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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
says the jury verdict that freed the killer of
Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was
"questionable." But he isn't sure it will have
staying power in the public consciousness.
Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation,
Powell said cases like Martin's "blaze
across the midnight sky" and are forgot-
The first black chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of
state, Powell says America has come a
long way toward racial equality 50 years
after Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a
Powell recalled being refused service
when trying to buy a hamburger before
the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Minorities have many more opportuni-
ties today, but Powell says King would still
demand work on education and housing.
Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict 'questionable'
Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager
Trayvon Martin, speaks at the podium in
front of the Lincoln Memorial in
Washington on Saturday, with Rev Al
Sharpton, left, and Tracy Martin, Trayvon's
father. AP PHOTO
New York s attorney general sued Donald
Trump for US$40 million Saturday, saying
the real estate mogul helped run a phony
"Trump University" that promised to make
students rich but instead steered them into
expensive and mostly useless seminars, and
even failed to deliver promised apprentice-
Trump shot back that the Democrat s law-
suit is false and politically motivated.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says
many of the 5,000 students who paid up to
US$35,000 thought they would at least meet
Trump but instead all they got was their pic-
ture taken in front of a life-size picture of
The Apprentice TV star.
"Trump University engaged in deception
at every stage of consumers advancement
through costly programmes and caused real
financial harm," Schneiderman said.
"Trump University, with Donald Trump s
knowledge and participation, relied on
Trump s name recognition and celebrity sta-
tus to take advantage of consumers who
believed in the Trump brand."
But Trump s attorney accused Schneider-
man of trying to extort campaign contribu-
tions from the real estate mogul through his
investigation of Trump. Attorney Michael D
Cohen told The Associated Press on Saturday
that Schneiderman s lawsuit was filled with
falsehoods. Cohen said Trump and his uni-
versity never defrauded anyone.
He said Trump University provided nearly
11,000 testimonials to Schneiderman from
students praising the programme and said
98 per cent of students in a survey termed
the programme "excellent."
"The attorney general has been angry
because he felt that Mr Trump and his various
companies should have done much more for
him in terms of fundraising," Cohen said.
"This entire investigation is politically
motivated and it is a tremendous waste of
State Board of Elections records show
Trump has spent more than US$136,000 on
New York campaigns since 2010. He con-
tributed US$12,500 to Schneiderman in Octo-
ber 2010, when Schneiderman was running
for attorney general, records show. An out-
spoken conservative, Trump himself flirted
with a presidential run last year. (AP)
Police yesterday arrested the last of five
men wanted in the gang rape of a photo-
journalist in Mumbai, and said charges
would be filed soon in a case that has
incensed the public and fueled debate over
whether women can be safe in India.
The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman,
said she was anxious to return to work after
Thursday night s assault, in which five men
repeatedly raped her while her male colleague
was beaten and tied up in an abandoned
textile mill in the country s financial capital.
A statement from Jablon Hospital, where
she has been since the attack, said her con-
dition was being monitored but that she was
"much better" and was being visited by fam-
ily. Indian law forbids identifying rape victims
Police arrested the fifth suspect yesterday
in New Delhi, the capital, after rounding up
the other four in Mumbai.
"We will file a comprehensive charge sheet
soon," said Mumbai s police commissioner,
Satyapal Singh, assuring that police had the
evidence to prosecute the suspects, including
the victim s testimony and medical samples
taken at the hospital after the assault.
It is rare for rape victims to visit police or
a hospital immediately after an attack in
India, where an entrenched culture of tol-
erance for sexual violence has led to many
cases going unreported.
Oscar Pistorius' character, his temper and his
use of guns are expected to be examined in his
murder trial for the killing of girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp, based on the prosecution's list of
Members of Oscar Pistorius' family, an ex-girl-
friend, some of his friends and neighbours, men
connected to firearms clubs, a professional cage
fighter, a boxer and a host of police specialists and
experts are listed as prosecution witnesses for the
double-amputee Olympian's murder trial next year.
Pistorius was indicted on a charge of premedi-
tated murder for the killing of Steenkamp. His trial
is set to start on March 3, 2014.
He said in an affidavit, his only testimony so far,
that Johan Stander was the first person he phoned
after he shot Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of
February 14. He asked Stander to call an ambu-
lance. Stander, who Pistorius described as an ad-
ministrator of the gated community where the
athlete lived, arrived at the house as Pistorius car-
ried a fatally wounded Steenkamp downstairs, ac-
cording to Pistorius.
As the first person to talk to and to see Pistorius
after the shooting, Stander's observations of the
immediate aftermath may help a judge decide
whether Pistorius had minutes earlier committed
murder, as prosecutors say, or made a deadly mis-
take---the core of the trial.
Neighbours and guards
There are 18 people, including Stander, on the
state witness list connected to the Silver Woods
Estate where Pistorius lived.
A key part of the prosecutors' case is that they
say some of the witnesses, likely neighbours or es-
tate workers, heard a woman scream before the
gunshots. The suggestion is not only of a fight be-
tween the couple, but also that Pistorius should
have known where Steenkamp was by the scream
before he shot.
Security guards and an unnamed doctor, who
Pistorius said lived at Silver Woods and also arrived
at his house soon after he shot Steenkamp, may
testify. The prosecution says that Pistorius "walked
into security guards" when he went downstairs car-
rying Steenkamp. The guards are not mentioned by
Pistorius' family and friends
Pistorius' uncle Arnold, brother Carl and sister
Aimee are all named as prosecution witnesses. It's
unclear when or if members of Pistorius' family ar-
rived at his home in the hours following the shoot-
ing, but the prosecution said in an initial charge
sheet that the runner "said to a friend/sister that
he thought it was a burglar," claiming Pistorius
talked to people close to him soon after he killed
Other friends of Pistorius are witnesses, includ-
ing one who also lived at Silver Woods and a car
dealer who says he introduced Pistorius and
Steenkamp in 2012.
tell of Pistorius'
character at trial
New York sues Trump
over school, claims fraud
In this May 23, 2005 file photo, real estate mogul and Reality TV star August 25, 2013:
Donald Trump, left, listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New
York where he announced the establishment of Trump University. New York Attorney
General Eric Schneiderman is suing Trump for $40 million, saying that "Trump University"
didn't deliver on its advertised promise to make students rich, but instead steered them into
expensive yet mostly useless seminars. AP PHOTO
Last of 5 suspects in Mumbai gang rape arrested
Police officials escort an accused, with the head covered with black cloth, in the gang rape
of a photojournalist after producing him before a court in Mumbai, India, yesterday. Police
yesterday arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Indian
woman in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the
public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India. AP PHOTO
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