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Texas judge orders hospital to remove life support for pregnant brain-dead woman

TEXAS
Judge: Remove life support for woman

A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.

Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support. The hospital did not immediately say Friday whether it would appeal.

Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband, Erick Munoz, found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly because of a blood clot. The hospital and the family agree that she meets the criteria to be considered brain-dead — which means she is dead both medically and under Texas law — and that the fetus could not be born alive.

— Associated Press

SOUTH CAROLINA
Student killed outside university dormitory

A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus.

Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites in Orangeburg about 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. He said police haven’t figured out what led to the shooting.

— Associated Press

FLORIDA
AP seeks to block sale of Zimmerman art

The Associated Press has demanded that George Zimmerman halt the sale of one of his paintings because the news agency says it directly copies an AP photo.

Zimmerman’s painting depicts Jacksonville-based prosecutor Angela Corey holding her thumb and fingers together. An apparently made-up quote Zimmerman added to the piece reads, “I have this much respect for the American judicial system.” Corey’s office prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder last year.

Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., posted an image of the painting Wednesday on Twitter and tweeted a day later that they were in negotiations with possible buyers. The AP asked that any sale be blocked — and that, if there has been a sale, that the AP be paid damages.

Zimmerman sold another painting on eBay last month, with a winning bid of $100,099.99.

The brothers could not be reached for comment. But, on Twitter, George Zimmerman wrote Friday evening: “No worries AP, I’ll just take whatever U sue me for off your tab when I’m done suing you :-) Or . . . I could put out how much U offered me 2.”

Responding to the tweet, AP spokesman Paul Colford said: “We don’t know what he’s talking about.”

— Associated Press

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