Fast-moving wildfire near Palm Springs, Calif...More Zimmerman jurors comment...Milwaukee trial in boy's death

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 9:00 AM

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire in the mountains west of Palm Springs, Calif., is threatening dozens of homes. Officials say the blaze already has destroyed several structures and about a half-dozen vehicles. The wildfire started Monday between Palm Springs and Hemet, and a day later had surged to about 14 square miles. It's now 10 percent contained.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of a Florida teen say they don't necessarily share the same views as their fellow juror who gave an interview Monday night. That juror told CNN she didn't think Zimmerman broke the law. The four other jurors issued a statement saying, "The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrations continue following Saturday's verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. In California, rallies Tuesday night were small and calmer than they were the night before, when 14 people were arrested. Los Angeles police have vowed to crack down on violence and vandalism with quick action. In San Francisco, a peaceful crowd gathered Tuesday night to a rally with the NAACP.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — In Milwaukee, a 76 year-old man is on trial for gunning down a 13-year-old neighbor he accused of breaking into his home. John Henry Spooner's own surveillance cameras show him confronting the boy, pointing a gun and firing into his chest from a few feet away as the teen's mother stood on her porch. Spooner's attorney argues that his client suffers from a mental illness.

WASHINGTON (AP) — No deal has been announced following a White House meeting to lower interest rates on student loans. A bipartisan group of senators met Tuesday evening with President Barack Obama. Interest rates on new subsidized Stafford student loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1 because Congress didn't avert the hike.

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