MIAMI

Records show Zimmerman had injuries after shooting

Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that prosecutors have in the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. He has entered a plea of not guilty and claims self-defense in the Feb. 26 shooting. A message left Tuesday evening with Zimmerman’s attorney was not immediately returned.

Zimmerman was treated Feb. 27 at Altamonte Family Practice. A phone call made Tuesday evening to the practice rang unanswered.

ABC News first reported Zimmerman’s injuries from the medical records

Some of the injuries were previously reported by The Associated Press based on video of Zimmerman.

WASHINGTON

Blind activist, in call to hearings, claims persecution

For the second time in less than two weeks, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist, has spoken by phone to a U.S. congressional hearing and alleged persecution of his relatives.

Chen complained Tuesday that his elder brother and nephew had both been beaten by Chinese authorities since Chen fled house arrest in late April.

Chen said a charge of homicide brought against his nephew was “trumped up” as he was acting in self-defense after being subjected to a three-hour beating that left him bleeding.

“This is a pattern,” Chen said. “This is not the first time it happened against my family.”

Rights activist Bob Fu, who translated Chen’s comments, earlier testified that Chen’s nephew, Chen Kegui, using a kitchen knife, had injured several people who had burst into his home without warrants.

Chen is awaiting Chinese permission to travel to study in the U.S.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that U.S. visas for Chen, his wife and children are ready for them to travel to America once Beijing gives the green light.

KODIAK, Alaska

Fly swatters with sports team logos floating ashore

Dozens of fly swatters bearing logos of collegiate and professional sports teams have been washing up on the beaches of an Alaska island.

The fly swatters found on Kodiak were believed to be debris from last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

But the Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that they are from a shipping container that went overboard almost four months ago.

Team Sports America received word that the container ship carrying its products from China lost several shipping containers after a rogue wave hit the vessel in a storm.

A cable on the ship broke and a whole row of containers got loose in the Pacific Ocean.

It is likely the containers were on the Cosco Yokohama, a container vessel traveling from Asia to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.