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Trayvon's Mother Testifies She Recognizes Him Screaming on 911 Tape

On Friday, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, testified on the stand that it was her son’s voice screaming for help on the 911 call made the night of his shooting by a bystander. “Ma’am, that screaming or yelling, do you recognize that?” de la Rionda asked her. She said she did, and said it was “Trayvon Benjamin Martin.” She also stated that Martin had two tattoos, one on his shoulder and one on his wrist, all of relatives’ names. Jul 5, 2013 7:54 AM PT

Bloomberg Presides Over Hot Dog Eating Contest

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided on July 4 over the annual Coney Island Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, at which winner Joey Chestnut scarfed down 69 hot dogs. Sonya Thomas, known as the “Black Widow,” swallowed 37 hot dogs. Jul 4, 2013 11:06 AM PT

Poll: Southerners Proudest to Be American

An Independence Day Gallup poll shows a wide regional disparity in the percentage of Americans who are proud to be American. Conservatives are significantly more proud to be American than liberals (89 percent to 76 percent), and people from the South are far more likely to be extremely or very proud to be Americans than people from the East (89 percent to 81 percent). Jul 4, 2013 10:27 AM PT

Poll: 71% Think Founders Would Be Disappointed in America

A Gallup poll released on July 4 shows that while the vast majority of Americans are very proud of being American – overall, 85 percent are either extremely or very proud – a huge percentage of Americans think the founding fathers would be disappointed in the way the country has turned out. A full 71 percent of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed, as opposed to only 27 percent who say that the founders would be pleased. The last time a bare majority of Americans thought that the founders would be pleased was 2003. Jul 4, 2013 10:18 AM PT

'Deeply Concerned' Obama Searches for Egypt Strategy

As the Egyptian military effectively declared a coup, overthrowing the elected government of repressive Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, the Obama administration struggled to come up with a coherent strategy to deal with the situation. President Obama released a statement on Morsi’s ouster, suggesting that his administration “does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the law.” With those principles in mind, Obama declared himself “deeply concerned” and called for a transition to civilian rule. Jul 3, 2013 6:59 PM PT

Egyptian Military Ousts Morsi, Suspends Constitution

On Wednesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah Said Al-Sisi announced a military coup in Egypt. He said that the Constitution had been suspended, that early elections would take place, and that there would be a “code of ethics” for the media. Jul 3, 2013 12:13 PM PT

Judge: Prosecution to Rest Today in Zimmerman Case

The judge in the George Zimmerman trial has stated that the prosecution will rest today in its case against Zimmerman for second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The case for the prosecution has not gone smoothly by any account, as many of its key witnesses have offered perspectives that seem to support the defense’s case. Jul 3, 2013 10:54 AM PT

Prosecution Witness: Zimmerman Did Not Press Gun to Martin's Chest

On Wednesday at the George Zimmerman trial, the prosecution called yet another witness who ended up testifying for the defense: Florida Department of Law Enforcement firearm analyst Amy Siewert. The prosecution had contended that George Zimmerman was on top of Trayvon Martin and pressed his gun into Martin’s chest before firing and killing him. Jul 3, 2013 10:42 AM PT

Report: Military Coup in Progress in Egypt

According to NBC News’ sources in the Mohammed Morsi administration, a military coup is underway in Egypt. An advisor to Morsi told NBC News that tanks were moving outside Cairo and that Morsi’s communications had been cut and the president had been isolated. That cutoff came hours after the military’s vague ultimatum to Morsi to step down passed, with crowds celebrating in Tahrir Square. The Muslim Brotherhood reports that its members have been imprisoned by the military. Jul 3, 2013 10:01 AM PT

Employers Slash Hours Thanks to Obamacare

Employers across the country are complaining about the impacts of Obamacare on their businesses, with many slashing employees in order to comply with the dictates of the program. Writing teacher Clint Benjamin, who normally works for the Community College of Alleghany County, saw his hours cut thanks to Obamacare. “I’ve got a kid to raise, bills to pay,” he said. Walmart and Red Lobster are reportedly doing the same thing; part time hires have increased, with full time hires slowing. Jul 3, 2013 9:52 AM PT

Grimes Campaign Spins: Failed Campaign Launch Wasn't a 'Rollout'

On Tuesday, Jonathan Hurt, senior advisor to Kentucky senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, admitted that his candidate’s rocky rollout -- which involved no air conditioning, a toilet paper roll holding up a mic, and the wrong backdrop – might not have been ideal. But he said that the campaign launch wasn’t actually a campaign launch. It was just an announcement. Jul 2, 2013 2:15 PM PT

DNI Clapper Admits 'Clearly Erroneous' Testimony on NSA Surveillance

On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apologized for what he termed a “clearly erroneous” statement he made under oath to Congress regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. On March 12, Clapper responded in the negative to a question by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) about whether the NSA collected “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” He added, “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.” Jul 2, 2013 2:01 PM PT

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