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NY newspaper's handgun permit map draws criticism

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions -- and a healthy dose of outrage.

 

 

Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.

 

 

China's new leaders tightening grip on internet

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

China's new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses.

 

 

New Israeli right-wing leader worries Netanyahu

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The charismatic new leader of Israel's Jewish religious right is siphoning a large chunk of votes from the prime minister's party, according to polls ahead of Jan. 22 elections, and if the trend continues, the high-tech millionaire and former commando could emerge as a powerful voice opposing Palestinian statehood.

 

 

Nelson Mandela close to medical care at home

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said today.

 

 

New laws address gays, children, immigration

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

 

GOP willing to bend on issues after election

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues.

 

Russian parliament endorses anti-US adoption bill

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The upper chamber of Russia's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.

 

Nigeria: Warehouse said to hold fireworks explodes

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

A massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in Nigeria's largest city on Wednesday, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky.

NY firemen's killer mapped out plan for slayings

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted to make sure his goodbye note was legible, typing out his desire to "do what I like doing best, killing people" before setting the house where he lived with his sister ablaze, police said.

 

Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles.

 

 

Anti-tax conservatives say no to tax-increase

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

 

 

Pro-gun people petition to deport Piers Morgan

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.

 

Idaho Sen. Crapo arrested for DUI

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn't drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving.

 

Illegal immigrant audits rising at businesses

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.

 

 

Syrian Christians fear bleak future

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war.

 

 

Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.

 

 

Russia, India sign weapons deals worth billions

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Russia and India signed weapons deals worth billions of dollars Monday as President Vladimir Putin sought to further boost ties with an old ally.

 

 

Analysis: Career criminals new issue for lawmakers

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent the Legislature a message: If you want burglary considered a violent crime to catch more career criminals, you'd better write it into the law. A majority of the high court, in a Harrison County case, rejected home burglary as a crime of violence for the purpose of state sentence enhancement.

 

 

Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a "fiscal cliff," lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the year-end deadline.

 

 

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