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Trayvon Martin Shooter to be Freed on Bond

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George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was granted bail by a Florida judge Friday.

Zimmerman's bond was set at $150,000, and his release could occur as soon as the middle of next week. Zimmerman will have to wear an ankle monitor given his release, reported MSNBC.

Among the restrictions Zimmerman will face on bail are no drinking, no possession of firearms, no contact with the Martin family, and 7 PM to 6 AM curfew.

At his hearing, Zimmerman apologized to the Martin family, saying, "I am sorry for the loss of your son. 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."

Trayvon's parents called Zimmerman's first attempt at reaching out to them "insincere and self-serving."

Zimmerman, 28, maintains that he shot Trayvon Martin, 17, in self-defense, reported USA Today. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, asked that Zimmerman be able to leave the area while he is on bail due to safety concerns.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester was assigned to the case, replacing judges before him who claimed conflict of interest impaired their ability to tend to the case.

Navy Jet Crashes into Apartments, Called an "Miracle"

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A Navy F/A-18 jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, leaving about 40 units destroyed and landing seven people in the hospital.

According to the Associated Press, a student pilot and his instructor caused the crash that injured them and five others on the ground. All of them were released from the hospital by Saturday. The lack of casualties in this incident led the Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms to call it a "Good Friday miracle."

The jet emptied most of its fuel before it the crash, which caused the explosion to be less extensive, reported AP. Lives were also spared because the plane crashed into the apartment complex's courtyard in the middle of the day when fewer people are at home.

Mayfair Mews Apartments, where the jet crashed at about 12:05 p.m., is located about four miles northeast from where the jet took off, at the Naval Air Station Oceana, MSNBC reported. The two pilots ejected from the jet, but the parachute of one tangled on the building, where residents cut him free.

The cause of the crash is still unspecified, but Capt. Mark Weisgerber, deputy commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, said "catastrophic mechanical malfunction" was to blame.

Mega Millions Results Are In...

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The winning numbers for the $640 million lottery, the largest in history, were drawn in Atlanta Friday night, and the results are in: 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23.

Although they've yet to come forward, three winners in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland have been determined. Over 100 million people spent around $1.5 billion on losing lottery tickets, estimated the Associated Press.

The winners have the choice to receive their money in one lump sum payment of $105.1 million, or over 26 annual payments totaling $213 million before taxes, reported the Chicago Tribune.

The Maryland winner has 182 days to claim his or her winnings. The Kansas and Illinois winners have one year, or 60 days if they choose the lump sum.

According to AP, the store in Red Bun, Ill., where the ticket was purchased, will receive $500,000 for selling the ticket. The store that sold the winning ticket in Maryland will receive $100,000 and the Kansas location will receive $10,000.

Civil Rights Lawyer, John Payton, Dies

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The president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and lawyer for the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy died Thursday at the age of 65, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Payton died in Johns Hopkins Hospital from a short combat with multiple myeloma, said Gay MacDougall, his wife, according to the Washington Post.

President Obama released a statement declaring Payton "a true champion of equality," and said he was saddened at the loss of his "dear friend."

Payton was born in Los Angeles, and later joined a handful of black students at Pomona College in California, where he graduated in 1973. There he helped Pomona recruit more black students and start a black studies program. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1977, said the New York Times.

He spent his career challenging the Voting Rights Act, the city of Chicago, and the Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District, all on cases related to discrimination and civil rights.

In 2010, the National Law Journal named Mr. Payton to its list of "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers."

Romney's St. Louis Speech Criticizes Obama

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GOP candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech Tuesday, asking his audience for their support in his attempt to replace Obama as president later this year.

To the delight of his sunglasses-wearing St. Louis audience, Romney cited Obama's green energy policies, federal spending, and Obama's move toward a "European-like nation" as flaws in the current government.

"At a time like this, the president is looking around for someone to blame," Romney said. "It seems to be part of his nature. He's out of ideas, he's out of excuses, and in 2012 we're gonna get him out of office."

The confident presidential-hopeful made no mention of his fellow GOP candidates, who Romney has safely left in the dust, according to The Associated Press.

About 400 people attended the speech in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, CBS reported.

The Missouri caucus will be held Saturday, March 17.

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