Britain´s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed. Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world´s most dangerous countries. The figures comes on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour. The Tories said Labour had presided over a decade of spiralling violence.
The news coming out of Newtown, Connecticut is sickening. If reports are correct, a young man has killed a family member and 20 children at a school. It’s an act of animal savagery – yet it is also uniquely human. No animal would do this. According to Mother Jones, there have been at least 61 mass shootings in the last 30 years, including 15 in 2012. (Snip)You can take what lessons you want from these statistics, but I sincerely hope people will take time to cogitate before they do so.
Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET: A teacher´s son -- clad in black and carrying two 9mm pistols -- rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 20 small children and six adults, including his mother, in the nation’s second-worst school shooting, law enforcement officials said. The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, was also found dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, law enforcement officials said. Later, an unidentified woman was found fatally shot in the face at a home in Newtown (Snip) Their mother is a kindergarten teacher
WASHINGTON - A law enforcement official says the shooter in the Newtown, Conn. school massacre is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School where the bloodbath occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy´s mother, Nancy Lanza, who was a teacher at the school, is presumed dead. The first official says Adam Lanza´s older brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza,, of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by police. An earlier report from a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers´ first names.(Snip) shooter Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Connecticut school shooting that killed 27 -- including up to 20 children -- horrified Hollywood along with the rest of the nation, prompting one of the most pro-gun control segments of the country to again demand better restrictions and more mental health services. The shooting at a Newtown grade school came just months afer July´s deadly "Dark Knight Rises" shooting in a theater in Aurora, Colo. Filmmakers and actors used their celebrity to plead for change on Twitter. "Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late," tweeted "Bowling for Columbine" director Michael Moore.
RUSH: A terrible and awful thing has happened in Connecticut at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, I´m told. A shooting at a school, 26 people dead, including 18 children. It´s just awful. It is terrible, incomprehensible. But I´m gonna tell you something. As we sit here at this very moment, you know it and I know it, there are liberals trying to find a way to blame this on conservatives and Republicans. It may sound a little hard-edged to say that, but I´ve lived through these things for 25-plus years.
If a proposed law in Montreal goes into effect, all dogs in the Canadian city will need to understand commands in both English and French. Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce, who made the proposal, told CBC Radio that it´s necessary to counter the "chaos" resulting from dogs at public parks who understand commands in only one language. "The current situation in Montreal Dog Park is untenable chaos," LaDouce told CBC Radio. "The various dog commands are incomprehensible to each other." In an inadvertently hilarious interview with the station, LaDouce (who was deadly serious) says he was inspired
A group of gun control advocates is planning to protest at Lafayette Park outside the White House at 4:30 p.m. Nancy Robinson of the group Citizens for Safety says that several advocacy groups were already in D.C. for a leadership training conference when the shooting in Newtown, Conn. occurred. “Tell Jay Carney today IS the day to talk about gun violence,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail announcing the event. “We demand a plan to stop the slaughter of our children.” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters earlier that a gun control policy
ALBANY, NY — New York was given federal approval Friday to set up an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance. The federal Department of Health and Human Services said New York, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., are the latest places given the go-ahead to create health exchanges and provide options geared to the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Six other states won approvals Monday. Enrollment through the exchanges will begin Oct. 1 for insurance starting in January 2014. The New York Health Benefit Exchange already has a website running
The Times is reporting today that, if John Boehner and the White House can’t reach a deal on averting the fiscal cliff, the House GOP is considering passing a bill that would extend the middle-class Bush income tax cuts while enacting low tax rates (possibly even lower than the current rates) for unearned income like dividends, capital gains, and inheritances, and canceling the automatic defense cuts set to begin next year. Without knowing much more about it, this strikes me as a very savvy move for the GOP. The party’s big problem, as Jonathan Chait has written,
The administration has issued stays of deportation for 102,965 illegal immigrants under President Obama’s new non-deportation policy, officials announced Friday. Another 157,151 applications are still under review under the policy, officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants a tentative legal status to illegal immigrants who qualify — though it does not grant them a path to citizenship. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Homeland Security branch that administers the program, said 12,014 applications were rejected off the bat, while as many as 177,000 more applications are having their biometric data taken before entering the final review.
