Daily Archive: July 14, 2013

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Entertainment

Box office: ‘Despicable Me 2′ holds top spot

This film file publicity image released by Universal Pictures shows characters Lucy, voiced by Kristen Wiig, left, and Gru, voiced by Steve Carell in “Despicable Me 2.” The minions of “Despicable Me 2” ran away with the July 4th box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western “The Lone Ranger” in the dust. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, File) by Ryan Nakashama AP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal’s minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel “Despicable Me 2″ outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2″ and director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-robots action flick “Pacific Rim.”

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National

Zimmerman cleared; attorney says safety a concern

In this image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/TV Pool) by Kyle Hightowe and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writers SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — After a year and a half of living as a hermit, George Zimmerman emerged from a Florida courthouse a free man, cleared of all charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. His brother said the former neighborhood watch volunteer was still processing the reality that he wouldn’t serve prison time for the killing, which Zimmerman, 29, has maintained was an act of self-defense. Late Saturday night, a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and declined to convict him on a lesser charge of manslaughter. However, with many critics angry over his acquittal, his freedom may be limited.

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National

Analysis: The race factor in George Zimmerman’s trial

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton (CNN Photo/Joe Burbank/POOL) by Tom Foreman (CNN) — When the verdict came, it was as dramatic as anyone could have imagined. A late Saturday night, a courtroom of breathless people, the accused man standing, and finally the words: “We, the jury, find George Zimmerman not guilty.”