April 10th, 2012
07:51 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Facebook's $1 billion Instagram buy shocks readers, users

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

CNN.com readers and iReporters alike are pondering the effects of a blockbuster purchase of Instagram by social network giant Facebook. Users and tech lovers are abuzz about what the buy will mean.

Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 billion

CNNMoney readers disagreed about whether this was a good move.

jones19876: "I don't see the point, and certainly not the value in this; Instagram may bring 30m users along, but Facebook already has them in their grasp, it's like buying an extra copy of a DVD you already own."

Jason Crow: "Sometimes the investment is in keeping users. Instagram was quickly becoming a leader in an area that Facebook currently dominates, which is the sharing of photos. I think Facebook is being proactive here."

This reader said the development was inevitable. FULL POST

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April 10th, 2012
07:19 PM ET

Toobin: Lawyers' 'bizarre' announcement no help to Zimmerman

Tuesday's announcement by two lawyers that they're no longer representing George Zimmerman was a "bizarre episode" that might prompt a special prosecutor to move up her decision on whether to arrest him, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

The special prosecutor is trying to determine whether to charge the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, who claimed he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February in self-defense.

“That was certainly one of the wackiest news conferences I have ever seen," Toobin said about Tuesday's announcement by attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner that they have withdrawn as counsel for Zimmerman. The attorneys said that they still believe Zimmerman's self-defense claim, but that they can't represent him because Zimmerman hasn't answered their messages since Sunday.

"I think they are obviously concerned about his well-being, but they are also, I think, potentially setting him up for an earlier arrest than they might have, because one of the reasons a prosecutor doesn't arrest someone right away is that the prosecutor is assured by the counsel that, 'Look, he'll surrender. He's not going anywhere,' " Toobin said. "At this point the lawyers don't know what he's doing, don't know where he is, and the prosecutor may say, ‘Look, I’d better arrest this person or he's going to be in the wind.’

"So I think this bizarre episode might accelerate the prosecutor's timetable if, in fact, she's going to arrest him.”


Attorneys drop Zimmerman
Attorneys Craig Sonner (left) and Hal Uhrig told reporters Tuesday afternoon that they hadn't heard from George Zimmerman since Sunday.
April 10th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Attorneys drop Zimmerman

The following are details from a press conference by the former attorneys for George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who authorities say fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida. The attorneys said Tuesday that they're no longer representing him, because they have lost contact with him.

Zimmerman's attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, said that Zimmerman has taken a number of steps without them since Sunday, but that they would be willing to represent him again if he asked them.

[Updated at 5:29 p.m. ET] The news conference has finished. The attorneys used much of it to continue to argue that Zimmerman acted in self-defense in the shooting, which police said happened after Zimmerman had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.

Uhrig said Zimmerman's account of his February 26 confrontation with Trayvon Martin was that Martin became the aggressor when Zimmerman asked Martin what he was doing, and that Martin hit Zimmerman in the nose.

The crime that was committed that night, Uhrig said, was battery against George Zimmerman.

[Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET] Uhrig and Sonner have said several times that they believe the evidence in the Trayvon Martin shooting, including forensics, will show that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.

"We still, frankly, are optimistic there will never be a need for him to turn himself in," Uhrig said.

"There's no evidence since the day the Earth cooled whatsoever that George Zimmerman ever has been racially motivated," Uhrig added.

Some supporters of Trayvon Martin, who was black, say they wonder whether Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was motivated by race. Uhrig said that Zimmerman is not racist.

[Updated at 5:13 p.m. ET] Uhrig and Sonner said they have yet to meet Zimmerman in person, and through Sunday had contacted him only by phone, texts and e-mails.

Sonner said he is "reasonably sure" he knows where Zimmerman is, adding that his former client is somewhere in the United States.

Uhrig said that people who were hunting for Zimmerman "can stop looking in Florida."

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] Uhrig said that pressure might have "pushed him a little over the edge and (he) thought, 'I'm going to take care of it myself."

"Our thought process is, we're professionals. We do this for a living. We try to do a good job of it, but we are not going to put ourselves out to the public ... unless he makes it clear to us that he wants us as his lawyers," Uhrig said.

[Updated at 5:02 p.m. ET] Uhrig said Zimmerman has taken his own steps since they lost contact with him on Sunday, including:

- Setting up his own website under a different Web address than what the attorneys had arranged with him.

- Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity by phone, apparently off the record. "(Hannity) is not willing to tell us what our client told him."

