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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

President Obama Speaks at Newtown Vigil - 'We Can't Tolerate This Anymore'


At Newtown Memorial, Obama Pledges Action

"We can't tolerate this any more. These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change," the president said at a memorial service for the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut. He pledged to use "whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens ... in an effort to prevent more tragedies like this."

"Carol for Another Christmas" on TCM NOW - Not broadcast or available since 1964


TCM Showing Rod Serling's "Carol For Another Christmas!" Tonight (SUNDAY - First Time in 48 Years!)

I've wanted to see this since I was in college.


Carol for Another Christmas, scripted by Rod Serling as a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation between nations, was telecast only onceóDecember 28, 1964. The only TV movie ever directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this was the film in which Peter Sellers gave his first performance after suffering a near-fatal heart attack. Sellers portrayed a demigod in an apocalyptic Christmas. Sterling Hayden, who costarred with Sellers in Dr. Strangelove earlier that year, was also featured.

Film critic Bhob Stewart provided some background on the production:

Presented without commercial interruptions, this "United Nations Special" was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation, the first of a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN. Director Joseph Mankiewicz's first work for television, the 90-minute ABC drama was publicized as having an all-star cast (which meant that names of some supporting cast members were not officially released). In Rod Serling's update of Charles Dickens, industrial tycoon Daniel Grudge (Sterling Hayden) has never recovered from the loss of his 22-year-old son Marley (Peter Fonda, whose scenes were cut, I think), killed in action during Christmas Eve of 1944. The embittered Grudge has only scorn for any American involvement in international affairs. But then the Ghost of Christmas Past (Steve Lawrence) takes him back through time to a World War I troopship. Grudge also is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present (Pat Hingle), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Shaw) gives him a tour across a desolate landscape where he sees the ruins of a once-great civilization. In the final weeks of post-production, Peter Fonda's scenes were deleted, but his image remained in the film, recognizable in a portrait on the wall.

Others in the cast were Percy Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer, James Shigeta and Britt Ekland. Henry Mancini wrote the theme music, which was recorded for his 1966 holiday LP, A Merry Mancini Christmas.

The film is not commercially available, but it can be seen at the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles and the Film and Television Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Turner Classic Movies has recently announced that it will telecast Carol for Another Christmas for the first time in forty-eight years, on December 16 and 22, 2012.



TOON: Sunday's Doonesbury - "You Know How the Wall Street Greedheads..."


Breaking News: LAPD hit with $24-million verdict in teen's shooting death

Source: Los Angeles Times

LAPD hit with $24-million verdict in teen's shooting death

Los Angeles Times | December 14, 2012 | 5:07 PM
A jury Friday handed down a $24-million verdict against the Los Angeles Police Department in the shooting of a teenage boy who was playing with a replica gun.

The award is believed to be the largest sanction against the LAPD for a single event and perhaps the largest of any kind against the department. It comes as the LAPD is trying to stem the number of costly lawsuits brought against it.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com

Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/lapd-24-million-verdict-teen-paralyzed.html
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