National briefs: Voice experts banned in Zimmerman case

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a major victory for murder suspect George Zimmerman, a judge Saturday ruled that prosecutors may not use two state audio experts who say the voice heard screaming for help on a 911 call was 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson had heard three days of testimony about the science used by the state's experts.

On Saturday, she ruled that it failed to meet Florida's legal standard.

She said the science supporting the experts' analyses "is not as widely accepted at this time" as the more established methods relied on by defense witnesses who said it was impossible to conclude whose voice it was.

However, jurors can expect prosecutors to still play the audio.

Girl awake after transplant

PHILADELPHIA -- A spokeswoman for the family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the process of getting the organs says the girl has awakened from a medically-induced coma.

Tracy Simon said Sarah Murnaghan was awake Friday and responding to questions by nodding to indicate yes or no. Two days earlier, she was moved from a heavy-duty breathing machine to a traditional ventilator.

Sarah underwent a six-hour operation after a judge intervened and gave her a chance at the list of organs from adult donors, not just child donors.

Ms. Simon said Sarah's family is optimistic with her progress.

Obama has climate plan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said he plans to announce on Tuesday a plan to curb climate change that includes using his executive authority to impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power.

Mr. Obama didn't offer further details of his plan, but said he'll make the announcement at Georgetown University.

He is prepared to take action if Congress doesn't, according to spokesman Jay Carney, and he has directed his Cabinet to come up with executive actions to reduce pollution and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

Erratic wildfire slowing

DEL NORTE, Colo. -- A massive wildfire threatening a tourist region in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 60 square miles, but officials said Saturday that the erratic blaze had slowed and they were optimistic they could protect the town of South Fork.

The fire's rapid advance prompted the evacuation of hundreds of summer visitors and the town's 400 permanent residents Friday, and it could be days before people are allowed back into their homes, cabins and RV parks, fire crew spokeswoman Laura McConnell said.

South Fork Mayor Kenneth Brooke estimated that 1,000 to 1,500 people were forced to flee.



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