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Pistorius forensic expert continues testimony

Forensic expert, Roger Dixon, left, holds a court exhibit, a magazine rack, as he answers questions put to him by chief state prosecutor Gerrie Nel , right, during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.

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Yankees unveil plaque for Nelson Mandela

Zondwa Mandela, second from left, his wife Lindo Mandela, left, and New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, right, pose with a copy of the Nelson Mandela plaque before the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees play Game 2 of a baseball doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Zondwa is Nelson's grandson. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change.

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Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

Oscar Pistorius reacts as he  listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.

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Prosecutor ends cross-examination of Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius listens to evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 after questioning by state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, had earlier finished. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine the prosecution’s efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.

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Pistorius breaks down on stand in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions.

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