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Shooting reported at Phoenix workplace, reports of four people shot

Source: Reuters

At least 3 hurt in Phoenix shooting

By Jane Lednovich
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:29 AM

At least three people are injured after a shooting occurred in Phoenix Wednesday morning, officials said.

Around 10:30 a.m., officials reported that three people had suffered gunshot wounds in a building on the 7300 block of 16th Street, near Glendale Avenue, officials said. It is unknown if the shooter is in custody.

An employee of a law office in the area said four people were seen removed from the scene in stretchers.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20130130phoenix-multiple-injuries-shooting-abrk.html

Exclusive: CIA Nominee Had Detailed Knowledge of "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"

Source: Reuters

Exclusive: CIA nominee had detailed knowledge of "enhanced interrogation techniques"

WASHINGTON | Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:13am EST

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, had detailed, contemporaneous knowledge of the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured terrorism suspects during an earlier stint as a top spy agency official, according to multiple sources familiar with official records.

Those records, the sources said, show that Brennan was a regular recipient of CIA message traffic about controversial aspects of the agency's counter-terrorism program after September 2001, including the use of "waterboarding."

How deeply involved Brennan was in the program, and whether he vigorously objected to it at the time, as he has said he did, are likely to be central questions lawmakers raise at his Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing, scheduled for February 7.

After Brennan temporarily left government service in 2005, he publicly disavowed waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, and other physically painful techniques that are often described as torture.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90T07I20130130

Gore Says Tough U.S. Network Competition Forced Sale of Current TV

Source: Reuters

Gore says tough U.S. network competition forced sale of Current TV

WASHINGTON | Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:09am EST

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Gore said on Tuesday that tough competition from major U.S. television networks forced him to sell Current TV, a struggling progressive cable channel, to Al Jazeera, and he praised the Arabic news broadcaster's coverage of climate change.

Gore, a former vice president who won a Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness about the problems with climate change, said on NBC's "Today" show that he was proud of the channel and had never thought of it as simply a monetary investment.

"As an independent network ... we found it difficult to compete in this age of conglomerates," he said.

Earlier this month, Qatar-based Al Jazeera announced it was buying Current TV, a move that could enable it to better compete with American news networks like CNN, MSNBC and Fox.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90S0N920130129

Gun Rights Advocates Shout at Newtown Victim's Dad

Source: CBS News

Gun rights advocates shout at Newtown victim's dad

January 29, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. Parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting called for better enforcement of gun laws and tougher penalties for violators Monday at a hearing that revealed the divide in the gun-control debate, with advocates for gun rights shouting at the father of one 6-year-old victim.

Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse was killed in last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, asked people in the room to put themselves in his position as he questioned the need for any civilian to own semiautomatic, military-style weapons.

"It's not a good feeling. Not a good feeling to look at your child laying in a casket or looking at your child with a bullet wound to the forehead. It's a real sad thing," said Heslin, who held up a large framed photograph of himself and his son.

A handful of people at the packed legislative hearing then shouted about their Second Amendment rights when Heslin asked if anyone could provide a reason for a civilian to own an assault-style weapon.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566406/gun-rights-advocates-shout-at-newtown-victims-dad

NBC News: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

Source: NBC News

Exclusive: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders

By Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization.

Individual sponsors and parents “would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families,” Smith said.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/28/16739587-exclusive-boy-scouts-close-to-ending-ban-on-gay-members-leaders?lite

Barge Carrying Oil Crashes on Mississippi River

Source: CBS News

Barge carrying oil crashes on Mississippi River

January 27, 2013

VICKSBURG, Miss. A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard's office in Memphis, Tenn.

Authorities were still trying to determine the source of the leak, but it appeared to be coming

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566095/barge-carrying-oil-crashes-on-mississippi-river

Brazil Nightclub Fire Likely Killed More than 200: Police

Source: Reuters

Brazil nightclub fire likely killed more than 200: police

Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:30am EST

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A nightclub fire in southern Brazil has probably left more than 200 people dead, a senior police official said on Sunday.

Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for the military police, told reporters that 159 bodies had already been identified and removed from the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria.

He said the victims had suffocated or been trampled, and that the death toll was likely to be above 200 people.

(Reporting by Ana Flor; Writing by Brian Winter; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90Q04T20130127

Female Army Officer's Wife Can Join Spouses Club (Ft. Bragg)

Source: CBS News

Female Army officer's wife can join spouses club

January 26, 2013
by CBSNews.com

FORT BRAGG, N.C. A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member.

Ashley Broadway told the Associated Press that she received the invitation from the club's board in an email Friday.

The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she'd been named Fort Bragg's 2013 "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, who gave birth this week to the couple's second child, a baby girl.

"I'm pleased, I'm happy," Broadway said by phone Friday night. "As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. I'm a very devout Christian. I've had faith in God this whole time. I think if anything it's brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they're... not treated equally."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566004/female-army-officers-wife-can-join-spouses-club

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin Won't Seek 6th Senate Term

Source: Huffington Post

AP NewsBreak: Harkin won't seek 6th Senate term

THOMAS BEAUMONT | January 26, 2013 10:13 AM EST |

CUMMING, Iowa — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he will not seek re-election in 2014.
The 73-year-old Harkin tells The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside," because by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

Harkin said it would also allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.
The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a fundraiser next month.

Harkin played a lead role in urging the Senate's more liberal members to back the 2010 health care bill.
No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat. Harkin's decision eases the burden on the GOP, who have to gain six seats to win the majority.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130126/us-harkin-iowa-

President to Announce Appointment of Denis McDonough New Chief of Staff on Friday

Source: Reuters / Huffington Post

@Reuters: President Obama to announce appointment of Denis McDonough new chief of staff on Friday: White House official #BREAKING

Denis McDonough Named As Obama Chief Of Staff

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama has picked top national security aide Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff.

Obama will announce McDonough's appointment from the White House Friday. McDonough will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary.

McDonough has long advised Obama on foreign policy, most recently serving as his deputy national security adviser. During his four years at the White House, McDonough has emerged as one of the president's most trusted advisers.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/01/25/denis-mcdonough-obama-chief-of-staff_n_2550168.html

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