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Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- John Edwards was found not guilty on one count Thursday in his corruption trial, but a mistrail was declared on the other five counts after jurors couldn't reach a concensus. Jurors deliberated for nine days in the case against Edwards, in which he faced charges stemming from using campaign contributions to pay off his mistress to hide his affair. The charge he was found not guilty on Thursday was the count of accepting illegal contributions from Rachel "Bunny" Mellon during his presidential campaign in 2008.
- On Friday, a juror in the trial of John Edwards said that jurors believed the former presidential candidate was guilty, but they couldn’t prove it. "He was just smart enough to hide it, and we couldn't find the evidence," Cindy Aquaro said. Another juror echoed those comments. Edwards was cleared of one charge, and a mistrial was declared on the others on Thursday. Edwards could be retried, but no decision has been made yet.
- "It was really shockingly low." - Bill Dunkelberg of the National Federation of Independent Business, responding to Friday’s jobs report for May. About 69,000 jobs were added, but economists expected 150,000.
- "If we are right in thinking that disparate impact on minority interests and federalism concerns both require somewhat more in this case than almost automatic deference to Congress' will, this statute fails that test." – The three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which ruled Thursday that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
- "I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy, and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee." – Mitt Romney in a statement after he secured enough delegates Tuesday night to unofficially claim the GOP nomination for president.
- A naked man who was shot by a police officer in Miami after he wouldn’t stop eating another person’s face was probably high on “bath salts,” officials said. Bath salts are a drug that “causes them to go completely insane and become very violent," said Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar. The drugs also elevate body temperature, which is why many users take off their clothes. Aguilar said the officer shot the man because "when the officer approached him, told him to stop, pointed a gun at him, he turned around and growled like a wild animal and kept eating at the man's face."
- "What is clear is government forces were involved. They were shelling, using tanks and artillery. And it appears to be Shabiha militia (a government group), entering houses and slaughtering people in what is really an abominable crime that took place throughout the day on Friday." – U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville, talking about the decision Tuesday of eight nations to expel Syrian diplomats from their countries. The Syrian government is accused of numerous human rights violations, the latest coming Monday after a slaughter of more than 100 people in the town of Houla. About half of the victims were children.
Video of the week: Cows crash house party
Six cows got loose out of their Massachusetts pasture and headed down the road to a recent college grad's house party.
GateHouse News Service