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Zimmerman’s words used against him

Zimmerman’s words used against him

George Zimmerman chose not to testify in his own defense against charges he murdered Trayvon Martin.

But on Thursday, he was a star witness – for prosecutors trying to convict him.

During closing arguments of Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in the Feb., 26, 2012, shooting death of the 17-year-old Florida teen, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda repeatedly played – and picked apart – what the defendant had said in interviews with police and media about that night.

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  • Written by Michael Pearson and Greg Botelho/CNN
  • Category: News

Does posture really matter?

Does posture really matter?

Atten-Hut! Is that what we think of when we hear the phrase, "good posture?"

Talk of good posture often generates images of women walking in a circle with books balanced on their heads or soldiers standing at attention. But good posture does not have to be rigid or ridiculous. In fact, far from ridiculous, it may be the key to good health.

Many women complain of lower back pain, stiff necks and shoulders, most of which have a direct correlation to poor posture. If you sit hunched in front of a computer screen all day, it's likely the head hovers towards the screen, the lower back has collapsed and the tail bone is supporting the weight, and legs are crossed or splayed. Remember the phrase, "put yo hands on yo hips and let yo backbone slip." Bad standing posture includes the same hunching or lateral misalignment, like standing with a hip cocked to one side.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

‘Functional fitness’ keeps seniors moving

‘Functional fitness’ keeps seniors moving

John Moses plays tennis every week. He does push-ups and planks, shoulder presses and squats. He attends group fitness classes at an activity center three times a week, often taking two classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

His strength, flexibility and six-pack abs have earned him a spot on the center's Wall of Youth and Fame. But the 75-year-old Atlanta man is just glad his joints don't hurt anymore.

"(Exercise) helps you capture the vim, vigor and vitality of your youth," he says. "You can do the things you did when you were younger."

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  • Written by Jacque Wilson/CNN
  • Category: News

Senate rejects plan to roll back student loan rate hike

Senate rejects plan to roll back student loan rate hike

A Democratic measure to temporarily reverse the doubling of interest rates on millions of government-subsidized student loans fell short in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but negotiations continued on a possible compromise to halt the increase.

Proponents needed 60 votes to succeed with the plan to roll back rates but got only 51, with the tally splitting along party lines.

Interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent on subsidized Stafford loans on July 1 because of congressional inaction to hold them steady heading into the next school year.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

Zimmerman opts not to testify as defense team rests case

Zimmerman opts not to testify as defense team rests case

George Zimmerman, from his comments to police to the arguments of his lawyers, has steadfastly maintained he shouldn't be found guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, contending he shot the teen in self-defense.

But jurors weighing his fate won't hear that from him directly.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he'd made a decision about taking the stand in his own defense.

"After consulting with counsel," Zimmerman replied, he'd decided "not to testify, your honor."

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  • Written by Michael Pearson and Greg Botelho/CNN
  • Category: News

Healthy habits & family reunions

Healthy habits & family reunions

Family reunions are a chance to reconnect with family members and meet new ones. They're a time to reminisce about the old days and create new traditions. If you're planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.

Choose a healthier menu

This year, adapt some family recipes to incorporate ingredients that are lower in fat, salt, and calories. You'll be teaching a new generation to love a healthier version of your family's treasured favorites. At the same time, you'll be helping the older folks who may have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or other conditions that require special attention to eating healthy.

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Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

A month after entering New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Newark Mayor Cory Booker remains far ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker at 52 percent among New Jersey Democratic voters – more than forty points ahead of his closest rival, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who stood at 10 percent. A third competitor in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, was at 8 percent.

Booker announced his bid at the beginning of June for the special election held to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, which ends January 2015.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

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