Sheriff Steve Kozisek identifies the man who suffered a gun shot wound on Monday morning as 46-year-old Richard L. Fipps. The Sheridan County (Wyoming) resident was on Murphy Gulch Road accompanied by Murphy and another employee when they stepped out of the truck to remove the snow chains from the vehicle. Fipps had a dog in the vehicle which he had ordered to move from the front seat into the back. While the dog was roaming around the back seat of the truck, it stepped on a loaded 300 Winchester Magnum which caused the gun to discharge. According to Kozisek, Fipps was outside of the truck when the bullet shot through the cab of the truck into Fipps left arm. read more
Televangelist Pat Robertson predicts that gays will die out because they don't reproduce. Robertson was responding to a viewer who belongs to a church in which congregants aren't allowed to date read more
In Antarctica, glaciers are sloshing seaward at an ever faster clip, ocean waters are warming, and, perhaps counterintuitively, sea ice is expanding, according to a batch of recent studies that paint a stark picture of climate change unfolding at the far southern reaches of the globe. For people in North America, the distant events raise the specter of higher seas sooner than climate models suggest. The melt rate is accelerating because warmer water is getting into the shallow West Antarctic shelf areas, according to a separate study published Dec. 5 in the journal Science. read more
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is retiring from Congress at the end of this year, and she wants to go out with a bang. A very specific kind of bang, in fact: the type you get when you drop a U.S. bomb on an Iranian nuclear facility, which experts believe could upend months of delicate negotiations and spark even more conflict in the Middle East. At the White House holiday party for members of Congress on Monday, Bachmann had her final interaction with President Barack Obama as a member of Congress. She used the opportunity to tell the president he must bomb nuclear facilities in Iran.
"There was considerable misinformation disseminated then about what was and wasn't achieved using these methods in an effort to discourage support for the legislation. There was a good amount of misinformation used in 2011 to credit the use of methods with the death of Osama Bin Laden, and there is, I fear, misinformation being used today to prevent the release of this report, disputing its findings and warning about the security consequences of their public disclosure." -- Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) read more