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Q&A: When does Casey Anthony's murder trial begin?

Mom's murder trial set for May 9

Could you please tell me when the trial begins for Casey Anthony, who is charged with killing her daughter?

This trial date for Casey Anthony's first-degree murder trial has been changed many times, but the latest start is May 9, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The state is seeking the death penalty.

Anthony, now 25, is accused of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, who disappeared in mid June 2008.

Caylee's grandparents grew concerned in mid July when they hadn't seen the girl for about a month, and confronted their daughter. They said Casey Anthony's car "smelled like death," and notified the Orange County sheriff on July 15.

After being questioned, Casey Anthony was arrested July 16 and charged with giving false statements, neglect of a child and obstruction of a criminal investigation.

She was released Aug. 21 when a California bondsman posted the $500,200 bail, but rearrested Aug. 29 on charges of forgery, fraudulent use of personal information and petty theft for allegedly forging $700 in checks and using someone else's credit card. She was released Sept. 5 when her grandparents posted her $500,000 bail.

On Oct. 14, Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder and has been in the Orange County Jail ever since.

On Dec. 11, 2008, a utility meter reader found remains of a small child in a wooded area about a half-mile from Caylee's apartment. Eight days later the county coroner confirmed the remains were those of Caylee Anthony. Her date of death was set at June 16.

Casey Anthony says she is innocent.

44 percent pick early retirement

What percent of Baby Boomers are taking partial Social Security payout at age 62 versus those waiting to get full payment at 65?

According to Social Security records, 44 percent filed for Social Security retirement benefits at age 62. The data also shows that 26 percent of the individuals who filed for Social Security retirement elected to receive benefits at their full retirement age.

Full-retirement age has been 65 for many years. But beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age will gradually increase until full-retirement age reaches 67 for people born after 1959, officials wrote. The full-retirement age for people born between 1943-54 is 66.

NIT tournament continues

Last year, there was an announcement that the NIT was ending. But then I see the NIT is being played again. What's the deal?

The National Invitation Tournament, or NIT, likely would have been phased out if the NCAA tournament had expanded to 96 teams, as was discussed last year. Instead, the NCAA tournament expanded from 65 to 68 teams this year. The NCAA owns both tournaments.

Q&A: When does Casey Anthony's murder trial begin? 03/31/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:30am]
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