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Woman arrested for scamming donations by posing as relative of Newtown victim

A woman in the Bronx was arrested Thursday and accused of scamming unsuspecting Facebook users out of donations by pretending to be the aunt of a 6-year-old who was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Nouel Alba, 37, told a reporter for NBC’s “Today” that she…

Former ATF agent: Law ‘really does not provide the mechanism to regulate gun commerce’

On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday, the host interviewed a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who discusses the ways in which he claims the agency is blocked from taking almost any action to regulate guns. On Dec. 19, President Obama noted that…

Sen. Wyden: FISA’s ‘general warrants’ are like the ‘Writs of Assistance’ the founding fathers despised

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today opened debate into the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments by allowing one of the statute’s most vocal critics, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), to opine about the “the constitutional teeter-totter, with the security and well-being of all of us on this…

Police: Homeless woman in Los Angeles was set on fire

Police in Los Angeles said Thursday that a 67-year-old homeless woman who was sleeping on a bench was set on fire, allegedly by a man who purchased rubbing alcohol from a nearby Walgreens and used a knife to threaten a man who witnessed the act. “He went inside to the…

Pro-gun blogger retaliates against database by publishing newspaper staff’s personal info

The publisher and staff of The Journal News in New York state found themselves the subject of what hackers call a “dox” on Thursday, after a blogger retaliated against their database of gun permit holders by publishing an extensive list of personal information for dozens of people connected to the…

Scientists: Portable device acts as early detector of strokes

Israeli scientists have produced a device that could revolutionize how we detect and treat strokes. A Reuters report said that strokes are the third biggest killer in the western world and early detection and treatment can vastly improve patient outcomes. Dr. Natan Bornstein, vice president of the World Stroke Organization,…

Matt Taibbi: Libor scandal biggest ‘Wall Street-related story of this year’

On the Current TV show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi said that the underreported Libor scandal was the “the biggest story, Wall Street-related story, of this year.” “There’s been a whole spate of market manipulation-type cases that have popped up in the last year, not…

Physics professor: Past decade ‘hottest ten years ever recorded’

This past year’s seemingly endless stream of catastrophic storms wasn’t just a media narrative, according to Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York. On CBS This Morning on Thursday, Kaku discussed 2012′s “wacky weather” and how global warming, which creates more energy circulating on the…

Higgs boson theorist criticizes Richard Dawkins over anti-religious ‘fundamentalism’

Higgs boson theorist says he agrees with those who find Dawkins’ approach to dealing with believers ‘embarrassing’ As public disagreements go, few can have boasted such heavy-hitting antagonists. On one side is Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist who has made a second career demonstrating his epic disdain for religion. On…

Ohio firearms group offers free gun training for teachers

A gun advocacy group in Ohio has offered free firearms training to teachers as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting earlier this month. According to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Buckeye Firearms Association said it would pay the estimated $1,000 per student for 24 teachers around the state…

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