A journalist has been killed in violent demonstrations against sex attacks in India as police failed to contain fresh violence.
A television reporter, 36, was reportedly shot dead when officers opened fire on a protest in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, over an attack on a film actress.
The star, known as Momoko, was dragged from stage in full public view last week by an armed militant who tried to rape her. She managed to fight him off and fled.
Momoko, also a popular model, has waived her right to anonymity to make a public appeal for her attacker’s arrest.
Crowds in Manipur pelted police with stones on Saturday, prompting a curfew to be imposed for parts of the state.
This was relaxed on Sunday but soon a huge crowd assembled again to confront police who opened fire in retaliation, according to police spokesman A. Singh.
A women’s rights activist Bala Bedi said: “We want a strong message to be sent that perpetrators of such crimes have no place in our society.”
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While attacking National Rifle Association President Wayne La Pierre on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend, host David Gregory actually violated gun laws in the city where he broadcasts.
During the show, Gregory waved around a 30-round magazine for what he claimed is an AR-15 rifle. But since Meet the Press is taped in NBC’s Washington D.C. studios this is actually a violation of the city’s strict gun laws.
Washington D.C. specifically bans the very ammunition magazine that Gregory bandied about during his discussion.
DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01
(b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The term large capacity ammunition feeding device shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Barack Obama, petulant as usual, was considering using his State of the Union speech to blame Republicans for the impasse in dealing with the “fiscal cliff.” The Journal wrote:
Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
This was just before Boehner’s Plan B went down in flames after conservative Republicans balked at Boehner’s attempt to reach a “compromise.”
Obama using his bully pulpit to blame Republicans? Why is the Journal reporting this breathlessly as if it’s news?
On his failure to pass immigration reform this past September, as he condescendingly pretended to be “naïve” about those big, bad Republicans:
I confess I did not expect — and so I’m happy to take responsibility for being naive here — that Republicans who had previously supported comprehensive immigration reform — my opponent in 2008, who had been a champion of it and who attended these meetings — suddenly would walk away. That’s what I did not anticipate.
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The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone underground.
The Associated Press reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home.
However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s case, or that he is even still in custody.
WND contacted the Newark office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. Officials there declined comment and referred WND to the ICE’s regional supervisor.
The ICE New Jersey supervisor referred WND to the Department of Homeland Security, which has not responded to WND’s request for an interview about the case.
In a follow-up inquiry, officials at the U.S. court for Newark told WND they have no record of Sanchez’s arrest, or if he is being held in custody.
The clerk for federal judge Patty Schwartz also said that she had no information on the disposition of Sanchez’s case and referred WND to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, the Internet-based federal court record system.
A PACER search returned no records of an arrest, an arraignment, or any court dates for Sanchez.
A spokeswoman who declined to give her name said Menendez’ office has nothing to do with the arrest or prosecution of the case.
The case gained national attention because of press reports that Hudson County, N.J., prosecutors notified the ICE in October that Sanchez was not only an illegal immigrant, but also a registered sex offender in his native Peru.
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