- Calling the special prosecutor's office directly, as opposed to through his attorneys, and offering to come in and answer investigators' questions. The prosecutor's office told Zimmerman that they weren't going to talk to him without counsel, Uhrig said.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] Uhrig said he and Sonner still stand by what they've said previously in defense of Zimmerman. Sonner said he still believes Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

[Updated at 4:49 p.m. ET] The attorneys for George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who authorities say fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida, say they're no longer representing him, because they have lost contact with him.

Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig say they last had contact with Zimmerman on Sunday. Since then, Zimmerman hasn't returned their phone calls or text messages, they told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

"He has gone on his own. I don't know what he's doing or who he's talking to," Sonner said. "... “I cannot represent a client who doesn’t stay in contact with me.”

Sonner said he and Uhrig would resume representing Zimmerman if he asks them.

[Initial post, 4:22 p.m. ET] The attorneys for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who authorities say fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida, are expected to speak to the news media about the case Tuesday afternoon.

Watch this page for developments.

Police say Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, after Martin began walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

Zimmerman told Sanford police the shooting was self-defense, and Zimmerman was released without charges. Authorities have said Zimmerman was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he'd acted to protect himself.

But thousands have converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest and criticizing the police department's handling of the case. Martin's death has triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

A special prosecutor is investigating the case, and has not indicated when she will decide whether to file charges.

Overheard on CNN.com: Can public, private life coexist? Santorum suspends campaign
Rick Santorum had been Mitt Romney's closest rival but still had less than half of his delegate total.
April 10th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Can public, private life coexist? Santorum suspends campaign

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday. This gives Mitt Romney fewer obstacles toward becoming the GOP nominee. Readers talked about the Republican horse race and about the occasional conflict between family demands, as in the case of Santorum's daughter, and a highly public life.

Santorum to suspend campaign, sources say

This reader said they believe Santorum is making the right decision for his family.

Matt Dotseth: "One has to wonder why Santorum is running. Like Sarah Palin, he has a special needs child. This makes it quite challenging for him to ever be able to focus 100% on the campaign, and probably being president. I for one think he should stick to his family, and take care of his daughter, and that's not because I completely disagree with his politics. For a 'family values' guy, isn't a family value taking care of your sick child, and putting that child before your own wants and needs?"

Some were happy to shift the focus to Mitt Romney. Some were not.

starspangled: "Now we all can finally rally behind our candidate and future President of the United States of America, Mitt Romney. The focus can finally be placed on obama who is dismantling our economy and turning this nation into something unrecognizable."

AlanThinks: "What do you live on? Sure isn't the same I live. Obama dismantled the economy? The last I heard the Republicans deregulated everything, robbed the bank and we are still digging out from it."

One reader was concerned about the implications for health care in America. FULL POST

April 10th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Student stops bus after driver slumps in seat

A Washington school district is hailing a middle-school student as a hero after he guided a school bus to a stop when the driver slumped in his seat.

The bus was taking a number of students to Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton, Washington, when the driver became incapacitated Monday morning, falling back into his seat and letting go of the wheel, surveillance video released by the school district shows.

The bus kept going, guided by no one for seconds, the video shows. Then seventh-grader Jeremy Wuitschick, two seats to the back and right of the driver, jumped into action.

“I was just sitting there when the bus driver, he looked funny. His eyes were bulging and he was sitting back, and his hands were kind of flapping around uselessly,” Jeremy told CNN affiliate KOMO.  “… I knew something was wrong.”


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Santorum suspends presidential campaign
April 10th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Santorum suspends presidential campaign

[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday.

[Posted at 2:13 p.m. ET] Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will announce he will suspend his campaign on Tuesday at an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a senior adviser to the campaign tells CNN.

A second source told CNN that Santorum, his wife, and campaign manager held a conference call with staff Tuesday, advising them not to grow discouraged.

"We are going to stay involved and stay active in the next couple of months," Santorum said, according to the source.

April 10th, 2012
02:04 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Ozzie Guillen's remarks about Castro stir buzz, backlash

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Readers can't stop talking about Ozzie Guillen's remarks praising Cuba's Fidel Castro. The Miami Marlins suspended Guillen for five games, effective immediately, on Tuesday, just before Guillen apologized for what he said.

