Local NRA leader demands secession from Washington after a state gun control initiative won big

The National Rifle Association sued earlier this year to stop Washington state voters from considering a package of gun control measures known as Initiative 1639, but the state Supreme Court rejected their legal arguments. On Election Day, nearly 60 percent of the state’s voters rejected the gun group’s political arguments that the initiative would “criminalize self-defense.”

Now one of the organization’s local activist leaders in Washington state wants...

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Zimbabwe ‘state agents’ tried to cover up post-election violence, say doctors

Government pathologists forced to describe gunshot wounds as stab injuries, report alleges

Doctors in Zimbabwe have accused “state agents” of pressuring medical officials to falsify diagnoses to cover up violence by security services and the army after historic elections this year.

In a report, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) alleges government pathologists at public hospitals were forced to describe gunshot injuries as stab wounds.

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What the WNBA’s past can teach current WNBA players about the fight for their future

On April 7, 2003, during contentious negotiations over the second collective bargaining agreement in WNBA history, then-NBA commissioner David Stern issued a public ultimatum.

“We want to get a deal and work with the players,” Stern said. “But if that’s not to be, it’s not to be. We’ll know in the next 10 days if there will be a WNBA season.”

It was, without a doubt, a tumultuous time for the league. During the offseason, franchises i...

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From a Czech warehouse to a street near you: the journey of a gun

Blank-firing Zoraki handguns, imported from Europe, have been converted to deadly weapons in a shed in Bedford

On the outskirts of Hlučín, beside a sports bar and pizza joint, is a two-storey warehouse increasingly familiar to British criminals and police. Here, a short stroll from the rolling farmland of the eastern Czech Republic, is the portentously titled Bullet Project, owned by the local weapons supplier Balistas.

Visitors to the business’s website can acquire weaponry from cros...

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Out on the dark Gloucestershire hills on badger patrol as culling row returns…

With the number of cattle infected with bovine TB still rising, farmers and campaigners remain divided on the cause

The beam from Lynn Sawyer’s head torch scans the dark trees on a Gloucestershire hillside before settling on a barely visible cage hidden in a thicket of brambles.

“They’ve been trapping and shooting badgers here for six years and they are still doing it,” she says, trudging over a carpet of rotting leaves towards the empty cage.

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California wildfire now among the deadliest recent U.S. disasters

Officials provided a horrifying update about the wildfire ravaging northern California late Friday: At least 71 people are dead and over 1,000 are missing.

Authorities warned the death toll could rise further as “around 500 specialists and more than 20 cadaver dogs” search for human remains.

The 71 confirmed fatalities make this one of the deadliest disasters in recent U.S. history.

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Statement from Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Support of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House

November 16, 2018 — Upon Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of the gun safety organization Giffords, issued the following statement announcing her support of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker:

“As a leader, Nancy Pelosi has the courage to rise to any challenge and the fortitude to take on the toughest fights. As Speaker, she had the grit and skill to touch the ...

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