Quote of the day.
“I believe it was an accident, I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn’t turn the clock back. I would ask him, ''Did he know that that was a minor, that that was a teenager and that he did not have a weapon?''” - Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, speaking on the TODAY show after the arrest of George Zimmerman on a second degree murder charge.
1. Santorum out, evangelicals edge closer to Romney.
Now, facing the abrupt end of Mr. Santorum’s presidential bid, some evangelical leaders have begun to rally behind Mr. Romney, saying their shared hostility toward President Obama will be a powerful force for uniting the party in November.
(New York Times)
2. Copts seek a voice in Egypt's unrest.
Christians, who make up roughly 10% of Egypt''s more than 80 million people, say life has gotten more dangerous since Mubarak''s fall and that police have been ineffective in preventing attacks.
3. Conn. legislature approves repeal of death penalty.
After years of failed attempts to repeal the death penalty, Connecticut lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have passed legislation that abolishes the punishment for all future cases.
4. Gunmen kill two illegal immigrants in Arizona.
Two illegal immigrants were shot to death by camouflaged gunmen northwest of Tucson in an incident evoking a pair of 2007 attacks, Arizona authorities said Wednesday.
(Los Angeles Times)
5. Keystone XL pipeline bill wins Nebraska approval.
Lawmakers voted 44-5 Wednesday to give final approval to a bill that will allow Nebraska to proceed with a $2 million study to find a route for TransCanada''s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state.
6. Troop brain injuries hit record.
Improved battlefield diagnosis has led to a record number of concussions detected among U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq last year, with an average of 16 inflicted each day last spring, according to newly released Pentagon figures.
7. Wraps come off special operations Afghan war plan.
Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw.
8. North Korea rocket launch appears imminent.
Despite warnings from the United States, as well as China and Russia, Pyongyang said Wednesday that it was fueling a three-stage rocket for imminent launch, depending on weather conditions.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)
9. Guns silent after Syria truce.
Syrian troops held their fire in the hours after a U.N.-backed ceasefire took effect at dawn, casting a silence over rebel areas. But the lull is doing little to convince opposition activists and Western powers of President Assad''s good faith.
10. UN alarm over Sudan-South Sudan clashes.
Sudanese warplanes have launched an attack on a major South Sudanese town, bombing the capital of the oil-producing Unity border state, according to South Sudan officials.