Marlins suspend manager Guillen for 5 games; he apologizes for Castro comments

Those who have spoken out seemed to be of two camps: Those who think reaction to gaffes is overblown and Americans' right to free speech is increasingly in danger, and those who believe Guillen should not expect to be able to say whatever he wants without consequences.

godsturn: "Don't we have free speech in this country?"

bill: "Sure we do, but even though he may not face civil or criminal prosecution for his supidity for sharing his comments with the rest of America, he will be tried in the court of public opinion. And the public has a right to be angry at his comments and to act against the Marlins for employing this fool. The First Amendment protects your right to say it, but that doesn't mean that you should or that the greater public is going to support or agree with you."

This commenter said they don't believe that a person's comments should have to do with game play.

zma1013: "What the hell does a Castro comment have to do with baseball?? Why is this guy sitting out five games for something that has nothing to do with baseball? I don't care if he said that Hitler was a nice guy, that doesn't relate to baseball at all or his job managing the team at all."

But for some, Miami's Cuban cultural influences should have been Guillen's red flag. FULL POST

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WWF: Russia setting up park to save leopards
An Amur leopard is pictured in the wild in 2007.
April 10th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

WWF: Russia setting up park to save leopards

Russia took a big step Tuesday to try to save the Amur leopard, the world's most endangered cat, with just 40 believed left in the wild.

The country is establishing a new national park in Russia's Far East that encompasses about 60% of the endangered cat's habitat and all of its breeding areas, according to a statement from the World Wildlife Fund announcing the park. The organization has been pushing for establishment of the Land of the Leopard National Park since 2001.

Amur leopards are literally teetering on the brink of extinction,” Sybille Klenzendorf, head of the WWF’s species program, said in a statement. “With the establishment of Land of the Leopard National Park, in conjunction with other conservation efforts, we can now start to focus on how to begin bringing them back.”

The cats are also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard. They live in the temperate forests in Russia's Far East between Vladivostok and the border with China and endure extreme winters with the help of pelts that triple in length during the cold months, according to the WWF's website on the leopards.

The leopards have a life span of 10 to 15 years in the wild. Large males can weigh up to 165 pounds, with the average male topping out at about 100 pounds. Females are about 95 pounds at their largest, according to the WWF.

The 650,000-acre park will include sites for ecotourism as well as protected areas, according to the WWF statement. The Russian government is spending about $16.6 million for its development.

Ten Amur, or Siberian, tigers, also an endangered species, are also believed to live in the park, according to the WWF. The tiger species also once numbered about 40 individuals in the wild, but the population has recovered to 450 individuals today with preservation efforts, giving hope to the leopard plans, according to the WWF.

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April 10th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Marlins suspend manager Guillen for 5 games; he apologizes for Castro comments

The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games, effective immediately, on Tuesday, just before Guillen apologized for recent comments praising Cuba's Fidel Castro.

Guillen sparked a firestorm when he told Time magazine recently that he respected  Castro for being able to lead Cuba for six decades.

"I respect Fidel Castro," Guillen said in the article. "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a bitch is still there."

Guillen apologized during a press conference Tuesday, first speaking in Spanish, saying that he had "betrayed a Latin community" and that he was speaking to "ask for forgiveness with my heart in my hand."

But, he said, he originally spoke of Castro in Spanish and "the translation to English was a bit confusing."

In response to questions in English on Tuesday, Guillen said he was "very stupid" to make comments outside of baseball.

"Politics has nothing to do with sports," Guillen said.

"This is the biggest mistake so far in my life," he said.


Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers
A transit bus driver and teen motorist help to stop a getaway after a hit-and-run.
April 10th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers

If you witnessed a crime happening right in front of you would you have the nerve to stop it? It's easy to say yes, but think about it. You'd have to be pretty brave to just jump in to try and thwart an evil-doer.

Recently, a hit-and-run suspect was caught on camera striking a bicyclist on a bridge in Pennsylvania. You've gotta watch how the would-be culprit was stopped by the quick thinking of a transit bus driver.

And check out how these other crime stoppers mustered up their nerve and made the split-second decision to answer the call of duty.


Bus blocks hit-and-run driver

A Pennsylvania teen and a bus driver are being called heroes after stopping a suspected hit-and-run driver.


Clerk stops fast-food robbery

A female clerk at Burger King stopped a man who jumped through a drive-through window to allegedly steal cash.


Two MMA fighters foil robbery attempt

Two MMA fighters helped disarm a would-be robber at a L.A. hotel last week. One of them joins Brooke Baldwin by phone.

