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Zimmerman judge recused herself

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Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself from the George Zimmerman trial due to a conflict of interest, MSNBC reported.

The attorney for Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara, asked that Recksiedler be removed from the case, according to ABC News, because her husband is in the same law firm as a legal analyst for CNN who has commented on the case.

"The goal is to have a new judge in place in order to make that hearing," court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy said of Zimmerman's impending hearing this Friday.

Considering these setbacks, the state and attorneys estimate that the trial will not be settled until 2013, according to ABC News.

Flames erupted from 40 apartment units in Virginia Beach, Va. after a navy jet crashed into the complex on Friday, CBS News reported.

The student pilot and his instructor ejected before the crash, and Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber said in a press conference that the plane had experienced a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The pilots had also dumped most of the F/A-18D Hornet's jet fuel before ejecting.

"By doing so, he mitigated what could have been an absolute massive, massive fireball and fire," Virginia Beach EMS division chief Bruce Nedelka told The Wall Street Journal. "With all of that jet fuel dumped, it was much less than what it could have been."

Thankfully, only seven people were injured and there were no deaths.

"It just looked basically like he dropped out of the sky, pretty much," witness Daniel Kavanaugh told CBS News. "The front end of the plane started going down and then, boom - a huge black cloud of smoke."

Supreme Court Hears Second Day of Health Care Case

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The Supreme Court extended the arguments for the health care case to be the longest in 45 years, ABC News reported. Twenty-six states are part of the lawsuit against the health care law.

The law itself is over 1,000 pages long, and the justices will hear three days of oral arguments on it. The second day of arguments featured the more conservative justices dominating the arguments.

"Could you define the market -- everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli," Justice Antonin Scalia said, according to Tuesday's transcript.

The proponents of the law have their main argument as follows: "For most Americans, for more than 80 percent of Americans, the insurance system does provide effective access," Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. said, according to Tuesday's transcript.

They will have one more day of oral arguments on Wednesday, and then the justices will release their decision sometime in late June, The Atlantic Wire reported.

Showing a "little extra" is a Lot More

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Ryan Langston, 6 years old and a child model who has Down syndrome, brought his style to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress' 28th annual conference on Saturday, which had the theme "Style Down Syndrome."

The theme came from a story written in GQ by John B. Thompson in 2011 that named Boston as the worst dressed city in the United States. "Boston suffers from a kind of Style Down Syndrome, where a little extra ends up ruining everything," Thompson wrote, which GQ has since changed.

The MDSC commented on inviting Langston as a Special Guest in a press release. "At our conference, we will officially take back what Style Down Syndrome really means: determination, integrity, hope, humor, and yes, style."

Langston has nationally starred in ads by Target and Nordstrom, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

When NBC Nightly News asked Langston in an interview at his home in Garwood, N.J. if he was a star, he replied, "Oh yeah!"

"We all want to see who's like us, and I think that they're no different than anybody else," Ryan's mom, Amanda Langston, told NBC Nightly News. "They want to see themselves included in the landscape that is, you know, our life."

Free Speech or Hate Speech?

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The Afrikan Black Coalition invited controversial Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, 78, to their annual conference held at the University of California, Berkley on Saturday.

With over 300 students in attendance and more watching the speech via webcast, there were mixed reactions from the students and the UC administration because of his racist and radical comments made both in the past and in his speech.

"I believe the (Black Student Union) had every right to bring Farrakhan," ASUC Senator Noah Ickowitz told San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU as he passed out petitions against Farrakhan's appearance, "but we are hurt by Farrakhan's words."

Other students in attendance, including UC junior Mariah Cochran, were inspired by the speech. "In my opinion, (it) was mainly about black empowerment - focused on black students," she told The Daily Californian.

"A provocative, divisive figure with a long history of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic speech," is how UC President Mark Yudof described Farrakhan in a statement released Saturday. "But, as I have said before, we cannot, as a society or as a university community, be provoked by hurtful speech to retreat from the cherished value of free speech."

Farrakhan's initial message was not to be particularly racist, however. "All of you are being deceived by what you call education," he said. Whether black students are being deceived by educators with a hidden agenda or Farrakhan is deceiving them with radical statements is ultimately for the students to decide.

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