By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, suffered a minor wound in a road-rage shooting incident on Monday, media reports said. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, said they were investigating the shooting, according to police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett. WFTV said Zimmerman was shot in the face and WESH-TV in Orlando said the wound was minor. Police said it appeared to be a "road-rage incident," according to the FOX 35 television station in Orlando.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial heads into its final days on Monday with defense attorneys set to wrap up their argument that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison, rather than death, for the murderous 2013 attack. Defense attorneys contend that he was a willing but secondary player in a scheme driven by his 26-year-old brother. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died on April 19, 2013, following a gunfight with police that ended when Dzhokhar inadvertenly ran him over while speeding away from the scene in a stolen vehicle. Last week, defense attorneys called witnesses, including Russian relatives of Tsarnaev who recalled him as a kind, loving child.
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - A man and woman in Mississippi were arrested and charged with murder on Sunday after two police officers were shot dead a day earlier while conducting a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg, officials said. Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were each charged with two counts of capital murder, police said. Banks' brother Curtis, 26, was also arrested and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. DuPree said members of the public quickly helped bring to justice those behind the first killing of a police officer in the city for more than 30 years.
By Harriet McLeod and Todd Epp CHARLESTON, S.C./SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Reuters) - Hail, snow, a tornado and a tropical storm made it a "severe weather" Mother's Day in much of the center of the United States and on the Carolina coast on Sunday. Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, weakened after making landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but high surf and flooding still threatened the coast. In eastern South Dakota, officials were evacuating residents of Delmont, population 234, after a tornado touched down at 10:50 a.m., causing minor injuries to a few people, demolishing a Lutheran Church, and damaging 20 buildings. "It's a voluntary evacuation, there's no water, no heat, no electricity," Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, told Reuters.
(Reuters) - Oil leaked into the Hudson River on Sunday after a transformer fire and explosion a day earlier at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about environmental damage. The governor, who in the past has called for the plant to be shut down because of its proximity to densely populated New York City, also visited the plant on Saturday. When the transformer exploded, it released oil into a holding tank, which then overflowed, sending oil onto the ground and into the river, Cuomo told reporters on Sunday after he was briefed by emergency and plant officials. He said crews were working to contain and clean up the oil spill but it was not clear yet how much oil had been released.
(Please note some readers may be offended by the language in paragraph 10) By Tim McLaughlin and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police. In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat.
Cuban President Raul Castro arrived at the Vatican on Sunday to thank Pope Francis for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington. The first South American pope played a key role in secret negotiations between the United States and Cuba that led to the surprise announcement in December that they would seek to restore diplomatic ties after more than 50 years of tensions. Castro, who was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, was due to hold a "strictly private" meeting with the pontiff in a small room adjoining the Paul VI Audience Hall, where large gatherings are held in the Vatican. Pope Francis arrived ten minutes ahead of Castro, while a dozen unformed Swiss Guards stood to attention in front of the building when the limousine bearing the Cuban flag arrived.