Investigator: Zimmerman missed opportunities to defuse situation
George Zimmerman failed to identify himself twice during a confrontation with Trayvon Martin, a detective says.
June 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Investigator: Zimmerman missed opportunities to defuse situation

George Zimmerman failed to identify himself twice during a confrontation with Trayvon Martin and missed opportunities to defuse the situation that led to the death of the teen, a detective says in a newly released report.

Zimmerman, who served as a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida.

The revelation is part of information Florida prosecutors released Tuesday. It includes a previously undisclosed portion of a video of Zimmerman showing injuries he said he suffered in the altercation with Martin.

Zimmerman, 28, told police he shot the teenager in February in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty. But Martin's family and civil rights activists said Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, racially profiled Martin and ignored a 911 dispatcher's advice not to follow him.

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June 27th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.  Once a ruling is issued, watch Live for reaction and fallout to the decision.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Depression Debby

9:45 am ET - Waldo Canyon wildfire briefing - The wildfire has forced more than 32,000 people in Colorado out of their homes, are firefighters are struggling to contain it.  Officials update the public on the status of the fire.


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Boxing promotor offers Chris Brown, Drake $1 million each to duke it out
Drake, left, and Chris Brown were allegedly involved in an altercation at the W.i.P. nightclub earlier this month.
June 27th, 2012
02:15 AM ET

Boxing promotor offers Chris Brown, Drake $1 million each to duke it out

A celebrity boxing promoter is hoping to capitalize on the alleged nightclub brawl between singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake by offering them a million dollars each to take their beef to the ring.

The promoter also says he is asking singer Rihanna to be a ring girl at the bout - but acknowledged she'll likely pass.

Damon Feldman says he has the financial backing of businessman Alki David, and that he'll donate a million to a charity that helps abused women if the fight takes place.

The fight, he said, would feature three minute-long rounds with the participants donning oversized gloves and protective head gear

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June 26th, 2012
11:40 PM ET

Ship carrying 150 sinks in Indian Ocean

A ship carrying about 150 people has sunk in the waters between Australia and Indonesia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Wednesday. Two merchant vessels are trying to rescue people where the ship went down, about 107 nautical miles north of Australia's Christmas Island, the authority said.

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Family releases photo of a recovering Aimee Copeland
Necrotizing fasciitis patient Aimee Copeland goes outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, for the first time, accompanied by her parents, Andy and Donna Copeland.
June 26th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

Family releases photo of a recovering Aimee Copeland

Aimee Copeland, the young Georgia woman who has been battling a flesh-destroying bacterial infection, got to go outside Sunday for the first time in seven weeks, her family reported. The family released a photo showing Copeland and her parents on the hospital grounds.

"Aimee has a beauty in this photograph that I think goes beyond words," Andy Copeland, her father, told ABC's "Good Morning America." "It's a beauty of survival, of resilience."

Copeland has lost her hands, one leg and both feet to necrotizing fasciitis, which followed her fall into a creek in a zip-line accident May 1. Nevertheless, Andy Copeland says she feels optimistic and "blessed to be different."

Her father wrote on his blog that being outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, was "the best therapy she has had in weeks."

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Prolific writer Nora Ephron dead at 71
Nora Ephron created strong female characters for films like "Silkwood" and "Sleepless in Seattle."
June 26th, 2012
09:18 PM ET

Prolific writer Nora Ephron dead at 71

(CNN) - Novelist, filmmaker and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died after a battle with leukemia, her publisher said Tuesday. She was 71.

"She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed," said the statement from Alfred A. Knopf.

Ephron's romantic comedies included the box office hits "When Harry Met Sally," and "Sleepless in Seattle," both of which earned her screenwriting Oscar nominations.

She was also nominated for an Oscar for writing "Silkwood," the story of anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood.

