Zimmerman jurors commenting ... Student loan meeting ... 'Glee' actor overdosed

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 9:00 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial have issued a statement distancing themselves from a juror who gave a broadcast interview. That juror -- identified as B37, told CNN that she believed Trayvon Martin struck Zimmerman first. The four jurors, who issued a brief statement late Tuesday on court stationery, say B37's views are her own.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss reducing interest rates on student loans. Interest rates on new subsidized Stafford student loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1 because Congress didn't avert the hike.

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of residences are being threatened by a fast-growing wildfire in the mountains west of Palm Springs, Calif. It has already destroyed three houses, three mobile homes, smaller buildings and some cars. The blaze, which started Monday, has grown to about 14 square miles.

PATNA, India (AP) — Officials now say insecticide may be to blame for the deaths of at least 20 children who were sickened after eating free meals at a primary school in eastern India. Another two dozen children and the school cook are hospitalized.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A coroner says "Glee" actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. Monteith was found dead Saturday in a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia after he didn't check out on time. Police say it's too early to say if the death was caused by a batch of bad heroin.

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