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We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday in the murder trial of Michael Dunn.

Reporters inside the court say the makeup of the jury is diverse: 10 females and six males -- 11 of whom appear to be Caucasian, three of whom appear to be African-American, one of whom appears to be of Asian descent and the last appears to be Hispanic.  The Jacksonville judge overseeing the trial said the jury will be sequestered for the remainder of the trial.

Hoffman told stranger: 'I'm a heroin addict'

Hoffman told stranger: 'I'm a heroin addict'

John Arundel is a magazine journalist who spoke with Philip Seymour Hoffman last month at Sundance Film Festival. Arundel says he met the late star in a bar where Hoffman introduced himself as a heroin addict.

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Michael Dunn jury will be sequestered

Michael Dunn jury will be sequestered

Jury selection continued today in the trial of Michael Dunn, the middle aged white man accused of gunning down an unarmed 17-year-old African American boy.  It was announced today that the jury will be sequestered during the trial.  Jury selection is expected to wrap up later this week, meaning the trial could begin as soon as Wednesday.

Dunn, a software developer, is accused of shooting Jordan Davis in a Jacksonville, Florida parking lot after arguing over loud music.  Dunn claims Davis and his friends threatened him, and even claims he saw one of the teens in the car with Davis raise a shotgun before he opened fire.  Dunn's attorney says he shot in self-defense, and he may argue Florida's "stand your ground" law during the trial.

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Meet The Rescues!

Meet The Rescues!

Meet The Rescues is a brand-new online reality show where Jane gives you a glimpse into her day-to-day life with her rescued furry friends!

Jury selection underway in Michael Dunn trial

Jury selection underway in Michael Dunn trial

Jury selection began Monday in the controversial murder trial of Michael Dunn, the 47-year-old software developer who fatally shot unarmed teen Jordan Davis in November 2012.

Dunn is accused of shooting and killing Davis after an argument over loud music in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. Dunn claims the teen was threatening him, and he shot Davis in self-defense. Police never found a weapon on Davis or in the SUV he was in.

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.

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