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    News Round-Up: Friday, April 13, 2012



    Newark Mayor Cory Booker rescues a woman from a burning building; North Korea’s rocket launch is a #fail; China’s economy is slowing; President Obama’s income taxes have been released; and Apple denies e-book collusion with publishers. Meanwhile, Pete Wentz and Kat Graham talk “Scan to Vote;” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will join forces in a new Ridley Scott film; and Prince Harry has a new girlfriend.

    CRUCIAL:

    Court affidavit: Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon Martin, http://cbsn.ws/IymfXU 
    The prosecution in the Trayvon Martin case has filed an affidavit stating that George Zimmerman “profiled” the 17-year-old when he was walking home from buying an iced tea and Skittles. The prosecutors go on to say that Zimmerman “assumed Martin was a criminal. Zimmerman felt Martin did not belong in the gated community and called the police.” Also, according to the document, the volunteer neighborhood watchman said in regards to Martin: “these assholes, they always get away.” The affidavit also notes that Martin tried to run home but Zimmerman followed him.

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire, http://bit.ly/I8P0a6
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker returned home last night to find a neighboring building on fire. Booker, with his security council in tow, rushed into the building and rescued a woman. “I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed,” Booker said. He was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation as well as second-degree burns on his hands. His security detail has also been treated. The rescued woman is in stable-condition.

    Failed Launch Is Setback for North Korea’s New Leader, http://nyti.ms/I8N3KP
    South Korea, the U.S, Japan, and Russia are jointly condemning North Korea’s rocket launch despite its failure to “enter its present orbit.” After the rocket launched, it quickly broke up and fell into the sea without harm. North Korean state-run news was silent for hours before finally reporting on the anti-climatic launch.

    Chinese economy loses momentum, http://cnnmon.ie/INTiSm
    Experts have seen China’s economy slow, although it is still growing at stable rates. The National Bureau of Statistics says that the second largest economy in the world grew at 8.1% in the first quarter of the year. The rate is down from the 8.9% that China saw the quarter before. For the past three decades, China’s economy has grown at 10 percentage points. The decrease is due to China’s efforts to stabilize inflation and deflate its housing bubble. Europe and the US’s economies have also affected China’s manufacturing and exports.

    State media: Argentine ‘miracle’ baby in ‘very serious’ condition, http://bit.ly/IE7VbR
    A nine-day old Argentine baby that had been declared stillborn has been found alive despite spending hours in a morgue refrigerator. Doctors are now saying that Luz Milagros Veron, named for a “miracle,” is in serious condition after an infection has been detected. The baby, born months premature, is being treated with antibiotics in Argentina.

    Police chief dead, four officers wounded in Greenland shootout; suspected gunman found dead in home, http://bit.ly/HFVn89
    New Hampshire police chief Michael Maloney was shot dead, along with a woman, in a home where police were serving a search warrant. Cullen Mutrie, the 29-year-old shooter, was also found dead. It is unclear whether Mutrie and the woman died in a murder-suicide or double-suicide. Before Maloney was shot, the police walked into the home to find a drug deal occurring. Four other officers were found wounded at the scene.

    High stakes, low hopes for Iran nuclear talks, http://lat.ms/HIvWPi
    Diplomats from six countries will meet with Iranian officials in Turkey tomorrow. Western officials believe that this meeting will be their best shot in discouraging Iran from building nuclear weapons. The diplomats will lay out potential sanctions on Iran and offer the country to participate in an agreement.

    Bin Laden’s widows to be deported from Pakistan, http://bit.ly/HFSx2Z
    After 45 days of house arrest for remaining illegally in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden’s widows and children will be deported to Saudi Arabia next Wednesday. One of the widows is Yemeni causing some uncertainty as to whether or not she can stay in Saudi Arabia.

    (via The New York Times) Obamas Paid 20.5% in Income Taxes, 2011 Returns Show, http://nyti.ms/HDuPz6
    President Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported an adjusted gross income of $789, 674 in 2011 and paid just over 20 percent of it to the federal government in taxes. Their income declined nearly $1 million from the previous year, when the president was reaping larger amounts from sales of his bestselling books. The numbers were disclosed in the Obamas’ federal income tax return and gift-tax return, released Friday by the White House.

    U.N. poised to send cease-fire monitors to Syria, diplomats say, http://lat.ms/IKE3hx
    The United Nations will send 30 security monitors into Syria to make sure the country obeys its ceasefire agreement. The UN hopes to send up to 200 monitors in the coming days.

    British PM calls for suspending Myanmar sanctions, http://bit.ly/INO74U
    British Prime Minister David Cameron has met with Burmese president Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in order to see whether Myanmar’s reform is satisfactory enough to ease sanctions on the Thein Sein regime. His visit comes a week before the European Union will meet to discuss next steps regarding Myanmar. Earlier this month, Suu Kyi’s progressive party saw victory at the polls.

    (via Reuters) Islamists rally in Cairo against Mubarak old guard,
     http://reut.rs/HFLffY
    Thousands of Egyptians protested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday against a run for the presidency by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, making an Islamist show of strength against a symbol of Hosni Mubarak’s old guard. The Muslim Brotherhood – the biggest group in parliament – called the protest after Suleiman announced his candidacy last week. His presidential bid has alarmed reformists, who regard him as a threat to their hopes for democratic change.

    CULTURAL:
    Why Pete Wentz Cares About the Future of Music, Social Media and Election 2012 (VIDEO), http://huff.to/J6dD4I

    Kat Graham Wants You to Vote!, http://bit.ly/HQTKSx

    Ridley Scott Drafts Brad Pitt And Javier Bardem For ‘The Counselor,’ With Fox Circling, http://bit.ly/HItAQt

    All About Mollie King, Prince Harry’s Rumored New Pop-Tart Girlfriend, http://vnty.fr/HAeyKZ

    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas Has Tape of Mel Gibson’s ‘Violent’ Threats, http://bit.ly/Igxo92

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