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Zimmerman Defense Moves for Dismissal, Judge Denies

On Friday, the George Zimmerman defense team moved for acquittal of his second-degree murder charge in the killing of Trayvon Martin, suggesting that the prosecution had not fulfilled its burden of proof. Jul 5, 2013 1:31 PM PT

State Dept: Oops, We Lied, Kerry Was Yachting During Egypt Coup

On Friday, the State Department admitted that Secretary of State John Kerry was on his yacht off of the coast of Nantucket as the Egyptian military took over the country from elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. Originally, the State Department denied the report from CBS reporter Mosheh Oinounou that Kerry was aboard the “Isabel” Wednesday afternoon. Jul 5, 2013 11:09 AM PT

Autopsy Doctor: Trayvon Alive 'One to Ten Minutes' After Shooting

On Friday, prosecution witness Dr. Shiping Bao, an associate medical examiner who examined Trayvon Martin’s body after he was shot by George Zimmerman, said that Trayvon Martin was alive for “one to ten minutes” after he was shot. Bao also stated that Martin was in pain. Jul 5, 2013 8:10 AM PT

Brother Says Trayvon's Voice on 911 Call After Telling Reporter He Wasn't Sure

On Friday, prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial called Trayvon Martin’s older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, to testify that it was Trayvon’s voice on the 911 call. But defense pointed out that Fulton had told a reporter shortly after the shooting that he wasn’t sure it was Trayvon’s voice on the tape. Jul 5, 2013 7:58 AM PT

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

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