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Lieberman calls for commission on gun violence

A US senator detailed his call Monday for a national commission on mass violence and a broader debate about guns, saying he hoped last week’s murder of 20 school children will be a tipping point for action. Senator Joe Lieberman, speaking in the wake of the shooting at an elementary…

Russia to vote on banning U.S. adoptions

The Russian parliament will vote this week on a bill banning adoption of Russian children by Americans, in retaliation to the Magnitsky Act passed by the United States last week, lawmakers said Monday. The Russian bill, unofficially named the “Dima Yakovlev bill”, was approved in an initial reading Friday in…

Pro-gun Democrat Harry Reid open to gun-law debate

US lawmakers this week debate how to “change laws and culture” in order to prevent gun violence like last week’s school shooting, the Senate’s pro-gun Democratic leader said Monday. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments were noteworthy given that he is the most senior pro-gun politician in the country to suggest…

Morgan Stanley hit with $5 million fine over Facebook IPO

Morgan Stanley agreed Monday to pay a $5 million fine to settle charges that it improperly handled crucial information on Facebook’s earnings ahead of the company’s disastrous IPO. The securities regulator of the state of Massachusetts had charged that Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter for the $16 billion stock issue…

Instagram to share user data with Facebook

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram on Monday refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year. “Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them,” Instagram said in a blog post. “Our updated privacy policy helps…

French elephants scheduled for euthanization get Christmas reprieve

Two ailing middle-aged elephants that French officials wanted to put down have been given a Christmas reprieve after an appeal to President Francois Hollande and an Internet campaign to save them. Baby and Nepal, who both have tuberculosis, had been deemed a threat to other animals at their zoo in…

Nielsen taps Twitter to gauge online buzz about television

Nielsen on Monday announced a deal to tap into Twitter to gauge how much online buzz is being generated by television shows instead of simply focusing on numbers of viewers for programs. The television show tracking service, data from which can determine whether programs are canceled, said that it is…

Chinese police say man who stabbed 23 children ‘influenced’ by Mayan doomsday ‘prediction’

Chinese police suspect man who stabbed 23 kids 'influenced' by doomsday rumor (via The Christian Science Monitor) Chinese police said Monday that the man who stabbed 23 children in a rural Chinese elementary school just hours before the Newtown massacre may have been “influenced” by doomsday predictions. A belief that…

Mayor Bloomberg calls for legislation to stop gun violence

By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian Calling for immediate action to stop America’s string of mass shootings, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered dozens of family members of victims of fatal gun violence to stand behind him at a Monday news conference. “If you think there’s a lot of people here, that’s because…

World’s oldest person dies in Iowa at 115

The world’s oldest person — an Iowa woman who scrubbed floors until she turned 90 — died Monday at age 115, less than two weeks after earning her venerable distinction. Dina Manfredini, a native of Italy, died at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center outside Des Moines, Iowa, said its director,…

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