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EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns

EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns

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Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left at least 18 people dead since last week are reigniting calls from gun control advocates for tighter restrictions on buying firearms and ammunition. But with Democrats in control of the federal government, gun rights advocates have been persuading Republican-run state legislatures to go the other way, making it easier to obtain and carry guns.How are the politics of gun legislation playing out in the United States this year? Here's the breakdown.PROSPECTS MIXED FOR LEGISLATIONThis month, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives adopted measures to expand background checks to all gun purchases and expand the time to to vet people flagged in a nationwide background check system.But to pass in the Senate, the support of every Democr...
Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Sports
June 5 (UPI) -- Some big guns return to the track this weekend as horse racing really breaks out of the pandemic shutdown with the likes of McKinzie, Improbable, Higher Power, Code of Honor and Firenze Fire back in action from coast to coast. We've got the results of the French 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas equivalents and a look at the British versions coming Saturday and Sunday. Advertisement There's also a heavyweight showdown in the Coronation Cup in England, and Almond Eye is back in action in Japan. The Santa Anita Derby and Oaks renew the long slog toward the big races in Louisville at the start of September. With the sudden burst of excitement as racing returns, look for handicapping help to all-around expert Jude Feld, whose entertaining and informative ruminations reside at popejude....
Hong Kong: Police arrest 180, fire pepper guns on protesters

Hong Kong: Police arrest 180, fire pepper guns on protesters

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May 27 (UPI) -- Police in Hong Kong arrested at least 180 people and fired non-lethal pepper balls at protesters on Wednesday as people took to the streets to demonstrate against a China-proposed national security law critics fear will further strip the semi-autonomous region of its rights and freedoms. The protests began as lawmakers in the Legislative Council were preparing Wednesday to deliberate on the controversial law that aims to protect China's national security from acts of secession, sedition, subversion and terrorism as well as from foreign influence. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attempted to quell fears over the law a day earlier, describing it as plugging legal loopholes and saying it will "only target a handful of people." Police said at least 16 people between the ...
Socialist hardliners aim guns on Guaidó march in Venezuela

Socialist hardliners aim guns on Guaidó march in Venezuela

World
Socialist hardliners in Venezuela opened fire during a march headed by Juan Guaidó, adding to tensions in the country as the opposition leader seeks to revive his campaign to oust Nicolás MaduroByThe Associated PressFebruary 29, 2020, 10:11 PM3 min readCARACAS, Venezuela -- Socialist hardliners in Venezuela opened fire during a march headed by Juan Guaidó, injuring a 16-year-old demonstrator and adding to tensions in the country as the opposition leader seeks to revive his campaign to oust Nicolás Maduro. A photo of the confrontation provided exclusively to The Associated Press shows a masked man brandishing a pistol pointed toward a group of opposition activists, including Guaidó, who can be seen staring down the unidentified man. The confusing incident Saturday in the central city of Ba...
Rape and murder suspects shot dead ‘after trying to steal police guns’

Rape and murder suspects shot dead ‘after trying to steal police guns’

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Four men suspected of raping and killing a female vet have been shot dead by police after they allegedly tried to snatch officers' guns.They were in custody and had been taken to the scene of the murder early on Friday for a crime reconstruction. Police said the suspects died in "cross-fire" after they attempted to snatch the weapons.Senior officer Prakash Reddy told reporters: "While the reconstruction and investigations were on, one of the accused signalled to the others and tried to escape."They then tried to snatch weapons from the guard and fired on the police. They were killed in the cross-fire." Advertisement Two policemen were injured in the shooting. The 27-year-old rape victim's burned body was di...