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Florida man who shot victim asked: ‘Are you Muslim?’

A Florida man was shot in the face twice with a pellet gun during the early hours of Wednesday morning after being confronted by another man in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Lutz, near Tampa Bay. The shooter allegedly asked his victim, “Are you of Middle Eastern…

George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for death of Trayvon Martin

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Prosecutors Wednesday charged a neighborhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated. “Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Florida state attorney general…

Colbert Report takes on Florida’s manatee mailbox massacre

The idyllic town of Cocoa, Florida may seem like a peaceful place, but lurking there between the palm fronds is a violent criminal. Someone is blowing up the manatee mailboxes of this otherwise pleasant, peaceful Florida town. On Thursday’s “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert turned a penetrating investigative eye…

Lawsuit accuses BP of robbing inventor who helped plug Gulf blowout

A lawsuit filed in Florida against two BP companies alleges that in the wake of the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant was so desperate to fix the problem and preserve its finances that it stole the inventions of a retired inventor whose designs ultimately…

Plane crashes into roof of Florida supermarket

An experimental small aircraft crashed into the roof of a Publix supermarket in DeLand, Florida on Monday evening sending shoppers and employees fleeing the resulting fireball. According to ABC News, five people were injured in the explosion, including the aircrafts’s pilot and passenger, who are in critical condition. Witnesses reported…

5 signs Dems may get behind gun control after Trayvon’s killing

With the February shooting of an unarmed Florida teen turning into a national controversy, top Democrats in Washington have begun subtly opening the door to new gun control policies, setting up a possible campaign issue for the 2012 elections. So-called “Stand Your Ground” laws across the country have come under…

Dem Rep: ‘Stand your ground’ is ‘kill at will’

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) showed no signs of holding back her sentiments on Florida’s “Stand our Ground” laws Sunday morning, slamming the legislation in the midst of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Maloney appeared on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes and expressed her fears over the law. “I would call these…

Jon Stewart mocks media over Trayvon Martin coverage

After returning from his vacation on Monday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took on the controversy surrounding the tragic shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Although Stewart had hoped to fill his segment with inevitable Dick Cheney heart transplant jokes, he could not avoid the Trayvon Martin story. “I…

Thousands march in Philadelphia to protest Trayvon Martin killing

Thousands of people marched in Philadelphia to protest the shooting in Florida of an unarmed black teenager, joining a growing national storm over racism. The unusually large demonstration for Philadelphia, which was comprised mostly of African Americans, followed protests in Florida and New York. The protests are dubbed “Million Hoodie…

23 states that have sweeping self-defense laws just like Florida’s

By Cora Currier, ProPublica “Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While local prosecutors have not arrested the shooter, George Zimmerman, the case is now being investigated…

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