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Michael Dunn: Jury selection expected to begin next week

Michael Dunn: Jury selection expected to begin next week

A chance encounter explodes in violence, leaving an innocent, unarmed teen dead. Michael Dunn is accused of gunning down 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot. Dunn told cops he pulled up next to Davis and three of his friends inside an SUV where Dunn proceeded to tell the teens to turn down their music. The situation escalated quickly. Dunn claims his life was threatened and he shot the teen in self-defense. Cops say Dunn fired at least 8 shots into the SUV, hitting Davis twice and killing him. Dunn is now charged with first degree murder.

Jury selection in the case is slated to begin Monday.

USDA suspends calf slaughterhouse

USDA suspends calf slaughterhouse

The USDA temporarily shut down the Catelli Brothers calf slaughter plant in New Jersey after the Humane Society of the United States conducted an undercover investigation of what was going on inside.  What they found was horrific.  Calves are shot several times before finally becoming unconscious.  They're shocked, hit and sprayed with powerful hoses.  This is supposedly one of the largest lamb and veal companies in the country according to their website.  The Catelli Brothers plant was shut down, but no criminal charges have been filed.  In a statement, the Catelli Brothers wrote:

"For two generations, Catelli Brothers has recognized our ethical obligation for the well-being of calves that are in our care, and we take our commitment to humane treatment of every calf seriously. We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made regarding the care of calves at our facility.  Any mistreatment of animals at our facility is unacceptable, and our established practices strictly prohibit the processing of any downed calves.

Canadians unite! Rob Ford sticks up for Justin Bieber

Canadians unite! Rob Ford sticks up for Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber and Rob Ford. It seems like an unlikely duo but maybe it's their shared Canadian roots that bind them together. The Toronto mayor - who has suffered his own fair share of blunders recently - came to the defense of superstar Justin Bieber.

“He’s a young guy, 19 years old. I wish I was as successful as he was,” Ford said to a Canadian radio station. “Nineteen years old, guys, think back to when you were 19, you know?”

Amanda Knox's friend: 'She is a fighter'

Amanda Knox's friend: 'She is a fighter'

Amanda Knox has been found guilty of murder again! The American has long claimed that she was framed for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.  The two were studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, when Kercher was found strangled and stabbed to death in their apartment.

Italian prosecutors accused Knox of trying to force Kercher to take part in a drug-fueled satanic sex game.

Could Justin Bieber actually be deported?

Could Justin Bieber actually be deported?

Could Justin Bieber actually be deported?  Jane discussed that with CNN's Don Lemon. 

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Extremely cool nuns adopt pit bull

Extremely cool nuns adopt pit bull

In other "Things that Should be Disney Movies" news, a trio of New York nuns popped into an animal shelter over the weekend to adopt Remi, a 9-year-old pit bull.

The three sisters from Our Lady of Christian Doctrine specifically chose Remi because she's an older dog, and a pit bull, two factors that make for a hard sell when it comes to pet adoption. 

Russell Simmons asks Obama to end dolphin hunts

Russell Simmons asks Obama to end dolphin hunts

Russell Simmons spoke to Jane about the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan saying, “This kind of suffering should not be tolerated.” Sea Shepherd says more than 1,200 dolphins have been herded into ‘the cove’ and about 600 have been killed. Many dolphins have been pulled from the cove and taken into captivity. Simmons tells Jane, “These abusement parks should be stopped.”

Simmons and Simone Reyes penned a letter to Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan (click here to download the pdf). It has also been signed by a bunch of celebrities. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is mentioned in the letter, is a huge free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and several countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia, Chile, Mexico and Japan. It isn't expected to just deal with how goods are imported and exported but also with other factors like labor and environmental standards. The letter also makes mention of the film, "Blackfish." The controversial 2013 documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, focuses on the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was aired later on CNN, which is HLN's sister network.

Russell Simmons: This suffering shouldn't be tolerated

Russell Simmons: This suffering shouldn't be tolerated

Russell Simmons spoke to Jane about the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan saying, “This kind of suffering should not be tolerated.”   Sea Shepherd says more than 1,200 dolphins have been herded into ‘the cove’ and about 600 have been killed.  Many dolphins have been pulled from the cove and taken into captivity. Simmons tells Jane, “These abusement parks should be stopped.”

For more information on the dolphin hunts and the organizations that are speaking out against them go to SeaShepherd.org thedodo.com, or dolphinproject.org

Why not adopt a pet? These pets all need homes!

Why not adopt a pet? These pets all need homes!

Each night, Jane Velez-Mitchell features her "Pet of the Day" on her show at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Today, we have a special collection for Pet of the Day. These pets all need new homes. 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is teaming up with animal welfare expert Jane Garrison and adoptapet.com to try to find some amazing animals new and loving homes. You can find information on adopting each animal below. And you can always go to adoptapet.com to rescue an animal near you! If you save any of these animals, please send us a photo so we can post it on the website. Our email address is Jane@hlntv.com

New store will sell 'expired' food

New store will sell 'expired' food

Doug Rauch wants to sell you food that is past its sell-by date. 

Rauch, former president of retail grocery chain Trader Joe’s, is trying to do more than just use food that would be wasted -- he's trying to completely change the way we handle our food both at home and in stores. 

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