A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against the manufacturer and seller of the weapon used in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
The dismissal comes months after a judge allowed the case to proceed against Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, as well as the distributor and seller. The families sought damages and relief in their lawsuit, arguing that the weapon that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook should never have been sold in the civilian marketplace. read more
Donald Trump's son Eric chalked up his father's 2005 conversation about groping women, which drew fire from both sides of the aisle and comparisons to advocating sexual assault, to "locker room banter" that "alpha personalities" sometimes engage in. While he said that he was "glad" that his father apologized and maintained that "I'm not saying it's right" he appeared to explain the behavior. "I think sometimes when guys are together they get carried away, and sometimes that's what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence. At the same time, I'm not saying it's right. It's not the person that he is," Eric Trump said at an event in Colorado on Monday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
The Senate voted Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow victims and families of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attack 15 years ago. The 97-1 Senate vote easily surpassed the 67 votes required to override a presidential veto. Hours later, the vote in the House was 348-77, with one Democratic member voting "present." This is the first veto override of President Barack in his nearly 8 years in office and the bill becomes law despite his opposition.
The contrast between parents' attitudes about vaccines today and a decade ago is striking. A survey published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that more and more moms and dads are refusing the shots for their children. In 2006, the No. 1 reason parents were refusing vaccines was because of concerns about the ingredient thimerosal causing autism. In 2006, 74 said it was about autism. In 2013, that number had declined to 64 percent. Now, more parents are refusing the vaccine on the grounds that they are "unnecessary" -- 73.1 percent in 2013 vs. 63.4 percent in 2006. read more
This is a story unlike any we have previously published. It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fracture. read more