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Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, spoke out this morning for the first time about last weekend's George Zimmerman verdict.

Tracy Martin told Today's Matt Lauer:

"We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime that he committed."

Added Fulton, "I think (the legal system) failed Trayvon to a certain degree. I think we let the process take its course. We didn't get the verdict that we were looking for."

"Our focus has continued to change. First it was for the arrest, then it was for a conviction. So now we've moved on to a different focus, but yes, I think we were disappointed."

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She may look like an easy target, but Margaretta Wolf, 96, turned the tables on a would-be robber at her neighborhood grocery store in Wisconsin.

Looks can be deceiving, as they say.

Having owned and operated her store for 54 years, she wasn't about to cave to some armed intruder after he ordered her to open the cash register.

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"I said: 'I'm not opening that register. That's it, I'm not opening it. I said have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register,'" she said.

The man in the silver mask and carrying a knife continued to give Wolf orders during the robbery attempt Monday, but she was having none of it.

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Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, a possible witness in the murder trial of alleged crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, has been found dead, reports indicate.

The body of Rakes, 59, showed "no obvious signs of trauma" and an autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death, officials said.

The corpse was found yesterday at 1:30 p.m., police said.

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Rakes had been eager to testify that Bulger threatened his family at gunpoint and forced him to turn his liquor store into a front for the Winter Hill Gang.

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Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover story has inspired an ever-growing list of boycotts among retail outlets, including now by 7-Eleven stores.

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The chain is joining the outrage at Rolling Stone, which put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover with a piece on his life leading up to the Boston bombing.

A rep for 7-Eleven, Inc. says that it "will not sell the August 1 issue of the Rolling Stone magazine" inside any of its 1,700 company-operated stores.

There are another 5,900 franchised stores, and the rep says they'll also urge those franchise owners to pull the issue spotlighting the alleged terrorist.

CVS, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop have also boycotted the issue.

What do you think of the controversial Rolling Stone cover?

 

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Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old Thursday, a milestone that's being met with gleeful celebrations throughout South Africa and around the world.

The scene outside the hospital where Mandela is being treated has been joyous, as children with balloons and flowers in front of giant get well cards.

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Nelson Mandela's birthday, July 18, has become a global holiday, known as International Mandela Day, to honor the former president's legacy.

The anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner encourages people to volunteer, do community service and offer acts of kindness, great and small.

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Sorry, plain and boring Barbie. Your days of ruling the toy world are apparently over.

Mattel announced yesterday that its second quarter net income dropped by 24 percent and it shares by nearly seven percent, with most of the blame directed at poor sales for Barbie.

The numbers for that iconic figure have dropped in four consecutive quarters.

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However, Monster High dolls - which have been dubbed "Goth Barbie" and which are based on teen characters whose parents are well-known monsters - have been a major coup for the company.

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With controversy swirling over the latest Rolling Stone cover - it features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and teases how he "became a monster" - the magazine has come out with an online statement.

As an editor's note to the Web version of the story, Rolling Stone writes:

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“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. "

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Chris Reynolds opened his June PayPal statement a little while ago and could not believe his good fortune. His great fortune, actually.

His ridiculous fortune: the numbers said the Pennsylvania PR executive had a balance of… $92,233,720,368,547,800.

We'll do the math for you: That's over 92 QUADRILLION dollars.

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"It's a curious thing. I don't know, maybe someone was having fun," Reynolds said of the discovery, which would have made him the wealthiest man in the world by a large margin if legitimate.

Unfortunately, when Reynolds checked the actual website, he saw his balance for what it truly is: $0.

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The CVS magazine rack will be without one of its usual items this month.

The chain announced today that it will not sell the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone issue, the cover of which hit the Internet today and has stirred up quite a bit of controversy online.

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Explaining the store's decision to not provide publicity for the man at the center of the Boston Marathon bombing, a rep for CVS said in a statement:

"As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

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If you've ever thought "I'm going to do something stupid if Twitter tells me to", let this be a cautionary tale. Or, you know, don't even consider basing a decision on thousands of faceless strangers in the first place.

This man is named Dylan McCue-Masone. Dylan tweeted during last night's All-Star Game that he would run out onto the field if he got 1,000 retweets.

Now, I'm a fan of twitter, and I know how exciting it can be when someone RT's you (well I've heard it's exciting) but surely it wouldn't cause someone to do something on the edge of legality, right?

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