PORTLAND — There were hints earlier this week that the city might be the venue for a high-level visit from the White House, but it wasn´t until Friday morning that it became clear that President Barack Obama would visit Wednesday. Obama will be at the University of Southern Maine as part of his administration´s campaign about the "fiscal cliff." Beyond the subject matter of his message – "the impact on the economy and middle class families if taxes go up on 98 percent of Americans" – no other details of the president´s trip were available.
An emotional President Barack Obama led the nation in mourning the victims of an elementary school massacre on Friday, speaking from the White House following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The president not only pledged to assist investigations into the shooting, but also became openly emotional upon reflecting upon the many school children killed or injured in today´s mass shooting. "The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old," he said, pausing to wipe away a tear.
3:20 p.m. UPDATE: The Ryan Lanza Facebook page has apparently been deleted. *** The Facebook page of the Hoboken man who has been identified in the national press as the shooter in the Newtown, Conn. school shootings has recent messages saying "It wasn´t me." Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had his identification.
Millions tune in every week to watch agent Carrie Mathison battle valiantly to protect the US against terrorism in the hit TV show Homeland--but the reality is most federal workers hate their job. Those are the findings of a recent survey to measure the job satisfaction of millions of American government staff. And it was the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)--set up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks--which comes out worst with only 52.9 per cent happy with their job. Those who work at the space agency NASA, on the other hand,are more than
Seconds after University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman banged the gavel to start Thursday´s Board of Regents meeting, the first student stood up. Freshman Daniel Morales took off his shirt to unveil a yellow T-shirt underneath. He took a piece of red tape and put it across his mouth. (Snip) About 100 students followed suit, one at a time, sitting quietly on the floor as part of a protest calling for U-M to offer in-state tuition to those students who went to high school in Michigan, but are undocumented residents. Snip added by staff.
A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and an elderly woman outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes. The attack took place in the Henan province village of Chengping just before 8am, said a local police officer. The attacker, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is now in police custody, according to an officer who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants. It is the latest in a series of similar periodic rampages at Chinese schools and kindergartens. A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman
A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport after saying they found traces of bomb residue on her hands, her mother claimed today. Shelbi Walser was travelling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi´s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it
NEWTOWN, CONN -- Twenty-nine people including 22 children were massacred in a horrific bloodath at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells Hearst Connecticut Newspapers. The Associated Press is reporting that 27 people including 18 children were killed. The gunman is dead, state police have confirmed. CNN identified him as Ryan Lanza, 24. Lanza is a former Newtown resident who lived in Hoboken, N.J. According to his Facebook page, Lanza studied at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Police in Sandy Hook are at a house on Yogananda Street and have surrounded
CNN is reporting that the shooter who killed dozens of people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, is a man named Ryan Lanza. He was initially reported as a 20-year-old male with ties to the elementary school. He was dressed in a military vest, and armed with multiple weapons, including a .223-caliber rifle. Police have also reportedly found a body at a home in Newtown, Conn. The connection to the school shootings is unclear.
Here’s the first look at POLITICO’s new e-book, “The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election,” by Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin. “The End of the Line” goes on sale Tuesday — preorder here. If there was a date when Obama won reelection, it was probably a hot, sleepy Saturday in late May when much of the country was stocking up on beer and burgers for Memorial Day cookouts.Here was one of the few episodes of actual audacity in a grind-it-out 2012 campaign. The Obama team, meeting in the Roosevelt Room
Washington — A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the steepest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices. In the past year, consumer prices have risen 1.8 percent, down from October´s 12-month increase of 2.2 percent. Excluding volatile food and gas, prices ticked up 0.1 percent in November and have risen 1.9 percent in the past year. Higher rents, airline
At least 27 people are dead--including 18 children--after a gunman believed to be a student´s father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in one of the kindergarten classrooms of the school at 9.35am. There are preliminary reports a student´s 20-year-old father was the shooter and that he went from classroom to classroom firing at students and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle. An entire classroom of students is unaccounted for and frantic parents are desperately seeking information
Washington - US President Barack Obama has been informed of a shooting rampage which reportedly killed 27 people at a Connecticut elementary school and is monitoring the situation, the White House said Friday. Asked whether the outrage would push the issue of gun control up the president´s agenda, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "I don´t think today is that day" to discuss usual Washington policy debates. Carney said Obama was told of the shooting at 10:30 am by his top anti-terror and homeland security advisor John Brennan in the Oval Office. "I think it´s important