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  • Analysis - Shootings frustrate U.S. military efforts to secure bases
    Analysis - Shootings frustrate U.S. military efforts to secure bases Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The latest shooting at Fort Hood is throwing a spotlight on the U.S. military's so-far frustrated efforts to secure its bases from potential shooters, who increasingly appear to see the facilities as attractive targets. A soldier with mental health problems killed three people and injured 16 at Fort Hood in Texas, going from one building to another to open fire with a semi-automatic handgun before taking his own life, the military said. It was the third shooting rampage at U.S. military base in just over six months, with memories still fresh from shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September and late last month at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the latest incident at Fort Hood showed that there were problems that still needed to be addressed. More »

  • Walsh stands tallest among New Zealand shot put giants Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - World indoors bronze medallist Tom Walsh will snap back to reality next week but not before he has a few days to soak up the thrill of winning his 'Goliath v Goliath' shot put battle at the New Zealand athletics championships on Saturday. The first clash in two years between Walsh and world junior record holder Jacko Gill had created such interest in New Zealand's athletic championships, officials felt they were riding a wave of interest and anticipation not witnessed in the sport in the rugby-mad country since the 1970s. More »

  • Athletics-Walsh stands tallest among NZ shot put giants Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - World indoors bronze medallist Tom Walsh will snap back to reality next week but not before he has a few days to soak up the thrill of winning his 'Goliath v Goliath' shot put battle at the New Zealand athletics championships on Saturday. The first clash in two years between Walsh and world junior record holder Jacko Gill had created such interest in New Zealand's athletic championships, officials felt they were riding a wave of interest and anticipation not witnessed in the sport in the rugby-mad country since the 1970s. More »

  • Lanza's Father Wishes Son Had Never Been Born
    Lanza's Father Wishes Son Had Never Been Born Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza has said he believes his son would have killed him "in a heartbeat" if given the chance. In his first comments since the 2012 massacre, Peter Lanza also said he wishes his son had never been born. "With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance," Peter Lanza told The New Yorker magazine. Peter Lanza said he now wishes his son had never been born, and that he cannot think of him outside of his action on December 14, 2012. More »

  • Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza Should Never Have Been Born, Says Killer's …
    Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza Should Never Have Been Born, Says Killer's … Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The father of Sandy Hook school gunman Adam Lanza has broken his silence on the tragedy and said he wished his son had never been born. "That's totally where I am," Peter Lanza told New Yorker magazine in an interview about his son's gun rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Peter Lanza said: "No outcome could be worse. Adam Lanza took his own life as police officers arrived on the scene.  Investigators later discovered that he had detailed records about other mass murders on a 7ft x 4ft spreadsheet. More »

  • Piers Morgan's CNN Talk Show Is Cancelled
    Piers Morgan's CNN Talk Show Is Cancelled Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    British CNN host Piers Morgan's prime time talk show has been cancelled by the broadcaster. The outspoken former Daily Mirror editor succeeded Larry King three years ago. However, the TV presenter's show, Piers Morgan Live, has had poor ratings. A CNN spokesperson told Sky News: "CNN confirms that Piers Morgan Live is ending. More »

  • CNN ending British journalist Piers Morgan's prime-time show
    CNN ending British journalist Piers Morgan's prime-time show Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CNN has decided to end the marquee prime-time talk show hosted by veteran British journalist Piers Morgan, the cable news network said on Sunday. A date for the final broadcast of Piers Morgan Live on CNN had not been determined and a spokeswoman did not immediately say if Morgan would remain at the network in any other role. A source at CNN said network president Jeffrey Zucker had made the decision to cancel the show following a series of discussions with Morgan about its future. Morgan, 48, could not immediately be reached for comment but acknowledged in a New York Times interview published on Sunday that as a Brit he did not always connect with American audiences, a problem that showed itself in the program's ratings. More »

  • US Schools Rocked by Two Shootings a Week
    US Schools Rocked by Two Shootings a Week Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Thirteen school shootings have been recorded in the US in the first six weeks of the year - more than double the 2013 average, advocates of gun control have pointed out. Since the Sandy Hook school massacre in December 2012, in which 26 people were shot dead by a lone gunman, there was an average of under three school shootings a month across the US in 2013. According to the joint analysis by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, there have been there have been at least 44 fatal and non-fatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The study is set to kickstart the debate on US gun control laws which flared up in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting but has gone quiet since. More »

  • Sandy Hook Shooting Photo Used In Firm's Ad
    Sandy Hook Shooting Photo Used In Firm's Ad Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    A company has apologised for using a photo of the damaged entrance of Sandy Hook school where 26 children and adults were shot dead to advertise its protective window coverings. Commercial Window Shield of Taylors sent an email to school officials in Connecticut earlier this week saying its product could stop bullets and keep out intruders. It included a police crime scene photo of Sandy Hook Elementary School's front entrance after it was shot out by the school shooter in Newtown in December 2012. Government official Steve Vavrek, whose town is right next to Newtown, said the company's ad showed "what is wrong with this country". More »

