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Sen. Alexander: Video games a bigger problem than guns

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Wednesday that violent video games were a bigger problem than guns in the United States. When asked on MSNBC about proposals to reduce gun violence, such as requiring universal background checks, Alexander indicated that he was skeptical of the legislation. “I’m going to…

Sen. Durbin rips NRA chief: You completely missed basic point of background checks

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois on Wednesday slammed National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre for claiming background checks wouldn’t reduce gun violence. During a the Senate Judiciary Committee’s gun control hearing, LaPierre argued that closing the so-called gun show loophole would only harm innocent gun buyers. He claimed criminals…

Three shot in Phoenix workplace shooting as NRA testifies to Senate

As National Rifle Association (NRA) head Wayne LaPierre was telling a Senate committee on Wedneday that additional gun laws were not necessary, at least three people were shot at a business in Phoenix, Arizona. “We don’t believe it was a random act,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told KTVK. “There…

Texas crude oil tanks explode after smokers light up

Officials in Texas say that at least two people were injured on Tuesday after they illegally lit cigarettes on a catwalk over crude oil storage tanks. Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen told the NBC affiliate in Dallas that at least three of the six 400-barrel fiberglass oil tanks…

Double-arm transplant Iraq vet says he now has ‘second chance’

On Wednesday’s edition of “CBS This Morning,” the program featured a segment on Iraq War veteran and double-arm transplant recipient Brendan Marrocco, who gave a press conference on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to discuss his recovery and progress. “I feel like I’m getting a second chance to…

15-year-old girl who performed at Obama inauguration gunned down in Chicago

A 15-year-old girl was killed on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, just a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Hadiya Pendleton was hanging out at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park near her high school at around 2:30 p.m., “when someone jumped a fence, ran up to…

Colin Powell asks O’Reilly: Why do you only see me as an African-American?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell chided Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night for focusing on his ethnicity when discussing his support of President Barack Obama. At the beginning of a lengthy interview, O’Reilly questioned why Powell, a Republican, had supported Obama in 2008 and again in 2012.…

South Carolina lawmaker offers free concealed carry classes to teachers

South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy (R) announced Monday that a local gun club was offering free concealed weapon permit classes to teachers and school officials. “In light of the tremendous tragedy at Sandy Hook, it is imperative we do all we can to keep our children safe and our…

Rep. Gohmert calls on Obama’s former students to file class-action lawsuit

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said Monday night that President Barack Obama had a poor understanding of the Constitutional despite teaching constitutional law at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Gohmert, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss a recent…

Massive sinkhole swallows shops whole in Guangzhou, China

A huge hole that opened up alongside a busy city street in Guangzhou, China on Monday grew so much that it swallowed several shops whole, taking down an entire building complex. The terrifying scene was caught on tape, and ended with four buildings falling into a 10 meter hole. Nobody…

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