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Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- A judge ruled Friday that despite George Zimmerman not reporting $204,000 in donations, he won’t change the bond. The judge said he needs to find out the legality of the issue first. When Zimmerman was in court for his bond hearing, he received a relatively low $150,000 bond because he said he had no financial resources. He has collected $204,000 in donations through his website, however.
- "He needs more people around him who he has respect for who are not afraid to tell him what's right. That's the one thing I'm disappointed in.” – Former coach Larry Brown, talking about one reason why the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats finished with the worst record in NBA history.
- "We have had employees that have engaged in misconduct. People make mistakes." – Unnamed government official, talking about the Secret Service. In the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal, a similar scandal in El Salvador has emerged.
- The Salton Sea in California, near San Diego, is shrinking. It is losing about a foot a year, and recent rulings by the state supreme court are not helping the sea. Environmentalists say that if the sea dries up, animals will be affected, and chemicals in the seabed could cause problems for humans.
- "When he says he is transitioning, what he means is that he is trying to determine as a citizen how he will pro-actively help Mitt Romney become president and the Republican Party win back the Senate and help (House Speaker) John Boehner keep his majority in the House." – Source who wishes to remain anonymous, talking about Newt Gingrich’s decision to suspend his campaign, which is expected to take place Tuesday. Gingrich did not win any of yesterday’s primaries.
- South Korea has cut back on beef from the United States after mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. U.S. officials said the animal was not a part of the food chain, but that didn’t stop South Korea from being cautious. The country is one of the largest importers of American beef.
- "My kids, they are scared for their life. They just saw two women jump their dad in his own house, in his room, in my room. It's sad. I got locks on my doors right now. Is somebody going to have to die? Is it going to be me before the court does something and get this woman out of my house? It's absurd." – Deion Sanders, talking to a Dallas TV station after his wife was arrested on domestic violence charges. The former football and baseball star tweeted that his estranged wife and another woman jumped him, and that his kids witnessed it. He later tweeted a picture of his kids filling out police complaints.
- Facebook reported that it now has more than 900 million active users. Growth of users is slowing, however. The company said it grew 33 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous year, but the year before, growth was at 58 percent.
- "During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow. I hope he's OK. The Thunder, they're playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he's OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.” – Los Angeles Lakers player Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), talking about a move that got him ejected from a game Sunday. Video of the incident calls into question the “accidental” nature of the hit that gave James Harden a concussion, and the NBA is reviewing the incident and may suspend World Peace.
- The trial for the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew began today. Prosecutors said William Balfour killed the family members because he was upset his wife, Hudson’s sister, wanted a divorce. Hudson appeared in court as a witness.
Video of the week: Family makes singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” a morning ritual
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