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June 26th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Mash-up: Florida flooding, blind insight

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Insight from a blind man

Samuel Davis III has found a home as a server at Dans Le Noir?, a restaurant in Paris where guests dine in complete darkness and are served by blind staff. Davis, 51, from the Bronx, was blinded when he was shot in the head in 1984, but he can still wait on tables and he has a deep philosophy:

God took away my sight to give me sight. I have a brand new outlook on life. I was supposed to be dead.

Police hire homeless man

The police department in Marysville, California, can't afford to post an officer to watch over the historic Marysville Cemetery and keep it safe from vandals, so it did the next best thing. CNN affiliate KTXL reports the department  recruited a homeless man to take care of the cemetery in exchange for a roof over his head. Donald "Shortstack" Oliver will live in a city-leased trailer overlooking the cemetery, which has sustained $28,000 in damage over the past year. "I never thought in my lifetime I'd be overseeing a graveyard, but hey, the good Lord has his ways," Oliver said.

The end of a species - or is it?

That kid better not run for president someday

We've all heard stories about children being accidentally left behind at gas stations or rest stops during family road trips. One family passing through Memphis, Tennessee, turned that on its head Monday when the dad got out of the car to pay for gas and one of his children woke up, took the wheel and drove off. CNN affiliate WMC takes it from there.

Gale on the beach!

Vacations are being ruined in a different way along Florida's Gulf Coast. CNN iReporter Tracy Bond, an Alabama resident, was staying at a resort in Destin, Florida, last weekend when she snapped some evocative images of Tropical Storm Debby skirting the coast. "We were in awe at the power of nature, watching these huge clouds rolling in toward the shore from the horizon," she told CNN. "It took my breath away."

Are you a Mac or a PC?

The Wall Street Journal has discovered that the online travel search engine Orbitz has been steering users of pricey Macintosh devices (yes, they can tell what you're using) toward more expensive accommodations. It didn't really need the boost, but the revelation stirred the old Mac-vs.-PC pot again, including among our readers. One particularly tart comment:


What Orbitz doesn't tell you is that they also put a pretentious neckbeard hipster in every room Apple users book so they'll feel more at home.


On the horizon: Congressional Gold Medal, Loughner hearing

Ted Britton was one of the original Montford Point Marines.

In a ceremony at the Capitol, U.S. House and Senate leaders will award Congressional Gold Medals to recognize the nation's first African-American Marines. Those Marines received basic training at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949.

A competency hearing will be held for Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting six people to death and wounding 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a Tucson, Arizona, political event in January 2011. Loughner has been under mental health treatment at a facility in Missouri for almost a year.

June 27 anniversaries

1844 - A mob kills Mormon leader Joseph Smith in Carthage, Illinois.

1985 - The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, is officially decertified as a U.S. route.

2007- Gordon Brown becomes the new British prime minister, replacing Tony Blair.

Vera Wang

June 27 birthdays

  • Businessman and presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, 82
  • Fashion designer Norma Kamali, 67
  • Fashion designer Vera Wang, 63
  • Actress Isabelle Adjani, 57
  • Filmmaker J.J. Abrams, 46
  • Actor Tobey Maguire, 37
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Anthony Davis files trademarks for unibrow phrases ahead of NBA draft
Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is expected to be a top pick in the NBA draft.
June 26th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Anthony Davis files trademarks for unibrow phrases ahead of NBA draft

If you don't know Anthony Davis from his crushing performances while playing basketball for the University of Kentucky, you likely recognize his face.

Okay, let's be honest, you likely recognize his unibrow.

At nearly any Kentucky game it was never hard to spot fans supporting and pulling for Davis while wearing unibrow T-shirts or even glasses with a unibrow attached - even his mom wore one. Ten best Davis unibrow tributes

Which is perhaps why Davis, who is a hot commodity and is expected to be picked first in the NBA draft on Thursday, is recognizing a moneymaking opportunity and seizing upon it.

Davis officially filed trademark requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the two best-known catchphrases associated with him: "Fear the Brow" and "Raise the Brow."

The trademark applications show he's filed trademarks for both phrases for practically everything from T-shirts to banners. Although it's normal for people to trademark slogans for everything under the sun, we had to chuckle when we saw that aftershaves, shaving preparation and skin cleansers were included on the list.

