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Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Doctors in New Zealand say a 30-year-old woman who died from a heart attack likely did so because she drank too much Coca-Cola. Natasha Harris drank 2.1 to 2.6 gallons of Coke a day, Harris’ partner said.
- "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not." – George Zimmerman, talking in court Friday to the family of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman received a bond of $150,000, meaning he can go free if his family comes up with $15,000. Martin’s family had been hoping for a $1 million bond.
- The Secret Service interviewed rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, though the agency wasn’t issuing details on the conversation. Nugent made what seemed like threatening comments recently about President Barack Obama, saying, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
- "I said, 'Is it possible that these men would resign?' He said he had no doubt that they would, that they probably would. Why? Because of the culture. They have this pride, they don't want any bad apples and so it probably would be so uncomfortable to them that they would leave. So, yesterday's actions with regard to folks leaving and being fired did not surprise me one bit." – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Ga., talking to CNN about a conversation with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. Three agents are leaving after a prostitution scandal, and more resignations are expected.
- A mother was shot multiple times and then run over with a car while she tried to save her 3-day-old baby from a kidnapper, police said. The woman died from the attack outside a pediatrician’s office in Houston. The kidnapper was caught not long after, and the baby was recovered with no injuries. Officials said the kidnapper is a registered nurse.
- "The first thing I spotted was I had a mega ball number. The further I went, the more they matched. So, after I looked at it for a couple of minutes, I turned to my wife, who was right there with me, and I says, 'We won.' And she kind of looked at me funny, and I says, 'No, we won,' and then she started giggling, and she giggled for about four hours, I think." – Merle Butler, 65, of Red Bud, Ill., talking about the winning Mega Millions ticket that landed him and his wife, Pat, $218 million. The Butlers were one of three winners in the record Mega Millions lottery.
Page 2 of 2 - - Hostess – and its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other brands – may be dead if a court rules against the company’s unions. Hostess is in court this week to try to get its union contracts thrown out, but if it succeeds, union workers have pledged to strike, and many believe the company won’t survive a strike. Hostess filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
- "None of these will bring gas prices down overnight. But they will prevent market manipulation, and help protect consumers." – President Barack Obama, talking Tuesday about gas prices and a new effort by the Obama administration to curb prices. Obama proposed new measures on oil market speculation.
- A national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of Americans support the so-called "Buffet Rule," requiring people earning $1 million a year or more to pay at least 30 percent in taxes.
- "It’s hot out there, in case you didn’t know," said Wesley Korir to reporters after he won the Boston Marathon today. Korir was born in Kenya but lives in the United States. The temperature was around the mid-80s, and he ran it in two hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
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