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Charges in shooting

Police in central Florida say they've arrested a man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week. Lake Mary police say that Matthew Apperson has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a missile into an occupied conveyance. Apperson turned himself in. Detectives say Apperson intentionally fired his gun into Zimmerman's truck without provocation. Apperson's attorney has said his client fired in self-defense.


Questions following suicide

A Wisconsin woman says a Southwest Airlines flight attendant barred her from calling her husband after he sent her a suicidal text, and she's wondering if more could have been done to save his life. Karen Momsen-Evers said she got the text from her husband moments before her April 3 flight left New Orleans. She was about to call him when a flight attendant stopped her, citing Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Another flight attendant denied her request to make a call once the flight was cruising, she said. When she got home, officers met her at her house and said her husband was dead. In a statement to The Associated Press, Southwest Airlines said it was unable to share details about the situation, but extends "our deepest condolences."


61/2-year sentence for rabbi

A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped women undressing and using a changing room at a Jewish ritual bath was sentenced yesterday to approximately 61/2 years in prison. More than a dozen of the some 150 women Rabbi Bernard Freundel filmed spoke during the hearing. Freundel, 63, acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded women in a showering and changing area of The National Capital Mikvah in Washington, D.C., a ritual cleansing bath he worked to have built.


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