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Boxer Fights to Protect India's Women— With an App

Mary Kom wants women to feel safe on streets

(Newser) - In a country where sexual violence is widespread and vastly under-reported, Olympic boxer Mary Kom is working to make women feel safe on the streets again. She has launched a smartphone app and text service to give Indian women tips on how to fight off attackers, Wired reports. The five-time... More »

Guy's Shotgun Defense: Joe Biden Said I Could

He is charged after firing gun to chase away people

(Newser) - Call it the Biden defense. A man in Washington state is in legal trouble after he fired his shotgun into the air to scare away people he thought were breaking into his vehicles. His unusual defense? “I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” he tells KOIN... More »

Texan Gets 40 Years for 'Stand Your Ground' Slaying

He filmed himself confronting neighbor over party noise

(Newser) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for what prosecutors described as an attempt to use the state's "stand your ground" law to get away with murder. Raul Rodriguez shot dead his neighbor, a 36-year-old teacher, after going next door to complain about noise... More »

Teen Babysitting His Siblings Shoots Intruder

Cops praise boy, 14; suspect will be booked when he recovers

(Newser) - A Phoenix teenager babysitting his siblings shot and critically wounded a home intruder, police said. The unidentified 14-year-old boy was in charge of his younger siblings, 8, 10, and 12 years old, when first a strange woman, then a man pounded on the door of the home. He raced upstairs... More »

Breivik: Mass Slaughter Was 'Self-Defense'

He smiles, salutes, and cries in court

(Newser) - As his trial began in Oslo today, Anders Behring Breivik told the court that the slaughter of 77 people in Norway was a matter of ... self-defense. "I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," he said. Upon entering... More »

Can You Get Over Killing a Person?

Zimmerman could suffer nasty symptoms for years

(Newser) - A murder victim suffers the worst possible fate. But what about psychological damage to the killer? Therapists who work with them—be they police officers or possible self-defense gunmen like George Zimmerman—have one piece of advice: Relive the incident slowly in your mind, reports Slate . And when you question... More »

Funeral Director: No Sign of Struggle on Trayvon's Body

And witnesses' tales aren't all jibing with Zimmerman's story

(Newser) - It wasn't a great day for George Zimmerman yesterday, as a series of stories raised fresh doubts about his tale of killing Trayvon Martin in self-defense. First, the funeral director who prepared Martin's body for burial said he observed no signs of a struggle, reports CBS News . Aside... More »

Witness: Zimmerman Straddled Trayvon

...with hands pressed on his back: neighbors

(Newser) - Another day, another completely conflicting witness in the Trayvon Martin killing. This time, a neighbor is rebutting George Zimmerman's claims of self-defense and trying to help Martin after the shooting. Mary Cutcher and her roommate say they went outside after hearing shots fired and spotted Zimmerman on top of... More »

24 States Have 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Trayvon Martin shooting brings them renewed attention

(Newser) - The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has brought renewed scrutiny to Florida's "stand your ground" law on self-defense. In many states, a person who feels threatened in a public place is legally obligated to attempt to flee before deadly force can be used. Not so in Florida or,... More »

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