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Trayvon Martin Case Goes To Trial/AP NewsMinute

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A second-degree murder case that’s drawn worldwide attention begins in a Sanford, Fla., courtroom today. Jury selection starts in the trial of former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who in February 2012 shot to death 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he feared for his life and the shooting was in self-defense. The prosecution says the black teen was racially profiled.

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The trial of the U.S. Army private who gave troves of classified material to the website WikiLeaks resumes at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. Testifying today at Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court-martial are two witnesses familiar with video of a 2009 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed at least 26 civilians. Manning has acknowledged sending the video to WikiLeaks from Iraq in the spring of 2010. It was never posted online.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who gave classified documents about two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs to reporters says he’s taken up refuge in Hong Kong. Edward Snowden says he used to work as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA. The director of National Intelligence says the surveillance programs do not target Americans. Snowden says they programs are subject to abuse.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected this afternoon to nominate veteran White House economic official Jason Furman as chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. The council is one of two of the president’s main sources of economic advice. The other is the National Economic Council, where Furman currently serves as principal deputy director.

WILMETTE, Ill. (AP) — Maybe there’s something in the water in Wilmette, Ill. There are 24 sets of twins in just one grade at one middle school in the Chicago suburb. There are 475 students in the fifth grade at Highcrest Middle School. That means twins make up about 10 percent of the class. Highcrest is hoping to claim the world record for the most sets of twins in one grade. Confirmation could take several weeks.

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