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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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  • Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
    Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.

  • Britain's Prince Harry turns 30 with a beer and a fortune
    Britain's Prince Harry turns 30 with a beer and a fortune

    Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday Monday with a beer after the end of his multi-sport event for wounded troops, and with a windfall from his late mother Diana's estate. At the closing concert, Harry set off a Mexican wave, saying "Always wanted to do that," and read a message from "granny" -- Queen Elizabeth II -- praising the courage and determination of the competitors.

  • Rand Paul still has a thinking-out-loud problem
    Rand Paul still has a thinking-out-loud problem

    Rand Paul is quickly learning that his words have consequences.

  • 'Lone wolves in America' encouraged to attack Times Square, Las Vegas: report
    'Lone wolves in America' encouraged to attack Times Square, Las Vegas: report

    Instructions for 'how to make a bomb in your kitchen, to create scenes of horror in tourist spots and other targets' pops up on message board, Vocativ reports.

  • Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
    Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing

    MOSCOW (AP) — The arrest of a Russian billionaire on Wednesday sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin, wiping away more than $2.5 billion in market capitalization.

  • Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers alternative to smear

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said on Tuesday. In a study comparing the accuracy of urine sample testing with smear testing conducted by a doctor, scientists from Britain and Spain found the results were good and said using the urine test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV) could lead to more women agreeing to be screened. ...

  • Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace
    Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

  • Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group
    Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group

    Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said. ...

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