Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs

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Obama to host British leader

President Barack Obama will host British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House in the coming week. The White House says the leaders will share a working dinner on Thursday, and then meet in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss a range of issues, from economic growth and international trade to the rise of Islamist militants and Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Zimmerman arrested in Florida * Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says Zimmerman, 31, was arrested for aggravated assault in Lake Mary, Fla., about 10 p.m. Friday and was held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. In a court appearance Saturday morning, Zimmerman's bail was set at $5,000. He scheduled to appear back in court on Feb. 17.

Ohio oil refinery hit by blast * An explosion at an oil refinery blew out windows at homes in Lima, Ohio, on Saturday and could be felt at least 10 miles away but resulted in no injuries, police said. All workers were accounted for after the blast at the Husky Lima Refinery, according to police. The blast triggered a fire that burned into midafternoon.

Plane crash victim was NASA researcher * The pilot of a small plane that crashed at a Los Angeles intersection was a NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher who worked on the Mars Curiosity Rover expedition. Alberto Behar died when his single-engine plane nosedived shortly after takeoff Friday from Van Nuys Airport.

New Yorkers honor French terrorism victims * Hundreds of people holding pens aloft in support of free expression rallied in New York City on Saturday to mourn victims of a deadly terrorist attack targeting the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. …

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