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Today in History

Jun. 10, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, June 10, the 161st day of 2018. There are 204 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 10, 1978, Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the 110th Belmont Stakes to claim horse racing's 11th Triple Crown. (Alydar was second while Darby Creek Road came in third...

VH1's Trailblazer Honors to highlight TV pioneer Ryan Murphy

Jun. 7, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1's upcoming Trailblazer Honors will celebrate television pioneer Ryan Murphy and Trayvon Martin's parents. The event, now in its fifth year, recognizes champions of diversity and civil activism. Murphy, known for creating "American Horror Story" and "Glee," is being recognized for...

Judge: Fired officer must stand trial for killing black man

Jun. 1, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that a Florida police officer must stand trial for the fatal shooting of a stranded black motorist, saying his retelling of what happened on the darkened highway off-ramp was "unreliable and not credible." Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer rejected...

George Zimmerman tells court he's $2.5 million in debt

May. 24, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer who killed a black teen in Florida in 2012 says he's $2.5 million in debt and has no income. George Zimmerman filed paperwork detailing his financial state as he fights a misdemeanor stalking charge. The Orlando Sentinel reports a public defender...

Trayvon's parents say Weinstein's company owes them $150,000

May. 22, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired television series based on their son's legacy. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed court papers last week in...

Prosecutors: Officer's actions led to him killing motorist

May. 17, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer charged with killing a stranded black motorist should stand trial because it was his aggressive and reckless actions that created the altercation that ended with the man's death, prosecutors said it court documents filed Thursday. Prosecutors said Palm...

Charged officer's attorneys call shooting of motorist legal

May. 16, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer's actions before he killed a stranded black motorist are "irrelevant" and the shooting was justified because the man pointed a gun at him, the officer's attorneys argued in court documents released Wednesday as they attempted to get charges against him...

No restraining order for PI who says Zimmerman stalked him

May. 14, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A private investigator who says George Zimmerman stalked him with texts and phone calls won't be getting a restraining order. A judge in Florida on Monday denied the investigator's request for the injunction against Zimmerman. Zimmerman didn't show up for the court hearing in Sanford,...

Zimmerman charged with stalking Trayvon film investigator

May. 7, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say George Zimmerman threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker. Court records show Zimmerman was issued a summons for a May 30 arraignment on a charge of misdemeanor stalking. A sheriff's report says the investigator contacted Zimmerman in...

Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile data

Apr. 28, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state law requiring police departments to keep statistics on the race of motorists they pull over is set to expire, and debate is underway about whether the 14-year-old program is effective or simply an expensive, burdensome task for officers. The landmark study to determine...