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N. Korea Says It Has Detained a U.S. Citizen

Source: Associated Press

NKorea says it has detained a US citizen

From Associated Press
December 21, 2012 4:12 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American citizen who has confessed to unspecified crimes.

State media said in a short dispatch that someone named Bae Jun Ho entered North Korea on Nov. 3 as a tourist but was detained because of crimes.

The North said the crimes were "proven through evidence" but didn't elaborate.

Pyongyang has detained and eventually released several Americans in recent years. Some have been Christians accused of religious proselytizing.

Read more: http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20121221/01d451b8-72f7-46c0-b2d4-94e47a8f371a

Powerful Thai Anti-Smoking Ad

Breaking: House Majority Leader Cantor Says Expects to Have Repub. Votes to Pass Fiscal Cliff Bill

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: FLASH: U.S. House majority leader Cantor says he expects to have Republican votes to pass fiscal cliff bill

Will update with link.

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Coast Guard: "Unidentified Substance" Leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon

Source: CBS News

Coast Guard: "Unidentified substance" leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon
December 18, 2012

An "unidentified substance inconsistent with oil" is emitting from several areas of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig wreckage, but no sources of leaking oil were identified. That's according to the Coast Guard, which oversaw BP's recent week-long mission to inspect the undersea wells and wreckage from the 2010 explosion.

The exact content of the leaking substance and how much is coming out is one mystery. But if it's not oil, then it means the source of recurring oil sheens that have recently been spotted around the Deepwater Horizon site remains unknown.
"No apparent source of the surface sheen has been discovered

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57559903/coast-guard-unidentified-substance-leaking-from-bps-deepwater-horizon

New CBSNews Poll Pres. Obama's job approval rating 57%, highest since Killing of bin Laden

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: BREAKING: In new @CBSNews Poll President Obama's job approval rating is 57%, highest since the killing of bin Laden http://t.co/z9SFaRIT

No link yet.

Obama supports Feinstein's intent to draft bill to reinstate assault weapons sale ban

Source: Reuters

Obama backs Feinstein bid to reinstate assault-weapons ban

WASHINGTON | Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:21pm EST

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama supports U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole in gun-show sales, the White House said on Tuesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney offered some of the first specifics on how Obama intends to make good on his promise to address gun violence in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

"It's clear that as a nation we haven't done enough to address the scourge of gun violence," Carney told reporters. He reiterated that Obama "wants to move in the coming weeks."

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8BH10W20121218

Cerberus to Sell Gunmaker Freedom Group After U.S. School Shooting

Source: Reuters

Cerberus to sell gunmaker Freedom Group after U.S. school shooting

Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:23am EST

(Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management said on Tuesday it will immediately begin selling its investment in gunmaker Freedom Group in light of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Cerberus acquired Bushmaster in 2006 and later merged it with other gun companies to create Freedom Group, which reported net sales of $677.3 million for the nine months ending September 2012, up from $564.6 million in the same period a year ago.

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"We do not believe that Freedom Group or any single company or individual can prevent senseless violence or the illegal use or procurement of firearms and ammunition," Cerberus said in a statement.

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Pressure mounted on Cerberus as the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) said on Monday it was reviewing its investment with the private equity firm in light of the Connecticut school shooting.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8BH08F20121218

Shots Fired, Patrons Panic at San Antonio Theater

Source: CBS News

Shots fired, patrons panic at San Antonio theater

December 17, 2012

SAN ANTONIO Gunfire broke out at a San Antonio movie theater late Sunday, leaving two people wounded and sending panicked moviegoers rushing for the exits and ducking for cover, according to CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS, which cites police and witnesses.

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Bexar Xounty Sheriff's spokesman Louis Antu says the incident started when the man fired shots inside a nearby restaurant "and carried on into the theater." It's not clear what led to the shooting.

Antu says the man headed toward the theater and shot a male in the lot. The age and condition of the victim wasn't immediately known, but Antu says his injuries did not appear life-threatening.

The gunman entered the theater, Antu says, where he fired a shot but did not hit anyone. An off-duty sheriff's deputy working security then shot the gunman.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57559506/shots-fired-patrons-panic-at-san-antonio-theater

Ex-babysitter: Mother of Newtown School Shooter Warned Me About Him (Never Turn Your Back on Him)

Source: CBS News

Ex-babysitter: Mother of Newtown, Conn. school shooter Adam Lanza warned me about him
December 17, 2012

HERMOSA BEACH (CBSLA.com) -- A man who says he once babysat for Newtown, Conn. gunman Adam Lanza says he recalls Lanza's mother warning him never to turn his back on the boy - not even to go to the bathroom.

Ryan Kraft now lives in Hermosa Beach, in Southern California.

But, he tells CBS station KCBS in Los Angeles, he was once a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and babysat for Lanza when Lanza was about 9 or 10 and Kraft was 14 or 15.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57559502/ex-babysitter-mother-of-newtown-conn-school-shooter-adam-lanza-warned-me-about-him

Bomb Kills Ten Young Girls in Eastern Afghanistan

Source: CBS News

Bomb kills ten young girls in eastern Afghanistan
December 16, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan Ten young girls were killed when a bomb exploded as they were gathering firewood outside their village in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning, an official said.

It was not clear what triggered the explosion outside Dawlatzai village in Nangarhar province's Chaperhar district, said Mohammad Seddiq, the government administrator for the district. He spoke to The Associated Press by phone from the site of the blast.

The girls ranged in age from 9 to 13 and all came from different families, he said. Two others were seriously wounded and were in critical condition at a hospital, Seddiq said.

Read more: http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?pageType=world&url=http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57559498/bomb-kills-ten-young-girls-in-eastern-afghanistan/&catid=57559498
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