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April 10th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Suspects in Tulsa shootings issued confession, documents show

The suspects in the shootings of five African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, confessed shortly after their arrest, according to police documents.

Jake England told investigators he shot three of the five victims, while Alvin Watts told police he shot the other two, according to the incident report provided by police.

Authorities accuse the pair of gunning down apparent strangers at four different locations in a largely African-American section of Tulsa early Friday.

They were arrested early Sunday after tips led investigators to England's burned pickup. The vehicle matched one reported at the crime scenes, according to the arrest reports.

Monday, a judge ordered England, 19, and Watts, 33, held on $9.16 million bond each pending formal charges on allegations of murder, shooting with intent to kill and gun possession.

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April 10th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Hopes for peace dashed as deadline for Syrian withdrawal passes

Syrian forces pounded cities across the nation, opposition activists said, as a United Nations-brokered deadline for a troop withdrawal came and went Tuesday

At least 40 people, including three children, were killed Tuesday; 25 were in the besieged city of Homs, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. Tuesday's toll continues a shocking surge in violence and atrocities ahead of the deadline for troops to withdraw.

The Syrian government, however, said it had taken steps to abide by the peace plan laid out by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan.

"We did withdraw some military units from some provinces, in accordance with point C of Annan's plan," Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said after meeting with Russia's foreign minister in Moscow.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime had agreed to the deadline, but demanded that its opponents, whom it calls armed terrorists, put down their weapons. Damascus also wanted a promise from foreign governments not to fund opposition groups.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Syrian government could have been more active in implementing the peace plan, but he urged heightened international pressure on opposition groups.

"But on the other hand," he said, "we cannot overlook the fact that Kofi Annan's proposals have not been agreed to by some of the opposition groups including the well-known Syrian National Council."

Sheikh Anas Airout, a senior member of the council, told CNN that Annan did not get an agreement from the opposition body but that the Free Syrian Army, the main armed opposition group made up mainly of defected soldiers, provided an explicit commitment to abide by the cease-fire as long as the regime stopped its attacks.

With both the regime and rebel fighters refusing to back down until the other side does, prospects paled for an end to the fighting. And the bloodshed continued unabated.

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Teachers, administrator claim Mega Millions prize, Maryland officials say
April 10th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Teachers, administrator claim Mega Millions prize, Maryland officials say

Two teachers and an administrator at a public school claimed a winning ticket for the Mega Millions jackpot, according to Maryland lottery officials.

The winners have told lottery officials that they plan to continue to work after they get their winnings, which will total $35 million each.

The group bought $60 worth of tickets, according to lottery officials.

Two other winning tickets, sold in Kansas and Illinois, split the $656 million jackpot.

The winners, a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s, who are calling themselves "The Three Amigos," have worked together for many years in the public school system. This is the first time they've pooled money together, according to lottery officials.

On the night of the drawing the woman who bought the tickets laid them all out on the floor and watched the drawing, officials said. She then called her fellow public school workers, one of who thought it was an early April Fool's Day joke, to let them know they had won, according to officials.

mega millions

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April 10th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Some say the race to the Republican presidential nomination is over and done with, but others channel Yogi Berra and say it's not over 'til it's over.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest developments from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Maryland Mega Millions announcement - The holder of the winning Maryland ticket in last month's $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing has come forward to claim his or her share of the prize, but has chosen to remain anonymous.  Maryland lottery officials will discuss the happy news this morning.


Filed under: Elections • Maryland • Politics • Republican Party • U.S.
BYU student video on homosexuality is not in violation of honor code, says administrator
One unnamed male student in the BYU video says he had thoughts of suicide.
April 10th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

BYU student video on homosexuality is not in violation of honor code, says administrator

The students featured in a video about being gay at Brigham Young University are not in obvious violation of the honor code, according to Carri Jenkins, an assistant to the president of BYU.

Jenkins went on to say that for the video alone, the students would not be punished. The honor code, Jenkins said, is “based on conduct, not on feeling, and if same-gender attraction is only stated, that is not an honor code issue.”

All BYU students sign on to the honor code upon enrollment. The code outlaws premarital sex and breaking the code “may result in actions up to and including separation from the university.”

“Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the honor code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings,” reads the honor code.

The 9 minute, 37 second video features a number of gay, lesbian and bisexual students around BYU and is part of the larger “It Gets Better” video campaign started by writer Dan Savage. The project was started in response to a rash of suicides of teenagers who were bullied for being gay. The goal of the videos is to let people know they are not alone and that life gets better.

