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This morning, George Zimmerman is selling the gun he used to shoot Trayvon Martin, Brazil's president faces an impeachment trial, a supersonic train completes its first public test, and more.

by VICE Staff
May 12 2016, 9:53am


A 2012 march through New York in demanding justice for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The gun that killed him is now up for sale. Photo via Wikimedia



Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Zimmerman Auctions Trayvon Martin Gun
George Zimmerman is selling the gun he used to shoot and kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin almost four years ago. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in 2013, has listed the handgun for a single-day auction on gunbroker.com with a starting bid of $5,000.—The Washington Post

Trump Seeks House Speaker Support
Donald Trump meets House Speaker Paul Ryan this morning in a bid to gain his backing for the GOP presidential nomination. Ryan has said he does not want "to pretend we're unified as a party." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed Donald Trump on Wednesday night, saying he was "going to work very hard" for him. —The New York Times

US Activates Missile Station in Romania
The US will launch a land-based missile station in Romania today, as part of a defense shield protecting NATO nations in Europe. The US is believed to have spent $800 million on radar and missile interceptors. Senior US officials are expected at an opening ceremony in Deveselu, Romania. —CNN

Planned Parenthood Killer Unfit for Trial
Robert Lewis Dear, the man who admitted to killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, was found unfit to stand trial and has been indefinitely confined to a state mental hospital. The judge decided Dear suffers from "delusional disorder, persecutory type." —USA Today

International News

Brazilian President Will Face Impeachment Trial
Brazil's senate has voted to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. Senators voted to suspend her by 55 votes to 22 after an all-night debate lasting more than 20 hours. Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during Rousseff's trial, which could last up to 180 days. —BBC News

Syrian Government Take Ground Outside Aleppo
Pro-government forces have seized key positions from rebels just north of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Handarat area is important because it is very close to the last route into rebel-held areas of Aleppo. —Reuters

Italy Legalizes Same-Sex Unions
Italy's LGBT activists celebrated in the streets of Rome on Wednesday night after the parliament approved a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions. Italy had been the last Western European nation not to allow such unions. The Catholic Church opposed the change, with one archbishop calling it "a form of creeping fascism." —Al Jazeera

Debris from Flight MH370 Confirmed
The Malaysian government says two more pieces of debris found on beaches in South Africa and Rodrigues Island near Mauritius were "almost certainly" from missing jet flight MH370. Five separate pieces of debris have now been confirmed as being from the plane that vanished in March 2014. —AP


Azealia Banks. Photo via Wikimedia.

Everything Else

Supersonic Transport System Completes First Public Test
The supersonic transport system proposed by tech billionaire Elon Musk's company has carried out a successful public test of its prototype propulsion system. The Hyperloop One sled reached 116 MPH in 1.1 seconds. —The Guardian

Apple Won't Be Phasing Out iTunes Downloads
Apple has denied a report claiming the company is planning to stop download offerings on iTunes in favor of a subscription-only service within three to four years. "This is not true," said a spokesman. —Buzzfeed News

Azealia Banks Dropped from Festival for Racist Rant
A London music festival removed New York rapper Azealia Banks from its lineup after she sent racist tweets to Zayn Malik. After accusing him of stealing her style ideas, Banks called him "curry scented" and a "dirty refugee." —Noisey

NASA Releases Patent for Moon Dust Fuel
NASA has released 56 of its patents into the public domain in an effort to democratize its technologies. One patent is a plan to use moon dust as a power source: a machine known as the "dusty plasma thruster." —Motherboard

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