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San Francisco's last gun shop prepares to close as officials propose new rules

San Francisco gun shop The gun racks at San Francisco’s only gun store, High Bridge Arms, are almost empty, but for the first time in 27 years, the manager won’t be restocking them.

Steven Alcairo, High Bridge Arms general manager, says San Francisco’s overly strict gun regulations have become too onerous on his business over the years and that a new proposal to videotape all gun sales is the last straw for him.

“I won’t put my customers through that … It’s an invasion of their privacy,” Alcairo said.


Flash floods, evacuations in Texas after 2 feet of rain and more to come

Massive floods in TexasHeavy rains inundated many parts of Texas on Saturday, triggering flash floods and forcing evacuations as the state braced for remnants of a powerful storm making its way north through Mexico.

One man was missing in San Antonio after being swept into a drainage ditch by floodwaters as he walked his dog early Saturday, officials said.


New York man creates 'sovereign nation' in Utah

NY man creates sovereign nationA New York man is building his own sovereign nation called Zaqistan on a remote piece of land in Utah.

Zaq Landsberg has created a yellow-and-red flag, official-looking passports and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot sentry for the realm, KSL-TV reported (


3 killed, 34 hurt when car hits crowd at Oklahoma State parade

Oklahoma parade acciidentA woman suspected of drunken driving crashed a car into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade, killing three people, authorities in Stillwater said Saturday.

Another thirty-four people were injured, eight of them critically, according to a police spokesman. Seven of those eight were taken by helicopter to a hospital, while 10 spectators -- one critical and nine "seriously injured persons" -- were taken by ambulance. Another 17 "walking wounded" took themselves to the hospital, according to Capt. Kyle Gibbs.


Studies show fewer gun deaths in states with strict gun laws

gun laws mean fewer gun deathsDo states with stricter gun laws have less gun violence than those with few restrictions?

Researchers who have studied the issue argue they generally do, but with some caveats. They cannot say whether the laws, or some other factors, are the reason for a lower rate of firearm deaths and that there are exceptions.

President Barack Obama addressed the matter in a news conference hours after a gunman killed eight students and a teacher at an Oregon community college.


'Armed with reason': Texas campus carry law sees pushback from academics

Texas campus gun carry backlashBryan Jones is not anti-gun – he keeps two rifles and a handgun at his country home and is a former member of the National Rifle Association. But he does not want weapons in his workplace, and he is not alone.

The government professor at the University of Texas is one of about 800 academics there who have signed a petition opposing the campus carry law that is set to go into effect in Texas on 1 August 2016.


Maureen O'Hara, 'How Green Was My Valley' Star, Dies At 95

Maureen O'Hara e3qe at 85Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim "How Green Was My Valley" to the uplifting "Miracle on 34th Street" and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films. She was 95.

O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, said Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager.

"She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, 'The Quiet Man,'" said a statement from her family.


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