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Nigeria declares three days of mourning for the 153 people killed aboard Dana Air Flight 997, George Zimmerman is back behind bars, and the unlikeliest of subjects celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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Need to know:
Nigeria begins three days of mourning today for the victims of yesterday's fatal plane crash in Lagos.

All 153 people onboard were killed when a Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos hit a building just north of the airport and burst into flames. The impact and ensuing fires killed at least 10 people on the ground.

Rescue teams continue to search the wreckage, and warn that they expect to find more bodies. President Goodluck Jonathan says he has ordered a full investigation into the crash, and that additional measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of Nigeria's aviation industry.

Want to know:
George Zimmerman woke up in jail this morning, after turning himself in to police yesterday afternoon. 

The neighborhood watch captain, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin, had until Sunday to surrender after a judge revoked his bond. Zimmerman was ruled to have misled the court about the state of his finances and possession of a second passport.

He's now being held without bail in Seminole County Jail, Florida. Zimmerman's defense team plans to file a motion for a bond hearing later today so the defendant can explain himself.

Dull but important:
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Just because:
The people of Britain will be giving thanks to Queen Elizabeth this morning – if only because they've got today and tomorrow off work in honor of her 60 years on the throne, aka the Diamond Jubilee.

The rest of us can enjoy the photos of yesterday's celebratory river pageant, hailed as most spectacular nautical parade in London for 350 years. And if your invitation to this afternoon's garden party at Buckingham Palace got lost in the mail, you'll still be able to watch the Jubilee pop concert on TV.

But perhaps Her Majesty's most grateful subject is Sir Thomas Turtleton of the Cayman Islands. The 60-year-old, 600-pound turtle was released into the wild this weekend, regaining the freedom he enjoyed when Elizabeth first donned the crown.

Strange but true:
On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart vanished while attempting what was then the longest ever round-the-world flight. Almost exactly 75 years later, do we finally know what happened to her?

According to new evidence presented by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, spent days or longer as castaways on a tiny Pacific island before they died. They apparently sent more than 50 radio signals for help, most of which were dismissed at the time as bogus, and ignored.

Researchers have located a number of artifacts on the island to support their theory – including what appear to be fragments of a jar of anti-freckle cream said to belong to Earhart. An expedition will return to the area in July, in search of the final piece of the puzzle: Earhart's famous aircraft, which the historians believe was swept away by rising tides.

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