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  • Prince Harry (Reuters)

    Prince Harry is a hero to one of his fellow troopers, who writes in a book that the royal commander saved him from a homophobic attack in 2008.

    The book, “Out in the Army,” by James Wharton, recalls an incident in which Harry, younger brother to Prince William, stood up for the soldier, who was being bullied for being gay. The two were serving in the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment.

    During the incident, detailed by the Daily Mail on Sunday, Wharton, who was Harry’s gunner during training, turned to Harry for help after six soldiers threatened to “batter” him.

    As the Daily Mail tells it,

    I told him, “I think I’m going to be murdered by the infantry.” I climbed into the turret and talked Harry through exactly what had happened. He had a complete look of bewilderment on his face.
    I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes. He said, “Right I’m going to sort this s*** out once and for all.”

    Wharton watched as the royal confronted the group, warning they would

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  • George Zimmerman, accused in the Trayvon Martin shooting, in Seminole Circuit Court during his pretrial hearing in Sanford, Florida, on June 8, 2013. (Joe Burbank/Getty)

    Lawyers on both sides of the George Zimmerman trial Monday began what is expected to be a weekslong process of selecting a jury in the incendiary case in Sanford, Florida.

    As potential jurors filled out questionnaires, Judge Debra Nelson denied a request from Zimmerman's attorneys to delay the start of the trial for several weeks on grounds they needed more time to prepare.

    His attorneys declined to ask for a change of venue in the case, suggesting they are confident they can find impartial jurors in the area despite the wall-to-wall media coverage that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's killing attracted last year.

    But his brother, Robert Zimmerman, didn't sound convinced. "We're obviously concerned about that," he told reporters Monday when asked if he believed George Zimmerman could get a fair trial.

    Zimmerman, out on $1 million bond and in hiding for much of the past year, is charged with second-degree murder for killing the unarmed teen in a confrontation in his gated community, where Zimmerman acted as a volunteer watchman.

    Prosecutors argue that Zimmerman racially profiled, followed and then shot Martin. Zimmerman's lawyers counter that their client was attacked by Martin and that he acted in self-defense.

    Defense lawyer Jose Baez, who represented Casey Anthony in her high-profile trial in Orlando in 2011, said jury selection in this trial will be especially complicated because of the case's racial overtones. (Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic; Martin was black.)

    Martin's family hinted at the potential complications in a statement released Monday morning.

    "Trayvon's life was taken unnecessarily and tragically, but we call upon the community to be peaceful. We have placed our faith in the justice system and ask that the community do the same," the family wrote.

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  • Local business leaders in the Coachella Valley hope that the high-profile summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will help usher in new economic life into the region.

    The leaders of the world’s two most powerful countries conducted business at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, bringing international attention to the serene Coachella desert valley. And a successful summit has the potential to have a lasting impact that’ll make overseas investors and tourists want to put their money into the region.

    “The next time I go to China, I’ll have these front page headlines with Xi and Obama…and I’m going to sell that,” said Wes Ahlgren, Chief Operating Officer of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which helps locals get foreign investments and agreements to start their own businesses.

    [Related: Faces of protest: Scenes and stories from presidential summit protests]

    If you have government backing, or appear to be related to government, Chinese businessmen trust

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  • Bono's daughter Eve Hewson simplifies billing
    Bono's daughter Eve Hewson simplifies billing

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world.

  • North Korea condemns visit by US aircraft carrier
    North Korea condemns visit by US aircraft carrier

    North Korea on Saturday condemned a port visit by a US aircraft carrier to the South as a "reckless" act of provocation following proposals by Pyongyang to ease cross-border tensions. The USS George Washington arrived in the southern port of Busan on Friday for joint military exercises starting next week. A spokesman of the Policy Department of the North's National Defence Commission (NDC) said the visit was "little short of its 'gunboat diplomacy' in the last century" and "in defiance" of the North's overtures. "The US should properly understand that the more persistently it resorts to reckless nuclear blackmail and threat, the further the DPRK (North Korea) will bolster up its cutting edge nuclear force for self-defence", the spokesman was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

  • Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

    By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012. Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last.

  • Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle
    Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields
    Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • Bank-stealing malware returns after US crackdown
    Bank-stealing malware returns after US crackdown

    Malicious software used to steal millions from bank accounts has re-emerged a month after US authorities broke up a major hacker network using the scheme, security researchers say. The security firm Malcovery said it identified a new trojan based on the Gameover Zeus malware, which officials said infected up to one million computers in 12 countries, and was blamed in the theft of more than $100 million. "This discovery indicates that the criminals responsible for Gameover's distribution do not intend to give up on this botnet even after suffering one of the most expansive botnet takeovers/takedowns in history," Malcovery said in a blog post Thursday. In a status report filed in court, officials said that "all or nearly all of the active computers infected with Gameover Zeus have been liberated from the criminals' control and are now communicating exclusively with the substitute server established pursuant to court order."

  • Church of England female bishops would be 'seismic'
    Church of England female bishops would be 'seismic'

    The Church of England could be set to allow its first female bishops -- and not before time, says one of those tipped for the job, adding the days of women being left to arrange the flowers are gone. Rose Hudson-Wilkin thinks it would be "seismic" if the Church votes on Monday to allow Anglican women to take the top jobs after decades of debate on their role. As a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Jamaican-born Hudson-Wilkin is already one of the most prominent women in the Church of England. "This has been on the agenda of the Church since the 1920s, from the time of the suffragettes when women were saying actually, we're human beings, we don't want to be patted on the head and told: 'There dear, you'll be alright doing the flowers or making the cups of tea'.

  • After car stalls, driver finds giant snake under the hood
    After car stalls, driver finds giant snake under the hood

    The 9-foot python isn't considered dangerous but still provided a healthy scare for the driver and a local man who stopped to help.

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