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Gabrielle Giffords met with families and leaders in Newtown

Former Democratic House representative Gabrielle Giffords visited Newtown, Conn., on Friday, where a December massacre ended with the death of almost 30 children and adults, reported the AP. Giffords was critically injured in a shooting in Arizona in early 2011, where six people were killed. In Newtown, Giffords, with her…

Moyers: When life and death measured by profit, ‘the cure for gun violence’ is more guns

Bill Moyers used a segment of his Jan 4 show to to discuss the National Rifle Association and gun control, referring at one point to the “merchants of death” who he argues profit from the violence — and fear of violence — that guns ignite. He pointed to the “big…

Kansas militia prepares for zombie apocalypse

A militia in Kansas is planning for the zombie apocalypse — and it’s not a joke, reported the Kansas City Star. “We are not crazy. We are not paranoid. We believe in preparedness in any situation,” the website of the Kansas Anti Zombie Militia says. The group’s primary spokesperson, Alfredo…

Hitler statue in Holocaust site stirs controversy

Poland’s chief rabbi on Friday voiced outrage over a statue of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler kneeling at a Holocaust site in Warsaw, part of an installation by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. “When it comes to showing the figure of Hitler, we have an extra special responsibility to be sensitive to…

Syria pro-regime TV journalist shot dead: report

A journalist working for Syria’s pro-regime Dunya TV was shot dead on Friday while reporting on clashes in a regime-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo, the channel said on its website. Dunya TV said it had received news of “the death of our colleague Sohail Mahmud Ali by…

Obama poised to nominate Chuck Hagel as defense secretary

Move likely to prompt strong opposition from Republicans who feel Hagel, a former GOP senator, is too liberal on foreign policy Barack Obama is poised to nominate as defence secretary early next week a Vietnam combat veteran and former Republican senator, Chuck Hagel, in a move that would provoke strong…

Wikipedia losing English-language editors: study

Wikipedia, one of the world’s biggest websites, is losing many of its English-language editors, crippling its ability to keep pace with its mission as a source of knowledge online, a study says. The study led by Aaron Halfaker of the University of Minnesota found that the number of “collaborators” or…

Oldest Swiss bank faces penalties after aiding Americans in tax evasion

The oldest Swiss bank, Wegelin & Co., is wrapping up an existence that has spanned more than 270 years after pleading guilty in a US case involving Americans who hid funds in secret accounts abroad. Wegelin, which was founded in 1741 and based in St. Gall, eastern Switzerland, unveiled late…

85-year-old man arrested for hitting volunteer officer with cane

Police in Denver were apparently very determined to get their man when they arrested an octogenarian in the middle of the night at his home. The 85-year-old John Copeland is now in a Colorado jail with a $50,000 bond after using his cane to hit a volunteer police officer at…

Second man arrested in connection to cop’s cannibalism case

In a strange case that led to the arrest of an NYPD officer in October for allegedly plotting to kidnap and eat women, a second person is now in jail in connection to the case, reported NBC News. No additional details have been made available as to what that specific…

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