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George Zimmerman granted bail

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A Florida judge set bail at a hearing on Friday at $150,000 for George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

According to ABC Action News the conditions of bail include wearing an ankle monitor to be tracked by the Seminole Sheriff's Office, and he must remain unarmed.

Zimmerman's attorney told the media that there is concern for his clients safety and will not be released until sometime next week to ensure his security.

In an attempt to calm the agitation around community over the case, Zimmerman made an apology to the Martin's parents in court on Friday, PBS News Hour reported. "I wanted to say I am sorry the loss of your son," Zimmerman said. "I did not know how old he was and I did not know if he was armed or not."

Benjamin Crump, who is the attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents, said he did not believe the apology was sincere.

Final flight for Shuttle Discovery

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Shuttle Discovery, the nation's longest flying spacecraft made its final flight on Tuesday during a spectacular sighting seeing tour around some of the Washington D.C. landmarks.

The spacecraft took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and circled the capital before making its final stop in Virginia where it will be put on display at the Smithsonian.

According to Fox News, Shuttle Discovery made a total of 27 trips into space and is NASAs most traveled spacecraft.

"The Discovery was in great shape when she landed," former Discovery astronaut Michael Barrett said in a report with ABC News. "This is the way you want to end a program."

ABC News reported when the shuttle arrives at the Smithsonian on Thursday, cranes will be used to lift the shuttle off the plane in an extremely "delicate" process.

U.S. Military School holds first gay pride events

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Norwich University, the oldest private military academy in the country held its first gay pride festivities and events in the history of the school.

The Associated Press reported "condom Olympics" and "queer prom" were just a few of the names of the events held at the military school that consists of 1,300 cadets and 1,100 civilian students.

The organized events were planned by the gay student club at the school, who felt comfortable in establishing the group in response to the end of "Don't Ask, don't Tell" military policy.

Though there has been a new openness of sexuality in the atmosphere of the school, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that members of Norwich's Christian Fellowship have expressed their conflicting viewpoints. Still they have managed to work together in creating a nonjudgmental environment.

Hipsters showcase Kristin Stewart

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Los Angeles hipsters are presenting unique artwork inspired by Twilight's Kristin Stewart at Meltdown Comics in a showcase called "Muchos K-Stew" and it has some of the actresses fans upset over what they believe is an insulting event.

One art piece has already been revealed and displays a painting of the actress spewing blood out of the mouth. 89.3 KPCC claimed that the event is in fact "poking fun" at the actress who is known for showing little emotion in the vampire series.

89.3 KPCC also reported that the event will feature Kristin Stewart themed drinks and several Los Angeles comedians will be present, such as Steve Agee, Eric Appel, and Peter Atencio.

According to International Business Times the entire Kristin Stewart themed exhibit will run from April 7-20th.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans disapprove of the presidents handling of gas prices according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll.
In the president's hometown, gas prices keep crawling closer to $5 per gallon. FoxNation reported that the price at the pump has never been this high in Chicago with an average price per gallon in the metro area of $4.51.
The high gas prices are presumed to play a major role in this year's upcoming election and republicans are not the only ones upset. An online poll of 606 Americans indicated that democrats and independents disapprove of the presidents handling of gas prices.

Odds in the Wildcat's favor

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With the final four teams determined and set to play in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in New Orleans, the Kentucky Wildcats are favored to win.
According to Bloomberg.com the Wildcats have a 52 percent chance of winning the championship, followed by Ohio State with a 25 percent chance. In last year's tournament the Wildcats knocked out the Buckeyes in the regional semifinals.
The Wildcats are also favored to capture the schools eighth national championship in a poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times. According to the poll, nearly 50 percent of 1,930 readers predicted the Wildcats as winners.
Kentucky's success stems from key contributions by underclassman that have put together a remarkable 36-2 record, which makes them the most favored team since 1999 Duke squad.

The real Tim Tebow

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The NFL quarterback sensation offers a rare look inside his life beyond football and religion with an exclusive interview with USA Today.
Tebow's humanitarianism and religious convictions are well documented and discussed in the media, but what about Tim Tebow the person?
He describes himself as a "homebody" and his favorite thing to do off the field is spending time laughing with family and friends and finds public appearances to be awkward and unnatural.
Tebow is well attuned to the negative media attention that he attracts, but says that he does his best to avoid it in an interview with Hannah Storm.
The superstardom life of an athlete is not attractive to him and instead he focuses on keeping faith and family at the center of his life. In hopes to be a good role model for young fans, Tebow chooses not to consume alcohol.
Easily the most hyped and talked about question regarding the 24-year-old, is his love life. With so much speculation in the media, Tebow, who currently is single, uses the word "careful" more than once to describe this part of his life in the interview with USA Today.

Keystone Pipeline still an issue

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President Obama is trying to influence Senate Democrats against a plan proposed by the Republicans to proceed with the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline.
According to Politico, a vote is scheduled for today and is expected to be close with two Democrats already onboard with the Republicans.
Republicans and other critics of the president's stance assert that Obama is preventing an opportunity to create jobs at a time of economic crisis, Politico reports.
The president and White House officials say the pipeline poses environmental concerns and claimed that Republicans are using this issue to play politics, USA Today reports.

President working towards lower gas prices

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Barack Obama retaliated against his critics at a White House news conference on Tuesday, who claimed the president wants gas prices to rise.
According to CBS News, the president told Fox News correspondent Ed Henry that it would be a political disaster for him to go into re-election with a desire for gas prices to go up.
A notable critic of the president is GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Last month on CBS This Morning he claimed that Obama wants to steer people towards alternative energy sources and therefore wants gas prices to rise.
According to Fox News, the president is planning on setting up a team to research the oil markets and pinpoint what is the driving factor in the rising prices of oil. The president is also extremely focused on investing in future clean energy technologies.
Right now gas prices are higher than they have ever been at this time of the year and in the past month have risen over 28 cents per gallon, CBS News Reports.
The president said the gas prices are aligned with a 30 year pattern, rising this time of year and then dropping again, Fox News reported.

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