July 16th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

Victim Allegedly Electrocuted by iPhone5

Apple is investigating reports that a woman in China was electrocuted by her iPhone5. The family of the victim claims she died answering a call while her phone was charging.

The woman's body showed clear signs of electrocution, reports CNN's David McKenzie. Chinese authorities have warned consumer in the past to not use dodgy iPhone chargers.

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July 16th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Discusses Interview with Juror B37

The first member of the Zimmerman trial jury to speak publicly, a women identified as Juror B37, sat down in a CNN exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper on AC360 on Monday night.

This morning, Anderson Cooper stopped by "New Day" to discuss their conversation.

When the trial ended and Juror B37 was let out of sequester, the public attention on the trial was shocking for her.

"She says she really had no idea how big this case had become. How much interest there was in it..." says Cooper. "She's been really overwhelmed at the amount of interest in this case and just how many people are trying to pursue her, her family."

Prior to coming on AC360, Cooper met with her for two hours. She was crying just talking about the experience of going through the trial- it weighs on her very heavily, according to Cooper. She had planned on writing a book about the experience, but has since backed out because of public backlash.

When she reflects on the deliberation process in the jury room, and all the evidence before them, the jurors spent a great deal of time analyzing the interaction between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

"They ended up focusing on just those last few seconds and minutes of the struggle, and did George Zimmerman fear for his life? And that's really what it boiled down to for them," says Cooper. "They never talked about race, not once, she says. She didn't consider it, she doesn't think any of the other jurors considered it."

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For more of the interview, in-depth coverage of the George Zimmerman verdict and an AC360 Townhall: Race and Justice in America:

Watch AC360° at 8, 10, and 11 pm ET.

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July 16th, 2013
11:01 AM ET

San Diego Mayor Refusing to Step Down

The mayor of San Diego is refusing to step down this morning. Bob Filner is accused of inappropriately touching and kissing former supporters, including an ex-staff member.

His chief of staff has resigned, his fiance left him, and now with threats of a sexual harassment, many are calling for his resignation, CNN's Stephanie Elam reports.

"...We need to stand by our women who have been abused, who have been sexually harassed and stand up for them and get him out of office," says Donna Frye, former San Diego councilwoman.

The backlash prompted the mayor to release an apology video on YouTube.

"I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who have worked for me and with me," Filner says in the video.

Can the mayor maintain his position? What do you think? Let us know.

 

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July 16th, 2013
08:50 AM ET

Zimmerman Trial: What Happened in Jury Room?

Days after the “not guilty” verdict was delivered in the George Zimmerman trial, we hear what happened inside the jury room.

Juror B-37 spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper on AC360 Monday night about her experience and what she thought of the testimony:

Admitting to the complexity of the case and the instructions the jury was given, Juror B-37 says the jurors spent hours deliberating over the law before deciding to acquit. “That's how we got to the point of everybody being not guilty,” she says.

Juror B-37 says their decision was an emotional one. According to her, everybody started to cry after the bailiff took their votes.

“It's just hard, thinking that somebody lost their life and there's nothing else could be done about it,” she says. “It's a tragedy this happened, but it happened… And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away… It just didn't happen.”

Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos feels that Juror B-37 gives the impression she found Zimmerman somewhat culpable.  (see top video)

“Although they ultimately concluded under the law as they understood it that he didn't do anything,” he says. “When you hear her talk, you could see her going either way.”

He says earlier that the jury's instructions were even confusing to him, though he feels the jurors were focused on the proper issues before ultimately considering self-defense for the not guilty verdict.

“They went through each and every element. They adhered to their duty,” Cevallos says. “But boy, it's interesting to hear their walk through the path.”

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