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    George Zimmerman will be allowed to go free on bail after a dramatic two-hour hearing in which he took the stand and apologized for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old.

    "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son," a stoic Zimmerman said in his first public statements about the death. "I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."

    After the hearing, attorneys for Martin's parents said the apology was disingenuous, the Associated Press reported.

    Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman to remain in jail for at least another day, but he could be released while awaiting trial if his family posts a $150,000 bail. Prosecutors who charged the now-infamous neighborhood watchman with second-degree murder lost their argument that he not be freed or that the bail be set at $1 million.

    Zimmerman's attorney said after the

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  • A school administrator in suburban Chicago has resigned after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student.

    Photo: Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire (CBS Chicago)

    Paul Weil, who has been dean of students at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire since 2008, submitted his resignation on Wednesday. The district's Board of Education late Thursday accepted the resignation, reports the Chicago Tribune.

    School officials, though, are not releasing specific details of what was said in the messages or even the nature of the conversation. Police said they were not criminal in nature, but inappropriate, according to CBS Chicago. The Lake County State's Attorney's office also is reviewing the texts to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in the case, CBS Chicago reports.

    Lincolnshire Police Chief Peter Kinsey told the Tribune that the text messages did not appear to meet the criminal definition of "sexting" and that no photographs were involved.

    School spokesman Jim Conrey called it a "very sad day" for

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  • Updated at 4:15 p.m. CT

    A high-speed car chase involving a suspect believed to be armed and dangerous ended without incident Thursday in downtown Dallas.

    The drama unfolded over the lunch hour as a red SUV led police cruisers and television news helicopters around multiple North Texas cities at speeds of 50 to 70 mph. Shortly before he surrendered, the driver even circled Dallas City Hall with officers in pursuit.

    Local television stations reported the driver may have been wanted for allegedly shooting a gun at his estranged girlfriend on Wednesday. A woman, seen during the chase in the passenger seat of the SUV, was whisked away by officers when the driver finally stopped on a busy downtown street. Officers said she was not the suspect's ex-girlfriend.

    CBS 11 in Dallas later reported that the suspect, 25-year-old Tenorris Duncan, was jailed on an aggravated assault charge. Police, who recovered multiple weapons from the SUV, said that additional charges are possible.

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  • Australian Open finalist Serena Williams

    MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Factbox on American Serena Williams, who will bid for her 19h grand slam title against Maria Sharapova at the Australian open on Saturday: Born in Michigan on September 26, 1981. (Age: 33) Seed: 1 GRAND SLAM CAREER: 18 - Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010); French Open (2002, 2013); Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012); U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014) * Williams is tied for fourth on the list of female grand slam title winners. ...

  • Tennis-Djokovic edges Wawrinka to book final with Murray

    (Adds details, byline) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic ended Stan Wawrinka's title defence on Friday with another five-set clash to book a third final showdown with Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Both players had their chances, with Djokovic fluffing his lines when 2-0 up and closing in on victory in the fourth set. Wawrinka clawed his way back, breaking the Serb and saving three break points with some brilliant play before roaring on to force a fifth set. Fourth seed Wawrinka had a chance to break Djokovic in the opening game of the decider, but blasted a backhand long.

  • Serena and Sharapova's 'black heart' rivalry
    Serena and Sharapova's 'black heart' rivalry

    The bitter rivalry between Australian Open finalists Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova took root on the hallowed Wimbledon turf in 2004 and is still thriving more than a decade later -- both on and off the court. The problem was, the fairytale victory that catapulted her to global celebrity came at the expense of Serena Williams -- top seed at the time and hot favourite for a third straight Wimbledon title -- a result that the American has never forgotten. It has spurred her on to an overall record of 16-2 against Sharapova, with the Russian's last victory over the world number one coming more than a decade ago. Since 2005, the American's winning streak is 15-0, including straight sets wins over Sharapova in the Australian and French Open finals (2007 and 2013), as well as the gold medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

  • Tennis-Williams bids to continue tyranny of Sharapova

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - One of the few players with the game to trouble Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova's decade-long losing streak to the American great is one of the more curious anomalies in women's tennis. Sharapova was a 17-year-old sensation when she last beat Williams at the title-decider of her debut at the season-ending Tour Finals in 2004. It has all been one-way traffic since with Williams notching 15 successive victories on all surfaces, a record that Sharapova has been reminded of, again and again, before her bid to break the streak in the Australian Open women's final on Saturday. "I go into matches where I've beaten opponents and I don't want to focus on that because I don't want to get overly confident going onto the court," Sharapova said on Friday.

  • Djokovic fights off Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final
    Djokovic fights off Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final

    World number one Novak Djokovic fought off defending champion Stan Wawrinka over five sets to reach his fifth Australian Open final on Friday, where he will meet Andy Murray. The clash was Djokovic's toughest match of the tournament and his serve was broken five times in a another titanic duel with the Swiss world number four. It was their fourth straight Grand Slam encounter to go to five sets with Djokovic winning three of them. He lost to Wawrinka in the quarter-finals at last year's Australian Open.

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