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NOT GUILTY: Jury Acquits Zimmerman

(CNN) -- George Zimmerman is not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.
The fact that Zimmerman fired the bullet that killed Martin was never in question, but the verdict means the six-person jury had reasonable doubt that the shooting amounted to a criminal act.
The verdict caps a case that has inflamed

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle
  • Category: News

Judge urges 'wise decision' as jury deliberates Zimmerman's fate [Video]

Judge urges 'wise decision' as jury deliberates Zimmerman's fate [Video]

(CNN) -- Will George Zimmerman walk, or be banished to a life behind bars? That's the question as a jury of six resumes deliberations for a second day Saturday morning.

Zimmerman is on trial for last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The all-female jury got the case Friday afternoon after two weeks of testimony and dramatic closing arguments over the past two days.

Judge Debra Nelson read 27 pages of instructions outlining the jury's three options: convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder or manslaughter, or find him not guilty.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

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
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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

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