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The Top 13 News Stories Of 2013

We have a new pope, a new mayor-elect and more time to enjoy those large, sugary drinks. Here are our picks for the 13 biggest news stories from 2013, in order of when they occurred.



Experts: Blackface Halloween Costumes Cross A Line

With Halloween coming up, some experts have warned that acts such as dressing up in blackface are crossing a line.


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NYC Man Accused Of Posting Facebook Threats After Zimmerman Trial

A man has been charged with making a terroristic threat, after police allegedly found threatening messages on his Facebook account linked to the trial of George Zimmerman


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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Speaks Out With Sharpton At Rally Outside NYPD

Prior to a rally outside NYPD Headquarters on Saturday, the mother of Trayvon Martin said she is proud of her son, and that she will work to maintain a foundation in his name to help “other victims of senseless guns violence.”


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President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’

President Barack Obama surprised the country on Friday, speaking out about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict.


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Demonstrators To Protest Zimmerman Verdict In Conn.

Demonstrators are planning peaceful rallies in Bridgeport to protest a jury’s not-guilty verdict against George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.


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Zimmerman Juror Speaks Out: I Think Trayvon Was The Aggressor

Juror B-37 explained what went on in the jury room, including how they determined George Zimmerman was not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.


Demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin protest in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Justice For Trayvon’ Rally Shuts Down Major Newark Intersection

Hundreds of people gathered at Broad and Market streets on Monday afternoon, with many carrying signs reading, “Justice for Trayvon Martin.”


Trayvon Martin supporters march through the streets of Manhattan blocking traffic after a rally for Martin in Union Square on July 14, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Attorney General Holder Calls Martin Killing An ‘Unnecessary Shooting’

In his first comments since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Martin case, the attorney general said that Martin’s parents have suffered a pain that no parent should have to endure.


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Victor Cruz Owns Up To Zimmerman Tweet, Offers Mea Culpa On WFAN

Cruz says he’s “not the type of guy to incite violence on anyone” after making headlines for a regrettable post on Twitter.


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Zimmerman Found Not Guilty: New Yorkers Take To The Streets

Strong reaction has erupted in New York and across the country after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.


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Victor Cruz Apologizes For Post-Zimmerman Verdict Tweet

Cruz posted “Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him.”


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New Yorkers React After Not Guilty Verdict Delivered In Zimmerman Trial

A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Saturday night.


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Trayvon Martin Family Holds Vigil In NYC To Mark Anniversary Of Son’s Death

The 17-year-old unarmed black teenager was killed Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman after the two got into a confrontation.


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Judge: George Zimmerman Can Be Released On Bail

By questioning a state investigator on the witness stand during a routine bail hearing, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney showed some of the weaknesses in prosecutors’ claims that the neighborhood watch volunteer committed second-degree murder, legal experts say.