NRA likens checks to gun registry
The National Rifle Association’s executive vice president continued to oppose background checks for all gun purchases despite polls indicating that most NRA members don’t share his position.
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre said on “Fox News Sunday” that background checks for all gun purchases would lead to a national registry of gun owners. Critics say such a registry could lead to taxes on guns or to confiscation.
LaPierre said requiring checks for all gun purchases would be a bureaucratic nightmare.
Bus driver is buried; standoff in 6th day
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As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of a man estranged from his family.
Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 — a decorated Vietnam-era veteran — gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was buried Sunday.
The FBI said Sunday that authorities continue to have an open line of communication with Dykes. The little boy requested Cheez-Its and a red Hot Wheels car, both of which were delivered to the bunker, a separate statement said. Authorities had said they were delivering medicine and other items.
Turkey police: Blow to head killed woman
A New York City woman who went missing and was later found dead in Istanbul had suffered a fatal blow to the head, police said Sunday.
Forensic experts have not concluded their autopsy report on the victim, Sarai Sierra, but it is “clear” the head injury caused her death, said Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin.
NTV, a Turkish broad-caster, says 15 people have been detained for questioning in the case.
Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from Jan. 21, the day she was to fly home from a vacation. Her body was discovered Saturday evening near the remnants of ancient city walls.
Bill Clinton to speak at Koch’s funeral
Ed Koch is being remembered as the quintessential New Yorker — an admired but tough, colorful former mayor who will be honored at his funeral by former President Bill Clinton.
At the service this morning at Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El, mourners also will hear about Koch’s other fierce loyalty: Israel. The Israeli consul general is set to speak, along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Koch died Friday of congestive heart failure at 88.
Gender-neutral language bill mulled
In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past.
Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state’s copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases, many written more than a century ago when the idea of women working on police forces or on fishing boats wasn’t a consideration.
That process is slated to draw to a close this year.
About half of U.S. states have moved toward such gender-neutral language at varying levels, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.