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YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

Google’s new policy prohibits promotion of guns, bump stocks At least one video gun blogger ditched YouTube for PornHub greater restrictions on content several times in the past year, responding to a series of issues with inappropriate and offensive videos. Most of those changes involved pulling ads from categories of videos. Google is more reluctant to remove entire videos from YouTube, but has been willing to do so with terrorism-related content. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry lobbying group, called YouTube’s new policy “worrisome.” “We suspect it will…

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Wells Fargo Is the Go-To Bank for Gunmakers and the NRA

Wells Fargo & Co. has emerged as the preferred financier for the U.S. gun industry. The bank has helped two of the biggest U.S. firearm and ammunition companies access $431.1 million in loans and bonds since December 2012, when the gun control debate gained steam after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That puts it on the top of the list of banks arranging funding for gunmakers. Wells Fargo also has a long relationship with the National Rifle Association, inherited from banks that Wells took…

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Days After Parkland, Its Business as Usual at a Florida Gun Show

It’s another week after another mass shooting in the U.S., and something finally feels different. In the days following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty members, a vociferous movement of young people has risen up to say enough is enough. The generation that grew up in the wake of the 1999 carnage in Columbine is demanding new gun restrictions. The teenagers are adding a fresh voice to a gun control debate that has plodded, despite a number of high-profile massacres in the…

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Florida Teachers Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun

As Florida teachers grieve over the mass shooting that left 17 students and colleagues dead last week, some of them may be surprised to learn they’ve been helping fund the firearms industry—including the company that made the gun used that bloody Wednesday.  A state pension plan for Florida teachers held 41,129 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co. valued at more than a half-million dollars, according to a Dec. 31 securities filing listing the plan’s Students evacuating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. 2017 annual report. The fund had a $528,000 holding in…

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How many US school shootings have there been in 2018 so far?

Attack on a Florida high school is the eighth shooting to have resulted in death or injury during the first seven weeks of the year How many US school shootings have there been in 2018 so far? Attack on a Florida high school is the eighth shooting to have resulted in death or injury during the first seven weeks of the year Break the cycle: its time to end Americas gun violence epidemic Lois Beckett in New York Wed 14 Feb 2018 18.27EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options…

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Musk Sends a Tesla Into Space Atop World’s Most Powerful Rocket

An elated Elon Musk pulled off another seemingly impossible feat Tuesday when SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket in 45 years, then flew two of its spent boosters back to the Florida coast for a spectacular, simultaneous recovery on land. With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast, the new rocket rumbled aloft under clear skies shortly after 3:45 p.m. local time. The live-stream of the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was the second-most-watched in YouTube’s history, reaching more than 2.3 million concurrent views, and the launch led…

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SpaceXs New Beast of a Rocket Is Go for Launch

It’s to be expected that Elon Musk and his colleagues will want to toast the first launch of viewing party featuring a champagne toast and a commemorative glass. The as soon as Feb. 6. Musk’s message on Twitter over the weekend specifying a launch date anticipated a public turnout in Cape Canaveral, Florida: “Easy viewing from the public causeway,” he wrote. The spectacle has even tempted a Falcon Heavy equivalent to roughly 18 747 airplanes. It's twice as large from a capacity perspective as its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. My raw video…

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Ray Dalio Says End of the SALT Deduction Will Further Divide the Nation

Billionaire legislation. The Senate bill mirrors the House legislation by calling for the repeal of state and local tax deductions, while allowing up to $10,000 for property tax deductions. According to a study by the Tax Policy Center, 7 percent of taxpayers would pay more tax in 2019, 10 percent in 2025, and 48 percent in 2027, compared to current law. On average in 2027, taxes would change little for lower- and middle-income groups and decrease for higher-income groups. Tax Revenues On its face, ending so-called Read more about the…

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Elon Musk Isnt Joking About Sending a Tesla to Mars

Elon Musk fully intends to put a red sports car made by a company that he runs into an enormous rocket ship made by another company that he runs and fire both into Mars orbit. The car, as it hurtles into space, will be playing a song by David Bowie on repeat. It goes without saying that the song will be “cryptic message on Twitter over the weekend. A person familiar with the launch plan at SpaceX Inc. confirmed that it is real. Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars…

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Which Team Member Of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft (Jacksonville Branch) Are You?

Which of these fab fabric peddlers (from the craft store’s Jacksonville, Fla. branch) are you? Our state-of-the-art quizzes require JavaScript. 1. When you’re feeling creative, what do you like to do? Make fun beaded jewelry to go with my favorite outfits Warm and chipper Modest and subdued 3. How do you react when someone’s getting on your nerves? I just stay quiet until they leave me alone Fun music and plenty of dancing Lots of awkward silences 5. What makes you say “ick!”? Being in a messy environment Too unreliable…

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Trump Says Puerto Rico Has Thrown the Budget Out of Whack

President Donald Trump took measure of the widespread damage in Puerto Rico almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria, expressing concern about its impact on the federal budget as his administration finalizes a $29 billion disaster aid request covering a series of major storms. Trump paid a four-and-a-half-hour visit to the island Tuesday, greeting local officials and offering consolation to residents who have been without power and, in many cases, drinking water since the storm struck on Sept. 20. Some in Puerto Rico’s government already are estimating reconstruction costs will be…

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Mountains of Aid Are Languishing on the Docks in Puerto Rico

Thousands of cargo containers bearing millions of emergency meals and other relief supplies have been piling up on San Juan’s docks since Saturday. The mountains of materiel may not reach storm survivors for days. Distributors for big-box companies and smaller retailers are unloading 4,000 20-foot containers full of necessities like food, water and soap this week at a dock in Puerto Rico’s capital operated by waiver of the Jones Act on Thursday, the facilities have become choke points in the effort to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria. Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg “There are…

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Venus Williams car crash: police say tennis star legally entered intersection

Fatal collision occurred when Williams was cut off partway through intersection by another driver, stopped to avoid crash, then continued, but was hit by another car as lights changed Venus Williams drove her vehicle into an intersection legally moments before she was involved in a fatal car crash, police have said. Detectives in Florida said footage of the collision between a married couple and the tennis star who was b Crash involving Venus Williamss car. Barson, 68, and her 78-year-old husband, Jerome, were both injured and he died in hospital…

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Police release dashcam footage of Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest

The video shows officers approaching the car and Woods, who didnt know where he was, stumbling through a sobriety test Police in Jupiter, Florida, have released dashcam footage of Tiger Woods arrest for driving while under the influence this week. Early Monday, officers on patrol caused by prescription medications. In the police report of his arrest, Woods is described by police as co-operative but confused. The officer in charge of his detention also said the golfer was unable to walk alone and found it hard to keep eyes open. A…

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