  • Deport-Bieber petition reaches threshold for White House response
    Deport-Bieber petition reaches threshold for White House response Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    (Reuters) - A petition asking the Obama administration to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber after his arrest last week on a drunken driving charge, on Wednesday passed the 100,000-signature mark needed to require a White House response. The petition so far has collected about 118,000 signatures since being added by user "J.A. from Detroit" to the White House website on January 23, the same day Bieber was caught drag racing on a residential street in Miami Beach in a rented Lamborghini. However, it is highly unlikely that Bieber, 19, would be deported, as federal law dictates that a visa could be revoked or denied for a conviction of a violent crime with a one year, or longer, prison sentence. Bieber told police after his arrest that he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol. More »

  • US mall shooting gunman identified, motive still unknown
    US mall shooting gunman identified, motive still unknown Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    A gunman who opened fire in a shopping mall near Washington, killing two people before taking his own life, was a 19-year-old armed with a shotgun and crude homemade explosives, police said Sunday. More »

  • Adam Lanza Made Weird Call To Radio Show
    Adam Lanza Made Weird Call To Radio Show Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    A year before the Newtown massacre, Adam Lanza called a radio show and talked at length about an infamous chimp that ripped off a woman's face in 2009. In the phone call, reported by the New York Daiy News, Lanza compares Travis the chimp to a "teenage mall shooter". The woman attacked by Travis, Charla Nash, suffered horrific injuries and eventually had a face transplant. In December 14, 2012, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their home before driving to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 children and six teachers. More »

  • Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say
    Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday. Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said. "We did find evidence that the suspect had planned this event," New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas told reporters, while declining to reveal any more details. More »

  • Boy, 12, opens fire at New Mexico school, wounds two students
    Boy, 12, opens fire at New Mexico school, wounds two students Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said. The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters. The wounded children were an 11-year-old boy, who students said had been shot in the face, and a 13-year-old girl, whose condition was serious but improved after surgery. More »

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School: $70,000 In Donations Missing
    Sandy Hook Elementary School: $70,000 In Donations Missing Sat, Jan 11, 2014

    A charity formed after a shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has lost more than $70,000 (£42,500) it raised through a marathon. Adam Lanza shot his mother four times in the head as she slept before heading to the local school and shooting 20 students and six teachers in Newtown on 14 December 2012. The 26.4.26 Foundation was formed in memory of the 26 victims. Marathon runners raised $103,000, (£60,700) and dedicated each mile to one of the victims. More »

  • BNP's Nick Griffin Heads to Greece to Back Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn
    BNP's Nick Griffin Heads to Greece to Back Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    Bankrupt far-right British politician Nick Griffin will speak at a press conference held by the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Athens. Griffin, head of the British National Party (BNP), will present Golden Dawn's plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights over the Greek government crackdown on it. Greek MPs decided to remove state funding to the party after six Golden Dawn MPs were charged with running a criminal organisation in a case triggered by the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, nicknamed Killah P. The party leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, is awaiting trial on charges of running a criminal organisation, along with the deputy leader and another party MP. More »

  • U.S. watchdog group calls for new TV, movie rating system
    U.S. watchdog group calls for new TV, movie rating system Thu, Jan 9, 2014

    By Patrica Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Parents Television Council called for an overhaul of the U.S. ratings system used in television and films on Wednesday, saying it does not accurately and consistently reflect violence in the media. The watchdog group said a year after Vice President Joe Biden led a task force and met with entertainment industry executives about gun violence following the killing of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, nothing has been done to reduce media violence. Right now you have a system in which the industry rates its own content for age," said Tim Winter, the president of the Los Angeles-based council. The situation in film is not much better, Winter added, because people go to more PG-13 movies than to R-rated movies, so a PG-13 rating is more financially profitable. More »

  • BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt
    BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    British National Party leader Nick Griffin said on Friday he would continue as a member of the European Parliament despite being declared bankrupt. More »

  • Nick Griffin: BNP Leader Declared Bankrupt
    Nick Griffin: BNP Leader Declared Bankrupt Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National Party, has said his bankruptcy will not prevent him from "being or standing as an MEP". "This order will not prevent me fighting for the interests of the British people or leading the British National Party to a fresh round of electoral victories. It's of no political significance whatsoever," he said in a statement on the BNP website. The MEP revealed he had been declared bankrupt on Twitter - and said he would use the experience to produce a leaflet on how to deal with debt. More »

  • BNP's Nick Griffin Bankrupt after Legal Battle with Lawyers
    BNP's Nick Griffin Bankrupt after Legal Battle with Lawyers Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    Far right leader Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt and said it was a "good day" for him. British National Party leader Griffin declared insolvency at Welshpool and Newtown County Court. Griffin was sent deep into the red by a debt to a law firm he had been suing for professional negligence. The 54-year-old had no assets he could use to pay the debt and opted for bankruptcy as a result, a party spokesman said. More »

  • Sandy Hook Shooting Documents Released
    Sandy Hook Shooting Documents Released Sat, Dec 28, 2013

    A police report into the Sandy Hook school massacre has revealed harrowing new details about the murders and the gunman's family life. The paperwork, much of which is blacked out, includes several videos and hundreds of photographs from inside Sandy Hook Elementary and Adam Lanza's home. More »

  • Larry Donnelly: Transatlantic Reflections on the Political Year 2013
    Larry Donnelly: Transatlantic Reflections on the Political Year 2013 Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    Obamacare, government shutdown and the Smithwick Tribunal; 2013 was a year of political intrigue both in Ireland and the US, writes Larry Donnelly. More »