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Jury deliberates Zimmerman's fate for a second day

George Zimmerman's future -- either acquittal or guilt of murder or manslaughter -- was back in the hands of a Florida jury Saturday morning. The six jurors entered their second day of deliberations.

Man swims 5 hours to get help when boat sinks

A family outing on their sailboat turned dangerous when the boat was swamped and everyone was thrown overboard, but a determined family member swam away to find help, and he found it, five hours later.

National gay blood drive aims to lift donation ban

Activists are organizing the first national gay blood drive Friday in an effort to combat the Food and Drug Administration's ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

'Coulda beens,' 'what ifs' not enough to convict Zimmerman, defense says

George Zimmerman, accused of hatefully gunning down an African-American teenager, isn't guilty of anything "except protecting his own life," the former neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said Friday in closing arguments i

U.S. House approves farm bill without food stamp aid

The U.S. House approved revised legislation on Thursday to overhaul the nation's farm programs -- one that doesn't include an extension of food stamps.

VIDEO: Cornyn, Colleagues to Obama: Partial 'Obamacare' delay does not go far enough

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today joined all 45 fellow Senate Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to extend the Obamacare employer mandate delay to the rest of the flawed law and to make those delays permanent.

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges dreams of 'no kid hungry' in U.S.

Editor's note: Jeff Bridges has worked for more than 30 years on issues concerning childhood hunger here and abroad. He founded the End Hunger Network in 1983 to organize the entertainment industry around this cause.

Texas judge allows Armstrong lawsuit to proceed

Texas Judge Darlene Byrne ruled on Monday that a $3 million lawsuit can proceed against Lance Armstrong.

Governor Perry appeals President's denial of major disaster declation for West explosion

Texas Governor Rick Perry formally appealed President Barack Obama's decision to deny a major disaster declaration that would provide additional federal assistance to the people of West as the community continues to recover from the deadly

VIDEO: 'Stop, drop, roll' saves man's life after car smashes into gas pump, catches fire

A Tennessee man is in the hospital recovering from severe burns to his body after a fiery accident. Authorities say the simple thing he did after the impact likely saved his life.