While Davis couldn't make any money off of the merchandise sold with his name or nicknames while playing in the NCAA, it's clear this likely top-choice player is making sure to get down to business ahead of the NBA draft and his likely stint on the U.S. Olympic team.

And it isn't a bad idea to get the ball rolling. Davis, if he plays anything like he did at Kentucky, is going to be a big draw wherever he lands. There's been plenty of speculation that he could get some top endorsement deals and be a Kevin Durant of sorts as he enters a stacked NBA field.

Many people over the course of his time at Kentucky have begged and pleaded with Davis to pluck away the unibrow. But in a way, it's come to define him and rally his fans behind him. So we're willing to bet that if he does get a big endorsement deal once he's in the NBA, it probably won't be with an eyebrow waxing company.

Facebook pulls location-tracking feature
The 'Find Friends Nearby' feature aimed to help Facebook users make new contacts.
June 26th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Facebook pulls location-tracking feature

Following a period of freak-out on the Internet on Monday, Facebook appears to have pulled a controversial feature that let the social network's users get a digital list of other Facebookers nearby.

The "Find Friends Nearby" feature was not accessible in a CNN test on Tuesday morning, and other media outlets, including CNET, reported that Facebook had pulled the service.

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, a Facebook spokeswoman declined to elaborate.

"This wasn't a formal release - this was something that a few engineers were testing," the spokeswoman wrote. "With all tests, some get released as full products, others don't. Nothing more to say on this for now - we'll communicate to everyone when there is something to say."

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Germany fined after soccer fans display neo-Nazi symbols
Germany fans celebrate during the Euro 2012 Group B match against Denmark in Lviv on June 17.
June 26th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Germany fined after soccer fans display neo-Nazi symbols

European football's governing body fined Germany's national soccer body €25,000 ($31,000) Tuesday over what witnesses say was the display of neo-Nazi symbols by German fans at a Euro 2012 match.

The "improper conduct of supporters" occurred when Germany played Denmark in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on June 17, UEFA said.

The anti-discrimination organization FARE stated on its official Twitter page: "FARE can confirm that one of our observers reported a neo-Nazi banner in the German section at the match v. Denmark in Lviv on Sunday."

German newspaper Taz also highlighted the wearing of neo-Nazi symbols by fans.

After the game, UEFA said it was investigating "the setting-off of fireworks and the improper conduct of supporters (display of inappropriate banners and symbols, and inappropriate chanting)."

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June 26th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Debby's flooding isn't over for Florida

He used sand bags and a water pump, but Chad Mercer couldn't stop floodwaters from rising to his knees inside his Starke, Florida, home.

"I'm laughing about it now, because I've been doing this since six this morning," he told CNN affiliate WJXT Monday night. "Gotta laugh now."

But Tropical Storm Debby proved to be no laughing matter as it wreaked widespread havoc in Florida. The slow-moving storm has killed one person, dumped nearly a foot of rain in some areas and triggered flooding resulting in evacuations, rescues and road and interstate closures.

And Debby isn't finished - forecasters warned the storm could bring another 8 inches of rain to the northern part of the state as it slogs through, headed from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Isolated areas could see a total of 25 inches of rain from Debby.

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June 26th, 2012
08:11 AM ET

Election loser travels out of Egypt

The man who lost Egypt's presidential election left the country Tuesday for the United Arab Emirates, a Cairo airport official said.

Ahmed Shafik left on an Emirates Airline flight, Mohamed Sultan said.

He is not fleeing the country, Shafik's attorney, Showee Elsayed, told CNN.

While some legal petitions accusing Shafik of corruption were submitted in April, prosecutors have not taken legal action against him, so "there are absolutely no legal cases pending against" him, Elsayed said.

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June 26th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.  Once a ruling is issued, watch Live for reaction and fallout to the decision.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Storm Debby

10:30 am ET - Senate GOP briefing on security leaks - Five Republican Senators speak with reporters on their concerns over recent national security leaks.


