP) - Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to return its focus to its corporate customers after failing to compete with flashier, consumer-oriented phones such as ...

Stocks end mixed after early drop

The Advocate -
By CHRISTINA REXRODE AP business writer NEW YORK - Stocks rallied to finish mixed Thursday after spending most of the day in the red.

Best Buy to close 50 of its big stores

Detroit Free Press -
AP The largest US specialty electronics retailer expanded quickly by opening big-box stores across the country. But shoppers have started using the hulking stores as showrooms where they can test products before buying them cheaper elsewhere.

Santorum evokes Reagan with a stop for jelly beans

San Francisco Chronicle -
Rick Santorum, in an uphill battle for the Republican presidential nomination, on Thursday chose an unorthodox location - the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield - to channel the spirit of Ronald Reagan and attack Mitt Romney.

US election 2012: Newt Gingrich 'at the end of his line', says chief financial ... -
Struggling White House hopeful Newt Gingrich is "at the end of his line" since it is mathematically impossible for him to win the Republican nomination, his chief financial backer said on Thursday.

FLA, Apple and Foxconn shake on new deal for Chinese workers

Register -
By Phil Muncaster • Get more from this author The Fair Labor Association is claiming to have secure assurances from Apple and its supplier Foxconn that they will make sweeping changes to workers' pay and conditions at the latter's Chinese plants in ...

Google Heightens Rivalry With iPad

Wall Street Journal -
By AMIR EFRATI Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to market and sell smartphones on its own, is now trying the approach with tablet computers in a quest to capture market share from Apple Inc.'s iPad.

'American Idol' Results: Who Didn't Make It Into the Top 8?

The Daily Blabber from iVillage -
After the top 9 performed emotional renditions of their personal idols' songs on Wednesday night's American Idol, one contestant still faced elimination Thursday.

Julia Roberts Explains Why She Almost Turned Mirror Mirror Down

Cinema Blend -
It's one of the most famous adages in Hollywood: it's always more fun to play the villain. In the cinematic world the hero has to play by the rules in order to save the day, but there are no rules for the antagonist, who will stop at nothing to ...

'Titans' sequel goes to Hell with improved 3D and a stripped-down plot

Detroit Free Press -
By Roger Moore The 2010 version of "Clash of the Titans" was a nearly humorless, overly digitized remake of a piece of sword-and-sorcery cheese from the 1980s -- an inoffensive big-budget trifle whose biggest sin was a late-to-the-game post-production ...

Richard Pitino has seen highs and lows sitting beside his father

New York Post -
NEW ORLEANS - He has his father's face and his father's voice, and tomorrow night he will be seated on the bench helping his father try to coach Louisville to a Final Four upset over hated Kentucky that would send shock waves through the Commonwealth.

Thunder topple Lakers in Fisher's return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant started slowly. Once the NBA's highest scoring duo got going, they ran right through the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sharks fall to Phoenix, out of playoff position

San Francisco Chronicle -
Glendale, -- Ariz. - The Sharks have had a hard time solving Phoenix goalie Mike Smith this season, and as a result, San Jose is looking up at its division rival in the Western Conference standings.

Heat extend home winning streak to 15 -
No fourth-quarter collapse this time against Dallas. These days, everything seems to be going right at home for the Miami Heat. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece ...

2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

New York Times -
Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results ...

Spectacular brain images reveal surprisingly simple structure -
Stunning new visuals of the brain reveal a deceptively simple pattern of organization in the wiring of this complex organ. Instead of nerve fibers travelling willy-nilly through the brain like spaghetti, as some imaging has suggested, the new portraits ...

Autism rates up, partly because of better screening

San Francisco Chronicle -
One in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism by age 8, a higher rate than previously thought by doctors and researchers, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

N.Y. bans synthetic marijuana; Westchester seeks businesses carrying product

The Journal News | -
State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah issued an order Thursday banning the sale of synthetic marijuana, noting that the substances, frequently sold in delis, tobacco shops and convenience stores, “have been linked to severe adverse reactions, ...

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