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Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 38, who allegedly went on a shooting spree in Afghanistan, could be sentenced to death if convicted on any of the 17 counts of murder filed against him. In addition, he faces six counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault.
- The coroner's report on the death of Whitney Houston was released Thursday afternoon. The report ruled her death an accidental drowning from "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." In addition to the cocaine found in her system, the coroner said marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl were also present, but those drugs did not cause her death.
- "You could not have found a more perfect illustration of why people distrust Romney than to have his (adviser) say that the Etch A Sketch allows you to erase everything in the general election. You have to read the guy's quote to realize -- if he had set out to highlight for everybody why we distrust Romney, I think he couldn't have done a better job." – Newt Gingrich, pouncing on a quote by Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who said on CNN that if Romney wins the Republican nomination, "it's almost like an Etch A Sketch -- you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again." Rick Santorum also jumped on the comments.
- The standoff between French police and an al-Qaida-trained militant ended Thursday morning when the man, Mohammed Merah, was shot during a gunbattle. Officers stormed the apartment of the man after a 31-hour standoff, and Merah fired at officers, wounding two. Merah, who was shot in the head and died, was accused of killing three French paratroopers, a rabbi and three children.
- There were two big NFL stories Wednesday. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who lost his job after the team signed Peyton Manning, was traded to the New York Jets. The Jets traded two draft picks for the popular Tebow, and they now have a quarterback problem of their own – they already have a solid starter in Mark Sanchez. Also in the news was New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended by the NFL for a year because of the team’s bounty program, which awarded players for injuring opponents.
- "Now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Gov. Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall.” – Jeb Bush, who endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday, a day after the Republican took a commanding lead in the delegate race by winning Illinois.
- "The dots have all been connected. Arrest George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin in killing in cold blood right now.” - Benjamin Crump, attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, who was killed Feb. 26 when walking back to his dad’s fiancee’s house after buying some Skittles. Zimmerman, the man who said he shot Martin, has said he acted in self-defense, but Martin’s girlfriend disputes that. She was on the phone with Martin as he was being followed by Zimmerman, and she said Zimmerman stalked Martin and then apparently pushed Matin to the ground. Zimmerman has not been charged with any crime, but the Justice Department is now looking into the case.
- Researchers believe they have located the plane of Amelia Earhart, who died during a trans-Pacific flight almost 75 years ago. A photo taken in 1937 was recently re-examined with high-tech photo tools, and researchers say the landing gear matches the type of plane Earhart was flying. Ric Gillespie of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will lead a team in July to search the area, which is near Hawaii.
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