Violence

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

California announced it will pioneer the US’ harshest gun control laws a week after New York claimed the accolade. The legislation comes after a wave of fatal shootings and has been criticized by opposition as a game of ‘one-upmanship’ with New York. The new legislation, consisting of 10 different proposals, will dramatically crack down on […]

Los Angeles cardinal stripped of duties over sex abuse accusations

Los Angeles cardinal stripped of duties over sex abuse accusations

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, from any and all public duties as a result of his mishandling of the decades-long clergy sex abuse that victimized 10,000 children since the early 1950s. Mahony served as the LA Archbishop from 1985-2011, after which he reached the mandatory retirement age […]

Thousands march for gun control in Washington

Thousands march for gun control in Washington

Amid growing national debate over gun violence, thousands of people marched in Washington on Saturday to press Congress and state legislators to back gun control measures. The marchers were joined by some 100 residents of Newtown, Connecticut, where a mass elementary school shooting left 20 first-graders and six teachers dead. People in the crowd were […]

Firearms instructor leaves gun in school bathroom

Firearms instructor leaves gun in school bathroom

In response to last month’s massacre in Newtown, a Michigan charter school hired a firearms instructor as a security guard – only to find that the armed guard forgot his gun in the school bathroom. The school took the National Rifle Association’s advice in hiring an armed guard, but the retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. […]

Algerian siege: Hostage situation ends with scores of hostages and militants dead – reports

Algerian siege: Hostage situation ends with scores of hostages and militants dead – reports

The hostage rescue operation at an Algerian gas facility is over, a state news agency reported. At least 30 hostages, including seven foreigners, were killed during the siege, a security source said. The final death toll, however, has not been released yet. Among the deceased foreigners were at least two Britons, two Japanese and one […]

Dozens dead, including 20 children, in one of the worst massacres in US history

Dozens dead, including 20 children, in one of the worst massacres in US history

More than two dozen people, including as many as 20 children, have been killed during a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut outside of New York City early Friday. Follow live updates here. According to preliminary reports, a gunman opened fire inside of an office at Sandy Hook Elementary at around 9:40 a.m. Friday. Police have verified […]