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FLORIDA: Appeal by Trayvon's mother

Surrounded by Democratic legislators, the mother of Trayvon Martin told a crowd at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday why the state's "stand your ground" law should be repealed. Martin was killed nearly a year ago in Sanford by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he shot Martin in self-defense, because he may have been reaching for the gun Zimmerman was carrying. "How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do anything about it," Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, asked. "It is important that we do something about this law." Zimmerman was not initially arrested in part because of the "stand your ground law." Ultimately, a special prosecutor charged him with second-degree murder.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sanford trying for comeback

Former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career was derailed four years ago because of his affair with an Argentine woman, is attempting an improbable comeback. Once mentioned as a potential 2012 GOP presidential contender, the 52-year-old Republican announced Wednesday he will run for his old congressional seat. Sanford, a penny-pinching conservative long before the tea party movement, said he is done apologizing for the affair and wants to restore "fiscal sanity" to Washington. But some have said the affair will be difficult for Sanford to shake. After all, he disappeared from the state for five days in 2009, telling his aides, who told the media, that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

OHIO: In search of a hit man

A man hatched a plot to kill a woman he was in a home-ownership dispute with, authorities say, by approaching an emergency room patient at the Cleveland Clinic, where he worked as a nurse, with the question, "Ever killed anyone?" No, the patient replied, but I once shot a man. That was good enough, authorities say, for nurse Andrew Martin, 23, who allegedly tried to resolve the dispute by offering the patient $10,000 to kill the woman, who was never hurt. Martin has pleaded not guilty.

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