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Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

Health
The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal police shooting is higher in states with the highest rates of gun ownership, compared to those with the lowest. The study, from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Northeastern University found that people were 3.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal police shootings if they lived in the 10 states with the most guns — Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisian, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia — than if they lived in the five states with the least — Conne...
Linehan warned by police over 'transphobia' row

Linehan warned by police over 'transphobia' row

Entertainment
Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has been given a verbal harassment warning after a transgender activist claimed he "trolled" her. Police asked the Irish comedy writer to cease all contact with Stephanie Hayden, who he became embroiled in a Twitter row with.Ms Hayden reported Linehan for "transphobia" after he referred to her as "he" and for "deadnaming" her by calling her by her former names.Linehan, who lives in Norwich, locked his Twitter account on Friday, citing "abuse and harassment".He also highlighted a petition he had signed that calls on LGBT charity Stonewall to acknowledge the conflict that exists between "transgenderism and sex-based women's rights".On Saturday, he said: "The police asked me to stop contacting someone I had no intention of contacting."It wa...
Australian police arrest boy for hiding needles in strawberries

Australian police arrest boy for hiding needles in strawberries

World
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Police in New South Wales, Australia, arrested a young boy who confessed to putting needles inside strawberries, something authorities described as a copycat of other incidents across the country. NSW Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith announced the boy's arrest Wednesday during a news conference. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank, including putting needles in strawberries, and he'll be dealt with under the youth cautioning system," he said. Police do not believe the boy, whose name and age were not reported, is the only one responsible for putting sewing needles inside pieces of fruit. The incidents have mostly involved strawberries, but there also were reports of tampering in apples and bananas. In one case, a man ...
Belgian police shoot, wound knife-wielding assailant

Belgian police shoot, wound knife-wielding assailant

World
Belgian police shot and injured a man who attacked one of the officers with a knife on Monday in a northern neighborhood of the capital city, Brussels. "The man attacked one of our colleagues with a knife," slightly wounding the officer on the head, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van De Keere. Van De Keere said that a second officer shot the attacker and "seriously wounded him." She said that the full details of the incident were not immediately clear. A local resident, who would only identify himself as Aziz, told The Associated Press that he heard at least two shots. "I heard a gunshot. Then two or three. Then a guy fell down on the ground and the police were shouting 'drop the knife, drop the knife,' and the guy fell on the ground." The incident happened near a park where migra...
Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

World
SEOUL, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A police investigation found the South Korean presidential office under former President Lee Myung-bak gave a final approval to allow a harsh crackdown on Ssangyong Motors workers in 2009. The Korean National Police Agency revealed on Tuesday the government gave the final go-ahead to allow police to deploy riot police, helicopters and use tear gas liquids and taser guns to disperse unionists of Ssangyong Motors, in a briefing on a six-month probe. Earlier this year, the agency created a committee tasked with investigating alleged human rights violations by police in the Ssangyong Motors strike in 2009. Employees of the then-struggling motor company, now under Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra ownership, occupied their factory from May to August in 2009, in protest...