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News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Jerry Sandusky was found guilty late Friday night on 45 of the 48 counts against him in his child sex-abuse case. The former Penn State coach and his legal team will probably appeal the verdict. The evidence against Sandusky was "overwhelming," even according to his attorney, and Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced in 90 days.
- “You’re going to die tonight.” – George Zimmerman, talking to police about what he claims Trayvon Martin said during the scuffle before Martin was shot and killed. New audio of video of several police interactions with Zimmerman were released late Wednesday.
- Recordings of phone calls that George Zimmerman made when he was in jail were released Monday. The calls appear to prove that Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, lied to the court about how much money the Zimmermans had, most of it stemming from $130,000 collected through Zimmerman’s website. Zimmerman has since been rejailed pending a new bond hearing, and his wife was arrested for perjury.
- Chevrolet Cruzes built from September 2010 to May 2012 are being recalled by General Motors. The cars might catch fire because oil can get trapped in an engine shield.
- "We did not take any action in the dark because of the risk to civilians." - Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, talking about an 11-hour standoff in a hotel in Afghanistan after Taliban militants stormed the hotel and took hostages. Twenty-six people were killed.
- A House committee panel said Attorney General Eric Holder should be cited for contempt of Congress for not turning over documents related to the Fast and Furious operation. The Wednesday vote was strictly along partisan lines, and the Republican-majority panel voted he be held in contempt. The measure will go to the full House next week.
- "Under the law, deadly force is justified to stop a sexual assault. All the evidence presented by the sheriff's department and the Texas Rangers indicated that was in fact what was occurring when the victim's father arrived at the scene." - Lavaca County (Texas) District Attorney Heather McMinn, talking after a decision was made not to charge the father who beat a man to death for sexually assaulting the dad’s 5-year-old daughter. Calls to 911 also revealed the father didn’t mean to kill the attacker.
Page 2 of 2 - - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in Ecuador on Tuesday. Assange is currently in London fighting extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault charges. Assange is almost out of options to fight extradition, which is why he chose to seek asylum in Ecuador.
- "They were already a significant part of the immigration story. It seems like in the last few years they are the most important part of the immigration story." – Political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan, talking about new information that shows Asians make up the biggest group of new immigrants in the U.S. According to the Pew Research Center, 36 percent of new immigrants in 2010 were Asian; 31 percent were Hispanic.
- Former baseball star Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday by a jury in his perjury trial. The case was brought against Clemens after he told Congress that he didn't use performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens' trial lasted 10 weeks.
- "When the co-worker did not respond when called, her colleagues realized something was wrong and went to the wolves' area. There they found her dead." – Statement from the Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden on the death of a zookeeper. The woman was attacked by wolves during a scheduled visit to the wolves’ area.
Video of the week
Doctors remove tumor from baby in the womb
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