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Calif. Lawmakers Seek Toughest Gun Laws In Nation

Weeks after New York enacted the nation’s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, CBS News reports. Among the measures is one that would outlaw the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. The restriction would prevent quick reloading by requiring bullets to be loaded one at a time. Lawmakers also want to make some prohibitions apply to current gun owners, not just to people who buy weapons in the future. Like New York, California also would require background checks for buying ammunition and would add to the list of prohibited weapons. Those buying ammunition would have to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by the state Department of Justice, similar to what is required now before buyers can purchase a weapon. Subsequent background checks would be done instantly by an ammunition seller checking the Justice Department’s records.

Investigation Underway Into Hacking Of Bush Family Email Accounts

An investigation is underway into who hacked several email accounts belonging to members of the Bush family. A family spokesman confirmed authorities are conducting a criminal investigation, but would not release any details. According to a spokesman in Washington, the U.S. Secret Service confirmed they are investigating the hacking. The Houston Chronicle reports the hacker gained access to Dorothy Bush’s email exchanges between friends and family, including her father, former President George H.W. Bush, and her brother, George W. Bush. Information such as telephone numbers, pictures and gate access codes were posted online for all to see. The website Smoking Gun also reports the hacker posted a picture of the elder Bush in the hospital here in Houston last December.

Cops Hunt For Ex-Cop Who’s Hunting Them

Police continued the massive manhunt for Christopher Dorner early Friday in a Southern California mountain town as a severe winter storm that may help cover the tracks of the suspected cop killer moved in. CNN reports investigators suspect him of killing a police officer, and another officer’s daughter and fiance, to settle a score for what he called an unjust firing. Dorner, authorities said, is bent on vengeance against Los Angeles Police Department officers he claims ruined his life by forcing him out of his dream job. The 270-pound former Navy lieutenant detailed his rage in an 11-page manifesto. In that letter — provided to CNN by an LAPD source — he vowed to violently target police officers and their families, whoever and wherever they are.

Chris Christie Again Vetoes N.J.’s Internet Gambling Law

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos. It was the second time since 2011 that the Republican governor has vetoed an Internet-betting bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature. But the path Christie laid out toward winning his approval heartened supporters of online gambling, including Atlantic City’s 12 casinos, numerous online betting companies and state lawmakers who hope to make the seaside resort a nationwide hub for Internet gambling. Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.

Seattle Mayor Ends Police Drone Efforts

Seattle’s mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested. Mayor Mike McGinn said the department will not use two small drones it obtained through a federal grant. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be returned to the vendor, he said. The decision comes as the debate over drones heats up across the country. Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans. The Seattle Police Department previously said it would use drones to provide an overhead view of large crime scenes, serious accidents, disasters, and search and rescue operations. It had conducted demonstrations of the drones to show the public their capabilities.

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