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Fmr. detective: Illegal to kill dogs but not black kids in Florida

A former homicide detective says that with the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Florida has made it legal to kill black kids like Trayvon Martin but not dogs. Former Washington, D.C. Police Department homicide investigator Rod Wheeler, now a Fox News contributor, explained on Tuesday that the “Stand Your Ground”…

Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend recalls final conversation before shooting

Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend told ABC News late Monday night her final phone conversation with him before he was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The girl, whose parents requested not to make her name public, was questioned by the Martin family’s attorney Benjamin Crump and described that her…

Trayvon Martin’s parents call on FBI to take over case as anger grows

Karen McVeigh, guardian.co.uk Neighbourhood volunteer George Zimmerman has admitted the killing, claiming self-defence – but police have made no arrests The parents of an unarmed African American teenager who was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, last month are formally calling on the FBI to take over the investigation as they…

U.S. Marines set to arrive in Australia next month

US Marines are set to arrive in Australia’s tropical north next month as Washington increases its military presence as part of a renewed emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, reports said Tuesday. State radio said about 250 Marines were set to deploy to Darwin from early April as part of a process that will…

Romney looks to win big in Illinois Republican primary

White House hopeful Mitt Romney is looking for a big win in President Barack Obama’s home state Tuesday as he fights to clinch the Republican nomination and focus on November’s general election. Underdog Rick Santorum was pushing for an upset as he rallied conservatives to stay true to their principles…

Scrambling Santorum lashes out at Romney in pivotal state of Illinois

Rick Santorum, facing a blow to his momentum in Tuesday’s primary, blasts Mitt Romney as a candidate ‘without a core.’ The fierce in-fighting among Republican presidential challengers intensified ahead of Tuesday’s Illinois primary with Rick Santorum unleashing one of his most personal attacks yet on frontrunner Mitt Romney. Santorum, scrambling…

Fire fighter seeks to replace Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, said Monday that he was running against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch because he was tired of “sitting on the sidelines.” “I didn’t move to the city of Madison to become a politician,” he told MSNBC host Ed Schultz. “I moved…

Supreme Court denies Christian group’s lawsuit over campus recognition

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would not hear an appeal brought by Christian student groups against San Diego State University because of its non-discrimination policy. The announcement lets stand a ruling last August by the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Ninth Circuit, which held (PDF) that…

Republicans to unveil their budget blueprint

WASHINGTON — US Republicans will unveil plans Tuesday for a 2013 budget aimed at slashing federal spending, but Democrats warned Monday the proposal would cut too deeply into the Medicare health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to release details of his new budget blueprint…

Pentagon weighs charges for Afghan murder suspect

WASHINGTON — US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is likely to be formally charged in the next few days with the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan villagers, an American military official told AFP on Monday. Bales, 38, is accused of leaving his base in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province…

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