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'Ghost gun' regulations pushed in California bill
Written by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:09

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The "ghost guns" that can slip through metal detectors and be assembled at home without safeguards are spurring efforts in California and elsewhere to bring these weapons and their owners out of the shadows.

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3-D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

It's part of a growing effort across the country to pre-empt the spread of these undetectable guns.

De Leon said he is trying to address a twin threat from what he called "ghost guns" — plastic guns that can evade metal detectors and unregistered weapons that can fall into the hands of people who are legally prohibited from owning firearms under state law.

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Proposed spy phone record shift draws resistance
Written by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce Friday what changes he is willing to make to satisfy privacy, legal and civil liberties concerns over the NSA's surveillance practices. One of the most important questions is whether the government will continue to collect millions of Americans' phone records every day so that the government can identify anyone it believes might be communicating with known terrorists.

The president's hand-picked review committee has recommended ending the phone records program as it exists. It suggested shifting the storage of the phone records from the NSA to phone companies or an unspecified third party, and it recommended new legal requirements before the government could search anyone's phone records.

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Man fatally shot at Florida theater over texting
Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:03
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Authorities stand outside Cobb theater after a shooting in Wesley Chapel, Fla., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at the theater. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Cliff Mcbride)
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

The former police captain, Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder. It's not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.

"Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn," said Charles Cummings, who, as a birthday treat, was about to watch the movie "Lone Survivor" at The Grove 16 Theater on Monday.

"And then bang, he was shot."

Pasco County Sheriff's officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of downtown Tampa.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:38
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NYC's Met museum shows off football trading cards
Written by ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:06

NEW YORK (AP) — Football at the Met. No, not Metlife Stadium where the Super Bowl will make history next month. The Met, as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The venerable institution is presenting a pop-up exhibition celebrating football's history through the ages with vintage trading cards. It opens Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 10.

The 150 cards, beginning with a series from 1894, are part of approximately 600 football cards from the museum's vast collection of 300,000 trading cards donated to the Met by the late card collector and cataloger Jefferson Burdick. All predate the founding of a national football league in 1920 and the first Super Bowl in 1967.

The cards — which feature football greats, lesser-known collegiate players, owners and teams — were inserted into such products as candy, gum and tobacco.

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Octomom Suleman charged with welfare fraud
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Monday, 13 January 2014 16:28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Octomom Nadya Suleman with welfare fraud.

The district attorney's office says Monday that Suleman failed to report nearly $30,000 in earnings while applying for public assistance last year.

The district attorney's office says that Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, has not been arrested but has been ordered to appear in court on Friday.

A prosecution statement says she was charged on Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application. If convicted, she faces up to five years and eight months in custody.

In addition to her octuplets, Suleman has six other children.


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