Filed under: On today • Politics • Tropical weather
June 26th, 2012
04:53 AM ET

18 killed, scores missing after landslides in Uganda

The death toll from a landslide that buried three villages in eastern Uganda stood at 18 on Tuesday, with rescue officials fearing the figure would rise.

Another 92 were injured and countless more were unaccounted for, the Red Cross said.

Heavy rains sent rocks and mud crashing down on the villages in the mountainous district of Bududa on Monday, about 275 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of the capital Kampala.

"Last night district authorities requested all people in high risk places to move to a school that we are using as a primary camp," Catherine Ntabadde of the Uganda Red Cross Society said Tuesday.

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June 26th, 2012
01:56 AM ET

Police: Girlfriends shot in Texas park; has 'earmarks of a targeted attack'

Two women, who were apparently dating, were shot in a small south Texas town over the weekend.

Authorities have not said whether the victims' sexual orientation played a part in the shooting, but the police chief of the town said the incident did not appear to be a random attack.

"This particular case, it does have some of the earmarks of a targeted attack," Chief Randy Wright of Portland told CNN affiliate KZTV.

One of the victims died, while the other is clinging to life.

"Well, at best we know they were really good friends. Some of their friends have stated that they were in a relationship," Wright told CNN on Monday night.  "They were found by two visitors to the park Saturday morning."

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June 26th, 2012
01:55 AM ET

NATO, Turkey to huddle over downing of jet by Syria

Western military leaders will meet Tuesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, to huddle with Turkey over the downing of one of its military jets by Syria.

The "consultations" are being held at Turkey's request under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's founding charter.

"Under Article 4, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in an email to CNN.

During the consultations, there is a chance Turkey will demand a collective military response.

The notion comes from Article 5 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty, which states that should a member nation - such as Turkey - be attacked, each member will assist the party under attack by taking "such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area."

Article 5 has been invoked just once since NATO's founding: the military response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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June 26th, 2012
01:16 AM ET

Tropical Storm Debby could dump another foot of rain over Florida

Already deluged by a stubborn cyclone that wouldn't move, northern Florida could get another 6 to 12 inches of rain over the next two days as Tropical Storm Debby hovers in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The storm could also produce more tornadoes across Florida on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of late Monday night, Debby was centered about 35 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, the weather agency said. The sprawling storm was creeping northeast at 2 mph, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph along the way.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf coast of Florida from Mexico Beach to Englewood.

Debby has stalled multiple times in the Gulf of Mexico, dumping up to 5 inches of rain per hour on parts of the Florida Panhandle.


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June 25th, 2012
05:57 PM ET

Analysis: Five things we learned from Supreme Court's immigration ruling

The Supreme Court ruled largely in favor of the U.S. on Arizona's immigration law, but it upheld the most controversial provision involving police checks on people's immigration status.

So what did we learn and what can we glean from their decision? Bill Mears, CNN's Supreme Court producer, breaks down the decision piece by piece:

1. Others states better tread carefully

By striking down three of the four major provisions and upholding the idea of federal authority on this issue in pretty sweeping comments, the Supreme Court has signaled other states with similar laws that they better tread carefully or make sure their laws do not to reach too far.

In Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion, his main point was that the national government has significant power to regulate immigration issues. And so that lets states know that while they have some place to play in the issue, the federal government still reigns supreme.

While the court didn’t tell Arizona and other states what they could and couldn’t do when they conduct a traffic stop - for example how long police can hold someone, whether the law would amount to racial profiling - this opinion is essentially  guidance moving forward. Their opinion was certainly not a complete smackdown of Arizona's law. Instead, it left some things pretty ambiguous.

2. The one provision upheld could be challenged again

The provision that was upheld by all eight ruling justices -  commonly called the "show me your papers" provision - allows local law enforcement, when performing other state law enforcement functions, to check on the immigration status of those people they stop for another reason. That part was upheld because the justices said it was complementing existing federal policy. That's as long as police weren’t singling people out specifically for racial reasons. The court essentially said that if police stop someone properly, or are involved in a domestic dispute, it was perfectly proper to at least check an immigration status and then consult with federal officials.

