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Erica Lafferty and Jillian Soto, who both lost relatives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, attend a news briefing on gun control legislation with Sens. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)
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By a vote of 68 31, the Senate agreed Thursday to begin debate on a package of gun restrictions that would require background checks f Salvatore Ferragamo or all commercial gun sales. Two Democrats voted to block debate Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska but 16 Republicans contributed to the 60 votes needed to defeat a filibuster. Don’t expect sweeping reforms to be approved anytime soon the vote merely opened the door to an emotion laden debate on legislation that would widen background checks, strengthen laws against illegal gun trafficking and increase school safety aid. “The hard work starts now,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D Nev. Conservat Salvatore Ferragamo ives who say the proposals infringe on the Second Amendment threatened to invoke a procedural rule forcing the Senate to wait 30 hours before it could begin considering amendments. Debate on the bill and any amendments, including an almost certainly doomed proposal to ban assault weapons, could last weeks.
Art Hurtado, Pasadena fire captain and paramedic, tells a news conference how he helped save the life of a man at Home Depot after the victim tried to cut his arms off using handsaws found at the home improvement store in West Covina. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)
Man in Home Depot saws his arms to the bone
A man walked into a Home Depot in West Covina on Wednesday and used hand saws to cut his arms to the bone, police said. “There was so much blood on the ground (officers) were surprised he was still alive,” said police spokesman Cpl. Rudy Lopez. “He cut all the way down to the bone.” The man reportedly used three coping saws hand saws with thin blades attached to square frames, usually used for intricate woodworking. The man, described as possibly Latino and in his late 30s or early 40s, didn’t say anything before he started cutting. Shoppers called 911, and the police and off duty firefighters who responded found him collapsed on the floor and losing consciousness. They applied tourniquets and took him to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. Police said the man had no identification on him.
Komodo dragon attacks 83 year old Indonesian woman
They may look cute and cuddly, but Komodo dragons can be very dangerous. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/AP Photo)
An 83 year old Indonesian woman was sitting on the ground outside her home making a broom when a giant Komodo dragon attacked, sinking its teeth into her hand. “A knife fell from my right hand as the Komodo sank its teeth into my wrist,” said the woman, who goes by the single name Haifha, in an interview with AFP. “There was nobody else around and I knew that I faced a fight for survival.” But the dragon picked the wrong little old lady to mess with, as Haifha responded by kicking the hell out of it. “I kicked the Komodo on one its front legs with all my strength. (Heinz Peter Bader/Reuters)
” Her wrist was seriously injured in Tuesday’s attack and required 35 stitches at the hospital in the nearby town of Labuan Bajo, said her son. “I’m doing fine now,” she said. “I hope my hand will return to normal so that I can make brooms again.” Komodo dragons can grow up to 10 feet, and though attacks on humans are rare, villagers say they have been increasing as their food is poached. In 2001, the executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and husband of Sharon Stone, Phil Bronstein, had his toe nearly bitten off by a Komodo dragon while on a private tour of the Los Angeles Zoo.
3.4 million cars recalled for bad air bags
Nearly 3.4 million older cars are being recalled because their air bags deploy improperly, sending shrapnel flying through the car. The vehicles were made by Toyota, Honda, Salvatore Ferragamo Nissan, BMW, GM and Mazda from 2001 to 2003, all using air bags from the same supplier, Takata Corp. The bags have faulty inflator mechanisms that instead of routing gas into the air bags can launch plastic and metal parts from the air bags into the passenger area of the car. Takata says no one has been hurt, but there have been six incidents of the air bags deploying improperly.
Chicago woman owes staggering parking fine
Anyone who has ever put off paying a parking ticket should consider the strange case of Jennifer Fitzgerald, a single mom in Chicago. After her boyfriend abandoned her $600 clunker in an employee parking lot at O’Hare International Airport three years ago, parking cops started plastering it with tickets which now add up to $105,000. Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit against the city to have the ticket thrown out, but a judge dismissed her suit Wednesday, pressing the litigants to reach a settlement. The city of Chicag Salvatore Ferragamo o offered to reduce her fine to $2,500, but she still says that’s more than she can pay. If anyone’s interested in buying a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo, she’d probably be happy to part with it.