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Four firefighters shot, two killed after responding to house fire in Webster, NY

The Webster firefighters who responded to a structure fire in Lake Road early this morning found themselves fired upon by an as-yet-unknown assailant. By the time police secured the scene, two firefighters were dead and two others were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and three structures and a vehicle were engulfed…

North Korean band’s epic performance celebrates Dec. 12 rocket launch

A performance by a North Korean band in honor of the country’s recent rocket launch shows an epic, high-energy celebration of the accomplishment, to say the least. The Moranbong Band performed in celebration of the Dec. 12 launch, which the communist country claims is a weather satellite. The band performed…

Santa dons a snorkel to bring good stingrays their Christmas gifts

This year at the Sunshine Aquarium in Japan, aquarium employees got into the Christmas spirit, as one donned a Santa suit to feed the stingrays to the delight of the visitors and stingrays alike. The unlikely aquatic Santa grinned as he swam among the rays, distributing presents in the form…

MSNBC guest: ‘There’s a clear path’ to turn Georgia blue in 2016

Following a discussion of U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), an African American member of Congress recently appointed to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), the panelists on UP with Chris Hayes discussed the possibility of Georgia turning blue in the next presidential election. “Georgia is a place that, whose demographics…

‘Frankenfish’ close to full FDA approval

Genetically engineered fish, AquaAdvantage salmon, or “frankfenfish,” depending on your viewpoint, are closer than ever to FDA approval, reported Newsy. The salmon, engineered by the company Aquabounty, grow twice as fast as normal fish and “would be the first approved scientifically engineered animal for human consumption,” reported KTTU. The FDA…

Harris-Perry guest: Potential change to Social Security ‘absolutely a cut’

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, panelists discussed the fact that Social Security was on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations — which has “progressives calling foul,” said guest host Joy Reid. She discussed a proposed plan to divorce Social Security benefits from cost of living increases and tie them instead…

CNN host to Hutchinson: People think ‘NRA does not take reality into consideration’

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday told former DEA head Asa Hutchinson that it was naive to talk about preventing gun violence without bringing up guns. Hutchinson, who is now a consultant for the National Rifle Association, said having armed security guards in schools was a “better solution” to mass shootings…

Cory Booker slams ‘false debate’ over gun control

Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Sunday said the current debate over gun control had been contrived to divide Americans. He insisted both gun owners and advocates of gun control agreed on certain common solutions. “I don’t know if anybody here has seen anybody shot, I have,” he said on ABC’s…

NRA president compares assault rifles to baseball bats

NRA President David Keene on Sunday compared assault weapons like the one used in the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut to recreational items like baseball bats. “The fact that something is misused, whether it is a baseball bat or the mass killing at a Chinese school with an axe…

NBC’s David Gregory rips NRA chief over ‘common sense’

NBC host David Gregory and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre engaged in a heated debate over gun control Sunday morning on Meet the Press. The NRA has promised to deliver “major contributions” to stop gun violence following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week. The pro-gun lobby on…

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