“It is very different to be gay and Mormon because it feels like neither community accepts you completely,” said Bridey Jensen, acting president of the group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction. “We put out the message for youth that are going through this and we want them to know that we were them a few years ago and it gets better and there is a place for you.”

Jensen’s organization is not recognized by the university, but she did say that professors and administrators have been supportive of what the group is trying to do.

The BYU video is unique in the fact that it discusses being gay at a university that has consistently been ranked as the most unfriendly campus for LGBT students in the country, according to Princeton Review.


Filed under: Religion • Utah
April 10th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Experts: Norway mass murder suspect sane

A man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway last summer was sane at the time of the alleged crimes, two court-appointed psychiatric experts said in a report released Tuesday.

Anders Behring Breivik was charged last month with committing acts of terror and voluntary homicide. He is accused of killing eight people in a bomb attack in Oslo, then going to Utoya Island outside the city and systematically gunning down 69 more people, many of them teens and young adults.

The mass killing on July 22 was the single largest loss of life in Norway since World War II.

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Olympic gold medal diver Lenzi dies, 43
Mark Lenzi dives in 1991, a year before winning Olympic gold.
April 10th, 2012
07:29 AM ET

Olympic gold medal diver Lenzi dies, 43

Olympic gold medal diver Mark Lenzi, 43,  died Monday in a Greenville, North Carolina, hospital.

Lenzi won the gold medal in the three-meter springboard competition at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and returned from retirement to earn bronze in the same event at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

He was also the first diver to score 100 points for a single dive, according to his alma mater, Indiana University, which announced his death on its website Monday.

No cause of death was announced, but the Free Lance-Star in Fredricksburg, Virginia, where Lenzi once lived, said he had been hospitalized in critical condition with fainting spells and low blood pressure. His mother said he had a heart ailment, according to the report.

His brother, Billy, told the Free Lance-Star on Monday that Lenzi had internal bleeding that doctors couldn't stop.

Lenzi is the last American to win an Olympic gold medal in diving.

“It’s going to be a long time before we have another,” his former coach, Hobie Billingsley, told the Free Lance-Star.

Billingsley said Lenzi was a pressure performer.

“He didn’t show a thing in practice, but when the lights came on, he was unbelievable. The tougher the competition,  the better he would dive,” Billingsley is quoted as saying.

Lenzi was diving coach for the men's and women's teams at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2011, according to the Indiana University news release. He had earlier been an assistant coach at Indiana.

Lenzi is survived by his wife, according to his obituary.

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April 10th, 2012
04:56 AM ET

Deadline passes for Syrian forces to pull out from cities

A deadline for Syrian troops to withdraw from cities came and went Tuesday morning, but opposition activists say regime's onslaught rages on.

One activist in the besieged city of Homs said fresh shelling rained on two neighborhoods late Tuesday morning.

"Tanks hitting those areas remain in al-Qusoor neighborhood. So there is not a tank that pulled out from there," said the opposition activist, identified only as Omar for safety reasons.

Hours before the deadline, reports of mounting carnage left some world leaders doubtful of the regime's promises.

"Should the Syrian government yet again refuse to implement its commitments, make promises and then break them and continue and escalate the killing, then I think it will be clear to all that there isn't yet prospect for diplomatic solution," Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday. "We still hope that that's possible, we still want to give that a final chance, but I don't think we, or anybody else, are particularly optimistic."

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April 10th, 2012
03:55 AM ET

Grand jury cancellation leaves Zimmerman case in limbo

Now that the grand jury that was scheduled to convene Tuesday in the Trayvon Martin case has been canceled many are wondering when a decision will be made.

The special prosecutor assigned to oversee the investigation, Angela Corey, announced Monday that she would not present the controversial shooting case to a grand jury.

A grand jury had been scheduled to convene on Tuesday in the case before Corey waved it off saying "the decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case."

But some legal experts say Corey's announcement could signal an imminent decision for George Zimmerman, the man accused shooting an unarmed Florida teenager.

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April 10th, 2012
01:19 AM ET

Jury selection continues for man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's relatives

Jury selection was scheduled to continue Tuesday in the murder trial involving family members of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, a day after 14 prospective jurors were chosen.

The entire group of 12 jurors and six alternates was expected to be chosen by early afternoon Tuesday, court officials said.

This trial comes more than three years after Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, is accused of fatally shooting Hudson's mother and brother inside their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found three days later inside an abandoned vehicle.

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