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In the news this morning: Chinese students and the USC shooting, George Zimmerman heads to court, gunmen attack migrants in Arizona, more

Shaken by shooting, Chinese still seek US colleges - Associated Press The shooting deaths this week of University of Southern California graduate students Qu Ming and Wu Ying, both from China, came amid a steep rise in Chinese students pursuing higher education in the U.S. Last year, China sent almost 160,000 students to universities in this country.

George Zimmerman to Appear in Court Over Trayvon Martin Shooting - Wall Street Journal Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, is expected to appear in court for the first time today. 

Gunmen kill two illegal immigrants in Arizona - Los Angeles Times Camouflaged gunmen ambushed and fatally shot two undocumented immigrants, two men from Mexico and Guatemala, on Sunday as they rode with several others in the bed of a truck outside Tucson. Other migrants were similarly murdered outside Tucson in 2007.

9 suspected illegal immigrants die in Texas wreck - Associated Press Nine other migrants died this week in Texas when a suspected smuggling van crammed with people rolled and crashed after fleeing a traffic stop near the border in Texas. There were eight survivors.

Importing illegal immigrants – into private Georgia prisons - Atlanta Journal-Constitution On how documents in a media investigation reveal that even as Georgia and Alabama weighed strict anti-illegal immigration laws, "politicians from both states were lobbying hard to bring immigrant detainees in" to privately run detention centers that bring revenue to local governments.