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CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Three-time AL Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez said Monday he is appealing his suspension through the 2014 season for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez was among 13 players disciplined for involvement with the now-closed Biogenesis wellness clinic, but his punishment was the most severe. He hasn't played this season due to injury but was inserted into the New York Yankees lineup at third base for Monday's game in Chicago.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement Rodriguez' suspension would begin Thursday and cover the post-season in both 2013 and '14. The lengthy suspension was due to Rodriguez's "use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years."

STARKE, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- John Ferguson, convicted of eight murders, was executed by lethal injection in Florida Monday after a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed.

The Miami Herald reported Ferguson's death at the state prison in Starke, officially clocked at 6:17 p.m. EDT, came about an hour after the nation's highest court declined to intercede. His final words could not be understood by witnesses, the newspaper said.

He was the fifth Florida death row inmate to be executed since December.

SANFORD, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- A jury in Florida Saturday night found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The verdict came after the Seminole County jury of six women deliberated a total of about 15 hours over two days following a five-week trial, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The panel could have found him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former Democratic U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, a legend in Philadelphia politics, died Monday in London, a spokesman said. He was 71.

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 |  Tuesday, 30 July 2013 15:59
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FAIRFAX, Va., July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic has given a prime contract for C5ISR services to General Dynamics One Source.

The award is one of 15 under the Business and Force Support Multiple Award Pillar contract with an overall value of more than $900 million over five years to all awardees if all options are exercised.

The command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services to be provided will be global in scope.

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin verdict were a step toward a new debate on race relations.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said Sunday Obama gave validation to long-held feelings in the black community that they were in treacherous waters when dealing with the justice system and with Congress.

"I think that it was timely, but more importantly I think that he could feel the anger that was going around across this country," Fudge said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And he felt that he needed to respond in a way that I think took a lot of courage."

CORVALLIS, Ore., July 29 (UPI) -- The return of wolves to Yellowstone is helping the national park's grizzly bears by restoring one of the staples of their diet -- berries, experts say.

The level of berries consumed by Yellowstone grizzlies is significantly higher now that shrubs are starting to recover following the re-introduction of wolves, which have reduced over-browsing by elk herds, scientists at the Oregon State University reported Monday.

Berries are important to help bears put on fat before going into hibernation, they said.

MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday she believes Florida's Stand Your Ground law helped her son's killer get away with murder.

Sybrina Fulton's comments came during the National Bar Association's annual conference in South Florida, The Miami Herald reported.

"The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder," Fulton said, adding, "I think we have to change these laws so people don't get away with murder."

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 |  Saturday, 27 July 2013 11:15

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- Millionaires say they are not so financially comfortable they can do whatever they want, when they want to, a U.S. survey found.

UBS Wealth Management Americas surveyed 4,450 investors with $1 million or more in investable assets and found that most of them said they didn't feel rich, the New York Post reported.

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 |  Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:19

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- Relatives of pop icon Michael Jackson say they are outraged Dr. Conrad Murray will not serve his full sentence for manslaughter, Britain's Daily Mirror said.

Murray, 60, gave Jackson a lethal dose of anesthetic while he was treating him, leading to Jackson's death at age 50 in 2009.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison, but is scheduled to be released Oct. 28, after serving less than half the sentence.



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