But in upholding that provision, the court was very careful to say that depending on how this is implemented, it could very well be overturned one day. The overall lawsuit brought against the law is a facial challenge, which means it was being opposed and believed to be unconstitutional before it went into effect.  What the court is saying when it comes to the "show me your papers provision" is that the justices are going to uphold it for now, allow Arizona to implement it and depending on how they enforce it, deal with it later.

If in the future a challenge is brought claiming that people are being detained for an extended time or racial profiling is occurring, it could be challenged in the state and federal courts again, now that it can actually be implemented as a law. The justices have essentially said they will give Arizona the benefit of the doubt that they will enforce this in a way that meets a constitutional muster test.

It’s a signal to other states that if they are going to have similar provisions, they too have to be careful.


Where does your money go?
Almost a third of Americans have no emergency savings, CNNMoney reports.
June 25th, 2012
05:53 PM ET

Where does your money go? struck a nerve with readers Monday. A story about savings - or lack thereof - reported that 28% of Americans have no emergency savings. So we had to ask: Where's the money?

Commenters had lots of opinions on how people spend their money and why they aren't saving.

jacalder:  No money to save but somehow there's always money for beer, cigs and cell phones. It's called priorities. Too many Americans refuse to grow up.
jaxbeach904: Not a cent saved, yet still have cell phones, big screen tvs, internet,
afford cigarettes and alcohol, designer clothes and shoes. Yeah, I cant
understand why they dont have any money saved!
Bojak: The biggest barrier to saving is having nothing to save.

The CNN Facebook community chimed in talk about just where all their money is going. Here's a sampling of what people have said. FULL POST

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Overheard on Are there winners, losers in immigration policy debate?
Readers are debating pros and cons of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
June 25th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Overheard on Are there winners, losers in immigration policy debate?

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

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration. The court also let stand a controversial provision that lets police check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws if "reasonable suspicion" exists that the person is in the United States illegally. Some readers kept metaphorical scorecards weighing each side's views about heavier enforcement and possible consequences. With all this debate, are there points where most people can agree?

Supreme Court mostly rejects Arizona immigration law; gov says 'heart' remains

Some of our readers said Arizona got a raw deal.

Bob Jones: "So Arizona is screwed. The Fed won't enforce its own laws and Arizona is told to sit down and shut up and take it with a smile. Thanks for nothing, SCOTUS. This is the first step. Eventually the people will have had enough."

eddiev5: "I think public opinion polls pretty much show time and time again what people are looking for. And it has nothign to do with the rhetoric you hear from the Democratic Party. On this issue, the Republicans are correct."

Gus Seals: "Actually this is a win, it builds a bigger picture over time how the feds are cooking the books on the number of illegals. The state can use the federal resources to check legal status so says the court. In the long run if the state says we stopped ten thousand illegals and the feds refused to do their job, it is not going to look good politically."

For many, Arizona got a big win.

Chaz: "I love how CNN tries to make this seem like Arizona lost here. They got exactly what they wanted and I say good for them. I have a very hard time with commenters from the East Coast who are just so full of 'forward thinking' opinions, but who don't really have a dog in this fight. This is a serious problem for those states who face these issues every day and I'm glad the ability to check a person's legal status is in place. I liked Governor Brewer's laws, as the state of Arizona faces terrible crime and security issues, due to the illlegal aliens. If the Feds can't protect the Arizona citizens, who can? I like the idea of 'self deportation'. The Mexicans think The AMERICAN DREAM is about getting on the government dole. It is about 'freedoms,' not breaking laws. Entering this country illegally was your first mistake. You broke a federal law. If you can't come in the legal way, leave."

Others were excited to see that the state didn't get everything it wanted.

JimmyNelson: "SCOTUS just smacked Jan Brewers hand.. and I like it."

This commenter said they thought Arizona's law is unacceptable. FULL POST

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