News Story of the Day
Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms
Updated Dec 09, 03:09 AM
WASHINGTON - A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
But gun control advocates seem sure to lose an effort to impose additional, tougher restrictions on plastic firearms - a harsh reminder of their failure to enact any new federal gun curbs in the year since 20 first-graders and six educators were murdered in Newtown, Conn.
The slayings last Dec. 14 prompted the newly re-elected President Barack Obama to push gun control to the top of his domestic agenda.
Sports Story of the Day
FIFA calls fan violence in Brazil 'very sad'
Updated Dec 09, 11:26 AM
SAO PAULO - With disturbing images of fans hitting each other shown across Brazil, soccer's governing body downplayed the risk of violence inside stadiums during the World Cup.
FIFA condemned the mayhem in the southern city of Joinville, where fan fighting halted a decisive Brazilian league match for more than an hour Sunday.
"FIFA and the local organizing committee condemn any form of violence and such incidents should not happen in any football stadium."
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