WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin "questionable" and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race.
Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff questioned the verdict's impact on the civil rights discourse, saying the civil rights era helped blacks but more needs to be done.
"A lot has been accomplished, and we should be so proud of our accomplishments. But at the same time, that mirror should show us that there are still problems in this country, that there is still racial bias that still exists in certain parts of our country."
12-year-old on ventilator
MIAMI -- Family members of a 12-year-old boy who was infected by a rare and deadly amoeba say he's on a ventilator.
Zachary Reyna has fought the brain infection for weeks at Miami Children's Hospital. Family members say he was infected while knee boarding in a ditch near his family's LaBelle home on Aug. 3.
His uncle, Homer Villarreal, said the infection had resulted in extensive brain damage. Barring any changes, he said Zachary's parents plan to take him off the ventilator and to donate his organs.
The brain infection is called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and is usually fatal.
Girl off oxygen, walking
PHILADELPHIA -- The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants says the girl has been taken off oxygen and is doing well.
Janet Murnaghan said her daughter Sarah still gets support from a machine that helps her breathe, but she has started to walk around with the aid of a walker and has gone outside briefly.
The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after a federal judge intervened in her parents' lawsuit challenging national transplant rules.
SUV crash kills 3
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A pregnant woman and a child were among three people killed in an SUV crash that left six others injured in northern New Jersey, authorities said Sunday.
The crash happened Saturday night on Route 15 near Jefferson Township. Investigators said the vehicle suddenly swerved and left the roadway before overturning, ejecting several passengers.
The SUV's driver, 37-year-old Luis Torres of Jersey City, is charged with three counts each of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide and five counts of assault by auto.
Average gas prices fall
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps fell 3.99 cents in the past two weeks to $3.5586 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.
The survey covers the period ended Friday and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations. The average, which reached a year-to-date peak of $3.795 in the period ended Feb. 22, is about 20.05 cents below the year- earlier price of $3.7591 a gallon.
The highest price for gasoline in the lower 48 U.S. states among the markets surveyed was in Long Island, N.Y. The lowest price was in Charleston, S.C. Regular gasoline averaged $3.80 a gallon in Los Angeles.